How to Use Canvas for Teaching If Your Class Can’t Meet In-Person
Here are some tips for using the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) to continue teaching your course if you or your students can’t meet face-to-face. You can use Canvas to facilitate communication with students, post course materials, create assignments for students to submit online, provide feedback and grades and meet virtually with your students online through Zoom.
- Getting Started with Canvas
- Communicating with Students
- Posting Course Materials
- Creating Online Assignments
- Providing Feedback & Grading Online
- Recording Your Lectures
- Meeting with Your Students Online
- Additional Resources for Teaching Online
The Canvas team automatically creates Canvas course sites for courses in Axess. If you’ve been added to Axess as an instructor then you can access your Canvas course by logging into canvas.stanford.edu with your Stanford SUNet ID and password. Officially enrolled students and TAs in Axess are automatically added to your Canvas course.
If you’re new to Canvas, here are some tips for getting started.
If you have any questions, or to set up a Canvas consultation, the Canvas team is always happy to help you. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Create a Canvas Discussion as a forum to facilitate communication, encourage students to interact, ask questions and respond to discussion prompts.
Add your Syllabus to the Canvas Syllabus tool.
Create an Online Assignment to allow students to submit files through Canvas.
Use SpeedGrader to provide feedback on student assignments. Any grades entered in SpeedGrader are automatically added to the Canvas Gradebook.
You can manually enter and edit grades in the Gradebook.
Gradescope is also an option if you have paper-based exams.
You can record your lectures using Panopto (called Course Videos in Canvas).
Online Class Meetings Schedule class meetings to get together with students live over Zoom videoconferencing. Zoom also has a feature that allows you to record your online meetings. (The Zoom recording feature can be used to record your lectures as well.)
Online Office Hours
Use Zoom to set up virtual office hours to meet with students using your webcam, share your computer screen or collaborate using Zoom’s whiteboard feature.
Visit the Stanford Teaching Commons website for additional resources for teaching online. The Teaching Commons site includes tips for getting started with online teaching, best practices, strategies for online course planning , ideas for a variety of class activities to build community and enhance engagement, suggestions for how to provide feedback and do assessments online, and how to get help when you need it.
Check out our “Teaching with Canvas” self-paced, tutorial course if you’d like to learn more about how Canvas can enhance online teaching and learning. You’ll find examples from Stanford Canvas courses to help inspire you and Canvas templates to get you up and running quickly with your own course.
The Canvas Student Center is a self-paced, tutorial course for students to help them get the information they need to use Canvas more effectively and efficiently.
This Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education resource also provides useful pedagogical recommendations for teaching online and important considerations to keep in mind when using online tools.