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Teacher Support II

Adapting health science internships for social distancing and the pedagogical synergy of the Center for University Pedagogy (CPU)

Social distancing during the pandemic has forced pedagogical teams at Université de Montréal to quickly adapt their teaching to continue pursuing their mission of educating student cohorts. Pedagogical practices have been radically transformed and digital tools have taken a central role in teaching.

While this has been a fairly demanding process, the past few months have been an unprecedented opportunity to innovate, educate and update. Starting with the first lockdown, the Centre de pédagogie universitaire de l’Université de Montréal (CPU) set up collaboration and teaching support units and provided pedagogical and techno-pedagogical advisors.

This presentation will explain the structure of the teaching support units, drawing on the example of adapting health sciences internships through the use of various digital tools and launching phone consults. The presentation will conclude with a discussion on the impact these adaptations have had, and the future of the units.

Bernard Bérubé

Assistant Director of the Centre pédagogie universitaire of the Université de Montréal

Julie Verdy

Senior Academic Advisor to the Vice-Rector for Student Affairs and Studies, Université de Montréal

Supporting the development of promising educational practices

The teaching staff in the college network never stops innovating. Each week, the Collecto team publishes inspiring stories of practice on the Éductive website.

Many teachers have shared their stories the website about what they have learned during the pandemic that could improve their teaching in a sustainable way. There is a lot of talk about inclusion and flexibility, and how digital technology can support these practices.

Éductive also offers several other types of resources to inspire and equip teachers looking to innovate and integrate technology for greater impact. Many of these resources contain thought-provoking leads to reflect on the future of digital technology in colleges. The Le Pavillon website offers higher education staff a whole repertoire of digital educational resources that may prove very useful.

Catherine Rhéaume

Editor, Éductive (Collecto)

The unlikely rollout of "adapted in-person mode" for all courses at a university

In spring 2021, it was hard to imagine, anticipate and plan for fall term. The plan was to start the school year with in-person classes and physical distancing. All schools faced a very complex problem: how to give courses in rooms with reduced capacities due to distancing rules, or with students unable to attend due to the public health situation.

At HEC Montréal, a committee of teachers, pedagogical advisors and technicians came up with a hybrid-flexible format whereby teachers could adapt to changing health restrictions and teach in an “adapted in-person mode.” Even more challenging was figuring out how to roll out this approach for all courses between June and the start of the school year. In collaboration with teachers, students and technicians, the HEC Montréal pedagogical support team put in place several strategies to prepare 15,000 students and more than 300 teachers to experience fall 2021 courses in “adapted in-person” format.

Lamiel Brasseur

Learning and Pedagogical Innovation Department, HEC Montréal

Claire Aucourt

conseillère pédagogique, Direction de l’apprentissage et de l’innovation pédagogique, HEC Montréal

Nadine Vaillant

maître d’enseignement, Département de management, HEC Montréal