Common remote teaching questions
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.
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.
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
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.
Table of Contents
- Create your course framework
- Build your remote course:
- Connect & Check-in with learners regularly