• In cases where your class is part of an accredited program, please make changes in consultation with your Associate Dean Academic or Dean to ensure that changes are in line with accreditation requirements.
The spirit and intent of (and the principles underlying) this motion are that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, syllabi will necessarily have to change and faculty should undertake in good faith the changes necessary to implement the completion of their courses in ways that: (1) will fulfill the learning objectives of the course, (2) are initiated with the best interests of students in mind, and (3) are within the realm of feasibility given the circumstances.
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.
  • Now that we are asked to move to a remote structure, we are recommending take-home, open book exams in most circumstances. Colleges may have additional solutions they will be requiring for their instructors. Detailed information and supports can be found on the exams page.
  • While it is possible to administer an exam to a locked down student computer, that solution does not prevent accessing course materials on other devices or paper. For that reason, it is not our recommended approach.
Please contact GMCTL or DEU for help modifying your final to allow for remote completion whilst enabling students to demonstrate the same outcomes.

At this time, not all Colleges and Schools have access to invigilation software. DEU can assist you in discussing ways to mitigate academic misconduct, or alternative final exam options.

Please visit the Final Exams page for more information and ideas regarding final assessments.

No, because in-person classes are cancelled for students, you will not be able to require them to come to campus to submit paper copies of their work. 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.

You have a few options for how you can share your course materials with your students, depending on a few factors such as whether they need to hear you, see you, or just read notes and/or view slides. Notes and slides can be easily added to the Blackboard shell for your course. Audio and video can be created using a variety of tools including Panopto. For synchronous sessions (need to be delivered to a live audience), WebEx may be your best option. When posting created content remember to keep copyright in mind.

When the University closes many of its buildings Tuesday, March 24th at 4:30, faculty will no longer have access to recording Panopoto videos in classrooms on campus. You will need to be able to record at home. 

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.

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.

Whether or not a lab could transition to remote delivery will depend on the nature of the lab. Discussion around labs may vary based on the needs of particular colleges. Some clinical and hands on courses will continue if provincial guidelines for group size permit. Please consult with the Dean of your college.

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.

The Library is currently offering modified help to students remotely. Please visit the Library's continuity page to see 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. Please visit this page for updated information on eTextbooks.