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Courses at the School of Continuing Studies (SCS) will be offered remotely until restrictions caused by COVID-19 are lifted. Courses that were designed to be delivered fully online will continue to be delivered in that mode.
SCS Instructor Services and Educational Technologies (ISET) has developed a number of specific resources to help you with the transition from the classroom to the virtual environment.
All McGill instructors teaching remotely in spring/summer or fall 2020 will be provided with a licensed Zoom account in order to be able to host live remote classes
Here are some specific resources available to instructors:
Zoom and myCourses Essentials Workshop (self-directed training)
SCS instructors with a teaching appointment are automatically enrolled in the two-hour self-directed workshop called Zoom and myCourses Essentials. The workshop provides the necessary instructions on the procedures required to run a Zoom session and to use myCourses as an asynchronous complement to live lectures.
To access the workshop:
• If you are teaching credit courses: https://mycourses2.mcgill.ca/d2l/home/454327
• If you are teaching non-credit courses: https://mycourses.scs.mcgill.ca/d2l/home/454320
Note: If you are unable to access the workshop, please contact our technical support consultants (contact information available below under Additional Resources).
After completing Zoom and myCourses Essentials, you can register for:
Q&A Live Sessions about Zoom and myCourses.
Several live sessions are available for you to ask questions about Zoom and myCourses and to experience the Zoom environment in real time and to discuss best practices when teaching remotely. Reserve your spot in one of these sessions.
During the coming weeks, you will have the opportunity to get one-on-one support:
- How to Use Zoom Videoconferencing to Teach Online Effectively
- Community Engaged Pedagogy in the Virtual Classrom: Integrating eService Learning into your Online Leadership Education (pdf)
- SCS Guidelines for MID-TERM and FINAL EXAMS/ASSESSMENTS for Spring/Summer and Fall 2020 Semesters
- Recommended Equipment for Teaching Live Virtual Classes
CRITICAL: Privacy and Confidentiality When Using Zoom
Instructors are advised to use the same Zoom link for all their live classes within the same course (this Zoom link is what students click on in the course home page in myCourses to join live classes). However, for privacy and confidentiality reasons, a different Zoom link MUST be used when setting up individual meetings with students as demonstrated in this video tutorial.
Technical questions: Contact our technical support team if you need assistance with technology, on weekdays, Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 9:00 pm, and on Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Canada, Eastern Standard Time): by email at techsupport.scs [at] mcgill.ca or phone 1-514-398-2216.
You can also contact McGill’s Central IT helpdesk at 514-398-3398 or itsupport [at] mcgill.ca.
Logistical questions: Contact instructors.conted [at] mcgill.ca (Instructor Services)
Academic questions: Contact your program, course or area coordinator.
More teaching resources: Teaching and Learning Service (TLS) offers a large number of additional resources.
Instructions for students: Your students already received some instructions. You can find them on our student resource page.