We’re Here to Help

TCDC and Ed Tech created resources to help you teach remotely on our We’re Here to Help page on MyLangara (Employees). We will host several online support sessions and webinars in the coming weeks to address faculty questions.

After reviewing the resources, if you have questions, please contact TCDC at tcdc@langara.ca, EdTech at edtech@langara.ca, or attend one of our joint TCDC/EdTech online sessions.

Here are some additional resources:

Updated March 21, 2020

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TCDC & Ed Tech Monthly Workshop and Events Calendar

View the TCDC and Ed Tech monthly workshop and events calendar by visiting https://iweb.langara.bc.ca/tcdc/calendar/ You will find full workshop and event listings and locations as well as the link to register. Or to go straight to registration here: TCDC registration or EdTech registration 

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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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TCDC Book Club: The New Education (T222) 4:30pm

As we look toward the spring 2020 APAG conference with the theme of Future Thinking, TCDC’s book club choice is centred on that very theme: future directions in post-secondary. We will explore Cathy N. Davidson’s The New Education: How to Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World in Flux (2017), an exploration of the trajectory of modern post-secondary education and suggestions for how instructors—and students—can inspire a “revolution in higher learning”. Join us as we explore eight chapters over eight weeks from January 21 until March 17.

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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) – February 19-21, 2020
  • Spring/Summer session – Last week of April – 3 consecutive day session (e.g., 8:30 to 16:30) – April 21-23, 2020
  • 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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