Past Sessions

To the Next Level: Personalizing Online Courses to Foster Student Connection (SEPT 14, 202o)

In online teaching, showcasing who you are as an instructor is critical for personalizing the online learning experience and for building relationships with students in a virtual environment. Sharing about yourself can also help provide a transition between asynchronous and synchronous learning experiences for students.

In this session, Robyn Pitman (Lecturer, Department of Sociology) will be demonstrating how instructors can do this using pre-recorded materials for asynchronous learning and how to connect them to course materials. Participants will be given concrete ideas about how to personalize their courses using examples from two courses in Summer Term 2. Examples include including music, videos from pop culture, personal photos and disclosures, and course trailers to name a few.


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Department of Sociology



Using Close Reading in Remote Online Classes (September 4, 2020)

Back by popular demand! This session was originally delivered in the summer but, due to popular requests, is being hosted again this semester.

Teaching close reading can be challenging in any classroom content. In this session, English instructor Gillian Jerome will share her strategies for helping students practice close reading in the added challenge of an online environment.

Using an inventive mix of learning technologies, Gillian incorporated group activities in Collaborate Ultra break out rooms, social annotations on PDF through the Collaborative Learning Annotation System (CLAS) and peer review of their own writing with the aid of ComPAIR, to help her students engage with text and understand the writing process at a deeper level.

Come join us to learn more about Gillian’s online teaching strategies and the best practices she has developed.




Gillian Jerome
Sessional Lecturer
Department of English Language and Literatures



Using the Arts Remote Teaching Template in Your Canvas Course: Setup Tips & Use Cases (August 12, 2020)

Teaching on Canvas for the first time can be a daunting process, especially when working with a blank course site. Although instructors already have to focus on moving syllabi and assessments to a virtual platform, they must also consider how to provide students with visually engaging and structurally consistent experiences across courses.

To help with this transition, Arts ISIT and CTLT have developed the Arts Remote Teaching Template, which provides a blank framework for your Canvas courses and includes useful materials like student resources and surveys. This webinar will feature practical tips on how to use the Template for your Fall courses, led by instructional designers from CTLT with technical support from Arts ISIT. Instructors will also share their experiences with the Template and how they’ve used Canvas rubrics in their courses.




Bosung Kim
Educational Designer
Jason Myers
Faculty Liaison



Practical Strategies for Student Management in Medium to Large Classes: Engagement, Assessments, and Feedback (August 6, 2020)

Moving to online instruction has introduced a number of new questions around student engagement: How can we maintain relationships with our students in a virtual environment? How can instructors balance growing grading loads with the need for high frequency, low stakes assessments? How is pre-course preparation different for online teaching, and who do we contact for help?

In this webinar, Silvia Bartolic (Associate Professor of Teaching & Undergraduate Chair in the Department of Sociology) will be sharing practical strategies for managing students in an online environment. Attendees will learn about techniques that encourage and maintain student engagement, recommendations for course design that help reduce grading loads and maximize efficiency, and tips for optimizing teaching assistant support in the online classroom, using tools like Canvas, OnTask, and iPeer. The session will also provide a checklist of important pre-course tasks to complete before September in preparation for remote instruction.





Silvia Bartolic

Associate Professor of Teaching & Undergraduate Chair
Department of Sociology