Mechanical Engineering, Spring 2020

Online Teaching Resources


The following tutorials are created to aid in the transition to online teaching.

Avenue is used as the home base for all content. Familiarize yourself with Avenue before proceeding to other tutorials.

Please keep in mind the following best practices while planning for online teaching: Online Teaching Best Practices

Video Tutorials:

Click on the buttons inside the tabbed menu to navigate:

Online Workshops

Workshop Recordings:


Online Teaching Template (4S03):

Hardware Recommendations: Hardware

A summary of Recording/Streaming Software, Lecture Delivery Modes, and Bandwidth Limitations: Summaries

1. Avenue

Avenue to Learn is an online management system that can deliver content, assignments, quizzes, and much more to students. Avenue will be the first point of content for all student communication and file sharing. When making any recordings, always make them accessible on Avenue for students' ease of use.

To request a course shell for your course, go to

Once you have received your course shell, courses begin as "inactive" so you can develop them well in advance of sharing them with students. To make your course visible to students view Tutorial 1.7.1.

Avenue URL:

Video Tutorials: Video Here
Basics of Avenue: Video Here
Announcement Tool: Video Here
Creating a Gradebook: Video Here
Quiz Creation: Video Here
Gradebook - Associating with Assignments: Video Here
Grading on Avenue - TA Resource: Video Here
Annotating Assignments Directly in Avenue: Video Here

Additional Resources:
Avenue Wiki:

Additional Instructional Support Videos for Avenue:

If you are familiar with Avenue it is highly recommended to touch up on Avenue best practices: Avenue Best Practices

1.1 Navigating Avenue

1.2 Content

The following tutorials discuss the Content tab of Avenue. All your course material will be organized in this location. Always head here to upload files and share resources. When using the Content tab, it is important to keep organization in mind. Organization is one of the best ways you can help students as they transition to online learning.

1.3 Communication

The following tutorials discuss the communications tab on Avenue. The communication tab on Avenue is an optional feature you can utilize. It can be helpful for certain courses in which you may need to open discussions for students. For example, you can create discussion forums in lab courses to direct questions for each lab in separate locations.

1.4 Assignments

This tutorial covers creating an assignment dropbox on Avenue. This will be the primary method of collecting assessments.

1.5 Grades/ Rubrics

The following tutorials cover the grade tab on Avenue. The grade tab of Avenue allows you to enter grades and create a gradebook. The easiest way to grade is to perform all assessments through Avenue. Students will receive grades quickly with transparency and it is very simple to calculate the final grade. Please use assignment dropboxes and quizzes to perform assessments. These tutorials also cover the rubric function, which can be helpful for marking and grad attributes. NOTE: You can reuse rubrics you make, which can be helpful for carry over for future years.

1.6 Making an Avenue Quiz

The following tutorials discuss how to create a quiz on Avenue and the question types.

1.7 Course Admin

The following tutorials cover the Course Admin tab. Here you can view additional tools you can use in Avenue. We encourage exploring this tab to see if any features can be applicable for your course delivery and organizational preferences.

1.8 Avenue Best Practices Read Me!

Extra: How to import a template quiz for student feedback during the semester.

2. Teams

Teams acts as a digital hub for collaboration. You create a "Team" which is a group of people that all share something in common. For example, you can create separate Teams for each individual class you teach or a Team for a group of colleagues all working on the same project.

Teams has many capabilities that will be discussed in the following tutorials. The most important ones are the ability to host live meetings and record your screen. Live meetings allow you to interact with your students and increase engagement. You can also record any meetings you host so students can watch at a later time.

When you record with Teams, videos are linked to a central video hub known as Microsoft Streams. Microsoft streams is used in conjunction with Teams to create content for students.

It is highly recommended you explore Teams and all its features as it is an extremely powerful collaboration tool.

Basic Teams Overview: Video Here


Additional Resources:

2.1 Installing Teams

2.2 Navigating Teams

2.3 Tabs in Teams

Tabs are a very useful feature of Teams. Important pages can be highlighted in tabs as well as assignments, files, forms, task lists and more. Tabs can be made for different applications that can all be seen within teams. Students will not have to go outside of Teams to view these. Links to MacVideo, Microsoft Streams, To-Do Lists, Files, Wikis, OneNote and more can be added into a channel through tabs. The following sub-pages give more information on the most useful tabs in Microsoft teams.

