- Regularly review the current updates on USask’s coronavirus response
- Checking with your college or department about their expectations for classes
The rapid transition of our Winter 2020 term to a remote offering was an unprecedented and challenging transition for the USask community. The University of Saskatchewan adapted and responded, so remote teaching and learning could continue in an online environment.
As we look ahead to the Spring and Summer session 2020, all course offerings will be delivered in an alternative way, constrained by COVID-19 restrictions and realities. We are calling this approach Planned Remote teaching.
Planned Remote teaching differs from online teaching due to various constraints like: poor bandwidth, inconsistent access to the internet, and unprecedented new realities we are all facing. A content rich, high quality online course takes time to create (can be 8 months) which is a challenge with our timeframes for spring and summer courses. The approach at this time is to move the course into a planned remote structure, where instructors choose easy to use online tools, which are supported by USask and that everyone will have access to, and will meet the needs of the course.
Please keep the following principles in mind while developing your Planned Remote course:
1. Set a Reassuring Tone - As the course instructor, you set the tone for how your students will feel and react to learning in this way. Communicate with your students more deliberately and frequently than you would in a face-to-face environment. Use reassuring language, and set clear expectations while providing choice and flexibility. Prepare for the likely eventualities that some students may need to miss class, may struggle to submit assignments, or may have poor bandwidth. Communicating caring and flexibility whenever you can will reduce student anxiety and increase learning.
2. Keep it easy - Choose easy to use tools that are supported by USask, that everyone will have access to, and will meet the needs of your course. Remember to include options for you to present to your students and times for them to work with each other and collaborate. Both are necessary for deeper learning. You can make that communication easier by keeping it asynchronous where possible, so students can work with each other or access course materials at different times.
3. Seek Support - There are many faculty members and support staff on campus that are familiar with online tools and instructional approaches that will work for remote teaching. Talk to colleagues in your college/department or connect with formal support.
Adapting and designing courses
Planning and adapting: Key considerations to move your course to planned remote instruction.
Building your remote course
Building your planned remote course: A step-by-step guide for USask instructors teaching a planned remote course.
Assessment and exams
Course assessment and exams: The decision making process and helpful tools to plan for your assessment and assessment structure.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ) regarding best practices, tools and tips for remote teaching.
Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning (GMCTL)
Get help with changing the plan for your course, remote technology tools, or how to select alternate final assessments. email@example.com or call 306-966-2231
Distance Education Unit (DEU)
Assistance with designing alternative final assessments. firstname.lastname@example.org
IT Support Services
Connect with various areas in the Library to receive support such as incorporating library resources into your course, copyright information, and student academic support. https://library.usask.ca/contact
Workshops and Sessions
Upcoming sessions available in support of remote teaching
If you're looking for support in creating or adapting your course to remote delivery, GMCTL leads a ongoing series of Remote Teaching Essentials sessions. Look through our offerings for new and repeated sessions.
- IT Training Services: See training videos for USask supported technology tools.