Summer 2022 Programming

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Join our Instructional Technology Specialist (ITS) team and your fellow instructors and teaching assistants this summer 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 May, June, July and August, and personalized sessions are available.  

 


ON-GOING SESSIONS

Gradescope Drop-Ins

Date & Time: Ongoing
Location: Online (Zoom)

Gradescope is new to the University of Guelph (U of G) and the University of Guelph-Humber (U of GH). Beginning in F'22, Gradescope Bubble Sheets replace the University’s current Test Scoring application and Scantron technology, which will no longer be supported.

This new educational technology also 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.

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

If you are interested in using Gradescope to set up an existing or new assignment, learn bubble sheets, or just ask 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 April 18 to August 22 (no registration required!).

Drop-In Session Zoom Links:

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 12:00 p.m.

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.

Web Conferencing Classroom Orientations

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

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

These 30-minute, in-person orientation sessions, facilitated by an instructional technology specialist (ITS), include 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.

You will be asked to provide three potential availability windows when requesting an orientation. Our team will make every effort to accommodate your availability.


JUNE PROGRAMMING

Prepare for Gradescope Bubble Sheets (Session 2)

Date & Time: Monday, June 13, 2022 | 2-3 p.m.
Location: Online (Zoom)

Register for Prepare for Gradescope Bubble Sheets (Session 2).

Couldn’t make it to our Gradescope Bubble Sheets May session? Not to worry! We are running this session once a month throughout the summer.

With Scantron no longer available at U of G after the S22 semester, this session is designed to help you prepare for the transition from Scantron Bubble Sheets to Gradescope Bubble Sheets.

Beginning in F22, Gradescope Bubble Sheets will be the only supported option for quizzes, midterms, or exams using multiple choice responses collected on bubble sheets.

If you are a current Scantron user or if you plan to use bubble sheets for your quizzes, midterms, or final exams going forward, please join us for this session.

The following topics are covered:

  • Accessing Gradescope
  • Setting up the integration with CourseLink
  • Creating an answer key
    • Includes: Multiple versions, scoring options, and custom points values
  • What scanning options are available
  • How to upload scans and the student-to-sheet matching process
  • Posting Gradescope scores to CourseLink
  • Gradescope’s Statistics and Item Analysis options

Gradescope for Assessment of On-Paper Assignments and Tests

Date & Time: Thursday, June 16, 2022 | 10-11 a.m.
Location: Online (Zoom)

Register for Gradescope for Assessment of On-Paper Assignments and Tests.

Are you looking for ways to provide your students with more effective feedback for assignments submitted on paper? How about reducing the time spent grading paper-based quizzes and exams? Would you like to improve grading consistency across a team of graders?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, we have good news! Gradescope, the latest educational technology tool supported by U of G, streamlines the process for these scenarios, and more.

In this session, we showcase the two Gradescope assignment types intended to collect and assess on-paper submissions: Exams & Quizzes and Homework & Problem Sets.

This 60-minute webinar session:

  • Explores differences between the Exams & Quizzes and Homework & Problem Sets assignment types
  • Explains potential benefits of grading through Gradescope compared to traditional pen and paper
  • Demonstrates the Gradescope assignment setup process
  • Demonstrates the Gradescope assessment process
  • Provides support options for moving your assignments to Gradescope

An optional question and answer period with OpenEd’s Gradescope team is available at the end of the session.

Transitioning from Crowdmark to Gradescope for On-Paper Assessments

Date & Time: Tuesday, June 28, 2022 | 2-3 p.m.
Location: Online (Zoom)

Register for Transitioning from Crowdmark to Gradescope for On-Paper Assessments.

Please note, this session is intended primarily for instructors who currently use Crowdmark to perform assessments of paper-based tests and assignments.

Hosted by Kenneth Rogers, a Gradescope training consultant, in partnership with our Instructional Technology Specialist team, this session demonstrates Gradescope’s assessment features and workflows. It also provides an opportunity for our community of Crowdmark users to ask questions about how they might adapt some of their current Crowdmark workflows in Gradescope.

In this session you will learn how to:

  • Set up assignments where students can submit freeform work
  • Grade your exams and homework on Gradescope
  • Make rubric changes as you grade and how those changes apply to previously graded work to maintain consistency
  • Write each comment only once by applying previously used comments
  • Use assignment analytics to gain insight into student learning

CourseLink Tune Up Series

This series of four, 30-minute sessions provides instructors with concrete tips and tricks they can use for some of the most common areas of CourseLink. Additional time for hands-on support is available after each session.

Content

Date & Time: Tuesday, June 21, 2022 | 11-11:30 a.m.
Location: Online (Zoom) and in person (Room TBA)

Register for Content. (Note: Please indicate your preferred method of attendance.)

Content, such as the course outline and lecture slides, is one of the most used areas within a CourseLink site to share important information with students.

In this session, we explore options for content organization that can make navigation easier and more intuitive for students.

