Poll Everywhere

Polling students during live online classes is a powerful way to engage your group and check for understanding. If you would like to test-drive a polling tool more powerful than the onboard feature in BB Collaborate, we recommend Poll Everywhere. Poll Everywhere can be easily integrated into your existing Powerpoint, Google Slides, and Keynote presentations and deployed in class right away. If you are looking for improved polling capabilities, including the option of setting polls up in advance and integrating them into your slides we suggest taking advantage of the premium trial of their product available here until July 16th. For more information on setting up your first Poll Everywhere poll, click here

As always, if you have feedback or questions about online teaching, please contact us at rotmandigital@rotman.utoronto.ca. We are here to help.

Breakout Groups in BB Collaborate

There are two ways of organizing breakout groups in Blackboard Collaborate - via the native breakout group tool and by utilizing custom breakout group sessions. Reports from across campus have indicated the native tool is exhibiting some unexpected behaviour, specifically dropping students as they join or leave breakout rooms. Blackboard is working on the problem but in the meantime we recommend using custom sessions. For more information on setting up breakout rooms, click here.

Secondary Information in the Quercus Gradebook

Did you know that you can display student numbers, UTORids, and Project Team affiliations alongside student names in the Quercus gradebook? Instructions on how to access secondary information can be found on the Rotman Quercus Resources page here.

Bring Students into the Conversation

Many educators who got a crash course in online teaching earlier this year quickly realized something important—in digital settings, student participation doesn’t come easy. Whether you experienced some awkward, quiet moments in synchronous classes or facilitated asynchronous discussions that just never got off the ground, you’re not alone. Getting students to participate in online classes, live or not, takes time—and some reinvention of traditional teaching techniques. Read the full article here.