Teaching on Campus

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What does a typical classroom look like? What tech can I expect when I walk into my classroom? Have classrooms changed since I last taught in person? This article will overview what to expect as you walk into your classroom, and how to set up for in-person teaching.

Using Tech in a Classroom

Whether its your first time, or the first time in a long time, this video will orient you to the tech available in standardized classrooms.

Teaching and Learning Conestoga (2021). Teaching on Campus [4:13].

You may be interested in more in-depth information on some of the classroom technology you’ve seen in this video. You can find more information at the IT support page on Classrooms & Labs.

Teaching Booths

There may be times where you’ve taught a class on campus, and have another class to deliver soon which is synchronously online. You may require a private room in which to teach this synchronous class. To meet this need, Conestoga has made Teaching Booths available.

Teaching and Learning (2020). Teaching Booths [1:21].
Room Finder in Outlook, with a list of all rooms, several of which are allocated as Teaching Booths after the room name,
Room Finder in Outlook.

To book a teaching booth, browse the Room Finder in Outlook. Teaching booths are bookable much like any other physical rooms on campus. Choose the campus where you’ll need a room, and designated teaching booths will be shown. Select an available teaching booth and save your event to book the room. You’ll receive a confirmation email.

A Checklist to Help Prepare

Use these checklists to make sure you’re ready to teach. For advice or support as you look forward to in-person teaching, reach out to Teaching and Learning.

Beforehand

Make sure to:

  • Know your Condor ID and password;
  • Download the HonkMobile and Conestoga Mobile Safety apps on your device;
  • Review your presentations and course material;
  • Watch any videos that might be helpful to you on IT’s Classrooms and Labs page;
  • Practice locking your device(s);
  • If it’s been a while since you visited campus, forget the network on all your devices. Once on campus, reconnect to the wi-fi network.

The Day of Class

Remember to bring:

  • your ONEcard and/or any keys for entry,
  • whiteboard markers (from the program assistant);
  • your smartphone for multi-factor authentication prompts;
  • any adapters or power cords (though don’t worry – there’s a computer you can use in the classroom);
  • some student name tents, or paper to fold and use for this purpose;
  • your attendance method.

The First Few Minutes

Remember to:

Man writing on whiteboard with black marker.
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  • Turn on the projector first;
  • Leave name tents on a front table, with markers and an example prepared for students to understand their purpose;
  • Turn on the podium PC and sign in or connect your laptop to the Wi-Fi and/or HDMI or wireless display;
  • Open any browser and visit it.conestogac.on.ca to access eConestoga or your OneDrive;
  • Set up your presentation or class materials;
  • Legibly write your name, course code, contact email and office hours on the board;
  • Write the class agenda on the board;
  • Welcome students and model what to do with the name tents.

At the End of Class

Remember to:

  • End at 10 minutes to the hour;
  • Save any annotated materials and upload directly to eConestoga;
  • Sign out of the PC (if used);
  • Turn off the projector (if classroom will not be used again);
  • Clean the whiteboards;
  • Collect name tents.

Jess Wilkinson

Jesslyn is an Educational Technology Consultant at Conestoga. An Ontario Certified Teacher, and holding a B.A. and B.Ed., Jesslyn researches and promotes new technologies for faculty to enhance pedagogical practices. She brings to the role her experience as a Google and Microsoft certified technology trainer and as a classroom teacher in South Korea, Mongolia, and Ontario, focusing on special education and assistive learning technologies. She is available for workshops, consultations, and support with using technology in higher education contexts.

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