Grades

Date & Time: Tuesday, June 21, 2022 | 2-2:30 p.m.
Location: Online (Zoom) and in person (Room TBA)

Register for Grades. (Note: Please indicate your preferred method of attendance.)

The CourseLink Grades tool allows you to easily calculate final grades and helps students keep track of their progress in a course.

In this session, we explore strategies for organizing your grades for easy student navigation, and how you can employ the Groups tool to assist with grading assignments in medium to large courses.

Discussions

Date & Time: Thursday, June 23, 2022 | 11-11:30 a.m.
Location: Online (Zoom) and in person (Room TBA)

Register for Discussions. (Note: Please indicate your preferred method of attendance.)

CourseLink Discussions is a popular tool for answering questions and student assessment.

In this session, we look at small changes you can make to improve your discussion area and increase student participation.

Announcements

Date & Time: Thursday, June 23, 2022 | 2-2:30 p.m.
Location: Online (Zoom) and in person (Room TBA)

Register for Announcements. (Note: Please indicate your preferred method of attendance.)

CourseLink Announcements is a great way to introduce yourself to your students and provide important, timely information.

In this session, we’ll look at tips and tricks for getting the most out of the Announcements tool.


JULY PROGRAMMING

Zoom for Hybrid and Synchronous Delivery

Date & Time: Wednesday, July 6, 2022 | 10-11 a.m.
Location: Online (Zoom) and in person (Room TBA)

Register for Zoom for Hybrid and Synchronous Delivery. (Note: Please indicate your preferred method of attendance.)

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

In this session, explore:

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

Prepare for Gradescope Bubble Sheets (Session 3)

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

Register for Gradescope Bubble Sheets (Session 3) 

Couldn’t make it to our previous Gradescope Bubble Sheets sessions? Not to worry! We are running this session once a month throughout the summer.

With Scantron no longer available at U of G after the S22 semester, this session is designed to help you prepare for the transition from Scantron Bubble Sheets to Gradescope Bubble Sheets.

Beginning in F22, Gradescope Bubble Sheets will be the only supported option for quizzes, midterms, or exams using multiple choice responses collected on bubble sheets.

If you are a current Scantron user or if you plan to use bubble sheets for your quizzes, midterms, or final exams going forward, please join us for this session.

The following topics are covered:

  • Accessing Gradescope
  • Setting up the integration with CourseLink
  • Creating an answer key
    • Includes: Multiple versions, scoring options, and custom points values
  • What scanning options are available
  • How to upload scans and the student-to-sheet matching process
  • Posting Gradescope scores to CourseLink
  • Gradescope’s Statistics and Item Analysis options

Introducing the OpenEd Toolbox

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

Register 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
  • Scheduling Quizzes

PEAR Workshop: Adding an Online Peer Review or Group Assessment Component to Your Course

Date & Time: Thursday, July 28, 2022 | 2-3:30 p.m.
Location: TBD

Register for PEAR Workshop: Adding an Online Peer Review or Group Assessment Component to Your Course

Join our Instructional Technology Specialist (ITS) team and the PEAR Tool’s lead developer, Rich Couto, a courseware architect with our Information Systems and Development (ISD) unit, for a brief overview of U of G’s Peer Evaluation, Assessment and Review Tool (PEAR).

The session will also showcase some simple use case examples of how a peer review component can be added to an existing assignment that utilizes online submission, as well as how a Group Assessment component can be easily created in PEAR for any course site utilizing CourseLink’s Groups tool.

The final portion of the session is an optional workshop, where participants are invited to discuss or even begin to implement their PEAR components with their course sites with on-hand assistance from the OpenEd team.


AUGUST PROGRAMMING

End of Semester Ed Tech Tips

Date & Time: Thursday, August 4, 2022 | 10-11 a.m.
Location: Online (Zoom)

Register for End of Semester Ed Tech Tips.

As we head toward the end of the semester, we have created a series of tips for preparing final grades and securely backing up grade item data. This session also explores ways to encourage students to provide feedback and the various technologies to collect that feedback. The session concludes with information on how to work ahead and prepare your next course offering before your official CourseLink course site is available.

Prepare for Gradescope Bubble Sheets (Session 4)

Date & Time: Thursday, August 18, 2022 | 2-3 p.m.
Location: Online (Zoom)

Register for Gradescope Bubble Sheets (Session 4).

Don’t miss out on our final summer offering of this session!

With Scantron no longer available at U of G after the S22 semester, this session is designed to help you prepare for the transition from Scantron Bubble Sheets to Gradescope Bubble Sheets.

Beginning in F22, Gradescope Bubble Sheets will be the only supported option for quizzes, midterms, or exams using multiple choice responses collected on bubble sheets.

If you are a current Scantron user or if you plan to use bubble sheets for your quizzes, midterms, or final exams going forward, please join us for this session.

