The eLearning Technology team creates posts in order to teach eLearning concepts, pass on information gathered from conferences, and bring attention to eLearning events.

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    Academic Integrity and OWL's Honour Pledge Feature

    Updated on November 6, 2020 by Allyson Steward

    When teaching online or in-person, it is important to establish expectations for students regarding academic integrity as "showing trust and respect for students, and addressing cheating consistently and fairly sends the message that you value academic integrity” (Tatum and Schwartz 2017). (Read More)
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    Test Tool: Best Practices

    Updated on November 5, 2020 by Deanna Grogan

    For the best experience we recommend students have only one browser window and tab open during an exam, whenever possible. For students writing open book exams, students may need to access course material or other allowed online content during the exam; in these cases, students should ensure that they do not open an OWL quiz in more than one browser tab. (Read More)
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    New OWL Q&As

    Updated on October 28, 2020 by Jen

    Now that we're well into fall with winter around the corner, you might be thinking about midterms and maybe even final grades. We want to help make sure you feel prepared and ready to tackle these topics and many others that relate to your online course.To that end we've scheduled events for the next few months to help answer your questions.

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    Resources for OWL Tests and Quizzes

    Updated on September 29, 2020 by Allyson Steward

    In order to help instructors prepare their online midterms and final exams, the WTS eLearning Technology Team has developed a series of videos on how to use the Tests and Quizzes tool in OWL, including how to create an assessment, how to publish, and best practices for using the tool to assess your students. (Read More)
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    External Tools In OWL

    Updated on September 16, 2020 by Deanna Grogan

    Instructors may want to supplement the features of OWL by adding an external tool. This may be a software package from a textbook publisher, or eLearning tool from an ed-tech company. These add-on software tools extend the functionality of the Learning Management System (LMS). These tools are considered “external” because they are not applications owned by Western University and, even though they can be integrated with OWL, they are not part of the OWL application. (Read More)
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    Video Captioning

    Updated on September 2, 2020 by Deanna Grogan

    With a rapid shift to online, instructional videos are continuing to gain popularity with both students and instructors. Including captions when posting videos will ensure the content is accessible to all students. Captioning is a service that makes video content more accessible and supports students with disabilities (hearing loss, auditory processing disorders, concussion, mental health, ADHD to name a few). At Western, the number of students already registered as having those types of disabilities exceeds 2000.  (Read More)
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    Web Conferencing at Western

    Updated on August 19, 2020 by Deanna Grogan

    To add another layer of security to your Western Zoom sessions, you can now restrict meeting access to only participants who have logged into Zoom using a Western email address (note: this includes both and addresses by default). This will help mitigate the risk that an unwanted party will join your Zoom session.

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    OWL Templates are Here

    Updated on July 15, 2020 by Jen Sadler

    In order to help instructors transition their spring and summer courses to online delivery, the eLearning Technology Team (ELT) and Instructional Technology Resource Centre (ITRC) have developed two new OWL templates.

    The templates include common OWL tools, course homepage banners, and organized Lessons ready to be populated with content. Instructors can choose from two designs: Basic and Advanced.

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    Getting eLearning Help During Covid19

    Updated on July 15, 2020 by Jen Sadler

    Covid19 is difficult for everyone, including instructors who are now thinking about how to get their courses online for the fall term. The eLearning Technology Team, the Instructional Technology Resource Centre, the Centre for Teaching and Learning, Western Libraries, and the WTS Helpdesk are working together to try and make life easier during this stressful time.We are doing this by creating resources, advising on tool choice, providing technical help, and guiding instructors on pedagogically sound teaching choices. Here is a list of resources, as well as ways to get in-person help. (Read More)
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    Set your work free

    Updated on June 26, 2020 by Jen Sadler

    Instructors who build digital learning resources such as videos, diagrams, images, slideshows, podcasts and textbooks put huge amounts of effort into creating content. However, when the semester is over and the students have headed home, those resources stagnate. With open licensing instructors can choose to share the authoritative learning content that they create with a wider audience, reduce costs for students, and benefit the global community while still retaining rights to their hard work.

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    Make it Accessible

    Updated on June 26, 2020 by Jen Sadler

    When you think about accessibility in the classroom, what is the first thought that comes to mind? Many instructors provide a link to Student Accessibility Services in their course outlines. This is a good first step, but there are many other low-effort, high-impact ways that instructors can improve access. Students don’t need to have a physical disability like vision or hearing impairment for small changes to be effective. Improving accessibility also benefits people who face situational impairments such as low light conditions.  

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    eLearning Toolkit

    Updated on June 26, 2020 by Jen Sadler

    Planning lessons can be a challenge, especially when teaching a blended or online class. There are a lot of digital tools available. Some of these can replace the tools and strategies used in an online class, and some of them can completely reframe and improve the learning experience for your students. You might ask yourself: where is the best place to start? What is the best way to choose eLearning tools for your classroom?

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    Ask ELT: Online Communities

    Updated on June 26, 2020 by Jen Sadler

    Q: I teach an online course, and I would like my students to get to know each other and to foster a sense of community in the class. Every year I set up a forum in OWL for my students to communicate with each other. I encourage them to post introductions and questions there, but students rarely participate. Are there other tools that I can use to get my students to talk to each other?

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