We’re Here to Help

TCDC and Ed Tech created resources to help you teach remotely and we host several online support sessions and webinars to address faculty questions.

After reviewing the resources, if you have questions, attend a session or contact TCDC at tcdc@langara.ca and EdTech at edtech@langara.ca or EdTech Help Hours.

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The Virtual Watercooler

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Looking for a place to talk to peers about topics related to teaching and learning online? We are here to help! TCDC  invites you to a discussion series starting July 17th.

Join us in this informal online space to share with colleagues across campus your stories about past successes or failures with the pivot to remote teaching, as well as future plans for teaching and learning online.

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Perspectives II: A Series of Articles on Teaching at Langara during the Pandemic

Early in 2020, students all over the world experienced a sudden, dramatic, and unprecedented shift in their academic world. Three months on, we have found ourselves finishing one semester remotely and moving into a brand new semester fully transferred to the virtual environment. As the dust settles a little bit, some astute instructors at Langara took the opportunity to collect quantitative or qualitative information to understand the impact of this move to remote learning.

Our second contribution comes from Cameron MacDonald in the departments of Biology. Cameron has worked with his colleagues to collect and analyze data on learning before and after the shift to remote teaching. In this piece, the authors statistically evaluate performance on online assessments compared to face to face assessments.

This series is brought to you by TCDC. If you want to contribute a piece to our perspectives series, please contact Jessica Kalra at jkalra@langara.ca.

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Perspectives I: A Series of Articles on Teaching at Langara during the Pandemic

Early in 2020, students all over the world experienced a sudden, dramatic, and unprecedented shift in their academic world. Three months on, we have found ourselves finishing one semester remotely and moving into a brand new semester fully transferred to the virtual environment. As the dust settles a little bit, some astute instructors at Langara took the opportunity to collect quantitative or qualitative information to understand the impact of this move to remote learning.

Our first contribution comes from Catherine Glass in the departments of Health Sciences and Biology. Below, we share Dr. Glass’s article, “Student Perspectives on the Sudden Transition to Online Learning: A Second Year Snapshot (and some ideas on how to ameliorate the challenges)”.

This series is brought to you by TCDC. If you want to contribute a piece to our perspectives series, please contact Jessica Kalra at jkalra@langara.ca.

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NEGATIVE NUMBERS: A History of Control, Surveillance and Exclusion and MISSING NUMBERS: Silence, Erasure, and the Damage of Colour-Blind Data

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Join us for a two part panel discussion on the history of  data collection!

Register for Part 1 – NEGATIVE NUMBERS:  A History of Control, Surveillance and Exclusion Pt. 1 Eventbrite link

Register for Part 2 – MISSING NUMBERS: Silence, Erasure, and the Damage of Colour-blind data Pt. 2 Eventbrite link

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Professional Development Opportunities for Teaching Online 

Many instructional faculty and staff are looking for summer PD opportunities to learn about effective online teaching practices, and TCDC is here to help.

TCDC is offering a 3-day workshop Online Course Design and Delivery at LangaraIn this 3-day course, you will learn how to put a course online and engage students through effective teaching strategies and practices. You will also experience from a student’s perspective what online learning entails. Dates for this course are June 23-25July 7-9, and August 5-7.

In addition, workshops and webinars are continually added to the TCDC/EdTech calendar at https://iweb.langara.bc.ca/tcdc/calendar/. Be sure to check this page regularly for new sessions.

Other PD opportunities you may want to consider include the following courses offered at Royal Roads University, Vancouver Community College, and BCcampus.  Continue reading

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Book Club: White Fragility

In the past week, protests have erupted across the United States and in major Canadian cities in In the past week, protests have erupted across the United States and in major Canadian cities in response to the police murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020.

Floyd’s murder follows the deaths of Breonna Taylor in March, murdered by Kentucky police, and Ahmaud Arbery in February, who was shot by white men while jogging.

In light of these recent events as well as in acknowledgement of the ongoing history of anti-Black racism, The Centre for Intercultural Engagement and TCDC invite you to join in a discussion about Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism. DiAngelo’s text focuses on recognizing and unlearning the behaviors and attitudes that whiteness instills.

In the foreword, Michael Eric Dyson writes,”White Fragility is a vital, necessary, and beautiful book, a bracing call to white folk everywhere to see their whiteness for what it is and to seize opportunity to make things better now.”

