For Instructors at the University of Toronto
Speak with your department/division about policies and procedures governing the administration of courses (e.g., syllabus templates, grading and grade reporting policies including important sessional dates, procedures relating to instructor absences, procedures related to assignment extensions). If you have questions or need support with Quercus, identify and contact your divisional support team or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- COVID-19–Planning for Completing Courses this Term (Provost’s Office memo)
- Teaching Online/Remotely – Planning for Next Term (NEW pdf)
- Checklist for Continuity Planning
- Online Tests and Exams
- Quick Guide Continuity Planning
- Libraries support for online teaching and learning
- Academic Continuity Tip sheet for TAs
- Resources and Support
Visit CTSI Events for information on upcoming webinars.
All CTSI webinars are recorded and will be available online after the session date at Quercus Videos and Workshop Recordings.
How to Guides
- Teaching Online/Remotely – Quick Guide
- Voting to modify methods of evaluation
- Turnitin may be used for final assessment
- Contacting students during a disruption
- Posting pre-recorded videos
- Hosting live sessions online
- Distributing work and manage assessment
- Video conferencing on Microsoft Teams
- Assessment Options (Alternatives to Face-to-Face Assessments) (produced by UTSC, Centre for Teaching and Learning)
- Administer Take-home Exams Using the Assignments Tool on Quercus (NEW video)
- Using Quercus Quizzes Tool for Automated Online Test (NEW video)
Instructor Resources to Help Students
- 5 Tips for Students: Transitioning to Your Online Learning Courses
- COVID-19 Information for University of Toronto Students (FAQ)
- Accessibility and Accommodation Options for Quercus Quizzes (NEW video)
- Tips for Accessibility When Moving to Online Course Delivery (pdf)
- Accessibility Planning Guidelines in Online Learning (pdf)
- Accessibility Checklist for Faculty During Continuity Planning (pdf)
- Essential Information for Teaching Assistants on Quercus (pdf)
- Accommodated Testing Services – message regarding COVID-19
- Teaching and Learning Resources on the AODA website
- Accessibility and Quercus
- Visit Accessibility Services on St. George, UTM and UTSC for additional information
Important information regarding Winter 2020 course evaluations for instructors and academic administrators can be found in the following memo from the Provost’s Office. This memo is also available as a signed Winter 2020 Course Evaluations Letter (pdf) for inclusion in dossiers or other purposes. Please note that the letter referenced in both links refers to the pdf letter provided in the second link.
Check the U of T Campus Status web page regularly for updates; information on the status of each of the three campuses will be included here. The page can be reached from the University of Toronto homepage.
According to the University of Toronto Governing Council Policy on Academic Continuity, instructors are responsible for:
- Preparing course syllabi in a manner that supports academic continuity
- Altering course procedures, requirements and methods of evaluation in consultation with academic administrators to help ensure academic continuity
- Making reasonable accommodations for students who are unable to attend classes or complete academic requirements due to a disruption.
This is understood to be a normal aspect of good teaching practice. The following recommendations, prepared by the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI), in consultation with colleagues from across the University, are intended to support the development of resilient courses. CTSI is available to help instructors with any aspect of course design and delivery.
Extend Teaching Presence Through Technology
In the event of an academic disruption, instructors can extend their teaching presence through technology. Through the use of U of T’s supported educational technologies, instructors can communicate with students online, send announcements, deliver course content, share audio and video recording, facilitate discussions, engage students and grade assignments. For more information on learning to teach online visit the Online Learning Strategies (OLS) website.
U of T Supported Educational Technologies
Quercus, powered by Canvas, is the University of Toronto’s supported learning management system that instructors use to share course content online. Quercus offers advanced content design, and a variety of student communication and assessment tools. Through these built-in tools, and the effective integration of other educational technologies, this powerful “app store” platform allows for greater pedagogical flexibility and engagement. Instructors are encouraged to use Quercus and educational technologies in the Academic Toolbox as the teaching and learning management platform to deliver courses. Explore the full list of educational technologies supported at U of T.
Guides, Resources and Workshops are Available
- U of T’s Quercus Support Resources site for instructors, staff and students
- Schedule a consultation with a CTSI Faculty Liaison