Office of the Provost
Office of the Provost
Canvas Login: usm.instructure.com/login/canvas
General Login Issues: Go to Campus ID to retrieve or reset your password
Download this easy-to-use guide from the Center for Faculty Development for pro-and-con comparisons of YuJa, Teams, Zoom, WebEx, Big Blue Button, Camtasia, PowerPoint, One Drive, Stream, and YouTube.
University Libraries has a new guide titled, “Faculty Toolbox for Online Learning” available at libguides.lib.usm.edu/facultytoolbox. It was created by Kathryn New in response to the COVID-19 situation.
The Center for Faculty Development and the Office of Online Learning are offering workshops and remote one-on-one consultations to help faculty transition classes from face-to-face to Canvas, the University's online learning platform.
by Kelly Lester, Director of the Center for Faculty Development
Canvas Support Hotline for Instructors: 833.668.1667
Office of Online Learning: onlineFREEMississippi
Information on Examity online proctoring (for instructors)
How to Move Your Lecture Online
Mark Ferguson, Office of Online Learning
Canvas now integrates Canvas: Cisco Webex, a web conferencing tool. This is another option for those who cannot use Big Blue Button (because of volume restrictions) and it is less bandwidth intensive than Zoom.
Faculty and staff may use Jabber to answer their office telephone on their computer or their cellphone when not on campus.
Includes information on welcoming students to the online environment; managing your online presence; organizing your online course; planning and facilitating quality discussions; recording effective microlectures; and engaging students in readings and microlectures
Visit the College of Education and Human Sciences for Educator Preparation COVID-19 Updates.
Please direct students to the Guide to Course Completion if Face-to-Face Classes are Not Meeting (usm.edu/advisement-center/course-completion.php) on the Southern Miss Advisement Center website.
If your students have limited or no wifi access at home, please direct them to our Internet Access page, which lists free wifi hotspots in Mississippi as well as companies that offer reduced rates for computers/internet service for qualifying households with limited income.
The Center for Faculty Development is available to talk with faculty about strategies for moving classes out of the face-to-face environment. Want to talk through different options and possibilities? Get support as you make a plan to share with your director? Email cfdFREEMississippi to set up a time to talk, or just have an email conversation.
The Office of Online Learning can offer advice on how to set up your Canvas shell, use particular features in Canvas, administer an exam with Examity, or otherwise ready your online environment for student use. Email them at onlineFREEMississippi or call 601.266.5518 to speak with someone who can assist you.
Our campus Academic Integrity Officer, Dr. Cindy Blackwell (cindy.s.blackwellFREEMississippicindy.s.blackwellFREEMississippi), can talk with you about class and assignment designs aside from proctored tests that discourage academic misconduct.
There are also many resources online for guiding effective course and assignment design that encourage original work and decrease the chances of students being able to cheat on tests. For example, Oregon State describes ten course design strategies to minimize cheating and a Baylor blog specifically describes testing strategies within the Canvas environment, which may be useful to some USM faculty.
The Writing Center and the Speaking Center are friendly spaces that provide individualized feedback and support to help Southern Miss students succeed with writing and speaking assignments for any class. The Centers offer one-to-one consultations for any stage of the process, including brainstorming, creating an outline, revising, learning editing strategies, and developing presentation skills. In Spring 2021, all Writing Center appointments are online only. The Speaking Center has online appointments, virtual drop-in hours, and limited in-person availability for the Spring 2021 semester. To make an appointment, visit usm.mywconline.com and create an account with your USM email address. Detailed instructions for making an appointment can be found at usm.edu/writing-center. Contact the Writing Center by email at writingcenterFREEMississippi or by phone at (601) 266-4821. The Speaking Center can be reached at speakingcenterFREEMississippi or (601) 266-4965.
Jenae Cohn, Academic Technology Specialist for PWR and Beth Seltzer, Academic Technology
Specialist for Introductory Studies
March 11, 2020