• Online Teaching Showcase

    Online Teaching Showcase imageOnline Teaching Showcase – Wednesday October 28 – 10:00 am – 11:00 am

    Join the Centre for Pedagocial Innovation (CPI) in a discussion featuring instructors sharing their successes, challenges, and advice about teaching online. Online registration is now open.

    If interested in presenting your teaching experiences, email Giulia at

  • Introduction to paper-based marking online with Crowdmark

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    Crowdmark is a tool that has been integrated into Sakai to add a digital workflow to hand-written assignments.

    Instructors can create Crowdmark courses based on their active Sakai courses, then create assignments that require scientific, mathematical or musical notation in the response, or provide an artifact to be labelled. Students can respond with a picture or scan of their response. Instructors and the rest of their marking team can grade and provide feedback on submitted work all within the Crowdmark web experience.

    All Brock University faculty, sessional instructors and teaching staff are invited to join the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation for a virtual workshop on Crowdmark on Wednesday October 21, 9:00 am – 10:00 am.

    Additional Resources:
    Register for October 21 Workshop
    Learn more about Crowdmark
    Workshop Recording


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  • Getting Ready for Online Exams

    Getting Ready for Online Exams

    Considering your options for online exams this year?

    The Centre for Pedagogical Innovation is hosting one-hour sessions to help instructors consider their options for delivering their online exams. Focus will be on tools like Sakai’s Tests and Quizzes, Crowdmark and options for take home exams. Register for a Getting Ready for Online Exams session.

    Wednesday October 14  10:00-11:00 am & Monday October 19 1:00-2:00 pm

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  • Being an Online TA

    BEING AN ONLINE TA is a TA DAYS WORKSHOP, open to ALL Brock University TAs, marker-graders, tutorial leaders, lab demonstrators, and course coordinators.

    This workshop is synchronous and requires registration to receive the Microsoft Teams invitation to participate in the online workshop.

    10:00 am -11:30 am

    Workshops are applicable to all disciplines.

    We will explore different online tools to facilitate student learning online in smaller groups. Many of our students have a vaandriety of online learning experiences; during this session, you will have the opportunity to experience learning online as a student and then practice online facilitation using active learning principles.

    FACILITATORS: Giulia Forsythe and Natalie Currie-Patterson, Centre for Pedagogical Innovation

    Participation in this session will earn 1 TA credit towards the completion of the Certificate in Online Teaching & Learning in Higher Education.

    If you have questions please contact

  • TA Days 2020 – Professional Development for Brock TAs

    TA Days 2020

    The Centre for Pedagogical Innovation (CPI) invites all Teaching Assistants, Marker/Graders, Lab Demonstrators, Tutorial Leaders, and Course Coordinators to join us online for a week long professional development event: Saturday, September 12th through Friday, September 18th, 2020!New and Returning TAs are welcome to join us for a rewarding schedule of professional development. 

    TA DAYS offers a variety of professional development workshops and an opportunity to earn TA credits towards a TA certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Please register for “TA Days 2020” to ensure you are added to the CPI TA Sakai site and the TA Microsoft Teams site for the 2020-2021 academic year. 

    For an agenda and full details visit TA Days 2020and the CPI events page.  Included is information on how to participate and access individual TA Days synchronous workshops and asynchronous workshops (work at your own pace) hosted by CPI and Faculty Instructional Support Assistants.

    Save the Date – Saturday September 12 to learn about teaching at Brock and the teaching supports available to Teaching Assistants, Marker/Graders, Lab Demonstrators, Tutorial Leaders, and Course Coordinators.

  • Brock’s Sakai System to be Updated to Version 19 on July 1

    Brock University’s update to Sakai 19.4 mainly focuses on streamlining performance issues and workflows in tools such as Assignments, Gradebook, Lessons, Tests and Quizzes with the addition of a new tool: Rubrics.

    Instructors, faculty and TAs will find the following new features and updates in the Sakai 19.4 upgrade planned for July 1st, 2020 from 8:00 AM to Noon.

