Online and Blended Learning in Engineering

In the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science we have a full-service Engineering Teaching and Learning Team (ETLT) composed of several specialists (see full team complement here).  The ETLT is available to support you with online, face-to-face, and blended teaching. We encourage every instructor to have a 1:1 conversation with a member of the ETLT when preparing for course design or delivery.

You may be interested in watching this short video (9 mins) on the Winter 2020 Engineering student experience with remote teaching (or see the summary sheet). Students provide helpful insights that can guide your teaching approach moving forward. This resource was created after the move to remote teaching during the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020 and is still relevant and helpful today.

At any time, you can reach the ETLT at ETLT@queensu.ca or via the LiveChat widget found at the bottom of this page with any questions you may have. We are here to help.

The Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) has prepared a Transforming Teaching Toolkit to help you think through how you can design your course(s) and teaching approaches to be flexible and adaptive. We recommend you explore the Toolkit carefully. One key element is a consideration of the student experience. In typical face-to-face teaching models, students spend a large amount of time interacting synchronously with members of the teaching team as well as other students. In some online learning settings, too much synchronous interaction equates to too much screen time. If a learning outcome can be achieved in a fashion that does not need a synchronous session, then instructors should prepare asynchronous materials (i.e. readings, videos, etc.). Staff in the ETLT can help you decide what is best done synchronously in your course and what would work better asynchronously.

The ETLT have included more resources in the six categories shown below that extend upon the CTL’s Toolkit to address some engineering specific needs.

 
[Inclusive Community]
[Course Organizatation]
[Student Engagement]
[Assessment Strategies]
[Tech Solutions]
[Communications]