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 where you will find full workshop and event listings and locations as well as the link to register.
– Hope to see you soon!

p.s. Older TCDC registration and EdTech registration forms maintained until March.

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Indigenizing Post-Secondary Education

Join us for a morning of insight on the theme of Indigenizing post-secondary education nationally and locally. Hear from keynote speaker Dr. Shelly Johnson (Mukwa Musayett), Canada Research Chair in Indigenizing Higher Education; presenters Dianne Biin (Camosun College, BCcampus) and Michelle Glubke (BCcampus); and Dr. Bruce Miller (Sociocultural Anthropology, UBC).

Presented by Indigenous Education & Services and in partnership with the Langara College Teaching and Curriculum Development Centre.

Thursday, May 10, 2018
9:00 am–12:00 pm
T Building Gallery


9:00 am–10:30 am | Keynote with Dr. Shelly Johnson
10:30 am–11:30 am | Sharing the BC OER Pulling Together with Dianne Biin and Michelle Glubke
11:30 am–12:00 pm | Responsible Research Relationships with Dr. Bruce Miller

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Bridging Indigenous Ways of Knowing with Western Ways of Doing Research – Event at Science World

Bridging Indigenous Ways of Knowing with Western Ways of Doing Research

This panel discussion will aim to bridge Western ways of knowing with Indigenous ways of knowing and will be open to a wider audience interested in science as well as visiting students, SBQMI faculty, staff, and students. The moderator of the panel will be Dr. Sam Rocha, Assistant Professor of Philosophy of Education at the Faculty of Education at UBC. Dr. Rocha’s research interests include, among others, the philosophy of race and education as well as higher education and leadership.

WWEST is partially funding this as a part of our Funding Partners Program.

Date: April 9, Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm
Cost: Free.
Location: Science World at TELUS World of Science
1455 Quebec Street
Vancouver, BC V6A 3Z7

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What cognitive level do your exams target?

by Kristie Dukewich & Carmen Larsen, Curriculum Consultants at TCDC
Hand completing a multiple choice exam.

Exam by Alberto G.

Before I taught my first course, I thought that preparing an exam for students was going to be easier than preparing a class lecture. I expected that exam week was going to be my easiest week in terms of course prep. I did not expect that I’d have to develop a whole new set of skills related to designing assessment. So much for expectations.

Designing effective exams has turned out to be much more complicated and time-consuming than I first imagined. There are so many variables to consider in designing an effective exam, including:

  • writing questions that are clear and concise using simple, accessible language
  • selecting specific topics to assess (and deciding which topics can be left out)
  • assessing a range of cognitive complexities

One of the aspects of exam design that I have wrestled with a lot over the years is cognitive complexity. How do I write exam questions that are challenging to students, but not too challenging? How can I assess higher-order thinking without destroying students’ confidence and motivation with overly-difficult questions?


Are you interested in learning more about designing exams and evaluating their effectiveness? Sign-up for our workshop.


Learning taxonomies can be incredibly valuable for helping us think about the issue of cognitive complexity in assessments. A variety of learning taxonomies have been developed that attempt to categorize levels of knowledge and/or ability. Bloom’s Taxonomy (see Krathwohl, 2002 for an overview) is probably the most well-known. It identifies a range of learner skills and abilities that are anchored by a foundation of basic knowledge of a topic. The model is hierarchical, with the level of understanding (or cognitive processing) becoming increasingly complex as we move through the 6 stages from the basic ability to recall information to the ability to analyze and evaluate it and then finally using it to create something new. This taxonomy can be very helpful when considering the types of questions we will use in our exams.

Bloom's Taxonomy Pyramid

Bloom’s Taxonomy by Center for Teaching Vanderbilt University CC2.0

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Reflections of an Emergency Hire

Emily Gawlick-Mlieczko, Executive Director of Early Childhood Educators of BC (ECEBC), was a recent emergency hire in Langara’s Early Childhood Education Program.

Finding Inspiration When You Didn’t Know You Were Looking for It

The most amazing thing happened to me this past summer, something that confirmed the career choice I made. Don’t get me wrong—I am continually in awe and inspired by the people I meet daily through my work with ECEBC. But this was different, something I needed and I didn’t even realize it at the time.

This past summer I was hired by Langara College to teach two courses and supervise practicums. Talk about being thrown out of my comfort zone! I am used to being the student, not the instructor, and there were so many new things to learn: creating lesson plans, lectures, and assignments; meeting new colleagues; and remember­ing all the new student names. It honestly felt like the first week of September in child care with all the new faces and anticipation.

Very quickly it became evident that this opportunity was a gift, an inspiration. It had been so long since I had been able to tap into discussions about the practice of early childhood education at such a deep level (with the exception of the ECE geek dinners I have with some close friends in Victoria). Since becoming the executive di­rector of ECEBC, the opportunity to engage with the practice of early education has not been the same as when I was an early childhood educator myself. As executive director I am involved in high-level policy research and speaking on behalf of early childhood educators rather than working directly with children and families, which is something I thought I would always be doing. Truth be told, sometimes I would feel wounded that I might only be seen in this one role, as I have identified for so long as an educator.

So as soon as I entered that first day of classes, I was amazed. The conversations were inspiring, with the students engaging in some very difficult topics. They spoke from the heart, and their curiosity was uplifting. I was able to witness them learning new skills, applying them, and then reflecting. We talked about our values and beliefs and how eth­ics guide our practice. The students were open to being challenged and to challenge me back. I felt as we were on the journey of learning and reflection together.

This experience afforded me the luxury of visiting many child care centres in the Lower Mainland that I had not before. All had their own unique philosophy and energy.

During this process it was surprising how so many real-life experiences with children and families came flooding back. Those times were some of the best ever as I learned so much from the families and I grew in my practice through the guidance of my co-workers. The families taught me how to be a true advocate for children.

