Course Syllabus


Mizzou Academy


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Course Overview

This is a 18 week online course composed of an orientation week and 16-17 weekly sessions. Expect to invest about 9-15 hours a week on course activities and assignments.



Course Description

The second semester continues the study of European History from the Industrial Revolution to the end of the twentieth century. Successful completion of both semesters will help prepare students for the College Board's exam.

Most AP courses consist of 2 semesters and you should complete semester 1 before starting semester 2. AP exams are offered early in May.

NOTE: If you enroll after the start date in an AP course, it is important that you adjust the pacing chart accordingly so you can complete your course before the scheduled AP exam dates or use this link to find more information about Advanced Placement and to see the AP Exam Calendar.


At the end of each of the lesson, students should be able to:

Lesson 1

  • List and explain the principles that guided the Congress of Vienna.
  • Discuss the new political ideologies of the early nineteenth century.
  • Define and explain the key themes of Romanticism.
  • Explain how the events of 1830 brought the restoration movement to an end.
  • Define numerous terms pertaining to early-nineteenth-century Europe.
  • Identify and explain the significance of the major historical figures and events of the early nineteenth century, as well as its chief literary and artistic achievements.

Lesson 2

  • List and explain the different forms of nationalism that spread throughout Europe's nation-states during the mid-nineteenth century.
  • Analyze why the efforts to unify Germany and Italy succeeded during the 1860s.
  • Compare and contrast the institutions of slavery and serfdom as they existed in nineteenth-century European nations and their colonies.
  • Explain how journalists' accounts of the Crimean War reflect cultural trends.
  • Define numerous terms pertaining to mid-nineteenth-century Europe.
  • Identify and explain the significance of the major historical figures and events of mid-nineteenth-century Europe, as well as its chief literary and artistic achievements.

Lesson 3

  • List and explain the factors that led to the rise of Europe's "new imperialism."
  • Describe how British India was reorganized after "the Mutiny" of 1857.
  • Describe how Western nations forced trade with China during the mid-nineteenth century.
  • Analyze the intent of Western nations' "civilizing missions" into far-flung lands.
  • List and explain the events that set off the "scramble for Africa."
  • Analyze how the scramble for empires affected individual Europeans' identities.
  • Explain why the Boer War was unique in the annals of warfare.
  • Define numerous terms pertaining to late-nineteenth-century European imperialism and colonialism.
  • Identify and explain the significance of the major historical figures and events of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, as well as the chief literary and artistic achievements of the period.

Lesson 4

  • Discuss the events that sparked the second industrial revolution.
  • Explain why working-class movements grew so dramatically during this period.
  • List the rights that a number of late-nineteenth-century women began to claim, and explain why they were so controversial.
  • Define "mass politics," and discuss how the nation-states of Europe responded to its appearance in the late nineteenth century.
  • Analyze the impact of new scientific theories upon European society and culture.
  • Define numerous terms pertaining to late-nineteenth-century Europe.
  • Identify and explain the significance of the major historical figures and events of the late nineteenth century, as well as its chief literary and artistic achievements.

Lesson 5

  • List and explain the causes of World War I.
  • Analyze the failure of the Schlieffen Plan.
  • Explain why the war quickly became a war of attrition.
  • Discuss the role of empire in respect to World War I.
  • Explain how the war changed the lives of women and other noncombatants on the home front.
  • Analyze the Bolsheviks' rise to power.
  • Explain how, ultimately, the Allies won the war.
  • Define numerous terms pertaining to the First World War.
  • Identify and explain the significance of the major historical figures (people) and events of the First World War, as well as its chief literary and artistic achievements.

Lesson 6

  • Explain how the Soviet Union industrialized during the 1930s.
  • Describe the components of Italian and German Fascism.
  • Analyze the failure of Germany's Weimar Republic.
  • Describe the Nazis' rise to power.
  • Explain how Western democracies dealt with the Great Depression.
  • Analyze the effects of new mass media upon everyday life in the early twentieth century.
  • Define numerous terms pertaining to early-twentieth-century Europe.
  • Identify and explain the significance of the major historical figures (people) and events of the 1920s and 1930s, as well as their chief literary and artistic achievements.

