Converting Face-to-Face Courses to Online: Where to Begin?

As all faculty work to transition our face-to-face courses online, consider what approaches would be most seamless for your students and realistic for you. One of the first possibilities to consider is, if you deliver course lectures, what tools are available in Canvas to deliver your content? 

Canvas Conferences can be used if you want to offer students remote, synchronous lectures, “meetings,” or Office Hours. These can be recorded and made available to students who could not “attend” the synchronous meeting. For training on how to use Canvas Conferences: https://at.fscj.edu/blog/conferences-training?rq=conferences 

Unlike Canvas Conferences, Canvas Studio would be for asynchronous lectures. You can create screen capture videos, which would be useful if you teach from Prezi or PowerPoint. You can record all of your lectures at one time, and then share them to your students in Canvas or via email with a hyperlink: https://at.fscj.edu/blog/arc-features 

Another possibility is, if you use cooperative or collaborative learning, how can Cavas help you facilitate group discussions. You may benefit from creating small groups. These groups can work synchronously through the small group Conference option or asynchronously through a small group discussion board. https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-10460#jive_content_id_Groups and https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-10460#jive_content_id_Discussions

Canvas also has an extensive guide on how to use features such as Quizzeshttps://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-10460#jive_content_id_Quizzes and the Gradebookhttps://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-10460#jive_content_id_Grades  and 

FSCJ’s Educational Technology Department has a website with extensive resources for using Canvas https://at.fscj.edu/blog?category=LMS&tag=Canvas and Canvas has a searchable Guide https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-10460-canvas-instructor-guide-table-of-contents 

There are also resources for your students. The Educational Technology Department has developed an excellent overview of Canvas for students: https://canvas.fscj.edu/courses/124/modules

Please be mindful of the accessibility needs of our students as materials are transitioned to online: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-2061-accessibility-within-canvas

Feel free to email the following Academy members or our Faculty Resource Specialists if you have particular questions regarding moving assignments or lectures online.  

Academy Members

Dr. Audrey Antee, Assistant Director
North Campus
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Jeniah Jones, Assistant Director
Downtown Campus
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Dr. Theresa Dyer Kramer, Member
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Dr. Samantha Ertenberg, Member
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Mathew Keyes, Member
Kent Campus
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Sharon Uskokovich, member
Kent Campus
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904-381-3670

  


Faculty Development Specialists

Mark Peters Jr.
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Paul Hoffman, M.Ed.
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Steven Gunter
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Phillip Delacruz, M.F.A.
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Also, we have several amazing faculty experienced in online instruction who are willing to offer support as we all make this transition. They have offered to answer questions as well for anyone who needs assistance.

David Buchman, Culinary and Hospitality Management

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Scott Cason, Humanities,

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Charlotte Clark-Rowe, Nursing

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Shawna Coram,  Business and Accounting

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Wayne Francis, Communications:  can meet in South Campus FRC on Monday: email him to meet

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Beth Hansen, History

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Catherine Hurlbut, Biology

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Jeanne Lancaster, Psychology

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Nancy Mullins, Chemistry

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Suzette Reagan, Business

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Jason Walker, Biology

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Susan Nash, Economics and English

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Claire Reetz, Spanish

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Barb Moyer, Human Services and AFPD facilitator

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Below are some additional resources outside of Canvas suggested by Professor Coram:

I use Snagit for my lecture capture which isn’t typically free, but I received an email that I pasted below that they are offering free versions until June 30th which you might want to share with others - https://discover.techsmith.com/remote-techsmith/?utm_source=temp-cust&utm_medium=email&utm_content=announcement&utm_campaign=continuity-support&spMailingID=64260323&spUserID=MTM5MDYyODM3MzE0S0&spJobID=1841395878&spReportId=MTg0MTM5NTg3OAS2   Screen-Cast-O-Matic is a good free option.  TechSmith also has a collaborative Video Review tool that might work well in place of a traditional written discussion forum that I haven’t yet tried but may now that it is temporarily free.  In addition, I’ve heard that other companies are offering free temporary access, but the only other one I know for sure of is kudu https://kudu.com/  -  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kNmo3ZJNGl0dKDyeg-wn13O4OpLLE9hVNc0UlOCkPEE/edit  

Lastly, here are some newer promising tools that I been eyeing that I haven’t yet had a chance to use but given the circumstances, others might find some of them useful if you’d like to share.  I think most of them have Canvas apps for easy course integration, but I would have to get with Robyn to have them made available.

Perusall – https://perusall.com/  - social reading/annotation tool – free

Hypothes.is – https://web.hypothes.is/  -  virtual annotation tool - free 

Flipgrid -  https://info.flipgrid.com/ - like a video discussion board.  Can’t decide if too immature for our students – TechSmith Video Review may be better

Prulu - https://prulu.com/  - creates answer repository for most frequently asked questions

InsertLearning - https://insertlearning.com/  - insert instructional content on any webpage

 

Additionally, professor Walker has made a video on how a person can create videos using a Mac: https://youtu.be/BMaHiHPSOFI

 

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