In response to the COVID-19 crisis we rapidly converted over 240 courses to be delivered remotely to students for the second half of the semester. This was a remarkable accomplishment and positively impacted the lives of over 2,000 students, who also had to rapidly adapt to a new mode of learning among the other life challenges they faced. This unprecedented crisis showed that we could teach effectively online and it has changed the mindsets to this end of many faculty, in our college and across the country.  Moreover, this crisis has permanently changed how we will teach in higher education. We saw the first phase of this at scale in fall 2020.

Under our current circumstances it is essential that all CEDC courses continue to be of the highest quality, and we will take great efforts to make sure this is the case. We must develop all courses so they can be delivered with a robust and high-quality “digital backbone” implemented through the Canvas learning management system. They all should be constructed so they can be delivered in a hybrid in-person/online active learning mode with the ability to flex to a substantial, if not completely, online delivery mode. In order to do this, CEDC has invested in training for both new pedagogy and the use of technology as well as provided resources for faculty to develop their offerings in this new delivery mode.

This website provides resources to help prepare faculty to transition their courses from traditional, in-person courses to a hybrid, active-learning course.

Available Tools


Faculty should all use Canvas as their course content management platform. For those not familiar with Canvas, please refer to this link. The following resources are available to help faculty create high-quality Canvas sites.

  • A Canvas course template developed by the Instructional Design and Program Development Team in the Office of Digital Education; reference the quick video on this page for additional information.
  • Canvas Commons: search course designs from across the country to see how other faculty have developed their courses for online delivery.
  • CEDC is creating a template to help faculty move courses onto Canvas. That template will be placed here once complete.

Recommended Canvas Home Page Template

Sample Canvas welcome page


Zoom is the primary video and web conferencing tool for CU Denver | Anschutz and should be used by all faculty to meet with students synchronously, record asynchronously, and provide an interactive environment for teaching and learning. Learn about the basics here.

Techsmith Knowmia

TechSmith Knowmia creates a secure online storage space for videos and allows videos to easily be embedded into Canvas pages. It also provides easy-to-use recording and editing tools such as Captioning and Cropping. Learn more about the basics here.

Microsoft OneDrive

Microsoft OneDrive is available to all CU Denver | Anschutz faculty, staff, and students for free and provides 1TB of cloud storage to each user. Files can easily be stored, shared, and distributed for individuals or groups.

Digital Teaching and Learning Resources

In collaboration with the Learning Design & Technology Department within the School of Education and Human Development, CEDC broadcasted a Digital Teaching and Learning Resources. Please reach out to with problems, questions, or recommendations.