Moving Your Course Online
1. Is your Canvas course published?
All Penn State Behrend course sections have corresponding Canvas courses which you can access by logging into Canvas using your PSU credentials. Be sure to publish your Canvas course if you haven’t already.
2. Do you have a communication plan?
PSU has a Remote Learning website that you can share with your students to help them make the transition to online learners.
3. Use Zoom for synchronous or recorded meetings, office hours, and lectures.
Zoom can be used within your existing Canvas course for offering synchronous sessions, pre-recording lectures, or recording live classroom sessions. First time Zoom users will need to activate their account by simply signing in for the first time.How to enable Zoom in your course:
1. Ensure that your Zoom account is active by signing into psu.zoom.us using your PSU credentials
2. Open your course
3. Select Settings in the course navigation
4. Select the Navigation tab
5. Scroll to the bottom, click the dots to the right of Zoom, and select Enable
6. Scroll back to the bottom and click Save
4. Get to know Canvas, Zoom, and Kaltura. Bring your meetings, assignments, exams, discussions, and grades online.
Canvas can be used to collect your students work, offer exams, facilitate class discussion, and grade your students' work.
Zoom will allow you to meet with your students synchronously.
Kaltura can be used to record lecture videos or for student video assignments.
For 24-7 technology support, contact Penn State Information Technology
Chat: Start Online Chat with IT Service Desk
Live chat is available 24-7 for authenticated students, faculty, and staff.
Phone: 814-865-HELP (4357)
Register for an Upcoming Training
Request a Tech TA
Tech TAs are Penn State students who will be the technology gurus during the synchronous portion of a class. Their work can include; muting/unmuting students, offering tech support to students with issues like not being able to see video or hear audio, moderating the chat, polling, setting up and monitoring breakout rooms, and sharing whiteboards.
Additionally, the Tech TAs can help configure Zoom so that students cannot enter a “room” unless the host is present. This will prevent faculty from receiving emails anytime someone enters their Zoom room, and it will help eliminate excessively long recordings.
Faculty can request the help of a Tech TA by completing the Tech TA faculty request form.
Instructional Design Support
To speak with an instructional designer about transitioning your instructional content to an online environment, contact the Center for Teaching and E-Learning Initiatives.
Related Penn State Resources
Zoom Help Center
Zoom unifies cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, and group messaging into one easy-to-use platform.
Contingency Planning for Undergraduate Education
This information on the Web Learning @ Penn State website provides guidance for handling class meeting disruptions.
Cloud Computing at Penn State Behrend
Need technical help with cloud services at Penn State Behrend? You can submit a ticket or call our help desk at (814) 217-4357 and one of our techs will assist you.
Accessibility Tip Sheet
The following guide includes some key tips and resources to help ensure an accessible learning experience for all students.