Session 2: Engaging Students & Creating Online Community (July 9th, 2020)
The second virtual panel focused on the ways in which faculty, instructors and staff have been able to successfully use methods, tools and resources to create engaged students and online communities in their remote teaching.
The panelists were:
Amanda Montague: Postdoctoral Fellow, Lewis and Ruth Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship
Mark Busser: Academic and Experiential Learning Coordinator, Faculty of Social Sciences
Katie Moisse: Assistant Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Sciences
We understand that there is a growing need to attend to accessible course design, content creation, and course delivery to support instructors in meeting the needs of students with disabilities, as well as students experiencing accessibility issues for potentially the first time, with the sudden and disruptive shift to online / virtual learning environments.
Our fourth virtual panel was about fostering increasingly accessible and disability-inclusive spaces in your classroom, with your teaching and within student learning communities.
Our moderators were:
Kate Brown, Manager Accessibility Program-Equity and Inclusion Office
Jessica Blackwood, Accessible Digital Media Specialist-Faculty of Science
Our panelists were:
Allison Williams, Professor, School of Geography and Earth Sciences
Li Wang, Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesia
Anne Pottier, Associate University Librarian
During this session, we experimented with a few accessibility tools. The video is captioned with MacVideo (Kaltura) automatic captioning. During the session we also used Otter.ai captioning (a paid service) as well.
Session 5: Teaching Remotely - Taking a Large Course to an Online Format (August 13th, 2020)
There are many moving parts to consider as we pivot this Fall to a complete online teaching model for introductory psychology.
We had a discussion with key members of McMaster Introductory Psychology program transition team: Joe Kim (Course Designer), Michelle Cadieux (Course Coordinator), Thomas Samson-Williams (Head Teaching Assistant) and Joseph Oluwasola (Student).
This edition of our virtual panel series focused on transitioning a large course to an online format that includes both synchronous and asynchronous components.
Session 6: Teaching Remotely: Testing and Evaluation (August 20th, 2020)
In the online space we must re-think traditional methods of evaluation and testing. Fortunately, there are many individuals at the University developing authentic, meaningful and impactful ways to assess students in an online environment.
Elzbieta Grodek, Assistant Professor, French
Colin McDonald, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Frances Tuer, Assistant Professor, DeGroote School of Business
Felicia Vulcu, Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Biomedical Science
Session 7: Teaching Remotely: Student Mental Health in a Remote Environment (September 3rd, 2020)
The overall student experience is dramatically different in a remote environment and student mental health plays a significant role in academic success. Stresses can be amplified and supports can be difficult to navigate.
Our panelists were
Allison Drew-Hassling, Director – Student Affairs
Jennifer Heisz, Associate Professor – Kinesiology
Gillian Mulvale, Assistant Professor – DeGroote School of Business