T&L Newsletter | March 2021Lisa Siegel2021-03-22T10:45:05-04:00
T&L Newsletter |March 2021
Schulich T&L Newsletter
Welcome to the March edition of the Schulich Teaching & Learning Newsletter. In this edition, we have a lot to share with you particularly as preparations for exams come underway and discussions / plans around the remainder of 2021 start to take place. As we look ahead to Fall 2021, Senate has confirmed that York University will not be able to resume full on-campus operations and that remote assessment methods will continue. Please also bear in mind York University’s stance on optional student camera use during virtual classes. Our online course design consultants have shared student perspectives about remote delivery of teaching and assessments during the pandemic which we hope will help guide you through preparations for the rest of the year. Further, as the exam period approaches, we also want to highlight Schulich and York University’s stance on remote proctoring. We encourage you to explore the many resources available within this newsletter and on the T&L site to help guide and inspire your academic endeavors within our continuing remote-learning environment. As always, the CITE office is at your disposal to assist with any course-related queries including course and assessment (re)design.
Featured T&L Posts
Designing Quantitative Questions for Online Assessments Design your quantitative questions with variation opportunities in mind while maintaining key Learning Outcomes. Build in new variables and scenarios to keep assessments current and strengthen academic honesty. Review some examples for inspiration!
Attend New ‘Teaching Online’ Sessions Attend our new and improved ‘Teaching Online’ sessions. We’ve incorporated feedback from students and instructors ahead of a redesign for the Winter 2021 term. Learn more about Canvas features and remote learning tools in our upcoming sessions:
Breaking Down Student Barriers in Remote Learning As students transition to a remote / online academic environment, they are faced with new challenges that may hinder their learning experiences. Hear from Schulich Student, Hannia Arshad, as she shares her student experiences on remote learning from home, synchronous classroom participation, and encouraged student resources.
Ensuring a Smoother Remote Exam When teaching and learning remotely, there is a stronger need for clarity and consistency to succeed in the online learning environment. Review some quick suggestions to help prepare students for your upcoming remote assessments including mock exams, consistent Canvas navigation, and detailed exam instructions. These steps can help alleviate potential technology concerns and student anxieties around exam preparation.
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 help maximize achievement of course learning outcomes in a virtual environment, translate class materials into both synchronous and asynchronous online formats, make use of Canvas, Zoom, and Echo360 features for student engagement, and more! Email requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 an 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.