Canvas is JMU's learning management system.
If this is the first time you have used Canvas as an instructor:
Once your course is set up, these resources will help you learn to use Canvas:
Because students and instructors alike bring varied levels of experience and access to online learning, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with asynchronous tools in Canvas, including Canvas Discussion Boards, Assignments, and the Canvas Group Home Page (for group work).
Asynchronous Canvas tools will likely offer the most inclusive and accessible learning experience for your students, but they will likely only be successful if you take the time to explicitly communicate your subject-specific expertise, assignment expectations, and other assumptions in this new online format.
If you are not (or a student is not) physically located in the Eastern Standard Time (EST) zone in the U.S., it is important to adjust the time zone in Canvas settings. For instance, if the due time of an assignment is set for 11:59 pm EST, a student on the U.S. West coast will need to submit the assignment by 8:59 pm, PST. Without adjusting the local time zone, this student might be 3 hours late for the assignment submission! Here are instructions for adjusting the time zone in Canvas settings.
When it's necessary to quickly move courses to Canvas, module templates and pages can help. Canvas has provided templates you can use, including detailed instructions about how to integrate these into your courses.
Within canvas.jmu.edu, you can use existing Module or Page Templates by visiting Commons, searching for Module Template, and using the Filter feature to find templates relevant to your course. Read more about how to find templates and other resources in the Canvas Commons. Note: Canvas Commons seems to function best on Mozilla Firefox.
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