There are multiple ways to interact in your Canvas course. A Canvas Group will provide a collaborative workspace where you can share files, hold video conferences, or work on writing assignments.
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Instructions for Communication in Canvas
Announcements (All Class Participants)
- Click the appropriate Announcement title.
- Leave a reply for appropriate announcement.
Discussions (All Class Participants)
- Click the appropriate Discussion title.
- Leave a reply for appropriate discussion.
Conversations/Inbox (One or more recipients)
- Click the Inbox link in the Help Corner.
- Enter a name, course, or group you would like to send a message to.
- Write and send the message.
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Instructions for participating in a Group
- Locate Courses & Groups on the Global Navigation Menu.
- Hover over Courses & Groups to view the groups you are enrolled in. Groups will appear to the right of course enrollments.
- You will only see groups if you are enrolled in at least one group.
Communicate and Engage With Your Instructor and Peers
The value of communication between a company's team members can't be overstated.
Among other benefits, effective workplace communication builds rapport and trust between colleagues, maintains transparency in the workplace, enables better employee management, boosts morale, and facilitates innovation.
In short, effective communication is key to your business' productivity and bottom line. Here's how to make it happen.
Teaching Individuals and Groups
Communication is both receptive and expressive. Teachers must be skilled at listening to their students as well as explaining things clearly. Teachers need clarity of thought to present the material. They must be able to break down complex ideas into simpler parts and smaller steps to transmit to their students. They must be able to adapt their methods of communication to all students regardless of ability or learning style. They are able to "read" their students and adapt to the needs of the individual. Effective communication includes transforming the boring into the interesting and having good presentation skills.
How to Communicate With Your Professor
This article was co-authored by Katie Styzek. Katie Styzek is a Professional School Counselor for Chicago Public Schools. Katie earned a BS in Elementary Education with a Concentration in Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She served as a middle school mathematics, science, and social studies teacher for three years prior to becoming a counselor. She holds a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in School Counseling from DePaul University and an MA in Educational Leadership from Northeastern Illinois University. Katie holds an Illinois School Counselor Endorsement License (Type 73 Service Personnel), an Illinois Principal License (formerly Type 75), and an Illinois Elementary Education Teaching License (Type 03, K – 9). She is also Nationally Board Certified in School Counseling from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
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Speaking with your professor can seem intimidating, but part of your professor's job is to help students learn. Communicating honestly with your professor when you have questions, concerns, or ideas will help you get the most out of your courses. If you get nervous thinking about speaking with your professor, choosing the right method of communication and preparing what you want to say can assist you in getting the most from your time with your instructor.
Teacher communication preferred over peer interaction: Student satisfaction with different tools in a virtual learning environment
Teachers have access to a growing range of online tools to support course delivery, but which ones are valued by students? Expectations and satisfaction are important constructs in the delivery of a service product, and how these constructs operate in a service environment, such as education where the student can also take on the role of the customer is unknown. This study focuses on the student perspective of online tools. The aim of this paper is to measure students' expectations and perceived importance of, and satisfaction with, a range of tools available in a virtual learning environment.
A quantitative survey (n=396) was conducted and descriptive measures and statistical analysis were produced.
Results show that the tools that enable instructors to communicate with students and vice versa are more important to students and more satisfying to them than tools that enable students to interact with each other. Also, business students appear to be different from non‐business students, with respect to desired communications tools.
The findings help us to understand business students' communication preference, which in turn helps teachers to create an educationally meaningful learning environment.
This work connects an established model for online interactions with students' expectations and level of satisfaction with tools that are currently being used in the online education environment.
How to Communicate Effectively to Peers & Coworkers
Working people spend a significant portion of their day on the job. The quality of the interaction at work is an important factor that determines job satisfaction. As in any other relationship, communication with coworkers needs to be built up one step at a time. For effective communication with coworkers, it is important to take the initiative to be pleasant and helpful even as you remain assertive. There may be a few exceptions, but generally what you give is what you get.
Be polite in speaking to your peers at office. Value other people’s time as much as you value your own. Before you begin discussing something, ask your coworker if it is the right time to talk, and give a true picture of how much time you expect to take. Show grace in accepting the fact that others have their own work priorities and are not obligated to put your interest before their own.
Use the three magic words “please,” “thank you” and “sorry” as often as required. Don’t act as if you are entitled to a coworker’s help, request her to assist you and thank her when you have finished. Apologize for anything you did which caused a problem to your coworker, and take care not to repeat that action.
Listen to what your coworkers have to say. Pay attention, maintain eye contact, and show your interest by nodding, or saying, “I see.” Don’t allow your gaze to wander or eyes to glaze over this indicates your mind is elsewhere. Let people finish what they are saying before you respond.
Do something out of kindness for your coworkers. If a colleague says he is too busy to take a break for lunch, offer to get him some sandwiches. If someone is rushing to meet a deadline while you are relatively free, offer to help.
