Synchronous Distance Learning Course Setup Checklist

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Synchronous Distance Learning Course Setup Checklist

Required Course Setup Tasks

The following course setup tasks should only be necessary the first time you set up your course with the synchronous template approved starting Spring 2023. For future terms, E-Campus can assist you with copying over your previously-created synchronous course made with the approved template (if desired). You will then only make any necessary edits and can skip to Best Practices for Distance Learning Course Setup.

The items in the “REQUIRED” section of this checklist are the minimum requirements for your -S course, designed to maintain a consistent online experience for students and to meet regulatory requirements for online courses.

We recommend starting the tasks on this checklist at least 30 days prior to the start of your -S course. This allows for ample time to create your course in Canvas, as well as to reach out to E-Campus for any required assistance. Your Canvas course site will be populated with the approved online template on the Home and Syllabus pages, so there is no need to import a template from Commons. Instead, you can copy/import material from a previous section of your course(s) or add course material directly to the template.

Training and Accessing Canvas


Course Home Page

  • Edit your course’s Home page to personalize it for your course, including:
Replace any [YELLOW HIGHLIGHTED] text with information relevant to your course, including course number/title, course meeting day(s) and time(s), and links or information for any teleconferencing software you will use.
  • Review and update the left-hand navigation menu if necessary to ensure it is set up the way you would like it for your course.

NOTE: Remember that Miami University Regionals encourages the use of Modules to guide students through all online courses. However, if not using Modules, including the link for Assignments, Quizzes, Discussions, etc., may be necessary. Overall, we recommend limiting navigation links to only those needed to successfully work through the course.

The following items are the suggested left-hand navigation options for all Miami University Regionals synchronous distance learning courses:

  1. Home
  2. Announcements
  3. Syllabus
  4. Zoom or Webex (if using for class meetings)
  5. Modules (if using)
  6. Grades
  7. MUR Student Resources & Policies
  8. People
  9. Send Grades to Banner

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Course Syllabus

 Review your course’s Syllabus page and replace any [YELLOW HIGHLIGHTED] text to personalize it for your course, including:
 Edit your “About the Instructor” and contact information for the department. 
  • Add specific details about your course to identify course outcomes, required materials (e.g., textbooks, software, alternative media, etc.), activities and assessments, grading policies, and instructor/student expectations either by typing directly in the section or copying and pasting from a previous syllabus.
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If at any point you would like support or guidance while you are teaching a distance learning course, please connect with us!  We are here to help.