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Remote Teaching

Remote Teaching

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Please view sections below for information on Remote Teaching

Communicate Information to Students

UR Courses

Remote teaching includes several modalities and these modalities typically occur along a continuum between primarily synchronous (virtual real-time class meetings) and primarily asynchronous (web-based). The University of Regina uses Zoom for synchronous course delivery and UR Courses for asynchronous course delivery. Most teaching will be a blend of these two main modalities. While some course instructors will engage in primarily live Zoom-based teaching, they are also encouraged to utilize UR Courses in their teaching.

UR Courses offers various advantages that Zoom alone cannot provide. These advantages include ability to communicate with your students via email embedded in UR Courses; upload teaching materials to the platform and keep them there for the entire semester if desired; create discussion boards; post announcements; create links to other websites etc. UR Courses also features integrated Zoom; when you create a UR Courses shell for your course, you also have access to Zoom in the same UR Courses platform.

If you will be using UR Courses, please ensure you have requested activation of the course.

Please add relevant information directly to each active course in the 'course summary' section  regarding your plans for the term.  Students have been directed to check UR Courses and view the 'course summary' for information on course delivery plans for the term. The course itself can be made unavailable to students until you are ready for student access, but they will still be able to view the course summary.

A short video will be added soon, to demonstrate updating the course summary.

To add a Course Summary in UR Courses: 

  1. Access the course you wish to update
  2. Click the course settings gear icon
  3. Click 'Edit settings'
  4. Update the Description Course Summary
  5. Click 'Save and Display' at the bottom

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If you have the course summary block enabled, the update will show on the right side of your screen.

From the main UR Courses screen, the Course Summary is visible in the 'Summary' view but does not show by default in the 'Card' view or the 'List' view.

Students will see a 'course summary' link under each of their courses, and will click to view the information you added.

Note: Students will have access to UR Courses class listings for the Fall term starting August 15th. Please update your 'course summary' with relevant information, as the description will appear in the class listings once made available to students. Access to the course content will occur as usual, on the posted class start date, or when you decide to make the course available to your students.

 

Class Notes Portal

If you will not be using UR Courses, please login to the Class Notes Portal and add a note for each of your courses, to communicate information to your students on how you will be approaching remote teaching this term.

Note: The Class Notes Portal has only been setup to provide rudimentary information to students, and to facilitate communication and links to a virtual zoom classroom when UR Courses is not being used.  It does not offer any of the robust features of UR Courses.

Students have been directed to check the Class Notes Portal to find out what instructors are planning for delivery of their classes, if they do not see a class in UR Courses.

New to Remote Delivery? Start Here.

Want to know the fastest way to get up and running?

  1. Setup UR Courses for course material, discussion forums, messaging, assignment submissions, quizzes, or exams. You can integrate Zoom meetings into your course, by adding it as an 'activity'. Visit the Support page for training resources and further information on UR Courses.

  2. If not using UR Courses, update the Class Notes Portal to communicate information to your students on how you will be approaching remote teaching this term.

  3. If not integrating Zoom into UR Courses, you may choose enable and use the Virtual Zoom Classroom option. There is a virtual classroom set up and ready to go for each physical room on campus. Login to the Class Notes Portal and check the 'Use Virtual Classroom' option for your class. Information regarding how to connect to your Virtual Classroom will then be made available to you and your students in the portal.

 

Need more detailed information and resources?

Visit the Remote Teaching Information page for details on planning, pedagogical consultation, UR Courses, Zoom, and other resources.

Looking for additional support or assistance?

Visit the Support link and the Resources link at the top of the page.

Experienced with Remote Delivery? Start Here.

Want just the quick highlights for the term?

  1. If using UR Courses, ensure you have made an active copy of the course in UR Courses, and populated the students from the appropriate Banner section using the drop down menus in each course.

  2. If not using UR Courses, use the Class Notes Portal to communicate information to your students on how you will be approaching remote teaching this term.

  3. If you will use a Virtual Zoom Classroom at your regular class time instead of integrating Zoom into a UR Courses class, enable the link for your students in the Class Notes Portal.
  4. Visit the Remote Teaching Highlights page for additional information and support.

Looking for a bit more help with remote teaching?

The training team in the Technology Learning Centre can provide assistance and training. Fill out the UR Courses ticket form to request assistance.

Visit the Remote Teaching Information page for details on planning, pedagogical consultation, UR Courses, Zoom, and other resources.

Want to try some new things this term?

The Flexible Learning team can provide consultation and assistance with pedagogical questions and options for remote delivery.

