EdTech Tip Sheet: February 2021

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February 12, 2021

FASE's EdTech Tip Sheet

Compiled for the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Community, straight from the Education Technology Office, and sharing everything you should know about education technology news, events, & support.

EdTech Workshop 2021 · Increase Accessiblity · Draw on your Browser · CIV550 Case Study · New Crowdmark Question Types  · Recent Blog Posts · Top EdTech Qs  · Reads from around the Net

Have some free time over Reading Week? 

We're happy to schedule individual (or teaching team) consultation(s) to review your course, your assessments, your video production - anything you'd like some EdTech Feedback on! Book a session for next week or send us an email us to get started!

Save the Date for the EdTech Workshop 2021!

Hard to believe that it's been two years since the 2019 Workshop in Myhal but...here we are announcing the EdTech Workshop 2021! The EdTech Workshop has a long history at FASE, dating back to the efforts of Harpreet Dhariwal in 2011. It continues its tradition of being a free event for faculty, staff and other members of the University of Toronto community that are interested in enhancing their teaching with technology. This year's event will be on Friday, May 07, 2021 from 10 - 4.

We invite you to join us online for an informal and jam-packed day of sharing ideas, learning from each other, and yes, doing a little commiseration after a pretty challenging year. While we wouldn't say this is an "unconference," we do focus on conversation, connections, and interaction and are working hard to take our in-person event online in the same spirit.

Register for the EdTech Workshop 2021!

Low Effort, Big Impact Tips:
Draw on your browser while teaching!

Do you teach or present using a browser? It can be difficult for learners to follow along without visual emphasis. You can install this Web Paint Chrome Browser extension to allow you to draw on your browser window; think circling elements, adding connections, etc. Bonus points: take screenshots and post them to your course, after your session! (Note that browser extensions should be installed thoughtfully as they are third party tools.)

Increase accessibility in your online/remote teaching

Every learner has differences in how they perceive, navigate, and interact with your course content. Increasing accessibility enables all students to flexibly engage with your course, without having to ask for special allowances (if you have specific questions, contact the UofT Accessibility Office). UofT's Student Life team has published a 13-step practical checklist on how to increase accessibility in your online teaching.

Thinking specifically about video content? You might check out our guide to video captions and transcripts. Trust us when we say your students will thank you for providing searchable transcripts of your videos!

Adapting Group Projects and Software Development Skills Training to Online Learning

The move to online delivery meant that the curriculum for CIV550 Water Resources Engineering needed to undergo substantial restructuring. The presentation, from Feb 03, 2021, discusses the advantages and challenges that Prof. Drake (and her students) encountered executing such an ambitious group project and teaching software remotely. Read more on our blog post about this CIV550 case study.

Unable to watch on YouTube? You can also watch this session, Adapting Group Projects and Software Development Skills Training to Online Teaching, on MyMedia.


Sign up for Multi-factor Authentication!

The FASE IT Office has identified configuring your multi-factor authentication (MFA) for your UTOR account as a major cybersecurity initiative, especially since we are working from home. For instructions on how to set this up, visit the Systems Access, eTokens & UTORMFA page on the Engineering Hub.
What is Multi-Factor Authentication? Verifying your identity using a second factor (like your mobile device) prevents anyone but you from accessing your accounts, even if they know your password.

Recent blog posts

EdTech2021: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
By Allison | February 12, 2021

The EdTech Workshop 2021 is a free event for faculty, staff and other members of the University of Toronto community. We invite you to join us for an informal and jam packed day! Register now!
Weekly Quercus Update
By Priscilla | February 11, 2021

This week: New Crowdmark Question Types, Training, Documentation, and Communication.
Adapting Group Projects & Software Skills Online
By Priscilla | February 04, 2021

Working in groups remotely can be difficult for students. Join Professor Drake as she shares her experiences with online groupwork for CIV550!
February EdTech Events @FASE
By Allison | January 29, 2021

Don't miss one of our upcoming events! Register now for Facilitating Effective Online Discussions in Quercus: Synchronous Tools and Techniques.
Read all the articles posted on the ETO Blog

This week's top EdTech questions

  1. What should I do if something crashes during an assessment? Short answer: check UofT's System Status. But, the best plan is a contingency plan! We can't always predict what will happen during a live online course. What we can do is share clearly your expectations are of what students should do, should something happen. Another tip - export and download your student emails so that you always have a way to contact them.
  2. How can I avoid the hall-of-mirrors effect when sharing an application or screen in Bb Collaborate? When you are sharing an application window or screen in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, you might experience a hall-of-mirrors or tunnel view effect. This guide explains the steps you can take to avoid (or at least minimize) this effect.
  3. How do I administer an oral exam in my course?  Oral exams have several advantages. They offer students the opportunity to show that they've learned the subject matter in your course while also helping them gain important communication and presentation skills. Oral exams can be also help ensure academic integrity is maintained. Oral exams can be conducted as a stand-alone assessment or as a follow-up to other work (such as a written exam). This guide provides an overview of the tools and techniques to help you successfully administer an oral exam in your course.

Crowdmark has new question types!

In addition to the Image/PDF file upload questions, Crowdmark now has options for adding Text (with Markdown formatting) and Multiple choice questions to an assessment. Multiple Choice questions are automatically graded. See more about adding questions to an assignment.
Example of Crowdmark Question Types

And yes, you can still access Crowdmark for this year as it has been officially licensed across the Faculty.


This week's interesting EdTech reads from all over

  1. How Should Colleges Use Course Evaluations in a Pandemic? (The Chronicle)
  2. The Dark Side of Online Exam Proctoring (Observatory of Educational Innovation)
  3. Amateur Hour (Book Review) (Higher Education Strategy Associates)
  4. Conference! Rediscovering Learning: Engineering New Perspectives (Register now!)

How else can the EdTech Office help?

Check out our service catalogue to get started:
  1. Book a consultation - We're happy to meet with you to discuss any element of your course (related to technology, of course!). We can help with your Quercus course, planning your online assessments, setting up your home recording station and more!
  2. Request a new Quercus course - We can create courses for both academic and administrative purposes (thought you might also consider a Microsoft Team). If you're running a program, committee, group (especially one that has students), this might be a great hub for your work.
  3. Request guest Quercus Accounts - These can be used to provide access to external guests or to be used in testing.
  4. Participate in the Remote Editing Process - We've designed a remote editing process that you allows the Education Technology Office to provide editing services for your self-captured video content. This program will only be offered during the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 terms.
Looking for 1-1 support? We're happy to schedule individual (or teaching team) consultation(s) to review your course and current stage of design. You can also email us to get started!



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