2.4 Navigating Streams

2.5 Live Streaming and Recording with Teams

2.6 Creating Downloadable Content from Streams

2.7 Linking Teams Recordings to Avenue

3. MacVideo

MacVideo can be comparable to YouTube, except it is owned by McMaster. It is essentially a hub to store your recordings. MacVideo also has basic editing capabilities and automatic captioning services.

Within MacVideo, you can download Kaltura. Kaltura is a recording software used in conjunction with MacVideo. When you record with Kaltura, your videos are synced to MacVideo, where you can then link them to Avenue for students.

To begin with MacVideo, open the URL and login with your MACID.

Video Tutorials: Video Here
Demo of MacVideo Viewing Options when Recorded with Kaltura: Video Here
Video Editor - MacVideo Video Editing and Quiz Editing: Video Here
Embedding a Quiz - MacVideo Video Editing and Quiz Editing: Video Here
Quiz Creation: Video Here
Getting to and Using Video Editor and Video Settings- MacVideo Video Editing and Quiz Editing: Video Here
Full Video (Source of Previous 3 Clips) - MacVideo Video Editing and Quiz Editing: Video Here

MacVideo URL:

Additional Resources:
MacVideo Knowledge Base:

3.1 Installing Kaltura

3.2 Recording on MacVideo

3.3 Uploading to MacVideo

3.4 Editing on MacVideo

3.5 Linking MacVideo to Avenue

4. Multi-Hardware Connections

The following methods of connecting multi-hardware connections are simply samples of many different methods. There are many different methods of connecting your devices with each other. It is highly recommended with any setup you aim to use that you trial it before fall classes.


  1. If your Mac & iPad meet the requirements, it is recommended you use Sidecar . View the following link:
  2. If your tech does not meet the requirements, or you have a PC, you can view the following tutorial on the software Duet Display :
  3. If you want to use no additional software, view the following tutorial. NOTE: This method might be too glitchy for certain setups.


  1. If you want to use no additional software, view the following tutorial. NOTE: This method might be too glitchy for certain setups.
  2. If you do not want to use the above method, you could also utilize the app Duet Display. The Duet Display tutorial for iPads applies to androids as well.

Wacom Drawing Tablet: Plug in the tablet and follow the instructions provided to set it up. Use your desired note taking software (i.e. OneNote) and record as usual.

  1. Getting Started with Intuous 2015: Using Pen and Touch
  2. WACOM Tablet Demo - Teaching Online
  3. WACOM Tablet Tips
  4. Annotating PDF with Drawing Tablet: Video Here

Microsoft Surface: The surface has the same capabilities as a laptop. Simply plug an external camera into it and record as you normally would on a computer.

Additional: Marilyn's Instructions on Picture-in-Picture Video + Captioning

5. Misc

6. Additional Resources

7. Resources to Share w/ Students

8. TA Resources

Getting Started:
The following tutorials are chosen from other tabs on this website to guide TAs to learn applicable content. This content is curated towards the technical side of learning. It does not encompass all the TA training that will be provided. Keep an open line of communication with your supervisor to understand the roles and expectations for online teaching.

TA Training Videos:

Teaching Assistant Duties:

  1. Grading Assessments:
    • Familiarize yourself with Avenue
    • Coordinate with your supervisor for information on inputting grades/ marking schemes.
  2. Delivering tutorials:
    • Understand how to record/ stream with Teams.
    • If you are required to upload your tutorials familiarize yourself with streams and syncing to Avenue.
  3. Instructing Labs (2B03, 3M03, 4P03):
    • Coordinate with your supervisor. You will likely need to be familiar with Teams and streaming.
  4. Mentoring Design Courses:
    • Coordinate with your supervisor. You will likely need to be familiar with Teams and streaming.
  5. Mentoring Courses with Computational Methods:
    • Coordinate with your supervisor. You will likely need to be familiar with Teams and streaming.
  6. Office Hours:
    • You will need to be familiar with live streaming on Teams. You can easily host office hours by hosting meetings in an "Office Hours" channel on Teams.

Equipment Checklist: Setup Checklist




If Recording Content:

Hybrid Tutorials:

9. Grad Attributes

The following are aimed to assist you with Grad Attributes. The Avenue tutorials can also be found on the Avenue tab of this website.

Website Last Updated: December 4, 2020