Whether it is a snow day, a scheduled absence for a conference or something more serious, it is important to have a plan for enabling continuity of instruction. This resource outlines steps that can be used to identify which course content needs to be replaced and how to create and deliver the material using different tools, including Canvas, Kaltura, and Zoom.


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Identify Content

Think about what would you have shared with students during the missed class time. It is helpful to think about the class meeting chronologically to determine everything you would have covered.  Typical classes include:

  • Announcements/syllabus/reminders
  • Lecture
  • Files and pages
  • Assignments
  • Discussions
  • Quizzes

 

Create and Deliver Content 

Start by determining the most effective delivery method for each content item you have identified. You may be creating several pieces of content which together replace what you would have covered in a live class.

NOTE: Before creating content in Canvas, please review the Course Accessibility Guidelines

Use the following resources to check Canvas content for Accessibility:

 

Announcements/Syllabus/Reminders 

Post a Canvas announcement and include important reminders from class.

Create a syllabus page using the syllabus tool in Canvas.

Ensure your students have their Notification Preferences set to receive your communications.

 

Lecture

Create a video alternative for a lecture given in class or to explain material in more detail. Use Zoom if you will be inviting students or a guest speaker and recording a synchronous event.  Use Kaltura if you will be recording asynchronously.

NOTE: If you are using Zoom or Kaltura in Canvas, you must enable the Learning Tool Integrations in your course.

 

Zoom

  1. Download the Zoom Client for Meetings from https://zoom.us/download
  2. Create a meeting in Zoom. 
    NOTE: More information about hosting a meeting or webinar is in the Zoom Host Quick Start Guide.
  3. Invite student or guest speakers (if applicable) to your Zoom meeting. 
    NOTE: Share the Zoom Participant Quick Start Guide with students so they are able to join and participate in a Zoom meeting. 
  4. Host the Zoom meeting with students.
  5. Use questioning strategies to increase engagement during Zoom meetings.
  6. Locate Zoom cloud recordings and embed or publish them in Canvas.

Kaltura

  1. Use Kaltura Capture to record a video. 
    NOTE: More information about creating media using Kaltura Capture, uploading existing media, or using media from YouTube can be found in the Create and Manage Media module on the Kaltura Learning Path: For Teaching and Instructional Content-Creators.  
  2. Automatically add chapters and slides to videos created with Kaltura Capture.
    NOTE: Edit slides in Kaltura media, if necessary. 
  3. Order and edit machine captions for your video or upload your own captions or add a transcript.  
  4. Embed your video in Canvas for student viewing.

NOTE: Include captions and/or transcripts for all videos to meet ADA compliance standards:

 

Files and Pages

Use pages to create content or upload files like Word docs, PDFs, or images to share with students.

Make course readings available by requesting via the Penn State Library's eReserves form or by emailing the Library eReserve unit at ul-reserveshelp@lists.psu.edu.

 

Assignments 

Create assignments in Canvas to collect student work or create gradebook columns for various types of student participation and interactions.

 

Discussions 

Create a discussion in Canvas to replace an in-class discussion.

 

Quizzes 

Create quizzes in Canvas.   

Create video quizzes in Kaltura and integrate them into your Canvas course.   

 

Modules

Organize your content, assignments, quizzes, etc. into Canvas Modules. 

 

NOTE: Consider the copyright of the content you are sharing with students. For questions about incorporating copyrighted material in your course, please contact the Office of Scholarly Communications & Copyright

 

Additional Resources

See the following resources for additional support options including Learning Paths (self-paced resources in a logical progression, from beginner to advanced), live training, and one-on-one Tech Tutor consultations.

 

Canvas

Live Online Training:

 

Kaltura

Live Online Training:

 

Zoom

Live Online Training:

 

IT

For more information about using technology to work remotely (e.g. fowarding your office phone, connecting via VPN), please refer to KB0013432: Information Technology: FAQs

 

World Campus

Review the World Campus Online Faculty Developement site for more information about Online Learning courses as well as a Teams chat to talk with experienced online instuctors.

 

Tech Tutors

  • Personalized training and support for Penn State students, faculty, and staff on technology tools including Canvas, Kaltura, and Zoom.
  • Walk-in hours for University Park only, online via Zoom for all Campus locations.

*NOTE: Any of the live online trainings listed above can be requested on-demand. Training on Demand  sessions contain the same content as regularly-scheduled online sessions, but can be delivered to your group of 10 or more participants at a mutually convenient time. 

Training for: 
Faculty
Staff
Type of Training: 
Documentation
Training Topic: 
Collaboration
Communication
Teaching and Learning
Service or Technology: 
Canvas
Zoom
Kaltura
Training Level: 
Introduction

Training for: 
Faculty
Staff
Type of Training: 
Documentation
Training Topic: 
Collaboration
Communication
Teaching and Learning
Service or Technology: 
Canvas
Zoom
Kaltura