Fall 2022 Programming

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Join our Instructional Technology Specialist (ITS) team and your fellow instructors and teaching assistants this fall as we explore the physical and remote class environments and new educational technologies. These sessions are designed to provide support across the spectrum of course delivery methods, with a particular focus on technologies supporting hybrid lecture delivery and student assessment.

On-going sessions, specific programming for September, October, November and December, and personalized sessions are available.


ON-GOING SESSIONS

Web Conferencing Classroom Orientations & Practice Sessions

Date & Time: Ongoing (by appointment)
Location: Day Hall, Room 118

If you are assigned to a Lecture Web Conferencing or Seminar Web Conferencing Classroom, you may be interested in an orientation or practice session in our demo room in Day Hall.

Our 30 to 45-minute, in-person orientation sessions are facilitated by an instructional technology specialist (ITS), and includes a walkthrough of the classroom technology, a chance to try out your laptop in the room, and an opportunity to better understand the in-person and remote student experience.

Alternatively, if you are already familiar with the web conferencing classrooms from a previous semester, you may also use the registration form to book time in our demonstration room to practice and test on your own by selecting the Practice Session option.

To register, complete the Demonstration Classroom Booking Form. You will be asked to provide three potential availability windows when requesting an orientation or practice session. Our team will make every effort to accommodate your availability.

Weekly Online Workshop: Get Started with Gradescope

Date & Time: Ongoing
Location: Online (Zoom)

Offered directly by our partners at Gradescope, these weekly hour-long workshops are available every Thursday at noon.

Gradescope's team of trainers provide thorough demonstrations and answer questions about the platform. Please note that the trainers are not affiliated with the University. If you have a question about Gradescope specific to our institution, please contact CourseLink Support or stop by one of our weekly Gradescope Drop-Ins.

In the Get Started with Gradescope workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Grade any type of question in minutes using answer grouping
  • Easily create flexible multiple-choice assessments with bubble sheets
  • Use exam analytics to assess student learning and adjust for future courses

Register through Gradescope’s Website.

Gradescope Drop-Ins

Date & Time: Ongoing
Location: Online (Zoom)

Gradescope, a new educational technology at the University of Guelph and the University of Guelph-Humber, is replacing Test Scoring application and Scantron technology, effective Fall 2022.

This new technology offers up-to-date assignment design opportunities, for both online and in-person formats, and provides assessment features that can increase grading efficiency and consistency and deliver extensive feedback to students.

If you are interested in using Gradescope to set up an existing or new assignment, learn bubble sheets, or just have some general questions about the technology, please stop by one of our Gradescope Drop-Ins.

Gradescope Drop-Ins are scheduled via Zoom every Tuesday and Wednesday from September 6 to December 20 (no registration required!).

More information on Gradescope and the various assignment types available can be found in the recordings and resources from our W'22 Get to Know Gradescope Series.

Drop-In Session Zoom Links:


SEPTEMBER

Web Conferencing Classroom Introduction Series

The Web Conferencing Classrooms allow you the flexibility to teach face-to-face, remotely, or a combination of both.

The following sessions are designed to introduce you to the classrooms and provide basic information on the setup process and pedagogical considerations.

Please note, we still recommend booking a dedicated classroom orientation or drop-in session to ensure that your computer is set up prior to your first class.

Introduction to the Lecture Web Conferencing Room

Date & Time: Thursday, September 1, 2022 | 10-11 a.m.
Location: 
TBD

Register for Introduction to the Lecture Web Conferencing Room

This in-person session is designed for instructors who are teaching in a Lecture Web Conferencing room during the F22 semester.

We walk you through the setup process on both Mac and PC platforms, and cover the following basic steps to get started:

  • Connecting your computer via USB
  • Setting up a multi-monitor display
  • Selecting the appropriate settings on the room panel
  • Adjusting the room camera(s)
  • Connecting the room technology with your preferred web conferencing tool

An opportunity to ask questions is also provided.

Introduction to the Seminar Web Conferencing Classroom

Date & Time: Thursday, September 1, 2022 | 2-3 p.m.
Location: 
TBD

Register for Introduction to the Seminar Web Conferencing Classroom

This in-person session is designed for instructors who are teaching in a Seminar Web Conferencing classroom during the F22 semester.

We walk you through the setup process on both Mac and PC platforms, and cover the following basic steps to get started:

  • Connecting your computer via USB
  • Setting up a multi-monitor display
  • Selecting the appropriate settings on the room panel
  • Adjusting the room camera(s)
  • Connecting the room technology with your preferred web conferencing tool

An opportunity to ask questions will also be provided.

