Quick Guide to Online Learning

See below for quick reference to key components to consider when setting up your online or remote learning environment.

For more information on online learning topics and/or educational technology tools:

Add Content to Your Course in Quercus

Adding course material in Quercus may include files (e.g., PDF of a reading or PPT file of a lecture), videos (e.g., self-made lecture capture or link to an online video) or direct text entry.

Create and Share Video Material Online Asynchronously

Creating and Sharing Video

If you wish to record and share lecture videos, video messaging or announcements, consider the following options:

Record screen or webcam for a lecture or presentation

Record webcam for quick messaging and announcements

Uploading/hosting Video

If you have created a video or have access to a video file you wish to share with your students, consider the following options:

Adding Video to Quercus

Add videos you have created and hosted, or share videos relevant videos you have found online to Quercus using either:

Adding video to your class is an effective way to share your lecture content. For example, recording your voice and screen while working through a (PPT) presentation ensures students benefit from your expertise while being provided with visuals to enhance their learning.


Running Online Synchronous Sessions

These tools enable the use of audio and/or video to converse and interact with your class live.

When considering whether a synchronous lecture option is the right choice for you, we recommend the following video for guidance:

To hold a live lecture, office hour, or question and answer period, consult the following:

Holding Multiple Choice Quizzes and Assignments on Quercus

If you wish to offer assessments on Quercus, the following resources will provide guidance:

Discussions in Quercus

Active Learning Online

If you are looking for additional strategies to engage students, review Active Learning at the University of Toronto. The continuum of active learning strategies (image below) lists a number of activities that can be implemented online in Quercus.

Graph displaying activities from simple to complex

Teaching and Learning Tools Beyond Quercus

If you are looking for ways to engage students online using tools that are not native to Quercus consider:


Accessibility Guidelines

For information on making courses accessible:

Teaching Assistants' Training Program

For information on graduate student and Teaching Assistant professional development and job training, please visit the TATP for resources, events and more.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Enroll in the SoTL Hub to access resources, share ideas and engage with your U of T community.

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