Lesson 7

  • List and explain the long-term causes of the Second World War.
  • Analyze the policy of appeasement and determine to what extent it led to the outbreak of war.
  • Explain the reasons behind the early German successes in World War II.
  • Explain what made the war a truly "global" war.
  • Describe how the Nazis attempted to rule their continental empire.
  • Explain how the Second World War was a "racial war."
  • Describe how the war transformed life on the home front for both sides.
  • Analyze Germany's defeat at the hands of the Soviet Union.
  • Define numerous terms pertaining to the Second World War.
  • Identify and explain the significance of the major historical figures (people) and events of the Second World War, as well as its chief literary and artistic achievements.

Lesson 8

  • Define the term "Cold War," and explain its causes.
  • Explain how Western Europe recovered so quickly from World War II.
  • Analyze the links between decolonization, World War II, and the Cold War.
  • List and discuss the themes that defined postwar culture.
  • Define numerous terms pertaining to the Cold War in Europe and the United States.
  • Identify and explain the significance of the major historical figures (people) and events of the Cold War, as well as its chief literary and artistic achievements.

Lesson 9

  • Explain how daily life was transformed during this period.
  • Discuss what prompted the social movements of the 1960s.
  • Analyze the causes of the global economic stagnation of the 1970s and 1980s.
  • Explain the fall of communism and the Soviet Union.
  • Define numerous terms pertaining to the final decades of the Cold War.
  • Identify and explain the significance of the major historical figures (people) and events of the latter half of the twentieth century, as well as its chief literary and artistic 

Lesson 10

  • Understand the nature of and effective strategies for dealing with the three major sections of the College Board AP European History Exam (multiple choice, documents-based question essay, and thematic response essay).
  • Recall and explain the significance of the major historical figures, events, and ideas of the early nineteenth century, as well as its chief literary and artistic achievements.
  • Recall and explain the significance of the major historical figures, events, and ideas of the era of reform and revolution, as well as its main literary achievements.
  • Recall and explain the significance of the major historical figures, events, and ideas of the nineteenth-century Age of Imperialism, as well as its key literary achievements.
  • Recall and explain the significance of the major historical figures, events, and ideas of the late nineteenth century, as well as its chief literary and artistic achievements.
  • Recall and explain the significance of the major historical figures, events, and ideas of the First World War, as well as the literature inspired by it.
  • Recall and explain the significance of the major historical figures, events, and ideas of the years between the First and Second World Wars, as well as the chief literary and artistic achievements of those decades.
  • Recall and explain the significance of the major historical figures, events, and ideas of the Cold War era, as well as its chief literary and artistic achievements.
  • Recall and explain the significance of the major historical figures, events, and ideas of the late twentieth century and the fall of communism, as well as its key economic developments.
  • Recall and explain the significance of the major historical figures (people), events, and concepts studied in the fall semester of AP European History.

Required Materials

  • Western Civilizations, 17th Edition, Volume 2. Judith Coffin and Robert Stacey. W. W. Norton & Company, 2011.

Technical Requirements

The most up-to-date requirements can be found here: 

Additional requirements for the course are below: 

  • audio and video recording capabilities (e.g. smartphone, camera)


You are required to take 2 proctored exams for this course.

See the "About Exams" in the policies section for additional information on exams at Mizzou Academy.

Exam Matrix

Midterm Exam Final Exam
Lessons Covered Lessons 1-5 Lessons 6-10
Questions and type
  • 30 multiple-choice questions
  • 5 short-answer identification (out of 6 choices)
  • 2 essays
  • 30 multiple-choice questions
  • 5 short-answer identification (out of 6 choices)
  • 2 essays
Points possible 145 points 145 points
Time limit 2 hours 2 hours


Most Mizzou Academy courses include graded quizzes, submitted assignments, online discussions, or a combination of these elements.

You may use any assigned readings, your notes, and other course-related materials to complete your graded quizzes, submitted work, and/or online discussions. The points you earn on your submitted work will count toward your final course grade. Be sure to check your work carefully for errors (e.g. spelling, grammar, and punctuation) as errors may result in points being deducted.

Each lesson provides step-by-step instructions on how to submit your work.

