Strategies & Technologies
All content on this site is specific to the short-term use of distance education technologies when teaching in-person classes.
Hold Synchronous Online Sessions
Teams is the official video conferencing tool for Canvas. More information about this exciting integration can be found on the MS Teams for Academics Support website.
Engaging with Students through Synchronous Course Content
To encourage students to engage with the synchronous course content, see additional resources below.
Create Asynchronous Assignments
Asynchronous courses use technologies to deliver digital content and facilitate regular and substantive interactions between students and their instructors while allowing for more flexibility in scheduling. The minimal expectation of instructors/student interaction should be analogous to the number of instructor/student interactions that take place during the course when it is delivered in a synchronous environment (i.e., “face-to-face”).
Asynchronous course delivery (students do not need to participate online simultaneously) is one option instructors may implement on an online platform. Content may be delivered in multiple digital formats, and tools are available within Canvas, which allow the instructor to engage and interact with students throughout the course schedule.
Engaging with Students through Asynchronous Course Content
Whether in a physical or virtual classroom, students can benefit from their collaboration with their peers. Here are a few techniques and tools for helping students collaborate in an asynchronous classroom.
Stream Live Classroom Lectures
Here is a quick video that provides an overview of the technology in the classroom.
Each traditional / lecture-oriented instructional space will be equipped with the following:
Instructor Station Computer
While there will not be a standard model computer in all instructional spaces throughout the university, all instructor station computers will be less than four years old.
Lumens DC-125 High-Definition Portable Camera
This camera is on a flexible stand so it can act as a document camera or a webcam, allowing instructors the flexibility of showing documents, objects, or themselves to their remote students. Audio Technica ATR4650-USB Computer Microphone
Clearly picks up audio for up to 25 feet, allowing instructors ample room to move without losing their remote students.
Using Classroom Equipment
Used in combination with Microsoft Teams, this equipment will allow in-person instructors to do the following:
- Broadcast their class in real-time to students who cannot be physically present
- Record their class for later viewing by those who are not able to view it in real-time
Kaltura Capture provides a straightforward way to record and share narrated PowerPoint; webcam video; screen and audio recordings with your class. Kaltura Capture is a useful technology option when you are otherwise unable to connect with your class online in real-time to deliver a lecture or presentation.
Post Class Materials
Canvas provides a space to organize and share access to class readings, web links, documents, and other resources to support your class.
Posting Materials to Canvas
Canvas allows you to collect, manage, grade, and provide feedback on assignments for your students separately or in groups.
Creating Assignments in Canvas
Create Quizzes & Exams
Canvas provides tools to create and deliver online quizzes and exams. Kent State University uses Proctorio as our automated test proctoring service.
Create Quizzes & Exams with Canvas
Virtual Office Hours
Office hours remain an important element in the student-instructor relationship. Review the following options for virtual office hours.
Strategies for Holding Virtual Office Hours:
- Clearly establish a time for virtual office hours
- Decide what kind of communication tools you will use
- Set a policy for when students should expect a response when using asynchronous tools
- Utilize video capabilities
Identify Licensed Content
If you need online materials such as eBooks, streaming videos, articles, etc. for your course, please see the Course Reserves Website for more information and to submit a request.
- Streaming Video Resources
- LinkedIn Learning - An online training library, designed for all levels of learners, with over 13,000 courses covering business, technology, and creative topics.
For any additional assistance or questions, please reach out to your subject librarian.
Interact & Engage
Instructors should consider students' needs for interaction, feedback, and engagement when evaluating various instructional methods.