Essential Tools for Remote Teaching
Updated: 04 September 2020 03:59 PM
What tools can I use for asynchronous teaching?
Canvas continues to be OCAD U's Learning Management System (LMS) and is soon to be upgraded to Canvas Cloud. Please check out our Canvas Quick Start for Faculty.
TechSmith Knowmia is a video capture and sharing service that integrates with Canvas. Use Knowmia for recording and delivering lecture content to students. Check out our Quick Start for Knowmia.
Camtasia by TechSmith is a screen recorder and editor that allows for direct sharing to Knowmia or other video sites. Use Camtasia when you want to craft video content that requires editing, annotations, callouts, etc.
Faculty can request a Camtasia license by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
IT Info Sessions - Recorded Spring 2020
OCAD U recognizes that students may have limited resources and/or capacity to engage in synchronous activities.
Students may have difficulty with synchronous activities due to self-isolation needs, lack of consistent or reliable access to the internet, time zone differences, childcare, loss of income, etc.
It is recommended by the Office of the Registrar that faculty do not require mandatory participation in synchronous activities or base participation grades on synchronous activities.
Please see the following tools and recommendations when considering synchronous activities for students and colleagues.
Use the Teams application for all of your video/audio calls whether you are connecting with members of the OCAD U community or even external people you need to get in touch with. In the session linked above we show you how to do this and demonstrate best practices. We also covered some additional features you may choose to use within the Teams app.
At the end we held a Q&A which is also available in the recording. Click here for the slide deck presented during the info session.
Before hosting any Teams meetings or sessions:
See all of the Microsoft 365 applications available to OCAD U faculty, students and staff complete with links to how-to's and training.
All faculty at OCAD U have access to the Microsoft 365 integrated suite of applications which includes:
To access your apps go to 365.ocadu.ca and enjoy the world of OCAD U 365
While the IT Help Desk is here to support you with any issues you are experiencing with your computer, we would like to provide you with some tips and tricks to optimize your internet at home in preparation for the next semester.
Test your internet speed at speedtest.net
The following are recommended speeds based on activity type:
Keep in mind:
Tips to troubleshoot your home internet connection:
Yes you do! In it you can find expert-led tutorial videos as well as the opportunity to expand your professional network with LinkedIn.
Also, our knowledgeable IT staff have curated a list of recommended LinkedIn Learning videos to help you learn the ins and outs of apps available to you.
FCDC is available to support you in the remote delivery of your course. We are able to share resources or meet with faculty one-to-one to discuss ways to:
Contact Tori Maas, Program Coordinator – Hybrid & Remote Learning (email@example.com) with any questions regarding FCDC support for remote course delivery.
All faculty and students are now on the same email and calendaring platform called Outlook.
How can students get physical and/or digital course materials from the OCAD U Bookstore for my course(s)?
While the OCAD U bookstore (located in the UofT Bookstore) remains closed to the public at this time, they are accepting deliveries of course materials and will be able to provide both digital (if available) and physical course materials for your students for the coming semester.
Until the physical store is able to open, students can receive their course materials and supplies by ordering them online on the website https://ocadustore.com/ .
This allows the bookstore to ship course materials directly to students, wherever they may be learning from.
Students may also order digital course materials for same-day digital delivery online.
In line with this, if you have not already submitted your course materials order, please do so as soon as possible.
Please send your orders to Evelyn Junger (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Click here for OCAD U branded powerpoint templates. Included are multiple colour options like this one in pink:
Where can I find information about other support available for myself and my students in regards to remote teaching and learning?
The Writing & Learning Centre
Supporting students through tutoring and still offering support for English Language learners. Contact them at email@example.com
OCAD U Library
Available for research and to help get readings and resources to students. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org
For the full library of OCAD U IT Services how-to articles please go to: https://ocadu.ca/itsupport