Common remote teaching questions

The first thing to consider is whether the student's ability to present is part of the assessment or if only the content of their presentation is being assessed. If only the content is being assessed, then consider removing the presentation portion, and have the students submit slides or other work through Blackboard. You can use either the Assignment tool or have them post their work in the discussion forum so they can receive feedback from other students.

If the presentation is necessary, you could use tools such as WebEx for students to present to the instructor, or to the instructor and a small group of students.

Panopto could be used for individual students to submit a video of their presentation. See this post for steps on how to do this.

Learn more: An explanation of various virtual presentation methods.

No, as most campus buildings are closed and classes are not taking place face to face there will be no means for students to submit paper copies of their work. Students may have left the city, and we do not recommend giving out your address as an instructor.

Students can submit their assignments digitally through Blackboard. If you want students to submit a file (for example a .docx, .pdf. .pptx), using the Assignment tool on Blackboard is the most efficient option. It saves you time by compiling all of the submitted files in one place and provides a timestamp and student ID for every submission. You can decide to grade the files within Blackboard or download them all to be graded elsewhere.

If a paper copy is essential for some reason, USask’s Distance Education Unit (DEU) has a process for mailing content and assessments to students and receiving work back. When using this option, students would mail completed assessments back to you via DEU (students do not use your personal mailing address), or scan the paper copy using a scanner app to submit it back to you by email. Students have access to a free PDF scanner built into the OneDrive app.  Please see this USask Knowledge Base article for faculty and students regarding scanning from a phone. 

Yes, but please share the PowerPoint file in a video format such as .mp4, not just the PowerPoint file as it will not open properly on all devices. Please see this blog post for further discussion on this topic.

Read through this tip sheet for creating videos in a remote context.  See great ideas when you are creating videos for introduction, demonstration and short lecture in video format.  In it you will find key points to make your video more accessible and impactful for your students.

Yes, copyright restrictions on sharing and posting content still apply. Please see the Copyright page from the University Library for more information.

Copyright also applies to student presentations. Please see this post for more information.

You can copy your content to other course sections in Blackboard in which you are an Instructor or Course Builder. The Distance Education Unit (DEU) can assist you with the copying process if you do not know how to do this. Note that in order for you to copy to another course, you will need Instructor or Course Builder access on BOTH courses.

Please see our page on Student Access to help address the three main challenges that your students might be facing when trying to connect with you to learn remotely:

  • access to a computer
  • access to wifi or internet
  • access to software required

You can get more information, or direct students to the USask Updates page, which include a details specifically for students, on virtual learning - Learning Remotely

The University Library offers modified remote assistance for students in a variety of ways. Please visit the Library's continuity page to see the alternatives for academic support for your students.

The University's Retail Services Bookstore is also working hard to assist instructors and students during this transition. Visit this page for updated information on eTextbooks.

Common assessment questions

We have designed a series of questions for you to work through based on the type of learning you want to stimulate and what you want students to demonstrate in your final assessment. This resource will help you to think through the options in relation to your goals.

You can attend professional development events offered through the GMCTL on assessment design or academic integrity in remote teaching or book in for a consultation with one of the GMCTL team members to explore options and the tools that are available.

Canada’s privacy laws and other relevant legal requirements have not been suspended at this time, and a tool you find online may not have been assessed by USask’s privacy and legal team. Please use tools that are in the suite of testing tools already approved (like Blackboard or Canvas), or are a part of an approved pilot for your college. Also, USask's IT Support Services are most familiar with the approved tools, like the Blackboard Test Tool or Canvas exam tool, and can support you in using them.

There will be an exam schedule for Fall 2020 with a due date set for all take home exams and a 3-hour time scheduled for all other exams (the time can be used in all or in part if you wish your exam to be of shorter duration). If you require an exam due date or time please complete and return the exam information sheet sent out by the Registrars’ Office. The exam information sheet will be available from mid-August until early September. The information sheet will be viewable in PAWS ‘My Exams Schedule’ channel for all instructors listed on the class in the Banner System. The information you submit will ensure that the exam schedule is set with minimal conflicts for students. Faculty and Instructors can contact exams@usask.ca with questions on the exam schedule.
If you cannot change your exam to make it suitable for an online environment in the ways described or you require help setting up your assessment remotely please contact us for a consultation.
The University will have browser lockdown software available across the institution. Information on the tool and how to use it will be available from ICT this summer. Some colleges have purchased a license for computer lockdown software, please contact your College ICT Coordinator to determine if this is available for your course. Both of these types of software (browser and computer lockdown) have limited effectiveness in deterring access to content or materials. It’s use may, however, give students more confidence in the overall fairness of assessment, particularly if the assessment design is unchanged from face to face delivery.
At this time, most colleges and schools do not have access to invigilation software because of student connectivity, cost, and student privacy considerations. Please contact your College ICT Coordinator to determine if this is available for your course. You can find many resources to support assessment design decisions on our assessment for remote teaching webpage that will mitigate academic misconduct and provide you with alternatives to closed book exams.