Teaching & Learning

Teaching and Learning

Yukon University's Teaching & Learning team offers a range of supports and resources for all instructors including:

  • Instructional support and professional development
  • Course development and renewal
  • Program development and review 
  • Educational technology selection and integration

 

What’s happening

August 10, 2021

Join Open LMS for a FREE instructor-focused session, which will outline the best practices for online teaching and LMS use including the best ways to communicate with students, content creation, gradebook set up, quiz settings, and more. 

August 11, 2021

Join Open LMS for a FREE instructor-focused session, which will outline the best practices for online teaching and LMS use including the best ways to communicate with students, content creation, gradebook set up, quiz settings, and more. 

August 11, 2021

This webinar will provide an introduction to how to find, use, and share open educational resources (OERs). Are you new to open education and not sure where to start?

Instructor supports

If you have questions about which session is best suited to your needs, if you’d like one-on-one support, or if you have a group of instructors who would like us to offer a specific session, please email Teaching and Learning.

Coaching

Do you have questions about delivery formats, pedagogical approaches, assessment strategies, student engagement, open educational resources, educational technologies? Whatever your question is, Teaching and Learning is available for one-on-one or group support.

Workshops

Teaching and Learning regularly offers the following workshops. A schedule of upcoming events can be found in the Teaching and Learning events calendar. If you’re interested in a particular session but one is not scheduled, contact us to be notified the next time it is offered. If the support you’re looking for isn’t listed below, Teaching and Learning is always available to chat and offer one-on-one support. We happily accept requests from programs, schools, or other groups of instructors interested in tailored sessions.

Note: in some cases, length and delivery formats may be modified to suit audience needs. 


New Instructor Orientation (full day, in-person; 90 mins, online): 

New and new-ish instructors are invited to join us for this one-day workshop where, as a group, we’ll explore ideas and supports for successful teaching and learning in our unique Yukon context. Specifically, we’ll examine the following questions:     

  • Who are you, and how does this impact your teaching?    
  • Who are your students and what will engage them?    
  • What does effective teaching and learning at YukonU look like?    
  • What supports, strategies and tools are available to you?  

Using Zoom for Remote Teaching and Learning (1 hour, online): 

Attend a hands-on Zoom orientation session where we'll try out Zoom's many features for online teaching. 


Course Design Intensive (4 days, in-person):  

If you’re developing a new course or making major changes to an existing course, we encourage you to attend this collaborative, four-day intensive workshop which will provide time, space, guidance and support as you:  

  • Develop or revise your course learning outcomes and map course content  
  • Explore delivery modes, assessments and teaching strategies to identify approaches that align with your course outcomes and context  
  • Consult with representatives from First Nations Initiatives and the Learning Assistance Centre to discuss reconciliation and accessibility, respectively 

Rapid Course (re)Design (90 mins, in-person or online): 

This short, workshop-style event will take you through a fun and engaging rapid course mapping process. It is collaborative, hands-on and specifically focused on adapting your course learning activities to both suit your teaching style and meet the needs of your learners. You will leave this high-energy 90-minute session with a visual ‘map’ of your course and an ‘action plan’ to help you get a head start on your course planning.  

Course (re)Design and Development

Teaching and Learning can support anything from one-off questions to full course design projects. We can help with: 

  • Analyzing your course context  
  • Writing learning outcomes 
  • Developing your course outline  
  • Designing and aligning learning assessments 
  • Identifying appropriate delivery formats and teaching strategies 
  • Exploring student engagement strategies 
  • Using or developing open educational resources 
  • Reviewing your course for accessibility  
  • Developing multi-media content for use in your in-person or online course 

Contact us to let us know what kind of help you’re looking for.  

Program Development and Review

Teaching and Learning works collaboratively with Faculties and Schools to create and develop high-value learning experiences. If you’re developing a new program we can help with: 

  • Analyzing program context  
  • Developing and articulating a clear vision for your program
  • Drafting program goals and objectives 
  • Identifying appropriate instructional methods and pedagogies
  • Program mapping (courses, external standards) 

Teaching and Learning is available to support and contribute to program renewal by: 

  • Attending initial/kick-off meeting to be identified as a support resource available for engagement throughout the process and to provide an overview of the teaching and learning related components of the self-study 
  • Supporting the development of a meaningful self-study and action plan 
  • Identifying program teaching and learning practices and pedagogies 
  • Supporting data collection related to teaching and learning objectives and practices of a program 
  • Reviewing and providing feedback on the self-study and action plan 
  • Supporting Institutional Research and Planning by facilitating focus group sessions, if requested 
  • Assisting with and supporting the implementation of the action plan 

Contact us with questions or to get started! 

