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October Newsletter

The Architectural School Studio and Video Editing Software

Veronika Mogyorody talks to Amanda Gatto about the value of studying and working in the studio. Gatto talks about her experience with the transition from face-to-face to online, and offers tips to students for the upcoming semester.
Looking to edit a video, recorded Teams meeting, or a screen capture video? This blog post explores some free-to-use video editing software with links to tutorials on how to use them.

CTL will publish 2-3 articles a month and looks forward to curating content from teaching and learning practitioners who want to share their personal thoughts, opinions, insights, reflections, and advice. Contact if you have an idea for a post.

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Authentic Assessment in the Pivot

Schedule: Monday, October 5, 2020, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Drop-in Session 2:45 - 3:45.
Location: Taught Online
Instructors: Pierre Boulos, Jessica Raffoul (Allyson Skene to join in during drop-in session)
We’ll meet via Microsoft Teams to explore the principles and practice of authentic assessment and how these might be adapted in an online setting. Specifically, participants will review a course’s learning outcomes and brainstorm how we can design meaningful assessments that measure what students know, value, and can do. Participants will leave with resources with which they can re-envision their own courses. This workshop will be followed by a Drop-In Session, from 2:45 until 3:45, where instructors can discuss assessment principles and practices including assignment prompts, question design, rubrics, academic integrity, and more.

For registration information, visit

Breathe Out ~ Breathe In: A CTL Self-Care Check-in on Resources, Renewal and Relaxation Before the Break

Schedule: Friday, October 9, 2020, 12:00 - 12:45 p.m.
Location: Taught Online
Instructors: Erica Stevens Abbitt, Erika Kustra, Lorna Stolarchuk
Welcome to a short workshop occurring just before Reading Week, to provide colleagues with a moment for self-care and a check-in, with resources to reduce stress. This will include a short breathing/relaxation session, and Q&A with CTL members to provide reassurance you are on the right track with teaching set-up and methods, along with links to important resources. The goal is to reduce ongoing stress, and provide a much needed breather during this challenging semester.

For registration information, visit

Virtual Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW)

Schedule: December 9, 10, 11 & 14, 2020, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Online
Instructors: Ashlyne O’Neil & Pierre Boulos

This is an intensive four day workshop (Face to face ISWs usually run 3 days). The workshop involves facilitated lessons in the morning, followed by a microteaching session in the afternoon, where each participant will be recorded teaching a lesson and will receive constructive written and verbal feedback from the other participants. Each participant will teach 3 mini lessons over the course of the workshop. Participants will also be given a recording of their lesson each day for review at home. At the end of the course, participants will receive a certificate of completion.

For more information or to register, visit

Due to popular request, this series is being offered again:
Pulling Together I – Foundations Series
Was delivered Friday, September 25, 2020

Pulling Together II – Foundations Series
Friday, October 9, 2020, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.  |  Taught online via Microsoft Teams
Session 2 will examine the role of colonization and how it continues to affect Indigenous Peoples in Canada and define the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people today.

Pulling Together III – Foundations Series
Friday, October 23, 2020, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  Taught online via Microsoft Teams
In Canada, we are still dealing with the legacy of colonization. Media, institutions, and ordinary people still perpetuate harmful stereotypes and beliefs about Indigenous Peoples. This creates a society that continues to discriminate against Indigenous Peoples. Decolonization is the “undoing” of colonization and a process by which Indigenous Peoples are regaining their rightful place in Canada and are thriving. In session 3, we will address some of the challenges that exist because of centuries of institutionalized racism.

For registration information, visit

The CTL is offering three half courses this Fall with spaces available in the following:

Leading Effective Discussions - This course introduces the basic skills involved in promoting, leading, and sustaining educationally effective discussions.
Every Monday from November 2 - December 7, 2020, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

For registration information, visit

MS Teams and MS Stream and Blackboard

The MS Teams integration with Blackboard class sections is new and we are still learning how to optimize its power for enhancing teaching and learning on campus based on your experiences. These tools (MS Teams and MS Stream - supported through ITS) offer features that some instructors are finding beneficial for their teaching and learning circumstances – such as collaborative document development, video recording and sharing, and hosting live synchronous sessions.

Further, there is an automatic MS Team to correspond with your Bb section list available if you choose to activate it. Find out how to create and activate your MS Team. You can also add a link to the newly formed Team to your Blackboard Course site menu, which is detailed in the MS Teams Getting Started article in UWindsor's online self-help page. Note, this does not digitally connect Blackboard to MS Teams – they are two separate cloud applications - but it does give you an intersection point with an MS Team being populated and updated once a day to a corresponding Blackboard site list.

There is an upcoming session on October 16 to learn more about these tools and ways they can fit with Blackboard for your online course. Find out more on the registration page.

Need help with Blackboard for your online course site?

If you have questions, and want real-time help, stop by the Blackboard Organization - Bb Café - Virtual Help Desk, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm (available in the Virtual Classroom). Coop students and staff are available daily to provide help, answers, or recommendations. Alternatively, submit a Service Request and a member of the team will respond to your request as soon as possible.

Office of Open Learning (OOL) Workshops

OOL aims to provide faculty and students with the tools and training they need to be successful with online, blended and open learning. They offer a wide range of expertise and training through workshops and other flexible learning opportunities.

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