T&L Newsletter | March 2021
Schulich T&L Newsletter

Dear Colleagues,

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!

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.

Going Deeper with Online Assessments
Assessment is a key component of any curriculum design and serves to drive student learning. With a deeper understanding of assessment concepts and principles, you will be able to minimize academic honesty concerns while assessing student achievement of your learning outcomes.

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 cite@schulich.yorku.ca.

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.

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 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.

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.