College-Specific Workshops on Scaling Courses for Increasing Student Enrollment

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We are excited to announce our Summer 2024 Open and College-Specific Workshops on Scaling Courses for Increasing Student Enrollment. We are collaborating with each College to create tailored workshops and resources focused on rethinking courses and assessments for larger class sizes. These College-specific workshops will be held in July and August and will be recorded for those who cannot attend (you will need to register to get access to the recording/resources).

Please note that you will need a Zoom account with your or email address to register. If you don’t already have a Zoom account with your Guelph email, sign up for a free Zoom account before registering.

View our Schedule at a Glance here.

Register for College-Specific Workshops on Scaling Courses for Increasing Class Sizes here:

Navigate to your College to register for the workshops in July & August.

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Open Sessions for all Colleges:

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Leveraging PEAR for Peer Review and Group Assessment to Reduce Instructor Workload in Medium-to-Large Classes

Date: Tuesday, August 13, 2024 | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Facilitators: Owen Wooding (Open Learning and Educational Support - OpenEd) & Rich Couto (Open Learning and Educational Support - OpenEd)

Description: Would you like to add more opportunities for active learning and help your students improve their critical thinking skills through peer review? Or perhaps you are looking to add more group work to your course but are struggling with how to fairly assess students’ contributions within their groups? Both assessment strategies are great, however the task of implementing them into your assessment design can seem daunting, especially in larger classes. Luckily, UofG’s Peer Evaluation, Assessment, and Review tool (PEAR) provides avenues to facilitate either of these options that scale with class. 

Attendees of this session will be able to: 

  • Comprehend the value and benefits of peer review and group assessment. 
  • Identify areas where peer review or group assessment may enhance assessment. 

  • Create a peer review or group assessment in a PEAR project. 

  • Connect a PEAR project with a CourseLink course site. 

  • Import students and groups into PEAR from CourseLink. 

  • Export grades from PEAR to CourseLink. 

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CourseLink Tools for Effective Student Communication at Scale: Intelligent Agents, Announcements, Discussions, and Classlist

Date: Thursday, August 15, 2024 | 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Facilitators: Owen Wooding (Open Learning and Educational Support - OpenEd)

Description: Effective communication with students is paramount to a good teaching and learning experience, however communicating effectively with students in a large 1st or 2nd year course offers more challenges when compared to a small 4th year or graduate-level course. In this session, we will explore some of the options available in CourseLink to help instructors communicate more efficiently with large numbers of students using CourseLink’s Intelligent Agents tool, which automates the process of sending emails to students based on triggers such as course access, grades received, discussion participation, as well as several other course site triggers.  In addition to Intelligent Agents, we will explore effective use of Announcements, Discussions, and the Classlist for student communication. 

Attendees of this session will be able to: 

  • Locate and access the Intelligent Agents tool and adjust settings. 

  • Create agents that will automate email communication with students based on meeting or failing to meet certain conditions. 

  • Produce effective announcements, pin important announcements, and use the “major edit” option effectively. 

  • Utilize the discussions tool to create an asynchronous course Q&A that leverages anonymous post and vote up options to reduce repetitive emails. 

  • Leverage advanced Classlist features such as Class Engagement and User Progress. 

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Exploring Common GenAI Tools

Date: Monday, August 19, 2024 | 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Facilitators: Shehroze Saharan (Office of Teaching and Learning), Dr. Rachael Lewitzky (Open Learning and Educational Support - OpenEd), Faran Saharan (Office of Teaching and Learning), Luca Audino (Open Learning and Educational Support - OpenEd) & Aime Adili (Open Learning and Educational Support - OpenEd)

Description: Join us for an informative session on the most commonly used GenAI tools, particularly those frequently utilized by students. This session will provide an overview of these popular tools, demonstrate their functionalities, and explore how students are integrating them into their academic lives. Additionally, we will feature student speakers who will share their perspectives and experiences using GenAI tools in their day-to-day academic activities. No prior experience with AI tools is necessary.

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AI Playground: Using GenAI for Course Design and Course Materials

Date: Monday, August 19, 2024 | 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Facilitators: Shehroze Saharan, Dr. Sara Fulmer (Office of Teaching and Learning), & Owen Wooding (Open Learning and Educational Support - OpenEd)

Description: This interactive session offers a space to explore, ask questions, and experiment with different AI tools. This session will introduce various ways to use generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) for course design and developing course materials. The session will be structured as guided experimentation with AI tools, which will include prompts, activities, scenarios, and reflections specifically designed to explore possible uses and limitations of AI for course design and teaching. We will also discuss how to craft effective prompts for AI tools that will deliver useful outputs. Following our guided experimentation as a group, we will provide space for participants to share their experiences with using AI tools. No prior experience with AI tools is necessary.

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Developing and Communicating your Course and Assessment Policies for GenAI Use

Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2024 | 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Facilitators: Shehroze Saharan & Dr. Sara Fulmer (Office of Teaching and Learning)

Description: In this session, we will guide instructors on how to develop and communicate effective course and assessment policies for GenAI use. As a course instructor, it’s crucial to inform your students about whether and how they can use generative AI, and the reasons behind these policies. We will explore various methods for communicating AI use through course outlines, assessment instructions, and class discussions. Additionally, we will introduce a tool designed to help you determine skill-based learning objectives for your assignments and align these with permissible uses of AI. 

