The rapid transition to remote offering is an unprecedented and challenging transition for the USask community, evolving based on USask updates.  This site will provide a variety of supports and resources to help instructors and is updated regularily.  

Please keep the following principles in mind:

1. Set a Reassuring Tone - As the course instructor, you set the tone for how your students will react. Structure how you communicate so your students know you have a plan and that the term will be completed successfully. Prepare for the likely eventualities that some students may need to miss class, may struggle to submit assignments, or may have poor bandwidth. Communicate caring and flexibility whenever you can to reduce anxiety.

2. Keep it Simple - A good online class takes time to create.  The standard you are trying to meet is to simply move the course into a remote structure.  Choose easy to use tools that are supported on campus, that everyone will have access to, and will meet the basic needs of the course. Choosing simple digital alternatives and omit non-essential elements to assist student completion of the course.

3. Seek Support - There are many faculty members and support people on campus familiar with tools and instructional approaches that will work for remote teaching.  Talk to other people in your department or connect with formal support.

Planning to move remote

  Items to consider while preparing to move your course remote delivery.

Understanding best approach

  View various scenarios and approaches to offering your course through remote learning.

Tools and How-tos

  See the how-to, tools and remote options available by teaching and learning practice.

Student Access

  Information to support instructors when there are students facing difficultly accessing course materials, wifi or software.

Exams and Assessment

  Thinking through your desicion making for assessment and final exam needs.

FAQs

  Review some frequently asked questions regarding how to finish winter term.

Support

You can get support by calling or emailing each of these support groups.  We can currently connect with support for you via email, telephone or remote technologies like WebEx.

  • Contact the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning (GMCTL) to get help with remote technology tools, changing the plan for your course, or selecting alternate final assessments. 
  • Contact the Distance Education Unit (DEU) for help designing an alternate final assessment.

Workshops and Sessions

Upcoming sessions available in support of remote teaching

GMCTL workshops

Online Teaching Sessions: How do I offer a course remotely? How do I record my lectures? Do they need transcriptions? How will I still get student engagement and participation? How do I design assessments? We will help answer these questions during our online workshops.  Join us for one of the dates below:


Training Services Sessions

  • Instructors can view new training videos for USask supported technology tools with IT Training Services

Links to helpful materials

Virtual pages with more extensive supports for using digital tools in the classroom or teaching online.
  • Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) website includes resources and webinars for alternative teaching  https://keepteaching.ca/