Your final grade will be based on the number of points you earn on submitted work and exams. The available points are distributed as follows:

Source Available Points



Points Distribution





Midterm Exam


Final Exam



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After completing the course, unofficial transcripts will be available in the Tiger Portal. See this page for information on requesting official transcripts. 

Quizzes & Assignments

You should submit all assigned work in sequence (Lesson 1, then Lesson 2, etc.) Assignments for the course are listed at the bottom of this syllabus.


All quizzes for Mizzou Academy courses are taken online. After you submit them, you’ll quickly receive a report on how you did.


Assignments may consist of written work (essays, compositions, etc.), collaborative wiki projects, journal entries, audio or video recordings, multimedia presentations, graphics, etc. Each assignment will list the instructions for completing that assignment. Assignments may require you to submit your completed work in the form of a file (such as a text document, image, audio or video recording, or multimedia presentation) or a hyperlink for grading. See your Helpful Resources section of your course for tutorials.

Performance Experiences
Learning Activities

The assignments in this course will be submitted to your instructor for grading. 

Carefully plan a schedule for completing the assignments and regularly check the course calendar to ensure that you are submitting them on time. The due date listed on the calendar for each assignment is the last day the progress evaluation will be accepted for full credit.

Canvas automatically allows students to resubmit assignments. However, students should not resubmit assignments without prior instructor approval.

Reading and Using Feedback

After your work has been graded, you will receive a report that provides individualized feedback and comments on your work. Look carefully at what you missed and read any corresponding feedback. Then study the lesson materials to make certain that you can accomplish the associated learning objectives.

Each lesson provides step-by-step instructions on how to submit your work. Be sure to check submitted work carefully for errors (e.g. spelling, grammar, and punctuation) as they may result in points being deducted.

AP - Discussions and Chats

The discussion forums provide in-depth opportunities for class discussion and guided activities for practice and review. There are 5 discussion forum assignments in this course; they take place during Lessons 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9. Each forum is worth 15 points.

Participation in online discussions (e.g., discussion forums, chats, community projects, and/or instructor conferences) is expected and will factor into your overall course grade.

All online discussions described in course lesson pages are required unless your instructor notes otherwise. Your instructor may also arrange additional required chats or instructor conferences. Be sure to regularly check the course calendar and announcements from your instructor regarding upcoming discussions and requirements.

Your participation in required online discussions will be evaluated on criteria such as frequency, timeliness, thoughtfulness and effort, and overall contribution to the knowledge base and learning experience of your classmates. You are also expected to monitor and respond to posts on discussion threads which you have started or have previously contributed to; you should not simply make a post and consider the discussion “done,” because it should be an ongoing conversation with your peers and/or instructor.

Postings that begin new discussion forum threads will be reviewed based on their relevance, demonstrated understanding of course concepts, examples cited, and overall quality. Postings that respond to other students' posts will be evaluated based on relevance, degree to which they extend discussions, and tone.

More Information About Discussion Forums and Chats

Chats occur in Lessons 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10.  Each chat is worth 15 points. You will be graded on effort and participation, not on grammar or spelling. Please review the chat schedule, select two sessions to attend, then submit your choices to your instructor. Space in the sessions is limited, so sign up as soon as possible.

In order to earn full credit for forum participation, you must (a) respond to the provided prompt and (b) if asked, post a relevant comment to at least two of your classmates' posts. This may entail asking a question or comparing and/or contrasting your classmate’s post with your own.

In order to earn full credit for discussion forum participation, your posts and responses must be substantive. In other words, you will not earn credit for just replying "Good post" or "I agree" to a classmate.

AP - Late Work and Absences

Work must be turned in on time for full credit. If you are unable to complete an assignment on time, contact your instructor immediately. Prior permission from the online course instructor must be obained for special circumstances to receive credit for late work. These decisions will be made on an individual basis.

You must notify your instructor if you expect to be offline for more than 1 week.

AP - Exam Prep Through LearningExpress Library

In the next section, you will find "Getting Started Resources." Within the Library Material is LearningExpress Library, which contains AP practice exams and study material, in addition to what is on the AP website. 