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CourseLink Tools to Improve Grading Efficiency: Dropbox’s New Multi-Evaluator Options, Rubrics, Quick Eval and Gradebook Tips

Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2024 | 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Facilitators: Owen Wooding (Open Learning and Educational Support - OpenEd)

Description: One of the more daunting tasks with larger classes is grading hundreds or even thousands of assignments. A good grading team certainly helps lessen that load, however coordinating the grading team, determining who is grading which students, and avoiding mistakes is often a challenge. After a recent update, the dropbox tool now includes a Multi-Evaluator feature to assist with tasks like determining who can grade specific dropbox folders, distribution of grading assignments, and defining grader roles. This session focuses on this new Multi-Evaluator feature, including how it is accessed/activated, included options, and ways it can be utilized. In addition, we will also touch on other helpful grading tools such as Quick Eval for grading assignments across multiple courses, Rubrics for efficient and consistent grading, and how to keep your Gradebook clean and organized to reduce confusion for students and additional emails and questions for you as the instructor. 

Attendees of this session will be able to: 

  • Locate and enable the new Multi-Evaluator feature in dropbox. 

  • Utilize Multi-Evaluator to: 

    • Assign specific graders to specific dropbox folders. 

    • Assign graders specific students to assess at random or my section/group. 

    • Set roles for graders to determine who can grade, who can review, and who can publish. 

  • Leverage Quick Eval to efficiently grade assignments across multiple courses. 

  • Create and copy rubrics in CourseLink and use them for assessment to improve grading efficiency and consistency 

  • Design a clean and organized gradebook using Manage Grades to reduce student questions looking for clarification about grades. 

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Rethinking Assessments for GenAI

Dates: Wednesday, August 21, 2024 | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM and Thursday, August 22, 2024 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Facilitators: Shehroze Saharan & Dr. Megan De Roover (Office of Teaching and Learning)

Description: Join us for a two-part workshop focused on rethinking assessments in the context of GenAI. In the first session, attendees will be encouraged to run their current assessments through relevant GenAI tools to understand their capabilities. We will explore small changes to assignments that can encourage the appropriate use of AI. In the second session, attendees will return to share their current thinking about modifying their course assessments, with space to share the questions they still have, decisions they are still making, and the potential challenges they anticipate with their assessments. As a group, we will share ideas and work through potential solutions. This interactive workshop will provide a platform to discuss unanswered questions and collaboratively develop strategies for designing effective assessments with GenAI in mind.

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Gradescope for Exams: Dynamic Evaluation, Expedited Grading, and Consistent Feedback

Date: Thursday, August 22, 2024 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Facilitators: Dr. Rachael Lewitzky & Owen Wooding (Open Learning and Educational Support - OpenEd)

Description: Looking for a way to expedite grading written exams and/or quizzes? Gradescope could be the answer! Gradescope exams allow instructional teams to digitally assess a variety of questions, such as multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank. Exam grades can easily be exported from Gradescope to CourseLink. 

Attendees of this session will be able to: 

  • Create an exam assignment via the CourseLink integration. 

  • Format an exam booklet and questions effectively for Gradescope. 

  • Design dynamic rubric items for instructional team grading. 

  • Employ Gradescope’s answer grouping to expedite grading. 

  • Post grades from Gradescope to the corresponding CourseLink grade item

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Empowering Instructors and Students with AI: Practical Strategies for Online Course Assessments

Date: Thursday, August 22, 2024 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Facilitators: Vanessa Breton, Bronwyn Korb, David Macdonald, & Megan Pickard (Open Learning and Educational Support - OpenEd)

Description: This presentation explores how instructors teaching online courses can effectively and ethically utilize AI tools in their assessments. We will cover practical applications of AI in quizzes, research assignments, discussions, and presentations, highlighting benefits and strategies for each. Emphasis will be placed on promoting AI literacy among students, ensuring ethical AI use, and guiding them to critically evaluate AI outputs. Instructors will learn strategies to model responsible AI use, integrate AI literacy into their curriculum, and provide clear expectations and support for ethical AI practices. Join us to enhance your teaching methods and empower students in the age of AI.

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Get Started with Gradescope Homework: Designing an Assignment and Building a Comment Library for Instructional Teams

Date: Tuesday, August 27, 2024 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Facilitators: Dr. Rachael Lewitzky (Open Learning and Educational Support - OpenEd), Rachael Rogers (Gradescope), & Kenneth Rogers (Gradescope)

Description: Are you exploring ways to assess hand-written assessments consistently and efficiently? Gradescope’s Homework Assignments might be for you! This assignment type is helpful for evaluating take-home assignments or in-class problem sets. A unique feature of Gradescope is that graders evaluate a single question across all submissions before moving on to the next problem. This allows for greater consistency between evaluators’ comments and more efficient team assessment. 

Attendees of this session will be able to: 

  • Utilize the Gradescope-CourseLink integration to create a Homework Assignment. 

  • Create a Homework Assignment in Gradescope. 

  • Identify the differences between fixed-length and variable length homework assignments. 

  • Leverage Gradescope’s AI Answer Grouping to improve grading efficiency. 

  • Design rubric items in Gradescope. 

  • Categorize assignment questions with tags for analysis. 

  • Locate assignment statistics. 

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