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Online Education

Emergency Preparedness: Resources for Teaching Online

In the event that an emergency situation evolves, and campus-based teaching is not possible, we want to ensure that all course sections have an activated learning management system presence (Canvas). We are asking that you get your courses ready to be taught online by following the instructions below.

General Tips

  • When at all possible, opt for an asynchronous class (occurring independently but with specific due dates/times) rather than synchronous (occurring at the same time). Requiring students to meet online at a certain time will likely lead to the need to create a contingency plan for student absences due to poor internet, loss of power, or children also staying home due to inclement weather.
  • Keep videos to 6 minutes or less.
  • Use Open Educational Resources (OER)  and Films on Demand in your courses whenever possible. You don’t want students traveling to retrieve materials if class is canceled, so materials accessible online through the library or other open source are preferable.
  • Caption video content for accessibility.
  • Before you use any files you find, check that resources are labeled as ‘copyright free’ and are from a trustworthy source.
  • Canvas has resources for ensuring academic integrity including Turnitin.

Note: Creating an online course in preparation for the possibility of a campus closure does not replace the Online Course Development Process established by the Center for Online Education. If you are interested in a long-term plan to develop your courses into a hybrid or online format, please reach out to the Center for Online Education. 

Course Preparation and Template Options

COE has developed a template for emergencies when face-to-face courses need to be prepared for online delivery. To view this template self-enroll below.

View Template

If you would like this template copied into your course, please reach out to the Center for Online Education and we will add this template to your course.

Request Template

Follow these suggested steps and instructions for common teaching tasks below to get started using the technology to teach online. Please use what your department has deemed necessary for your courses.

Access North Park University’s Canvas learning management system online at Canvas. Use your North Park username and password to log in.

Learn how to access Canvas courses  >>

Upload course policies, assignments, readings, and other materials required for students to complete the course.

Getting Started Resources >>

Learn about posting course materials  >>

Create simple lecture videos using audio and slides in PowerPoint, record a short lecture or presentation in BigBlueButton or reuse videos stored on Echo360.

Learn about PowerPoint lecture videos  >>

Learn about BigBlueButton conferences >>

Utilize Echo360 Videos >> If you use Echo360 and have recordings of you teaching your current course in a previous semester that you would like to use and post in your current section, open an Media Services Help Desk Ticket if you require assistance.

Use Canvas to communicate to all students in a course or just to individual students.

Learn about Canvas Communication Tools >>

Assign work for students to submit in Canvas, and then provide grades and feedback.

Learn about assignments  >>

Learn about SpeedGrader >>

Build and share a Quiz for students to take in Canvas, then grade and provide feedback as necessary.

Learn about Quizzes  >>

Hold class, group discussions, or office hours using the real-time conferencing tool integrated into every Canvas course.

Learn about BigBlueButton Conferences  >> 

Additional BigBlueButton Tutorial >>

Assistance and Training

For immediate assistance, all faculty have access to the Canvas 101F: Introduction to Canvas. This is a short tutorial filled with numerous videos and archives of professional development webinars.

The Center for Online Education has also put together a page of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and we will continue to add to it as needed.

Finally, the Center for Online Education is also available for training, either via webinars, on-campus seminars or one-on-one meetings. Please review announcements for further details about the various offerings.

About the Center for Online Education

The Center for Online Education (COE) plays the lead role in the development and coordination of programs and services to support successful online courses and programs at the University. North Park University offers online education courses in support of baccalaureate programs, certificate programs, and graduate programs.

The COE provides a wide range of resources and assistance for faculty and specialized support services for online students. Support includes clear points of contact for information and assistance.

The COE is responsible for administering our campus-wide Learning Management System (LMS), Canvas.

The COE works in a collaborative team partnership between the academic department and school offering the course, Information Technology, Brandel Library, the Dean of Institutional and Academic Technology and the Office of the Provost.