Horizon - February 2016

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• Editor's Note

The TLSS expands its horizons... on social networks!

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At the beginning of the New Year, the TLSS officially established its presence on social networks by creating not one, not two, but three accounts! You can now follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Subscribe to learn more on our initiatives, as well as our services, but also to discover trends that mark university teaching nowadays.

Moreover, as we also recently announced it, the Centre for Innovative Technologies in Education (CITE), a centre born from the merger of Centre for Mediated Teaching and Learning (CMTL) and the Multimedia Distribution Service (MDS), officially exists. This new centre is a great combination of both CMTL and MDS, and will provide services related to technologies that are useful in teaching and learning.
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So you’re not tech savvy? Don’t worry! The CITE team will help you sort everything out by introducing you to equipped classrooms, multimedia tools that are available in these rooms, as well as those you can rent for the development of projects as part of your courses, to name a few of the services you can have access to. Free workshops on technologies used in teaching are also offered to professors who are teaching at the University of Ottawa. For any questions regarding distance education, you can also contact the CITE.

On this note, we wish that the second part of the semester will be as exciting as the first one!

• Feature News

Will your teaching assistant be one of our three Excellence Award recipients this year?

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So your teaching assistant does a great job? The best way to let them know is by encouraging them to apply for the Excellence Awards for Teaching Assistants, a TLSS event that is part of the Employee Giving Program campaign.

As a reward, three deserving assistants will be awarded a $500 scholarship, as well as an official recognition during a ceremony, which will be held at the end of April. Honorable mention certificates will also be awarded to teaching assistants who will have submitted a remarkable application.

The deadline to apply is March 15, 2016. For more information, please visit our website.

How can mid-term student feedback enhance your teaching?

First of all, it should be noted that mid-term evaluations are formative. They allow you make adjustments by addressing problems and difficulties while a course is on-going. By doing so, you get a new chance to catch up and focus on what’s essential.

By asking detailed questions, you will be surprised to see that you will receive specific feedback from students on specific items for improvement, as well as on aspects in which you are doing well.

Stemming from a demand in consultations relating to the collection and use of student generated feedback, the TLSS has put together a mid-term evaluation resource to guide the development of effective feedback tools. Check out the guide and also the online mid-term evaluation template creator to make one today.

• Did You Know

The University of Ottawa will host a symposium on distance learning in May 2016

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“Future challenges of distance education”:This is the theme of the symposium organized by the Réseau d’enseignement francophone à distance du Canada (REFAD) (a francophone distance education network*), an event for which the TLSS ensures the technical aspects and logistics.

Proud partner of this event, the University of Ottawa will be receiving the visit of special guests on May 26-27, such as Mr. Olivier Alfieri, project manager at the Centre franco-ontarien de ressources pédagogiques (CFORP). In addition, the TLSS Associate Vice-President, Yves Herry, and France Gravelle, one of TLSS's directors and professor at the Faculty of Education, will address a few words to the participants. For more information, check out the REFAD website!

*As this event is organized by the REFAD, presentations will only be facilitated in French.

Effective teaching and optimal learning: How to go about it!

“My professor speaks quickly and lectures for an hour and a half - non-stop! And on top of that, he expresses himself using complicated words! I have trouble following, and feel like being force-fed like a goose! So I end up keeping myself busy by doing other things: It’s either surfing the web or thinking of all the other stuff I have to do!” Sounds familiar?

Indeed, some students sometimes say that when they describe the teaching of their professor. Thus, a question arises: How can you guide your students to avoid cognitive overload and excessive stress, keep their attention, and support them in developing their full potential? Find out more on this topic here...

TLSS pedagogical resources highlighted at the eCampusOntario Showcase event

photo 2 2University of Ottawa online courses and innovative resources developed by the TLSS were on display at a recent eCampusOntario Showcase event. The one day event, held in Toronto on January 15, was well attended by over 43 universities and colleges, and the Hon. Reza Moridi, Minister of Training, Colleges, and Universities.

The event provided an opportunity to learn about each other’s experiences, exchange best practices and lessons learned in the development of online courses funded by the OOLC as part of the 5-year Ontario Online Learning Initiative. Many of the online resources funded by the Ministry are licensed under Creative Commons and are available to everyone on the eCampus Ontario portal.  

The University of Ottawa was successful in securing development monies for a number of French language online courses. Check out our courses via the eCampusOntario website, and the colourful cards we gave out to the showcase event participants regarding our resources.

• Sneak peak at the upcoming lectures and workshops

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Here are the upcoming workshops:

To see the complete list, visit the TLSS website.


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