- About CEE
- A student’s perspective: How two instructors created connection online
- Welcome to your new Zoom classroom
- Kevin Lam: “Students appreciate every little thing we do that shows that we care”
- Sheri Fabian: “I embraced a flexible approach”
- Sarah Johnson: “The biggest change I made was to switch to asynchronous delivery”
- Nicky Didicher: “I’m finding my job less exhilarating”
- Mark Lechner: “You have to be OK with things going sideways”
- Nienke van Houten: “They really valued my clear and upfront approach”
- How can we support remote instruction at SFU?
- Crowdmark: A more efficient way to grade student assessments
- The unexpected benefits of a shorter syllabus
- Photo gallery: Talking shop at Teaching Matters
- Watch the video: Faculty members discuss SFU's new instructor-led online course model
- Bridges and booster rockets: CEE's new senior director talks about teaching support
- Meet the Centre for Educational Excellence leadership team
- A biology instructor rethought her students’ role—and her own
- Photo gallery: SFU’s 24th Annual Spring TA/TM Day
- Photo gallery: SFU's 9th Annual Winter Warm-up
- If you build it, will they come?
- “My students didn’t look like they were having fun”: Three additions to the TA/TM Stories podcast series
- View the furniture, share your thoughts—online
- An upgraded Canvas Gradebook is coming in January
- Share your thoughts on the furniture in SFU classrooms
- DEMOfest presenter slides
- Photo gallery: 5th Annual DEMOfest
- Teamwork needs to be taught
- TA/TM Stories: Three new podcasts explore the teaching experiences of grad students
- Can it be done? A math instructor attempts to indigenize her course
- Answers to your questions about SFU's new approach to online education
- Photo gallery: The CEE Open House
- Do you know your faculty teaching fellow?
- Instructor-led online courses: How one faculty member prepared for the new model
- Photo gallery: SFU's 34th Annual Fall TA/TM Day draws a crowd
- Connecting people and crossing artificial divides: An interview with Elizabeth Elle
- Sessional instructors can now be included in online course evaluations
- Don't say this to your class—a student shares his experience
- How one lecturer is using podcasts to make course concepts more real in her online course
- Photo gallery: Rain, burgers and smiles at the 2019 President's Employee BBQ
- Five questions and answers about the creation of CEE
- A redesign made this course more engaging for students—and the instructor
- CPUTL: A graduate student describes her experience
- Course and curriculum support
- External professional development opportunities
- Learning and teaching technology
- Multilingual learners
- Remote teaching support
- Teaching and learning inquiry
- CEE Staff Login
What to consider
There are various technology and media questions to consider when you move to remote teaching.
- What are synchronous versus asynchronous tools, and which one(s) should I choose?
- Does SFU provide everything I need or will I need to find my own technology and media solutions?
- Do I have the correct hardware and software for my needs?
- Is there any funding or support available for what I want?
SFU IT Services supports many solutions that facilitate remote instruction, and the Centre for Educational Excellence has a team of professionals who can guide your practice. Many of the solutions are accessible via the Designing Your Course module of the Effective Remote Instruction Canvas shell.
What are the options?
Synchronous tools connect you with your students (or your students with each other) in real time. Asynchronous tools support on-demand access to, for example, recorded videos. SFU supports both synchronous and asynchronous content delivery. Here are some of the most popular tools.
For synchronous content delivery
Zoom: “An easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, chat, and webinars”; it offers a rich set of features, including breakout rooms and screen sharing.
- Using Zoom | Web page, IT Services
- Remote Instruction: How to Teach with Zoom | SFU video (1 hr 11 min 34 sec)
For synchronous or asynchronous content delivery
Blackboard Collaborate Ultra: “A real-time video conferencing tool that lets you add files, share applications, and use a virtual whiteboard”; it can be used to host live meetings or create recorded lectures, and it is fully integrated with Canvas, so that you can do everything from a single common interface.
- Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Tutorial Session | SFU video (43 min 37 sec)
- Blackboard Collaborate Overview | YouTube video (3 min 39 sec)
- Resources and Support for Canvas and Blackboard Collaborate Ultra | Word doc on lecture recording and web conferencing, SFU Centre for Educational Excellence
- Getting Started with Blackboard Collaborate | Web page, SFU Canvas support website
- Using Blackboard Collaborate | YouTube video (3 min 39 sec)
For asynchronous content delivery
Canvas: Canvas is SFU’s institutionally supported learning management system. It has tools for storing course content, managing activities such as discussions, creating and grading quizzes and assignments, and much more. Read more about these tools and functions on SFU’s Canvas support website:
- Making Canvas Announcements
- Using/Uploading Resources to Canvas Commons
- Creating Student Groups
- Creating Peer Review Assignments
- Creating and Using Discussions
- Downloading Submitted Assignments
- Entering and Editing Grades in Gradebook
- Canvas Plug-In Tool for Gathering Student Feedback
Creating, storing and sharing educational media (asynchronous)
There are many other tools for creating, storing and sharing educational media. Learn more about using some of the most common tools:
- Lecture Recording (Mediasite) | Web page, IT Services
- Request Lecture Recording on Campus | Web page, IT Services
- Record a Slide Show (PowerPoint) | Web page with video (1 min 43 sec), Microsoft
- Reducing the Size of a Video | SFU video (1 min 48 sec)
- Uploading Videos to MyMediasite | SFU video (1 min 24 sec)
- Sharing MyMediasite Videos | SFU video (57 sec)
- Annotating Powerpoint Slides | Web page, Microsoft
- Video Lectures without PowerPoint | YouTube video (1 min 25 sec)
- SFU Media and Maker Commons | Web page, SFU Library
- Using Crowdmark for Grading | Web page, Centre for Educational Excellence
- Creating a Crowdmark Account | Web page, Crowdmark
- Moving Exams Online with Crowdmark | Web page, Crowdmark
- How to Create a Canvas Shell | Word document, Centre for Educational Excellence
- Teaching Effectively During Times of Disruption | Google document, Stanford University
- What is Canvas Commons? | Web page, SFU Canvas support website