Instructor Resources to Teach Remotely

ELMS-Canvas Beginner

ELMS course sites are automatically generated each term, for each instructor (based on Directory ID of lead instructor). If you have never accessed ELMS-Canvas before, log in at, accept the “terms of use”, and click on “Courses” to locate your course spaces.

Perform the following tasks to get your ELMS-Canvas course space started:

  1. Select a template to organize your site.
  2. Upload your syllabus.
  3. Post announcements to members of your course.
  4. Upload and share content in ELMS.
  5. Review a self-paced tutorial to learn the Instructor basics in ELMS-Canvas.
    1. A similar student orientation is also available.

ELMS-Canvas Intermediate / Advanced

Additional tools in ELMS-Canvas can make your life easier and provide more feedback, clarity and engagement opportunities for your students. Review the following tips (and the Digital Terp Toolkit, below) for advanced ways to use ELMS-Canvas:

  1. Send messages, using the Conversation tool
  2. Create a discussion board to increase student engagement.
  3. Conduct a live, online session, or host office hours:
    1. Getting Started in Webex in ELMS-Canvas
    2. Getting Started in Zoom in ELMS-Canvas (Zoom Security Settings)
  4. Hold live, online office hours, or setup a conversation with small groups or individuals:
    1. Using Google Hangouts or Google Hangouts Meet.
  5. Add interactive student polling with a TurningPoint, web poll (also known as “clickers”).
  6. Set up a "Coursemail" list (as an alternative to using the Conversation tool in ELMS).

Digital Terp Toolkit



Such as: announcements, posting office hours, sharing weekly content summaries, instructor presence, etc.
Low-Tech Options
High-Tech Options

Content Sharing

Such as: lectures, discussions or additional information sharing
Low-Tech Options
High-Tech Options


Such as: student collaboration, engagement, community building, problem solving, and development
Low-Tech Options
High-Tech Options

Homework & Assessment

Such as: Practice, concept application, demonstration of learning, assessments & corrective feedback
Low-Tech Options
High-Tech Options