Collaboration & Engagement

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Encourage reflective learning among my students through the use of a tool offering them a diary-type commentary and links to articles on other websites.

Canvas Discussions, Sites at Temple

Using a Discussion thread or a blogging tool, such as Sites at Temple, will enable you to create a shared conversation and/or diary space for use among your students.  You can assign a Discussion or blog site to your students to enable them to:

  • Document personal reflections and experiences on an assigned class activity
  • Collaborate with others to obtain a point of view
  • Share relevant news events

Reference Guides and Tutorials
Creating and Facilitating Discussions in Canvas
Create a website using Sites at Temple

Access a tool that will allow my students to create and modify documents to share thoughts, exchange ideas, or sign up for group projects.

Canvas Collaborations (Google Drive, Office365)

Creating a Collaboration in Canvas allows you to easily create and assign students to items in Google Drive (Docs, Sheets, and Slides) or Office365 to enable your students to contribute and modify one or more pages of course-related materials that provide a means of sharing and collaboration.  Collaborations can also be used to post or assign:

  • Student group project presentations
  • Case studies for your students to solve and apply solutions
  • Lesson plans
  • Book chapters for group review
  • Sign-up list for a class activity

 Students can create Collaborations to post:

  • Reflective statements and summaries and enable others to provide feedback and suggestions
  • Content for a collaborative group project

Reference Guides and Tutorials

Encourage asynchronous student discussion online.

Canvas Discussions

The Canvas Discussions tool will enable you and your students to replicate robust discussions that take place in the face-to-face or online classroom.  Uses include:

  • Class or small group discussion on an assigned topic
  • Peer reviews or critiques
  • Debates
  • Present a Q & A or frequently asked question forum (FAQ)

Reference Guides and Tutorials
Collaborate and Share Ideas with your Students with Canvas Discussions

Create video tutorials from my computer desktop and post them online for my students to view.

Ensemble Anthem, Zoom

The tools and applications listed above will enable you to record a lecture from your computer desktop while you demonstrate an application in action. 

  • Ensemble Anthem is a tool that you can download for free and install on your computer to record a lesson, and then upload it to the Ensemble video server that students can access from your Canvas course or preferred website. To learn more about accessing Ensemble Anthem, visit the ITS information page about Ensemble Anthem.
  • Zoom, Temple's web conferencing tool, has features that will enable you to capture and record an application that you are demonstrating, and then place a link to your recording in your Canvas course or preferred website for your students to access.

Reference Guides and Tutorials

Host my office hours online or an online class from a remote location.


Zoom is Temple's Web Conferencing tool that will enable you to host meetings and online office hours with your students from any computer that is connected to the Internet.  Zoom offers breakout rooms that you can set up for groups of students to collaborate and work on projects.

Reference Guides and Tutorials
Host an Online Class or Office Hours Using Zoom

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