Taking Our Courses Virtual: Some First Steps for Beginners

We have set up a guided explanation of how to get started with Canvas for faculty members who have been making minimal use of Canvas so far. It is available in the menu above marked First Steps in Canvas.  Those pages detail how to set up a very basic site, and once you have done this confidently you will be ready to take any next steps you wish to take.

First of all, take a deep breath.  For folks who don’t use online tools regularly:  you can do this.  It will take patience and generosity and flexibility, both with our students and with ourselves.  We are in this together, and it will be OK!

Here is a good plantake a  first step and set up your Canvas site to cover basic continuation of instruction for the next two weeks.  These pages will guide you through.  As you work on it, you will see many further steps you might take.  Once you have the basic site set up, we suggest that you then come back and acquaint yourself with the broader Canvas system and its instructional tools.  We will have links to in-depth overviews of Canvas available soon.

To get started, we suggest five steps:


About Chris Boettcher

Christopher Boettcher, Ph.D. is the inaugural Director of the Castleton Center for Teaching and Learning and an Associate Professor of English. Professor Boettcher specializes in General Education teaching of courses in writing, speaking and reading. He also maintains research interests in the scholarship of teaching and learning and has published original research in community engagement and nineteenth-century literature and culture.
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