T&L Newsletter | April 2021
Schulich T&L Newsletter

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the April Edition of the Schulich Teaching and Learning Newsletter. As we wind down the Winter term, we’d like to thank instructors and staff for their fantastic efforts and contributions amidst what continues to be a challenging time for us all. From finalizing exams and grading to moving forward on preparations for Summer 2021, this newsletter highlights key posts to assist you in your endeavors. The CITE team have put together some popular learning tools (e.g. Echo 360) and quick tips to help grade your assessments, design your course, and boost student engagement. If at any point you require further assistance, please reach out at CITE@schulich.yorku.ca.

Featured T&L Posts

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 upcoming assessments including mock exams, consistent Canvas navigation, and detailed exam instructions. You may also download and edit from an Exam Instructions Template. These steps can help alleviate potential technology concerns and student anxieties around exam preparation.

Schulich Online Course Design Guide
Further enhance your remote / online course delivery for upcoming terms. Browse the course design checklist by category to review key design standards and considerations for creating an effective remote learning environment.

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!

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 can minimize academic honesty concerns while assessing student achievement of your learning outcomes.

Popular Learning Tools

Echo360: Sharing Interactive Videos
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.

TurnItIn: Promoting Academic Integrity
Use TurnItIn as an enforcement tool or a learning tool as it flags and highlights similarities between submitted content. Depending on your assignment configuration, TurnItIn can deter collaboration and allow students to practice and refine their citation skills before submitting a final assignment.

Gradebook: Getting Grades In & Out of Canvas Easily
Many instructors have transitioned from using their own spreadsheet to the Canvas gradebook to manage grades. By using the gradebook, instructors gain access to built-in Canvas tools such as the ability to securely share individual scores with students, message students based on score, and submit final grades to Student Services.

Browse Schulich’s full portfolio of Learning Tools.

Learning Tools: Quick Tips

Navigating Group Work Challenges
Student group work can be challenging, especially when working around conflicting team schedules. Review some helpful tips to assist both instructors with assigning group work, and students when faced with completing common group work challenges.

Maximizing Your Canvas Storage with Echo360
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!

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

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. Attend our ‘Teaching Online’ series and drop-in sessions, along with SCTE webinars, workshops, and events.

Community Insights: Debriefing the Online Experience
Session Date: April 30, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The SCTE invites you to attend ‘Community Insights’, a recurring faculty forum of open discussion to share our collective experiences and reconnect with colleagues. Over the past year, what teaching & learning techniques worked well? Which didn’t? Join us to share insights, anecdotes, and to discuss best practices for the upcoming term.

UBS & GBC Galas and Teaching Excellence Awards
Event Dates: UBS April 29, 7-9 p.m. | GBC April 30, 7-9 p.m.
The UBS and GBC invite you to join the end-of-year Galas as we celebrate the accomplishments of your colleagues and students! Join us virtually for event presentations and to congratulate the Top Ten TEA nominees (including 1st and 2nd place TEA winners!) in both Undergraduate and Masters level programs for 2020-21. Register for the livestream links:

Teaching Online / Remotely Q&A Drop-In Sessions
Session Dates: Every Tues, 10-11 a.m. & Fri, 1-2 p.m.
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.

Teaching Online: Learning Activities & Assessments
Next Session: April 29, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Learn about the variety of assessments and learning activities you can use in your course during an online term; Assignments, quizzes, discussions, and interactive Zoom tools.

Teaching Online: Communication, Grading, and Feedback
Next Session: May 03, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
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 events, workshops, webinars, and Canvas training offerings.