The following topics are covered:

  • Accessing Gradescope
  • Setting up the integration with CourseLink
  • Creating an answer key
    • Includes: Multiple versions, scoring options, and custom points values
  • What scanning options are available
  • How to upload scans and the student-to-sheet matching process
  • Posting Gradescope scores to CourseLink
  • Gradescope’s Statistics and Item Analysis options

Classlist-linked Microsoft Security Groups and Zoom Transfer Tool

Date & Time: Thursday, August 25, 2022, 10:00 to 11:00 am
Location: Online (Zoom)

Register for Classlist-linked Microsoft Security Groups and Zoom Transfer Tool

Looking for a secure way to share lecture recordings and other materials with your class? Join us to explore two tools that can help!

Classlist-linked Microsoft Security Groups (CLMSGs) provide a means of creating a sharing group populated from your CourseLink site’s Classlist tool that you may use to share and/or secure access to any files or resources through Microsoft-based tools like OneDrive or Stream.

The Zoom Transfer Tool allows you to copy your Zoom recordings from the Zoom cloud to your personal U of G OneDrive account. It also allows for automated copying of all new Zoom cloud recordings to OneDrive through a simple option toggle. Once copied to OneDrive, these recordings can be leveraged in future course offerings using CLMSGs.

In this session you will learn:

  • How Classlist-linked Microsoft Security Groups (CLMSGs) work
  • How to create a CLMSG for your course sites
  • How to use a CLMSG to share a resource stored on OneDrive with your class
  • How to add files shared with CLMSGs to your CourseLink site’s Content tool
  • Where to access the Zoom Transfer Tool
  • How to copy your existing Zoom cloud recordings to OneDrive
  • Where to locate the option to toggle on automated transfers
  • How to share a copied recording using a CLMSG and post it to a CourseLink site as a resource

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.


PAST SESSIONS

May Programming

Introduction to Gradescope Programming Assignments 

Date & Time: Friday, May 6, 2022 | 10-11 a.m.
Location: Online (Zoom)
Session Recording: Introduction to Gradescope Programming Assignments - Session Recording

During our Get to Know Gradescope series this past March, we showcased the four Gradescope assignment types that are applicable to most course types and subjects offered at U of G and U of GH; however, there was one assignment type that we did not cover—Programming Assignments.

With Programming Assignments, students submit code projects to Gradescope and you can automatically grade student code with a custom written autograder and/or manually grade using the traditional Gradescope interface. This session demonstrates how to grade with a dynamic rubric, provide in-line comments, and how to easily check for commonalities between students’ code with Code Similarity.

This session might be of interest, if you teach a course where students submit code as part of any assignment.

Prepare for Gradescope Bubble Sheets (Session 1) 

Date & Time: Thursday, May 12, 2022 | 10-11 a.m.
Location: Online (Zoom)
Session Recording: Prepare for Gradescope Bubble Sheets (Session 1) - Session Recording
Presentation Slides: Prepare for Gradescope Bubble Sheets (Session 1) - Presentation Slides (PDF)

With Scantron no longer available at U of G after the S22 semester, this session is designed to help you prepare for the transition from Scantron Bubble Sheets to Gradescope Bubble Sheets.

Beginning in F22, Gradescope Bubble Sheets will be the only supported option for quizzes, midterms, or exams using multiple choice responses collected on bubble sheets.

If you are a current Scantron user or if you plan to use bubble sheets for your quizzes, midterms, or final exams going forward, please join us for this session.

The following topics are covered:

  • Accessing Gradescope
  • Setting up the integration with CourseLink
  • Creating an answer key
    • Includes: Multiple versions, scoring options, and custom points values
  • What scanning options are available
  • How to upload scans and the student-to-sheet matching process
  • Posting Gradescope scores to CourseLink
  • Gradescope’s Statistics and Item Analysis options
CourseLink Spotlight Tool: Intelligent Agents

Date & Time: Thursday, May 19, 2022 | 10-11 a.m.
Location: Online (Zoom)
Session Recording: CourseLink Spotlight Tool: Intelligent Agents - Session Recording
Presentation Slides: CourseLink Spotlight Tool: Intelligent Agents - Presentation Slides (PDF)

Intelligent Agents is a lesser known but very powerful AI-based tool available in CourseLink.

If you have attended any of our communication- or engagement-themed sessions in the past, you have likely heard us emphasize how this tool can be leveraged to help students and save you time.

Intelligent agents are customizable messages that are automatically emailed to individual learners when they complete a particular course task; for example, you may choose to set an intelligent agent to automatically let students know when they have missed a deadline for an assignment.

We often find out that instructors are eager to try using Intelligent Agents.

In this session we put the spotlight the Intelligent Agents tool with information and demonstrations to cover the following:

  • Accessing the tool
  • Modifying your settings
  • Creating “agents”
  • Using practice runs to test your agents
  • Showcasing potential use cases
  • Providing tips on how to get the most out of the tool