Below we are providing you with a direct link to the College Prep Center of the LearningExpress Library. You can only launch it through this link. When you arrive, you should see "Mizzou K-12" on the left-hand side, showing that you are with our institution. You will want to create an account in order to save any work or test prep you do.  

Once you click the link below, select "Prepare for your AP Exam". Please create a help ticket (Help -> Report a problem) if you cannot find what you are looking for.


Getting Started Resources (Canvas and Other Resources)

View the content below to learn more about each of these elements and how they work in your Mizzou Academy Canvas course.

Canvas Overview

Mobile Apps

If you are on a mobile device, download the Canvas mobile apps. With the apps, you can access all your courses using the Canvas mobile app, "Canvas By Instructure." Go to Google Play to download the Android version and iTunes to download the iOS version. 

View the mobile features by device


Download Canvas by Instructure on iTunes


Download Canvas by Instructure on Google Play

Browser and Computer Requirements

Library, Writing, and Research Resources

Library Resources

Below are several useful library links. Click the images to go directly to the websites.

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)


Citing Sources

Citing Sources Interactive Module

The Citing Sources Interactive Tutorial to help you with learning how to cite your sources as well as inform you about what plagiarism is, what it isn't, and how to avoid it. 

View the Citing Sources tutorial

See the OWL Resource Website for additional help in citing sources and avoiding plagiarism. 


Netiquette—short for "network etiquette" or "Internet etiquette"—is a set of guidelines for how to communicate appropriately on the web. As a Mizzou Academy student, you will be expected to follow these guidelines in your interactions with your instructor and fellow students.

  • Be respectful. Online, as in life, the Golden Rule applies: Treat others as you would like to be treated. There are effective ways to disagree with someone without being insulting. Keep in mind that sarcasm can sometimes be misinterpreted.
  • Use appropriate language. Avoid foul language and rude or vulgar comments.
  • Use proper grammar and spelling. Typos and spelling mistakes are bound to happen, but excessive errors are distracting. Use a browser with a built-in spell checker if you need help!
  • Respect others' privacy. Do not quote or forward personal messages or information without the original author's permission.
  • Avoid plagiarism. It is never acceptable to copy and paste the work of others and call it your own. Be sure to cite your sources correctly.

For more about appropriate online behavior, view Show Me Respect: Tips for Thwarting Cyberbullying, Cyber-Harassment, and Cyberstalking from the University of Missouri's Equity Office.

Assignments Overview

Canvas Overview Videos

In this video, you will learn more about assignments: what they are and how to submit them through Canvas.


For more on uploading and viewing assignments, visit Assignments in the Canvas Student Guide.

~~How to Submit Assignments as a File Upload

How do I upload a file as an assignment submission in Canvas?

Your video must be one of the accepted file types and file size:

File Types

  • FLV – Flash Video
ASF – Windows Media
  • QT – Apple QuickTime
MOV – Apple QuickTime
MPG – Digital Video Format
  • MPEG – Digital Video Format
AVI – Digital Video Format
M4V – Digital Video Format
  • WMV – Windows Media
  • MP4 – Digital Video Format
  • 3GP – Multimedia Mobile Forma

File Size

Canvas does not support media uploads larger than 500 MB.

~~How to Submit Assignments from Mizzou Academy Google Workspace

You may submit assignments using our Mizzou Academy Google Suite. Once you submit an assignment through Google docs, you can no longer make any changes to the document. Therefore, submit work after you have read the assignment directions and scoring information carefully, used the writing process to develop your work, and completed the final version.

For all written assignments, if your instructor has allowed Google doc submissions, please submit the entire document. Do not submit a link.
For media files (such as audio and video), links are acceptable.

In Google Drive Assignments, you can only submit 
one file for your submission. If the assignment requires more than one file, consider downloading the files and uploading each individually.


1. From within your Canvas course, navigate to the assignment you'd like to submit. Click on Start Assignments

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2. Select the Google Drive tab

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3.  Before the first use, you will be prompted to sign into your Mizzou Academy Google account to authorize the integration. Click Authorize

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4. Enter your Google username. Click Next

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5. Enter your Google password. This will be the password that you set up when confirming your Mizzou Academy Google account. Click Next

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6. Click Allow when prompted to allow Google Drive LTI by Canvas to access your Mizzou Academy Google Account

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7. You are now ready to submit your assignment from Mizzou Academy Google Drive.

