Welcome to the Latest Edition!

June 22, 2021

Good morning Rotman! 

We're excited to announce that a new and widely-requested Quercus feature has been released: Speedgrader comment libraries. User-generated comments can be added to Speedgrader across students, assignments, and courses making grading much more efficient. Once library comments are inserted they can be customized for individual students, as needed. More information on how comment libraries work is below.

You may also want to try NameDrop. This is especially useful for people whose names are mispronounced regularly. See below for more information on how to record an audio clip of your name and how to link to it on your course page and email signature. 

We would also like to remind you one final time about the upcoming June 30th deadline to download any Blackboard Collaborate recordings that you would like to keep. All recordings made prior to May 1, 2021 will be purged after June 30th. Instructions on how to download your recordings are here. An similar announcement pertaining to Zoom recordings is coming soon. Watch this space!

For more information on course design, video creation, and Quercus please visit our website: rotmandigital.ca

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


Comment Library in SpeedGrader (Video)

SpeedGrader now features a comment library that can be pre-populated with frequently-used feedback. The library allows comments to be stored and used across multiple students, assignments, and courses. We've created a short video showcasing comment libraries. Click here to watch.


NameDrop for Name Pronunciation

NameDrop allows you to record and share an audio clip of the correct pronunciation of your name. Your recording will produce a unique link that can be shared anywhere, including email signatures, biographical sections of websites, Quercus discussion boards, etc. Click here to try it out (NameDrop requires creation of a free account).


Inclusive Pedagogical Considerations for 2SLGBTQ+ Students

UTM is hosting a webinar speaking to 2SLGBTQ+ representation, initiatives, pedagogical considerations and awareness in educational spaces. It will take place on June 24, 2021 from 1-3pm. There will be a roundtable discussion as well as smaller group discussions about pedagogical strategies to support students such as auditing readings, pronoun use, and resources for 2SLGBTQ+ inclusion. Click here to register.


Sharing Content in Live MS Teams Classes

The basics of sharing content in MS Teams are straightforward, but it's always helpful to understand the nuances. For instance, the differences between sharing applications versus screen, or how to include system audio in your live classes. All of these options are outlined in this instructional page.