eLearning at the CTL


Latest Updates

Western offers a variety of services for faculty, regardless of their teaching modality.


eCampusOntario Virtual Learning Strategy Expressions of Interest: Round 2 (New)

eCampus Ontario has released a second round of funding in support of the Government of Ontario’s Virtual Learning Strategy (VLS). Through this second round of the VLS, $7 million of new funding is now available for projects in the areas of:

An internal review process has been established for this funding opportunity, and proposal submission to eCampus will be coordinated by the Office of the Provost.

Draft project proposals are due on Tuesday, January 4, 2022; with final Expressions of Interest due internally on Wednesday, January 12, 2022.

Detailed information regarding Western’s internal process for proposal development is available on the joinable eCampus OWL site, as well as an annotated template to assist with your proposal. You will need to access this site to submit your draft and final EOIs. A summary of key dates and resources is provided below:

Important Dates

  • Wednesday, December 8, 2021: Complete your Intent to Submit Survey.
  • Tuesday, January 4, 2022: Draft EOI Due. [Submit a WORD or pages copy].
  • Monday, January 10, 2022: Draft EOI returned with feedback
  • Wednesday, January 12, 2022: Final Submission Due in OWL. [Submit a final machine-readable PDF copy]. Your submission will be forward to the appropriate signing authority and submitted to eCampus Ontario on your behalf by Jan 14, 2022.

Resources for Developing Project Proposals

Upcoming Drop-in Q&As for Digital Content Submissions
Bring your project idea and your questions to a Q&A session with eLearning Specialists from the Centre for Teaching and Learning:

  • eCampus Ontario Digital Content Q&A (register here)
    December 8, 11AM-12PM

Still Have Questions or Need a Consultation with CTL, WTS, or Western Libraries Staff?

Digital Content EOIs: Joe Lipsett, eLearning & Curriculum Specialist, CTLjoe.lipsett@uwo.ca

All other EOIs: Rachel Halaney, Executive Director, Office of the Provostrhalaney@uwo.ca

Course Design Retreat (New)

Join the CTL for some dedicated course development working time. Participants will briefly share their goals for the morning with colleagues before setting off to work on their own.

Optional sessions will be available for interested participants: creating or refining Learning Outcomes and course alignment (Day 1), and selecting appropriate assessments and engaging students in active learning (Day 2).

CTL eLearning Specialists will be present for questions and to connect you to resources as needed. At the end of each day, participants will share their progress and next steps. Participants are welcome to register for one or both days:

Gradebook Tips and Q&A Drop-In (New)

Gradebook is used to calculate and store grade information, as well as distribute grades to individual students online. But how can you get the most out of this tool? Register for one of the below sessions for tips on using Gradebook, as well as ask your questions before it’s time to submit final grades.

eLearning Drop-In Q&As (New)

CTL eLearning Specialists and eLearning Technology Specialists from WTS offer drop-in Q&A sessions at the beginning and end of the semester.

Upcoming Online Q&As

For questions and support in the interim, please contact elearning-support@uwo.ca

Pop up Pedagogy Synchronous Workshop: Start of the Semester OWL Checklist (New)

We are also offering synchronous online Pop Up Pedagogy sessions on the "Start of the Semester OWL Checklist".

Description: As you prepare for a new semester, it’s time to set up your OWL site to support and transform your students' face-to-face classroom experience. CTL and WTS will provide helpful tips and participants will have the opportunity to share their own strategies from the last year and a half.

Register for one of the upcoming sessions:

Other Upcoming Synchronous Online Workshop:(New)

Zero-Cost Course Readings via Western Libraries: Beyond the Textbook

Learn more about the Course Readings service from Western Libraries, and how library staff can support your course delivery with zero-cost, accessible readings for students. Crystal Mills, User Services Manager, and Stephen Spong, Copyright Officer, will share an overview of the Course Readings service & OWL tool, discuss common issues with selecting course materials, and field your questions related to Course Readings and Copyright. Facilitators: Crystal Mills & Stephen Spong, Library

Register: Thursday, December 9 from 9:00am-10:00am

Customize the OWL Lessons Template

The OWL Template created by WTS is a great way to organize your OWL environment. In recognition that a “one size fits all” model can benefit from personalized tweaks, the WTS session will demonstrate how to customize OWL Lessons to increase its efficiency, save you time and still meet your students’ needs. Facilitator: Ashe Night, WTS

