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Guide to Hybrid & Online Teaching at JMU

Use Canvas to put your course online

Canvas is JMU's learning management system.

Essential tips and tools for Canvas

If this is the first time you have used Canvas as an instructor:

  1. Log in to to find out if you have a "course shell" already set up for the class you are teaching.
  2. If you do not have a course shell, contact to request a course shell. Include your course number (e.g. EDUC 630) and course title.

Once your course is set up, these resources will help you learn to use Canvas:

Asynchronous tools in 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 DiscussionsAssignments, and the 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.

Setting time zones in Canvas

If you or a student is not physically located in the Eastern Standard Time (EST) zone in the U.S., it is important for that person 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! Follow this brief guide to adjust the time zone in your Canvas account.

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