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
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.
You can use email for announcements as well, although this may be more manageable with smaller class sizes.
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.
Communicate in real time
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.
Engaging and Interacting with Students
Remote class sessions at scheduled times
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.
CarmenCanvas Discussion Threads
Sharing Materials, Content or Lectures
Share readings, digital textbooks and other course materials
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.
Record presentations or lectures
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.
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.