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As we continue to navigate through this time of change at York, instructors will need to shift their courses to online and remote formats. Here, we've prepared videos to walk you through this process. Instructions are provided to assist faculty members in building/maintaining eClass courses, engaging students digitally, and teaching (a)synchronously.

Throughout Summer 2020, Professor Steve Gennaro has hosted eClass retreats to assist instructors with various aspects of the website template. If you find that the information is difficult to grasp, feel free to slow down, rewind and make notes. In addition to the videos below, Professor Gennaro also hosted a six-day retreat in May 2020.

On this page:

Setting up Gradebook and creating groups


August 25, 2020 - Part 1

How to build a basic Gradebook in eClass.

  • This includes offline and integrated Gradebook options in their most basic, simplified, but useful fashion.

August 25, 2020 - Part 2

Continued instructions for building the Gradebook described in Part 1.

  • This section covers rubrics, using Gradebook for groups, and answers audience questions.

Creating discussion forums in eClass


August 18, 2020 - Part 1

How to set up a forum, forum types, targeted forums, and using course announcements.

  • This section is designed for those who are unfamiliar with these features, but may be useful for everyone.

August 18, 2020 - Part 2

Using forums as an option in a multi-section or multi-tutorial course for those teaching in a teaching team in larger classes such as gen eds, foundations classes and some larger first or second year courses.

Creating quizzes and tests in eClass


August 11, 2020 - Part 1

How to set up quizzes, tests, and exams in eClass.


August 11, 2020 - Part 2

Building questions in your quizzes, understanding additional features, and using Crowdmark.

Creating assignments and using Turnitin


August 4, 2020 - Part 1


August 4, 2020 - Part 2

Retreat for course directors teaching small seminar courses

Session 1, July 27, 2020

  • 5:42 - 19:05:
    • How to navigate the Going Digital website: where do I go to get help & find resources. What exists? Who can answer my questions?
  • 19:05 - 29:39:
    • The Pedagogy of an email policy: How having guidelines for your time may be the most important thing you can do to facilitate communication and best practices for online learning and learners.
  • 29:39 - 59:49:
    • Basics: Getting started on eClass
    • What’s a dashboard? How do I see my course (s) on my dashboard? Can I organize my dashboard? What if I don’t see my course when I log in to eClass? Find resources to download the LA&PS template, or bring an old course forward.
    • How to create a playground course on eClass (a fake course to play with)
    • Giving my course a description, a course, summary, and an image for student dashboards
    • How to select a format for your eClass site (topics, weekly, collapsed topics, grid, menu/tab, one topic) with examples of each.

Session 2, July 28, 2020

How to teach synchronously.

  • Using icebreakers.
  • Using Zoom:
    • How to annotate, use a white board, share screen, and use breakout rooms along with eClass tools like "glossary" for student synchronous work.
  • A discussion on having students write journals.

Session 3, July 29, 2020

More synchronous teaching ideas and strategies.

  • Using icebreakers
  • More talk of the whiteboard, sharing screen, and annotating documents on Zoom
  • Building in topics format
  • How to create groups on eClass
  • How to let students create their own groups in eClass
  • How to manually enrol a TA or student in the course on eClass
  • How to use these groups to create breakout rooms on Zoom
  • How to break up your 3 hour seminar using activity based learning individual and group work (example of 3 activities, 1 per hour: using glossary, wiki, and journals)
  • How to use a wiki as an e-notebook for our students
  • How to use wiki for collaborate group activity submission
  • The start of multi-day discussion of evaluating for completion and not just assessment

Session 4, July 30, 2020

How can I teach upper level seminar where I don’t ever meet my students in real time? Can I teach a course like this asynchronously?

  • How do I access older videos of Steve teaching? How do I change the speed to slow him down when I watch the videos? Can I turn on closed captions to read what he's saying?
  • How do I add a Zoom call to my class? What do I click on eClass to make the Zoom appear in eClass?
  • Where do I find my upcoming meetings? Past meetings? Repots (or attendance from past meetings)?
  • How do I schedule a new meeting – or office hours – or Q&A? What if it happens every week?
  • How do I share the recordings of past meetings with my students?
  • What features should I turn on or off when setting up a Zoom meeting and why? Or why not?
  • How to set up a course announcement for your students and send them the link to the weekly Zoom class.
  • How to add a link on eClass to anything! ( a file, a webpage, a video, a zoom call, etc).
  • How to navigate the yorku.zoom.us website to find my recordings.
  • Including how to adjust recording settings to turn on “audio transcript” which will turn on closed captioning for your Zoom recordings.
  • How to record a zoom meeting of you, by yourself, as a tool for recording your lectures.
  • How to add a label to eClass (a good way to post our zoom recording links for our students).
  • How to record a weekly update for students, post that update to eClass, and send that update to students.
  • Building community by using video to speak with my students when teaching asynchronously.

Session 5, July 31, 2020

How to teach asynchronously and create individual and group work activities that do not happen live. How to facilitate group work and even peer evaluation in this environment.

  • A discussion on setting up evaluation for completion and evaluation for assessment. How they are not the same thing and why it can be valuable to have both options in your online course (and how to consider points or badges to help with this).

Retreat for course directors teaching large lecture courses

You will learn the following:

  • How to teach large lecture courses with multiple tutorial sections
  • How to organize and set up your course, including how to create groups
  • How to create asynchronous lectures with synchronous tutorials (including tips for managing CUPE 1 workload)
  • How to use Crowdmark for assessment in large classes with a teaching team
  • How to record and post lectures (including lectures with closed captions)

Session 1, July 20, 2020


Session 2, July 21, 2020


Session 3, July 22, 2020


Session 4, July 23, 2020


Session 5, July 24, 2020


Session 5, July 24, 2020 - Bonus #1


Session #5, July 24, 2020 - Bonus #2

Additional tips for eClass

June 10, 2020

You will learn the following:

  • How to find and self-enrol in the LA&PS eClass template course (password: lapsmoodle).
  • How to restore the LA&PS eClass template and install it in your own eClass course. The process will be shown for both empty eClass shells and courses with pre-existing content.

June 11, 2020

You will learn the following:

  • How to create and insert a welcome video for your students by using the record feature in eClass.
  • How to set up both one-time-only and regular Zoom meetings (e.g., lectures and office hours) through eClass.
  • How to record your Zoom classes. This includes adjusting the settings for your recordings, and locating the links for Cloud recordings.
  • How to share your Zoom recordings in eClass.

June 12, 2020

You will learn the following:

  • How to record a YouTube video, and embed that video in your eClass course.
  • How to record using TechSmith Relay (Camtasia).
  • How to add closed captioning to your YouTube videos and Zoom recordings. This includes how to create an automatic audio transcript for your Zoom recordings (this requires you to record to the Cloud).