Featured Resources: Fall 2022
Last updated: Aug. 29, 2022
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As with the start of every semester, making time to plan how you will design and deliver a course is an important part of a successful experience for instructors and students. A well planned course sets clear expectations for students and prepares them to be active participants.
- Using Brightspace: A Quick Start Guide
- Course Design: Planning Your Course
- Guide to Teaching Online
- New! Graduate Student Teaching Resources: First Semester Success Kit
Getting the most from your Brightspace course site
Using Brightspace to support the delivery of your course is a helpful way to share content, collect assignment submissions and manage online communication in one place. You can easily copy components from previous offerings or add new content for your students to access.
- Copy components: Reuse elements from another Brightspace site
- Assessment guides: Quiz tool, assignments, student presentations
- Assessments: Balancing learning, feedback and workload
- Self-service video hosting
- Recording lectures: Protecting privacy
- Academic file sharing sites (e.x. Course Hero, Chegg, etc.)
Using the course syllabus to set student expectations
A course syllabus is a critical document for setting expectations for students registered in a course. Memorial University established a working group to identify statements and strategies that you can incorporate into your syllabus to help address some of the exceptional cases you may experience while teaching this semester.
- Revised! COVID-19 Statements
- Syllabus Elements
- University Regulations: Course Syllabus (undergraduate)
- Coming soon! Content Warning Statements: advising students in advance of potentially sensitive course material
- The Graphic Syllabus
Navigating disruptions and changes
At times during the semester, flexibility in your instruction may be required due to policies and guidelines related to COVID-19. This may take the form of synchronous and/or asynchronous online components for students, teaching with a mask, or a temporary shift to remote instruction in order to maintain instructional continuity.
- Using Brightspace to Maintain Teaching and Learning Continuity
- Addressing Informal Accommodation Requests
- Teaching with a Mask
- Flexible Instruction
- Alternatives to Lecturing (with examples)
- Managing Workload and Communications
Creating a positive learning environment
Managing workload is key to a successful semester and better learning for all. Having a complementary Brightspace site is an effective way to manage communication with students, accept assigned work, create a community amongst students and share relevant content and learning material.
- New!Classroom Management: Building Relationships
- Creating Community in Your Course Site
- Creating personal and flexible learning opportunities
- Communicating in the Online Environment
- Cultural Humility (recorded webinar)
- Embedding UDI Principles (recorded webinar)
- Soliciting Feedback from Students
- Making Feedback Learner-centred
Other services to help:
- Classroom Support
- Academic Support Representatives (ASRs)
- Teaching and Learning Exchange (TLX)
- Learning Technology Coaches
The Academic Success Centre has a growing library of learning skills resources that can help guide students from the first day of class to the last day of the semester, and beyond. Here are some resources that you can share to help them have a successful semester.
Managing time effectively and efficiently is a key component of academic success. Some tactics students can use to stay on top of their work include reviewing course syllabi to make note of important dates and deadlines on a central calendar, creating a weekly schedule, and using prioritized task lists.
Developing a routine
As students adjust to a new schedule, creating a routine that includes scheduled classes, study time, and regular breaks can help them to succeed. Also trying different study spaces and strategies can help them discover how they learn best, both on and off-campus.
Students are never alone at Memorial. They can stay connected by asking instructors for help during office hours or forming a study group with classmates. There are many resources available to help students succeed – in the classroom and beyond.
Learning with Brightspace
Whether students are on campus or online, Brightspace is an easy way to share content or communicate important information. There are many technical resources to help students with Brightspace and other learning technologies, depending on your instructional strategies and the tools you use in your course.
From assignments to presentations to exams, students may be faced with different assessments in each of their courses. Resources are available to help students learn how to effectively prepare for exams, present their best work, and how to reflect and bounce back from disappointing grades.
Other resources to help students: