Flexible Teaching and Learning

CPI supports your move to online and alternate delivery formats

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to Contact the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation

For the month of June, CPI is offering a series of sessions geared to discipline and topic. Additional resources and recordings are all available on our Special Interest Sessions and Workshops pages.

CPI provides a course outline template for graduate and undergraduate courses that includes suggested language for policy around academic integrity and accommodations.

Putting course resources on a website or in Brock University’s Learning Management System (Isaak/Sakai) means that students can access course documents, complete assignments, take quizzes, and post on discussion forums electronically.

Online modules can also be created with the easy-to-use Sakai Lessons took.  See our website at: https://brocku.ca/pedagogical-innovation/teaching-tools/issak-sakai/ for more information.

  • Build online modules in Lessons

https://kumu.brocku.ca/sakai/Lessons

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Example of a pre-recorded video lecture by Dr. Samson in HIST 2P01

Your entire lecture does not need to be a video. Research shows that videos less than 10 minutes are ideal (Guo, Kim, & Rubin, 2014). See the section on using Lessons on how you can incorporate static text and images to provide context to short lectures or “lecture-ettes”.

To prerecord video on a local computer for distribution online via the LMS or email, instructors may wish to use one of the following asynchronous video solutions:

      • Universal Capture: Personal for Video
      • Echo360 Video Streaming
        • Echo360 is our campus-wide video streaming platform. It will take multimedia in nearly every format (such as from Universal Capture above), embeds content in the LMS (and other places online), and returns robust statistics for video usage to instructors. It also has student response functionality for asking questions and polling students within a video, and can auto caption content on request. Visit Share video with students for information about streaming with Echo360.
      • PowerPoint
        • Microsoft PowerPoint has built in audio and timing recording functionality which allows instructors to narrate their own power points. Instructors can use the same slides they already use, record audio, and then distribute their slides with audio narration included to student via the LMS or email. See office.com for detailed instructions.
    • Once you have uploaded your video to Sakai, email edtech@brocku.ca to add captions

To conduct class meetings with small groups of undergraduate/graduate students or to hold office hours, instructors may wish to use example live lecture in Microsoft Teamsone of the following video conferencing solutions:

  • Small to Medium Classes (Up to 300 users) – Microsoft Teams Meetings

  • Large Classes (Greater than 300 users) –  LifeSize
    • LifeSize is a secured campus-wide solution for video conferencing you can use for 1 on 1 meetings, office hours, or large online lecture delivery Information Technology Services websites. It can support up to 1000 users per meeting.
  • Very Large Classes (Greater than 1000 users) – Microsoft Teams Live Events
    • MS Live Events is a platform for offering synchronous sessions to very large groups of users. It can support multiple video+audio streams as well as chat and interactive functionality. It requires more coordination and setup than an MS Teams Meeting. Members of the teaching team other than the instructor (ie. course coordinator or TAs) will be required to help run and moderate a live event. We encourage you to reach out to us at cpi@brocku.ca well in advance of using the live events functionality to go over it’s usage.
    • An overview of the functionality can be found at: What are Microsoft Teams live events?
    • Information Technology Services covers some functionality of the live events platform at: Teams Training – Live Events

Depending on the type of assessment, it may be possible to keep the existing format in place with small tweaks to have students submit online.

For a paper-based assignment, you may be able to use the Isaak-Sakai Assignments tool to have student submit online instead of on paper: https://docu.brocku.ca/sakai/index.php/Add_an_Assignment

For face-to-face presentation-based assignment, you may be able to use the Isaak-Sakai Videos tool to have students create online videos instead of seminars:

Forums can be a good way to engage in meaningful discussions either in text, audio, or video. They can be useful for frequently asked questions or topic-based conversations. The forums tool in Sakai is group aware and can be set up for small group discussions.

If you would like to see an example of an online course using Lessons, CPI has a “joinable Sakai site” open for all in the Brock community.

To join the site, login to Sakai:

  1. Click on Home
  2. Click on Membership
  3. Click on the Joinable Sites tab
  4. Enter the keyword online into the Search
  5. Locate the Creating an Online Course and click Join

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