eLearning at the CTL
Western is offering a variety of options to help faculty and teaching assistants as they move courses online.
If you still have questions after reviewing the videos on Online Course Design, join us at our weekly Drop-in Q&As for instructors.
At each Q&A, an eLearning Specialist from the Centre for Teaching and Learning and an eLearning Technology Specialist from Western Technology Services join together to field your questions. Instructors and staff can register for the Q&As at the links below any time leading up to or during the sessions.
Learn more and register: Consultations and Drop-In Q&As
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:
- How Online Learners Learn
- Designing to Meet Course Learning Outcomes
- Organizing Course Content
- Facilitating Online Learning
- Designing for Accessibility in Online Learning
- Choosing and Providing Access to Course Readings
Open Instructional Skills Workshop Online:
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.
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.
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.
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
On This Site
This site features the following sections:
- ABC Online Course Design Workshop: This workshop is suitable for instructors looking to shift an in-person course to online. There are two parts: Part 1: Pre-workshop Activities and Part 2: Independent Story Boarding (Asynchronous Option or Synchronous Option)
- Online Course Design: The six pathways covered are: How Online Learners Learn, Designing to Meet Course Learning Outcomes, Organizing Course Content, Facilitating Online Learning, Accessibility, and Choosing and Providing Access to Course Readings
- Student Assessment: This section covers Planning for successful student assessments (including final assessments), possible Digital Assessment Formats, Online & Alternative Assessment Ideas, and a note on Accessible Assessments.
- Choose an eLearning Tool: This is an external link to the "Achieve Specific Outcomes" section of the eLearning toolkit. The elearning toolkit is a resource that allows you to find eLearning tools that fit with your intended outcomes as well as compare tools on several different measures.
- One-on-One consultations: Information on how to contact the Instructional Technology Resource Centre for individualized help putting your course online.
- FAQs: Frequently asked questions about rapidly putting your course online, including questions about accessibility for tests and assignments in OWL.
- eLearning in the CTL: The former elearning section of the CTL site before the focus turned to putting courses online rapidly.
- 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.
- 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
- Student Experience has a developed a set of resources to help students transition to remote learning. Please visit their website.