Student Instructions to Attend Virtual Classes via Canvas

Follow these procedures to join your teacher’s Virtual Classroom. You must be enrolled in one of his or her sections using Canvas educational software. Classes may be scheduled online when  your institution closes for weather-related or flu-related emergency reasons.

STEP ONE: YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL INVITATION

You will receive via your institution’s email an invitation to join a live conference.


STEP TWO: GO TO YOUR CANVAS SECTION

Click “Conferences.”


STEP THREE: TURN ON YOUR MICROPHONE

Click on the icon so your voice is activated.


STEP FOUR: ALLOW ACCESS TO MICROPHONE

Be sure to click allow


STEP FIVE: CHECK YOUR MICROPHONE

Test the microphone and click “yes” if you can hear your voice.


STEP SIX: LET CANVAS TO ACCESS YOUR CAMERA

On occasion, you may be asked to participate via your phone or computer webcam. Click  allow  and  start  sharing.

STEP SEVEN: HOW TO USE VIDEO CAMERA FUNCTION

Do NOT click the video button unless your instructor calls on you to answer a question or you want to ask him or her a question. After you ask the question or participate in the discussion, you can click off your video and your picture will disappear from the class screen.


STEP EIGHT: HOW TO SHARE YOUR SCREEN

There may be times your instructor asks you to share a photo or digital product. Or you may want to show the class a website. In that case, click the “Share Screen” button below.


STEP NINE: HOW TO SHARE APPLICATIONS

Perhaps you might want to share a file in one of your folders, a video, a presentation or a photo in Photoshop. In that case, ask Dr. B for permission. If he grants it, hit the application tab and then choose the program you want to share. NOTE: You should close all non-class related applications or content you do not want the class to see. 


STEP TEN: HOW TO SHARE WEBSITES

You may want to share a link to your blog or a news or information site. In that case, you should ask the instructor for permission and then hit the browser tab. NOTE: Be sure to close out any open tab that you do not want to share with the class. Very important for privacy!


STEP ELEVEN: YOU SHOULD SEE YOUR TEACHER AND THE DAY’S LECTURE

This is your window into your section as if you were seated in your instructor’s class. Follow all the rules of engagement as if you were face to face.


STEP TWELVE: CLOSE OUT THE PROGRAM

You can log out of the class at any time if you have to leave the session for an appointment or when the class ends. Be sure, however, to close your Canvas tab as well.


In case you have any difficulty accessing the virtual session via Canvas, please contact your institution’s computer support number.

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