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Canvas for F2F Instructors

 Every course section at SCF will automatically have a Canvas shell.  These basic requirements are covered in the Canvas Basics for Faculty course for faulty.  This self-paced course provides training in how to accomplish the minimum requirements in Canvas noted below.

  • For instructors teaching these sections, the following essential elements are required:
  • The course must be published no earlier than 2 days prior to the course start date.
  • The course syllabus must be posted in Canvas
  • The instructor's contact information must be posted in Canvas
  • The instructor's office hours, if applicable, must be posted in Canvas
  • The instructor must forward Canvas class mail to their SCF Mail

While this course is not required, you may enroll by emailing onlinelearning@scf.edu. On completion of the course, your completion will be entered into our Bridge training system and a certificate of completion will be available.

Canvas for Online Instructors

Course instructors who are assigned to blended or fully online courses must complete the SCF Online Certification for Faculty, Level 1 course.  This is required regardless of past online teaching experience or familiarity in Canvas from previous or current employment at other institutions.  This five-week course is offered several times per year and is offered synchronously with weekly requirements and due dates.  This course is set up as a regular SCF course, and the elements in it are graded. A completion of 75% of the required course points are required for submission.

Faculty interested in participating in this course need the permission of their department chair, confirming that an online or blended course assignment is planned. On receipt of such confirmation, the faculty member will be enrolled in the course for its next scheduled date.

Training Courses for Faculty

  • Canvas Basics for Faculty: (self-paced) This course will teach you the basics of the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS). This course will familiarize you with the settings within Canvas and provide you with the skills necessary to use Canvas to share content with your students and set up your Canvas gradebook.
  • Online Certification Course for Faculty: Level 1: This course will teach you the basics of the Canvas Learning Management System and the basics of teaching in an online environment, whether in a fully online class, a blended class, or a technologically advanced class.
  • SCF Accessibility Course: This course provides an overview of what Federal requirements exist for providing accessible online materials for online and blended courses. Completion of the course will provide instructors with an understand understanding civil rights issues surrounding accessibility and empower instructors to design learning experiences that promote inclusive learning environments. Instructors will learn about the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and accessibility guidelines and standards, and more importantly, now to develop your Canvas materials into an online format as you develop them.  The essential elements of WCAG Level II standards are clarified.  These important aspects of accessibility will enable instructors to address challenges and reduce barriers faced by students related to access, success, and completion.
  • Online Certification Course for Faculty-Level 2- Quality Matters: (scheduled online-class) This is a 4-week online course for current or prospective online faculty who have completed Online Certification Course for Faculty- 1 or equivalent. It provides students with an overview of the eight Quality Matters Course Design Standards and practical applications while focusing on adaptation of their existing course to QM standards in the area of 1) Course Overview and Introduction, 2) Learning Objectives and Competencies, 3) Assessment and Measurement, 4) Instructional Materials, 5) Learning Interaction and Engagement, 6) Course Technology, 7) Learner Support, and 8) Accessibility.   At the end of the course, the faculty member will be able to adapt their existing course materials to a Quality Matters format.
  • ECertification Level 3:  Signature and Master Course Development: This hands-on 4 week online course is designed to develop a course that currently meets Quality Matters standards to a signature or master course suitable to be used for all course sessions of a given class.  The resultant course is expected to be used by a department for multiple faculty to teach using the same starting course shell and course materials.  The course developer/faculty member will work hands-on with an SCF instructional designer to prepare the overall course for use with multiple instructors with an easily editable layout.
  • Applying the Quality Matters Rubric: (1 day seminar) Completion of this stand-alone one-day F2F training provides an opportunity for faculty to earn the Quality Matters Applying the Quality Matters Rubric certificate. It covers the use of the Quality Matters Rubric, the QM Review Process, and how to use the QM rubric to improve your online or blended course.

Canvas Resources @ Instructure

Canvas provides updates on an every two week basis, making it difficult to prepare accurate training material for everyday or complex tasks.  To that end, Canvas provides up-to-date training materials on just about everything you would want to know.  These are located in the Canvas Community at https://community.canvaslms.com/community/answers/guides/.

Faculty Resources

Quality Matters Checklist

 Online Learning Strategic Plan

 

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