In response to the COVID-19 disruption of academic delivery, the Centre for Teaching and Learning has compiled the following information and resources to support faculty members in their transition to the online environment. Adopting an alternate delivery format will enable the completion of the Winter 2020 semester for most courses and programs.

This page is Sheridan’s Teaching and Learning Continuity Kit and focuses on the fundamental elements of online teaching and learning and provides suggested tools and approaches as well as pedagogical considerations. The functions and tools summarized in this kit can all be deployed in the SLATE environment.

The Centre of Teaching and Learning staff are here to help, for individual support and/or consultation:

If you would like to connect with us for a consultation session, please reach out to Andrea Seepersad, Senior Manager, Integrated Learning Technologies

If you need help with a SLATE related issue, please contact SLATE Help at

Getting Started  – Please check for an important note on Asynchronous vs Synchronous activities.

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Online Learning

As you move your course content into SLATE, you may want to consider redesigning the activities and/or the assessments to meet your course learning outcomes. What you had originally planned for classroom learning might need to be adapted for online learning.


  • Communicate with students by creating an Announcement to share important details relating to the course.
  • You can also create Discussion Forums and Topics to communicate new and important information and support collaborative learning among your students.


  • Share course materials and readings through Content


  • Record quick videos (30 minutes) using Video Note that now has captioning. Engage learners with video, provide video feedback. You can use video notes in discussions, course content, quizzes and more.
  • Record asynchronous video lectures on your computer to share with your class using Kaltura Capture (located in My Media). Students are also able to use Kaltura to record videos that can be submitted as assignments or to share within a discussion.
  • Deliver synchronous lectures with Virtual Classroom


  • Students can submit their assignments online by using an Assignment folder in SLATE.
  • Create a quiz in SLATE by building a library of questions in the question library and randomizing the questions to ensure all students get a different exam.
  • Respondus Monitor (RM) is a fully automated proctoring solution that enables students to take online exams and confirm students’ identity through the use of a webcam which records exam sessions.
  • Grades is a list of items on which you evaluate users’ performance.  Grade items can include assignments, quizzes, discussion posts, participation, and so on.  Together, the items in a grade book represent all the work that you evaluate users on in a course.


  • For all inquiries regarding online teaching and learning, please email your request to A member from the Centre will reach out to you within the next 24 hours of having received your inquiry.
  • The Educational Development Team at the Centre for Teaching and Learning offer 1:1 consultation for faculty as they consider how to design and facilitate both accessible and inclusive learning experiences in the online environment. As we all shift online, we recognize that students with academic accommodations may be experiencing increased anxiety and potential barriers to learning.
    • For our Sheridan faculty who might be looking for strategies and supports to accommodate and meet learner needs in the online environment, please reach out directly to our educational development consultant, Dina Moati at For students who require one-on-one support as you transition fully online, please reach out directly to our educational development consultant, Bethany Osborne at


  • Find further curated resources from Library and Learning Services, Brightspace by D2L, other Ontario colleges, and the academic community.