As we all face the challenge and promise of moving rapidly to online learning as a result of the Corona virus' impact on our daily lives, support for developing your online teaching and for using the educational technology tools available to you is more important than ever. The Office of Open Learning is working closely with our colleagues in the Centre for Teaching and Learning and IT Services, as well as the campus community, to provide the support you need as a teacher heading online.
Options for support are being continuously updated to meet the needs of the campus, and the current courses, workshops and experience are available below. Courses and workshops include our 5-day Introduction to teaching online, and the half-day Online Teaching 101 course, as well as faculty-specific sessions.
If you need immediate support, please visit the Virtual helpdesk in the BB Cafe Organization site Virtual Classroom (Note: Log in to Blackboard before clicking the link above to go directly to the virtual classroom) or if that link doesn't work, use the guest link. Hours and updates are posted on the COVID-19 Preparedness Workshops page. If you require customized or tailored help that can't be addressed in the virtual classroom, please submit a ticket at uwindsor.ca/bbhelp and let us know what you need. Please note that the volume of requests is very high at this time, but we will do our best to accommodate your requests as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience! Other ways to get started include:
- Aug 18 – Creating free interactive content
- Aug 19 – Using the Virtual Classroom (Blackboard Collaborate Ultra)
- Aug 20 – Online Teaching Practices: Women's and Gender Studies
- Aug 20 – Strategies for handling your online timed examination
- Aug 21 – How to use Stream to add subtitles to your class video
- Aug 24 – A practical guide to creating videos
- Aug 25 – Using the Virtual Classroom (Blackboard Collaborate Ultra)
- Aug 27 – Creating free interactive content
- … and more!
The Certificate in Online and Open Learning (COOL) is a flexible post-graduate program offered by the Office of Open Learning to help prepare instructors for designing, developing, teaching and evaluating high quality online, open, hybrid, and technology-enhanced, courses and programs. The program is designed with a high level of flexibility for busy academics and graduate students, allowing them to tailor their learning to their own interests and needs, as well as recognising that there are many different ways to gain knowledge and skills. How long does it take? The program is designed so that it could be completed within one year. We understand that life is messy though, and most people will likely take up to two years to complete. What is the time commitment? The COOL is a post-graduate program that involves independent study, synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities, engagement with literature, creative activities, mentoring, and development of an ePortfolio at the program level. Learners can expect to commit 5-10 hours per week to the program, depending on their personalised learning pathway.
Please join us for an informal discussion and community on the practices of designing and teaching in a technology-enhanced environment. These are monthly gatherings of colleagues in the planning, building and teaching stages of technology-enhanced courses- come learn something new, or get inspired to think outside the classroom! Our Community of Practice will meet once a month (with coffee!), we encourage you to register for each offering, and invite you to bring a colleague along! Each month, an Open Learning team member or a friend from campus (or beyond!) will offer a brief summary of a new tool or practice that may be useful in your teaching practice. We encourage you to bring what you are working on, any challenges you're conquering, and any successes you've had with teaching in a technology-enhanced way.
At this time, there are no upcoming events in "Open Learning Community of Practice".