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UW-Whitewater Supported Resources for Remote Instruction

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Give students access to my course content and activities online. 


  • Use your Canvas course to move students through the required content when unable to meet face-to-face. 
  • Be prepared to move assessments into Canvas, if necessary.
  • Instructors will need to publish the course before the students are able to access it. 

Communicate with my students to let them know what is happening in our course. 

There are a number of campus-supported tools for this. Please see the box to the right for our recommendations. 

  • If you have not yet been using Canvas for your course, we recommend using WINS to email your class to notify them that you will be using Canvas and that you expect them to check the course site for further information. 
  • Once you have notified your students or you have been using Canvas thus far, there are a number of ways to communicate with your students: 
    • Canvas Inbox Messaging to create consistent, course-related communications for students to help maintain the instructor-student communication process.  
    • Canvas Announcements to effectively post-course updates or changes to the entire class at one time (note: avoid using announcements for additional content delivery).
    • Webex Teams in Canvas to promote personalized interactions and create humanized communications with your students via individual or group video chats, voice calls, or text-based instant messaging. 
    • Webex Meetings in Canvas to hold virtual office hours, class sessions in real-time, and group meetings. (Extra tip: Don’t forget to record your meetings for the students to review later!)
    • Record a Quick Video Announcement in Canvas.

Create content to share with my students to help them understand our course topics. 

There are a number of campus-supported tools for this. Please see the box to the right for our recommendations. 

Share my syllabus and course content online.  

There are a few different ways to do this in Canvas. Please see the box to the right for a few ideas. 

  • Use the Syllabus area to share your syllabus.  
  • Use the Home area to add modules (or headers) to direct your students (e.g., Week 7) and add files or links to them.
  • Extra Tip: Students tend to prefer the Home area to appear in a chronological order of things they have to do.   

Use online discussions to promote interaction and deeper learning around our course topics. 


  • Enable the Discussions navigation item.
  • Use open-ended, thought-provoking questions, encouraging critical thinking, and student engagement. 
  • Be sure to write out expectations for discussions so students stay engaged in the topic (i.e. respond to peers with open-ended questions for deeper discussion).

Put the quiz I usually do in class online. 


  • Use “Classic” quizzes as we do not yet support “New” quizzes. 
  • Use feedback to direct students to further information to guide their learning. 
  • Review our instructional training Canvas course for more in-depth documentation on how to set-up your quiz. 

Give grades and feedback on student assignments. 


Have students access academic software on their own devices. 

Virtual Labs (Citrix)

Have students access Adobe Creative Cloud applications on their own devices.

Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop Application

  • UW-W students are now able to access the entire Adobe Creative Cloud Suite from their own devices until August 20th, 2020
  • Students can install Adobe applications on personal devices, by visiting: and installing the Creative Cloud Desktop Application.

Manage student expectations. 

There are a few different ways to do this in Canvas. Please see the box to the right for a few ideas. 

  • Canvas allows you to establish Due Dates to maintain course structure and flow; it is also important to communicate flexibility and alternative arrangements as situations warrant. Use due dates to continue to guide students through the content that would ordinarily be covered in face-to-face courses.
  • Enable and authorize the UW-Whitewater App to interact with your course in Canvas. This will allow your students to get assignment due notifications inside of the app. For directions, visit our information page on authorizing the UW-Whitewater App in Canvas.
  • Canvas also has the ability to create Pages and “To-Do” items. Using the to-do feature during page creation allows for easy access to content for the students, who may need guidance working in the online format. To-do populates the content page to the student calendar, allowing for 1-click access to the content, and continues to help navigate students through the flow of the course.   

Make my online instruction accessible to students with disabilities.

The Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) has created several resources for accessibility and online instruction

  • If you have any questions about how your courses can be made accessible for students who have self-disclosed, feel free to contact the student’s Disability Service Coordinator which is listed on their accommodation letter or available in the Faculty Portal.
  • CSD has created a Canvas page to help faculty and staff. On this site, you can explore topics related to working with students with disabilities and the CSD, as well as access additional resources. 

  • Generate an automatic transcription of a recorded Webex meeting or event.
  • Looking to make your videos more accessible?  Check out these options available on campus for creating captions and accessible video content.