Moving Your Face-to-face
Course Online Quickly: A Virtual Workshop


Welcome to my workshop on moving your face-to-face course online. I'm Kim Peacock, one of the Educational Developers in Teaching and Learning Services, and before coming to MacEwan, I was an online instructor for over 10 years and coordinated an online Master's degree program. I will be your facilitator through this virtual workshop. This workshop is designed to take an hour and a half, and will give you a good foundation for moving your face-to-face course online. You may be thinking, "But didn't we already move everything online at the end of winter term?" Moving a full, cohesive course online is different than modifying the last few weeks of a course, and many instructors moved very little online, opting rather to assign grades and be done with the term.

This workshop outlines a process that will allow you to take a face-to-face course and quickly convert it to an online format. It's important to note that this is a bare bones set of recommendations. These are not necessarily best practices in developing online courses in general; this is a workshop on moving your face-to-face course online in a way that's quick, as easy as possible, and that supports your students' learning while being mindful of their mental health (and yours). It was created specifically for the context of the COVID pandemic to support you in creating a manageable and sustainable online course that does not overwhelm you with teaching (and marking) in a new context.

Given this context, this workshop assumes the following three things: 1) You have a pre-existing course. 2) You have already created course learning outcomes for your course. 3) You have existing course materials and are making decisions about how to best convert them to an online format. If these three assumptions are not accurate for you, please contact and we will triage you to appropriate supports.


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Workshop Sections

Labs: Please note that this virtual workshop was created for regular courses, not labs. If you are teaching a lab, some of this information may still be valuable to you, but if you want advice on how to move physical lab activities online, please email to arrange a virtual consultation.

  1. How do I plan for teaching online?

  • How to think through what parts of your face-to-face course to keep, change, abandon, or replace, as well as decisions about instructional medium (how you deliver the content).

  1. How does moving online change my course assessments?

  • How to re-think your assessments for an online context and more importantly, how to create a realistic amount of marking for yourself.

  1. How can I design my online course to best support my students?

  • How to organize your course to help students with self-regulation, community, and just generally feeling like they can cope with online learning.

  1. How do I plan effective and engaging learning activities?

  • How to plan online instructional activities that are effective and engaging for students, and do not default to the "read and regurgitate" online courses of the past.

Indigenous Turtle

Treaty 6 Territory Land Acknowledgment

We acknowledge that the land on which we gather in Treaty Six Territory is the traditional gathering place for many Indigenous people. We honour and respect the history, languages, ceremonies and culture of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit who call this territory home.

The First People’s connection to the land teaches us about our inherent responsibility to protect and respect Mother Earth. With this acknowledgement, we honour the ancestors and children who have been buried here, missing and murdered Indigenous women and men, and the process of ongoing collective healing for all human beings. We are reminded that we are all treaty people and of the responsibility we have to one another.

Please note that this workshop was developed with input and resources from several of my colleagues: Paige McClelland (eLearning), Laurie Osbaldeston (Supports for Students with Disabilities), Paul Sopcak (Academic Integrity), Kristen Rodier (The Writing Centre), Alanna Hazlett (Teaching and Learning Services), and others.

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