Select the file you wish to upload by clicking on the title > click Submit. This creates a Word document (.docx) version of your Google Doc.

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8. Before you submit, make sure you have selected the correct file. To select a different file, click the change button [1]. To leave an assignment comment to ask questions or provide additional feedback for your teacher, enter text in the Additional comments field [2]. Otherwise, check to agree to End-User License Agreement [3] > click Submit Assignment [4]


~~How to Convert Word files to Google Docs

Some assignments will provide templates for you to complete, and the templates may be available as a Word file (.docx, .doc). Even though these .docx or .doc files are native to Word, it is possible to open them without owning the program. You can still work with Microsoft Office files even if you don't have Office installed by using Google Docs.

Open with Google Docs

    1. Navigate to in your Web browser. Log in with your Mizzou Academy Google account. 
    2. Click +NewFile Upload 
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    3. Navigate to the location of the Word document on your computer and select the file. Alternatively, you can drag and drop a file from your computer directly into the web browser for an easy upload.
    4. Once your file uploads, double-click to open the file in Google docs. Alternatively, you can right-click on the file, point to Open With on the context menu, and then select Google Docs.
    5. Select File > Save As Google Docs

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  1. Google then converts the Word file into a Google doc and you can begin editing.


How to convert Word files to Google docs | VIDEO

~~How to Convert Google Docs to Word or PDF

After you've finished editing your file, download and export your document back into a Microsoft Word or PDF Document format by selecting File > Download > select the Microsoft Word I.docx) or PDF Document (.pdf) option. 

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How to convert Google docs to Word/PDF | VIDEO

~~How to Print Files to PDF using Acrobat 

View Print to PDF for instructions on how to print a file to PDF using Adobe Acrobat. 

~~Submitting Assignments that use Turnitin

Turnitin is a plagiarism detection service that is integrated with Canvas. It allows instructors and students to view an Originality Report of written work or other homework assignments. The system is designed to facilitate feedback between instructors and students on written work.

The University of Missouri has a license agreement with, a service that helps detect plagiarism by comparing student papers with Turnitin's database and Internet sources. Students who take this course agree that all required papers may be submitted to

Students who submit papers to Turnitin retain the copyright to the work they created. A copy of submitted papers is retained in a Turnitin database archive to be compared with future submissions—a practice that helps protect and strengthen copyright ownership. Use of the Turnitin service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on Turnitin's website at

Mizzou Academy uses Turnitin, which provides tools for assignments. One of these tools is the "originality check." Note that it is not called a "plagiarism detector." That is because ONLY an instructor can determine plagiarism. 

For example, it could be that you get a 100% match (in red) on your submission. However, perhaps you are working in a group or your instructor had you submit something multiple times to different assignments within the same course. Or perhaps your class is filling out a worksheet, so all of the worksheet components would be "not original" but your content would be. 

If you are concerned about any results that you are confused about, feel free to discuss this with your teacher. 

Turnitin Guide - Accepted File Types and Size

Turnitin has restrictions on file types and size. The Turnitin Guide will outline things to consider before submitting a file, such as its size, word count, and format.

How to Submit a Turnitin Assignment in Canvas 

There is no difference in how to submit an assignment with or without Turnitin enabled. You may choose to submit your assignment as a file upload or a file from the Mizzou Academy Google Workspace. 

~~How to Record and Submit Audio and Video

Recording and Submitting

There are many ways you can submit audio and video recordings for a Mizzou Academy course in Canvas. Your course content may refer to Audacity.  (Links to an external site.)However, you don't need to use Audacity to make an mp3 recording for your course. After all, there are many programs and apps on computers and mobile devices that will do just that! 

View How do I submit a media file as an assignment submission for more information on how to submit media files.

Note: You can also submit assignments using files stored on third-party apps (e.g. Dropbox) on your mobile apps.

View the following Canvas Guides for additional information on how to record and submit audio and video files

We do NOT allow you to submit .wav files. 

