Remote Teaching Tips (using LEARN)

Given the "pivot" to remote teaching with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020, efforts to support teaching and learning have been ramped up here at uWaterloo which focus on the mix of asynchronous and well planned scynchronous learning. 

To this end, a few occasions arose where specific "help documentation" was needed to further support your efforts in this remote setting...Jason started crafting these Remote Teaching Tips and sending them out as emails.  Several have pointed out they'd like access to these tips in an ongoing fashion, so this Remote Teaching Tips page is the answer to those requests.

Note: This page is a continual work in progress - so the "under construction" items are being worked on and will be released when complete.

  1. LEARN Templates *updated*
  2. LEARN Quiz tool for Online Term Tests  - Under Construction...coming soon!
  3. Copying Content to another LEARN course - Under Construction...coming soon!
  4. Checklists in LEARN - Under Construction...coming soon!
  5. Creating Simple Videos - Under Construction...coming soon!

LEARN Remote Teaching Tips

1. LEARN templates *updated* (as of Nov 2020)

To help give instructors a head start in building your content pages, the Keep Learning - CEL team developed several content templates that can be used in LEARN.  The templates were designed to provide a starting point/framework for instructors to craft their own HTML pages that help keep both themselves and students organized.

These content templates are now available directly from your LEARN course!

How to access the templates

From your LEARN course:

  1. Go to Content of your LEARN course.
  2. Select the module you want the page in -or- create a new module by typing the title in the Add a module... box
  3. Click on the Upload / Create button and select Create a File.
  4. BEFORE entering a title, click on the Select a Document Template button

  5. Select a template from the dropdown menu (eg. "02-weekly-introduction-page").
  6. Provide a title for your page e.g. "Week 1: Introduction to Biochemistry".
  7. Save (no need to close, this step is just to save the page before you start editing the content).
  8. Edit the content as you see fit, but try to maintain the overall look and feel as they are designed with accessibility and minimizing cognitive load in mind - for example, the use of headings vs bold and bigger font, incorporation of ample white space, etc.)

Create a File - then Select a Document Template from the dropdown

There are seven templates:

  • 01 Basic Page
  • 02 Weekly Introduction Page
  • 03 Course Schedule
  • 04 Syllabus
  • 05 Discussion
  • 06 Dropbox
  • 07 Quiz

NOTE: When working in tables in these HTML files (templates)

  • use the "tab" key to advance to the next cell. 
  • when you come to the end of a table (last cell at the right, bottom), if you hit the tab key, a new row will be created.

For more information, visit the Course Templates page on the Keep Learning website.

2.  Online exams/test - using LEARN Quiz tool

Under Construction...coming soon!

3.  Copying Content to another LEARN course

Under Construction...coming soon!

4. Checklists in LEARN

Under Construction...coming soon!

5. Creating Simple Videos

Under Construction...coming soon!

If you have questions or if you run into any problems, please don't hesitate to contact LEARN Help (learnhelp@uwaterloo.ca, x31744) or Jason Thompson.