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Courses at the School of Continuing Studies (SCS) will be offered remotely until restrictions caused by COVID-19 are lifted. Courses that were designed to be delivered fully online will continue to be delivered in that mode.
SCS Instructor Services and Educational Technologies (ISET) has developed a number of specific resources to help with the transition from the classroom to the virtual environment.
All McGill instructors teaching remotely will be provided with a licensed Zoom account to be able to host live remote classes.
Reference Guides and Documents
Step 1: Learn the Basics About Remote Teaching
This two-hour self-directed tutorial Zoom and myCourses Essentials provides instructions on the procedures required to run a virtual live session and how to use myCourses as a complement to your classes and for the assessment of learning.
Access the tutorials:
- For those teaching credit courses: Access tutorial
- For those teaching non-credit courses: Access tutorial
Note: SCS instructors with a teaching assignment are automatically enrolled in the tutorial. If you are unable to access the workshop, please contact our technical support consultants (contact information under “Support” below).
Step 2: Let’s Talk About Remote Teaching
Two options are available: live information sessions and a discussion forum.
Live Information Sessions
Join a live session where you can experience the Zoom environment, ask questions about live virtual classes and myCourses, and discuss best practices when teaching remotely with ISET and/or fellow-instructors. These one-hour live sessions are available every week until the end of the winter term (Tuesday 5:00-6:00 / Thursday 12:00-1:00 pm). Please refer to this calendar for topic details and dates.
INFORMATION SESSIONS CALENDAR
|February 11||Learning activities to maintaining motivation and engagement in a remote context|
|February 18||Remotely managing and engaging students in large class sizes|
|February 23||Shifting learning activities from face-to-face to online|
|March 11||Using MS Teams to support remote teaching|
|March 18||Peer-to-peer instruction in the remote classroom|
|March 23 & 25||Designing and configuring exams in myCourses|
|March 30 & April 01||Designing and configuring exams in myCourses|
|April 06 & 08||Grading exams and submitting grades|
The SCS Discussion Forum is a space where instructors can connect with colleagues in their community of practice to ask questions, discuss strategies, and exchange tips and tricks on remote teaching.
Guidelines for Assessment of Learning
Remote teaching presents specific challenges when it comes to assessing student learning. Make sure you consult the SCS Guidelines for MID-TERM and FINAL EXAMS/ASSESSMENTS for Spring/Summer and Fall 2020 Semesters and Instructions for Final Assessments before planning your evaluations.
Please also consult this TLS webpage for University-level guidelines and policies for assessment of learning in the remote context.
Speak to an Educational Technology Specialist
For advice on course design, assessment strategies, or specific Zoom and myCourses questions, you may book a 30-minute one-on-one consultation with a member of the SCS Educational Technology team.
For technical questions related to Zoom, myCourses, equipment setup, etc., contact:
McGill Information Technology Helpdesk
- Weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- Phone: 514-398-3398
- Email: itsupport [at] mcgill.ca
- Web: IT Knowledge Base
SCS Technical Support Consultants (ISET)
- Weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. & Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Canada, EST)
- Phone: 1-514-398-2216
- Email: techsupport.scs [at] mcgill.ca
Administrative and Academic Support
For all academic and administrative issues related to teaching (logistics, course manual, exam management), contact Instructor Services. For all other questions, contact your academic unit administrator or Director. Contact information for administrative coordinators can be found in this list.
Teaching and Learning Services (TLS) Resources
McGill Teaching and Learning Services also offers a wide range of webinars, resources, and support services for remote delivery.
Instructions for Students
This document provides suggestions for recommended equipment for teaching live virtual classes.