Prepare for a vibrant, asynchronous learning environment.
Your entire course takes place in Canvas asynchronously, allowing students to learn in an engaging and organized structure that works best for their schedules and tech availability.
Design for online.
This strategy is for classes designated for online delivery OR if you are interested in developing a fully online course as a back up for your face-to-face class. Building a back up course before the semester begins would also provide flexibility, if you or one of your students must go into isolation or become ill. If you are a building a fully-developed, online course as back-up, please contact CDI to request a Sandbox shell.
Transformational Learning Online
Be a CBU course designer.
Creating an interactive, high-quality online course takes time, reflection and training.
First, meet with your department Chair or school Dean to propose an online course or determine which online courses are needed.
Then, consider this path of courses.
Online Faculty Training
This five week, fully online course is taught by a CDI Instructional Designer. You'll learn online course creation based on logical organization, established pedagogical frameworks, and student learning outcomes.
Online Course Design
This semester-long, flipped course is taught mostly online, but also meets virtually and in-person. You'll be a certified Online Course Designer in the end and have a fully developed course that will meet CBU standards for a quality online courses.
Move online quickly.
If campus must temporarily close and classes are moved online, this guide can help you move to Canvas quickly. If you've developed a Digital First, Hybrid or Flipped Classroom -- then some or much of the work is already done.
It's common to think of asynchronous online classes as dry, disjointed repositories of information. When developed with intention, knowledge of the Canvas platform and focus on the student journey -- an asynchronous course can transform how you and your students see learning online, and how students experience your class.
Adding synchronous elements to your online course.
It's possible to have a completely asynchronous course that includes elements of synchronous. The key is to make sure these real-time activities are either optional or scheduled with each student to fit their needs.
Examples of synchronous elements in an asynchronous course:
Optional Q & A Sessions: These are scheduled WebEx conference that are clearly stated as "optional" in your course. Students are not penalized for failure to attend, but are available for students who want to ask questions in real time. It's advised that these sessions are recorded and shared with the class, so students who could not attend can still hear the information.
Individual or Small Group Meetings: These meetings can be required by the professor, but they are scheduled according to an agreed upon time between student and teacher. Here are instructions for creating office hours or a personal room in WebEx.
Virtual Study Groups: Encourage or require students to create virtual study rooms for project work. They can even include you for a drop-in time. Plough library provides instructions for this.