Support Available for Transitioning Exams to an Online Format

In anticipation of the upcoming exam period, which we recognize will be a challenging time for many instructors and students, Peter Wolf (Executive-in-Residence Higher Education Lead) and Kai Zhuang (Educational Developer) have been asked to provide targeted support to all instructors who were planning on using traditional face-to-face final exams (timed and proctored) and now need to consider virtual alternatives.

They are in the process of developing and curating important guidance and resources which will be ready as soon as possible at the LassondeLearn website. It will include:

  • General Guidelines and a Decision Tree for Adapting Assessments to be completed Online (final exams, projects, presentations)
  • Supporting Students in Virtual Exams

Peter and Kai will also be offering support in a number of ways:

1) Attend a Zoom Webinar on Virtual Exams next week (Register via email at Scheduled webinars are as follows:

  • Monday, March 30, 11:00am-12:00pm
  • Wednesday, April 1, 1:00pm-2:00pm

2) Zoom Drop-in sessions:

  • Monday March 30, 12:00pm-1:00pm
  • Tuesday, March 31, 9:00am-10:00am,
  • Wednesday, April 1, 2:00pm-3:00pm
  • Friday, April 3, 10:00am-11:00am

Zoom Meeting Link is here:

3)One-on-one Support via Email, and Zoom (contact and – with your question or comment; we will endeavor to respond within 1 day.

4) Access the resources available at the LassondeLearn website

Following sections provide links to training videos.


An lecture capture system which provides advanced interactivity tools and the capability to catch up on missed classes or review and rewind previous lessons.

Can be accessed via:

    • Login with your followed by your password setup during registration.
  • within your own moodle course
      • Simply add the echo360 link under activities and resources, external tool.

1. How to Get Your Class Online Quickly with Echo360

With Echo360, you can easily transition to teaching online by repurposing existing videos, creating new videos, interacting with students, and monitoring engagement. Students can also study as they would in class, by taking notes, asking and responding to questions, answering polls, and indicating their confusion when reviewing videos. We recognize that these approaches may be new to many faculty staff, so this video will demonstrate simple steps to help get you started. In particular, it will show you:

  • How to publish an existing video into a new course
  • How to take an existing video and use our new editor to edit and create learning objects
  • How to use Universal Capture to create instructional videos on your desktop
  • How to use Echo360 engagement tools to improve learning
  • How to use analytics to enhance online learning

2. Getting Started with Echo360 for Instructors Videos

    1. Login to Echo360
    2. Complete your registration
    3. Echo360 Homepage
    4. Download & Use Echo360 Universal Capture
    5. Manage Presentations and Interactive Activities in Echo360
    6. Editing an Echo360 Recording
    7. Measure Student Engagement in Echo360
    8. Share Contents to your Echo360 Course
    9. Upload contents to Echo360


An online video conferencing platform that allows the online delivery of class, face to face web meetings with students, and online office hours.

Can be accessed via:

    • Visit site for information and details on how to install and use.

Zoom Training Videos – Topics include:

  • Access Zoom on your computer
  • Getting Started
  • Scheduling a meeting
  • Joining a meeting
  • Recording a meeting
  • Getting started with Breakout Rooms


An online learning platform which provides a digital course page allowing the upload and sharing of course materials, online assignments, quizzes, discussion forums and announcements to students.

Can be accessed via:

    • Login with passport york credentials, your course will be available on your dashboard.

MS Office

The Office 365 family of software products as well as onedrive, and microsoft teams. Allows for anywhere, anytime remote work.

Can be accessed via:

    • Login with followed by passport york password.

Send an email to to schedule a training.

Flipped Classroom

How to flip your course for the remainder of the semester. Develop skills in flipping traditional lectures and tutorials into online format. Will utilize the online tools of Echo360 and Zoom.

Trainings provided by Llew Mann in Best Lounge:

Monday:          1-2pm

Email to organize a zoom conversation.

Crowdmark - Grade student work anywhere, anytime

What can Crowdmark do?

Crowdmark takes care of all of the tedium and administrative work of grading so that educators can focus on providing richer feedback to students faster. Independent studies have shown that educators experience up to a 75% productivity gain using Crowdmark.

Watch video – How does Crowdmark work?

Effective Online Instruction with Moodle

Moodle is the University supported learning management system. It is a robust system integrating many flexible tools to complement, support, and enable active students’ engagement in face-to-face, web-enhanced, blended, and fully online courses. This workshop will introduce effective techniques for quality online instructions and how to set them up in York University Moodle.

Can be accessed via:

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Designing Assessment to Drive Learning

Assessment for learning can help instructors identify where students are in their learning, where they need to go, and how best to get there. This workshop will introduce effective strategies for encouraging a growth mindset through designing assessments that provide frequent and timely feedback to your students. Facilitators will also discuss how to tailor these strategies to your course format, assignments, and teaching style.

Can be accessed via:

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Effective online assessment strategies using Moodle

Literature has suggested that effective online assessments are forwarding looking, having clearly explained criteria and standards, creating opportunities for students to engage in self-assessment, and providing student meaningful and timely feedback on a regular basis. Using a well-designed assessment rubric has been highly valued by instructors and students among other effective assessment techniques. In this one hour webinar, we will introduce several effective online assessment techniques that can be easily included in Moodle with a focus on setting up and using an assessment rubric.

Can be accessed via:

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Make your lecture class interactive with technology

Empirical studies suggest that increased student engagement in the classroom might lead to improved student achievement. Classroom lecture can be engaging and interactive if students are asked to actively interact with the instructors and peers and apply the information that they’ve received rather than simply watching, listening, and taking notes. This workshop will introduce a couple of easy-to-use classroom technologies to help integrate different activities into classroom lectures to engage students with their peers, instructors, and materials actively.

Can be accessed via:

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