Review the areas below to make sure you feel prepared for online instruction via Canvas. Expand items on the list to see examples and resources for how to complete these steps. Download a PDF version of this checklist.
This resource was created by the UW Tri-Campus Committee for Online Learning Resources and Practices.
Setting up your Canvas site
Orienting your students
- Include Welcome, Contact and Getting Started information.
- Provide an overview or tour of the organization of the course materials.
- Prepare low-stakes activities for students to practice accessing and interacting with different parts of the course.
- Have a method of introducing the instructional team to students.
- Clearly state how the instructional team will communicate with students, including how often students should check for updates.
- Clearly state how to reach the instructional team, including expectations for response times.
Accessibility and accommodations
- Caption videos in Panopto and/or Zoom.
- Make sure that any videos in the course from other creators already have captions.
- Use the quiz moderation tools to provide extra time to individual students with testing accommodations.
- Extend the availability window for individual students with testing accommodations if needed.
- Launch a course Zoom meeting and test the features I wish to use to make sure they work as expected.
- Confirm that any videos load in Canvas and play successfully.
- Test all Canvas integrations in the course to ensure they are working as expected.
The following resources helped inform the design and content of this checklist:
- Course Readiness Checklist from the UW Tacoma Office of Digital Learning
- Online Course Readiness Checklist from the Cornell University Center for Teaching Innovation
- Beginning- and End-of-Course Checklists for Instructors from Instructure