Getting Started

Include here links to syllabus, course calendar, Canvas student resource guide, and any other information you deem important at the beginning of a semester. The items listed below are simply a sample from a specific course. Notes are provided to help you think through what you might put in this section.

  • Course Syllabus
    • This would be a live link to a pdf of the course syllabus
  • Course Calendar
    • This would be a live link to a pdf of the course calendar. Even if overview is present in the syllabus, a week by week layout of the course will help students stay on track. Gives them a quick way to check exactly where they are and what topic is up for any particular week.
      • If you are transitioning from the typical 16-week semester to a 10-week online formation, this transition guide may be helpful.
  • Using Stats to Tell a Story
    • In the 175 course this was a link that led to a page with links to web-based examples of how statistics can be used to communicate information.
      • If you have examples (in any form - articles, web pages, ....) of the application of course content, this is a good place to put it.
  • About Labs, Quizzes & Team Match Bonus Points
    • In the 175 course this was a link that led to a page with detailed information about course labs, quizzes, and an activity that provided a good review of course content through team-based work for bonus points.
      • Whatever the main assessment components of the course are, this is a good place to compile and provide for students specific details on the nature of the activity/assignment, how it will be graded, when due, .... In the week an activity/assignment comes up the information is likely to be repeated yet having it all in one place is helpful and easy for students to find.
  • Tips for Success
    • In the 175 course this was a link that led to a page with guidance on how to effectively handle the online nature of the work, what the lines of communication would be when help needed, recommendations on how to organize weekly work, and how to prepare for exams.
      • In addition, you should convey the 'keys' to success you've gleaned from previous experiences (in person or online). It is also advisable to clearly communicate the importance of engagement with course content and classmates as well as the value of a disciplined approach to keeping up in an online course.
  • Get CASA Computer Lab Account
    • In the 175 course this was a link to the CASA web page where they could apply for an account so they could use the computer lab during the semester.
      • If you have any web sites or campus resources students will be using (particularly where access needs an application) it is advisable to put the information in this section to provide clear 'how to' information.
  • Campus Computer Lab Locations
    • In the 175 course this was a link to a page with information on where they could work on campus when needed.
      • This is a useful link to provide your students regardless of whether or not course specific software is used. It's helpful for the students to know where they can go on campus if they need to use a computer. They may be taking your class fully online but other courses in person so will be on campus at times.
  • General Student Information Survey
    • In the 175 course this was a link to an online survey that gathered information on their previous related coursework/experience, expectations/concerns regarding current course, and general information about them (including need for accommodations).
      • While useful even with in-person courses, becomes more important to gather at the start of the course as much information as possible to help guide you as to student needs/concerns/skills, ............ since you won't meet the students in person.
  • How to use Canvas features
  • Add/Drop Information
    • In the 175 course this was a link to a page with add and drop deadlines.
      • Particularly since you will not meet students in person it is important to provide information on deadlines and how to drop the course if they need to.
  • Determining Course Grade
    • In the 175 course this was a link to a page with specifics on how final course grade determined.
      • Whether you use a simple point total method or a detailed weighted component method, it is very important to make clear to students how their final course grade will be determined.