Other inspiration came to me from the support I received from my team of ECEBC staff and board of directors. They would ask many questions about the topics the class was discussing, and they would give me additional insight. At home, my life became even busier, as I still maintained the full-time position at ECEBC. My son Alex, daughter-in-law Amanda, and son James were extremely helpful with D2L, uploading documents and assignments. They helped me stay organized. No small feat if you know me at all.

The energy and fresh perspectives reminded me of the importance of having a strong and highly educated profession and post-secondary education system for ECE that is supported both at an institution level and government-policy level.

I will be forever grateful for this op­portunity that the Langara College faculty gave me. I was welcomed into their family and culture; they included me in rich conversations, shared their knowledge, and gave me guidance and support.

This experience reaffirmed that no matter what role I take on, I always will be an early childhood educa­tor. Thanks for the inspiration—I needed it.

Emily Gawlick-Mlieczko is the Executive Director of ECEBC

This article was originally published in the Winter 2018 issue of The Early Childhood Educator, ECEBC’s journal.


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Film Night- Highway of Tears

Snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ (Langara College) Gathering Space and the Department of Sociology & Anthropology present the award-winning documentary, Highway of Tears.

Please see the poster below for more details


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Langara Book Club: The Book of Negroes

Book of Negroes coverIn anticipation of Lawrence Hill’s keynote at the 2018 Langara Academic Plan Mini-Conference, join members of the Langara community for a series of stimulating discussions about Hill’s award-winning 2007 novel, The Book of Negroes. Meet Hill’s unforgettable heroine, Aminita Diallo, and journey with her across continents, through slavery to freedom in a novel that The Globe and Mail has called “a masterpiece.” Whether you read the novel years ago or are discovering it for the first time, you are invited to take part in informal, stimulating discussions facilitated by Langara faculty from the English and Library departments.

The first 5 participants to sign up for any one of the sessions (Feb, March or April) will receive a free copy of The Book of Negroes.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Registration: or

February 26th session facilitated by Kathleen Oliver of Langara’s English Department and Alli Sullivan from Langara’s Library.

March 26t  session facilitated by Deborah Blacklock and Alexander Grammatikos from Langara’s English Department.

April 19th session facilitated by Kina Cavicchioli and Deborah Blacklock from Langara’s English Department.


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Help Guide Development of Provincial Post-Secondary Professional Development Resource

This month, BCcampus is conducting a survey to find out what features post-secondary educators (you!) would find relevant and useful for a web-based B.C. post-secondary professional development resource. Complete the survey for a chance to win a one-day pass for the Festival of Learning 2018, a three-day teaching and learning conference May 28-30, 2018. Link to the survey.

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TCDC Update

Rebecca “Becky” Parmiter is covering Jessica Wong’s leave as full time TCDC Department Assistant. Becky is working closely with the TCDC team through program review, curriculum development, and educational development event planning.

With a Bachelor Arts in Psychology from SFU, Becky has administrative and other experience in organizations such as the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Lab (SFU), 411 Senior Centre Society, and Family Services of the North Shore. She is also current Chair of the Board, Peace and Love International.

Welcome Becky!

Contact list for TCDC Team


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May Instructional Skills Workshop

The next Langara College ISW will be held on three consecutive days (8:30am-4:30pm) May 1, 2 and 3, 2018.

Interested in ISW but can’t make this session? Contact Carolyn Wing for possible alternatives.

ISW is Your Opportunity to Enhance or Improve 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 please contact:

Carolyn Wing, Educational Development Coordinator
Teaching and Curriculum Development Centre (TCDC)

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Keeping up with Higher Education

Finding a path through

Keeping up with higher education can be a challenge in this rapidly changing world.

Langara subscribes to the Chronicle of Higher Education with a site license so you can access premium full text from off campus access). Register to also receive alerts on new items.

Other newsletters that may help keep you up to date include:

Want more?  Check out ACRL Keeping up with … Higher Education (predominantly US based)

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Instructional Skills workshop

Open to All Langara Employees

The next Langara College Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) is being offered in a new format over six Wednesday evenings (6:30-9:30pm) Oct. 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2017.  

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Outcomes-Based Teaching & Learning

cartoon about misaligned assessments & outcomes

Would you build a house without a blueprint? Probably not. Would you develop a course without a plan? Maybe.

However, obviously having a plan makes things easier. And just like having blueprints for a house, having an idea of what you want the learning outcome to be is a good place to start. In curriculum development, the intended outcomes (your blueprint) reflect what you want your students to be able to do after taking your course or program.

This approach to curriculum design is called Outcomes-Based Teaching and Learning. With this approach, educators are tasked with thinking carefully about what skills they want their students to acquire, and the ways that their students will be asked to demonstrate that they have acquired those skills. By outlining expectations for learning right from the beginning, educators can easily plan the teaching and learning activities they are going to use that align with those learning outcomes. Ideally, this will ensure that students are given multiple opportunities to practice these skills before being evaluated on how well they have achieved them.

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TCDC Fall Events

Join TCDC and sign up for any of the multiple events being offered this fall.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact

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BCcampus Scholarly Teaching Fellows 2018

BCcampus Learning + Teaching team has announced a Call for Proposals for a new “Scholarly Teaching Fellows Program.”

They invite applications for the 2018-19 Scholarly Teaching Fellowships. Three Fellowships of up to $10,000 will be awarded.

According to their site, “we are looking for post-secondary educators from British Columbia who are committed to scholarly approaches in exploring and improving student learning, and who are eager to conduct and share their research and experiences with colleagues and peers.”

To learn more, please visit:

2018-19 BCcampus Scholarly Teaching Fellows Program

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