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CTL September/October 2020 Newsletter

If you feel like you're drowning and overwhelmed with information about teaching your course online, CTL's Lifeline page is a useful place to start. It's a condensed version of the Preparation, Implementation and Assessment sections of CTL's Remote Teaching pages.

While it may seem unusual to start with the Assessment section, we recognize that, at this time of year, this is most likely to be the highest priority for most instructors.

Explore six concise steps to get you prepared to include assessments in your online course. Not only will you learn how to manage the technical tools available to you, you’ll learn how to use them effectively as an instructor. Follow these six steps and you'll be better prepared for the upcoming grading season. Learn more

Drop in Live Support

September 29 (10 AM - Noon)

CTL staff will be providing online office hours to answer your pedagogical questions for adapting your course to online delivery.

Drop-in at

10 Minute Webinette: Using eClass Rubrics

September 29 (11 AM - 11:10 AM)

Did you know that you can upload your rubrics directly to eClass assignments? CTL's eClass Specialist Josh Westlake will take you through the different options you have for using rubrics to grade assignments in eClass. 

Drop-in at

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and English for Disciplinary Purposes: Bringing Diverse Students into the Academic Conversation through Writing

October 2 (Noon - 1:30 PM)

The diversity in our U of A student population creates both opportunities and challenges for students and instructors within courses and teaching and learning communities. In this webinar, Shahin M. Sarabi, English Language Learner and Writing Across Curriculum Specialist, will share ideas and strategies for supporting all English Language Learner students in their writing in equitable, inclusive, and diverse ways.

Register in advance here

Creating a Culture of Academic Integrity and Honesty in Online Courses

October 14 (Noon - 1 PM)

In this Festival of Teaching and Learning 2020 feature session, we will hear from three groups of presenters. These talks include:
  • Supporting Academic Integrity in Equitable, Diverse, Inclusive Contexts at the University of Alberta (Helen Vallianatos & Mebbie Bell)
  • Strategies to Prevent Academic Misconduct in Online Exams (Sabina Valentine)
  • Supervised exams in online classes: experiences, advice, and requests (Timothy Mills)

Register in advance here

Engaging with and Supporting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity (EDI) in course design, student support, and instructional practices

October 16 (Noon - 1:30 PM)

Please join Jennifer Ward (Educational Developer, CTL) and engage in discussion about gender, identity and intersectionality; anti-Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC) racism; supporting student diversity; inclusive course design; and engaging students through EDI practices in both asynchronous and synchronous learning environments. This session will include an open chat session for participants to share their experiences with colleagues and to ask questions.

Register in advance here

Drawing Students into Discussion

October 29 (10 AM - 11:30 AM)

A good discussion can be difficult to foster—especially online; it starts with good questions. In this session with Ellen Watson (Educational Developer, CTL), participants will engage in asynchronous discussion (using eClass forums) for one week on the topic of good questions in the classroom. This will be followed by a synchronous discussion about best practices in using discussion in online courses. Participants will experience online discussion forums from the student’s point of view and evaluate strategies to develop good discussions in their online courses.

Register in advance here

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