Past Sessions

Technical Recommendations for Teaching from Home: Setup & Equipment (July 17, 2020)

While most instructors are experienced with public speaking, very few have experience with setting up and filming themselves for an audience. That is why filming ourselves, even for the simple purpose of recording a lecture, can be an intimidating process. To provide valuable guidance on recording and streaming lectures from home, Andrew Gray, program coordinator in the Creative Writing Program, developed the “Home Recording Support” guide. This resource includes practical advice that many of us have never needed to consider before, such as:

  • Where in the home to film
  • What kind of lighting works best
  • Audio and video setup suggestions
  • Recommendations for home recording kits






Andrew Gray
Program Coordinator
Creative Writing



Beyond the Text: Promoting Visual and Digital Literacy through Multimodal Projects (JULY 16, 2020)

Are you thinking of inspiring your students to get a little more creative in their class projects in our remote learning environment? Then this is the workshop for you!

What are multimodal projects? In our present digital age, language and visual communication work together to organize content and create meaning. Text is no longer delivered in isolation; instead, multimodal combinations of language, images, video, sound and space all take part in the process of communication. This is not new by any means; however, faculty continue to face challenges in how best to incorporate media projects into their courses.

In this workshop, we will focus on ways that multimodal projects can align with and inform particular class and project outcomes. We begin by uncovering strategies of how to adapt course content to facilitate successful multimodal projects from students. By familiarizing participants with methods and examples, we will demonstrate ways to purposefully target and connect multimodal learning and communication specific to your disciplinary outcomes. The session will conclude with a tour of our new online resource, which contains advice for implementation, ideas for projects, student-facing resources, nifty tools, and rubrics and assessment strategies for grading that take into account project objectives and how knowledge is demonstrated in the work.

By the end of the workshop, instructors will feel more confident in how to implement multimodal assignments to achieve course learning goals.






Christine D’Onofrio

Associate Professor of Teaching
Art History and Visual Arts

Bachelor of Media Studies

Silvia Bartolic

Associate Professor of Teaching & Undergraduate Chair

Richard Arias Hernandez

Associate Professor of Teaching
School of Information, Bachelor of Media Studies

Enhancing Classroom Interactions with Top Hat: Sync & Async Assessments & Discussions (July 14, 2020)

Top Hat is an invaluable tool for adding a level of interactivity to the classroom. From quick assessments and spot-checking student understanding to synchronous online discussions, this classroom response system is customizable to almost any lecture style.

This webinar will feature two instructors, Joy Dixon (Department of History) and Grace Truong (Department of Psychology), who have made use of Top Hat and will share their experiences and recommendations for the tool. Although Top Hat is mostly used for synchronous interaction, the presenters will share how nearly all activities can be adapted into asynchronous forms. From beginning users who are just getting to know the platform to more experienced users who are looking for new ways to take advantage of Top Hat, this session is not to be missed.




Joy Dixon
Associate Professor
Department of History


Grace Truong
Department of Psychology



Blending Large Online Lectures: Sync & Async Student Participation Learning Activities (July 13, 2020)

When large lectures move online, instructors have the added challenge of maintaining student connection in large numbers in addition to managing a virtual learning environment. One key way to strengthen student engagement is with learning activities focused on participation, in both synchronous and asynchronous contexts.

In this session, Allen Sens (Professor from the Department of Political Science) will share his experience with blending large online lectures and how he has used synchronous and asynchronous learning activities to foster active student participation. A practical overview of sample activities will include a range of short, easy-to-implement synchronous options to more in-depth asynchronous ones, as well as group assignments and “flipped” classroom activities for large online classrooms.





Allen Sens
Professor of Teaching
Department of Political Science