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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Making Sense of Changes to Program Review

The fall semester is underway as are big changes to the program review process at Langara. So, what does this change mean for departments, faculty, TCDC and all the great program review work we’ve been doing around the snack-covered TCDC table over the past few years? To answer this question, let’s look at how and where our ambitious TCDC program review work to date fit into the Curriculum Cycle and compare it to the new process.

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Upcoming Instructional Skills Workshops in 2020

The Instructional Skills Workshop offers strategies and tips for:

  • Teaching more interactive classes
  • Increasing confidence in the classroom
  • Enhancing feedback and evaluative skills

The ISW is exclusively for current Langara employees and fills up quickly (just 12-16 spaces available).

Tentative dates in 2020:

  • Spring session – during the reading break – 3 consecutive day session (e.g., 8:30 to 16:30)
  • Spring/Summer session – Last week of April – 3 consecutive day session (e.g., 8:30 to 16:30)
  • Summer session – Last week of August – 3 consecutive day session (e.g., 8:30 to 16:30)
  • Fall session – 6 weekly evening sessions starting late September (e.g., 17:30 to 20:30)

To register please email: tcdc@langara.ca

Participants will receive a certificate of completion recognized across North America.

Interested in the ISW but can’t make this session?

Contact the Teaching and Curriculum Development Centre at tcdc@langara.ca

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Join us for an Unconference on Student Conduct and Academic Integrity

Written by Jessica Kalra, TCDC Curriculum Consultant

At Langara, we strive to create a rich and positive learning environment in which staff and students are free to ask questions and have open discussions in a safe, professional and respectful space. We want our students to practice academic integrity while they are here and take these principles with them when they leave academia and join the professional world. Despite our best intentions, violations of the student code of conduct are common in all postsecondary institutions and Langara is no exception. The good news is there are numerous strategies we can use that both encourage a positive learning environment and prevent academic integrity violations.

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TCDC Drop-In Hours

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Written by Mirabelle Tinio, TCDC Curriculum Consultant

Starting in September, the Teaching and Curriculum Development Centre (TCDC) will host drop-in hours for faculty and instructional staff who would like support with course planning and development, assessment design, and teaching and learning strategies.

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TCDC Book Club: Creating Self-Regulated Learners

Do you ever wish your students would spend just a little more time reviewing graded papers, exams, homework assignments and practice quizzes to identify and address gaps in their understanding? Would you like more of your students to be able to reflect on, monitor and assess their learning and study strategies so they can be more successful learners? Join us for this semester’s TCDC Book Club!

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TCDC Office Changes

The long-awaited renovation of the TCDC and EdTech space in the C-Building has begun! From now until the end of December, the TCDC space is closed. Those already in the EdTech portable (M3) will stay there. Meetings will be held around the campus. TCDC resources collection and handouts will be available in EdTech portable (M3). Those previously housed in C210 will be in the following offices:

  • June Parnell and James Martin (TCDC Facilitators): B203;
  • Parisa Zitouni (Educational Developer): B205;
  • Marcus Vianna (Department Assistant): B208;
  • Later in August, Natalie Knight (Curriculum Consultant): B205.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact TCDC at tcdc@langara.ca

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Fall 2019 – Instructional Skills Workshop

The next Langara College Instructional Skills Workshop will be held on six consecutive weekly evening sessions (5:30 pm – 8:30 pm) from September 11 to October 16,  2019.

ISW is Your Opportunity to Enhance Your Teaching!

  • Teach more interactive classes
  • Increase your 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, Educational Developer, at tcdc@langara.ca.

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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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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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