Other September Sessions

U of G/U of GH Zoom Basics

Date & Time: Wednesday, September 14, 2022 | 10-11 a.m.
Location: Online (Zoom)

Register for U of G/U of GH Zoom Basics

Zoom is a popular web conferencing platform that supports the delivery of synchronous classes from remote locations and campus Web Conferencing Classrooms.

If you are new to teaching with Zoom, we recommend you join this introductory session to help get you started.

Topics explored in this session include:

  • The Zoom Pro licence request or renewal process
  • Zoom integration setup on CourseLink & scheduling classes
  • Guest speaker accommodation
  • Engagement options of fully online and dual delivery modalities
  • Zoom recordings and the Zoom Transfer Tool

Get Started with Gradescope!

Date & Time: Thursday, September 15, 2022 | 2-3 p.m.
Location: Online (Zoom)

Register for Get Started with Gradescope

Have you heard? U of G has launched a new educational technology this fall called Gradescope! Gradescope has replaced Scantron as the supported solution for bubble sheet assessments; but it can do a lot more for assessments than just auto-grade bubble sheets!

In this introductory session led by Gradescope Solutions consultant, Kenneth Rogers, our Instructional Technology Specialist team provides a broad overview of the assessment features and assignment types available through the Gradescope platform at the University of Guelph and University of Guelph-Humber.

Session topics include:

  • What is Gradescope?
  • Basic Grading
  • AI Grading
  • Publishing Grades
  • Student Grades/Feedback Experience
  • Managing Regrade Requests
  • Statistics

Transitioning from Scantron to Gradescope Bubble Sheets - Single Version Answer Key | Session 1

Date & Time: Wednesday, September 21, 2022 | 10-11 a.m.
Location:
Online (Zoom)

Register for Transitioning from Scantron to Gradescope Bubble Sheets - Single Version Answer Key | Session 1

With Scantron no longer available or supported at U of G, this session is designed to help you transition to Gradescope, the new OpenEd-supported option for on-paper multiple choice assessments.

If you plan to use bubble sheets with a single version of the answer key for your quizzes, midterms, or final exams going forward, please join us for this session.

The following topics are covered:

  • Gradescope access and the integration with CourseLink
  • Single-version answer key creation
  • Available scanning options
  • Scan Uploading and the student-to-sheet matching process
  • Gradescope score posting to CourseLink
  • Gradescope’s Statistics and Item Analysis options

Are you looking to use multiple versions of answer keys? If so, please join us for one of our Multiple Version Answer Key sessions on October 11 or November 22.


OCTOBER

What’s New in CourseLink

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 2 | 2-3 p.m.
Location: Online (Zoom)

Register for What's New in CourseLink

CourseLink is regularly updated at the end of each month to provide instructors and students with the most up-to-date version available.

This session introduces you to some of the most impactful changes from the past semester and explores how you can harness the power of the updates in your course.

Session topics include:

  • The new Quiz building experience
  • Copying Dropbox folders from one course to another
  • Improvements in Intelligent Agent scheduling
  • Displaying pronouns in Classlist
  • OpenEd Toolbox

For more information on the monthly updates, see our Continuous Delivery Updates page.

Gradescope Sessions

Gradescope for Homework

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 6 | 10-11 a.m.
Location: Online (Zoom)

Register for Gradescope for Homework

Gradescope’s Homework & Problem Sets assignment type can be leveraged to allow students to submit handwritten content for digital assessment.

In this session, we explore this assignment type in Gradescope and consider the potential advantages of using Homework & Problem Sets in Gradescope compared to submitting images of work for assessment through CourseLink’s Dropbox tool.

A demonstration of how students submit their assignments and identify the locations of answers to specific questions is provided.

Transitioning from Scantron to Gradescope Bubble Sheets - Multiple Version Answer Keys | Session 1

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 11 | 2-3 p.m.
Location: Online (Zoom)

Register for Transitioning from Scantron to Gradescope Bubble Sheets - Multiple Version Answer Keys | Session 1

With Scantron no longer available or supported at U of G, this session is designed to help you transition to Gradescope, the new OpenEd-supported option for on-paper multiple choice assessments.

If you plan to use bubble sheets with multiple answer key versions for your quizzes, midterms, or final exams going forward, please join us for this session.

