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CTL July/August 2020 Newsletter

CTL has been working hard to answer your questions about remote teaching. Our newly released "FAQ Pages" contain answers to the most commonly asked questions of our educational team. These pages will continue to be updated for the next few months and are now available on the MyUalberta app; if you do not have it installed, please visit: https://mobile.ualberta.ca/.

Course Design Rubric available

CTL's Course Design Rubric will help you to reflect on the design of your online course to ensure EDI and design principles are incorporated. You can print the document or you can complete it online. It is recommended you open this file with Adobe Reader in order to make best use of this document’s functionality. Also available on the MyUalberta app


New Teaching Plus podcast: Oral exams in undergraduate courses

Dr. Brian Rempel, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Dr. Ingrid Urberg, Associate Professor of Scandinavian Studies, and Dr. Shauna Wilton, Associate Professor of Social Sciences, all share their experiences using oral examinations in their courses and offer advice to those wanting to explore using oral exams in their courses. Listen here


Teaching Plus podcast: How to interview students about academic integrity violations

Dr. Cosette Lemelin and Dr. Roger Graves talk about The Talk: how should instructors go about conducting an interview with a student about a possible, probable, or even blatant academic integrity violation? We identify strategies and profile four different kinds of strategies students tend to use when they arrive for these conversations. Listen here

Online Teaching Institute: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity (EDI) across the digital teaching and learning divide

August 6 (9 am - 3:45 pm)
Delivered online via Zoom

Join CTL for the Online Teaching Institute: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity (EDI) across the digital teaching and learning divide. Explore teaching workshops and presentations intended to help you develop your teaching whether you are new to teaching or a more seasoned instructor. Two highlights are the keynote presentation by Tommy Mayberry on Gender pronouns, teaching and learning, and cultures of respect; and a special workshop by Dr. Greg Thomas (Secondary Education) on Metacognition: developing successful learners in remote learning environments.

Additional sessions include:

  • Creating an Engaged Remote Learning Environment while Remaining Equitable, Diverse and Inclusive
  • Using Self-Assessment in Online Classes to Promote Students’ Learning
  • Classroom Management in Zoom and on eClass: The Importance of an Impactful Virtual Teaching Presence
  • Synchronous Teaching: Moving Beyond the Q&A

View session descriptions and to register here.

Teaching with Open Resources

Openly sharing your teaching materials, your teaching practices, and allowing students and instructors beyond the University of Alberta to learn from you increases not only the openness of your course, but also engages participants who cannot attend a physical educational site or enrol in formal education delivery. Read more about teaching with open educational resources (OER), here.

Worried about what you can and cannot use or share? In this Teaching Plus podcast episode, Amanda Wakaruk, Copyright Librarian at the University of Alberta, shares advice on using OER materials and explains a bit about the copyright behind OER.

Important Update - Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF)

The University response to COVID-19 has made it imperative to ensure that the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) has a sustainable model to support the long term vision for the institution. As part of this important, transformative work, the Office of the Provost and Vice President (Academic) has made a difficult decision not to fund TLEF (Seed and Project) Grants this year; the funds have been repurposed to support Instructor preparations for remote instruction in 2020-2021. Thank you for your continued understanding and support during these exceptional times.

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