eLearning Lunch and Learn Series


We heard you!

Last year, Western surveyed faculty and students to learn more about how they would like to use OWL to improve support for teaching and learning. This year’s Lunch ’N Learns series focuses on four key themes gathered from survey feedback and is designed to help instructors of all experience levels use OWL more effectively and efficiently to support students and instructors. All sessions aim to foster collaboration, communication, and resource sharing. Sessions typically feature faculty and staff from across the disciplines sharing and discussing how they are successfully integrating technology into their courses. Join us over lunch as we explore the full potential of one of Western’s most widely used technologies!


By the end of a Lunch and Learn Session, participants will be able to:

  • connect with colleagues engaged in teaching with technologies for enhanced student learning experiences
  • apply eLearning technologies and/or strategies to their course developments and teaching approaches
  • identify avenues for consultation and support with the development and implementation of eLearning approaches for teaching and learning (e.g. Centre for Teaching and Learning, Instructional Technology Resource Centre).

2019-20 Series

Strategies for Improving Communication with Students

Tuesday October 15, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm


Clear and consistent communication among instructors and students sets up expectations for each course, enables students to focus on course content, and can save instructors time. Join us for this session that explores best practices for leveraging the various OWL communication tools in order to streamline communication both within OWL and outside of it.

Excelling at Gradebook and Other Tips and Tricks

Tuesday November 12, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm


Gradebook got you down? This session seeks to address common concerns about Gradebook functionality by exploring how spreadsheet applications like Excel interact with Gradebook. We’ll discuss how we can enter grades and feedback more efficiently and create more complex weighting using spreadsheets, as well as a few other Gradebook tips and tricks that will save you time.

Tests, Quizzes, and Self-Assessments

Tuesday January 21, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm


Self-assessments enable students to identify their knowledge gaps, track their progress, and set goals. Join us for a session that explores the ways in which we can use OWL to help students self-assess. This session also focuses on creating assessments using the Tests & Quizzes tool, which can be used for self-assessments as well as for formal and informal evaluation.

Providing Feedback to Students

Tuesday February 25, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm


OWL supports a wide variety of approaches for giving feedback to students. From text and video comments to bulk uploading individual comments, this session focuses on choosing the most efficient and effective approaches to giving feedback in OWL based on your teaching and learning goals.

Series Information

Upcoming Sessions

No sessions scheduled at present


Limited to instructors


Registration Instructions

  1. Login to Western Connect using your Western username and password.
  2. Go to the Centre for Teaching and Learning section. Select Event Calendar and select the event you wish to register in. Details and a description of the program will appear.
  3. Select the Register for this Event button. If the event has reached capacity, you may have the option to register on the waitlist.
  4. You will receive an automated confirmation email to your Western email account. 

If you have any questions or problems registering for an event, please consult our FAQs or contact ctl@uwo.ca.


Four or five sessions sessions are run each year (September to March). Check the Event Calendar for future dates.

Applies to following certificate

Faculty Certificate in Teaching Excellence


What to expect

eLearning Lunch and Learn sessions are hosted over the lunch hour (12:30PM - 1:30PM). Lunch is provided and typically participants enjoy their meal while listening to and engaging with presenters. Sessions are offered both face-to-face and via online streaming. Resources related to the presentation are distributed both during the session and afterwards through the Teachology blog.


Previous Series:


Strategies for Improving Communication with Students

October 15, 2019

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November 12, 2019

Tests, Quizzes, and Self-Assessments

January 21, 2020

Providing Feedback to Students/h4>

February 25, 2020


Strategies for using Microsoft Teams in the Classroom

October 23, 2018

How to Evaluate eLearning Tools

November 20, 2018

Designing Accessible Online Learning

January 23, 2019

Strategies for Digital Peer Assessment and Feedback

March 5, 2019


Canva for Infographics Assignments

October 3, 2017

3 Office 365 Tools for Classroom Engagement

November 9, 2017

Open Badges

January 17, 2018

Wiki Edu Dashboard: Sharing Knowledge, Tracking Contributions

February 8, 2018

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“As a result of my participation in the Lunch and Learn Series I have carefully considered and implemented e-learning tools in my class, and actively sought the input and support of the CTL to reflect on my courses and engage in a redesign process.”

“My teaching has been highly impacted by the Lunch and Learn sessions I have attended.  Through various sessions I was introduced to new ideas to make my classes more engaging, and was given the inspiration to try.  Sometimes I felt uncomfortable doing something new in class, but hearing about how others implemented the ideas and overcame obstacles gave me insights that helped me try new things.  I loved the informal nature of the Lunch and Learn sessions, and the opportunity to ask questions and brainstorm with others.”