Business Continutity - Canvas Syllabus / Activity & More
For Udergrad Courses
It is a
requirement that a course, at bare minimum, contain a syllabus, and at
least one activity for Business continuity purposes. But I do
suggest much more to use the power of Canvas.
First of all, take a look at the following very short videos that talk about the syllabus:
And do not forget, there are always the Canvas guides HERE
There are three parts to the syllabus section in Canvas.
The first is a text area where
you can put some basic course information. It is possible but
probably mt advised to type in the whole syllabus here. Ity is
probbly the best to enter some basic information and then add a link to
your actual syllabus file. I would recommend a link. I
would recommend a link to a pdf file (but a doc / docx file) works
fine. From this link, a student can: download the file, display
the file in Canvas, or display the syllabus in a new window. Of
course they can print it, but I think printing will be minimal.
Create your course syllabus. Upload the file(s) to the Files area
in Canvas. Then link to the file as described in the video.
It is quite simple. Again, using a pdf file is probably the best bet.
The Second area pertains to the
Gradebook. As defined in the Syllabus, you may want to go into
the Assignments section of Canvas, and enter your grade / weight
categories and percentages. This is quite easy to do. What you
add should match what is in the syllabus. This also sets you up
for actually using the gradebook with assignments, quizzes,
discussions, and other activities.
The Third area of the syllabus
contains the system generated portion of the system in Canvas which is
very well integrated into the system as you add assignments, dates, and
Watch the videos.
When all is done, you syllabus screen can look like this: Click Here
There are a number of items that can be used to satisfy the activity
requirement for Business Continuity. One great item is Web
Conferencing which is power full and can be used for online lectures to
offic hours and more. Of course there are many other items that
can be used... like a discussion... assignments, and much more.
You can basically add as much as you want to make the course either
fully online, or fully hybrid.
Again, you can add to Canvas to your heart's content. Of course
the first items you may want to add are assignments, discussions,
quizzes and more, and integrate them into the gradebook which can be
maintained online where students can have visibility to their status at
all times. Of course using the Speed Grader in Canvas is
Finally, you can add content, labs, videos, and supplemental course
items as you see fit. You can add the whole course if you
want. The options vary. The results are fruitful.
If you are going to use a full blown 15 week scheme, import the template available to you in another section of this site (HERE). Then add / delete from there.
In time (or immediately) you will conclude that Canvas is a great tool
to enhnace / supplement your on campus course. Certainly, if done
correctly, you can save hours in grading, distributing assignments,
administerine quizzes, and much more. A main goal should be the
elimination of paper and manual handouts, assignments, quizzes and
grading. The power exists within Canvas to make this happen.