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Guide to Hybrid & Online Teaching at JMU

Teach with Canvas

iconCanvas is JMU's learning management system. 

Canvas info on this page (click to jump to a section):

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 Canvas Discussion BoardsAssignments, 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.

Setting time zones in Canvas

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.

Transitioning courses to Canvas with ready-to-use templates

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, 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 CommonsNote: Canvas Commons seems to function best on Mozilla Firefox.

For more Canvas information or help:

Find more topics in this guide on the A-Z Page List or in the menu.