Summer 2023 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 MayJuneJuly and August, and personalized sessions are available.


ON-GOING SESSIONS

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, has replaced 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 Wednesday from May 3 to August 23 (no registration required!).

More information on Gradescope and the various assignment types are available via OpenEd’s Instructor Gradescope Support documentation.

Drop-In Session Zoom Links:

Note: The August 23rd Drop-in will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. (not 2 to 3 p.m.)

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 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.

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.

Online Workshop: Get Started with Gradescope

Date & Time: Ongoing
Location: Online (Zoom)

Offered directly by our partners at Gradescope, these hour-long workshops are available on various dates and times throughout the semester.

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 learn how to:

  • Set up assignments where students can submit freeform work (no printers or templates needed)
  • Grade your existing exams and homework on Gradescope
  • Make rubric changes as you grade—changes apply to previously graded work to maintain consistency
  • Write each comment only once—apply previously used comments with a click
  • Use ‘assignment analytics’ to gain insight into student learning

Register through Gradescope’s website.


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

DE Course Facilitation Workshop I: CourseLink Tools and Facilitation Best Practices

Date & Time: Wednesday, May 3, 2023 | 10-11:30 a.m.
Location: Online (Zoom)

DE Course Facilitation Workshop I: CourseLink Tools and Facilitation Best Practices

In this workshop, OpenEd specialists from the Distance Learning and Instructional Technology teams will introduce you to the navigation of your distance education course in CourseLink (Homepage, Navbars, Content) , communication and student management tools (Announcements, Classlist, Email, Discussions, Groups), and essential assessment tools (Grades, Dropbox, and Quizzes) through demonstrations and discussions of best practices. You will have opportunities for discussion and Q&A during the workshop.

Intended Audience: This workshop is open to Summer 2023 distance education instructors and teaching assistants (including those in University of Guelph degree DE sections, continuing education, the executive programs, and at the University of Guelph Humber).

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Identify the roles and tasks of a DE instructor and apply a pedagogical approach that aligns with the unique features and needs of the online learning environment
  • Navigate the CourseLink learning environment, including locating your profile, locating your course websites, and recognizing the standard navigation features within DE course websites
  • Implement best practices for communicating with learners via the Announcements, Classlist, and Discussions tools
  • Locate various assessment tools (e.g., Dropbox, Quizzes) within the CourseLink LMS and identify how student submissions and grading operate within them
  • Apply best practices regarding copyright and accessibility within your distance education course
  • Identify and locate various support resources for the facilitation of distance education courses
DE Course Facilitation Workshop II: Advanced CourseLink Tools and Facilitation Strategies

Date & Time: Wednesday, May 17, 2023 | 10 a.m. to noon
Location: Online (Zoom)

DE Course Facilitation Workshop II: Advanced CourseLink Tools and Facilitation Strategies

In this workshop, OpenEd specialists from the Distance Learning and Instructional Technology teams will demonstrate advanced application of several CourseLink tools, including Class Progress, Groups, Intelligent Agents, Rubrics, Discussions, Respondus, and the Final Grades Export tool, through demonstrations and discussions of best practices for the pedagogical uses of the tools in a distance education context. You will also participate in an interactive activity with other participants. You will have opportunities for discussion and Q&A during the workshop.

Intended Audience: This workshop is open to Summer 2023 distance education instructors and teaching assistants (including those in University of Guelph degree DE sections, continuing education, the executive programs, and at the University of Guelph Humber).

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Analyze student progress using tracking tools within CourseLink so that you can identify and address potential performance issues proactively
  • Use CourseLink tools to support automated communication with learners based on specific triggers such as logins, completing course components, and overall scores poorly or well or on course assessments
  • Grade a variety of assessment types fully online using CourseLink annotation tools and synchronized rubrics
  • Generate and evaluate possible solutions and strategies for common issues in DE courses
  • Identify and locate various support resources for the facilitation of distance education courses
Gradescope - Stories from the Classroom (Session 2)

Date & Time: Monday, May 8, 2023 | 3-4 p.m.
Location: Online (Zoom)

Led by Gradescope’s faculty consultants, this session showcases how other instructors use Gradescope to:

  • Design formative and summative assessments without constraints around logistics and grading capacity
  • Develop smarter workflows, whether grading alone or coordinating a multi-section course with 20+ graders
  • Gain insights to support student learning, understand trends, and improve teaching

June

CourseLink Tool Spotlight: New Discussion Creation Experience

Date & Time: Thursday, June 1, 2023 | 2-3 p.m.
Location: Online (Zoom)
Presentation Slides: CourseLink Tool Spotlight: New Discussion Creation Experience – Presentation Slides (PDF)
Session Recording: CourseLink Tool Spotlight: New Discussion Creation Experience – Session Recording

A new create and edit experience for discussion topics has been released by D2L and is now available in CourseLink. The goal of the new creation experience is to simplify common tasks for first-time or infrequent users, while giving easy access to the advanced features that are popular with experienced users. The update also brings additional consistency to the create/edit workflows across various activities in CourseLink such as Content, Dropbox, and Quizzes.

In this session you will:

  • Discover the redesigned create and edit screen for Discussion topics
  • Compare the new Discussion creation experience with the recently updated creation experience for Dropbox and Quizzes
  • Explore various interface and option updates as well as wording changes for some features in the Discussions tool
Gradescope – Stories from the Classroom (Session 3)

Date & Time: Wednesday, June 7 | 3-4 p.m.
Location: Online (Zoom)
Session Recording: Gradescope – Stories from the Classroom (Session 3) – Session Recording

Led by Gradescope’s faculty consultants, this session showcases how other instructors use Gradescope to:

  • Design formative and summative assessments without constraints around logistics and grading capacity
  • Develop smarter workflows, whether grading alone or coordinating a multi-section course with 20+ graders
  • Gain insights to support student learning, understand trends, and improve teaching

Please note that this session will cover the same content as the May 10 session.

