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In response to the Academy’s needs to adopt online teaching and learning, there are a few options you can consider for delivering your content and engaging with students virtually. Some of these options are integrated with Canvas LMS, which will make it easier to deliver content and manage student progress. OR some are external tools that may suit your learning activities.

  1. Live online lectures/meetings
  2. Pre-recorded video lectures
  3. Pre-Recorded Performances, Rehearsals, Compositions
  4. Paper-based assignments + Quizzes
  5. Other collaboration tools in Canvas
  6. Discipline based ideas from the Schools and CS

To start exploring any of these options, you can view the quick start guides below. If you have any questions, need more support on the tools or pedagogic advice on how to approach these in the context of online learning and teaching , please feel free to;


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Live online lectures/meetings

Allows a more active, authentic learning experience where instructor and students are in a live, interactive virtual classroom together. The instructor can interact with the whole class and students can respond back. Students can also break out into smaller groups to have problem-based discussions, while the instructor jumps in and out of individual groups to listen in and respond.

Zoom Meeting (recommended option)

Canvas Conferences


Pre-recorded video lectures

Allows students to learn at their own time and pace without the instructor present. Instructors can create online class discussions to expand the topic and can check understanding with Canvas quiz (more details on Canvas Quiz and Canvas Discussions below).

PowerPoint lecture recording (recommended option for quick mastery)

·    Usage: Take your existing PowerPoint slides and turn them into a video lecture

·   Features: PowerPoint allows you to add video, narration, animation, annotations, screen recording, script and export as video to Canvas

·   Requirements: Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 or Microsoft Office 365 and a microphone (built-in or external)

·     Guides: Video Tutorial

Lecture recording using ZOOM

·       Usage: In addition to live lectures, Zoom can also be used for pre-recorded lectures. You can show your slides/screen, annotate the screen and show talking head to elaborate concepts highlighted.

·       Features: Allows you to toggle between or combine all the functions in one screen when appropriate (PowerPoint share, screen share, annotations and video of talking head). Zoom automatically saves recording to cloud or computer and allows you to share the video link via Canvas or email. Recording links are not permanent, please also download a back-up to your computer.

·       Requirements: ZOOM Desktop software and microphone and webcam (optional).

·       Guides: Quickstart To Using ZOOM


Lecture recording with iHUB AV team support

·       Usage: In addition to live lectures, we have set up a space opposite the iHub in which teachers can drop by with a laptop and we will assist them to create a simple video recording of any lecturer material, artistic work..etc for sharing with students in place of the F2F class. This can be supplemented with discussion and quizz to promote sharing of ideas and to seek feedback.


Pre-recorded Performances, Rehearsals, Compositions

Recording and sharing via the Courses CANVAS site is a simple way for students to both keep up to date with the practice, seek input from teacher and other class members and can be easily facilitated via most smartphone cameras. 

The iHub AV team is also happy as always to assist if needed.. Feel free to contact us.

We also have some simple cameras students can borrow if needed, just drop by or email us prior - 

Paper-based assignments and Quizzes in Canvas

Canvas Assignment allows online submissions of paper-based assignments as an individual or as a group assignment. Feedback on the submission and grades can be managed, released and viewed within Canvas.

  • Usage: Instructors who would like to assign papers, projects or groupwork as homework or to replace a final exam or to seek feedback on material taught during the first part of the semester in order to plan for SEM 2 more effectively. Teachers can use Canvas to accept online submissions, give feedback on the submissions and assign a grade. A written final exam is also possible by setting a specified time for all students to start and end at the same time. 
  • Features: Accepts MS-Word, PowerPoint, PDF and a range of other file types. With Veriguide submissions can be checked for plagiarism. More advanced assignment features include feedback, using rubrics for feedback and allowing Peer Review.
  • Requirements: Canvas course site
  • Guide: (coming soon)

Online quizzes/exams via Canvas Quizzes

Allows instructors to deliver quizzes or exams online but cannot guarantee cheating does not occur. To reduce cheating, we recommend a timed quiz/exam with a question bank, randomized questions, randomized options, and/or open response questions that are problem-based applications.

  • Usage: Instructors can check students’ understanding of the material covered after completing pre-recorded or live lectures. Given the special circumstances and restrictions, this is a possible option to transfer your paper-based exam into a virtual and remote exam.
  • Tips: Set a strict start and end time for the exam (with a buffer of ~10-15 minutes extra for technical issues), do not enable feedback to students, no correct answers should be released, create a question bank with randomized questions, select to randomize answer options (do not include all of the above or none of the above options), only allow single attempt, and remind students to not open any other tabs or windows to decrease technical issues.
  • Guide: (coming soon)

Note: "Canvas Quizzes" is for student self-assessment and not for high-stakes assessment. There is no security measures to avoid cheating. Please be cautious when using it for high-stakes assessment.

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Other collaboration tools in Canvas

Allows instructors to view and respond to students’ questions, offer a space for whole class discussions or collaborative group projects. Instead of taking many individual email enquiries, this space can be an easier way to manage Q&A and respond in one place so the whole class is kept up to date and on the same page.

Canvas Discussions

A space for students to ask questions, elaborate on topics, or engage in discussion with the whole class. If you have groups in the class, you can create a space for them to discuss. The instructor and/or TA can easily monitor and respond to all discussions.

Canvas Collaborations

Access Office365 via Canvas to work on the same Word document, Excel spreadsheet or PowerPoint. The instructor can start a document, manage files and monitor student progress from one place. Or students can start a document themselves and invite the instructor to join to monitor student progress.

  • Guide: (coming soon)


Discipline based ideas from the Schools and CS 




Online discussion forums in Canvas will be used to connect and communicate with students. The use of synchronous virtual classrooms eg Zoom and Canvas Conferences to support communication in real time.



Staff, especially those working within the contextual studies area, are developing Canvas courses so that student’s learning can be developed online. Alongside text based resources, videos are being planned that will broaden the experience that students have on these programmes. A range of other technologies are being used to keep staff in contact with their students.




This school is creating a Canvas course to offer support for online learning for all students and teaching artists. The Chinese title is: 戲曲學院網上學習支援



Use of Canvas eg Announcements, Forums where appropriate to communicate and connect to students.



Staff have been informed of the range of eLearning possibilities and are planning for their use.



Dr Patrick Mok in TEA is using Zoom, the video conferencing tool, to deliver his class, Creative Industries, to students who are not able to attend the class in person. He finds the tool to be useful for online teaching as he can share the lecture slides and see the students’ responses in real time. 



Are you a Language Teacher looking for ideas on how to adopy Blended Learning. Tis resource from Cambridge University Press on Blended Language Learning may assist. Use of ZOOM software to host Virtual Classrooms.. Can see, interact and hear students and teacher




These resources have been adapted from material kindly shared by HKUST CEI as well as many resources online.