Events & Workshops

Click here for TCDC currently offered events information and registration. Register for EdTech events here.

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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 & 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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Lunch & Learn: Using Assessment to Teach, Learn, and Connect

Would you like to connect with colleagues from other disciplines, share and discuss learning assessment techniques, and bounce ideas off of each other in an informal setting?

Learning assessment techniques can promote active learning and provide us with evidence of our students’ progress toward learning goals or outcomes. We can also use these activities to encourage students to reflect on their learning processes so that they can become more self-regulated or self-directed learners.

Bring your lunch and join us in TCDC for a Learning Assessment Techniques Lunch & Learn.

October 24, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
November 7, 11:30pm – 12:30pm
November 23, 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Did I mention we’ll supply the candy?!

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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 tcdc@langara.ca

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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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Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education Series

Interested in learning more about Indigenous histories, perspectives and worldviews and how to incorporate concepts in your classroom?

Using UBC’s MOOC (Massive Open On-line Course) “Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education Series”, TCDC is once again offering 6 two hour sessions on the topic of advancing reconciliation in classrooms, through the teaching and learning of Indigenous ways of knowing.

Register for all or choose individual sessions (Oct 26 through Nov 30) on the TCDC sign-up sheet – click on the links below to register

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Symposium 2017: Scholarly Teaching & Learning in Post-Secondary Education

The BC Teaching and Learning Council (BCTLC) and BCcampus are holding their annual one-day teaching and learning symposium on Monday, November 6th, 2017 at Simon Fraser University’s downtown Harbour Centre campus. Workshops and presentations touch on a broad range of topics related to teaching and learning including scholarly inquiry and research and instructional strategies.

For more information about the symposium, visit https://bccampus.ca/symposium/ 

For more information about BCcampus, visit https://bccampus.ca/

For more information about the BCTLC,  visit https://bctlc.ca/

 

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Education Leave Application Announcement

Education Leave 2018-19 Lunch & Learn Information Session
Date: Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Time: 11:30am to 12:30pm
Place:  Room C 408

This session will be a good opportunity for faculty to obtain more information on the application process of Education Leave 2018-19.

Members of the 2018-19 Education Leave Selection Committee, including committee chair, Jacqueline Bradshaw will describe the application and submission process. Past recipients John Russell and Jennifer Poole will share their experiences.

Please sign up for this session at through TCDC Registration page

If you have any questions about the application process, contact John Boylan at jboylan@langara.ca.

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New Curriculum Development Consultant

Welcome to the fall semester with everyone is recharged and re-energized as we continue to make TCDC a wonderful place to learn, grow, and share.

Starting on September 1st, we welcome Kristie Dukewich to the role of Curriculum Development Consultant. Kristie will be working half time at Langara with Carmen and Sarah while she continues teaching at Kwantlen (Psychology).

Kristie brings a wealth of knowledge from cognitive psychology’s “understanding of how people acquire and process information” to course-level, facilitation, and degree-level curriculum design. She is enthusiastic and ready to work with Langara faculty:

“This is what I want to do, and Langara is where I want to do it. I am committed to closing the gap between students who would traditional go to university, and those students that traditional would not. This is one of the places I think Langara really excels. Langara also have a growing reputation for excellence in teaching and learning, and program offerings.”

Welcome Kristie!

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Copyright Workshops

The library will be offering two great copyright workshops this Fall semester.

COPYRIGHT FOR EDUCATORS

Wednesday September 27, 12:30-1:20, T226

Have you ever copied an article for your students? Posted a YouTube video to D2L? Added an image from Google to your lecture slides? If so, you’ve shared copyright-protected content. Fortunately for us at Langara, the Canadian Copyright Act outlines special allowances for education. This interactive session provides a plain-language overview of how copyright law applies to activities in the physical and online classroom.  Participants will leave with improved understanding of how to balance their rights as educators with those of content creators. Please feel free to bring your lunch to this session.

Presenter: Lindsay Tripp, Copyright Librarian

COPYRIGHT FOR CREATORS

Tuesday October 3, 12:30-1:20, T224

Whether you’re an artist, musician, author, or applied researcher, your works are protected by copyright. This interactive workshop, presented by Langara’s Copyright Librarian, will provide creators with an overview of their rights under Canadian copyright law, as well as practical techniques for protecting their works in the physical and digital marketplace. Please feel free to bring your lunch to this session.

Presenter: Lindsay Tripp, Copyright Librarian

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Langaran’s Exploring Pedagogy

If you are an experienced Langara instructor interested in exploring the practice of teaching and in reflecting deeply on your own pedagogy, then Langara’s Advanced Teaching Seminar will be of interest to you.

The Advanced Teaching Seminar (ATS) was piloted through 2015-17 as an initiative of the Learning and Teaching APAG. It will be hosted this year by TCDC and is now seeking interested faculty.

