TCDC & Ed Tech Monthly Workshop and Events Calendar

TCDC and Ed Tech now have a monthly workshop and events calendar! You can view the calendar by visiting https://iweb.langara.bc.ca/tcdc/calendar/ where you will find full workshop and event listings and locations as well as the link to register.
– Hope to see you soon!

Or to go straight to registration here: TCDC registration or EdTech registration 

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Discover Unlimited Access to Live Webinars and Digital Library

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Langara Faculty and staff can now access live and recorded webinars offered by Innovative Educators in six diverse categories including, student success, organizational development, health, safety, teaching and learning. Speaker resources are also available. Webinars can be viewed independently or requests can be made for TCDC to host group and interdisciplinary webinars across campus.

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Three Podcasts and Books to Inspire and Energize Your Teaching Practice

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Written by Mirabelle Tinio, Modern Languages Instructor & Curriculum Consultant

Are you looking for a quick dose of inspiration? Or a good read to motivate your professional development this summer? Here is a curated list of podcasts and books that have inspired me over the last two semesters. Enjoy!

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August 2019 – Instructional Skills Workshop

The next Langara College Instructional Skills Workshop will be held on three consecutive days (8:30 am – 4:30 pm) August 27, 28, 29, 2019.

ISW is Your Opportunity to Enhance Your Teaching!

  • Teach more interactive and interesting classes
  • Increase your competence and confidence in the classroom
  • Expand your teaching techniques and strategies
  • Enhance your feedback and evaluative skills
  • Receive a certificate recognized across North America
  • Open to Langara employees only

These workshops fill quickly and have a maximum number of 12 participants, so don’t delay. To register, email Teaching and Curriculum Development Centre (TCDC) 
tcdc@langara.ca 

Interested in ISW but can’t make this session? Contact Parisa Zitouni tcdc@langara.ca for possible alternatives. FYI an evening ISW is being considered for Fall 2019. If this would suit your schedule, please let us know.

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Universities spend big on recruiters in scramble for foreign students

When Sahjanand Rai decided his educational future lay on the other side of the world, he did what many high school students do in his home province of Gujarat, in India. He hired an agent.

He’d been encouraged by his father to move abroad for university, both to gain more knowledge and to grow as a person, and after much research settled on Memorial University in St. John’s.

When it came time to complete the actual paperwork, he needed help but was determined to avoid immigration scams he says are commonplace in India. He shopped around and found a recruiter paid for by Memorial.

Read more…

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/atlantic-canada-universities-recuiters-contracts-freedom-of-information-1.5095883

 

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Real Voices Make it Stick

A multidisciplinary group of Langara faculty members from the TCDC book club gathered regularly to discuss and unpack myths about learning while uncovering new strategies for increasing knowledge retention and information retrieval among their students.  In the audio clip below, participants share personal thoughts and takeaways on the reading circle and the book titled, “Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning”.

TCDC book clubs are facilitated by curriculum consultants and offered multiple times throughout the year. The next book club will be offered in May, please register here.

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Using Your Course Outline as a Learning Tool

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Written by Carmen Larsen, TCDC Curriculum Consultant

Some students are used to taking a passive role in their learning, expecting that instructors will transfer their knowledge and wisdom to them through lectures and photocopied PowerPoint slides. These students are likely unaware of the research coming from the learning sciences illustrating that learning happens when people actively engage with new information, and so they are surprised and a little uncomfortable when instructors ask them to do so throughout the semester.

One way to set the tone for active learning in your course is to get your students actively exploring course content right from the start: with your course outline.

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Who are the CDCs and how can they help?

The Teaching and Curriculum Development Centre (TCDC) has grown over the past year, and we now have more curriculum development consultants (CDCs) who can support faculty and departments with their curriculum projects.

So, who are the CDCs and what do we do?

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Growing Open at Langara

On March 6th, colleagues from departments across campus came together in the T Gallery to learn more about open pedagogy and resources and celebrate Langara’s open education champions. The room hummed as colleagues mingled and chatted and explored the open textbooks and digital resources on display. Strategically placed near the bar was a large whiteboard covered with notes from students. The Open Langara committee had asked students to jot down how much they had spent on textbooks this semester and what other day-to-day things they could have used that money for.