Acknowledge publicly your coworker’s efforts on a project. When you receive praise for a job well done, gently draw the speaker’s attention to your colleague’s contribution. This willingness to share success can reduce any streak of unhealthy competition among coworkers.
Observe your coworkers and learn to understand their state of mind from body language. Provide a friendly pat when they are a bit down, and avoid raising stressful issues when they seem to be irritated.
Discuss privately any issues that arise between you and a coworker. If you hear through the office grapevine that a colleague has been making negative comments about you, don’t jump to the conclusion that that report must be true. Instead, meet him when he is alone, say that you heard he made negative comments about you and ask if that is true.
Be enthusiastic about your work and maintain a positive attitude. If you are constantly complaining about your workload, finding fault with your boss or coworkers or with the way things are run at your workplace, it makes for a disturbing atmosphere for the people who work with you.
Never gossip about your colleagues with others in your organization. What you say once eventually reaches the person you target and often, in a greatly distorted form.
Communicating with Instructors
Contact information for all instructors can be found in the Employee Directory on the College’s website. In addition, full time professors post office hours on their doors, and many adjunct instructors do as well. Whether in person, on the phone, or via email, students should not hesitate to contact their professors.
Here are some guidelines for communicating with your instructors:
- Prepare before going to the instructor’s office. Go over your notes on readings and lectures and write down your specific questions. You’ll feel more comfortable, and the instructor will appreciate your being organized.
- Introduce yourself. Near the beginning of the semester, your instructor may not have learned everyone’s names yet. Unless the instructor has already asked you to address him or her as “Dr. ____,” “Ms. _____” or “Mr. _______,” or something similar, it’s appropriate to say “Professor _______.”
- Be professional when talking to an instructor. Usually students come to office hours prepared with questions and concerns and to request extra help, but some professors encourage students just to stop in during office hours to check in. Regardless of the reason for your visit, it’s important to be professional and avoid checking your cell phone while you’re talking together.
You can’t connect with your co-learners unless you fail to introduce yourself. If you wish to engage with everyone, don’t be shy to introduce yourself first. Also, respond to your peers by replying to their introduction posts and discussion boards.
Like you, your peers also enrolled in an online class with expectations. Engage with everyone friendly and encourage introducing themselves and to post on discussion forums.
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Why Use Collaborative Learning?
Research shows that educational experiences that are active, social, contextual, engaging, and student-owned lead to deeper learning. The benefits of collaborative learning include:
- Development of higher-level thinking, oral communication, self-management, and leadership skills.
- Promotion of student-faculty interaction.
- Increase in student retention, self-esteem, and responsibility.
- Exposure to and an increase in understanding of diverse perspectives.
- Preparation for real life social and employment situations.
Communicating - With Peers
Teamwork is really important in the workplace. Working co-operatively for the benefit of the customers is the purpose of your job. You will enjoy your job much more if the atmosphere is collaborative and positive. This will depend largely on how people communicate with each other. Be the role model, and use these principles to improve communication with and among your peers:
Become a better receiver of information and facilitate upward communication. Employees need to feel they have a chance to influence what goes on in your organization. Use these communication principles with both peers and subordinates to encourage a free exchange of ideas.
Encourage opinions from other people. Listen to all ideas before formulating your own.
Show your peers that you respect their ideas by encouraging them to contribute and listening to what they have to say.
If you are at all confused about an idea being presented, try repeating it in your own words. This will not only clarify your understanding, but will also show you are interested.
Really listen to your colleagues - don't just wait to jump in with your own ideas. Listen to their words, thoughts, and feelings.
Ask for opinions from both peers and subordinates. This makes them feel that their contributions are valued, and will give them a greater sense of commitment.
Support your colleagues' ideas even when they differ from your own. You will be rewarded when you need support for your ideas.
Express your ideas in plain language. Confusing people with big words or jargon is not going to get your message across.
Use words carefully. Your listeners may react negatively to words that you thought were neutral. For example, using "you" when attributing blame will put associates on the defensive. Using "I" will build interest in your feedback. For example, "I am concerned" is preferable to "you did."
If you have to communicate bad news, do so privately. An informal one-on-one meeting will soften the blow, give your colleague an opportunity to express her feelings, and open the way to solving problems.
Be aware of how you communicate. Avoid alienating your colleagues by
preaching (you are implying they are less morally responsible than you)
patronizing (you are treating them like children)
scolding (you are putting them down)
being negative (you are always looking for the flaws).
Focus on the problem, not the person. Take a neutral approach to new ideas, then, after you have judged them, point out their positive aspects first. You want to encourage your colleagues to keep on thinking and contributing.
Act positively towards new ideas. Smile and show interest as they are being presented.
Don't use criticism of your boss as a way to win over your colleagues - you will be demonstrating that you can't be trusted when people's backs are turned.
If you don't agree with your boss's directions to others, keep it to yourself. Express your concerns to your boss, not to your colleagues.
If your fellow workers are angry with you,
avoid arguments - they make things worse
listen to their concerns - they will feel better after venting their frustrations