Tips for Teaching Online at EFSC During an Unplanned Event

It is always a good idea to be prepared for an event that may result in an unplanned closure that impacts Eastern Florida State College. This requires creative and flexible thinking about how you can support your students in an online environment if necessary.

In times of planned/unplanned events, offering an online class session is a proactive way to maintain academic continuity when meeting face-to-face is not an option. Eastern Florida’s Learning Management System, Canvas, provides solutions that allow faculty to engage with their students in a multitude of ways. Online learning is comprised of many aspects including the dissemination of content, student collaboration, student assignments and/or activities, and communication — all completed virtually within the learning management system.

Below you will find EFSC support contacts and ways you can start migrating your in-class activities into an online format, as well as training and resources that are available to keep you ahead of the game.

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Get Your Courses Online Quickly

Whether you already teach online and want to see what the most up-to-date CANVAS capabilities are, or whether you will be doing your summer classes in an online format for the first time, we are here to help! The "Get Your Courses Ready for Next Term: Course Design and Canvas Basics" webinar recording hosted by the Academic Technology Team will guide you through the basics of course design as well as building and managing your course in Canvas. Go to the myCETL Faculty Resource Course in Canvas to view this and other webinar recordings under the Academic Continuity Training section. 

Options & Tools for Migrating Various In-Class Activities to an Online Format

Visit this online document for alternative options for a variety of in-class activities in either a synchronous (real-time) or asynchronous (any time but with due dates) online format.

EFSC Master Courses and Courses Shared by Faculty

EFSC Master Courses - View this online document for a list of master courses that have been fully vetted for Quality Matters (QM) and accessibility standards. If you are interested in using an EFSC Master Course, email to get started.

EFSC Courses Shared by Faculty - View this online document for a list of additional shared courses that EFSC faculty have made available in Canvas Commons. While these courses are not certified Master Courses, they are sure to be loaded with online content, activities and assignments that you may find helpful as you are transitioning your courses online. Instructions for finding a course in Canvas Commons

Our EFSC Master Course Template is available for download on Canvas Commons. Go to Canvas Commons and type "EFSC Master Course Template" in the search field. Feel free to load it into your course shell and customize to fit your needs!

Have you completed Canvas Instructor Training (CIT)?

Canvas Instructor Training (CIT) takes about 3-5 hours to complete on average and is self-paced and facilitated online in EFSC's Canvas Learning Management System. All new instructors are automatically enrolled in CIT and it will appear in their list of courses in Canvas. If you have not yet completed Canvas Instructor Training (CIT) you should do this as soon as possible so you can receive a Canvas course shell to house your course materials online. If you have already completed the training, you are able to access CIT at any time for a refresher.

NOTE: If you do not see Canvas Instructor Training (CIT) in your list of courses in Canvas, contact a member of Academic Technology

Academic Continuity Training

EFSC's Academic Technology (AcTec) team will be offering many webinars throughout the semester. Be sure to check our training calendar to see our full list of upcoming webinars that may be helpful to you.

If you cannot make a webinar at the time it is being offered, we are recording all of our webinars and posting the links in the myCETL Canvas Course under the Academic Continuity Training section.

How to Prepare Your Students for Online Learning

All first-time online students must complete the Canvas Student Orientation before full access is available to online courses. Your students can visit the Canvas web page for more information.

You may also refer your students to the Canvas Student Resources site that will be helpful if they are not familiar with Canvas and online learning.

Minimum Course Requirements & Quality Standards

Quality Standards for Online Courses

Minimum Requirements for Hybrid Courses (Updates coming soon)

Minimum Requirements for Live Online Courses

EFSC Resources & Support Contacts

The AcTec Canvas Resources page contains many links that will be helpful as you work to get your content online and in Canvas.

For Canvas How-To Questions contact a member of Academic Technology or reach out to a Canvas Superhero.

For Technical Canvas Assistance, contact EFSC's Canvas Support Desk at 321-433-7600 or Submit an IT/Canvas Support Ticket.

The EFSC Library has many great resources available for faculty on the Library hompage, the Faculty Services page, and the LibGuides for research.