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Faculty Guide for Online Teaching

.Organizing Materials for Online Learning.

"We highly recommend that all course materials be uploaded to Canvas, and that these materials be organized in a logical and consistent manner. Doing this helps set clear expectations for students, who will be able to focus more directly on the course content.

We also strongly suggest that as you build your curriculum on Canvas, you prepare these  materials as if you are delivering your course all-online - even if you are teaching a modified in-person class. This will allow you to pivot to online teaching quickly and efficiently in the event that it is necessary." -- More information on Organizing your Course Modules in Canvas is on the Fall 2022 Teaching Guide Some key things to think about with organizing your materials:

New Class Expectations/Objectives
Canvas allows you to develop modules that you can structure in various ways. It might be a good practice to have a whole module that you break down into different pages that helps explain and describe to students your process of revising the course and your new expectations. Remember, students are new to online learning as well, so be legible to them about the difficult choices you had to make, why you made them, and how together you will make/think/write for the remaining five weeks of the semester.

Are you going to focus on class based discussions? Are you going to have small group discussions (both possible under "discussions" on Canvas). You know your class dynamic already, so you may know that small group discussions are more generative OR know that your class likes to engage in whole class discussions. Either way, just be clear on your expectations about how much students should "post" and how often they should "reply."

In face-to-face classes, we are able to talk through assignments at various moments. As you organize your assignments, provide clear and concise guidelines and expectations. You might also open up a discussion board for students to ask questions that others may also have (helping minimize the number of emails you have to send clarifying details)


Inform students how you will be providing them feedback on the work they are producing - be that writing on discussion boards, written assignments, or art-based projects. Provide them with a timeline so everyone's expectations are where they need to be.

--Thanks to from Adam J. Greteman, Ph.D., Director, Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and Assistant Professor for this language + image