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:
Throughout the pandemic we were all forced to make decisions to deal with new and uncertain situations: our online learning decisions were no different. We have long established practices, developed over many years, to support a caring and engaged face-to-face classroom. Though, our online classrooms do not have the benefit of this experience. This is true for both the students and the professors.
This program, comprised of 6 courses (and supported by optional technical workshops) will address several key values including: openness, care, equity, developing potential, and pedagogy-first design. Together, we will critically analyze and reflect on the design of online and technology-enabled courses, discuss emerging and alternative pedagogies, explore the meaning of 'open', and apply new concepts to our own practice.
Each course will run over four weeks, with one 2-hour session each week, as well as opportunities for formative assessment. Participants will be expected to attend each session and engage with the material and assessments in order to achieve certification.
Are you looking for or considering applying for a grant to support a teaching and learning project? Many faculty find it difficult to write strong grant proposals, especially those dealing with pedagogy, as the writing style that made them successful as academics is not well-suited to crafting a successful teaching and learning grant proposal. Successful proposals feature clear, concise sentences with less jargon. They are energetic and get directly to the point, convincing the reviewers that the project is relevant to the aims of the funding organization’s call, and has good chance for success.
Established in 2013, the small but mighty Office of Open Learning Team has supported UWindsor faculty and their collaborators at other institutions to secure $5+ million in external grants for open educational resources, online course and program development, and research and innovation in technology-enabled teaching and learning. In these workshops, we share our approach to facilitating faculty and instructors in the collaborative grant writing process that has been very successful.
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.