Host Live Sessions Online
Videoconferencing may be a viable option for the delivery of lectures/seminars. They are most effective when used with groups of 20 or less.
Videoconferencing with MS Teams
You will need a faculty or staff UTORid to create the video meeting but participants do not need a UTORid. You can invite people from anywhere. The capacity per meeting is 250. Visit the ITS site for a step-by-step guide on using MS Teams Video meeting. If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.
Divisional Videoconferencing Solutions
Many divisions have their own local solutions. Interested faculty should contact their divisional educational technology support representative. Of, if instructors do not know who that is, they can email Quercus Help staff at firstname.lastname@example.org and refer you to the appropriate contact.
Webinars and Web-Conferencing
Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a web conferencing tool. It can be used for online office hours, virtual meetings and webinars. Please be aware that long distance charges may apply if participants, including the moderator, are joining the session using a telephone. The teleconferencing number provided by Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is not toll free.
Large Webinars: Blackboard Collaborate Ultra sessions created in Quercus support up to 250 participants. Large webinar sessions with more than 250 participants must be set up by divisional support staff outside of Quercus. If you are planning a large webinar, please send a request to your divisional educational technology support representative at least one week in advance of the session.
- Real-time Teaching and Learning Online with Webinars Collaborate Ultra tip sheet (.pdf)
- Comparison of Web Conferencing Tools Comparison Chart (.pdf)
VoIP Audio-conferencing Services
Instructors of small courses (with a maximum enrolment of 20) may wish to use the University of Toronto’s VoIP services, including multi-person audioconferencing, are available. Recommended for small courses (with a maximum enrolment of 20). Visit the Telecommunications website and contact your contact your divisional support team for more information.
Strategies for facilitating student interaction online
- Use Blackboard Collaborate Ultra web conferencing software or MS Teams Video to host a live online session of your class or tutorial. This software includes screensharing, whiteboard, polling, and chat functions. Sessions can also be recorded, and the session links can be shared with students to view on Quercus. For examples of effective uses of webinars for teaching, please see CTSI’s Real-time Teaching and Learning Online with Webinars page.
- Use Discussions or PeppeR in Quercus to encourage student interaction with course content, with their peers, and with instructors and Teaching Assistants. For examples of online discussion activities, please see CTSI’s Engaging Students in an Online Environment page and Facilitating Discussions.
- Use the Groups tool to break students into groups in Quercus. This tool provides students with a shared space where they can manage their groupwork and communicate with each other.
- Review CTSI’s Active Learning and Adapting Teaching Techniques. The strategies presented here were written for teaching in-person, many of the active learning techniques can be applied online.