If you have never taught online before, this may feel like a daunting task, but there are many online solutions to the types of assessments you deliver in your face-to-face courses. To get started, let’s make sure that you have the Canvas knowledge you need to be successful. Canvas is UMKC’s Learning Management System. Before you begin, you should bookmark or print the Canvas QuickStart Guide, a handy guide to many of the things you’ll want to do in a Canvas class. You should also bookmark UMKC’s ELearning support page. All UMKC courses have a Canvas area–you do not need to request a Canvas class for the current semester. If you have never used Canvas before, please watch our Canvas 101 training video. If you need additional training for any of our tools, please take a look at the UMKC training calendar and sign up for trainings


  • Panopto allows you to record your face, your voice, and your powerpoint simultaneously into one video. This video can then be shared in your Canvas course site for students to view.
  • Zoom can also be used for live lecturing (more on Zoom below). 
  • If your class is very small, it may be possible to hold it via a conference call. An iPhone will support up to five people in a conference call (it may be fewer depending on your carrier), and an Android will support up to six people. 
  • Lectures can also be provided in a written format and posted to Canvas as a file

Classroom Discussions

  • Zoom (a similar product to Skype and Webex) allows you to host live sessions with your students. You and the students can share files, share your screen, speak through microphones and share your webcam. You can also break students into smaller groups in Zoom for smaller group discussions.
  • Canvas discussion boards allow you to post a discussion prompt to students. Students can then respond to your prompt (and the prompts from their peers!) with their own written thoughts.

Assignments (Papers, PowerPoints, etc.)

  • Create a Canvas assignment where students can submit their work to you. This is a more secure solution than email and allows you to use the Canvas Speedgrader. Using the Speedgrader means that students will be able to see any comments you leave on the document and their numeric or letter grade.


  • Build your quizzes and exams into Canvas. Canvas testing allows you to build multiple types of questions (MC, T/F, Short Answer, etc.), give different point values, and set a timer.
  • Modify your test to an open book format and have students submit the test as a Canvas Assignment. Students can submit many types of files to Canvas: .doc, .ppt, .xlxs, .pdf.


  • While there are proctoring companies that UMKC contracts with (ProctorU and Examity), Instructional Design and Technology does not recommend using these services during campus shut down. It is very likely that these services cannot handle the load required by every institution that is shutting down because of Covid-19. Do not count on these services remaining available. We recommend considering alternative assessments rather than proctoring exams. This will take a bit of creativity on everyone’s part.
    • Note: An example of an alternative assessment might be changing a 50 question proctored exam to a 30 minute student presentation over a certain idea or concept.
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser is a browser downloaded by students onto their computer. The browser (like Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc.) is opened on the student’s computer and allows them to navigate the web. This browser, however, prevents students from opening new tabs and copying and pasting. While it is not a foolproof solution to preventing cheating, it can be of assistance if you are worried about test security.
    • Note: Instructional Design and Technology does not recommend utilizing Respondus Monitor as this is a service paid for by the individual student and students cannot be charged for additional services without it being stated in the syllabus they received at the beginning of the course.

Student Presentations

  • Students can record Panopto videos to share with their instructor and/or the rest of the class. As the instructor, you will need to create a Panopto Assignment Folder for students to record to. After that is completed, students can record videos of themselves to share. Videos can be shared with the instructor through Canvas Assignments or to the entire class via Discussion Boards.
  • Zoom allows students to present group presentations live to the class.


If this is all new to you, you are likely to face challenges. Here is where you should take questions and problems:

  • Computer Problems: If you cannot get your UMKc supported computer to do what you need it to do, please contact the UMKC Help Desk.
  • Canvas Questions: If you have question about how to do something in Canvas or Panopto, please email Instructional Design and Technology at idt@umkc.edu.