    Updates to watch for:

    • The addition of a Rubrics tool, applicable to Assignments, Forums, and Tests and Quizzes. Rubrics will allow for grading to be input and calculated in the Rubric and applied to the assessment. Rubrics are customized and designed by instructors.
    • Changes to the Tests and Quizzes interface: Tests and Quizzes look more like Assignments and Resources, with an ‘add’ tab at the top, remove column on the right side, and an Actions button to the right of the Quiz name. The tabs for Working Copies and Published copies now appear in a list similar to Assignments with “Draft’ identifying the working copy of a quiz.
    • The option to enable statistics and grade distribution for student view in Gradebook.
    • Excuse/Include Grades in Gradebook.
    • Site Info has a cleaner interface and the addition of tabs at the top of the page to view participants and manage the overview page.
    • A collection of small updates to Sakai’s component technologies. These updates will ensure Sakai is robust and ready for future challenges.

    Echo360 note:

    Enabling the “Video” tool (Site Info > External Tools > Videos) now presents options for accessing the Library and “Creating a Video” immediately upon selection from the left side navigation space.

  • Discipline Specific Online Teaching – Faculty Series

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    CPI is offering specialized online sessions for groups of instructors geared towards disciplinary focus or specific challenges in the online environment.

    Email for more information or to request a session for a group.


    • Teaching languages online
    • First year large classes
    • STEM focused
    • Discipline specific
    • More to come…

    Teaching Language Online – May 2020

    CPI is hosting four, one-hour sessions in May with language instructors and those with similar interests. Visit CPI’s May Events for details and to register.

    Instructors and TAs are welcome. Registrants will receive a calendar invite to the MS Teams session.


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  • Teaching Resources

    Preparing a new online course, revising an old one or new to teaching at Brock?

    For teaching inquiries about:
    Sakai or teaching
    Course design, assessment and learning,
    Experiential Education course support reach out to your EE coordinator and
    General teaching inquiries,

    How to be a Better Online Teacher – The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Peer Advice for Instructors Teaching Online for First Time – INSIDE HIGHER ED
    7 Ways to Facilitate Interesting Online Discussion – The Teaching Professor
    Online Teaching Group Resources – Faculty of Education

    Brock University Canada Summer Games Grants are still available – check them out.
    Brock University Experiential Education Grants are still available and can help to support EE online efforts – apply now.

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  • Get a Teams Site with Your Class Roster-Update

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    New Update for Microsoft Teams

    Microsoft Teams sites can now be requested and populated by Instructors. Using the instructions outlined in Create a Team you can also automatically update your course roster of students.

    Microsoft Teams is for video conferencing and be can used for 1 on 1 meetings, office hours, or online small class discussions. CPI workshops and consultations use MS Teams.

    Questions? Email

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  • Spring/Summer 2020 Teaching Awards

    Psychology Professor Tanya Martini with Neil McCartney, previous Provost and Vice-President, Academic, Photo from 2015Nominations are now open for the Spring/Summer 2020 Teaching Awards. These awards recognize and celebrate teaching excellence. We invited nominees to contact the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation for teaching dossier consultations by appointment at

    Brock University Award for Distinguished Teaching – Deadline Extended to May 30

    The Brock University Award for Distinguished Teaching is presented annually to a faculty member who, in the opinion of their peers, has made an outstanding contribution to the teaching and learning environment at Brock. For more about the Distinguished Teaching Award visit the CPI website.

    External Teaching Awards

    |Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education| OCUFA Teaching and Academic Librarianship Awards
    Deadline: May 22, 2020
    OCUFA recognizes outstanding teachers and academic librarians in Ontario universities through its Teaching and Academic Librarianship Awards annually. The revised Guidelines for Teaching Awards Nominations provide details on a new category for contract faculty.

    |Canadian Mathematical Society| Adrien Pouliot Award
    Deadline: May 31

    |Chemical Institute of Canada|The CIC Award for Chemistry Education
    Deadline: July 2

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