Past Sessions

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.

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Host

 

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.

 

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Hosts

Bosung Kim
Educational Designer
Arts ISIT & CTLT
Jason Myers
Faculty Liaison
Arts ISIT & CTLT

 


 

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.

 

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Host

Silvia Bartolic

Associate Professor of Teaching & Undergraduate Chair
Department of Sociology

 


 

Blending the Online Language Classroom: Synchronous vs. Asynchronous Activities (July 27, 2020)

Transitioning the language classroom to a fully online environment can be a daunting process, especially for instructors who will be teaching virtually for the first time this Fall. In these times, drawing on the experience of fellow language instructors saves valuable time and creates opportunities for collaboration.

In this session, Somayeh Kamranian (Sessional Instructor of French, FHIS) will share her learnings from blending a course at SFU in 2016 and her past online teaching experiences, bringing these lessons together in her transition to online courses during the pandemic. Join us to hear more about the successes and challenges of blending synchronous and asynchronous activities for the online language classroom, and share your own experiences with transitioning courses online.

 

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Host

Somayeh Kamranian

Sessional Lecturer of French
Department of French, Hispanic, and Italian Studies