Category Archives: Academic Innovation Newsletter

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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TCDC Book Club: Make It Stick

Would you like to find out how to help your students (and yourself) learn more effectively and increase knowledge retention? Would you like to discover some new learning and practice strategies that can be applied right away in your class? … Continue reading

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Maximizing Student Engagement through Classroom Configuration

Whenever I walk into a classroom to deliver a class or a workshop, I contemplate what I want the students or participants to do, and as such, will I need to reconfigure the classroom space to be conducive for the … Continue reading

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Langarans Exploring Pedagogy – B means Bold

In Langara’s Advanced Teaching Seminar, Langara instructors write a fictional story in the first person, highlighting, “some kind of ‘problem’, or challenge, or dilemma, or puzzlement” they have experienced in their teaching practice. The “story will, at some level, be … Continue reading

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TCDC Workshop: The Expert Blind Spot

“Knowing something and teaching something are two different somethings” – Kevin Tumlinson Following a term of what felt like a teaching rut, I started to examine what was behind this change, and I realized I was falling into the same … Continue reading

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Langaran’s Exploring Pedagogy -Registration Open Now

Registration Open Now for the next session of Langara’s Advanced Teaching Seminar! 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 … Continue reading

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TCDC Book Club: How Learning Works

Ever wondered how students’ prior knowledge (or misunderstandings) and the ways they organize new information impact their learning? Curious about what factors motivate students to learn? Want to know more about which types of practice and feedback actually enhance learning, … Continue reading

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Langarans Exploring Pedagogy – Melissa’s Mea Culpa

Langarans Reflect on Pedagogy In Langara’s Advanced Teaching Seminar, Langara instructors write a fictional story in the first person, highlighting, “some kind of ‘problem’, or challenge, or dilemma, or puzzlement” they have experienced in their teaching practice. The “story will, … Continue reading

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Langaran’s Exploring Pedagogy -My Telos Meets Another Tribe

Langarans Reflect on Pedagogy In Langara’s Advanced Teaching Seminar, Langara instructors write a fictional story in the first person, highlighting, “some kind of ‘problem’, or challenge, or dilemma, or puzzlement” they have experienced in their teaching practice. The “story will, … Continue reading

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Langaran’s Exploring Pedagogy – CSI Style

In Langara’s Advanced Teaching Seminar, Langara instructors write a fictional story in the first person, highlighting, “some kind of ‘problem’, or challenge, or dilemma, or puzzlement”[1] they have experienced in their teaching practice. The “story will, at some level, be … Continue reading

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What cognitive level do your exams target?

by Kristie Dukewich & Carmen Larsen, Curriculum Consultants at TCDC 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 … Continue reading

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Keeping up with Higher Education

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 … Continue reading

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