Connecting with students in an online environment can always be a challenge. Canvas has so many options to connect with students and make them feel like they are part of the online class community. Have you used the Scheduler to set up appointments with your students? Conferences or Chat can help you reach out and talk in real time - kickoff projects and report back on how it is going, start a back and forth dialogue, and share your feedback. Peer Review can allow other students to connect with the other students. More than 80% of the students responded that they agreed peer reviews were a valuable and important part of the course. They want to see what other students are working on and get another opportunity to gather insight on what they can do better in their own work.
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