~~How to Shoot Quality Audio and Video

The only way for you to present quality speeches (and other multimedia) to your Mizzou teacher is by uploading a video of yourself. Therefore, it's incredibly important that the audio and video quality is good enough that your instructor can see and hear everything clearly.  You might all be in different environments using various types of cameras, so rather than attempting to teach you about specific cameras, we're going to concentrate on things like lighting, background, setup and stabilization, and audio. 

Lighting and Background

  • Use a distraction-free background
  • Face windows with natural light
  • Avoid overhead lights when indoors
  • Use a lamp or two for additional lighting
  • Watch back your video to see how it looks
  • Keep trying, keep learning, and keep having fun

Setup and Stabilization

  • Don't shoot handheld
  • Use anything that can safely hold the camera steady
    • tripod and mount
    • DIY solutions (picture stand, bean bag, binder clips)
  • Place the camera level with your eyeline


  • Shoot video in the quietest room at the quietest time of day
  • Turn everything off (cell phone, TV, radio, fans, etc.)
  • Get closer to the camera
  • Avoid noisy habits (hand rubbing, clapping, etc.)
  • Use an external microphone

Setting Up Your YouTube (Or Other Video) Account

If you already have a Gmail account, then you have a YouTube account, but in case you don't, getting your account set up is the first step. Just go to and create an account to get started. Work with a trusted adult or parent. 
Creator Studio
On thing to note is that you can access all of your channel's videos and privacy settings through the Creator Studio. To locate this area in your account, click the icon in the upper right corner (where you logged in) and you should see the option for Creator Studio under your login name. Once you click this, you will be taken to the dashboard area for your account.  There are a few different areas available you should be aware of: 
Video Manager
This section houses all of the videos on your account. You can also create playlists (lists or groups of videos with a similar topic or theme). 
Your content settings are located with the majority of your video and content settings. It is also where you can determine the privacy of your videos. If you click on Upload Defaults in this section, it will give you the options that you can set for all future uploads. Changing the privacy to Unlisted means that anyone with the link will be able to view your video but it won't be searchable to the public. 
This section isn't required, but it's good to be aware that this area provides a basic video editor where you can make minor adjustments to your videos as well as add copyright free background music. 

Uploading a Video

Now that your account is setup, you are ready to upload your video. Here are the steps you will need to follow:
  • Click Upload in the upper right-hand corner of the screen
  • Either drag & drop the video file into the box or click on the gray arrow to select it from your files. You will notice that the privacy box will already be set to unlisted based on your privacy settings
  • This will automatically begin the upload once the file is selected, taking you to a new window:
    • Make sure the title box is correctly filled out
    • Descriptions and tags are usually left blank unless the video is public
    • Thumbnails This is what viewers will see when they first pull up your video. You can choose from a few automatic image selections, or you can upload your image
  • Once the video finishes uploading, processing, and you selected the titles/thumbnails, click "Done
  • The link to share your video will appear. Copy and paste this link to turn in your video. 

Getting Your Videos Into the Course: Uploading

If you are comfortable with recording video, transferring the file to your computer, and then uploading, this is the preferred method because some assignments (such as video journals) will have you recording multiple videos for one assignment. One problem you may run into is a camera that creates an incredibly large file. In such cases, you may need to convert the file to make it smaller.

File Conversion

Some cameras record videos that create very large file sizes. Depending on your internet connection, these larger files might have problems uploading. In these cases, you might need to convert the video to a smaller version. Look for a free video converter like Any Video Converter or Format Factory to help you. 

Getting Your Videos Into the Course: Direct Recording

Canvas does allow you to record via webcam directly into Canvas.  However, this will not be available when multiple videos are required. Another reason to shy away from this method is that if you have a hiccup in your internet connection or your computer freezes, your video will be lost, and you will have to rerecord everything. Just to save the hassle, it's better to either upload a file or provide a link to an unpublished YouTube video.

~~How to Scan and Upload Your Work

Some assignments may require you to scan your work and upload it to Canvas. Click on How to Scan and Upload Your Work to download a PDF file of this tutorial.

~~How to Configure Mac OS to Open .RTF Files in Word

Images may not appear if you open an .RTF file on a Mac using Pages or other text-editing software. The following image shows you how to configure your Mac so that it will automatically open .RTF files in Microsoft Word. 