The following topics are covered:

  • Gradescope access and the integration with CourseLink
  • Multiple-version answer key creation
  • Available scanning options
  • Scan uploading and the student-to-sheet matching process
  • Gradescope score posting to CourseLink
  • Gradescope’s Statistics and Item Analysis options

Gradescope for Exams/Quizzes

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 19, 2022 | 10-11 a.m.
Location: 
Online (Zoom)

Register for Gradescope Exams/Quizzes

Gradescope’s Exams/Quizzes assignment type is used to digitally assess hand-written test content by leveraging Gradescope’s robust annotation options, adaptable rubrics, and reusable comments.

In this session, we explore the assignment type in more detail and look at how using Gradescope’s Exams/Quizzes assignment could enhance efficiency and improve the grading process, allowing you to provide more effective feedback to students.


Team Grading in Gradescope

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 25, 2022 | 2-3 p.m.
Location:
Online (Zoom)

Register for Team Grading in Gradescope

Hosted by Kenneth Rogers, a Gradescope training consultant, in partnership with our Instruction Technology Specialist team, this session demonstrates how multiple graders can use Gradescope to maximize their time spent evaluating assignments and exams.

In this session, we explore how Gradescope can increase efficiency, improve consistency, and provide more effective feedback. Question-level grading, rubrics, annotations, comments, and regrade requests are also covered.


NOVEMBER

Transitioning from Scantron to Gradescope Bubble Sheets - Single Version Answer Key | Session 2

Date & Time: Thursday, November 10, 2022 | 10-11 a.m.
Location:
Online (Zoom)

Register for Transitioning from Scantron to Gradescope Bubble Sheets - Single Version Answer Key | Session 2

With Scantron no longer available or supported at U of G, this session is designed to help you transition to Gradescope, the new OpenEd-supported option for on-paper multiple choice assessments.

If you plan to use bubble sheets with a single version of the answer key for your quizzes, midterms, or final exams going forward, please join us for this session.

The following topics are covered:

  • Gradescope access and the integration with CourseLink
  • Single-version answer key creation
  • Available scanning options
  • Scan Uploading and the student-to-sheet matching process
  • Gradescope score posting to CourseLink
  • Gradescope’s Statistics and Item Analysis options

Gradescope for Mixed Format Exams

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 19, 2022 | 10-11:30 a.m.
Location: Online (Zoom)

Register for Gradescope for Mixed Format Exams

Planning a final assessment with multiple choice and written response questions? Wondering if Gradescope can support mixed format exams?

In this session, we showcase two Gradescope assignment types—exams & quizzes, and bubble sheets—and demonstrate how to successfully integrate them into a combined assessment.

This webinar session explores:

  • Both exams & quizzes, and bubble sheets in Gradescope
  • The pros and cons of inline multiple choice versus bubble sheets
  • How to utilize these two assignment types in a single exam
  • How to appropriately set up your CourseLink grade items

Transitioning from Scantron to Gradescope Bubble Sheets - Multiple Version Answer Keys | Session 2

Date & Time: Tuesday, November 22, 2022 | 2-3 p.m.
Location: Online (Zoom)

Register for Transitioning from Scantron to Gradescope Bubble Sheets - Multiple Version Answer Keys | Session 2

With Scantron no longer available or supported at U of G, this session is designed to help you transition to Gradescope, the new OpenEd-supported option for on-paper multiple choice assessments.

If you plan to use bubble sheets with multiple answer key versions for your quizzes, midterms, or final exams going forward, please join us for this session.

The following topics are covered:

  • Gradescope access and the integration with CourseLink
  • Multiple-version answer key creation
  • Available scanning options
  • Scan uploading and the student-to-sheet matching process
  • Gradescope score posting to CourseLink
  • Gradescope’s Statistics and Item Analysis options

Introducing the OpenEd Toolbox

Date & Time: Tuesday, November 29, 2022 | 2-3 p.m.
Location: Online (Zoom)

Registration for Introducing the OpenEd Toolbox

The OpenEd Toolbox application is a custom-built suite of CourseLink productivity tools created by our Information Systems and Development (ISD) team. It began as an ad-hoc project to build and share additional custom utilities specifically for assisting CourseLink Support with common requests.

This application has now matured and is ready for release to our instructor community, allowing you to leverage the same tools safely and securely for your own course site(s).

