Remote Teaching Workshops

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We have developed new workshops for remote learning environments. See the information below for opportunities to connect with us.

Remote Teaching Workshops Series

For faculty teaching in the summer term, see the workshop series themes below and view workshop titles and other details in the full summer Teaching & Learning workshops brochure. Individual workshop dates and times are listed the drop-down menu on the Teaching & Learning main site. Register via myConestoga (in the Student Portal).

Active Learning in a Remote Environment

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Learning requires students to actively engage with new knowledge and skills. This series of workshops will explore ways to thoughtfully incorporate individual and collaborative active learning strategies into your remote learning lessons.

Alternative Assessment Methods

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This three-part series of 90-minute workshops will explore best practices, key considerations, and creative possibilities for facilitating
assessments and communicating feedback in a remote teaching environment. Alternatives to in-person tests, presentations, and other assignments will be discussed, and practical approaches will be explained.

Read more: Northern Lessons on Collaboration and Feedback (Joel Beaupré)

Fostering Student Success in a Remote Environment

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Planning for a remote teaching and learning semester poses new and unique challenges. This series of four 90-minute workshops will provide you with principles for considerations in providing scaffolding for diverse learners, and creating a classroom community within eConestoga.

Read more: My First Time Teaching Remotely (Laura Stoutenburg) and Creating a Sense of Belonging for International Students (Nasreen Sultana)

Helping Students Cope With Remote Classes

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COVID-19 has forced students into a remote environment, including those who would never have chosen to study without the comfort of face-to-face teacher support. In this workshop series, we will examine and discover ways to support students who may be at risk of giving up on learning.

Read more: Supporting Student Well-Being Remotely (Student Success Services)

Managing Group Work in a Remote Format

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Many students face challenges when working with their peers in group assignments. This three-part workshop series provides opportunities for faculty to discover ways to minimize and resolve common issues that arise during group-based learning.

Read More: Remote Courses and Group Conflict Possibilities (Elan Paulson)

Teaching and Learning in Tough Times: Lessons from Psychology and Neuroscience

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In this series of four workshops, we will explore the effects of stress and isolation on our brain, and how they may impact learning and our well-being. By the end of the series, you will be able to describe how stress affects our brains and behaviour, and use tools to combat stress and improve your overall mental health.

Read more: The Benefits of Engaging the Senses in Lessons (Mike Wong)

The Value of Visual Appeal for Remote Course Materials

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Explore how visual appeal benefits learners by gaining their attention, reducing confusion, and reinforcing key ideas. See creative examples of how to incorporate different kinds of simple visuals into remote lessons, instructions, and activities. Learn the basic principles of inclusive design and attribution for using images.

Read more: Finding Images (Jesslyn Wilkinson)

Tech for Teaching Series

This hands-on workshop will provide you with the skills and experience you need to get students creating and sharing documents, collaborating on projects, and actively co-constructing learning. We will experiment with using the OneDrive to plan group projects using shared documents and
calendars and determine where students may encounter issues.

Read more: Tech for Teaching Category

Videos for Learning Series

Videos can be essential elements of remote/alternative delivery as they can help students build knowledge, skills and attitudes. By viewing, listening to, and participating in recorded explanations and conversations, students can work with a variety of course outcomes.

Read more: Articles on Videos in Tech for Teaching Series

Zoom Meetings as Part of Remote Course Delivery

This workshop provides support as you experience and learn to use meetings in Zoom. Experiment with screen-sharing, breakout rooms, and using the chat. Get useful tips for hosting Zoom office hours and short, live sessions as part of your course delivery. The facilitator will model and describe the key tools for semi-structured and unstructured meetings with students.

Don’t see a workshop with a topic you want to learn more about? Contact Teaching & Learning and share your ideas!

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14 Responses

  1. My online teaching is going fine and students enjoying. Most of the time I am using MS OneNote as a whiteboard.

  2. Hello Wesley. I’m an instructor at Conestoga College’s School of Business.

    I have three (3) questions. How do I prepare for a ZOOM Lecture? How can I track which students participated in these ZOOM lectures? In my weekly sessions, I have a folder entitled ‘Ask the Instructor’. How can I check which students have looked into this folder, as I’ve received no feedback.

    Thank you. I plan to attend this afternoon’s virtual training session.

    • Hi Romeo, we are following up with you via email. These are great questions for us to field, so we will reach out directly.

    • Hello! Faculty may sign up for PDEV courses by signing into the Student Portal and searching for the PDEV code or workshop name.

    • Hi Ashley! Conestoga supports Respondus Monitor via eConestoga and Proctortrack for exams. We’ve heard that most faculty have voluntarily gone to alternates (open book, Zoom, etc.) to formal exams. eConestoga has some information about bringing assessments online.

  3. I’ve been using an affordable program called Snagit, from TechSmith. In the video mode, it allows you to record your screen moves and add narration – as well as on-camera webcam introduction and/or conclusion. There are basic video editing tools. In static screen capture mode, it offers a variety of annotation tools, and lets you save screen captures in different formats. The learning curve is not too steep. And the price … $40 CDN with educational discount, for Mac and PC.

  4. Folks,

    I had enrolled in a training session that was supposed to start at 11:30 called Best Practices in Active Learning. Since 11:25 I have been trying to log in, but I couldn.t find the Zoom meeting log in or invite. Then I realized the training was at 9 am. I am not sure if this was my mistake or the time has changes and I wasn’t informed.

    • Sorry to hear that, Raymond. It must have been a frustrating experience. We’re adding workshops, in number and participant numbers, so please check back to see if there is another opportunity to attend this session.

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