Remote Learning & Teaching

Remote Teaching and Learning 

 *page updated  April  20, 2020

During this extraordinary and challenging time, the School of Physical & Occupational Therapy (SPOT) instructors, administration and students have transitioned to remote teaching and learning methods.

In today's world, the thought of learning through a remote method seems quite flexible and simple, especially with the availability of so many free online learning programs.

What is sometimes overlooked is how much planning actually goes on behind the scenes. Providing higher education instruction for health care professionals requires very specific learning objectives and evaluation methods. 

Tremendous efforts have been made into making the content as accessible and engaging as possible within this new environment. 

There are two methods to teach and learn remotely:

  • synchronously - real-time experience (live videoconference or webcast)
  • asynchronously - previously recorded material (PowerPoint slides with voice) or material to read at own pace  

Over the last two weeks, instructors have been adapting and preparing their course content to present it either synchronously, asynchronously or a blend of both. As the transition to remote teaching progresses, instructors will find updated resources to teach below and students will find resources to learn. 

Quick Tips 

Tips for your new workspace and environment

The sudden shift to working and learning from home: 14 tips to help you set up and manage


Tips for looking great on camera

Whether you are an instructor recording a lecture, a student creating a video assignment or participating in a zoom.  Here are a few tips to keep you looking and sounding your best!

Have the light towards your face rather than behind you, avoid a window or light source behind you, set up an extra lamp if possible.
Check that your background is not too distracting and generally pleasant. If you are on a Zoom, try out virtual backgrounds. 

Choose a quiet room or space, mute your mobile and ask others to try and keep noises to a minimum.
Using headphones with a microphone might be a good option, check your microphone settings if not working at first.
If you are in a room with no carpet, there may be an odd echo, try to put a carpet or blanket on the floor to absorb the sound.

Instructors - if it is your first time recording a lecture, plan extra time to record a 30 -45 min session. This extra time will allow for setting up, troubleshooting, saving your file and uploading to  mycourses. 


Tips for keeping well

The Faculty of Medicine's WELL office is working remotely, find updates and resources here.

The McGill Student Wellness Hub offers several virtual services, check them out here.


Comments, tips or suggestions welcome!

Contact your instructor or email monica.slanik [at] (subject: Remote%20Learning%20and%20Teaching%20at%20SPOT%20) (Monica Slanik)


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