eLearning at the CTL

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Latest Updates

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

Instructors

Supported Course Redesign (SCoRe) (New)

Supported Course Redesign (SCoRe) is a six-week (May 25 to July 6, 2022) asynchronous community of practice that supports faculty in the redesign of their courses to teach online or blended. In addition to completing asynchronous activities in OWL, participants will meet synchronously for 6 weeks to brainstorm solutions, share strategies and celebrate their achievements.

Learn more and register here.

Rapid Course Consultations

Book now! We continue to accept requests for Rapid Course Consultations and are generally booked for two weeks after you submit a request.

Have you taught or are currently teaching an online asynchronous or blended course? And are you curious about how you might make smaller changes to your course for maximum learner impact?

Consider meeting with an Instructional Designer from the Centre for Teaching and Learning for a Rapid Course Consultation. Let us know one or two elements of your course that you’d like to talk about and, over the course of a one-hour meeting, we’ll help you create a plan for those areas in the current or next iteration of your course.

Learn more and request a Rapid Course Consultation here.

eLearning Q&A Drop-ins: Biweekly Tuesdays from 2:30pm-3:30pm

CTL eLearning Specialists and eLearning Technology Specialists from WTS offer drop-in Q&A sessions. Have questions about teaching in the online format?

Register for an upcoming eLearning Q&A Drop-in: Biweekly Tuesdays from 2:30pm-3:30pm

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
  • Decolonizing Your Online Classroom

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 here.


Finding Help

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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?

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.