What is eLearning?

eLearning courses use online tools to enhance teaching and learning.  There are three types of eLearning courses.

  • Online courses are held entirely online with no face-to-face classroom time. Online courses require the same amount of work as campus courses.  They include scheduled assignments and exams. Some online courses require students to meet online in web conferences at scheduled times. 

  • Hybrid courses use online technologies to replace some (not all) face-to-face class time. The blend can be flexible. Some hybrid classes replace one weekly class session with online work. Some only meet in person a few times per quarter. Students must attend all scheduled classroom sessions.

  • Web-enhanced courses are face-to-face class sections that meet on campus at scheduled times and use online technologies for additional interaction or sharing course materials. No face-to-face class time is displaced. Students must attend all scheduled classroom sessions.

What technology is used for eLearning Courses?

Canvas is an online tool for teaching and learning.  More than half of  LWTech courses use the Canvas learning platform, or LMS. Instructors use Canvas to share course content, post assignments and grades, conduct quizzes, and collect online submissions.

Respondus is a quiz and test bank creation and management tool. It allows instructors to create and manage questions and quizzes outside of Canvas, and either print them to administer in person, or import them into courses in Canvas.

Blackboard Collaborate is a web conferencing tool located within Canvas. It allows you to meet synchronously online using audio, video, text and screen and file sharing tools. Sessions can be recorded to watch later.

Panopto is a presentation recording tool located within Canvas. This can be used to record lectures or presentations with audio, video from a webcam, and your computer screen. It can also be used as a portal for hosting videos created outside of Panopto. Creators can set permissions that determine who is able to view the videos. (You can also use Panopto outside of Canvas and embed the videos elsewhere, or share links with people you want to view the videos.)

How do I get training and support?

The eLearning department offers faculty and student support and training for Canvas, Blackboard Collaborate, Respondus and Panopto.  Our office is located in E225 and is open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. You can visit the eLearning Helpdesk Portal to see our calendar of scheduled events. You may also contact us at elearning@lwtech.edu to schedule a personal consultation. There are many ways to get eLearning support.

  • For prompt response, email elearning@lwtech.edu with your support questions or training requests.

  • To view the most common Canvas support questions, check the Canvas Support FAQ page.

  • If you have a Canvas issue, use the Help menu at the top right side of the Canvas screen to Report a Problem

  • For self-help options with Canvas, please search the Canvas guides at http://guides.instructure.com/.