Winter 2020 Supports for Rapidly Moving Your Course Online
Starting Wednesday, March 18 and for the remainder of the term, Western will be moving its classes online. Western is offering a variety of options to help faculty and teaching assistants as they move their courses rapidly online.
Above all, we recommend that instructors:
- Keep your course site simple.
- Avoid livestreaming lectures. These are globally shared services that will be experiencing increased demand across institutions and this may result in decreased performance.
- Focus on sharing pre-created course content (e.g., Documents, pre-recorded lectures PowerPoint presentations, PDFs, weblinks) instead of live content.
Where should instructors go for help?
- Workshops and Webinars are available for those who want to attend sessions on using institutionally-supported tools (e.g., OWL, Office 365, Blackboard Collaborate, Zoom) and online teaching approaches.
- 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
- Our Help Resources - Western has provided a high level overview of stategies and tools for rapidly moving courses online.
Where should students go for help?
- Student Experience has a developed a set of resources to help students transition to remote learning. Please visit their website.
- Our Help Resources - You can also access our Student video and PDF tutorials for various OWL Tools.
To find out more, see the pages in the left-hand menu