DEU EdTech Quick Tips – Issue 19

In this Issue: Making week one work well

    • Communicating remotely with your students
    • Student developed online learning guide
    • Creating a class intro video that expresses care for your students
    • Feeling overwhelmed with the transition to remote learning?
    • Wellness Supports and Services
    • DEU support and contact information

Communicating remotely with your students

Connecting with your students remotely or in a fully online course can be very different than your face to face class. Let us provide you with some tips and tricks to get your class talking and on it’s way to being a great Virtual Learning Community.

Click here for some ideas around remote and online communications.

Student developed online learning guide

Learning to Learn Online was created by students through eCampus Ontario to help ease the shift from a traditional classroom setting to an online environment. Students will explore a total of six unique chapters that will help them successfully prepare for online learning.

This might be a great resource to send to your students the first week of class to get them prepared for a semester online.

Click here to access this Learning to Learn Online guide

Creating a class intro video that expresses care for your students

This is a great resource from teh University of Windsor. As professors it is important to find one concrete way to show care to our students at the beginning of the semester. The students will connect with you personally, and have enhanced understanding of the course logistics. It is this humanizing introduction of yourself and the connection and description of the course that will help set the stage for enhanced student success!

Read more about and see some examples of, some great class intro videos

Feeling overwhelmed with the transition to remote learning?

In my position as an instructional designer I get to work with faculty across campus to design online courses.  Often in meetings our conversations will focus on uncertainties and well-being. Teaching online or remotely can be overwhelming. Our campus is a busy place and exhaustion is too often the norm. The training sessions, websites, emails, newsletters and ideas for transitioning to remote learning can feel heavy.

Here are just a few ideas to keep in mind as you focus on the Fall 2020 semester.

Wellness supports and services

Wellness Strategy

USask is committed to creating an inclusive wellness environment that supports our diverse students, faculty and staff. We will embed wellness in our institutional fabric, create opportunities to engage, ensure access to resources, supports and training and evaluate our progress over time.

Read more about the USask Wellness Strategy of Healthy Mind, Healthy Body, and Healthy Life

Employee and Family Assistance Program

The University of Saskatchewan cares about its employees and their family members and provides EFAP as a resource to help you deal with personal and work-life concerns.

Read more about accessing the Confidential Counceling, Financial Information and Resources, Legal Support and Resources, Work-Life Solutions, and Wellness Stategies available through your EFAP.

Wellness Calendar of Events

Find out more about upcoming Wellness events and opportunities at USask