Synchronous Online Instruction

Below is a chart that focuses on the kinds of tasks faculty may be using in their face-to-face classrooms that can be achieved using different tools on Canvas. While Canvas allows for a wide range of options for online teaching, if you are less comfortable with technology overall, we suggest that you focus on working with and through ONE of the Canvas tools that allows for synchronous connectivity—Conference, Studio, Discussion Boards—rather than trying to master all at once.

If you are less comfortable with Canvas, or would like a review, we have created an online Canvas Refresher course. If you would prefer a face-to-face Canvas Basics course, you can sign up here.

Tasks

Tools

Tutorials

Virtual real-time meeting/lecture/discussion with students 

Zoom, Chat, Microsoft Teams, etc. 

Managing Zoom Meetings

Using the Canvas Chat Tool to chat with your students 

Using Microsoft Teams to chat and video conference 

Zoom and Teams Comparison Chart

Leading/engaging in synchronous discussions online 

Discussion Board on Canvas

Creating Canvas discussion boards 

Lecture Recording, screen capturing, video discussions 

Panopto

Studio on Canvas 

Recording lectures and screen capturing with Panopto

Adding Panopto videos to a course page

Using Panopto for video discussions

Recording lectures and screen capturing with Canvas Studio 

Recording lectures and screen capturing with Canvas Studio 

Adding Canvas Studio videos to a course page 

Using Canvas Studio for Video Discussions 

Adding and recording audio to PowerPoint slides

Engaging in synchronous small group work/discussion

Groups on Canvas 

Create Groups in a Canvas course 

Create group assignments 

Create group discussions 

Monitor student activity in groups 

Holding virtual office hours 

Zoom, Conferences on Canvas, Microsoft Teams 

Managing Zoom Meetings

Video Conferencing with your students using the Canvas Conferences tool 

Using Microsoft Teams to chat and video conference 

Zoom and Teams Comparison Chart

Providing course content (handouts, videos, audio files, readings) 

Populating Modules on Canvas – YouTube, TED, etc. 

Adding materials to Canvas modules

Uploading a file to Canvas pages, assignments, discussions, etc. 

Embedding videos from the web (YouTube, Vimeo, Ted) within Canvas pages, assignments, discussions, etc. 

Adding Canvas Studio videos to a course page 

Setting up in-class, synchronous assignments

Assignments on Canvas 

Creating assignments within a Canvas class

Setting up Canvas  Assignments for online submission 

For more information, we also recommend the following resources: 

American University 

DePaul University 

The University of Washington, Seattle 

Canvas offers 24/27 support, which includes telephone and chat support. Contact them with any questions about how to use any component within Canvas and Canvas Studio, as well as with any problem that you encounter with the system. 

In order to provide additional support, we have identified staff and/or faculty in every department who can offer disciplinary-specific advice on how to convert coursework to an online setting. You may view a list of these faculty and staff in this document.

Through Team Dynamix, faculty and staff can also request support for outstanding issues where technical assistance is necessary.

If you have additional questions that aren’t able to be addressed through our Canvas Refresher, a Canvas Basics course, or your department contacts, contact Academic Technology (canvaslms@colum.edu). 

Ames Hawkins (ahawkins@colum.edu) is also available to field pedagogical questions regarding online teaching.