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Classroom Management: A Balancing Act

By Shawna Williams, TCDC Curriculum Consultant

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Classroom management “refers to the procedures, strategies, and instructional techniques teachers use to manage student behavior and learning activities. Effective classroom management creates an environment that is conducive to teaching and learning. Ineffective classroom management often creates chaos” (Classroom Management, n.d.).

The National Council on Teacher Quality in the U.S. advocates that instructors develop skills in these “big five” areas to have well managed classes: establishing and communicating classroom rules; building structure and routines; reinforcing positive behaviour; imposing consequences for misbehaviour; and fostering student engagement and active participation. (Greenberg, Putman & Walsh, 2014, pp. i-ii).

For college instructors, there are five additional areas we can consider:

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7 Tips For Using Group Work Effectively in a Diverse Classroom

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Written by Jessica Kalra, TCDC Curriculum Consultant & Biology and Health Sciences Instructor

Many faculty/departments at Langara have identified communication and collaboration skills as important learning goals for their students. In order to help our students achieve these goals, we as instructors, may opt to employ group assignments as part of our assessment strategies. However, the value of group work extends beyond just communication. Group work can be an important tool to engage students and help them build negotiation, time management, conflict resolution and organizational skills. In the context of our increasingly diverse classrooms, group work provides students with opportunities to develop and practice intercultural communication skills. Group work also affords instructors the opportunity to assign more complex and authentic tasks that would otherwise be impossible for a student to do alone. Moreover, if students are working in groups, they are learning from each other, which can encourage deep learning (Millis 2002, Weimer, 2011). Perhaps most importantly, employer focus groups have indicated that strong communication skills and the ability to work well in teams are skills that are prioritized when hiring, in some cases, above technical know-how.

Although the myriad of benefits of group work are clear to instructors, many students are resistant to it. The key challenges for students include navigating the different personalities, attitudes, motivation levels, cultural and linguistic backgrounds and schedules of each group member (Vittrup 2015). How can we as instructors, help our students appreciate the importance of group work and relieve some of the apprehension our students face when tasked with a group assignment?

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Transformative Learning Experience for Instructor

Three days at Langara’s Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) can alter teaching philosophy, inspire a new instructional style and create positive impactful results in the classroom. In this testimonial, Manuela Klick, Instructor, Co-Op & Career Development Centre, describes her ISW experience.

“Attending the ISW has been significant for me…

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Active Learning: Much More Than a Fad (Webinar Series)

TCDC is pleased to offer an Innovative Educators series of webinars on active learning.  These webinars will take an active learning approach, so participants can expect to watch and listen and also to share ideas with the presenter and each other. Case studies will be presented, but participants are encouraged to think about and work on a course that is relevant to them during the webinar. A discussion period will follow the webinar for faculty to share thoughts, questions, and effective practices. Faculty are not required to register for all webinars. Each webinar in this series is a stand-alone presentation. Can’t make it to the group webinar session? Please contact tcdc@langara.ca for details on how to access remotely.  Continue reading

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Online Engagement Strategies for Diverse Students

Webinar Recording Available

The recording of the Magna webinar on Online Engagement Strategies is now available on-demand. You can access the presentation and PDF documents through the on-demand seminar recording link. To access, you will need to enter the following password:  engagement27

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20 Minute Mentor Commons Videos

Magna Publications Digital Library of 20 Minute Mentor Videos                                        offers more than seventy 20-minute video presentations related to teaching and administration in post-secondary institutions.  Continue reading

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April 2019 Instructional Skills Workshop

The next Langara College Instructional Skills Workshop will be held on three consecutive days (8:30am-4:30pm) April 24, 25, 26, 2019.

ISW is Your Opportunity to Enhance Your Teaching!

  • Teach more interactive and interesting classes
  • Increase your competence and confidence in the classroom
  • Expand your teaching techniques and strategies
  • Enhance your feedback and evaluative skills
  • Receive a certificate recognized across North America
  • Open to Langara employees only

These workshops fill quickly and have a maximum number of 12-16 participants, so don’t delay. To register, email Teaching and Curriculum Development Centre (TCDC) 
tcdc@langara.ca 

Interested in ISW but can’t make this session? Contact Parisa Zitouni tcdc@langara.ca for possible alternatives. FYI an evening ISW is being considered for Fall 2019. If this would suit your schedule, please let us know.

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