Teaching-Related Policies & Resources
Resources Relating to Teaching
- Sample Online Syllabus
- Sample Face-to-Face Syllabus
- Newsletter Archives
Policies Relating to Teaching
- Canvas course global template changes for Fall 2018 SIS generated courses
- Faculty Manual
- Student Code of Conduct
- Religious Observances Policy
- Policies relating to online courses
Teaching with Technology
Tools for Student Engagement
- Adobe Connect lets you create virtual meeting rooms where you can do many things. You can be as complicated or as simple as you want with Connect. Think of it as truly a virtual "room" where you can move the "furniture" and have all kinds of meetings. In a Connect room, people can discuss things via chat, have an audio conversation using their computer microphones, have a video conference, present slideshows, take polls, and even share computer screens. You can also record what goes on in the meeting. It is popular with faculty for distance, synchronous class presentations.
- The teaching and learning center at IUPUI has published research on the use of Adobe Connect for Cyber Peer-Led Team Learning -- basically, using the technology for distance study groups.
- Pages are where you can put content and educational resources that are part of your course but don’t necessarily belong in an assignment, or that you want to refer to in multiple assignments. This is a place where you can include text, video, and links to your files. You can even make links to other pages. Pages can also be used as a collaboration tool where you can create class wikis and set specific user access for each page. Canvas keeps the entire history of the page so you can see how it changes over time.
Canvas Conferences and Collaborations
- Canvas leverages Google Docs technology to allow multiple users (up to 50 collaborators) to work together on the same document at the same time. Collaborative documents are saved in real-time, meaning a change made by any of its users will be immediately visible to everyone.
- Note: Google Docs allows you to add up to 50 users per collaboration, and all users can view and edit a document at the same time. However, Google collaborations has a limit as to the number of users who can access a collaboration at any time. Learn more about creating a Google Collaboration.
- Conferences are primarily used for virtual lectures, virtual office hours, and student groups. They can also be used to demonstrate technologies or troubleshoot technology issues online. Conferences can accommodate up to 50 people.
- Conferences makes it easy to conduct synchronous (real-time) lectures for all of the students in your course. Conferences allows you to broadcast real-time audio, video, demo applications on your desktop, share presentation slides, or demo any online resources. Currently, Canvas integrates with BigBlueButton.
- Canvas provides an integrated system for class discussions, allowing both instructors and students to start and contribute to as many discussion topics as desired. Discussions can also be created as an assignment for grading purposes (and seamlessly integrated with the Canvas Gradebook), or simply serve as a forum for topical and current events. Discussions can also be created within student groups.
- Help students start thinking about an upcoming Assignment or class discussion.
- Follow-up on a conversation or questions that began in a face-to-face classroom.
- Test student comprehension of important points made in class.
- Debate contradictory ideas.
- Brainstorm different approaches to a class problem.
- Groups are like a smaller version of your course and are used as a collaborative tool where students can work together on group projects and assignments. Students can be organized into groups at the course level, and when allowed, students can create and control their own study groups.
- VoiceThread is a tool for creating interactive video and audio discussions. It is available through Canvas and can be used for any class, Face to Face or Online, and is particularly popular for online and hybrid language classes. Here is an example of a way VoiceThread is used for teaching. Learn more about VoiceThread at IU.
Nota Bene (nb)
- NB is short for Nota Bene. It is a website that lets people digitally mark up PDF documents as a group. It is especially helpful if you want students to annotate a scholarly journal article or similar work. NB is created by programmers at MIT who research its use.
- Zoom is a high-definition video conferencing tool that you can use to meet with students or with fellow faculty, or even conduct synchronous distance classes and online workshops. The video meetings can be recorded. You can add Zoom to your Canvas site, share your screen, and more. Your students can also get their own Zoom accounts. Learn more about Zoom at IU.
- The IU Video Bridge, also known as Pexip, is a high-definition connection that lets you make video calls within and beyond the university. It is popular with faculty because it is secure for online office hours and easy for students to use. You can also use it to bring in guest speakers via video.
- Piazza is an online problem-solving place where students can ask, answer, and explore questions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, under the guidance of their instructors. In Piazza, students collaborate in a wiki-like interface to come up with answers to questions that may be posed by students or instructors. Instructors can also collaborate on answers in their own space. In addition, Piazza offers a more traditional discussion format.
- Piazza updates continuously, so students (and instructors) can stay connected and keep track of the activity around a particular question. Mobile apps are available for both iOS and Android devices. Piazza also supports the editing of computer code, and has a built-in LaTeX editor for equations.
- At Indiana University, the Piazza tool allows integration of Piazza in Canvas.
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Tools for Delivering Video
- Echo360 is a software program that you install on a computer to capture audio, visual, and computer content. At IU Southeast, it is most often used to record the computer screen in order to create video lectures for online or flipped classes. This is called Personal Capture. However, Echo also offer software for Lecture Capture of Face-to-Face teaching, and an increasing number of IUS classrooms are equipped for this feature. The benefits of Echo360 include a special class video portal that holds all of your class recordings and uploads quickly and easily. That video portal can be embedded in your Canvas site for students to easily access. The drawback is that you must request the portal each semester. The biggest benefit, however, might be the detailed analytics that Echo offers. You can see which students watched your videos and how much of each video they viewed. Learn more about Echo360 at IU.
- Kaltura is a cloud-based video management system that can be used for storing, publishing, and streaming videos, video collections, and other types of media. The system works with Canvas and accounts are available to Indiana University students, faculty, and staff.
Canvas Native Video tool
- Instructors can use the Rich Content Editor to record a video. they can record media for any length of time, but shorter video recordings are recommended. If your video is longer than 15 minutes, you may want to consider recording and uploading using an external provider. Longer media lengths require a longer rendering time and may be interrupted without a stable internet connection.
- You can add media to your assignment, either as part of a text entry, or as your entire submission.
Tools for Tracking Student Progress
- Canvas offers a tool called Quizzes for posting timed assessments and surveys to your students. The quizzes tool is great for creating formative tests where students can check their knowledge. Research shows that self-testing is better for retention than re-reading notes (aka traditional studying). Learn more about Quizzes in the Canvas Guides.
- Assignments include Quizzes, graded Discussions, and online submissions (i.e. files, images, text, URLs, etc.). Assignments in Canvas can be used to challenge students' understanding and help assess competency by using a variety of media. The Assignments page will show your students all of the Assignments that will be expected of them and how many points each is worth.
- Assignments can be assigned to everyone in the course or differentiated by section or user.
- Grades can serve as a communication tool between students and instructors and allow instructors to track the progress of students.
- The Gradebook stores all information about student progress in the course, measuring both letter grades and course outcomes.
- Tools you can use to be compliant with copyright
- Copyright form
- Next.IU investigates the tools and approaches that extend the capabilities of Canvas and support diverse learning environments. It is also a platform for digital learning options powered by Unizin.
- The ILTE consultants are the local administrators for the Canvas learning management system. We are a faculty member’s first call for help with Canvas issues or for Canvas training. We have the ability to view your courses and troubleshoot problems when you contact us, but we can only see what you as the instructor can see. If we are unable to fix your problem, we will contact the appropriate technology team to investigate.