Communicating with students
If courses are disrupted, it will be imperative to communicate with students to let them know how their courses will be impacted. Regular communication will mitigate their anxiety about course content, assignments and timelines. Frequent, ongoing communication with students is essential to course continuity.
Post an announcement (news) in your D2L course
Using announcements (news), you can communicate course updates, share new information, and post reminders for students.
Set up notifications for your D2L course
Notifications let students know as soon as content, news or grades are made available in your course. Each student needs to enable notifications for their D2L account.
Send an email to your entire class
If you need to communicate with your class, you can get the list of student emails from PeopleSoft. D2L also provides tools to let you send an email to the entire class, to specific sections or groups within the class or to individual students.
Hold your office hours online
Office hours can be scheduled even when you are not in the office. You can either use the telephone or hold them online using Zoom.
Putting your class online
In the event of course disruption, you may not be able to deliver a traditional lecture on campus. There are several strategies to deliver content online. The resources in this section will help you to record your lecture, facilitate real-time, online discussion and upload documents to your course site.
Introduction to D2L
Visit our Introduction to D2L site to learn more about the variety of tools provided D2L.
Teaching a course in D2L
Learn how to post an announcement, syllabus and style instructions in under ten minutes with these three video tutorials.
Recording your lectures
You can use YuJa (yuja.ucalgary.ca) to record videos using a webcam and screen recording. The YuJa video can then be added to your D2L course.
Holding online live classes
Zoom provides a platform to have live, synchronous sessions with all your students. Take advantage of being able to share your presentation, visit websites, include students in conversations and small group activities.
Labs, field experiences, seminars and studios
Course disruption can be especially challenging when there are labs, field experiences, seminars, and studios involved. This page outlines some resources and ideas to get you started with thinking through how you might approach the task.
Do This, Not That in Online Teaching
This helpful infographic provides principles and practical strategies for remote teaching that enhance learning while reducing frustration for both instructors and students.
11 Strategies for Managing Your Online Courses
If you need ideas for planning future online courses, check out this useful online course design guide from Faculty Focus.
Communication among students
Discussions allow students to explore issues and learn about different perspectives. Online discussions can be valuable part of learning experience, building peer to peer collaboration while exploring course content.
The discussion tool is a virtual conversation space where students and instructors collaborate using short question and answer style posts. The discussion tool can serve as a focal point for conversation in an online course.
Group work and group projects
Both group work and projects can be facilitated online through a variety of tools. Using D2L, students can be divided into small groups where they can participate in discussions and other course activities such as problem solving or debates. D2L groups can also collaborate on documents and submit group assignments.
Online discussion board guidelines
Participation in the discussion board forums is essential to successful learning in this online course. The discussion activities are designed to provide you with opportunities both to show that you are able to apply your learning in practical ways and to learn from other students in the course.
Making online discussion boards work
There are many different ways to use discussion boards to enhance collaborative learning in an online space. Formal opportunities for collaboration become more important to prevent isolation and increase meaningful learning.
Assessing student learning
A course disruption can interrupt your student assessment plans. Use the online learning environment to ensure a smooth process for submitting student assignments, implementing quizzes and providing feedback for continued student learning.
Five principles for meaningful online assessment
Effective assessment helps students focus their learning on the most important aims of a course. This page outlines five principles with suggested strategies for meaningful online assessment.
Ideas for student assessment
There are many possibilities for alternate students assessment online such as presentations, student-created videos, and online discussions.
Academic integrity and online learning
Academic integrity is a commitment to, and the demonstration of, honest and responsible scholarship. Support student learning in an online environment while educating them about maintaining academic integrity though utilizing D2L tools.
Assessment strategies for large enrolment classes
These resources suggest that instructors should think small in terms of large class assignments. Whether that is the one-sentence summary assignment or taking a larger assignment and breaking it into smaller parts, these assessment strategies will help students learn effectively and instructors manage time.
Managing student presentations when teaching remotely
Cameron Welsh, senior instructor at Haskayne School of Business had team presentations scheduled at the end of March, when all teaching and learning was moving online. How would he make this work as an online class? Here are his thoughts as he pieced together his plan of action.
D2L Resources (elearn.ucalgary.ca)
- Collecting assignments online
Set up a D2L dropbox for students to submit their assignments. Students can submit links to their online presentations, attach files, and also view any provided feedback through the D2L dropbox.
- Grading and feedback
Use D2L gradebook to organize, record and communicate grades to students. The Gradebook can also be used to calculate the final grades. Provide feedback to students individually through the D2L dropbox, gradebook, or email. You can also use the D2L discussion board to provide feedback to the entire class.
- Using online quizzes
D2L can be used to implement quizzes online including multiple questions, fill in the blank, written responses and more.
You may find the following websites and documents useful as you prepare to move your course online.
ACUE's online teaching toolkit
Resources and recommendations that can be immediately put to use by instructors, offered by the Association of College and University Educators, including videos on welcoming students, managing your online presence, organizing your course, planning and facilitating effective online discussions, and engaging students in readings and microlectures.
Moving online now: how to keep teaching during coronavirus
This special Chronicle collection includes guides and opinion pieces on online learning, to help faculty and staff members make the adjustment if that time comes.
Copyright Guidance for Transitioning Your Course Online
Pedagogical and technical issues may make the shift from in-person to online teaching a challenge but copyright concerns should not be a significant barrier.
STLHE: Keep Teaching
A curated list of resources for teaching and assessment online, convenient links to information on well-being, and links to information on responses by learning institutions. Includes pdf resources and webinars.
Transforming COVID into a learning opportunity
Spending 1 hour educating students about COVID-19 may change the course of the pandemic. The COVID outbreak is disrupting teaching in many ways, but it also provides incredible learning opportunities.
Quality Matters Emergency Remote Instruction Checklist
The Quality Matters Emergency Remote Instruction (ERI) Checklist is a tiered list of considerations, tips and actionable strategies to enact during an institutional move to temporary remote instruction of classroom-based courses.
Libraries and Cultural Resources: Special Circumstances
Check this website regularly for the latest COVID-19 updates from Libraries & Cultural Resources.