Quizzes and Exams

 In this video, we'll show you how to take a quiz/exam in Canvas.

For more on taking quizzes and exams, visit Quizzes in the Canvas Student Guide.

NOTE:  Read your Syllabus and the Quiz and Exam instructions for your course so that you are aware of the policies and how a quiz and exam is setup.  The Quizzes link may not be in the course navigation menu in your course and only accessible by clicking on Modules and clicking on the pertinent lesson. 

~~Suggestions for Taking Objective Examinations

What is an "objective examination?" Objective means that there IS a right answer (or answers), and you either get things right or wrong. An example is a multiple-choice quiz or exam. This section is here to provide you with tips on how to take objective examinations, or "exams."

Many people worry about how to do well when taking objective examinations.  What does What follows are some simple suggestions that should help you to do your best.

What do you do when you know the answer?  Silly question, right?  You mark it!

What do you do when you don’t know the answer?  This is what you want to hear!

  1. First, you need to remember that our quizzes and exams are based on the number of right answers out of the total possible.  So you should answer every question, even if it’s a guess.  There are four answer choices, so your odds when you guess are 1 in 4.  That is, on average, you should get 1 out of every 4 guesses correct.
  2. How do you narrow the odds, to make them more in your favor? If you are able to eliminate one or more of the answers as definitely wrong, you have done just that.  When you are guessing which answer is correct out of 3, then you could get one-third of your guesses correct.  When you are guessing between two, you could get half of them right.
  3. What if you see an answer choice that you absolutely have never seen before? There is a very good chance it is a wrong answer, and you can eliminate it.  Remember, you’ve read over and studied the material.  Most of the time you will know if something doesn’t belong.
  4. Does the answer make sense? A correct answer always makes sense.  Incorrect choices may, or may not.  So if a choice does not make sense in relation to the question, it is probably a wrong answer.
  5. Do not spend a lot of time on a question that is giving you trouble. Move on, and come back to it later.  Many times, you will find something in a later question or answer choice that helps you to select the answer to a question you skipped over.  This is known as making the test work FOR YOU.
  6. Above all, relax! You have been over the material.  It is all in your head.  Just take a deep breath and go at it.  YOU CAN DO IT!

Many students develop their own tricks to help themselves on objective tests.  What you see above can assist you.  But you may also rely on whatever works for you.

~~Suggestions for Taking Essay Exams

What!? I’m going to have to write!?

It is not unusual for people to be nervous about taking an essay exam.  You will have to decide what the question means, search through the memory banks of your brain, recall information that relates to the question, and then write something that is well organized and clear.  What follows are some tips that just might make this process a little less scary.

Let’s start with an essay question.

An essay question may be fairly short, perhaps only one paragraph.  They may also be longer, requiring several paragraphs to answer.  No matter how short, or long, the essay needs to be, the process is the same.  As an example, we’ll use a topic that is “medium.”

The framers of the Constitution of the United States established the Electoral College system, which provides an indirect method of electing the President.  This system should be changed to permit the direct election of the President, so the candidate who receives the greatest number of the popular vote to win election.  Agree or disagree.

Great!  Now what?

This may seem pretty long.  But you need to remember that you do not have to deal with everything in the statement.  The first thing you need to do is identify what you have to answer, and what you can ignore.  The question statement is reproduced below, with the parts you have to consider highlighted.

The framers of the Constitution of the United States established the Electoral College system, which provides an indirect method of electing the President.  This system should be changed to permit the direct election of the President, so the candidate who receives the greatest number of the popular vote to win the election.  Agree or disagree.

While everything else in the question is relevant to the topic, you are being asked to support the Electoral College system (indirect election) or the popular vote (direct election).


Write down a brief outline of what you need to do.  It would be best if you did this in order.

  • Introduction: State your position.  Do you agree or disagree. Give a preview of why you have chosen your position.
  • Body Paragraph: Explain your first reason for your position.  You might also want to state why the method you did NOT choose falls short.
  • Body Paragraph: Explain your second reason for your position.  Again, you could state why the method you did NOT choose falls short.
  • Body Paragraph: Explain your third reason, if you have one, along with why the method you did NOT choose falls short.
  • Conclusion: Restate your reasons for your position.  This is when you drive your arguments home.

