Learning Futures Support for Online Teaching, Learning, and Assessment
The Learning Futures Portfolio is providing support for academics teaching online during the period of social distancing through online workshops and consultations. These workshops will be conducted via Zoom or Collaborate Ultra and facilitated by a Learning Futures staff member.
Our offerings for support and professional development for the transition to online learning are expanding to accommodate the diverse needs of our teaching staff.
From Monday 23 March, we will be offering two streams of professional development workshops
- Online Teaching & Learning Tools (TLT), and
- Online Teaching and Assessment (OTA).
These workshops will be differentiated in the schedule to assist you with your selections.
The Online Teaching and Learning Tools workshops will cover the use of a range of tools offered at Western, including vUWS, Zoom, and Collaborate Ultra.
The Online Teaching and Assessment workshops will cover approaches and pedagogy around online teaching and assessment.
As part of Western's transition to online learning, Blackboard is offering a suite of more detailed workshops and short courses to complement our online workshop program. The link to these short courses can be found in the right-hand column of this page.
To access the Zoom-based workshops, you will just need to login through the link in the schedule at the scheduled time.
You will be asked to register with your name and your staff email address.
Recordings of sessions and additional resources can be found in the right-hand menu.
Autumn Week Four (30/3/2020-3/4/2020)
|TLT||Using Zoom for Online Collaboration||Monday 30 March||10-11:30am||Zoom Link:|
|TLT||Video Assignments||Monday 30 March||2-3pm||Zoom Link:|
|OTA||Labs & Experiential Learning Online||Tuesday 31 March||10-11am||Zoom Link:|
|TLT||Using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra||Tuesday 31 March||12-1pm||Attend Here|
|TLT||Using Turnitin||Tuesday 31 March||2-3pm||Zoom Link:|
|TLT||vUWS Express - Collaborate Ultra Breakout Rooms||Tuesday 31 March||4-4.30pm||Attend Here|
|OTA||Alternative Assessment Options||Wednesday 1 April||10-11am||Zoom Link:|
|TLT||vUWS Drop-in Breakout Session||Wednesday 1 April||12-1pm||Zoom Link:|
|OTA||Teaching Online||Wednesday 1 April||4-5pm||Zoom Link:|
|TLT||Using Zoom for Online Collaborate||Wednesday 1 April||2-3pm||Zoom Link:|
|OTA||Pedagogical Considerations Using Quizzes||Thursday 2 April||10am-11am||To Be Added|
|TLT||Your WOS Replacement Options||Thursday 2 April||1-2pm||To Be Added|
|OTA||Engaging Students in Active Learning Online||Thursday 2 April||2-3pm||To Be Added|
|TLT||Using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra||Thursday 2 April||3-4pm||To Be Added|
|TLT||Using Zoom for Online Collaboration||Friday 3 April||8-9am||To Be Added|
|TLT||Discussion Board, Blogs, and Journals||Friday 3 April||12-1pm||To Be Added|
|TLT||Yam Jam - Sharing Top Tips for Teaching and assessing Online||Friday 3 April||1-2pm||To Be Added|
|OTA||Creating an Online Community||Friday 3 April||2-3pm||To Be Added|
|OTA||Teaching Online Drop-in Breakout Session||Friday 3 April||4-5pm||To Be Added|
Need Help with the Workshops?
Want to Know More about the TLT Workshops?
This session focuses on performing basic edits to a vUWS site including uploading files, editing an item, moving and copying items, adding resources such as images, videos, links along with some tools available in vUWS.
This session focuses on creating and uploading quiz questions using the DFT spreadsheet, creating pool questions within vUWS, creating and editing tests in vUWS and implementing test options.
Using Zoom for Online Collaboration
This session focuses on the functionality of Zoom, and will cover the basic navigations and settings, scheduling, breakout rooms, polls, and the whiteboard.
Using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
This session focuses on Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, a real-time video conferencing tool available to all staff and integrated within vUWS. This workshop covers the central functions of Collaborate Ultra, including chats and breakout rooms, file sharing, polls and quizzes, and recording.
Managing the Grade Centre
This session focuses on column organisation, creating smart views and favourites, creating and editing different types of columns for grade calculation and downloading Grade Centre.
This Zoom session focuses on creating a Turnitin assessment, creating and attaching a rubric and providing feedback. As Turnitin is a widely used tool in vUWS, this session will be beneficial to all academics setting up and marking Turnitin assessments.
Getting the Most out of Tutorial Groups Online
The session focuses on creating Groups in vUWS, setting up Smart Views to manage student cohorts according to different criteria and generating groups from Allocate+ data.
vUWS Express workshops can cover a range of topics in 15 minutes. These workshops may focus on specific features found in other more detailed workshops lists above.
Yam Jam - Yammer Chat
Yam Jam Yammer Chats are conducted on Yammer, and are designed to focus on specific issues related to teaching online, for example addressing inclusivity and diversity, good practice for Collaborate Ultra, promoting student engagement, or just a check-in.
Want to Know More About the OTA Workshops?
Creating an Online Community
In this workshop you will be introduced to the concept of an online learning community and we will explore ways that the student learning experience can be supported. There will also be a range of practical tips to help you create and sustain an inclusive and supportive online learning environment.
This workshop is aimed at those new to online teaching and will focus on planning to teach, deliver content and communicate online. Practical techniques and considerations will also be provided.
Engaging students in active online learning
This workshop will focus on active learning design and techniques for online engagement that build student capabilities in achieving the desired learning outcomes.
Want to Know More About Zoom?
To use Zoom, on any device, you will need to download the client application.
You can download the Zoom client at the Zoom Website (opens in a new window).
You can learn more about Zoom through the following document: Zoom Meetings and Webinars (PDF, 80.59 KB) (opens in a new window)
If you don't have time for one of our workshops, you can watch one record by Zoom.us: Getting Started with Zoom Meetings (opens in a new window)
Want to Know More About Collaborate Ultra?
You should use whichever tool you are most comfortable with using.
Some workshops will be offered through Collaborate Ultra.
These sessions have been set up to allow "Guest Access" so all you will need is to provide a name and to give the program access to your microphone and camera.
If you are interested in learning more about Collaborate Ultra, you can find more information in this document: Collaborate Ultra Features (PDF, 94.44 KB) (opens in a new window)
Need Help with Other Issues?
Is something urgent/broken?
Need vUWS Support?
Need one-on-one vUWS support?
Want to learn more about vUWS?
Making a WOS recording?
Online Teaching resources
If you have any questions or requests from the Learning Futures team, please contact: LearningFutures@Westernsydney.edu.au