Teaching Talks Webinar Series


Join panelists who will share their experiences, perspectives, and insights on a range of teaching and learning topics.
In collaboration with the Library, and Colleges across the University of Guelph, the Office of Teaching and Learning is hosting Teaching Talks,
a series of webinars, discussing the move to remote teaching.

Student Perspectives on Remote Program Delivery

Dr. John Dawson, and Dr. Jason Mcalister from the College of Biological Science Office of Educational Scholarship and Practice discuss some of the feedback they received from students about their learning experiences during our move to emergency remote instruction and assessment for the latter part of the winter 2020 semester. (May 15, 2020)

Drs. Joanne Hewson (OVC), Jennifer Reniers, and Dale Lackeyram (Office of Teaching and Learning) share best practice recommendations for alternative teaching methods for the DVM curriculum, based on the literature and students direct experiences. (June 18, 2020)


Improving Accessibility

Marinette Fargo, a Digital Accessibility Analyst in CCS, discussed accessibility and the use of digital content for teaching and learning. (June 9, 2020)

Ali Versluis, and Heather Martin (McLaughlin Library), and Dr. Harjinder Gill (Dept. Psychology) discuss OER and how they can help you in primarily online teaching and learning environment. (June 15, 2020)

Athol Gow (McLaughlin Library) holds a discussion on the creation of accessible digital files with PowerPoint and the use of accessible presentation techniques. (July 7, 2020)

Heather Martin, Jacqueline Kreller-Vanderkooy, Wayne Johnston, and Emily Jones from the McLaughlin Library, provide an overview of services and supports the Library offers. (June 22, 2020)


Assessments & Academic Integrity

Dr. Karen Gordon and Dr. Brian Husband (the Associate Deans Academic from CEPS and CBS respectively) discuss their experiences with academic integrity during the W20 semester shift to emergency remote instruction and assessment. (May 25, 2020)

Dr. Matt Demers (Dept. Math & Stats) and Dr. Julie Vale (Schoool of Engineering) discuss student collaboration and integrity of assessments in a remote teaching context. (June 11, 2020)


Using Digital Assessments

Lindsey Robinson and Carlea Blight (Digital Learning Specialists from the McLaughlin Library Media Studio), and Shehroze Saharan (Undergraduate Research Assistant with the Office of Teaching and Learning, and past Media Studio Consultant at the McLaughlin Library) present on the use of digital assessments. (June 10, 2020)

Lindsey Robinson (McLaughlin Library), and Dr. Clive Thomson (School of Languages and Literature) discuss the best applications for PowToon videos in-course assessment, components of a video assignment and student supports for video creation. (June 16, 2020)

Joanne O'Meara (Dept. Physics) and Lindsey Robinson (McLaughlin Library) discuss best applications for using podcasts in-course assessments, the components of a podcasting assignment, and student supports for podcast creation. (June 23, 2020)

Digital Storytelling can be a compelling way to engage students in course content and help them to develop academic and professional skills. Lindsey Robinson (McLaughlin Library) and Dr. Brendan Stewart (School of Environmental Design and Rural Development) present the best applications for digital storytelling, components of a digital storytelling assignment. (June 25, 2020)

Dr. Matt Demers (Dept. of Mathematics + Statistics), Dr. Kim Levere (Dept. of Mathematics + Statistics), and Dr. Julie Vale (School of Engineering) provide an overview of Crowdmark and an explanation of some of its potential benefits to remote assessment. Significant time will be reserved for questions from participants. (July 13, 2020)

Crowdmark is an online grading platform that allows users to grade both face-to-face and remotely delivered assessments. In this webinar we will take a comprehensive tour through the Crowdmark grading platform. We will showcase each of its features and give webinar participants a feel for the process of creating and grading an assessment from start to finish. Significant time will be provided for a question and answer period to ensure that participants have a clear understanding of the workflow and utility of this exceptional grading tool. (July 30, 2020)


Engaging Your Students

Drs. Julie Vale and Ryan Clemmer (School of Engineering), and Dr. Nagham Mohammad (Dept. Math & Stats) discuss the use of Zoom, Webex, and other technology in large classes and ways to keep students engaged in a virtual environment. (June 15, 2020)

How does an exclusively online learning format affect students’ motivation for learning? Joannah O'Hatnick and Victoria Fritz (McLaughlin Library) have an informative discussion about some of the challenges students face in shifting from in-person to online courses, and what instructors can do to support students in the transition to online learning. (July 8, 2020)

Instructors face different challenges in welcoming students to a remotely-delivered course versus a traditionally-delivered course. In remotely-delivered courses, instructors cannot rely on face-to-face activities to break the ice and facilitate interactions. Instructors must carefully consider how they will use the tools and opportunities available in remote learning environments to create a safe environment for all learners and cultivate a sense of community and belonging. In this webinar, Educational Developers Dr. Sara Fulmer and Dr. Jennifer Reniers will share evidence-informed strategies to build a meaningful community among your learners and encourage students to engage with you and their peers from the first click. (August 26, 2020)

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