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Instructional Continuity - Tools for Online Learning

UW-Parkside has a number of tools available to facilitate online learning through the Canvas learning management system. Should the university encounter a need to move all classes online, instructors will have the option to facilitate face-to-face courses virtually either asynchronously or synchronously through Canvas.

Asynchronous Options

The Canvas assignments tool allows for the online submission of course work. In the event that all courses are moved online, in-class submissions can be submitted to Canvas using the Assignments tool. For information on how to build an online Canvas assignment, visit the Canvas Guides

If you’re looking for an asynchronous alternative to in-class discussions, the Canvas discussions tool will allow you to post a prompt either to your full class or groups of students and begin a dialogue on the topic. Discussions can be built into Canvas either as graded or ungraded activities. For information on how to build an online Canvas discussion, visit the Canvas Guides.

Canvas has robust options for building quizzes and surveys within the LMS. Choose from standard options like multiple choice, true/false, and essay questions, or try something more robust like a matching question, multiple select, or hotspot. For information on how to build an online Canvas quiz, visit the Canvas guides

Record lecture videos using Kaltura. You can record your computer screen, webcam, or both. All Kaltura videos have the capability to be captioned on an as-needed basis. Videos embed directly into Canvas so students can access materials within the LMS. PowerPoint lectures can also be recorded with audio and exported as .mp4 files to convey in-class content to students online. For more information on how to use Kalura, visit the UW-Parkside Knowledgebase.

Synchronous Options

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
This is Innovations in Learning’s preferred method of video conferencing. Blackboard Collaborate Ultra integrates directly within Canvas, and rooms are available for synchronous communication between instructors and students. For more information on how to use Ultra, visit the  UW-Parkside Knowledgebase

Blackboard’s contract to provide web conference services to the University of Wisconsin will expire on 6/30/2021. Access to Blackboard Collaborate Ultra web conference sessions, recordings, usage data, and all other services will end on that date. The UW System plans on negotiating a conferencing contract with Zoom before the start of the Fall 2021 semester. Alternative conferencing tools such as Microsoft Teams and WebEx will continue to be available during this transition. More information can be found here.

Help & Resources

On-Demand Canvas Training
Due to the current events regarding the COVID-19 virus, the Innovations in Learning team is offering on-demand online Canvas trainings. To schedule an online Canvas training, email

Canvas Tier 1 Support
Canvas offers 24/7 Tier 1 Technical Support for faculty and students. You can access support through the Help button on the black navigation bar within Canvas, or on the Canvas logins page. 

Keywords:continuity, instruction, instructional, canvas, online, face-to-face, covid-19, quizzes, discussion, ultra, lecture capture, kaltura, video, synchronous, asychronous, assignment, canvas   Doc ID:98608
Owner:Linda W.Group:UW Parkside
Created:2020-03-10 12:29 CDTUpdated:2021-05-03 14:17 CDT
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