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Teaching and Learning Support Service (TLSS)
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Cyclical Program Review
This year, as part of the OQA’s new support process tailored to each program’s specific needs, 11 undergraduate programs and 6 graduate programs have been assessed. A plan of action was designed with input from the units concerned at the end of each assessment process to ensure continued program quality and to respond to the challenges identified.Read More
Active Learning Classrooms
One of the key transformations this year was the use of four new active learning classrooms (C010/040, C020, C030), located at the Learning Crossroads (CRX); workshops on techno-pedagogy were also offered to every professor using this new space. The first round of feedback from all users, both professors and students, provided us with information about the impact of these new spaces on teaching and learning...Read More
Use of Educational Technologies
Now in its second year of implementation, the Brightspace platform hosts 73% of all UOCampus courses; 88% of which are lectures. We have seen a slight increase in the number of professors using the Brightspace platform; 84% compared to last year’s 80%, and 98% of students access their courses on Brightspace.
The following are the Brightspace tools most frequently used by professors:
Techno-pedagogic workshops on the Virtual Campus
A total of 112 professors participated in a series of TLSS workshops that focused on four main themes:
- Virtual Campus—Essential strategies and tools for course design
- Virtual Campus—Following your students’ progress
- Virtual Campus Design and Learning—Reorganizing virtual content to optimize learning
- Webinar—Organizational strategies to simplify content creation for the Virtual Campus
Developing Blended and Online Courses
A total of 32 professors submitted requests for financing to develop 38 blended courses; 34 courses were funded. 34 courses received funding distributed as follow per faculties...Read More
Facts that we collected
I very much appreciate the way you are attempting to rethink, restructure, and re-embed the evaluation process. I think that this really has the potential to create a much more favourable attitude towards this process.
I use announcement for FYI’s and for urgent messages that can’t wait until the next class. We use the discussion forum to share information at a class level; I also regularly ask students to upload some exercises in advance of class so we can project each students/groups work as they explain their exercise; We also take pictures from the blackboard holding summaries of our conversation and the minute taker uploads the pictures & electronic minutes as part of record keeping.
To the question: Following the TA workshops, what have you added or changed in your current TA practice? Some students responded:
- “My correction techniques”
- “Time management”
- “Inclusive activity design—make materials more accessible to all”
- “Work harmoniously with the Professor”
- “Approach the students with confidence”
- “More interaction with students and encourage them to succeed.”