Teaching Tools

After completing the Carmen Key Three activities, you can find appropriate university tools to use to complete the teaching tasks outlined on this page.

Want to stay in touch with students? Carmen and Zoom are great options. Need to share materials? Uploading content into modules will benefit your students. Are assessments coming up? We have options for you to consider there too.

Communicating with Students

Announcements and updates

CarmenCanvas Announcements

You can give updates to your class through the Announcements tool in CarmenCanvas, which also allows you to record an audio or video message. If you allow it, students can reply to your announcements in Carmen and reply to each other's messages.

Email

You can use email for announcements as well, although this may be more manageable with smaller class sizes.

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Student discussion

CarmenCanvas Discussion Threads

You can use the Discussion tool in CarmenCanvas to encourage students to ask questions of you and each other about course topics and the logistics of learning at a distance.

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Communicate in real time

CarmenZoom Meetings

You can set up CarmenZoom meetings, which would be ideal for small-class or small-group video conversations. To avoid unwanted attendees, avoid sharing the link to your meeting in any public space, and consider choosing the option "Only authenticated users can join" in your Zoom meeting settings. You should record all Zoom meetings and share in your Carmen course for students who aren't able to attend live sessions due to technology or scheduling concerns. You can also reach out to Student Life Disability Services for assistance with captioning and interpretation.

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Engaging and Interacting with Students

Remote class sessions at scheduled times

CarmenZoom Meetings

You can schedule one-time or recurring meetings in Zoom, where you're able to use your webcam and share your screen with students. With very small classes, you can have students participate with audio and video; with larger classes, students can participate with chat and poll functionality. CarmenZoom meetings can be scheduled through your CarmenCanvas course for easy inclusion of your whole class list. To avoid unwanted attendees, avoid sharing the link to your meeting in any public space, and consider choosing the option "Only authenticated users can join" in your Zoom meeting settings. You should also record all Zoom meetings and share in your Carmen course for students who aren't able to attend live sessions due to technology or scheduling concerns. You can also reach out to Student Life Disability Services for assistance with captioning and interpretation.

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Class discussion

CarmenCanvas Discussion Threads

For asynchronous (not live) written messages, you can use the Discussion tool in CarmenCanvas. If you want to have students discuss material they have prepared, create a graded discussion and have them attach photos and files.
 

CarmenZoom

You can also set up CarmenZoom meetings, which would be ideal for small-class or small-group video conversations. To avoid unwanted attendees, avoid sharing the link to your meeting in any public space, and consider choosing the option "Only authenticated users can join" in your Zoom meeting settings. You should also record all Zoom meetings and share in your Carmen course for students who aren't able to attend live sessions due to technology or scheduling concerns. You can also reach out to Student Life Disability Services for assistance with captioning and interpretation.
 
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Sharing Materials, Content or Lectures

Share readings, digital textbooks and other course materials

CarmenCanvas Modules

You can share materials with students easily through your CarmenCanvas course. Students report a preference for instructors to use the Modules menu for course materials, as it allows for easy organization (say, by week or class session) and labeling of items. You might consider using the Announcements tool to notify students of new modules or materials.

FREE Digital Textbooks

If you are currently using any course content published by Norton, McGraw-Hill, Pearson, Wiley, Cengage or others, several publishers have agreed to provide a digital copy of that content to your students at no cost through the duration of Spring 2020 semester. Complete the Digital Textbook Request Form to get started. Depending on the publisher and title, you may be required to activate an app in your CarmenCanvas course. Your students' experience may vary but could include access through the publisher's website or directly in Carmen. Upon receiving your request, the Affordable Learning Exchange (ALX) team will walk you through next steps.

Library Resources 

Many of the resources from University Libraries are licensed for Ohio State users. Permalinks for e-books, articles and streaming videos can be embedded directly into Carmen modules. From there, students will log in to the library with their name.# to authenticate their access. Information about the types of available materials and instructions for creating links for off-campus access are available in the Linking to Library Licensed Resources guide.


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Record presentations or lectures

CarmenZoom Recordings

You can utilize Zoom to record your presentation or lecture and save recordings in the Zoom cloud. These recordings can be linked and shared through your modules, and recordings will remain in the Zoom cloud for 180 days. Recording to the Zoom cloud also lets you take advantage of Zoom's auto-caption function. Keep in mind, it may take several hours for your recordings to be available and for captions to be included. If you want a recording available for a specific date and time, record it early. You can also reach out to Student Life Disability Services for assistance with captioning and interpretation.

Mediasite Desktop Recorder

You can also use Mediasite if you are already familiar with this tool. With the Mediasite recording tool, which you install on your computer, you can record your screen (e.g., slides) along with your voice and/or webcam. After you record a presentation, the video is uploaded to a streaming server and you can share a link with students.

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Student Assignments

Online assignments

CarmenCanvas Assignments

In your CarmenCanvas course, you can create assignments, where students will be able to see your directions (through text, attached files, or even video), submit their work online, and receive feedback after you use the SpeedGrader tool to grade. Assignments you create and publish with due dates will appear in the gradebook and calendar.

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Online quizzes

CarmenCanvas Quizzes

You can assign quizzes or exams to students through CarmenCanvas Quizzes, where you have a range of question types available. Additionally, you can limit access to certain days/times, set time limits, and adjust other security settings.
 
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