Linked here is a checklist comparing current face-to-face teaching practice with remote teaching options to assist you in your course planning.
Many of our faculty resources can now be found on the new Faculty and Staff section of myLaurentian! Check out the CAE’s Teaching and Learning page for a variety of instructional tutorials, videos, and best practices for these tools.
Remote Teaching Guide
Please read and take advantage of our new online open textbook: Remote teaching at Laurentian University: a practical guide with tools, tips, and techniques. The textbook covers the following topics as they relate to remote teaching and learning:
- Essentials of Learning Outcomes
- Creating and Sharing Course Content
- Communication and Facilitation in the Course
- Helping Students Become Effective Remote Learners
- Addressing Wellness
- Teaching Assistants’ Roles
- Addressing Equity in a Remote Course
- Remote Teaching Resources
Desire2Learn (D2L; Brightspace)
An asynchronous content repository tool; a place to post lecture notes or slides; upload recorded lectures; post grades, and even administer quizzes. You can also moderate discussions in the discussion forum, email all students plus broadcast updates to the entire class using the “News” feature. D2L’s dropbox allows students to submit assignments online, plus the new annotation tool allows you to provide in-line feedback on student submissions without having to download files to your computer.
A synchronous videoconferencing tool; hold virtual office hours; host tutorials; facilitate active participation in lecture-related discussion with screen sharing capabilities. The breakout rooms feature facilitates small group discussions and the polling feature allows you to pose questions to the group to check for understanding or encourage discussion. The reports feature allows faculty members to review attendance as well as obtain poll data conducted in class. We have also enabled non-verbal feedback to help manage larger audiences. Non-verbal feedback allows the participants to raise their hand, ask to have the speaker accelerate or decelerate their speech and quickly respond to a speaker’s audience check by using yes, no or a thumbs down and thumbs up response without needing to use their microphone. For further information about Zoom and how to enable some of these features, please check out the Teaching and Learning page.
Zoom is now fully integrated with your d2L courses. The Zoom integration with the d2L Learning Management System allows you to create and join your Zoom meetings directly from your desire2Learn course.
New to Zoom? Make sure to sign in to the myLaurentian Staff and Faculty portal at https://my.laurentian.ca and use the Zoom link in the quick links to fully activate your Zoom account before visiting your D2L course. In fact, make myLaurentian your one and only bookmarked link to access all of your Laurentian University services and don’t forget to periodically visit the Teaching and Learning page on myLaurentian.
An asynchronous video tool; a place to record brief lecture or instructional videos and share or embed the recordings via D2L. With Panopto, faculty can choose to record themselves, record voice-over presentations, microscope images, and screen share. Additional Panopto features include automated closed-captions, an embedded discussions feature, and interactive quiz options.
Jamboard is Google Suite’s digital whiteboard that offers a rich collaborative experience for teams and classrooms. Faculty and students can create a Jam, edit it from their device, and share it with others. Everybody can collaborate on the Jam anytime, anywhere. More information on Jamboard and its features is available at https://support.google.com/jamboard/answer/7424836?hl=en&ref_topic=7383643
VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure by VMWare Horizon)
VDI is a technology that allows access to software (remotely) that is traditionally only available from lab or campus computers. It enables faculty, researchers and students to access software like SPSS, ArcGIS, Zotero, MS Office and many other titles. More information on how to install the VMWare Horizon client software used to access the VDI infrastructure is available here.
Rocket.Chat is a chat and collaboration platform similar to Slack that allows users to chat securely in real-time across devices on web, desktop or mobile. More information on Rocket.Chat is available here.
Respondus LockDown Browser
LockDown browser is a D2L integrated plugin that locks down a student’s web browser and creates a secure and controlled testing environment when administering online exams and assessments. Among other features, Lockdown Browser will prevent copying/pasting, screen-sharing, screen captures and printing functionality and will lock browser controls so that the navigation keys (back, forward) and window operations (close, minimize etc) are disabled and ensure that the assessment is fully completed before exiting. Please note that although we recommend the use of alternative assessment methods, if seeking a proctoring tool, Respondus is institutionally supported.
If there is a specific tool you are seeking, please let us know. The CAE and IT are working together to find solutions for your teaching challenge. Purchasing software and services that will be offered or shared to a broader group (such as your students or peers) must be evaluated and approved by IT prior to implementation or purchase. Here are IT’s guidelines.
Not sure which tool to use for which teaching strategy?
Other tools currently available to enhance your teaching:
G Suite for Education
Secure web application for building and managing online surveys and databases.
An online survey tool that provides real-time visibility and control over collected data. The Enterprise licence grants access to all the options available on this powerful and intuitive platform tool.
It is important to note that technology is simply a medium to facilitate teaching and learning, not what we build our teaching and learning from. Depending on faculty and learners’ contexts as well as the course’s teaching and learning goals, how the technology is used may look different from course to course. For effective teaching and learning to occur, a focus on learning outcomes and teaching strategies is key before deciding what technology might be an ideal fit with those goals and practices.
Not sure which tool to use for which teaching strategy?
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For technological support, please contact IT@laurentian.ca.
If there is a specific tool you are seeking, please let us know.
The CAE and IT are working together to find solutions for your teaching challenge. Purchasing software and services that will be offered or shared to a broader group (such as your students or peers) must be evaluated and approved by IT prior to implementation or purchase. Here are IT’s guidelines.