Archives for April 2020

Summer 2020 GT Remote Teaching Academy

A committee representing GTPE, CTL, OIT, C21U, the Library, and the Summer Office put together a Summer 2020 GT Remote Teaching Academy to prepare instructors to teach this summer semester, including GT1000 and iGniTe courses. All instructors of record will be added to a Canvas course for the asynchronous activities of this academy. This will be made available on April 27th, 2020. The below synchronous sessions will also be available to all instructors. The synchronous sessions will be recorded and made available in the GT Remote Teaching Academy Canvas course. Instructors are strongly encouraged to benefit from the asynchronous training and at least three of the synchronous sessions of their choosing. 

Topics Covered and Planned Schedule  

Asynchronous Modules in Canvas: Instructors will see the course in Canvas (Available on April 27, 2020)

  • Design Fundamentals — design syllabus for summer remote teaching, backward design, learning objectives, alignment, course policies
  • Intro to Canvas — course navigation and tools overview
  • Engaging Students in Learning — faculty-student, student-student, and student-content interaction, building a community of learners
  • Creating Effective Content — asynchronous and synchronous content delivery considerations and technologies
  • Assessment of Student Learning — creating and administering assessments for remote delivery, identifying students at risk

One-Hour Synchronous Sessions: Register Here

Design Summer Syllabus for Remote Teaching

  • April 29, 2020 at 10am   
  • May 4, 2020 at 10am 

Course Engagement Best Practices

  • April 30, 2020 at 10am  
  • May 5, 2020 at 10am  

Effective Assessment of Student Learning

  • May 1, 2020 at 10am   
  • May 6, 2020 at 10am  

Canvas Course Navigation and Tools Overview

  • April 29, 2020 at 1pm  
  • May 4, 2020 at 1pm  

Choosing the Right Tool for Content Delivery

  • April 30, 2020 at 2pm  
  • May 5, 2020 at 1pm  

Assessment Technologies Overview

  • May 1, 2020 at 1pm  
  • May 6, 2020 at 1pm  

Making Documents Accessible

  • May 1, 2020 at 3PM
  • May 6, 2020 at 3PM

One-on-One Sessions (optional, upon request): 

30 mins sessions available starting April 24, 2020, with priority given to MayMester and Summer I instructors 

New Tools to Quickly Identify At-Risk Students in Canvas

Provost Bras recently made the following request of Georgia Tech faculty who suddenly find themselves in the role of remote teachers during the Coronavirus crisis:

“We encourage you to pay close attention to students who might not be engaging in class discussions, chats, or assignments. Look for signs of distress. Identify these students and proactively reach out to them.”

In order to help with this effort, the developers in C21U have added new features to the GaTech Roster tool, which is found in the left navigation bar of every course in Canvas. Two new columns have been added to the tool:

  1. Last Course Activity: A timestamp indicating the last time this student has interacted with your Canvas course.
  2. Total Activity: The total number of hours and minutes this student had interacted with your Canvas course.

Even better – these columns are sortable. For example, if you click the “Last Course Activity” column header, the students who have been inactive for the longest amount of time will float to the top of your table. These fields are also included in the exportable roster available in the GaTech Roster.

As Provost Bras recently said, “Students and families are under enormous stress and that some students are struggling. It’s critical that each of us recognize the extraordinary and trying times and respond with empathy, kindness, and flexibility.” Hopefully, these new features will allow you to quickly identify those students who might be at risk and send them a quick message to ensure that everything is OK.

If you’d like to learn more about the GaTech Roster tool, go to