Faculty Resources for Fall/Winter 2020

There is now a central landing page for faculty resources and information for Fall/Winter teaching support. It has an access point for those who need basic information on online or hybrid teaching – including instructors who start from “scratch”. There is also plenty of information for those who want to build on existing skills. It is constantly growing so please check back regularly.

Each area also has an Online Teaching Rep who will reach out to faculty members in their area to lend a hand. Click here to visit Teaching Online at Rotman. (Start with the top tile: “The BASICS ONLY”). It is also available on the Hub.

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

New Roundtable Discussions

The following round tables, hosted in collaboration with The Faculty of Arts and Science's Online Learning Academy (OLA), Online Learning Strategies (OLS) and the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI),  focus on specialized course topics and are open to instructors across the University of Toronto.

Flipped Classroom: Synchronous, Asynchronous… or Both?
June 11, 10am-11am 
Register Here

Assessment Alternatives: Online options and open book exams
June 17, 11am-12pm 
Register Here

Quercus Page History

Did you know that you can view a complete history of the various versions of a Quercus page? You can also restore previous versions and edit as needed. Instructions on how to access page histories can be found on the Rotman Quercus Resources page here.

5 Steps to Stay Focused Teaching Online

In-person classes and meetings are challenging enough. Then came COVID-19 and everything moved online, presenting a familiar yet even greater challenge for educators: how can I ensure my classes are efficient and engaging in a virtual setting?

The good news is that, right now, as we think ahead to upcoming semesters, we have the opportunity to change how we approach and design virtual classrooms. With a few simple shifts, we can make virtual classrooms more efficient, productive, engaging, and collaborative, all while ensuring our sanity and focus as educators. It may surprise you that we can turn to the nearby (likely closed) gym for tips on how to optimize online teaching—and make it more enjoyable.

Read the full article here.