Dear Faculty,

We are pleased to announce the launch of a resource website and training program for Bimodal teaching.  These resources have primarily been created by our team of Tech Fellows, under the leadership of Ritesh Kotak (who has another life as a technology expert).  All of the Tech Fellows are common law students and they have been working hard to support our collective move to bimodal teaching (in collaboration with Professor Craig Forcese and members of the Faculty’s leadership team).  They are Ayushi Dave, Eryn Heidel, Mona Shadid, Olivia Hu, Ryan Mosoff and Ritesh Kotak, and we are very grateful for all of their work.

We also want to thank you all for your patience, as we know that many of you are anxious to understand and adapt to this new format.  Here are key details about the resource website and training program.

Bimodal Teaching Resource Website;

The resource website will be live shortly and will provide a series of ‘how to’ guides, including documents and videos.  To allow for immediate access for all full-time and part-time faculty, the website is open-access and does not require login or a password.  Further resources will be added as created. You can also book training session via the website (more information on that below). A link to this website will be sent when it is live.

Training for Bimodal Teaching:

The training program begins with a virtual Q&A session (bilingual) scheduled for Thursday, August 26 from 12pm to 1pm.  This session will offer a demonstration of bimodal teaching technology, followed by an open Q&A.  Please register for the Q&A by clicking here (so that you can receive the Zoom link).  Further Q&A sessions will be scheduled. Three key questions you may have are answered in the mini FAQ below.

Starting the week of 23 August, you will be able to book 1-on-1 training sessions with our tech fellows. You are welcome to participate in these sessions with co-teaching colleagues.  There are options for in-person (on campus) and virtual training.  For in-person, you will be able to pick a time to come to FTX and run a sample bimodal lecture with a tech fellow.

Next Steps:

Mini FAQ:

What is bimodal?

Bimodal classes will be taught in-person on-campus by the professor.  Students will participate either in-person, in the same classroom as the professor, or online, at the same time.  Through the supporting technology, the professor will be visible to the online students and they will be visible to the professor and in-person students.   Depending on the format, in-person students will also be visible to the online students in varying degrees. In a truly bimodal environment, both types of students will receive an equal user experience from participating in discussions to engaging in polls.  Please see the attached infographic as an overview on the different formats of bimodal teaching.

Do I need any additional technology?

No! (But, for more discussion-oriented classes, professors will likely find it useful to add their personal laptop to the technological set-up).  The technology podiums and other audio-visual components in nearly all classrooms in FTX and BRS have been upgraded and reconfigured for bimodal teaching.  The podium interface is somewhat different and not all the rooms have the exact same technology, but the differences are minimal. All the technology (except the optional personal laptop) will be in the room and we will show you how to set it up and use it. 1-on-1 training sessions will be done within the room you will be teaching in. If you taught online last year, there are only a few additional steps you will need to take to teach bimodally. Again, please see the attached infographic as an overview on the different formats of bimodal teaching.

How do I create my Brightspace virtual campus course site so that there is just one site for both in-person and online students in my bimodal course?

Brightspace course pages have to be created by submitting a request through the uOttawa Maestro system.  There is a link to that system on the right-hand side menu bar on your homepage in Brightspace (you need to login to virtual campus to get to your homepage).  Once you are in the Maestro system, you will see an alert notice at the top of the page that informs you that, for bimodal courses, there will be a ‘Master’ (‘[MTR]’) course code, along with the sub-course codes for the in-person and virtual sub-sections.  If you create your course by selecting only the ‘Master’ course code, then the system will automatically combine your students into one Brightspace virtual campus course site.

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