Checklists – Zoom

Who doesn’t love a checklist? An easy way to see at a glance what you need to do or what you need for a task. With remote classes going to be continuing for awhile, it’s worth taking the time to look at parts of remote teaching and ensure that your questions are answered and you are ready for your class.

Consider Zoom. There are certain features that every instructor should be able to use to make their class run efficiently and effectively. Let’s break that down into a checklist:

-Is University Zoom account set up?

-Able to schedule meeting?

-Able to share invitation?

-Can manage waiting room?

-Can disable waiting room?

-Can assign a co-host?

-Able to share screen?

-Able to view and type in chat?

-Able to Create breakout rooms?

-Can open and close breakout rooms?

-Can create a poll?

-Able to Open, close and display poll results?

-Able to mute participants?

-Able to hide self view?

-Able to switch from gallery to speaker view?

If you can do all these things, you are well on your way. If you answered ‘no’ to anyone of them, consider looking at for tips and instructions, or look at the Nexus PACE Instructor Communication Portal for information. The Portal also has a recording from a PD session on how to use Zoom tools to improve your class, give it a watch.

Lastly, note that the University Zoom accounts have controls placed on them that limit some of the functionality, such as sharing content and breakout rooms, it’s a good idea to try these things out first to ensure you know how they work exactly if you are using the UW licence.

APA Sample Paper

Looking for an example of how an APA paper looks? You can access one online here:

This example, hosted by Purdue University, shows the layout and use of APA citations and references. There are lots of comment boxes to provide tips and instructions.

APA has two components to it: the formatting of the document and the citation & reference component. For instructors with research papers, such as in the Management Certificate courses, both parts of APA will be used for assignments at PACE. For instructors that are using templates or preset documents, then the formatting piece may not be required, but students should still be citing (if applicable) and showing references using the APA format so that is consistent across all PACE courses.

Where are my students?

This past year has seen lots of changes by the federal government on where students have to be in order to remain eligible for the post graduate work permit.  It’s no surprise that the COVID19 pandemic has caused changes as the world, and the government, adjust to new information.

As things stand now, March 2021, it is possible for international students to be located any where in the world taking PACE programs, and still be eligible for the post graduate work permit.  While many students have already transitioned to Canada, there are still some students that are studying overseas. 

With our current plan for remote delivery of classes, we hope that students are able to work on their course materials regardless of where they are studying.  Instructors have dedicated times for video classes and provide detailed instructions for students to work asynchronously for independent study.  The class hours have been designed to account for different time zones, and the independent study hours are up to students to manage.

It can be anticipated that students will continue to look for times to connect with their instructors.  Using the class day for office hours, using discussion boards, and using email can help students and instructors to connect and further the learning experience. 

As the pandemic continues to change the world, we can expect that the government will also change the rules for students.  We will do our best to keep instructors up to date and provide you with the support you need to interact with your class

Save the date – May 6, 2021

On May 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Red River College will be hosting the annual Academic Integrity Inter-Institutional Meeting (AIIM). This year’s conference will be virtual, and the full schedule will be released on April 23.

The conference features speakers from Manitoba post secondary institutions sharing their ideas around academic integrity initiatives and ideas. Past conferences have featured a lot of great takeaways and insights, especially around student views on integrity.

You can check out more here:

Mark you calendar!

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom!

One year in, getting tired of it? At least some people are. A Stanford University professor did a study of the impacts of Zoom on participants. What’s really great about this article summarizing his research is that it also offers solutions:

Big thank you to Cate F. from our instructor team for sharing that.

Val B., a PACE student and UWSA rep, also shared a resource this past week. This one is a video from Zoom on the tools:

What’s nice about that video is the combination with a searchable transcript to help move through the video to topics you need.

Just remember that some tools are not available if you are using the UW Zoom account.

Nexus – Rubric Tool

Rubrics are tools used to score assignments. At PACE, we feel that rubrics should be shared in advance with students, this lets students know how they will be graded. Nexus has a built in rubric tool that can aid with that.

Found under the Assessments tab, the Nexus Rubric tool allows instructors to design and publish a rubric for any assignment. As with doing one on paper, first determine the criteria you want to grade on, determine how important that criteria is compared to others in terms of point value, then establish levels for the points. What does it take to receive maximum points? Average points? Below average? All that information is entered into the Nexus Rubric tool.

The Rubric is then associated with an assignment that allows the instructor to grade the assignment against the rubric and automatically determine the grade.

Want to know more? PACE will be holding a lunch and learn on the tool in the coming week, watch your email for an invite.