If you teach a lecture-based course, do not use your synchronous time for lecture. Instead, record your lecture as several videos of 15-20 minutes each. This will ensure that this primary course material is not lost to a lagging network or dropped connections. Students will be able to return to the videos in case of any technical problems or absences.
If students have already viewed the lecture ahead of time, it also means you can spend your synchronous meeting time on direct personal interaction that will help ensure student understanding. This might take the form of Q&A about the lecture, small-group discussions that then report back to the larger group, real-time polls on the essential points of lecture which you can then expand on based on student responses, or a variety of other activities to help students engage fully with the material, with you, and with each other.
For a lecture-based course, we recommend the following basic pattern:
|Week X: [this week’s topic]|
|What we are doing this week (text page)|
|Readings and Materials (links, page ranges, videos, etc.)|
|Lecture (a Discussion with the videos embedded)|
|Practice Quiz (ungraded quiz)|
Using a Discussion to embed your lectures gives you a ready-made way to collect questions students might have on the lectures, to address during your synchronous meeting.
If you are providing any readings in PDF format, consider adding it as a Perusall assignment, rather than simply linking to the file, so that students can share their annotations, reading notes, and questions with each other.
We recommend including regular ungraded practice quizzes, to let students test their own understanding of the material. These do not need to be long; a few questions each week will let students know if this is a module they need to study more, or perhaps ask more questions about!
Visit Canvas Commons to find a blank lecture-based template to import into your Canvas course.
To import a LSA Template into your Canas course:
View more detailed instructions on how to import a LSA Template into your Canvas course.
If you would like to consult with someone on the best way to use this template for your own course, contact the Learning and Teaching Technology Consultants at LSATechnologyServices@umich.edu.