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Prepping your course sites for summer

Posted at 1:42 p.m. May 26, 2022, by in IDT Blog: Teaching & Tech Tips

Teaching an online course during the summer session presents some unique challenges! Consider the following tips to help prepare your summer course sites and enhance the teaching and learning experience.

  • If you need help copying content from a past Canvas site, IDT is happy to help.  Please contact and let us know the course name and semester that you’d like copied for Summer 2022. Once your content is ready, make sure your site is published and check content visibility using ‘Student View’
  • Because of summer’s condensed schedule, it may be easy for students to lose track of what they’re meant to be doing on a daily basis.  Consider drafting announcements ahead of time to remind students of daily tasks or assignments. To learn more about drafting announcements, click here. 
  • It can be difficult to build connections with your students online in such a tight window – messaging each student individually within the first few days of the summer session can be a great way to welcome them to the course and establish a strong and personal instructor presence.
  • Providing feedback in a timely and meaningful manner can be quite a challenging task! If your summer course features a larger project or exam as a cumulative assignment, consider adding brief, low-stakes quizzes with built-in feedback so that students can assess their learning and address any misunderstandings as they arise.

If you have any questions about teaching during the summer, or would like any assistance preparing your course site, please don’t hesitate to reach out and schedule a consultation at

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