FAQs for Instructors

Questions with an asterisk (*) are new or recently updated.

The following are Frequently Asked Questions related to:

Remote Assessments

*What considerations should be given for an alternate final assessment?

Some things to consider are whether you’ve achieved learning outcomes without the exam, whether the exam can be redesigned in an alternative format, and if not, thinking about the options available to digitize your current exam. This flow chart will help you make the decisions you need to make about the final assessments in your course.

The Academic Sub-committee of Memorial's Emergency Operations Centre has developed these recommended best practices for remote final exams.

Updated 10:30 a.m., Apr. 3

What types of assessments can be completed online in Brightspace?

There are a lot of options in Brightspace for assessing your students. These range from having your students complete a synchronous or recorded presentation, submitting assignments with time restrictions, to completing online questions with various question styles. CITL has prepared a number of resources to help you consider what options may be best suited to your course.

Remote Instruction

*How can I solicit feedback from students on their learning experience?

In the absence of the Course Evaluation Questionnaire (CEQ), instructors have an option for getting anonymous feedback from students about their learning experience by using the Brightspace Survey tool

Updated 3:50 p.m., April 7

What resources and support are available to help me prepare for remote instruction?

CITL can assist instructors with transitioning face-to-face courses to remote delivery, as well as provide consultations for alternative assessment strategies. Our Instructional Continuity webpage is being updated regularly with resources and information about support available to instructors.

Where can I go to get help with transitioning my face-to-face course to remote delivery?

CITL has senior instructional designers and educational developers who can assist you with transitioning your course to remote delivery, and help you consider related instructional and assessment strategies. Depending on your needs, they can also liaise with our experts in technical systems and media services. Contact our Support Centre to request a consultation.

What's the first thing I should do when preparing for remote instruction?

Review your instructional plan and assess what you have to teach. Look at your assessments and consider how these will be revised to allow students to demonstrate the achievement of learning outcomes without needing an in-person evaluation. Our Instructional Continuity webpage provides information on how to get started, and our senior instructional designers and educational developers can provide you with additional guidance. Contact our Support Centre for assistance.

What things should I do to prepare for a successful synchronous session?

If you decide to meet with your students online, you need to do some general preparation to ensure a positive experience for all. View our quick tip guide that highlights 5 things to consider.

What are some features of Online Rooms that I can use to engage my students in a synchronous session?

Online Rooms is a virtual learning space that provides access to tools that can help emulate activities you could host in your face-to-face offering. Polling, group work and brainstorming sessions are just some ideas to consider. For more information about this, view our quick guide on ways to engage your students in a synchronous session.

Are there things I should be considering before hosting a synchronous session in Online Rooms?

A good session requires some planning before you even enter the Online Room. Think about the content you intend to deliver during the session, including ways in which you you can engage your students. View our quick guide on things to consider, as well as some examples of strategies you can use.

*How can I record my lecture to share with my students?

There are a variety of tools you can use to record your lectures to share with your students. In its simplest form, Online Rooms provides the opportunity for you to upload a PowerPoint that you can speak to, record and publish in your Brightspace site. View our quick guide to help you prepare for your recording within Online Rooms.

When recording video or audio for students, also consider creating transcripts to ensure they are accessible and adhere to good universal design principles.

Updated 4:00 p.m., April 21


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