Please, Zoom in on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 from 1:00pm to 2:00 pm  and join members of the Centre for Intercultural Engagement and TCDC to discuss Di Angelo’s book.

First 10 registrants will receive an e-book.

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Asynchronous Teaching: Helpful Tips

Asynchronous teaching, as we wrote about in our companion post The Case for Going Asynchronous  is a useful approach that mitigates many barriers faced by both students and faculty in a remote learning environment. That said, asynchronous teaching is not without its challenges and drawbacks.

During this tumultuous time, students and instructors may feel isolated in a solely asynchronous context as connecting with instructors and peers in real-time can offer some routine and solace. Providing enriching experiences via discussion, feedback, and social interaction asynchronously is more challenging, but it is possible.

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The Case for Going Asynchronous

In late April, the colleges sent out the following message. You may have seen it:

“To support a positive learning experience for students, the college would like to remind you to use asynchronous curriculum delivery where appropriate, and to limit video usage, so as not to strain student Internet capabilities.”

Many opinions abound regarding effective online teaching. The team at TCDC is here to provide some guidance and ideas for teaching asynchronously.

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Discover Unlimited Access to Live Webinars and Digital Library

Langara faculty and staff can access free live and recorded webinars by Innovative Educators in six diverse categories including teaching and learning, student success and institutional effectiveness.

 

 

 

 

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TCDC and Ed Tech Open House a Success

Thank you to those who dropped by our Open House on January 29, 2020.  TCDC and Ed Tech are sharing C-Building 2nd floor (updated TCDC contacts).

We received a steady stream of faculty and staff interested in our new space. Thank you to Facilities and IT for their work and attention to detail. The end result is a beautiful, functional, and innovative space.

Mary Jane Joe, Langara’s Elder in Residence, spoke and sang as we naturally gathered in a welcoming circle.

The Resource Area was primed for a book tasting. Menus are still available if you want to drop by to taste test the menu of titles in the TCDC library.

Activities in the Innovation Space (C202) and the Studio (C214) saw participants learn and experiment with the lightboard, teaching with Zoom, and publishing OER… amongst other “snacks.”

The TCDC team were on hand in the Collaboration Space (C203) to answer your questions.  Check our Feb/Mar 2020 Workshop Calendar for events and drop-in sessions.

We also indulged in a selection of tasty treats! Some images below (click on any to browse the gallery) and check out also Ed Tech’s report.

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Conversations with Indigenous Scholars: Dr. Jan Hare, UBC (C203)

When: Friday, March 13, 2020 10:30am-12:30pm
Where: Collaboration Space C203

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Join us for the first in our series of Conversations with Indigenous Scholars. We are honoured to invite Dr. Jan Hare, Anishinaabe scholar and educator at UBC, to facilitate this important conversation.

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Reconciliation in the Classroom: First Steps to Overcoming Uncertainty (C203)

Facilitators: Jimmy Aitken, Langara and Cody Hawver, UBC

Thursday, March 12, 2020
1:30 – 3:00 pm | C203 Collaboration Space

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This session is an opportunity to start the conversation. Reconciliation is unknown territory for many, and there may be fears of being disrespectful. It is our desire to share with you some of the experiences we have had so far on this journey and perhaps propagate some ideas to bring into the classroom. Together, we will discuss first steps to navigate this road to Reconciliation. Don’t be afraid to ask for directions.

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Empowered! Taking an Active Role in your Teaching Feedback

February 27, 2020 | 1:30pm-3:30pm
C203

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What kind of feedback do you get on your teaching? How do you know what’s working in the classroom? Is students’ feedback telling you what you want and need to know? Join TCDC on February 27 as we answer these questions.

Our workshop aims to empower instructors to take an active approach to teaching feedback to your students to both improve their engagement, and for you to gather evidence of a thoughtful practice to become an active agent in your own teaching assessment. You will come away with a better understanding of teaching feedback as part of a reflective and dynamic teaching practice, as well as some practical classroom suggestions to get started. This session is suitable for novice and veteran instructors alike.

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TCDC & EdTech Open House 

The staff and faculty from Educational Technology (EdTech) and the Teaching and Curriculum Development Centre (TCDC) are excited to unveil our new home on the 2nd floor of the C-building at our Open House event on Wednesday, January 29th from 1:00pm to 3:30pm.

Please drop by to check out TCDC and EdTech’s newly combined space and sample some of the day’s offerings, including actual refreshments in our kitchen area!

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