T&L Newsletter | February 2021Lisa Siegel2021-02-19T10:28:43-05:00
T&L Newsletter |February 2021
Schulich T&L Newsletter
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.