T&L Newsletter | February 2021
Schulich T&L Newsletter

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the February edition of the Schulich Teaching & Learning Newsletter! We hope that you and your families are safe (and warm) in this current climate. This month, we continue our focus on the importance of maintaining engagement in your classes and ensuring your assessments maintain academic integrity standards, particularly as you gear up for mid-term assessments. This newsletter contains a multitude of resources to assist you with this. Further to that, we would like to welcome back our student online course design consultants, Azra, Hannia, and Jordan, who can also provide consultations to review your course elements, find the right learning tool, or help get your materials loaded onto Canvas.

Almost a year later of living in this pandemic and operating remotely, we are so grateful to all our faculty and staff for their continued efforts in ensuring teaching and business continue to function. Rest assured that with continued teamwork, collaboration, patience, and kindness, we will continue to elevate and support each other through these uncertain and challenging times. As always, the CITE office is at your disposal to assist and guide delivery of your online courses and assessments so please do get in touch!

Featured T&L Posts

Winter 2021 Remote Delivery
Discover ways the CITE office can assist with your course design and developing assessments. We offer instructional design consultations, online training materials and resources, and more! Deliver your course remotely with the help of our CITE team and Online Course Design Guide.

Online Course Design Guide: Academic Honesty
Ensure your assessments and exams meet academic integrity standards and do not encourage collusion. Review helpful tips and considerations to assist with academic integrity in your course and spotting academic honesty issues. Encourage unique answers with alternative types of assessments, and incorporate Academic Honour statements throughout your course.

Developing Courses and Saving Time with CITE Designers
Contact the CITE office to connect with our Instructional Designer, Lisa Siegel, or a student Online Course Design Consultant to assist with any course design requests. Our designers can assist with maximizing achievement of course learning outcomes in a virtual environment, translating class materials into both synchronous and asynchronous online formats, making use of Canvas, Zoom, and Echo360 features for student engagement, and more! Email your request to cite@schulich.yorku.ca.

Creating Meaningful Engagement in Synchronous Lectures
One of the biggest challenges with the move online has been to recreate the excitement and engagement of a face-to-face Schulich class. View a range of strategies, tools, and approaches that our instructors have successfully utilized in pivoting their interactive activities to their online classrooms.

Assessment Design in the Online Classroom with Alex Fisher
Transitioning to the remote learning environment from face-to-face has raised some challenges, but also offered a unique opportunity to look closer into overall course improvement. Alex Fisher shares some personal examples and considerations for redesigning your assessments for the online environment, inspired through personal experience as well as input from multiple sources in our Schulich community.

Popular Learning Tools

Customizing the Look & Feel of Your Course
Use ‘Design Tools’ in Canvas to create and style the content of your course pages, assignments, announcements, syllabus, discussion descriptions, and quiz descriptions. You can also enhance module navigation to improve a student’s Canvas course experience. With Design Tools, you can be creative when creating and editing content.

Enabling Small Group Discussion Online Using Breakout Rooms in Zoom
View additional tips and animated examples on including Breakout Rooms in your course. Use Break Out rooms to enhance collaboration and facilitate discussion within a class by splitting off students into smaller groups within a Zoom call.

Sharing Interactive Videos with Echo360
Echo360 is an interactive educational video platform integrated into Canvas. Learn more about how it can be used to actively engage students with your video content.

Browse Schulich’s full portfolio of Learning Tools.

Learning Tools: Quick Tips

Maximizing Your Canvas Storage with Echo360 Videos
Each of your courses has approximately 3 GB of space to upload videos and files. If you upload lecture recordings, you may require more space over the course of a semester. To access more storage space on Canvas, upload your videos to Echo360. Echo360 is a tool available in Canvas that allows you to upload unlimited videos to your course!

Optimizing Your Computer and WiFi for Learning Online
Now that remote learning has put a greater dependence on the technology and internet you use at home, it is more important than ever to adopt practices that will improve your tech’s performance. Review our list of ways to optimize your home WiFi and computer to ensure you are having the best online learning experience possible.

Using Question Groups to Randomize Quiz Content
When administering a quiz in Canvas, you can use Question Groups to create pools of questions, and specify the number of questions for Canvas to randomly choose from.

Reviewing Student Engagement in Echo360
Some instructors use asynchronous videos to present content prior to their lectures to better understand where students need more attention based on analytics and feedback. Echo360 allows students to take notes, ask and respond to questions, answer polls, and flag confusing segments. Even better, Echo360 tracks all this data for you to review.

Access the full portfolio of Canvas Quick Tips.

Upcoming T&L Events

Join a Teaching Online Training Session or Workshop: We’ve re-designed and scheduled training sessions throughout the Winter term. We have a four-part ‘Teaching Online’ series, SCTE webinars and workshops, and drop-in sessions.

Teaching Online / Remotely Q&A Drop-In Sessions
The CITE office is hosting weekly drop-in sessions for instructors and staff who have questions about our online learning tools. Join these sessions to ask an expert at Schulich your questions related to technologies you will use when teaching online / remotely.

Hands-On Synchronous “Remote-Teaching Skills” Workshop
These workshops will focus on pedagogy and will provide opportunities for Schulich instructors to refine their remote-teaching skills in a customized, interactive, small-group setting.

1. Teaching Online: Setting Up Your Course on Canvas and Zoom
Learn how to use Canvas to share files, links, and your course syllabus with your class. Learn about the basics on how to use Zoom and set up your course meetings.

2. Teaching Online: Designing and Delivering Online Lectures
Learn about the different ways you can host course lectures during an online semester. Session will cover real-time lectures, recorded lectures, and the different tools available to create lecture content.

3. Teaching Online: Learning Activities & Assessments
Learn about the variety of assessments and learning activities you can use in your course during an online semester; Assignments, quizzes, discussions, and interactive Zoom tools.

4. Teaching Online: Communication, Grading, and Feedback
Learn about encouraging communication and providing feedback during an online course; Messaging in Canvas, grading techniques, using Turnitin, collecting anonymous feedback with Qualtrics.

View all T&L Events for upcoming workshops, webinars, and Canvas training offerings.