Teaching English Online

NOTE: This page will be updated as workshops expire and new resources are available.

The following are resources collected by Lisa Ulibarri from and for the Language Arts Division.

"Remote" Learning Tools, Tips, and Techniques

Below are some Canvas functions and external tools that can help you transition to “remote learning” for the 20-21 academic year. Remember, you are not expected to build a perfect online class or be online instructors. Just use the tools to deliver content and collect work as best you can. 

Keep it simple - the more complex tools you use, the more you have to consider things like accessibility/access to specific technology. Even the most basic Canvas functions can be used to foster a comfortable and collaborative remote learning environment. What students need most in this confusing time is communication and encouragement from you!

Canvas Basics

Communicate with your students!

Easy ways for simple communication with your classes/students:

Canvas Discussions

(AKA Discussion Board)

Create a Discussion

Grade a Discussion
Discussions can be used for a variety of purposes!

Canvas Pages (blank content page where you can add anything!)

Create a New Page in a Course

Add File to a Canvas Page

Add an External Link to a Webpage

Add a YouTube video

Set a Front Page in a Course

Canvas Assignments (create a place for students to submit work)

Create an Assignment

How to Grade Assignment Submissions Using Speedgrader

Plagiarism Review using TurnItIn

Organize your Course Content using Modules

Add a Module

Add Content (Assignments, Pages, Files) to a Module

Remove Unused Menu Links from the Course Nav. Menu

Manage Course Navigation Links

Getting Fancier:

Canvas Groups

Two Ways to Create a Group Set (divide your students into Groups):

Manually divide students yourself

Have Canvas divide up your class into groups

Google Docs to collaborate with students

Canvas Collaborations

Google Docs (outside of Canvas) 

The Basics of Google Docs (Video)

Zoom/ConferZoom (for live class sessions or office hours)

ConferZoom (in Canvas)

(hint: use quick launch to start a session immediately!)

ConferZoom (outside of Canvas) five min. video

Zoom (outside of Canvas) video tutorials

Handout to Help Students Access Zoom - from Carmen

Canvas Studio (Canvas function for recorded content)

Canvas Studio Guide

Quick Steps for Canvas Studio - from TJ

Hypothesis (annotation tool)

already installed in all Canvas sites

(shared by Monique)

Create an Assignment that Uses Hypothesis

Grading a Hypothesis Assignment in Canvas


Questions? Technical issues?

Chabot Online Teaching Website

Email: cc-onlineteaching@chabotcollege.edu

For Canvas support after 5pm and weekends, use the chat funtion available in the Help button of the Canvas menu.

*Check your Email Inbox for emails from cc-onlineteaching for the latest Canvas Help “drop-in” online office hours schedule (conducted via Zoom). 


Articles about Online Teaching

There is a useful Advice Guide article, "How to Be a Better Online Teacher," from the Chronicle of Higher Education that provides some useful context and tips.

Very thoughtful article about teaching online as an emergency response right now, "Please Do a Bad Job of Putting Your Courses Online"--the point is not really to do things poorly, but to consider the context of putting face-to-face classes online under the current conditions. Simplicity and care!

Another article about moving courses online in the current situation: "As Human As Possible" from Inside Higher Ed.

Canvas Help Guides

If you decide to use Canvas to continue teaching your classes, remember that there are a number of Canvas Help Guides available.

Chabot Online Teaching Website and Chabot Canvas Support

The Chabot Online Teaching website offers resources for using technology for “remote instruction” and online teaching. These resources will include information for using Confer Zoom (also known as Zoom) for telephone/video conferencing/ “live” lectures and Canvas.

Chabot Canvas Support for faculty can be reached at cc-onlineteaching@chabotcollege.edu. Just include your user and course information along with a detailed description of the problem you are experiencing.

And if you have students that need help as they transition to distance learning, please have them contact cc-onlinelearning@chabotcollege.edu


Be patient, communicate, and keep it simple!