Follow Up Friday

June 30, 2023

Plan for how your learners will enter synchronous class sessions with some of these ideas.

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On Monday, we announced new features coming to Canvas and Zoom in advance of fall semester. 

These features can be combined with other ideas for activities to get your learners started in a live Zoom class that we presented in March: 


As participants join the meeting, have a song or music video playing that relates to your topic. Students can post lyrics they find meaningful or other reactions to the song in the chat. What better way to start a conversation on marketing strategies than by listening to some jingles or watching some commercials?


Share your screen that shows a problem or riddle or word puzzle that primes students for your topic. Allow students to work on them independently until everyone has joined. Take a volunteer to explain the answer or demonstrate it for them before moving on to the main content for the session.

Virtual Background Contest

Give students a basic outline of the topic for the day, then ask them to choose a related image that can be used as their Zoom background. You can ask them to explain their selection or have other participants vote through the chat for the best background choice. Discussing ancient Rome becomes even more interesting while seeing images of temples, ruins, and artwork.

Whiteboard Brainstorm

Share the whiteboard in your Zoom meeting and ask participants to contribute initial ideas or reactions on the shared space. This works best when students add a single word or circle pre-set choices.

Upcoming Events

Design Principles for Learning

Wednesday, July 12, 1:30 – 2:15PM

Design principles can transform how your Canvas site looks and feels and how it communicates information to your students. Join this presentation to learn what design principles you can apply to enhance the impact of your course content. We have tools and resources for you to start applying what you learn in this session.

Facilitated by Casey Pearce, Digital Learning Designer

Register here for Design Principles for Learning on July 12th .

Quick Hit – Canvas Quizzes and Academic Integrity

Thursday, July 27, 3:30 – 4:00PM

Are you interested in learning about how to secure your online tests and quizzes? Join Clemson Online for a quick look at these topics to help you ensure your classes’ academic integrity. In this course, we will explain the purpose of securing your online assessments and demonstrate how to use them in your course. All of this is in just a 20-minute Quick Hits session!

Facilitated by Gray Jackson, Learning Technology Specialist.

Register for Quick Hit: Canvas Quizzes and Academic Integrity on July 27th.

Clemson Online Summer 2023 Events Calendar

Review our Summer 2023 Events Calendar to see what Online Instruction Development opportunities await!

We have a robust Summer lineup of topics and live training formats to support your use of Canvas and other e-learning tools. Topics cover demonstrations of using Kaltura, presentations on inclusive practices for online education, and workshops to get your Canvas site ready to teach!

All of our live training is recorded. Registrants will automatically receive a link to that day’s video after it has been processed.

Contact James Butler with any questions regarding these sessions. 

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