What are the benefits? What will you gain by joining the ATS? Here is one participant’s personal reflection:

Since the completion of the Advanced Teaching Seminar (ATS) I have felt an increased sense of confidence with teaching. Steve made space for each participant to reflect, discuss, and engage in a way that was meaningful to them. This provided opportunities for deep and substantial learning. I was able to understand and embrace the messiness of teaching. Particularly that as teachers of adults we do not have to have all the answers, and that we are on our own journey of discovery.

Here is a poem written about my experience

I’ve been invited, but feel unworthy
Reading Brookfield and struggling with understanding Telos
I walk back into my teaching role
Encouraged to write stories of success – or failure

My story of exhaustion and sisterly love supports reflection
I see the value in what I do, and how I do it
Reading Brookfield and struggling with understanding Telos
I walk back into my teaching role

Confident in my abilities, confident in my title of experienced teacher
Encouraged to write stories of success – or failure
Willing to reflect and share expertise
I see the value in what I do, and how I do it

I’ve been invited, but feel unworthy
My story of exhaustion and sisterly love enables reflection
I see the value in what I do, and how I do it
Willing to reflect and share expertise

Denise Pawliuk
Instructor – Langara Early Childhood Education

Facilitated by retired Langara instructor Steve Musson, the ATS involves on-line and face to face components. The ATS will meet for four 3-hour face-to-face sessions (2 mornings during December exam period and 2 mornings during April exam period). On-line participation will be interspersed around the face-to-face sessions.

For more information about the Advanced Teaching Seminar, email Carolyn Wing, Educational Development Coordinator in TCDC (tcdc@langara.ca).

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Sept 9, 2017 – CS Pro D Day (CSPD)

Continuing Studies will be offering two great sessions on Sept 9, 2017.

For more details, please check out: https://iweb.langara.bc.ca/cspd/

Teaching in a Diverse Classroom

This lively panel discussion will cover experiences in diverse classrooms from language, to culture, to technical skills. The panel will address the challenges and positive experience of working with a diverse student population, and offer their own perspectives on meeting the challenges and celebrating victories.

There will be round table discussion of different topics related to diversity in the classroom and the challenges it can provide and how to work with and/or overcome those challenges. Participants will rotate from table to table and meet a panelist from the morning who will facilitate dialogue and resolution for different topics.

Student Conduct & College Integrity

As an instructor, what can you do, within College guidelines, if you are faced with a problematic student and need to find a way to keep control in your classroom.

Maggie will talk about processes, give tips on working with challenging students, give suggestions and ideas keeping within College integrity, while also giving instructors support and tools for a safe and calm classroom.

You will leave this workshop feeling equipped to work with College guidelines in supporting students in the classroom.

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Rethinking Assessment Practices

With the new semester beginning, many of us are thinking about how we will assess our students’ progress over the next 14 weeks. What information will we include on our midterms and final exams? What types of assignments and projects will we ask our students to complete?

A recent Faculty Focus article suggests that this planning process should also involve a consideration of the assumptions that ground our current assessment practices and some of the alternative assessment options that we can use to improve learning. Although the suggestion mentioned in the article of only using the final exam or assignment score in determining the course grade may be a bit radical, there is merit in considering how low-stakes, ungraded tasks can be used throughout the term to help both the instructor and student assess progress and adapt practices to improve learning. Looking at assessment as a means of enhancing student learning as well as a way of evaluating progress helps us broaden our teaching practice to include both assessment of learning (summative) and assessment for learning (formative).

A Challenge to Current Grading Practices by Maryellen Weimer

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of using formative assessment and some easy formative assessment activities you can implement in your course this semester, please join TCDC and EdTech on September 22nd Offering Choice in Assessment from 9:30-11:30.

A similar workshop (Ongoing Assessment for Learning Improvement) was held earlier. Contact tcdc@langara.ca if you are interested in having that one held again.

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Course Planning Workshop

The fall semester is just around the corner. Would you like a little help with your course design and planning? In this workshop, you will explore the benefits of outcomes-based approaches to students learning and learn how to align your assessments and teaching and learning activities to your learning outcomes to simplify course planning.

This is a collaborative hands-on workshop so please bring your syllabus or learning outcomes and any assessments you use for the course you would like to work on.

Date: Monday, August 28th
Time: 9:30-11:30am
Room: C412

To register, please visit the TCDC events registration page.

If you have any questions, please contact Carmen Larsen at clarsen@langara.ca.

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Intercultural Workshops for 2017

Are you interested in exploring culture through research presentations, workshops, and discussion groups this semester? If so, check out the table below and click on the titles to find out more and sign up .

You can find all TCDC professional development opportunities by visiting our Currently Offered Workshops page.

If you have any questions please contact Daryl (5098) or dsmith@langara.ca

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