When you are working remotely it is really easy for students to be confused about what needs to be done and what’s important week by week.
Here are 3 simple ideas to help.
1. A module “roadmap”
Here are examples of roadmaps from a number of modules – they show what is happening week by week and help make connections between what is happening.
2. Use Canvas modules to set a flow through your course
Use your Canvas modules to direct student’s activity week by week or topic by topic. Every Canvas course has a sample structure that you can adapt to match your teaching pattern. You can hide or lock materials that aren’t yet relevant and even set requirements so that student need to view or complete certain conditions before they can move on.
See our updated information on Canvas modules in the Canvas Orientation course.
3. Suggest timings for activities
Without the normal structure of face to face time on campus it’s harder for many students to structure their time.
Add a weekly overview to give students an idea of your expectations for how much time to spend on the activities for a given week. This will help them plan their time, and make sure they give their attention to the things that you signpost as being most important.
From overwhelmed to ordered
It will take a bit of time to consider ordering, signposting, and setting a flow in your modules, but this need not be onerous and it’s one way you can help your students feel less overwhelmed in these strange times.