Information for your students

CUOL has information for students that can be incorporated into your course outline or added to your cuLearn site, including distance exam essentials and information on how to view lectures and who to contact in case of a problem.

Merging cuLearn sites

You can merge your cuLearn sites for your in-class section and your CUOL section. This makes it easier for you, as you don’t have to maintain two sets of content. It also has the advantage of building a sense of community within your course between your face-to-face and online students. Make a request for this on the cuLearn support site.

Textbook ordering for distance students

Students studying abroad in particular may face long delays when ordering books, so the earlier textbook information can be published the better.

Lecture delay

Students who watch their lectures using Video On Demand may not be able to access the lecture online until a business day after the course is held, and may need more time to view due to other commitments. Please consider this when scheduling assignment deadlines and setting test and examination dates. When preparing midterms and tests, please only include lecture material that all students will have received.

On-campus meetings

You may wish to consider inviting CUOL students to campus for an on-campus meeting, pre- or post-exam review or special event such as a film night. If desired, review sessions prior to midterm or final exams can be recorded and made available at no charge to all students using VOD. If you wish to organize an event like this, please contact CUOL administration for room bookings and to arrange promotion of the meeting on the CUOL website.

Build rapport with your students

CUOL can work with your to produce a personal profile video and/or a course profile video. These can be used to promote the course, let interested students know more about you and the course, and build a rapport with students. Take a look at an examples in the CUOL video gallery.

Evergreen your CUOL content

For recorded courses offered as rebroadcasts (using recordings from a previous offering of the course), you will want to make students feel more engaged and not like they are just watching a “rerun” of your course. One suggestion is to consider posting brief video introductions summarizing the content, updating original references or examples if based on timely material, and providing some questions for students to consider. You can do this with a webcam or CUOL can facilitate recordings for you in one of their studios.

Logistical messages

Please announce logistical messages (exam dates, office hours and so on) at the beginning of your class, and then pause before beginning the lecture. This will mean that if your course is rebroadcast in a later term, CUOL can edit the lecture to remove the messages that are no longer applicable.

CUOL students and “distance”

Some students in CUOL sections may be what we refer to as “distance” students, but generally speaking most of your CUOL students are local. These students are generally on campus regularly to take face-to-face courses, meet with fellow students and instructors, and may often attend your class in-person. At the beginning of the course, let all students know they are welcome to attend the face-to-face class if they wish to do so as long as seats are available. If the classroom is full at the start of term, tell them to wait a few weeks. You will probably find that seats open up when your in-class students realize they can opt to view the lecture online from time to time.

“Distance” student, in CUOL terms, simply means those students who qualify for and choose to apply for the distance exam service.

Combatting isolation for distance students

As some CUOL students may be located in another province (or state or country), they have a tendency to feel rather isolated. Some instructors like to ask their distance students to email them to introduce themselves and say where they are. You may want to mention the distance students by location in your class lectures or say hello to those living in certain remote areas. Treat the camera as one of your students and make sure to give eye contact to your distant students on a regular basis.

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