Hub Winter 2021 Prep Edition


I’m not certain if this feeling is mutual, but celebrating the end of the semester seems like a good idea to me. What a year! Congratulations to all of you who have pitched in and made this most challenging time for teaching and learning a resounding success. We encourage you to take a look at all we achieved together in the 2019-20 Annual Report.

Below is a series of tips and ideas to help with the winter course preparation. From startup checklists to resources to video editing, it's all here. We hope these supports prove useful as you build and plan.

Students may not always be aware, but we see the work and care you put in every day. Please accept my gratitude and the Hub Team’s gratitude for your dedication and our best wishes for a restful holiday break and a safe and fun New Year.

From Jenni and the Hub team!
Krista Ceccolini
Instructional Designer
Rob Comtois
Educational Technology Specialist
Alison Frauts
Instructional Designer
Jenni Hayman
Chair, Teaching and Learning
Brian Levac
Graphic Designer
Chris Schubert
Senior Educational Technology Specialist
Jeff Tranchemontagne
Video/Multimedia Specialist
Sarah Wendorf
Senior Instructional Designer
Mel Young
Educational Developer
Get in touch!

Winter (Start-Up) Is Coming! 

Winter semester planning may not be on your radar just yet and that’s ok! It’s been a challenging semester to say the least and catching up can feel daunting.

When you are ready, feel free to use the resources and recorded P.D. sessions below to get up and running for winter 2021. You can also view all recorded P.D. sessions here.

Semester Start Checklist
The start of the semester is a busy time, so we’ve created this checklist to help you ensure that you have everything you need for the start of your course(s).

Choosing Resources
Looking for new or additional resources for your winter courses? In this video, Jenni, Marnie, and Christine discuss how to incorporate diverse, accessible, and free resources into your course with the help of the Cambrian Library.

Grading Criteria
As you develop your assessments, consider using Moodle’s rubric or marking scheme features. We’ve created templates to make this process easier. Learn how to apply a rubric template by clicking HERE, and a marking scheme (checklist) template by clicking HERE.

Get Your Resources Ready

With the winter semester just around the corner, now’s a great time to start thinking about your course resources. One great way to ensure that your students have all the course resources and required texts is to choose digital open educational resources (OER). The beauty of OER is that you can reuse, redistribute, revise, remix, and retain them. Learn more about OER in the open text, Teaching in a Digital Age by Tony Bates.

If you want to jump right in to searching for OER, check out the following search engines:

Get Your Moodle Ready

For everyone working on Moodle courses new and old, our Moodle Resources are here to help!

Re-watch Prior P.D. Sessions on Moodle quizzes, group settings and other topics.

Get Online-Teaching Ready

Are you teaching a fully online course next semester? Never taught online before? Check out these two great resources developed by Jess O'Reilly in her previous role in the Hub.

Contact Mel Young for any questions about teaching online.  Both are self-enrolling courses in Moodle with great videos, information, and resources! 

Get Compressed-Delivery Ready

Are you teaching a compressed delivery course next semester? These are courses that are taught in 7 weeks rather than 14. There are unique benefits and challenges to this delivery mode, so we're here to help you get ready.
  • Check out our Compressed Delivery Guide for tips and ideas 
  • The guide contains tips from colleagues who have taught in this format as well as additional resources from other institutions. 

Get Your Videos Ready

As Zoom has become the de facto method of teaching for many, having a way to edit and clean up our video recordings has never been more important. In the tutorial video below, Jeff walks you through how to clean up your videos (Zoom or otherwise) in the free Windows 10 Photo app.

Learn step by step how to perform the most common types of video edits that are required when cleaning up educational and lecture style videos.
Watch Video

Get Your Assessments Ready

Using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles when creating assessments ensures that all of your assessments are accessible to all students.

  1. Align your assessment with specific course learning outcome(s). 

  2. Provide students with an explicit purpose that outlines why you are asking them to complete the assignment in a certain way. 

  3. Give a brief overview of the overall task.

  4. Provide students with an approximate time they should expect to spend on completing the assessment to allow students to budget their time appropriately.

  5. Provide students with a process to complete the assessment.

  6. Include grading criteria in the form of a rubric, checklist, point system or other mechanism.

  7. Identify how you wish students to submit their work.

  8. Include any references or further resources that could help support students in their completion of the assessment.

  9. Bonus: Include an audio file (embedded in the document) that reads the assessment outline to the students.

View Example

Get Your Moodle Design Ready

Get your courses in Moodle ready for the Winter semester by adding some simple and efficient design elements. Here are the top 5 elements you can add to your Moodle course to jazz it up!

  1. Add in a course header image. This will create a more personal welcome and look to your course. See How to Create a Course Header Image in PowerPoint.

  2. Pick a colour scheme and apply it to your Moodle course to brighten it up! See How to Change the Moodle Toggle Colours.

  3. Add in labels for subheadings. This can help keep your course looking clean, organized, and easy for students to navigate within the course. See How to Create a Moodle Subheading Label.

  4. Inserting graphics. You can insert graphics, images, and icons right into your Moodle sections. See How to Add and Size Graphics.

Looking for Moodle design inspiration? See some of our Cambrian faculty’s Moodle course designs in “Show Me Your Moodle”. Contact us for the password to access. 

Need even more visual help? Reach out to Brian Levac, our team’s Graphic Designer to help brand your course Moodle header or other materials.

Get Your Ed Tech Ready


Want to take your lessons to the next level this winter? Nearpod allows you to turn existing PowerPoints or Google Slides into interactive lessons. Great to help students practice while they learn, gamify your course, and allow multiple means of collaboration and discussion. You can create both live synchronous and online asynchronous lessons. 


  • Looking to expand your Padlet game in the winter or want to just try out the many features of a Padlet Pro account? Padlet is a collaborative tool that allows students to respond or post content in multiple ways. 

  • Sign up at, sign in using the Microsoft login, and enter your Cambrian College email address and password to get started. 

  • Wondering if Padlet would enhance learning in your course? Check out the many features that Padlet offers educators. 

  • View a Fall 2020 PD session recording from Krista Ceccolini titled “Collaborate, Create, and Consolidate with Padlet”. 

  • Contact the Hub for 1-1 support. 

Another great tool to check out for you and your students is Grammarly. Several Hub team members and faculty are already on board using this tool and many are promoting it to their students as well. These tools do not require IT to install. 
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