A: Students will primarily be using Canvas and Zoom which are supported widely across many different computer systems and devices. Students will also need a working webcam and microphone, which are usually integrated into laptops or Chromebooks.
Canvas System Requirements
Canvas recommends the most up-to-date version of Chrome, Firefox or Safari. These browsers can run on almost any computer including Chromebooks.
Canvas on Mobile Devices
Canvas can also be accessed from most mobile browsers, and has native mobile applications:
Canvas Teacher for Faculty
Zoom System Requirements
Zoom will run on almost any computer or mobile application on iOS, Android, or Microsoft Surface. Check out the System Requirements page for full details. A webcam and microphone are recommended for full participation.
Join a Zoom Meeting via Phone
Students or faculty with poor internet connections or hardware issues may also join or host a meeting on Zoom by telephone. Check out the guide:
Both students and faculty can test out their broadband connection to Zoom and ensure their webcam and mic are working, by going to:
The definitions below are from Stanford University’s “Teaching Effectively During Times of Disruption” Google doc.
Synchronous Delivery: Instructors and students gather at the same time and interact in “real time” with a very short or “near-real time” exchange between instructors and students.
Advantages of Synchronous Teaching
Disadvantages of Synchronous Teaching
Asynchronous Delivery: Instructors prepare course materials for students in advance of students’ access. Students may access the course materials at a time of their choosing and will interact with each over a longer period of time.
Advantages of Asynchronous Teaching
Disadvantages of Asynchronous Teaching
Given our current situation and the strengths and weaknesses listed above, CDLI recommends that in most cases faculty should Use Synchronous Delivery via Zoom Web Conferencing. However, we also encourage faculty to include asynchronous elements (especially asynchronous discussion boards and recordings of synchronous class meetings) in their courses.
The strengths of synchronous teaching—immediate personal engagement with the instructor and fellow students and the feelings of community that proceed from that--are very much in line with the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm and cura personalis. It is also much less time-consuming for faculty--especially those who have not used technology before--to convert their courses to synchronous delivery.
Since our spring quarter 2020 students already have scheduled course times (and faculty should hold their courses during the regularly scheduled times) one of the weaknesses of synchronous delivery doesn’t necessarily obtain. The other weakness – student access to technology and the internet – is addressed in our answer here.
Why not Asynchronous?
Look, we love asynchronous delivery at CDLI. Our Course Development Program focuses on working with faculty to build high-touch asynchronous courses that create the student engagement and community one typically finds in Seattle University’s face-to-face courses. But it takes a long time to do this--typically 6-12 months to develop an asynchronous course that can meet CDLI’s course review standards. Most of just us don’t have that much time.
If you’ve already developed an asynchronous course with CDLI that has passed course review, we absolutely encourage you to offer it during spring quarter. We also encourage faculty to include asynchronous activities in their synchronous courses. For more information on how to do this, we recommend faculty attend one of our Instructional Continuity Workshops.
However, if because of technical issues or personal preference you would rather offer your course in asynchronous modality we strongly recommend you implement some of the suggestions outlined in our Best Practices section.
A: Yes. Captioning services are available for videos created by faculty and posted to Canvas, and Disability Services is partnering with 3rd party vendors to provide live captioning for Zoom class meetings. Please encourage your students to reach out to Disability Services for all accommodation requests.
A: Yes, given the following: a class recording that includes student participation and Personally Identifiable Information (PII) can be posted on Canvas for the students in the class to view--the key is that access must be limited to students in the class.
If you record your classes, University Counsel suggests including the following language in your syllabus: