Winter 2023 Programming

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Join our Instructional Technology Specialist (ITS) team and your fellow instructors and teaching assistants this winter 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 January, February, March and April, 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 Tuesday and Wednesday from January 3 to April 26 (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:

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.


JANUARY

Web Conferencing Classroom Assistance Drop-In Day

Date & Time: Wednesday, January 4 | 9 to 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Location: Rozanski Hall, Rooms 103 and 105

No Registration Required!

Our Instructional Technology Specialist (ITS) team is available to assist you with questions about web conferencing classroom technology, provide setup walkthroughs, and test laptops with the room technology.

On a first come, first served basis, we will be available in both a web conferencing lecture room (ROZH 103) and a web conferencing seminar room (ROZH 105).

If you are teaching in a web conferencing classroom and planning to leverage the technology to provide a synchronous experience to students attending both remote and in-person, or to record lectures, or to teach fully online and are unfamiliar with the technology, we highly recommend dropping in.

Unable to attend the drop-in? Feel free to book a consultation with our ITS team in the demonstration classroom room in Day Hall.

Leveraging Gradescope for Paper-Based Homework

Date & Time: Thursday, January 19 | 2 to 3 p.m.
Location: Online (Zoom)

Register for Leveraging Gradescope for Paper-Based 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 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.

CourseLink Tool Spotlight: Quizzes (New Quiz Building Experience)

Date & Time: Tuesday, January 24 | 2 to 3 p.m.
Location: Online (Zoom)

Register for CourseLink Tool Spotlight: Quizzes (New Quiz Building Experience)

CourseLink features a new quiz building experience that brings the interface more in line with other CourseLink tools such as Dropbox. The new experience puts all the quiz setup features on a single page and updates some language to make certain options easier to understand.

The new quiz experience is on by default and while the option to return to the old experience remains for now, it is expected to become the only quiz building option by S23.

By attending this session, you have the opportunity to:

  • Explore the locations of various quiz options
  • Review the wording updates made to certain options
  • Understand how the new quiz experience works with CourseLink’s Grades tool
  • Learn how to create quizzes in the new quiz building experience

FEBRUARY

Multiple-Choice Assessment with Gradescope Bubble Sheets (Session 1 of 3)

Date & Time: Thursday, February 2 | 2 to 3 p.m.
Location: Online (Zoom)

Register for Multiple-Choice Assessment with Gradescope Bubble Sheets (Session 1 of 3)

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 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
  • Working with Single Version and Multiple Version Answer Keys
  • Available Scanning Options
  • Uploading Scans and the Student-to-Sheet Matching Process
  • Posting Gradescope Scores to CourseLink
  • Gradescope’s Statistics and Item Analysis Options

Additional live sessions are available in March and April!


Reading Week Series: Gradescope for the Assessment of Paper-Based Exams & Quizzes

Dates: February 21, 22, and 23

Register for Sessions 1 and 2 of Reading Week Series: Gradescope for the Assessment of Paper-Based Exams & Quizzes

Join OpenEd’s Instructional Technology Specialist team to explore Gradescope’s Exams & Quizzes assignment type, which allows for digital assessment of traditional on-paper exams.

This series of sessions offered during Reading Week provides:

  • An informational webinar to explain and showcase Gradescope’s Exams & Quizzes assignment type (Session 1)
  • A guided in-person walkthrough of the creation of an Exams & Quizzes assignment as well as hands-on support to complete the setup on Gradescope (Session 2)
  • An optional follow-up drop-in session to assist with any remaining questions or tasks associated with the creation of a Gradescope Exams & Quizzes assignment (Session 3)

Session 1: Gradescope Exams & Quizzes Online Webinar

Date & Time: Tuesday, February 21 | 2 to 3 p.m.
Location: Online (Zoom)

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

In this online webinar session, we explore Gradescope’s Exams & Quizzes assignment type in more detail and look at how it can help instructors and TAs enhance grading efficiency and consistency, provide more effective feedback to students, and offer access to valuable insight into student understanding of material and concepts through analytics.

Session 2: In-Person Gradescope Exams & Quizzes Assignment Creation Workshop

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 22 | 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: McLaughlin Library, Room 262

Please note that it is highly recommended you attend the Gradescope Exams & Quizzes Online Webinar before attending this session. If you are unable to attend the live webinar, review the recording of our Gradescope for Exams & Quizzes session from F22.

Join the OpenEd Gradescope team for this informal in-person workshop that accompanies the previous online session. You are guided through the process of creating a Gradescope Exams & Quizzes assignment using CourseLink’s Gradescope integration. Our team is on hand to assist with the completion of the accompanying Gradescope Exams & Quizzes assignment outline, which defines questions, points, and expected answer locations.

By the end of the workshop, you should have a completed or near-completed Gradescope Exams & Quizzes assignment outline ready for use.

Bring your laptop as well as a digital copy (PDF or Word) of the exam or quiz you would like to set up in Gradescope.

Session 3: Dedicated Online Drop-In for Workshop Participants (optional)

Date & Time: Thursday, February 23 | 2 to 4 p.m.
Location: Online (Zoom)

Join the Drop-In Session (No registration required)

Didn’t finish setting up your test in Gradescope during the workshop? Starting another Exams & Quizzes assignment, but forgot a step? Having trouble figuring out how to set up a certain question type or build a rubric? No problem! Join our team for a follow-up Exams & Quizzes Drop-in session over Zoom!

We are available online for two hours to provide you with additional assistance on a first-come, first-served basis. Pop by the drop-in session with your questions about setting up tests using Gradescope’s Exams & Quizzes assignment and we will be happy to help.


MARCH

Multiple-Choice Assessment with Gradescope Bubble Sheets (Session 2 of 3)

Date & Time: Thursday, March 2 | 2 to 3 p.m.
Location: Online (Zoom)

Register for Multiple-Choice Assessment with Gradescope Bubble Sheets (Session 2 of 3)

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 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
  • Working with Single Version and Multiple Version Answer Keys
  • Available Scanning Options
  • Uploading Scans and the Student-to-Sheet Matching Process
  • Posting Gradescope Scores to CourseLink
  • Gradescope’s Statistics and Item Analysis Options

An additional live session is also available in April!

CourseLink Tool Spotlight: Dropbox (Turnitin Integration)

Date & Time: Tuesday, March 21, 2023 | 2 to 3 p.m.
Location: Online (Zoom)

Register for CourseLink Tool Spotlight: Dropbox (Turnitin Integration)

One of the most popular integrations in CourseLink is the Dropbox tool’s integration with Turnitin—which allows student-submitted assignments to be checked for similarity and compared to other submissions, journals, articles, and more; however, there is more to this integration than simply turning it on.

The Dropbox Turnitin Integration session:

  • Advises you of what should be considered before enabling it
  • Provides you with a better understanding of the intent of the Turnitin integration
  • Explains how to interpret Turnitin similarity reports
  • Explores the options available within the Turnitin integration
  • Showcases how to use the Turnitin integration as a teaching tool

APRIL

Multiple-Choice Assessment with Gradescope Bubble Sheets (Session 3 of 3)

Date & Time: Thursday, April 6, 2023 | 10 am – 11 am
Location: Online (Zoom)

Register for Multiple-Choice Assessment with Gradescope Bubble Sheets (Session 3 of 3)

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 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
  • Working with Single Version and Multiple Version Answer Keys
  • Available Scanning Options
  • Uploading Scans and the Student-to-Sheet Matching Process
  • Posting Gradescope Scores to CourseLink
  • Gradescope’s Statistics and Item Analysis Options

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.