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Hello Rotman! Welcome to the latest edition of the Rotman Digital Newsletter. Below you will find the latest tips and tricks for Quercus and all things digital learning.

If ever you have feedback or questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us at rotmandigital@rotman.utoronto.ca


Upcoming Webinar Series 

We are excited to offer a new webinar series designed to help prepare instructors teaching online for the first time in the fast-approaching 2021 Winter Term. This is a good opportunity to start planning early and to take advantage of the various resources that are in place to support you. The schedule and MS Teams join-links are listed below.

Webinars run 3-4pm each Friday beginning this week.

• Nov 6 – Jeff Quinlan  A template for creating an online class

• Nov 13 – Catherine Barrrette – Creating online videos

• Nov 20 – Marlys Christianson / John Oesch – Case-based teaching online

• Nov 27 – Dragan Stojanovic – Designing assessments and setting up effective recording and livestreaming classes 

To join, click "View this newsletter in your browser" at the top of the screen and then click this link.


Quercus Update: New Recent History link in Global Navigation

The Quercus Global Navigation bar now has a recent history button which displays recently visited pages across one or multiple courses. The Recent History list displays page view history within the most recent three weeks. Click here to watch a very brief video on this update by Instructure Canvas. 


2020 Instructional Technology Innovation Fund (ITIF) Now Open for Applications

ITIF is now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 academic year. This year’s theme is, Supporting Students Learning Remotely. Applications are accepted from fully appointed faculty (both streams) and librarians. Projects must be for supporting degree credit courses and programs (proposals for continuing or professional education are no longer being accepted). Deadline for applications is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 28, 2020. Click here for more information


Quercus: New Buttons Available in Right-hand Navigation

New buttons have been added to the right-hand navigation menu of Quercus course home pages for easy access to some new resources. One links to helpful mental health resources for students: My SSP & Navi. New information and services will be added to this button over time. Another addition is UCheckthe easiest and most secure way to complete the required self-assessment test and generate a COVID-19 risk status prior to coming to campus.



5 Ideas for Getting to Know Students Virtually

Getting to know students and creating a community feeling in a virtual environment presents a unique challenge for educators. Fostering respectful personal interactions so students can form a network with their peers is highly important in a business education environment. As an instructor, it is important to help create this dynamic classroom environment, especially in a digital space. Click here to read a very helpful article from Harvard Business Publishing on 5 tips for getting to know your students in a virtual environment, as well as creating a community feel within your classroom.