This session was held on Friday, November 13th at noon.
Ronaldo Cerri will be our guest for this week’s Lunch and Learn. He will be speaking about his experiences with the various teaching technologies he has been using over the last six months, such as Canvas, screen recording software, tablets, streaming video, and Microsoft Teams.
As always, bring your questions and get ready to discuss teaching from a unique perspective.
Ronaldo’s Teaching Experience:
Ronaldo uses a drawing tablet with stylus and depends heavily on annotation of his slides during live lectures for teaching his courses.
Ronaldo usually depends on both hands-on and experiential aspects by sharing videos during the class and having students understand the concepts better with experimental learning at a farm.
For his laboratory portion of his classes, it is a purely hands-on experience. During the pandemic, he has bought a camera to help students make their case study videos. He emphasizes on good lighting and good video editing.
Use of MS Teams for Research Groups and Communications with Post-Doctoral Students:
Ronaldo started using Teams before UBC rolled out MS Teams for all users. He mentioned that using teams cut down his emails by 80%. He uses MS Teams for all his research teams and for reviewing all his working documents with individual post-docs. All the post-docs are assigned to a channel on MS Teams with Ronaldo being the owner for all the channels. This allows him to communicate with all his post-docs and the post-docs are restricted to view just their own working documents.
Candice shared an interesting approach to her exams by sharing the way she conducts her midterm and final exams this term. To ensure the students are not feeling the stress of an exam, she has removed time limits from their midterm and final exams allowing students to take extra time to finish it. On average, students have taken 10 minutes beyond the limit. She asks for explanations for exams that take more than an hour. She has reported a surprising number of issues related to their living context showing that students may not have an environment to take exams.