Gradescope Midterm Exam Assistance Drop-Ins

Dates & Times: Thursday, June 8  | 10 a.m. to noon, and Monday, June 12 | 2-4 p.m.
Location: Online (Zoom)

Is it your first time running a midterm exam using a Gradescope bubble sheet instead of Scantron? Do you have questions about how to integrate Gradescope with your CourseLink course site? Are you unsure where to find blank Gradescope Bubble Sheets to distribute to your students? Are you looking to create, process, or assess a Gradescope Exams & Quizzes assignment and need advice?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, or have other Gradescope-related questions, please pop by one of our two online Gradescope Midterm Exam Assistance Drop-Ins. No registration required.

Can’t make it to either of the Midterm Drop-In sessions? Feel free to pop by the Weekly Online Gradescope Drop-In (Wednesdays at 2 p.m.), view our Gradescope support documentation, or contact CourseLink Support.


July

Gradescope Final Exam Assistance Drop-Ins

Dates & Times: Thursday, July 27, 2023 | 10 a.m. to noon, and Monday, July 31, 2023 | 2-4 pm
Location: Online (Zoom)

Is it your first time running a midterm exam using a Gradescope bubble sheet instead of Scantron? Do you have questions about how to integrate Gradescope with your CourseLink course site? Are you unsure where to find blank Gradescope Bubble Sheets to distribute to your students? Are you looking to create, process, or assess a Gradescope Exams & Quizzes assignment and need advice?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, or have other Gradescope-related questions, please pop by one of our two online Gradescope Final Exam Assistance Drop-Ins. No registration required.

Can’t make it to either of the Final Exam Drop-In sessions? Feel free to pop by the Weekly Online Gradescope Drop-Ins (Wednesdays at 2 p.m.), view our Gradescope support documentation, or contact CourseLink Support.


August

PEAR Workshop: Leveraging Peer and Self-Assessment to Promote Active Learning and Student Engagement

Date & Time: Wednesday, Aug 23, 2023 | 2–3:30 p.m.
Location: Online (Zoom)
Presentation Slides: PEAR Workshop: Leveraging Peer and Self-Assessment to Promote Active Learning and Student Engagement – Presentation Slides (PDF)
Session Recording: PEAR Workshop: Leveraging Peer and Self-Assessment to Promote Active Learning and Student Engagement – Session Recording

U of G’s Peer Evaluation, Assessment, and Review (PEAR) tool offers a powerful way to engage students in active learning, promote collaboration and teamwork, and provide formative feedback to support student learning.

This workshop showcases how instructors can use the PEAR tool to design and implement peer assessment and self-assessment activities in their courses. You will explore innovative ways to use PEAR’s peer, group, and self-assessment activities to promote active learning, reflection, and student engagement, as well as develop teamwork skills and encourage collaboration.

Topics covered in the workshop include:

  • Using anonymous peer assessment to promote honest and constructive feedback
  • Using self-review or self-assessment to promote reflection and self-evaluation
  • Using peer assessment to develop teamwork skills and encourage collaboration
  • Using peer review to promote critical thinking and evaluative skills
  • Using peer assessment to assess the effectiveness of group work
  • Using peer assessment for formative feedback to support student learning

Exploring CourseLink’s Updated Zoom Integration

Date & Time: Thursday, Aug 24, 2023 | 10–11 a.m.
Location: Online (Zoom)
Presentation Slides: Exploring CourseLink’s Updated Zoom Integration – Presentation Slides (PDF)
Session Recording: Exploring CourseLink’s Updated Zoom Integration – Session Recording

A new semester brings updated web conferencing options in CourseLink! If you are planning to incorporate Zoom to deliver part or all of your course remotely in F23, even if you have done so previously, then this session is highly recommended.

In this session, we explore the newly released (updated) version of the Zoom integration in CourseLink, including:

  • Why there is a new integration
  • What new features and benefits come with the new version of CourseLink’s Zoom integration
  • How to set up the new version of the integration (and how to switch to it if you were using the old one)
  • When the old version will no longer be available and how that may impact your course site

We'll also provide refreshers on:

  • How to request a Zoom Pro account and Zoom cloud recording retention at U of G/UGH
  • How to access OpenEd’s Zoom Transfer Tool to back up all your recordings to OneDrive
Synchronous CourseLink Quizzes Have Arrived! A Review of the Summer’s Major Updates to the Quizzes Tool

Date & Time: Monday, Aug 28, 2023 | 10–11 a.m.
Location: Online (Zoom)
Presentation Slides: Synchronous CourseLink Quizzes Have Arrived! A Review of the Summer’s Major Updates to the Quizzes Tool – Presentation Slides (PDF)
Session Recordings: Synchronous CourseLink Quizzes Have Arrived! A Review of the Summer’s Major Updates to the Quizzes Tool – Session Recordings

As the F23 semester gets underway, instructors will find there are changes to the options available when creating or editing a quiz in CourseLink. Returning students will also find that the quiz taking experience has seen some improvements.

In this session, we'll present new options and considerations for CourseLink's Quizzes tool, including:

  • A synchronous quiz option that requires all students to take the quiz at the same time (like they would with traditional classroom tests)
  • Quiz Timing Improvements including simplification of time restriction options and removal of the grace period
  • A new auto-submission option that automatically submits a student’s quiz attempt when the time limit is up

We will also review some improvements your students will see in the CourseLink Quizzes tool, including:

  • An option to choose to show or hide the quiz timer
  • Timer warnings that appear at certain intervals
  • The ability to view the quiz description after the quiz has started
  • Updates to the Quiz Results display page