Category Archives: Academic Innovation Newsletter

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 … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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TCDC Drop-In Hours

Image by Maksymiv Yura in Freepik 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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Discover Unlimited Access to Live Webinars and Digital Library

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 … Continue reading

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Three Podcasts and Books to Inspire and Energize Your Teaching Practice

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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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Using Your Course Outline as a Learning Tool

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Classroom Management: A Balancing Act

By Shawna Williams, TCDC Curriculum Consultant 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 … Continue reading

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7 Tips For Using Group Work Effectively in a Diverse Classroom

Written by Jessica Kalra, TCDC Curriculum Consultant & Biology and Health Sciences Instructor Many faculty/departments at Langara have identified communication and collaboration skills as important learning goals for their students. In order to help our students achieve these goals, we … Continue reading

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Transformative Learning Experience for Instructor

Three days at Langara’s Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) can alter teaching philosophy, inspire a new instructional style and create positive impactful results in the classroom. In this testimonial, Manuela Klick, Instructor, Co-Op & Career Development Centre, describes her ISW experience. “Attending … Continue reading

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20 Minute Mentor Commons Videos

Magna Publications Digital Library of 20 Minute Mentor Videos                                        offers more than seventy 20-minute video presentations related to teaching and administration in … Continue reading

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Langara Book Club: Indigenous Storywork

Leading up to this year’s APAG conference, join the Langara Book Club to explore keynote speaker Jo-Ann Archibald’s Indigenous Storywork: Educating the Heart, Mind, Body and Spirit. Dr. Archibald, also known by her Stó:lō name Q’um Q’um Xiiem, is a … Continue reading

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