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:
- May 31 – A practical guide to creating videos
- Jun 02 – Creating free interactive content with H5P
- Jun 02 – How to use Stream to add subtitles to your class video
- Jun 08 – Tools to support accessible document preparation for the LMS
- Jun 09 – Strategies for handling your online timed examination
- Jun 29 – Tools to support accessible document preparation for the LMS
- Jul 20 – Tools to support accessible document preparation for the LMS
- Aug 18 – Tools to support accessible document preparation for the LMS
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.
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.