Remote Delivery Support for OAC Instructors
To assist instructors in OAC with remote delivery, the Associate Dean Academic (ADA) office is collecting curated resources from our supporting departments, OpenEd, the Office of Teaching and Learning, and the Library. The ADA office will send regular email updates through the OAC faculty and staff listserv to keep you up to date on what other departments are doing, upcoming webinars, and links to useful support content. We hope you find this helpful and welcome feedback.
Remote Teaching and Learning
The Remote Teaching and Learning webpage is the place to go for areas relating to educational technology, for example:
- Web conferencing options
- Instructional video
- Classroom technology
They also have some good information on course organization, lectures, learning activities, assessment and evaluation, and accessibility.
Course Redesign Support
The Office of Teaching and Learning has many resources to support remote teaching. You can also participate in the Course Redesign Institute.
Contact the Office of Teaching and Learning (firstname.lastname@example.org) for remote consultation appointments, questions around your assessments, or any other teaching and learning needs, including:
- Delivering Remote Lectures
- Virtual Lab Resources
- Alternative Assessment Formats for Online
- Inclusive Course Design
- Learning Outcomes
- Universal Design Practices for Online Learning
Course Technology Support
Visit the academic continuity section of the OpenED website for resources related to:
Contact: Teaching and Learning Technologies - Lena Paulo Kushnir (email@example.com) is the Associate Director, Ed Tech at OpenEd and can direct you to the staff member who can assist.
Web Conferencing Tools
The University has three sanctioned web conferencing tools for use at U of G:
- Zoom for academic instructional use via the Pro Licence that can be integrated with CourseLink and is supported by OpenEd. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get access to the Pro Licence version. Only the Pro Licence version of Zoom provided by OpenEd is recommended for use on campus, as it has additional security controls.
D2L Virtual Classroom: CourseLink's Virtual Classroom tool is an integrated web-conferencing tool that allows for lectures to be livestreamed to up to 150 students.
- Teams and Webex for all other business uses - supported by Computing and Communications Services (CCS). For non-instructional use, Teams and Webex are the tools of choice. Teams has recently added new features like a grid view and a raise-hand function and will add a breakout room feature shortly - similar functionality to that desired in Zoom.
You will have to determine which web conferencing tools supported at UofG are going to work for your course.
If you have questions, direct them to Courselink support.
Here's a helpful PDF to help you look and sound great on a webcam.
Technical Support for Zoom
If you are teaching a Distance Education (DE) course email email@example.com. The Quality Assurance team will assist you.
For face-to-face faculty . The Teaching and Learning Team can meet with you regarding the appropriate use of Zoom and breakout rooms. They probably can’t support managing breakout rooms in sessions; however, they can certainly provide some training. There is a form on the Remote Teaching and Learning site for faculty to get pedagogical support directly from the Instructional Technology Specialist team.
Technology for Learning
Use technology in a way that will allow students to learn and share their experiences. They can use blogs, Wikis or social media to collaborate. Challenge your students to try using technology to showcase their understanding. Adopt the mantra “no throw away assignments”. In an online environment we can give students the opportunity to submit work, receive feedback and revise something.
- Content Curation: i.e. Visual Content with Flickr or Pinterest
- Online Learning Activities
- Asynchronous Peer Instruction
- Online Labs for Remote Courses
The Library has the following resources available for faculty and instructors:
- Course reserves
- Copyright and online course delivery
- Videos for classroom use
- Open Educational Resources
- Support for students with accessibility needs
Course Accessibility Resources
- The Office of Diversity and Human Rights has an excellent webpage on Accessibility (ADOA) Resources.
- The Digital Accessibility Resource Centre provides training, tools, and support for the creation of accessible digital content, including:
- web content
- PDFs/Word documents
- presentation slides/PowerPoint decks
- other multimedia
- For your students, the Library Accessibility Services provides adaptive software, technology access and instruction, study space, and other services designed to help students who are registered with the Student Accessibility Services (SAS).
- The Council of Ontario Universities has a good Educator’s Accessibility Toolkit
- Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is the framework you should use build a more accessible course.
- Incorporating UDL best practices is probably easier than you think. For example, gather learner feedback during the course, be active in online discussions, and give regular feedback.
- Accessible Word Documents
- Accessible PDF’s
- Accessible Power Point
- Accessible Web, Video
- Accessible Online Exams
- Accessible Science Lab Environments (face to face)
- Tips for moving to online course delivery
- VIDEO: Accessible Multimedia with Marinette Fargo, a Digital Accessibility Analyst in CCS (20 minutes)
Support for Teaching Assistants
The Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL) will be providing to support new and continuing TAs. There are many training opportunities.
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Webinars for Fall Remote Instruction
- The Office of Teaching and Learning, Teaching Talks Webinar Series Check their websiite for future dates and recordings.
- LANG-CSAHS Teaching and Learning Series. Check their website for dates, slides and recordings.
- OpenEd's Remote Teaching Workshop Series
For questions or other academic support issues contact Rebecca Hodges, Manager Academic Programs, at email@example.com.
The OAC Associate Dean Academic (ADA) Team includes:
- Prof. Jon Warland, Associate Dean, Academic, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Prof. Renee Bergeron, Assistant Dean, Academic, email@example.com
- Melissa Ball, Administrative Assistant to the ADA, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rebecca Hodges, Manager Academic Programs, email@example.com