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Educational Technology

As you transition your course from in person to online, here are some resources to help you:

Approaches and tools for remote teaching

CourseLink Webinar

In this webinar, Guelph OpenEd staff provide information for faculty on technologies used to facilitate remote course content and exam delivery. Topics include: Online Delivery / Remote Teaching, Respondus Lockdown Browser, Accommodations, Academic Continuity Site, Host or Record Live Lectures using Virtual Classroom, Zoom, and WebEx. Watch it here

Highlights from the webinar

  • 00:00-06:30 : Introductions
  • 06:30-19:00 : Respondus LockDown Browser (includes discussion of iPad)
  • 19:00-27:15 : Questions (CourseLink support, quiz questions, accommodations for extra time, etc.)
  • 27:15-32:10: Tools available on the Academic Continuity website 
  • 32:10-43:00: Technology options available (voice over power point, virtual classroom, etc.)
  • 43:00- 45:30: Questions (accommodations, screen share, etc)
  • 45:30-1:04:30: Zoom, WebEx, general web conferencing instructions
  • 1:04:30-1:13:50: Video assignments
  • 1:13:50-1:23:00: Accommodations (IMPORTANT NOTE: MANY ACCOMMODATIONS ISSUES DIFFER BETWEEN GUELPH AND GUELPH-HUMBER); captioning and transcription
  • 1:23:00- 1:23:50: More on video assignments
  • 1:23:50-1:26:30: General questions
  • 1:26:30-1:27:00: use Academic Continuity site to try out these technologies without using your own course
  • 1:27:00-end: questions

Ed Tech Blog 

Tips and step by step instructions on implementing educational technologies in your teachings. Access the blog here

Have questions?

For general questions on transitioning online, feel free to contact Dr. Victoria Chen.

For CourseLink specific questions contact CourseLink Support:

Phone: 519-824-4120 ext. 56939
Toll Free: 1-866-275-1478 (Canada and USA)

Email: courselink@uoguelph.ca

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I reduce potential Zoom bombings or unwanted participants?

We encourage you to integrate the Zoom meeting links into CourseLink instead of sending the link through email to students. Here are the instructions on how to do this whether you have a pro or free license.

Within your meeting, you can also remove unwanted participants and prevent them from rejoining. See Zoom best practices.

My students have issues with CourseLink, what do I do?

Ask students to contact CourseLink support first (see above for contact information). If CourseLink is unable to assist, have students contact the instructor, who will then reach out to their Program Head to determine next steps.

How do I create voice over PowerPoint?

On a computer/ laptop with a built-in microphone, you can use the PowerPoint voiceover function to guide students through the slide deck. Once built, the PowerPoint slide deck can be uploaded to CourseLink. Click here for instructions.

My PowerPoint or file is too big. What do I do?

With the additional audio, your PowerPoint file will likely be too big to upload to CourseLink. You can upload it (and any file) to your OneDrive and share the link to the presentation in CourseLink.

 

  • Go to “Content”
  • Under “Table of Contents”, click on Add a module and type in a title for your content
  • Click on the Upload/Create button, then select “create a link”
  • Type in a title and insert the link from your ShareDrive

How do I live stream my lectures?

Try one of the following tools. All options allow you to share your screen, captures your audio, option for webcam video, and can record your lectures for students to view later on
  1. Virtual Classroom is a tool built into CourseLink and you can live stream, present, and record the session. You will need to add it to your Navigation Bar:
  • Go to the end of the right side of the bar and select “…”
  • Then select “Edit This NavBar”
  • Click on “Add Links”
  • Find “Virtual Classroom”
  • Now that is in your Navigation bar, you can use the tool. Test it out with a short recording which you can delete, before live streaming to your students.
  • Click on the red button with the white + sign at the bottom right corner
  • Fill out the information
  • When you are ready, click Save.
  • Key features: Record sessionsshare desktopupload presentationsannotation tool, and polling
  • For students: Here are instructions for your students on how to join virtual classroom If you recorded your session, it will be available after it is configured as a downloadable package for students. Depending on the length and size of the file, it can take a few hours to appear in the recorded section. Students can then download and watch it on repeat.
  1. Zoom is a web-conferencing tool available to instructors for meeting virtually with larger courses, of up to 300 students, and is supported by OpenEd
  2. Microsoft Teams. Teams can be used for your course to live stream with your students. You can have up to 4 webcam videos at once and share documents. See Microsoft Teams quick guide for main features.
  3. WebEx. You will need to set up the webex through your credentials so that you have instructor authority to set up and navigate the meeting. Use your University of Guelph-Humber email address as the login ID and HCnet password to log into mymeeting.humber.ca. For more information on how to set up your WebEx meeting, please visit WebEx (Quick Reference Guide) You would email the link generated from the meeting to students and post it in Announcements on CourseLink

How do I communicate information to students?

  1. Post any emails you send to students on Announcements in CourseLink so they can view past communication and the most recent updates
  2. Set up a Q & A discussion forum in CourseLink for general questions. This can help reduce the number of emails with the same question. Once set up, send an email and post in Announcements to post general questions in the forum

How do I grade discussions?

Set up discussion forums with different topics in CourseLink. You can then assess discussion postings if you want them to be part of their grade. Be sure to set up your grade book

How can student do presentations online?

The CourseLink Video Assignments tool can be used by students to record or upload video-based assignments, including group assignments

How do I create a Quiz and enable Respondus?

As part of CourseLink Quizzes, there is a tool called Respondus LockDown Browser & Monitor to support the invigilation requirements of final exams that are delivered via the Quizzes tool in CourseLink. The software locks the browser on students' computers, captures video during the student’s exam using their webcam (this is an optional feature), and then allows the course instructor to review the video when the exam is finished.

First you need to create you quiz or exam:

  • On the navbar, click Quizzes.
  • On the Manage Quizzes page, click New Quiz.
  • In the General area, fill in your quiz details.
  • In the Quiz Questions area, click Add/Edit Questions.
  • To create a new question, from the New button, select the type of question you want to add. Enter the question details and click Save.
  • Repeat the previous steps until you have added all your quiz questions.
  • Click Done Editing Questions.
  • In the Properties tab of quiz editing mode, in the Quiz Questions area, do any of the following:
    • Specify the number of Questions per page.
    • Select the Prevent moving backwards through pages check box.
    • Select the Shuffle order of questions at the quiz level check box. To discourage cheating in quizzes, you can shuffle the order of all questions in quizzes or specific groups of questions (sections) in quizzes. For example, you could shuffle questions 1-10 in a quiz, or shuffle questions 3-10 (grouping those questions into a section) and retain the order of questions 1-2 at the start of the quiz. When a quiz contains shuffled questions, each learner receives a quiz with a unique question order.
      Note: Shuffling the order of questions at the quiz level also shuffles the order of all sections in the quiz.
  • In the Optional Advanced Properties area, do any of the following:
    • Select the Allow hints check box.
    • Select the Disable right click check box.
    • Select the Disable instant messages and alerts check box.
    • In the Notification Email field, enter an email where notifications will be sent.
  • Click Save.

Then enable LockDown Browser for your quiz, including adding a practice test