Image PlaceholderSLCC Online & eLearning Services has adapted and/or created the following resources to help faculty prepare to teach remotely in the event of campus disruption.

Using Canvas to Teach Remotely

Updating Your Canvas Home Page

Update your homepage (first create a page and then make it your home page if you don't have one already) to include a message about new online components and expectations. Include instructions on this page telling students how to contact you. Also include information for students on where to get Canvas and technical help by pointing them to the help icon (question mark) on the furthest left menu in Canvas or these student resources.

Hosting Class Live Virtually through WebEx, Microsoft Teams, or BigBlueButton

When teaching remotely, you can schedule virtual class sessions for students to attend via several web conferencing tools. These tools allow you to have video and audio for both you and your students if you choose. Many of the tools also allow you to draw on a virtual whiteboard, share your screen, and use a chat feature.

One of these web conferencing tools is Webex. See this WebEx Tutorial for the basics of how to get started using Webex.

You can also use Microsoft Office Teams in Canvas to conduct live lectures. Curtis Rogers from University of Texas-Permian Basin has created a video tutorial on how to insert a Teams Meeting into your course, record the meeting, then embed the recorded meeting into a Canvas page.  It does not have breakout rooms, but you can do a work around to get something similar.

For more in-depth training on Webex in Canvas and MS Teams, view this recording of eLearning's Teach Anywhere webinar, recorded 3/24/20.

Another web conferencing tool that is integrated with Canvas is called Conferences. This option is currently limited to just a few conferences at a time, so you will likely need to use one of the other tools. See this Conferences (BigBlueButton) Tutorial for basic information about getting started conducting a live virtual meeting with Conferences. For more detailed information on Conferences, there is also a screenshot tutorial of how to be a presenter in Conferences, and another video tutorial that demonstrates how to use some of the more advanced features, such as breakout rooms, whiteboards, annotations, and recording with Conferences (BigBlueButton).

Using Email to Communicate with your Students in Canvas

The Inbox in Canvas is like email, just done through Canvas, and it allows you to easily communicate with your students. Check your email and Canvas Inbox frequently to address student concerns. 

Sending Announcements in Canvas

Post announcements in Canvas with written or recorded messages for your students. This is the fastest way to communicate with your entire class. Suggest to students that they update their notifications settings to allow announcements to be forwarded to their email address. 

Sharing Course Materials in Canvas

The Files area in Canvas provides a place for storing course materials. Add files such as documents, PDFs, PowerPoint slides, or spreadsheets. Learn more about how to use, organize, and manage Files. (Make sure the Files link is available in the left hand course navigation menu and that any files not intended for student viewing are restricted.)

Once you have uploaded files, the easiest way for students to access the files is for you to create a Canvas page and link to the files on that Canvas page or in an announcement. Learn how to link to files.

Sharing Pre-Recorded Lecture Video and Audio in Canvas

If you would like to record lectures via audio or video and share them with your students, please see the following MyMedia (Kaltura) and Youtube training guides. MyMedia will allow you to upload pre-recorded media or to record within MyMedia. Then you can embed that media in Canvas for your students to watch.

Facilitating Asynchronous (not live) Class Discussions in Canvas

Setting up an asynchronous discussion in Canvas is an easy way to allow instructors to discuss (through writing or videos) the course content or assignments with students, or for students to share work or ask questions. Learn how to create a discussion board.

Creating (and Proctoring) Quizzes, Exams, and Assignments in Canvas

Grading Assignments in Canvas

Additional Canvas Resources

Library Services and Resources

Librarians and Library Services are available to help you with your courses. Some of their services include:

Accessibility in Canvas

Please see these two resources for more information about accessibility in Canvas.

Best Practices for Teaching Remotely

The above section contains information for how to use the different parts of Canvas to teach remotely. In this section there are links to a Canvas site that covers some the pedagogy and best practices for teaching remotely effectively. You can use the links below to go to specific parts of the course or you can just go straight to the Teach Anywhere: Best Practices for Teaching Remotely Canvas Course. 

Getting Students Started

The Remote Teacher: This page discusses how the instructor role changes from face-to-face to remote instruction.

Orienting Students to the Remote Learning Environment: A guide for essential items you may consider adding to your course to help your students succeed.

Netiquette: This page can be used as a template for setting online communication expectations for your course.

Technical Support: This page contains a list of technical support resources for your students that you can copy and paste into your course.

Communicating Remotely

Methods for Creating Social Presence: Maintaining an active presence in your course is critical for student success, but especially for student retention. This page contains information about how to maintain connections with your students in the remote learning environment.

Writing Clear Instructions: This is a guide to writing clear assignment instructions for students. 

Remote Pedagogy and Management

Monitoring Student Progress: This page offers some strategies for tracking your students' progress in Canvas.

Feedback Delivery Methods: This page discusses the various feedback delivery methods available to you in Canvas so that you can provide students with the feedback they need to succeed in your course.

Workload and Time Management: This page offers a strategy for managing your workload and managing your time while delivering your course in a remote format.

Examples Gallery

This gallery consists of various examples for you to use (copy and paste) in your course(s).

Readiness Checklist

Review the Readiness Checklist below and answer yes or no to each question to determine if you are ready to continue your courses remotely (where possible) in the event of an emergency.

1. Are you prepared to put your course materials in Canvas?






I have a Canvas site for each of my course sections that contains the most current course information. (A Canvas site for each course is automatically generated at the beginning of each semester.)

I know that content from another Canvas site can be imported into my site and who to contact for help with that (either eLearning Support or my course coordinator).

2. Are you prepared to establish channels of communication with your students?






I know how to communicate with my students in accordance with FERPA guidelines.

My students know how to contact me through the Canvas Inbox if they have a question.

I know how to send announcements in Canvas to my students.

I know how to conduct virtual office hours through tools available in Canvas such as Webex, BigBlueButton.



I can use Canvas discussion boards to conduct written discussions with my students.



I can use WebEx or Conferences (BigBlueButton) in Canvas (or other web conferencing tool such as Zoom, Google Hangouts, etc.) to conduct live discussions with my students.

Students know how to contact each other (using Canvas Inbox) and collaborate through Canvas

3. Are you prepared to establish ways to conduct your class remotely?




I know how to use the Canvas LMS to make course materials (including readings, files, and links to outside resources) available to my students.



My students can read, listen to, and/or watch my lectures in Canvas.



My students can turn in homework and assignments in Canvas.

My students can take quizzes and exams in Canvas.



I know how to respond to student work (give feedback and assign grades) in Canvas.

I have taken steps to ensure my online course materials are accessible to students with disabilities. (Contact the Disability Resource Center if needed.)



I know how to send final grades from Canvas to Banner (see tutorial for Grade Passback tool).

4. Are you prepared to set up remote access to important resources?






I have a computing device at home that has the software and Internet connectivity I need to work remotely.



I know how to access Canvas on my smartphone and/or non-work computing device. (For full and best functionality, access Canvas through Google Chrome or Firefox browser, not the app, but you can install the Canvas app on your device for limited uses).

I know how to contact the 24/7 Canvas support hotline and I have taught my students how to contact the 24/7 Canvas support hotline (using the Help button (question mark icon) in the global navigation menu on the far left).

I know how to use SLCC’s online tutoring resources and I have taught my students how to use SLCC’s online tutoring resources.

If you answered “No” to any of these items, please see the resources provided at the top of the page to learn more information.

Resources adapted from SLCC materials, Northwestern University, George Washington University, Indiana University, Utah State University, and the University of Washington.


If you have specific concerns which are not covered above, you may contact: