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Resource Page for the 2020 RTI


CTLT Remote Teaching Institute. Join us online.

The Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology’s (CTLT) Remote Teaching Institute supports UBC educators with an opportunity to explore teaching in remote learning spaces. Resources from these sessions can be found below.

For additional pedagogical and technical resources and support to help you develop your own strategies for meeting the needs of your courses online, please refer to UBC’s Keep Teaching website.

Session Resources

Session Title Session Description Facilitator(s) Relevant Workshop Resources and Materials
Blended Learning Through a Different Lens With the transition to online learning, instructors are confronted by an unfamiliar environment and are responding with agility to emerging questions:
  • Where do I start?
  • How can I teach online effectively?
  • How can I engage my students online and make sure they achieve the learning objectives?

This session, discusses ways of developing an online course based on a blended learning approach with a mix of real-time teaching (synchronous) and course material that students can complete at their own pace (asynchronous).

  • Manuel Dias (CTLT)
  • Jocelyn Micallef (CTLT)
Sample Canvas Course Template(s) for Remote Teaching This session introduces Canvas course design templates that are developed by learning designers. The templates can be used as sample content placeholders for a course and can be imported into a course site for the instructors to customize it. These can also help instructors easily set up the course structure and effective communications in the remote teaching environment.
  • Hailan Chen (CTLT)
  • Namsook Jahng (CTLT)
Course Examples of Moving from F2F to Remote Teaching This session presents course examples from different faculties at UBC that recently moved from face-to-face (F2F) to online. Facilitators will discuss the key aspects and features that should be considered when moving courses online. The examples include:
  • Moving activities online
  • Modifying assessments and assignments
  • Redesigning content presentation
  • Namsook Jahng (CTLT)
  • Bosung Kim (CTLT)
  • Hailan Chen (CTLT)
  • Session Slides
  • Review the following guide to help you find specific resources presented in the session:
    • Slide 9: Audio and Video samples of redesigned course content
    • Slide 16: self-enrollment link to the Arts Remote Teaching Template site
    • Slide 19: Self-enrollment link to the Kaltura 101 site
    • Slide 24: links to rubrics
  • Session Recording
Teaching Remotely in the Midst of a Crisis: How to Keep Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Mind Suddenly shifting a face-to-face course to an online learning environment or designing a new online course in a short period is a pedagogical and technological challenge for many instructors. What are some of the key issues that we need to consider so that equity and inclusion remain essential elements in our courses? Many instructors are still adjusting to the sudden and unexpected shift to the online teaching and learning platforms, and we are continuing to learn as we go, including when it comes to inclusive teaching practices. Learn from the experiences of our panellists, who come from different areas of expertise and disciplinary backgrounds. Panelists:
  • Aftab Erfan, (Equity & Inclusion Office/School of Community and Regional Planning)
  • Louise Longridge (Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences)
  • Afsaneh Sharif (CTLT)


  • Natasha Fox (EIO/Geography)
Using the UBC Wiki to Enhance Student Learning Through Open Assignments The UBC Wiki is an excellent tool that can enable student collaboration, host online discussions and support open assignments that involve students as co-creators of knowledge and learning resources. This session explores different approaches to using the UBC Wiki for courses, including supporting open assignments, best practices for course and project organization, and enabling student collaboration.
  • Will Engle (CTLT)
  • Rie Namba (CTLT)
Centring Indigenous Perspectives in Online Spaces Learn how online spaces can host conversations around decolonizing and Indigenous-centered practices. This session presents CTLT Indigenous Initiatives resources and discusses ways that these resources can be brought into your classroom.
  • Amy Perreault (CTLT)
  • Erin Yun (CTLT)
  • Will Engle (CTLT)
  • Emily Renoe (CTLT)
  • Sarah Dupont & Karleen Delaurier-Lyle (Xwi7xwa Library)
Centring Indigenous Perspectives in Your Course Syllabus As you fill your basket with reading contenders for your online courses, you may be wondering how to bring in a variety of Indigenous perspectives relevant to the learning objectives. This workshop will introduce you to the curated resources and expertise available from the Xwi7xwa Library. Not ready to work with a Librarian directly? We will show you some helpful tips and new tools to help you discover relevant Indigenous content in the UBC Library more efficiently independently, too!
  • Sarah Dupont, Xwi7xwa Library
  • Amy Perreault (CTLT)
Session Slides
Supporting Student Bandwidths in Online Learning Environments What can we do to support students and instructors as they learn online? When we consider student learning in online environments, it is not enough to be learner-centred. How can we support the whole student? How can we focus on activities that are accessible to students within limitations of time, bandwidth and devices?

This session explores how instructors can create space for themselves and their students to lead less stressful lives while acknowledging that learning and living at this time are very closely intertwined.

  • Lucas Wright (CTLT)
  • Janey Lew (CTLT)
  • Chloe Erlendson (CTLT)
  • Dave Gaertner (Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies)
  • Emma MacFarlane (Learning Commons)
  • Alexandra Kuskowski (Learning Commons)
Facilitating Active Peer-to-Peer Engagement in Online Spaces For those of us who facilitate group work and student discussions during our face-to-face classes/sessions, the idea of moving to an online environment can seem daunting. In this session, we explore how to adapt to the online space and continue with peer-to-peer engagement. We will use Collaborate’s breakout rooms to model some common active learning techniques while teaching synchronously.
  • Sue Hampton (CTLT)
  • Kari Grain (CTLT)
Supporting Student Wellbeing in an Online Learning Environment Everyone plays a vital role in supporting student mental health and wellbeing. In this session, we share how student wellbeing services and resources have shifted to respond to remote delivery, with information on how to connect students to supports they may need during these challenging times.

The session provided an opportunity to connect with other members of the teaching and learning community and share ideas for embedding strategies that foster wellbeing in your online course design and delivery.

  • Patty Hambler (Health Promotion & Education)
  • Jocelyn Micallef (CTLT & Health Promotion & Education)
Building Online Assessment to Minimize Academic Misconduct Online courses come with their own set of challenges - some new, some old. This seminar focuses on the challenge of designing online assessments (e.g. exams), which minimize academic misconduct. In this session, the facilitators share their approach, which focuses on practical guidance for instructors. They shared their experiences, some of the different tools available at UBC and provided a space where seminar participants shared ideas, challenges, and best practices.
  • Jonathan Graves (Vancouver School of Economics)
  • Emrul Hasan (Vancouver School of Economics)
  • Session Recording May 14, 2020
  • Session slides
  • Stack, Steven. 2015. “The impact of exam environments on student test scores in online courses.” Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 26(3): 273–282. Publisher: Taylor & Francis.
Exploring Zoom Explore Zoom - an online gathering and sharing space that we use in remote teaching and learning. This session demonstrates the basics of setting up and running a Zoom session and best practices for interactive and effective teaching.The session also considers how Zoom performs in three important areas: student access, student privacy and flexibility. Lucas Wright (LT Hub, CTLT) Session Slides
Teaching with Collaborate Ultra Collaborate Ultra is a web-conferencing application for moderating classes, meetings, or other group collaborations virtually. Learn about how to set up Collaborate Ultra and teach your classes. LT Hub Session Slides
Getting Started with Proctorio

Proctorio is an online remote proctoring service hosted in Canada and integrated with Canvas. With Proctorio, each student's exam session is recorded with video and audio, along with screen and keyboard activity, to promote exam integrity. This session provides an introduction to Proctorio and best practices for its' use. What do you hope Proctorio can do for your final exam?

Manuel Dias (CTLT) Session Slides

Session Recording

Virtual Facilitation 101 Are you interested in exploring facilitation tools, tips, and techniques to use in virtual events, workshops, and programming? This workshop will support you in creating an equitable and engaging space to build relationships and connect with your community in a virtual space.
  • Krista Knechtle, Student Engagement Coordinator | Centre for Community Engaged Learning;
  • Michael Denhamer, Edcuational Programs Director, Centre for Community Engaged Learning
Zines as Open Pedagogy Zines are a self-published medium that are often created by collaging existing materials (e.g. images, text, etc.) with self-created content and published in simple photocopied formats for open sharing. Participants at this session will be introduced to zine-making history and practices to situate zines as a form of open pedagogy. The session will address the methodologies and resources created to engage students in discussion around open culture, as well as student perspectives on the process.
  • Erin Fields, UBC Library,
  • Alex Alisauskas, UBC Library and UBC iSchool, Open Education Co-op Student,;
  • Jessi Taylor, Dept of Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, Instructor,
Session Slides

Session Recording

Introduction to Community Engaged Learning Principles, Pedagogy and Practice In this session you can expect to get involved in thinking about how CEL tools and principles can be put to use in your context by engaging in discussions in small groups, and working with the syllabus from a course you are teaching. You’ll also learn where you can find the Centre for Community Engaged Learning and connect with their services in planning CEL courses. While this session will not focus on virtual CEL, we will provide examples of how CEL is possible and necessary even in a virtual world, as many community partners will need even more support in the recovery from the COVID-19 situation and many students will likely be enthusiastic about applying their classroom learning to relevant societal issues in this new era.
  • Madeleine Zammar, CBEL Officer, Arts Centre for Community Engaged Learning;
  • Lisa Sundstrom, Associate Professor, Political Science
Session Slides

Session Recording

Introduction to Wikipedia-Based Assignments In this session, we will explore how Wikipedia works and two UBC instructors who have integrated Wikipedia into their courses will share their practical knowledge about their assignment models, what was successful, what challenges were encountered, and what support they had or needed. In this session participants will explore the history and culture of Wikipedia, and discuss options for getting started with Wikipedia-based student projects.
  • Pam Kalas Senior Instructor, Department of Zoology
  • Madina Kagieva, Student, Department of Zoology
  • Taylor Reilly, Student, Department of Zoology
  • Judy Chan, LFS, CTLT
  • Will Engle, CTLT
  • Rie Namba, CTLT
Social Media: Socially Interactive and Peer-Based Pedagogies Facebook? Twitter? Instagram? What's the value of social media in teaching and learning to teach and to stay in touch with our students in all teaching environments?
  • Nisha Malhotra, VSE;
  • Judy Chan, LFS, CTLT
Session Slides
Facilitating Effective Asynchronous Online Desicussions Discussions are (potentially) a great way to engage students in online learning environments. They can be designed to cultivate a learning community and to scaffold content achievement in many ways. Asynchronous discussion activities allow students flexible time to reflect and opportunities to learn from peers. This session is for the instructors who are new to online teaching and want to incorporate asynchronous discussions into their courses successfully.
  • Namsook Jahng, CTLT;
  • Isabeau Iqbal, CTLT
  • Judy Chan, LFS, CTLT;
  • Bosung Kim CTLT;
  • Lucas Wright CTLT;
Session Recording
Motivating Engaged Student Learning in Elective Courses The mechanism by which students choose an elective and what their intended outcomes are may differ substantially from their core course of study. Students self-report taking electives that interest them outside their normal field of study, or electives that they think could help expand their future career possibilities. How then do we as faculty make sure that our Learning Outcomes and Assessments are designed to foster engaged learning within electives, particularly in the switch to online pedagogy?
  • M. Willis Monroe, Asian Studies/CNERS,
  • Tara Mulder (Instructor CNERS),
  • Clayton Ashton (Lecturer, Asian Studies)
Session Recording

Facilitator's notes Resource

Research Project Design Grading Rubric

Using and Assessing Reflection Activities in Community Engaged Learning Courses This 60-minute online session will focus on the importance of critical reflection in a community-engaged learning experience. The goal is to provide some information that supports instructors in guiding students to become “reflective practitioners” cognizant of the complexities inherent in community-based learning, specifically, in the age of Covid-19.
  • Shadi Mehrabi, Centre for Community Engaged Learning,
  • Neila Miled, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Education, Liu Scholar/ Public Scholar
  • Jennifer Lightfoot, Lecturer, AEP (Arts/Management), UBC Vantage College
  • Daniel Riccardi, Lecturer, AEP (Arts/Management), UBC Vantage College
Session Recording
Facilitating Collaborative Online Engagement using Liberating Structures In this workshop we’ll explore the amazing facilitation world of Liberating Structures, “a collection of simple, inclusive and fun interaction templates designed to facilitate generative engagement”. In transitioning to a remote environment have you felt exhausted, disengaged or isolated by constant sitting, screen time and passive listening? In this workshop, you’ll engage in engaging and interactive facilitation activities and strategies designed to be used in remote teaching environments that are easily replicated in your context whether you run big lectures, small seminars/tutorials, staff meetings, community events, and so on!
  • Zsuzsi Fodor, Engagement Strategist, Community Engagement | External Relations
  • Oral Robinson, Ph.D., Lecturer, Faculty of Arts, Department of Sociology
  • Barish Golland, Training Lead, UBC Integrated Renewal Program
Session Recording


Google Drive Folder of Liberating Structures Resources

Handout - Template Slides

Handout: Online Meeting Technology

Article: Getting Started with Online Training and Facilitation

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