Instructions to Hold Virtual Classes Using Canvas

Teachers using the educational software Canvas can utilize the “conferences” function to hold online classes for the duration of your institution’s ban on face-to-face classes due to the corona virus crisis. Below are step-by-step instructions.

STEP ONE: OPEN CANVAS AND GO TO YOUR SECTION

STEP TWO: GO TO SETTINGS

STEP THREE: GO TOP NAVIGATION TAB (Step One) AND THEN DRAG CONFERENCES TO THE TOP (Step Two)

STEP FOUR: YOUR NAVIGATION MENU SHOULD LOOK LIKE THIS

STEP FIVE: NOW SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM AND HIT SAVE

STEP SIX: CLICK THE CONFERENCE TAB (Step One) AND THEN + CONFERENCE (Step Two)

STEP SEVEN: 1. FILL IN THE DESCRIPTION OF THE CONFERENCE 2. INVITE THE ENTIRE CLASS. 3. CLICK UPDATE. NOTE: You can unclick the box and invite individual students

 STEP EIGHT: CLICK START

STEP NINE: CLICK VIDEO

STEP TEN: YOUR SCREEN SHOULD LOOK LIKE THIS

STEP ELEVEN: SHARE COMPUTER SCREEN OR LECTURE URL. Note: If you want students to see a PowerPoint or Photoshop or any other application, click the “Application Window” tab.

NOW STUDENTS SEE THIS

STEP TWELVE: GO TO YOUR LECTURE BROWSER TAB TO SCROLL DOWN AS YOU SPEAK NOTE: Your students will see your scroll. Toggle back and forth as appropriate.

FINAL NOTES:

  1. CLICK HERE for student instructions on how to use the “conferences” tab on Canvas.
  2. You should alert your students if you are using this function. Schedule a trial run, perhaps.
  3. You can call on individual students. Ask them to hit the video camera on their screen and they will appear for all to see.
  4. You can record your conference and reuse it.

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