Taking Your Classes Online
Need help taking your classes online? The college has collected and developed information that can help! These documents contain helpful tips for taking your classes online, short descriptions of the available technology available for online courses.
Canvas should be considered your distribution hub for all information about your course including announcements/email to students, file sharing, link sharing, discussion threads, assignment management. You can record video lectures right inside of Canvas. You can even post videos to Canvas made from other sources into Canvas. There is a file size limit on the file you can upload. The best way to get around this if you are not sure how to compress the video or needs it to be uncompressed for quality purposes is to upload the file to your OneDrive and then create a shareable link that you can post to Canvas and other communication methods. You can find OneDrive instructions on https://it.libarts.colostate.edu/ and Canvas DIY instructions at https://canvas.colostate.edu/keepteaching/keep-teaching-do-it-yourself/. It’s recommneded that every faculty at least looks over the Canvas Keep Teaching DIY section. For support faculty should first look to their department experts for Canvas support, the next line would be the College Canvas Coordinator, Hannah, she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hannah, will also be sending out information to the faculty to help them transition their courses. Lastly, the Canvas Keep Teaching page has information about how to get help from central resources that will be available Monday through Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm Mountain time. Emails about this service and when to use it went out to faculty this morning.
- General Information and Login
- Information to Move Courses Online
- Video Recording Instructions
- Conferences Guide - For Faculty and Students
The Teams client is a great tool to stay in communication with staff and faculty and to schedule video conferences with small groups of people or even entire departments. It also is one of the supplemental tools that can be used for live meetings with students and can be used to record content for on-demand lecture content.
The Teams hub is for administrative use that can help with activities like file sharing, group text chat, coordinate video conference meetings for groups, and online collaboration. An MS teams hub will be created for administrative department use. Canvas hub for course materials and course information distribution. The MS Teams client can be used by courses to facilitate office hours or live video conferencing.
- Scheduling A Meeting
- Joining a Meeting as a Student
- Sharing Content in Meetings
- Meeting Recording
- Managing Teams notifications
Zoom is another supplemental tool for video conferencing for small groups and some are finding it meets the specific needs for their courses a bit better than other solutions. The free version is limited and there are varying levels of cost based on the number of participants you need to join the conference. The default recommendation is still MS Teams by CSU and is the best-supported option. Again, CSU is emphasizing video-on-demand over live sessions where possible.
- Tutorial Videos
- Manage and Protect Meetings
- Purchase License
The ACNS page has similar information as to what's found on this page, but it has an expanded scope in the topics covered, such as voicemail and security tips.
- MyPhone (desk phone call forwarding)
- IU - Keep Teaching
- iPhone Conference Call Instructions
- Android Conference Call Instructions
Remote Access Setup Instructions
If you have never used remote access resources (PulseSecure, secure.colostate.edu, Teams, etc) and need to install and configure them for the first time please use this guide.
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