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CTL May/June 2020 Newsletter

Academic Integrity in Online Teaching Environments: What do instructors need to know?

Surviving the abrupt shift to online instruction probably dominated most instructors’ thoughts immediately after the closing of the physical campus in March. As we move beyond survival mode and finish grading exams and final projects, academic integrity issues may have cropped up. In this article, we take a look at how academic integrity issues present differently in the online environment. Read more


New Teaching Plus podcast: Academic Integrity in Online Teaching Environments: What do instructors need to know?

Dr. Roger Graves and Ellen Watson, Senior Educational Developer, discuss how instructors might promote academic integrity (and prevent infractions) in their courses while teaching online. Listen here


Adapt your course for online delivery

Need support adapting your course to online delivery? CTL can support instructors and faculty to teach and assess students online.

  1. Need help right now?
    a) A Brief Introduction to Remote Teaching (ctl.guide/disruption)
    b) Quick help (ed tech how-tos: ctl.guide/quickhelp)
    c) Alternatives to Final Exams (Google Doc)
  2. Need the fundamentals of how to teach online?
    CTL's self directed eClass course takes you through the preparation, planning and assessment processes for delivering your course online (ctl.guide/teachingandlearningonline)
  3. Need examples of teaching online?
    Webinar recordings:
    Strategies for your Zoom live online lecture
    How to create a remote teaching and learning community
If you have further questions email us at ctl@ualberta.ca or submit a consultation request.

Webinar: Teaching Large Classes Online

May 28 (10 am - 11:30 am)
Webinar (participants will receive the link closer to the date)

In recent weeks, one of the most frequent requests to CTL has been for information and strategies on teaching large classes online. More specifically, how do instructors make the decision about which aspects of a large class can be taught synchronously (or as we call it "going live together in a virtual space") and which are best asynchronously as self-paced by the students? When teaching synchronously online, how does the instructor's role change? How can the realities of teaching in a virtual space be optimized for diverse students in the large course?

Senior Educational Developer at CTL, Dr. Cosette Lemelin will share her own experiences teaching large classes online as well as key literature and evidence on cultivating intellectual growth, instructor presence, and student engagement in teaching large online classes with synchronous components, and will answer your questions to help you plan your upcoming remote instruction. Register here.


Webinar: Synchronous or Asynchronous: Deciding What Students do on Their own Time and What is Done Together

June 16 (10 am - 11:30 am)
Webinar (participants will receive the link closer to the date)

Moving online means that we need to re-think how students engage with learning. In online learning, this is called synchronous and asynchronous learning. In this Q & A, Educational Developers Graeme Pate & Ellen Watson answer your questions about teaching synchronously and asynchronously in the online classroom. Reading to be done prior to the workshop will be sent at a closer date. Register here.


Webinar: Addressing Racism and Incorporating EDI in the Classroom Part II

June 23 (Noon - 1 pm)
Webinar (participants will receive the link closer to the date)

In March 2020, the podcast Addressing Racism in the Classroom and the webinar entitled Equity, Inclusion and Diversity in Higher Education were both well received by U of A faculty. To further this discussion, we invite you to join Dr. Cathryn van Kessel, Kenchera Ingraham, and Jennifer Ward for a Q & A session exploring how instructors can address racism in the classroom and incorporate equity, diversity, and inclusion in higher education. Once registered, you will receive two resources to help you prepare for this interactive webinar. Register here.

Extension of Deadline for 2020 University of Alberta Awards Awards for Faculty Excellence

Nomination Deadline: Monday, June 15, 2020 at 4 p.m. Award descriptions and further details are available here.

Please note that the deadline for submissions of Awards for Faculty Excellence typically due on the first working day of May has been extended until June 15, 2020, to account for the extraordinary circumstances the University is managing. We hope this action will promote equity by permitting for faculty members who have been unable to prepare submissions during this difficult time.

The procedure and submission requirements have been revised as of April 29, 2020, in order to adapt to the current pandemic restrictions. Please send an electronic original of the nomination package to the attention of the Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) via email to paliteam@ualberta.ca. A hard copy is not required at this time.

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