Fill out the UR Courses ticket form or contact the IT Support Centre to request a consultation with a Flexible Learning support team member.

Prefer to stick with your own established ways of doing things?

There is no need to change your teaching practices drastically. The move to remote delivery can simply be a change to online zoom lectures, instead of in-person lectures. You may, however, wish to consider using a combination of synchronous tools (i.e., Zoom) and asynchronous tools (i.e., discussion boards) to create a flexible and engaging experience for you and your students. The information provided here can be used as needed to aid in any changes you choose to make, in accordance with guidelines provided by your faculty.

Technical Requirements and Support

What are the technical recommendations for teaching and learning remotely?

Basic computer equipment is required to provide remote instruction. You will need a computer or laptop, a webcam, microphone and speakers or headset.

  • Many Laptops have a built-in webcam, microphone, and speakers.
  • Most webcams also have a microphone.
  • Some headsets have a microphone.

Please visit Technical Requirements for more details and resources.

How can I find out more about using Zoom for remote delivery?

View the information on the Remote Teaching Information page on using Zoom.

How can I change my Zoom background, so my office, room, or home is not visible to others in the meeting?

Zoom allows users to upload their own photos or backgrounds to use as a Virtual Background. The University of Regina has provided some virtual zoom backgrounds for use as a background image in a Zoom meeting. Information and instructions on changing your background is provided on the linked page.

Note: You may be prompted to login, to access the page and background images.

Support and Assistance for Setting up a Remote Delivery Course

Want to integrate Zoom into a UR Courses class?

To easily integrate Zoom into a UR Courses class:

  1. Login to UR Courses
  2. Open the course, and 'Turn editing on'
  3. In the section you wish to add Zoom, click 'Add an activity or resource'
  4. Click the 'Activities' tab
  5. Click 'Zoom meeting'

Need information on accessing and using the Virtual Zoom Classrooms?

Information is provided on the Virtual Zoom Classrooms page.

Looking for pedagogical assistance with designing and developing a course?

The Flexible Learning team can provide consultation and assistance with pedagogical questions and options for remote delivery.

Fill out the regular UR Courses ticket webform and check the box for "Pedagogical Consulation" under the "Assistance Request" heading.

Want to have an assistant help add or update content, or further assist with set up in UR Courses?

Fill out the regular UR Courses ticket webform and click the appropriate checkboxes under the 'Assistance Request' heading. This is the same form that is on the UR Courses instructors page, and it now has a new section for requesting more specific assistance.

Require technical help or instructions for using UR Courses?

Have other questions or require technical assistance?

Visit the Support link at the top of the page for more information and resources.

Support and Assistance for Setting up a Remote Delivery Exam

Looking for a few quick tips on exam setup in UR Courses?

View the Exam Tips quicksheet provided by Flexible Learning, for information on setting up an exam in UR Courses.

Want to have an assistant help set up an exam in UR Courses?

For assistance with setting up an exam in UR Courses, fill out the Exam Support webform.

Visit the Exam Support page for further details.

Want to have technical support in place for assistance during an in-progress exam?

For assistance and technical support during an in-progress exam in UR Courses, fill out the Exam Support webform.

Visit the Exam Support page for further details.

Looking for information on exam proctoring?

The University is actively working to implement an online exam proctoring solution. There is considerable and complex due diligence needed to satisfy the concerns of all stakeholders, and as a result the selection and implementation of an exam proctoring tool has required effort, time, and the cooperation of the vendors involved.

We hope to have a solution in place by the start of the Fall term.

Further information will be provided to instructors via email, and also posted here, as it becomes available.

 

Have other questions or require technical assistance?

Visit the Support link at the top of the page for further information and resources.

Other Academic Considerations, Accommodations, and Library information

Have concerns about legal and privacy issues?

Please view the document provided by University Governance on other academic considerations for remote delivery of coursework.

Note: You may be prompted to login to URSource to access this document.

Have students that require accommodations?

View the document on student accomodations provided by the Centre for Student Accessibility.

Note: You may be prompted to login to URSource to access this document.

Looking for information on Archer Library services and borrowing?

  • The physical Reserves and Textbooks For All services are not available. Please contact the library reserves and they will help you set up electronic reading lists for all of your courses.
  • Please visit https://uregina.calibguides.com/covid-19/ for up-to-date information regarding borrowing, instruction services, and availability of other services.
  • Please visit https://uregina.libguides.com/teaching-resources/home for tips, links, and resources for accessing online Library material for your classes, setting up online research instruction for your students, and more.

 

For other assistance or support, please contact the IT Support Centre.