Past Sessions

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



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.





Somayeh Kamranian

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


Creative Engagement in Online Learning (July 23, 2020)

Although many instructors have the tools to engage students in a face-to-face context, reproducing those relationships in an online environment presents new and urgent challenges as we approach a virtual Fall semester.

Janice Stewart, Associate Dean of Equity and Strategy and Associate Professor in GRSJ, shares her tips and techniques for maintaining student engagement in an online context. This session will cover topics such as classroom management strategies like micro-lectures and ongoing roadmaps, successful approaches to assignments and readings, and being present in your online courses.





Janice Stewart

Associate Dean, Strategy and Equity
Faculty of Arts

Acting Director, Associate Professor & Chair of Undergraduate Programs
Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice