Adult Learners

Get Started

Step 1:  Communicate

Contact your students immediately about how the course will be changing and what they should expect from you as the instructor. Post an announcement in Canvas outlining new assignments and due dates; using the Rich Content Editor to record a webcam video in an announcement could alleviate some student anxiety. Be sure to message students directly through the Canvas Inbox or email.

Share Information: Create a place for students to ask and answer questions. You can create a shared document to collect questions, preferences for office hours, or synchronous meetings. Just be sure students know they should contact you privately with personal or grade related questions. For example, in Canvas, you can create discussion boards for questions.

Create Virtual Office Hours: Make yourself available to students using tools such as email, Zoom, or Canvas Conferencing. Be sure to communicate your schedule and expectations about office hours (for example, must students schedule ahead of time, and if so, is there a shared document where students can sign up?).

Provide Access to Support: Be aware that students may experience technology or connectivity challenges. Let them know they can seek help from TCC’s IT Help Desk.

Students should contact the TCC's IT Help Desk at (850) 201-8545.

Step 2:  Create a Plan

Decide on what mode(s) of delivery will best suit you and your students: asynchronous, synchronous, or a mix of both. Asynchronous delivery means that you and your students are accessing content and contributing to online discussions at different times; synchronous delivery means that students are required to participate online during the specific time when class would normally meet.

Asynchronous Delivery

Use asynchronous discussion forums in Canvas to lead online conversations about key course concepts and questions. Scaffold your discussions so that students have one deadline to post and a second deadline to respond to other students’ posts; often, these deadlines are two or more days apart.

If you teach a course in which you provide lecture material in class and you would prefer not to lecture in a synchronous environment, you may need to distribute your content through Modules on your course Home page in Canvas. Type what you would normally say in your lecture into the Notes area of your PowerPoint and export the file as a PDF; alternatively, record your narration in a voice-over PowerPointexport the file as a video, upload it into Canvas, and embed it into your course site. Post these lectures in a conspicuous place in the Modules area of your course Home page. Keep in mind that bullet points alone are usually not enough to communicate your ideas in PowerPoint.

Synchronous Delivery

Host synchronous sessions in Canvas Conferencing during regularly scheduled meeting times from your office, your home, or in some cases, a TCC classroom. Both you and students can share audio, video, text, and documents through this campus-supported tool, which means that you can still give a lecture on course content and facilitate small-group and large-group discussions.

Students should not be expected to take part in synchronous discussions outside of regular class meeting times. If you are concerned that some of your students will face barriers in the synchronous format, including students who need an accommodation documented by the Accessibility Resource Center, try facilitating asynchronous discussions instead.

Move Assessments Online

Here are some suggestions for adapting different assessment types:

Written assignments - essays or research papers may not need modification unless students are expected to collaborate or use library resources. Students may use OneDrive documents to collaborate. Students can use any electronic library resources via the TCC Library website.

Quizzes and exams - Quizzes can be adapted to be taken online via Quizzes in Canvas. Quizzes can be timed or scheduled for a certain day or time period. Students can be granted additional attempts or time based on accommodations. The academic integrity of exams offered through Canvas can be enhanced through the use of HonorLock, an online proctoring service. View Online Proctoring in Canvas Using Honorlock for details.

Enable Honorlock in Canvas -

If Honorlock does not show on your Navigation bar in Canvas, complete the following steps to enable Honorlock to use within your Canvas shell:

  • In the course, go to Settings > Navigation
  • Find Honorlock in the bottom list, click and drag it to the top list
  • Click the blue Save button at the very bottom of the page

You can now click Honorlock in the course navigation menu to begin using it

Participation and discussions - If attendance or participation are required, consider requiring participation in Canvas discussion boards, Canvas chat, or other collaboration tools. Participation may not need to be synchronous in these cases.

In-class activities - Labs and classroom activities may need significant adaptation for use in an online environment. Consider which aspects of labs can be completed remotely, and search for online experiment tools or software that can replicate parts of your activities. Online resources such as MERLOT may be used to locate materials for some lab experiences. Check with textbook publishers to look for additional free materials as well. You may also be able to assist you in locating open source lab content.

Step 3:  Deliver

To get started, you must first publish your course.

As you implement your plan, remember to be flexible and communicate often.

Provide Interaction - Teaching remotely requires adaptation of face to face interaction. Here are some avenues for interaction in an online environment:

  • Chat with students through Canvas Chat. Instructors and students can interact in real-time via this text-based conversation tool. Messages in Chat are archived and can be ready by any member of the course at any time, so chats do not have to be attended synchronously. This is an easy way to keep all conversations within Canvas without introducing additional tools.
  • Asynchronous discussions are collaborative documents that students can contribute to online, ensuring students can interact and engage with peers. Create a Canvas Discussion to facilitate communication, encourage student interaction, pose questions, and reply to discussion posts.
  • Live meetings can be conducted using Canvas Conferencing to facilitate office hours, small-class instruction, or student group meetings.

Grading: The Canvas e-Learning system allows you to administer assignments and tests, and students can be informed of their performance through the Canvas grade book.