What are we saying here?

There is a very simple way to look at essay writing.  No matter if the essay is one paragraph, or five, or ten.  You do the same three things. 

  1. Tell the readers what you are going to tell them (introduction).
  2. Tell them (body).
  3. Tell the readers what you told them (conclusion).

And in conclusion….

This process can be very helpful.  You need to remember:  you are probably not going to be expected to respond to every word in the essay topic.  That’s why it’s important to identify what you need to consider.  While essays from different classes will look different, the approach to them is pretty much the same.  You can even practice this skill on your own, creating topics on things with which you are familiar.  The more you practice, the easier it becomes.

Good luck!

Examity Proctoring

About Examity

One of the options that is now available to you is to use Examity (Links to an external site.), a 100% online proctoring service. This means that instead of finding someone in-person that can proctor your test, you can instead choose Examity.

Examity does charge a fee. The Examity link located at the end of the Online Proctoring Resources module allows you to be automatically logged in to schedule your exam and pay for proctoring. If you scheduled to have your test proctored with Examity, you will also use that link to log in to Examity to begin your exam.

Next, you will need to read the detailed directions and requirements before using Examity. Examity use is not mandatory; it is only an option.

Read More Details About Examity and How To Use 


The calendar video introduces you to the Canvas Calendar and shows you how you can stay organized by scheduling your own events.


Mizzou Academy Policies Policies

Academic Integrity

Our academic integrity policy at Mizzou Academy is based on our values of ethical behavior, learning, and giving all stakeholders the benefit of the doubt. Collaboration, research, and technical literacy are vital 21st-century skills when combined with academic integrity. 


Mizzou Academy's academic integrity policy is aligned with the University of Missouri’s academic integrity policy. The definitions of what constitutes "cheating" and "plagiarism"are posted on the Provost’s Advising Council’s webpage which can be found here:

Issues Involving Violations of Academic Integrity

If, when completing any of your assignments or exams for this course, you are found to have demonstrated cheating or plagiarism as defined above, this is a violation of academic integrity. At your teacher's discretion, violations of academic integrity may be subject to either or both of the following actions: 

  • receiving a zero for the assignment or exam
  • receiving an F for the course


If you anticipate barriers related to the format or requirements of this course, please let Mizzou Academy know as soon as possible. If disability-related accommodations are necessary (for example, a scribe, reader, extended time on exams, captioning), please contact Mizzou Academy.

About Exams at Mizzou Academy*

*This section describes the policies of exams at Mizzou Academy. This section only applies if you have exams in your course. See the section above to see if you have exams.


Your exams are online. It is your responsibility to schedule your exams. 

During exams, unless otherwise noted, you are not allowed to navigate away from the exam or use any other resources. If you deviate from the exam guidelines without proper prior permission, it is considered cheating on an exam. 


Global Courses

First, request approval for your proctor. Allow enough time (2 weeks) for our office to receive your request and communicate with your chosen exam site and proctor. Mizzou Academy has approved exam sites throughout the United States and around the world. 

Request Exam Date and Proctor Approval Form

  • Choose a proctor and make arrangements for taking the exam.
  • At least 2 weeks prior to taking your exam, submit your proctor information to Mizzou Academy 
  • You will be sent an email notice indicating if your chosen proctor has been approved or denied.
  • Arrive at your proctor’s testing site at the scheduled time with a photo ID. At testing time, you will log into your Mizzou Academy account and select the exam for your proctor to access and administer.

You can also schedule with an online proctor using Examity. Review the information in the "Getting Started Resources (Canvas and Other Resources)" section under the "Examity" panel. in the course syllabus.

Global Classroom Courses

If you are taking a global classroom course, work with your local teacher to identify your date of the exam and how you will be proctored. You do not need to request an exam date with the above form.


  • Complete and review all assignments.
  • Review the learning objectives; make sure you can accomplish them.
  • Be prepared to explain any key terms and concepts.
  • Review all the lessons, exercises, and study questions.
  • Review any feedback and/or comments on your assignments and previous exams; look up answers to any questions you missed.

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**Not applicable to World Language courses.

Canvas and Technical Support

Canvas is where course content, grades, and communication will reside for this course.

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