Teaching with Technology During a Disruptive Event
Update: September 2020
Instructors planning to teach in-person for the fall 2020 semester need to quickly pivot to teaching remotely. Start by learning about and using Canvas if you are newer to teaching with technology. Consult additional Pages in this guide for information on conducting lectures and other activities. Consult the L&S Remote Teaching Toolkit for additional help planning.
This guide is part of the College of Letters & Science's efforts to ensure that instruction continues after a disruptive event. Please also consult UW-Madison's comprehensive instructional continuity resources.
Canvas Quick-Start Guide
Canvas is UW-Madison's learning management system, an enterprise solution for remotely conducting many essential teaching functions. Instructors can share educational materials, communicate with students, receive student work, provide grades and feedback, and much more.
Canvas course sites are automatically generated according to data in the Student Information System. By default, these automatically created courses will remain invisible to students until it is published. Use the steps below to access Canvas and begin using it to teach.
1. Log In to Canvas
Log in to the Canvas LMS (Learning Management System) by going to https://canvas.wisc.edu/ and logging in with your NetID and password. This will take you to a "Dashboard", which shows you the courses you are teaching. Select the dashboard icon of the course you wish to work with.
2. Review people list
Canvas rosters are a reflection of how sections and crosslistings are combined in the UW-Madison course catalog. Before you begin using your site, it may be helpful to quickly view the list of enrolled students to verify that the roster matches your expectations. Select the "People" option in the navigation menu on the left-hand side of the screen to view a class roster that lists each students, email addresses, section numbers, and other information.
3. Add & Arrange materials
Canvas offers a flexible set of features to conduct regular class activities. Add materials to the course such as readings, recorded lectures, assignments, quizzes, discussions and more. Focus first on materials that are most important in the coming weeks. This will allow you to have students complete readings, submit work for grading, take a quiz, or contribute to a discussion. These materials can be organized into modules - e.g., Week 3 Content.
5. Communicate with students
Once your course is Published in Canvas, let students know. Using the "Inbox" within Canvas allows you to send a message to all students in your course. You can also send messages to your class via the Canvas "Announcements" within a specific course.