Remote Teaching and Learning 

 *page updated Jan 15, 2022 

During the pandemic, the School of Physical & Occupational Therapy (SPOT) instructors, administration and students transitioned to remote teaching, working and learning methods. Many efforts were made to create learning material that is as engaging as possible within the unique environment and timeframe.

There are two methods to teach and learn remotely:

  • synchronously - real-time experience (live videoconference or webcast)
  • asynchronously - previously recorded lecture material or teaching videos to view at ones own pace  

The School instructors adapted and prepared their course content to present it either synchronously, asynchronously or a blend of both. 

For the latest on return to campus, please visit here.  

Quick Tips 

Tips for your home workspace and environment

The sudden shift to working and learning from home: 14 tips to help you set up and manage


Tips for looking great on camera

Whether you are an instructor recording a lecture, a student creating a video assignment or participating in a zoom.  Here are a few tips to keep you looking and sounding your best!

Have the light towards your face rather than behind you, avoid a window or light source behind you, set up an extra lamp if possible.
Check that your background is not too distracting and generally pleasant. If you are on a Zoom, try out virtual backgrounds. 

Choose a quiet room or space, mute your mobile and ask others to try and keep noises to a minimum.
Using headphones with a microphone might be a good option, check your microphone settings if not working at first.
If you are in a room with no carpet, there may be an odd echo, try to put a carpet or blanket on the floor to absorb the sound.

Instructors - if it is your first time recording a lecture, plan extra time to record a 30 -45 min session. This extra time will allow for setting up, troubleshooting, saving your file and uploading to  mycourses. 


Tips for keeping well

The Faculty of Medicine's WELL office is working remotely, find updates and resources here.

The McGill Student Wellness Hub offers several virtual services, check them out here.


Comments, tips or suggestions welcome!

Contact your instructor or email monica.slanik [at] (subject: Remote%20Learning%20and%20Teaching%20at%20SPOT%20) (Monica Slanik)


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