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Into the Cave: An Ignatian Digital Retreat for a Pandemic

During this time of isolation, lockdown and quarantine, it is more important than ever to continue finding God in all things. Therefore, the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States has prepared a four part digital retreat to accompany people through this time of pandemic. Each module begins with a short audio reflection. Participants are then invited to meditate on images, short videos and Scripture, as well as reflect on discussion questions and contemplative activities.

The beauty of this digital retreat is that it can happen anytime, anywhere and with any number of people.

To participate, simply click here.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity

Faculty Development Opportunities for Remote Teaching & Learning

To help faculty teach their courses via the internet, the Center for Online Learning & Innovation offers several opportunities:

Workshop: Using D2L Quizzes

Learn to use the Quizzes tool in D2L to build online exams and quizzes. You can build online tests that replace traditional face-to-face exams. Or you can create small worksheet-style “checkup” exercises that help your students get the most from weekly reading or video content. In this workshop, we’ll explore how to build, operate, and grade assessments using the Quizzes tool.  See the faculty development calendar for dates and times of these workshops.  Please RSVP to if you plan on attending.

Using Google Sites to Build Online Lessons

Learn to use Google Sites to build simple but interactive web-based lessons. These are great replacements for in-class lectures in online courses, and in face-to-face classes, freeing up class time for more social and active learning.  Online lessons can also fill gaps in published materials, and can incorporate web based content like YouTube videos or websites.  See the faculty development calendar for dates and times of these workshops.  Please RSVP to if you plan on attending.

COLI Remote Teaching Meetup

Each Thursday at 2:00 p.m., COLI Director Mark Gallimore will host a virtual meetup where professors can discuss techniques, troubles, and triumphs in remote teaching.  Mark is there to answer questions, but faculty learn most great things from each other!  Please RSVP to if you plan on attending.  The next COLI Remote Teaching Meetup is Thursday, April 16.

As always, see our Faculty Preparedness site for other resources and opportunities, at

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, Center for Online Learning & Innovation