Teaching Tips

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Teaching Tips Resources

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity in online and hybrid courses is just as important as it is in face-to-face class environments. USU provides several options to help you foster academic integrity in all varieties of the online classroom.

Active Learning

Resources for teachers on active learning and how to promote active learning in their students.

Assignment with Rubric

If you teach a general education course, you have likely been asked to assess whether students are meeting specific outcomes. Canvas can make the reporting of those outcomes easier. There are two ways to measure the outcomes.

Blended Learning

Resources for teachers on what is blended learning and how to blend their course.

Canvas Course Accessibility

An introduction to Canvas course accessibility with resources for teachers to make their courses more accessible.

Canvas Course Usability

Tools and tips for teaches to make their online course more usable and accessible to make learning easier for all students in the classroom.

Classroom Polling

Resources for teachers on classroom polling systems to help increase engagement, gauge prior knowledge, assess learning, and create opportunities for students to interact and learn from each other.

Convert PDF Files to Canvas Pages

PDF files are difficult to view on mobile devices and are generally inaccessible to students with disabilities. We now have some tools that make it possible to convert PDF files in your course to more usable and accessible Canvas pages.

Embed a Video in Canvas

No matter where you are embedding a video, whether for a Discussion, Announcement, Page, or Assignment, the best way to embed a video in your Canvas course is through your My Media repository.

Establish Clear Expectations

Establish expectations for assignment completion, due dates, grading, engagement, workload, and any other key factors for your particular course.

Facilitating Online Discussions

Discussion forums have the potential to be the most valuable learning opportunity in online environments. Here are some strategies for facilitating online discussions.

Fishbowl Activity

Tips for conducting a fishbowl activity in a live class. Modifications for connect and online classes are provided.

Flipping the Classroom

Video resources and external links for teachers on flipping the classroom to help them maximize student engagement during class time.

Formative Assessments

A description and examples of formative assessments used to monitor student learning.

Group Work

Tips, ideas, and projects for utilizing group or teamwork to add some great opportunities for student engagement.

IVC and Zoom Integration

An IVC-Zoom integration has been provided in IVC Broadcast courses to allow any student, regardless of reason, to attend IVC classes using Zoom from a place of their choosing.

Instructor Presence

Steps and facts for what instructors can do to engage with their students and improve communication in their online courses.

Jigsaw Activity

A description of a jigsaw activity that engages students by getting them to participate in cooperative learning.

Managing Remote Labs

Laboratory experiences in higher education cover a wide range of configurations, intended outcomes, and locations. This page is intended to direct you to ideas and resources you can use to plan your lab experience.

Office Hours

Instructions for setting up office hours via Zoom, so you can include the meeting ID in your syllabus, an announcement, or Canvas homepage.

Procedures & FAQs

Procedures and FAQs for teachers on topics like how to report course materials prior to classes, how to submit grades, FERPA, copyright, and other issues.

Quiz with Question Bank

If you teach a general education course, you have likely been asked to assess whether students are meeting specific outcomes. Canvas can make the reporting of those outcomes easier. There are two ways to measure the outcomes.

Quiz with Rubric

If you teach a general education course, you have likely been asked to assess whether students are meeting specific outcomes. Canvas can make the reporting of those outcomes easier. There are two ways to measure the outcomes.

Recording Online Lectures

Tips and best practices for recording lectures and using media in the online classroom. Practical guidelines for teachers to create a professional media product.

Remote Teaching

A variety of circumstances might require you to temporarily deliver your class online with minimal notice. This guide provides you suggested actions to take quickly when making the shift from teaching in a land-based classroom to teaching anywhere.

Rubrics

Use rubrics and outcomes to help students understand assignment requirements. Resources for Canvas tutorials regarding rubrics.

Self-Regulation

Basic information about self-regulation as it pertains to student learning to help instructors in course planning.

Simplify Your Navigation

By default, Canvas adds several extra menu items to your course that you are probably not using that make it difficult for students to find the resources that you are using.

Socratic Seminar

Purpose of and conducting a Socratic Seminar in place of a standard lecture for in-person, connect, hybrid, and virtual courses.

Summative Assessments

A description of summative assessments and how they are used to evaluate student learning.

Syllabus Development

Resources for teachers regarding syllabus development including a general syllabus outline and instructions for creating a syllabus in Canvas.

Think, Pair, Share Activity

A description of how to do a think, pair, share activity to encourage class participation for in-person, connect, hybrid, and virtual classes.

Unexpected Benefits of Teaching Online

If you are teaching online temporarily, the work you put in now will still have long-term benefits. Teaching online can facilitate flipping the classroom.

Video Creation Tips

Helpful information to create instructional videos using equipment you probably already have at home.