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College of Arts Alternative Delivery Support for Instructors

To assist instructors in the College of Arts prepare for the Fall 2020 semester, the Associate Dean Academic (ADA) office is collecting curated resources from our supporting departments, OpenEd, the Office of Teaching and Learning, and the Library. Check this site for regular updates to see what other departments are doing, view upcoming webinars, and find links to useful support content.

Webinar Recordings

Teaching Talk #1:  Moving online: What our students are saying?
Dr. John Dawson, and Dr. Jason Mcalister from the College of Biological Science discussed feedback they received from students about their learning experiences during the move to emergency remote instruction and assessment in Winter 2020. Watch the webinar recording on YouTube (20 minute length).

Planning for Synchronous and/or Asynchronous Remote Courses
Dr. Lena Paulo Kushnir and Dr. Carolyn Creighton from OpenEd outline the difference between the two modalities, factors to consider and showcase several tools that OpenEd supports.

Office of Teaching and Learning
Webinar recordings are available including a reflection by Dr. Brian Husband and Dr. Karen Gordon.

Teaching & Learning Summer Webinar Series
Led by the College of Social & Applied Human Sciences and the Gordon S. Lang School of Business several recorded and upcoming webinars are available for viewing.


Need help re-designing your fall course?

Contact the Office of Teaching and Learning ( for remote consultation appointments, questions around your assessments, and/or any other teaching and learning needs. More on the topics below:


Facilitating Online Learning

Free open professional development course about “how to facilitate online learning effectively and efficiently in a deliberate way,” offered by Lethbridge College
For more Information:
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Teaching Ideas: Exchange, Reflection, Questions

There will be four sessions available to discuss issues and possible solutions based on our own experiences and research into alternative course delivery. Below are recordings of the meetings that have already occurred:

Session 1: 

Session 2:

Session 3:

Session 4: TBD


Resource Links


Webinars From Elsewhere

Wednesday June 24th 2:00 pm: Naming, Claiming, and Aiming our Teaching Discomforts 
As we are scrambling to convert our courses to online, remote, and hybrid delivery in response to the pandemic, many of us are climbing a very steep learning curve that challenges our sense of competency and identity as teachers. In this webinar, we ask how we can “name, claim and aim” (Parker Palmer) our effective responses to this rapid and radical “retooling” of our teaching to learn about ourselves and our students in a time of crisis. How can we “step back” to reflect on our own responses and engage meta-cognitively with difficult learning in order to make our practice more intentional, compassionate, and empathetic? 
Conversation facilitated by Lisa Dickson, Shannon Murray, and Jessica Riddell. 
Please follow this link to join. 

Thursday, June 25th 11:00 – 12:00 pm: How to Keep Zoom Classes Secure and Private 
Join Ron Owston as he discusses how to keep Zoom classes secure and private. 
Once the easy prey of hackers and other malicious individuals, Zoom is now among the most secure videoconferencing services available. Find out how to take advantage of Zoom’s security features and, at the same time, ensure the confidentiality and privacy of your students. 
NOTE: This is a non-technical webinar aimed at educators. You will have the opportunity to ask questions. Advance reading of the article How to Keep Zoom Classes Secure and Private is recommended. 
Please follow this link to register. 


Support for Transitioning to Online Learning

The Co-op cohort working with the College of Arts has brought together all of the resources that are available from internal webinars, resources from the CoA and the OTL, as well as questions and feedback from faculty experiences.

Please click here to find out more.



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