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) has at its core the goal of improving student learning. This is achieved through scholarly inquiry about learning, about teaching, and about how to best make public the resulting findings (SoTL Canada website, 2021).  

"Integrated research and classroom learning" is a guiding principle of YukonU Academic Plan (2016-2021). One way YukonU shows a commitment to integrating research and learning is by providing instructors with opportunities to nurture their interests in SoTL through teaching and learning support in the form of:

  • SoTL Hack-a-thons  
  • Teaching Chats       
  • Individual support for planning SoTL projects 

Contact us if you have an idea for a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) project. Your idea could be big, it could be small, or it could be a budding curiosity that you want to explore further.  

 

 Educational technologies

Below you will find training, guides and resources related to Moodle, Zoom, Panopto - the core educational technologies we use at Yukon University. For information on how to access and set up these tools contact the IT Helpdesk. Teaching and Learning is here to support you to make the most of these educational technologies in your teaching practice.

Moodle
Moodle LogoMoodle is the Learning Management System (LMS) we use at Yukon University. An LMS allows instructors to create a course space online and add resources and activities to support student learning. All credit courses at Yukon University will have an automatically generated Moodle course site.

Training and resources: 

Moodle Docs provides comprehensive documentation and how-to guides for Moodle's features and tools.  As of January 2020, Yukon University is using Moodle version 3.7. Some of the guides that can be found there are: 

Check out the Resource section below for more how-to information and FAQs about Moodle. 

Examples and Templates  

The following example Moodle courses are available via self-enrolment for design inspiration or to use as a template:  

For help with creating a sandbox, importing content and/or making basic edit to your course page check out the how-to documents in the resource section below or contact the IT HelpDesk to request a tech coach. 

If you require assistance implementing and setting up specific tools, or if you would like to discuss the specific tools that best meet your teaching needs, contact Teaching and Learning.  If you're having technical difficulties please contact the IT HelpDesk.

Zoom

zoom logo Zoom is the video conferencing application available at Yukon University. The software offers robust functionality to support a variety of teaching and learning activities.  You might be interested in Zoom for a variety of reasons: 
 

  • Adding synchronous sessions or office hours to an online course 
  • Using breakout rooms for online group discussions 
  • Bringing in a guest speaker into your virtual classroom
  • Recording a short video/lecture to post on your Moodle course page
  • Capturing and recording your classroom lesson 
  • Teaching a multi-site course (teaching face-to-face + remote learners simultaneously) 

Every instructor scheduled to teach a synchronous-online course will be assigned a Zoom license for the duration of their class. Only people who host meetings/classes require a license.  Anyone who is invited to a meeting (up to 100 participants) will be able to join without a Zoom license.  Zoom accounts must be assigned to an individual email account. (Sorry, no group emails or "shared" accounts.)   

Training and resources: 

Teaching and Learning can provide training, coaching and workshop opportunities for instructors. See the Teaching and Learning Events Calendar for upcoming sessions. Contact us to request a one-on-one or group Zoom Orientation for Teaching session.

Panopto

panopto logo

Panopto is the video creation and editing application we use at Yukon University. It is also where you can store your course recordings, including recordings made in Zoom. As of January 2021, we are using Panopto version 7.2. You might be interested in Panopto for a variety of reasons: 

 

  • Recording a short video/lecture to post online
  • Linking a recorded video to your Moodle course page
  • Editing videos

Advantages of recording lectures in Panopto: 

  • Save time: Recordings can progressively upload to our Panopto channel, which can easily be added to your Moodle course page using the green Panopto button. 
  • If you record with "capture PowerPoint" all content from your slides will be indexed and searchable by students from the online Panopto viewer. 
  • You can make the videos available to your students to download if you want. 
  • Videos are more private in Panopto than YouTube 

Training and Resources 

For help with creating and sharing video recordings, contact Teaching and Learning. If you are having technical problems, please contact the IT helpdesk.

 

 Resources

Teaching and Learning HUB

YukonU's central location for instructor focused supports and resources.

(Note: you will need a YukonU account to access the T&L HUB).

Open Educational Resources

Find information about open educational resources such as open textbooks, open courses, images, Creative Commons, and more.