Reflections on Remote Teaching & Learning

Share your story. Learn from others.

 

What positive experiences have you had with teaching and learning in 2020-2021?
Share your remote teaching and learning experiences with the OTL and your colleagues.

Visit our Submissions page to view our U of G reflections.

About this Initiative

The Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL) would like to highlight the amazing work that instructors, staff, and students are doing to adapt and succeed in the current teaching and learning environment. Faculty, instructors, librarians, postdocs, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students are invited to share their reflections and experiences—through video, audio, or text—on their remote teaching and learning experiences or curricular innovations at UofG during the pandemic. Sharing our stories with one another might also help to inspire and inform our own practice.

We will feature submissions on the OTL website and showcase submissions during the 2021 Teaching and Learning Innovations Conference.

We’d like to thank Columbia University’s Center for Teaching and Learning for the idea behind this initiative.


Instructors, Librarians, Staff, and Teaching Assistants

Submissions might include sharing strategies that work well in remote contexts (such as community-building, engagement, active learning, or assessment strategies), your creative solutions to remote teaching and learning challenges, and instructional technologies that have supported your teaching or your students’ learning. In addition to briefly describing the course you teach, you are invited to respond to any of the following prompts:

  • What aspect(s) of the course did you adapt for remote teaching? Why? Specify the strategies you used, any instructional technologies that supported your teaching and students’ learning, and the impact of these teaching strategies on students’ learning, engagement, or well-being.
  • In what ways did you “find joy” in teaching remotely? What moments from the semester stand out to you as positively impacting your or your students’ well-being, learning, and engagement?
  • What are your take-aways from this teaching experience? What advice would you have for other instructors teaching remote courses?

Students (Undergraduate or Graduate)

Submissions might include sharing insights and experiences on being a learner in a remote environment, highlighting inclusive experiences, engaging moments, powerful learning experiences, uses of instructional technologies that work for you, and what helps you stay motivated to learn. Students are invited to respond to any of the following prompts (submissions should be free of identifiers – no instructor, TA, or peer names):

  • What learning experiences have been most impactful/memorable/meaningful to you so far?
  • In what ways did you “find joy” in learning remotely? What moments from the semester stand out to you as positively impacting your well-being, learning, and engagement?
  • What strategies have helped you to feel most engaged, welcome, connected, or included? What helps you to stay motivated to learn in a remote environment?
  • What take-aways from your experiences would you share with your peers or instructors? What advice would you have for other students learning remotely?

Submissions

Submissions can be text-based, audio, or short video recordings. We invite a first round of submissions now through December 20, 2020. Submissions will be accepted on an ongoing basis throughout the academic year.

Step 1: Complete the Submissions Form. Please note that you must be signed into a Google account to complete this form. If you do not have a Google account, please email otl@uoguelph.ca to inquire about an alternative submission method.

Step 2: Upload your media file(s) to the form.
For video submissions, upload your media file. For audio submissions, upload your audio file and a photo headshot. For text submissions, upload your photo headshot and enter your text in the textbox. Note: depending on file size it may take a few moments to upload.

Step 3: Acknowledge that you agree to share your submission publicly.
Please be aware that all submissions will be reviewed and the OTL will determine when and how to spotlight submissions.

Guidelines

Your video or audio recording should be no more than 2 minutes (duration) long. Save your video, audio, or photo locally on your device or computer. Upload your video, audio, and/or photo to the submission form. Note: The maximum file upload size is 1GB.

Video

  • Please keep recordings under 2 minutes.
  • Use your smartphone, tablet, or computer with a built-in camera and mic, or an external webcam and microphone.
  • On your computer, you can use Zoom or other video recording applications such as Quicktime (Mac) or Moviemaker (PC).
  • Make sure you are well lit and choose an uncluttered background.
  • Make sure the location is relatively quiet and free from background noise such as talking, music, traffic, machines.
  • Use 16:9 (horizontal and vertical).
  • Record a test first. Play and listen to it back before recording and submitting your final video.
  • Record in the highest resolution or quality possible.
  • Select a standard file type such as .mp4 (video).

Audio

  • Please keep recordings under 2 minutes.
  • Use your smartphone, tablet, or computer with a built-in microphone or an external microphone that you plugin, such as a USB microphone.
  • On a smartphone or mobile device record using an application such as Voice Memo (IOS), Easy Voice Recorder (Android).
  • On a computer record using an application such as Audacity (Mac & PC).
  • Make sure the location is relatively quiet and free from background noise such as talking, music, traffic, machines.
  • Record in the highest audio resolution or best quality possible.
  • Select a standard audio file type such as .mp3
  • Include a photo headshot: If not including an existing headshot, you can use a smartphone, mobile device, or camera to photograph your headshot (selfie). Set your device to high resolution. Make sure you are well lit and choose an uncluttered background.

Text

  • Please keep your written reflection under 600 words.
  • Include a photo headshot: If not including an existing headshot, you can use a smartphone, mobile device, or camera to photograph your headshot (selfie). Set your device to high resolution. Make sure you are well lit and choose an uncluttered background.

For More Information

Please feel free to contact the OTL with any questions you may have prior to your submission.