This session introduces the OpenEd Toolbox and its anticipated initial lineup of tools to assist you with:

  • Retrieving Group Lists
  • Renaming Groups
  • Creating Predefined Groups
  • Creating Groups by Section
  • Copying Data between Grade Items

DECEMBER

Getting Started with CourseLink Series

This series of sessions is designed to help new faculty and sessional instructors at U of G and U of GH learn the basics of the most frequently used tools in CourseLink.

Each brief 30 to 45-minute session focuses on how to set up a tool, and offers some suggestions for using it effectively with your students.

Session 1: Announcements

Date & Time: Tuesday, December 6, 2022 | 10-10:30 a.m.
Location:
Online (Zoom)

Register for Announcements

The CourseLink Announcements tool allows you to share important information with your students and create a social presence in the online course environment.

Session Topics:

  • Creating and editing an announcement
  • Scheduling an announcement
  • Using the video note feature to enhance announcements

Session 2: Content

Date & Time: Tuesday, December 6, 2022 | 2-2:30 p.m.
Location: Online (Zoom)

Register for Content

The CourseLink Content tool allows you to share course materials securely with the students in your course.

Session Topics:

  • Content organization
  • Options for adding content
  • Content description utilization to aid student progress

Session 3: Discussions

Date & Time: Wednesday, December 7, 2022 | 10-10:30 a.m.
Location: Online (Zoom)

Register for Discussions

The CourseLink Discussions tool allows you to create areas for student discussions, assessment, and common student questions and answers.

Session Topics:

  • Discussion topic creation and assessment
  • Topic availability options
  • Creating group-restricted topics
  • Adding a rubric
  • Associating a discussion topic with a grade item
  • The assessment process

Session 4: Dropbox

Date & Time: Wednesday, December 7, 2022 | 2-2:30 p.m.
Location: Online (Zoom)

Register for Dropbox

The CourseLink Dropbox tool allows you to easily collect assessments, and evaluate and provide students with effective feedback.

Session Topics:

  • Dropbox creation and assessment
  • Due dates and folder availability
  • Individual or group assessments
  • Adding a rubric
  • Associating a folder with a grade item
  • The assessment process

Session 5: Groups

Date & Time: Thursday, December 8, 2022 | 10-10:45 a.m.
Location: Online (Zoom)

Register for Groups

The CourseLink Groups tool allows you to easily create groups to help organize students for assessment.

Session Topics:

  • Commonly used group types
  • How to use groups for both online discussions and group-submitted assignments to Dropbox.

Session 6: Rubrics

Date & Time: Thursday, December 8, 2022 | 2-2:30 p.m.
Location: Online (Zoom)

Register for Rubrics

The CourseLink Rubrics tool allows you to easily create digital versions of grid-style rubrics that can be used to assess student work.

Session Topics:

  • Creating rubrics
  • Attaching rubrics to dropbox folders
  • Discussion topics
  • Grade items
  • Using a rubric to perform student assessments

Session 7: Quizzes

Date & Time: Tuesday, December 13, 2022 | 10-10:45 a.m.
Location: Online (Zoom)

Register for Quizzes

The CourseLink Quizzes tool allows you to conduct online assessments utilizing a wide variety of question types.

Session Topics:

  • The basics of the quiz creation experience
  • Similarities and differences between quiz availability and due dates
  • Timing and attempt limits
  • Question types
  • Adding quiz questions
  • Options for assessment

Session 8: Grades

Date & Time: Tuesday, December 13, 2022 | 2-2:45 p.m.
Location: Online (Zoom)

Register for Grades

The CourseLink Grades tool allows you to collect grade information from a variety of sources and easily share this information with your students.

Session Topics:

  • Default weighted grade system
  • How to use Manage Grades to structure your grade items and categories
  • Associating grade items with other CourseLink tools
  • Final grade export process

Gradescope for Language Courses

Date & Time: Wednesday, December 14, 2022 | 10-11 a.m.
Location: Online (Zoom)

Register for Gradescope for Language Courses

This session focuses on adapting Gradescope, a new assessment tool at the University of Guelph, for use in language courses. We address common assessment challenges in the language classroom, provide a brief overview of Gradescope, and then demonstrate the possibilities for leveraging this technology to meet your assessment needs.

If you are a language instructor and are curious about the application of Gradescope to language learning, please join us for this session!


PERSONALIZED SESSIONS

Are you looking for a session on a specific supported educational technology for your college, department, or instructional team? Our ITS team offers personalized sessions for large and small groups and will work with you to tailor a session to your needs.

To request a session, please contact the ITS team.