Reconsider using free academic tools

 Caution You may be seeing many offers from software companies and textbook publishers for free academic tools, courseware and software to add to your classes. Please consider that this may not be the optimal time to add new academic tools. Some of these tools will not be free forever, and many of them will significantly alter your Canvas course site or require you to change the way you teach. Furthermore, new tools must pass an IT Compliance audit for FERPA, security, privacy, and accessibility requirements prior to being used with classes.

If you think that one of these tools will help meet your needs, please email keeplearning@umsystem.edu and an instructional designer will contact you. We will discuss with you the best way to meet your individual teaching and technology needs, as well as brainstorm ways to further increase your remote or online teaching effectiveness.

Communicating with your students

The students in your course will have varying levels of comfort with using new technology so it's important to help guide them through the process of using a tool they may be unfamiliar with. You can find tips and boilerplate language here for communicating with your students about technology tools.

Read more critical communication tips here.

Seven quick tips to help as you bridge the gap from the classroom to remote learning.

Accessing the MU Quick Start Course Template

This template was designed for quick course setup in Canvas for MU instructors who will teach remotely or online.

Template contents:

  • Example course structure (Canvas modules)
  • Tutorials and guides for using Canvas
  • Educational resources for instructors and students

Download this Guide to accessing the MU Quick Start Course Template

Things to consider

Keep the following in mind as you shift to a new mode of instruction.

  1. Review your syllabus for adjustments. What will have to temporarily change in your syllabus (policies, due dates, assignments, etc.)? Since students will also be thrown off by the changes, they will appreciate details whenever you can provide them.
  2. Be realistic. What do you think you can realistically accomplish during this time period? What activities are better rescheduled, and what can or must be done online? Give yourself a little flexibility in that schedule, just in case the situation takes longer to resolve than you think.
  3. Consider pacing. Do you think you can maintain your original syllabus and schedule?
  4. Guide students. Consider ways to guide students through the readings by structuring in discussions or assignments to add accountability.
  5. Focus on what's most important. Identify your priorities during the disruption—providing lectures, structuring new opportunities for discussion or group work, collecting assignments, etc.
 Quality Course Review: Faculty are required to develop or refresh each online course either in a course development program offered by the Office of eLearning (and run by instructional designers) or in consultation with an instructional designer. All online courses will be reviewed through the Quality Course Review process, which is run through the Office of eLearning. 

To request a course review and to learn more, visit the Request Quality Course Review page.

Workshops & seminars

Faculty/instructors are invited to register for a workshop or seminar that is designed to help deliver quality learning experiences.

Register now

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