Are you teaching an online course this summer? Complete the eLearning at MCC Canvas course! This brief course will expose you to the MCC eLearning expectations, online syllabus requirements, communication strategies, and more! Apply new knowledge to your online teaching practice.
Help us reach our goal of 100% completion for summer instructors!
This spring, many instructors transformed their instructional practice to emergency remote teaching. Well-planned online learning experiences are meaningfully different from courses offered online in response to a crisis or disaster. MCC will continue to expand online course offerings. All instructors teaching online or hybrid courses are invited to participate in this 2-part professional development series and plan or refine their courses.
Attend both sessions and schedule a 1:1 consultation with a CTL/eLearning designer to show how you are applying the online course templates to your practice and earn a $125 stipend. You may attend the sessions in person (virtually) or watch each recorded session.
Each semester, instructors make decisions about their instructional practice. Course duration, modality, instructional materials, trends in the field, and more influence course planning. During this session, faculty will explore a three-pronged approach to course planning: What do you teach? Which instructional materials will you use? How will you evaluate student learning? These fundamental principles of course design should be applied to each new semester, especially when there is a change in the course modality (e.g. in person to online). Engage with a process to plan your summer online courses.
Effective online learning is relative to these seven dimensions: pacing, pedagogy, instructor role online, student role online, online communication synchrony, role of online assessments, and source of feedback. Leveraging tools in the college learning management system is also a key to success. During this session, faculty will explore a Canvas course template to inspire online course design. All participants will have access to use and adapt the template to their summer online course design.
Live Online Sessions: Most Wednesdays and Thursdays
This video will also give you an additional overview of Canvas Quizzes.
Tips for online quizzes
The following tips can help you and your students be successful in completing and submitting online quizzes.
Create a low-stakes quiz to allow students to practice accessing quizzes and become familiar with the quiz interface. Check out the student guide for Taking an online quiz.
Setup a practice quiz to give your students an opportunity to check their knowledge on a topic. This type of quiz can be attempted multiple times. The practice quiz can show the correct answers after completion and guide students back to course content for additional learning.
Setup a graded quiz with a finite number of attempts for exams. You can also set a time limit for the exam to be completed.
Consider enabling the display one question at a time option for exams that build off previous questions.
Use a variety of question types (multiple choice, short answer, matching, etc.)
Be sure to check your questions for clarity, spelling, and grammar issues.
This video will also give you an additional overview of Canvas Assignments.
Tips for online assignments
The following tips can help you and your students be successful in completing and submitting online assignments.
Create a low-stakes assignment to allow students to practice submitting an assignment. Check out the student guide for submitting online assignments.
Be consistent with assignment naming and include academic language. For example Assignment 1: Informative Speech or Assignment 2: Persuasive Speech.
Be consistent with the assignment instructions. Include a description of the assignment and your expectations for full credit. A bulleted list is a very clear way to approach this.
Don’t put due dates in the assignment title nor the assignment instructions. Canvas has an additional field dedicated to the due date and will automatically notify students when assignments are approaching their due date.
Provide ample time for students to complete the assignment in a potentially new modality. This may be the first time your students are submitting an assignment online.
Consider permitting various forms of assignment submission like file uploads and video submission.
You can learn more about the many things you can do with online assignments in Canvas by visiting the Canvas Instructor Guides.