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Instructional Continuity - Face-to-Face to Online

Extended campus closures and course cancellations can occur as a result of inclement weather, widespread illness, unexpected events, etc. In the event of a campus closure, instructors may be required to temporarily move their face-to-face courses online.

Make sure that you have access to a WEBCAM and MICROPHONE! If you do not, now is the time to order one. You can also email the Innovations in Learning team at

Suggested options:

Is my face-to face course available in Canvas?

Yes. A Canvas course shell is automatically provided for all UW-Parkside courses, regardless of their format (i.e. face-to-face, hybrid, online). 

How do I find my course shells in Canvas?
To access your course shell(s) in Canvas, navigate to the UW-Parkside logins page. 
Click on the Canvas login button and log in using your UW-Parkside NetID and Password.
The easiest way to locate current term courses is via the Global Navigation > Courses link. See (How do I view all my Canvas courses as an instructor?)

Do students have access to course shells?
No. By default, all courses are brought into Canvas in an unpublished state. This allows the instructor to develop/add content to the course before students have access to it. 

How do I grant student access once I've added content to the course?
Once a Canvas course is Published, the students enrolled in it will have access to it. See (How do I publish a course?)

Where do I begin?
In order to add content to your course, the first thing you'll want to do is add a module. See (How do I add a module?)

How do I add a file to my course?
You can add a file (syllabus, powerpoint, etc.) to your course by uploading it. See (How to upload a file to a course)

Tips to help you be well-prepared to move your course online in the event of a campus closure 

It is a good idea to make plans now for what you will do with your course when you have an emergency. Practice using the tools ahead of time. 
  • Try using Collaborate Ultra for office hours, so you can try the various web conferencing features while support is easy to reach. 
  • Use the announcements tool to contact your students. 
  • Take connectivity into consideration. Students who are not on campus may have poor Internet connectivity and may not be able to participate in real time. 
  • Communication is key! Tell students how often you will communicate with them and what your turn-around time is for returning messages. This sets reasonable expectations.  
These additions to your course routine will mean that you and your students will be well-prepared to take your course temporarily online if needed.

To request in-person or online Canvas training, contact Innovations in Learning at

Keywords:canvas, face-to-face, online, instructional, continuity, covid, faq,   Doc ID:98620
Owner:Linda W.Group:UW Parkside
Created:2020-03-10 13:59 CDTUpdated:2020-03-12 15:10 CDT
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