Calendaring

One thing that you may note as a potential challenge is the lack of due dates for any link. Links cannot accommodate due dates or to-do dates. This is something I've adapted to in my own teaching practice today. Instead of using direct links to videos I want students to watch or websites to visit, …

Using Modules

Puzzle piece to show the value of modular thinking

Students like modules, if not just as the homepage (Fox 2021). Think of the module as a chunk of your class. This post will show you how to set up a clear module list, so that students can access the content easily without you having to link to a lot of individual pages and assignments. …

The First Thing

The first thing students see

What do you want your students to see upon logging into your course? You need to think about this, and carefully. Do you want them to know what the readings and assignments are per the syllabus? Consider using a modules list for your home page. Do you want students to have clear access to, say, …

Clarity

Clarity: Stones stacked one on another

The Importance of Clarity in Your Canvas Course Students value clarity above many other things, especially when taking an online course. Your Canvas site is their portal to your course, and to the work they must complete to satisfy the objectives. It is important to think of your Canvas course from the student's perspective, and …

Timelines in the Classroom: Teaching Toolbox 2018

Do you have students work with timelines in class? Do you teach surveys, or long texts that have substantial narrative components unfolding over time? Have you used Northwestern University's Knight Lab's Timeline JS? I am developing an assignment that uses Timeline JS to recreate a novel with enriched digital resources. TimelineJS is an open-source tool that enables anyone …