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November 24th, 2021

Good morning Rotman!  

This week we have put together a short video to supplement our Interactive and Collaborative Learning Activities content from the last newsletter. We also want to bring attention to an ongoing technical issue with timed Quercus quizzes. See below for more details.

U of T is planning a pilot with Miro, an online whiteboard and collaboration platform starting in the Winter 2022 term. Miro is a powerful interactive tool that a number of Rotman instructors have tested out over the past year. You can find more information on how to participate below.

If you are looking to improve the instructional design of your course, a renewed focus on learning outcomes is a good place to start. We've included a helpful article on the topic below.

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

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

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Miro Pilot

Miro is an online whiteboard and visual collaboration platform. UofT is planning to experiment with the enterprise version of Miro starting next term (Winter 2022). There are 350 free Miro licenses available through the eCampusOntario sandbox program next term. If you are interested in being part of the pilot, please contact UofT's Director of Digital Learning Innovation Laurie Harrison at laurie.harrison@utoronto.ca for more information. To learn more about Miro visit their website here.

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IMPORTANT: Quercus Quiz Timer Issue

There is currently an unresolved issue in Quercus with timed quizzes. If an instructor edits and saves the details of a quiz while it is in progress (i.e. while students are writing) the exam duration and end-time will no longer be enforced and students will receive more time than they were initially allotted. To avoid this issue we recommend never editing an exam while it is in progress. We have updated our documentation to reflect this issue. More details can be found here.

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Interactive and Collaborative Activities Video

In this video we discuss the pros and cons of introducing interactive learning activities to your classroom. We also look at the theoretical underpinnings of their effectiveness and take you through the creation process. Click here to watch the video.

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Student Learning Outcomes: A Primer

This article from South New Hampshire University discusses the importance of creating measurable learning outcomes and how they can improve student learning. This article looks at three types of learning outcomes, critical outcomes, program outcomes and course outcomes

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