Register: Tuesday, December 14 from 1:30pm-2:00pm

VoiceThread Demo

This vendor-supported introduction to Western’s centrally supported tool VoiceThread will assist Faculty to explore how and when it can be used in their teaching. For more information on VoiceThread, see these resources: eLearning Toolkit: VoiceThread and OWL Help: VoiceThread. Facilitators: Allyson Steward, WTS & VoiceThread Vendor

Register: Thursday. December 16 from 11:00am-12:00pm

Asynchronous Online Learning Modules for Online Course Development

Online Course Design:

The Online Course Design section provides a series of resources that moves beyond using OWL tools to focus on key considerations, techniques, and approaches for online teaching and learning.

Six pathways for online course design are covered, including:

Open Instructional Skills Workshop Online:

Due to popular demand we have launched a compressed, self-guided version of our Instructional Skills Workshop Online called Open ISW-O.

Join the site and complete the lessons at your own pace. Lessons include Building Community, Building Lessons, and Putting Theory into Practice.

  • Log into OWL using the course link: Open ISW-O-Joinable
  • After login, click "Yes, please add me" to join the site

ABC Online Course Design Workshop:

The ABC Online Course Design Workshop will help you with rapid online course development. This workshop is suitable for instructors looking to shift an in-person course to online. Leave the workshop with a course storyboard and plans for next steps.

There are two parts: Part 1: Pre-workshop Activities and Part 2: Independent Story Boarding

Asynchronous Online Module: Academic Integrity Tutorial

Faculty are invited to direct students to complete the 90-minute tutorial in OWL.

The tutorial is designed to increase students' understanding of the key principles of academic integrity and provide strategies to help students avoid academic offences in common scenarios. We suggest it be used in combination with discipline-specific academic integrity learning opportunities. Students who successfully complete this tutorial will earn a certificate.

To include the Academic Integrity Tutorial in your course, share this link to the Academic Integrity Tutorial OWL site with your students.

Teaching Assistants

Asynchronous TA Training Modules: TA eLearning Series

TA eLearning Series

The Asynchronous TA Training Modules were designed by the CTL specifically to equip new and experiences Teaching assistants with strategies for being effective TA in blended and online classrooms. All registered participants will gain access to 9 asynchronous modules, which cover a range of topics from grading to building community. Each module will take one hour to complete. Registrants will have one month to access and complete the modules that interest them.

Registering for the Asynchronous TA Training Modules allow Teaching Assistants access to the following modules to help prepare them for their role:

  • Humanizing Your Virtual Classroom
  • Grading Using OWL
  • Facilitating Discussions Online
  • Explaining Difficult Concepts in Science
  • Fostering Respectful and Inclusive Online Environments
  • Digital Classroom Management Strategies
  • Preparing Students for Online Learning
  • Accessible Online Learning (New)
  • Decolonizing Your Online Classroom (New)

Learn more about the TA eLearning Series and how to register during the academic year (Sept.-Apr.) here.

TA Day Asynchronous Sessions

Students who register for TA Day: Graduate Student Conference on Teaching will also gain access to 6 eLearning modules hosted in the TA Day OWL site:

  • Inclusive Pedagogy: What TAs need to know
  • Mental Health 101: Supporting student wellness
  • Preparing to Grade
  • Teaching Your Students to Write Better
  • 10 Techniques to Explain Difficult Concepts in Science
  • Time Management for TAs

Learn more about TA Day: Graduate Student Conference on Teaching and how to register here.

Finding Help

This site has been reorganized, Where can I find ...

This site has recently been reorganized. If you are looking for the Instructor Tutorials, Student Tutorials, or Webinars that were previously available on this site, please see the following YouTube video playlists:

Where should instructors go for help?

  • Virtual and online consultations with Instructional Teaching Resource Centre and Centre for Teaching and Learning staff are available for help moving a course online.
  • The Helpdesk will answer specific questions about a feature or function in an institutionally-supported tool. Helpdesk hours have been extended.
  • Western Libraries will continue to support online courses in OWL in a number of ways. More information is available in their March 16, 2020 Post

Where should students go for help?

  1. Student Experience has a developed a set of resources to help students transition to remote learning. Please visit their website.