Rethink Your Assessments for Remote Environments with Ed Tech

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In this workshop series, our Instructional Technology team explores creative and authentic assessment options using the educational technology tools with which you are likely already familiar. Take an in-depth look at various CourseLink tools and learn innovative ways of using the tools for assessing students in remote environments.


Dropbox for More than Documents

Workshop Recording: Dropbox for More than Documents

Dates & Times

  • Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 9:30 to 10:00 a.m.
  • Friday, November 27, 2020 - 9:30 to 10:00 a.m. 


While the Dropbox tool in CourseLink is typically used for submission of Word documents and PDF files, it can be used for a great deal more. Discover new ways of leveraging the Dropbox tool for a variety of assignment types—from image submissions to live performance evaluations. Best of all, you can leverage all the robust feedback and evaluation options available in the Dropbox tool. 

Some submission ideas explored include: 

  • Infographics/ photos/posters/rough work
  • Podcasts/audio
  • Video (via links to hosted services such as MS Streams and YouTube)
  • Work observed in person or online (presentations, performances, field work, debates, etc.) 
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Building Student Generated Question Banks

Workshop Recording: Building Student Generated Question Banks 

Dates & Times  

  • Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. 
  • Friday, November 27, 2020 - 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. 


Having a hard time coming up with an engaging assignment? Struggling to populate your online quiz bank with quality unique questions? Take care of both at the same time by having your students reflect on their work in your course, and create questions you can use to populate your CourseLink quizzes!

In this session, you are guided through the basics of how to: 

  • Build a good quiz question (higher order question, types, distractors, etc.)
  • Use various familiar technologies to collect (and assess) the questions from students
  • Learn the required format to import questions successfully into the Question Library
  • Access and use various quiz question format conversion tools
  • Use your new student-question set in future assessments 
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Quizzes that Promote Academic Integrity 

Workshop Recording: Quizzes that Promote Academic Integrity

Dates & Times  

  • Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
  • Friday, November 27, 2020 - 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.  


With the recent move to remote teaching and learning, the need to create online quizzes with consideration towards academic integrity has increased significantly.

In this 45-minute session, explore how to use advanced features of the CourseLink Quiz tool to help promote academic integrity in quizzes, midterms, and final exams.

Some of the features highlighted as part of this session include:  

  • Shuffle Questions
  • Randomize Answers
  • Pages Breaks and Paging
  • Question Point Values
  • Question Pools
  • Quiz Time
  • Submission View Settings
  • Quiz Statistics
  • Respondus LockDown Browser
  • Respondus Monitor
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Next Level Discussion Options

Workshop Recording: Next Level Discussion Options

Dates & Times  

  • Friday, November 20, 2020 - 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m 
  • Thursday, November 26, 2020 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.


If you are teaching online, you are likely already familiar with the CourseLink Discussions tool; but, there is more to this tool than a simple forum > topic > thread > reply setup. Explore how some of the advanced features of the tool can help inform assignment construction, increase engagement, promote original thought, and provide a space for students’ personal reflections. 

Some advanced features explored include: 
  • 5-Star and Up Vote Rating Options
  • Using Ratings as Bonus Grades
  • Allow Anonymous Posts
  • Start Thread Before Viewing Peers' Posts
  • Moderator Must Approve Before Displayed
  • Creating Discussion Topics as a Series of Personal Student Blogs
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Critical Thinking with Video Assignments

Workshop Recording: Critical Thinking with Video Assignments 

Dates & Times  

  • Friday, November 20, 2020 - 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
  • Thursday, November 26, 2020 - 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.


With the recent transition to remote teaching, more and more instructors are discovering the advantages of CourseLink’s Video Assignment tool. While most often used as a way for students (or groupof students) to submit presentations for review, this tool can be used for a great deal more.

Learn the following creative ways to use the Video Assignments tool:

  • Use the Question and Answers features to have students respond to a set of pre-recorded video questions/scenarios (e.g., for mock interviews)
  • Submiand sharvoiced-over PowerPoint presentations
  • Use auto analysis to assess and provide feedback 
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Rubrics & Equitable Assessments 

Workshop Recording: Rubrics & Equitable Assessment

Dates & Times  

  • Friday, November 20, 2020 - 11:00 a.m to 11:45 a.m.
  • Friday, November 27, 2020 - 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. 


Do you find students always ask for clarification on assignment expectations? Are you looking for strategies to improve the consistency of your team grading? Rubrics are a powerful tool for communicating expectations, and keeping grading consistent across papers and graders. Explore the CourseLink Rubrics tool and how it supports you and your students.

Some of the topics explored include: 

  • A re-introduction to the new Rubrics experience
  • Criteria groups
  • Rubric visibility
  • Rubric types, including holistic, analytic, and single point 
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Meet Our Instructional Technology Team

Lena Paulo Kushnir 

Lena Paulo Kushnir.

Lena Paulo Kushnir, PhD, is the Associate Director, Educational Technologies in OpenEd. She has expertise in the field of teaching and learning technologies, pedagogy and SoTL research. She has extensive experience both teaching and supporting face-to-face, blended, hybrid, flipped, and fully-online courses. Visit Lena's LinkedIn profile to see some of her past work.

Rich Couto 
Rich Couto.As an instructional technology specialist, Rich Couto, B.Sc., provides expertise and leadership in the application of instructional technology theory and well-grounded pedagogical approaches to course websites and in-class instruction. Through researching, piloting and assessing emerging educational technologies, he is able to propose innovative solutions to complex issues using a sound pedagogical approach.  
Carolyn Creighton

Carolyn Creighton.Carolyn Creighton, PhD, is an instructional technology specialist with OpenEd. In her role, Carolyn uses pedagogical best practices to assist faculty and staff in integrating various technologies into their courses. She has experience working with CourseLink and student response systems. 

Owen Wooding 

Owen Wooding.

Instructional technology specialist, Owen Wooding, BA, provides a wealth of experience with the University of Guelph’s learning management system, CourseLink, as well as several other established and emerging educational technologies. He leverages his in-depth knowledge of these technologies to support and promote pedagogically sound and innovative technology-based solutions that enhance teaching and learning across campus.