Self-Paced Summer Learning

For many, summer is a time to unplug: slip on your flip-flops, grab a book or two, and head to the lake. But for some of us, summer is also a time to prepare for fall courses. If that’s you, we’ve got just what you need with three challenge series you can complete at your own leisure. Go at it alone or invite some colleagues to complete the challenges with you. No sign-up or registration is required, and there are no synchronous meetings to attend. BCcampus offered these series previously, and now we want to make sure you know about these valuable open educational resources.

Post by Helena Prins, advisor, Learning + Teaching, BCcampus

FLO Bootcamp

If you have an existing course that needs some tweaks and updates, our FLO Bootcamp series might be just the solution. FLO Bootcamp was designed by Tracy Roberts, BJ Eib, and Krista Lambert in response to COVID-19, but it’s ultimately about good online course design and facilitation practice.  

The series covers four themes with six challenges. You can do all six challenges from top to bottom or just complete the ones you are interested in. There really is no wrong way of doing it! If you get stuck, reach out to one of the BCcampus Learning + Teaching advisors.

Theme 1: Scan and Plan

  • Challenge 1: Specific Goals to Focus On

Theme 2: Lectures and Alternatives

  • Challenge 2: To Lecture or Not to Lecture?

Theme 3: Assessments

  • Challenge 3: Adapt Your Assessment Approach
  • Challenge 4: Teaching and Learning Practical Skills Online (Arts, Labs, and Trades)

Theme 4: Online Presence and Engagement

  • Challenge 5: Instructor Presence
  • Challenge 6: Engagement and Community Building

UDL Explorer Challenge

Are you a faculty member passionate about reducing barriers and enhancing learner voices in your course? Whether you’re new to Universal Design for Learning (UDL) or have long been implementing it in your course design, this is an opportunity to work independently or with colleagues to explore, reflect, and share best practices.

The UDL Explorer Challenge consists of eight challenges, each of which involves doing one thing to embed one of the three principles of UDL in your course. Each challenge should take about 20 minutes, but it really depends on you. You can explore and complete all challenges at your own pace and at a time that works with your schedule.

Open Education Challenge Series

If you are interested in learning about open education practices, this series is a fun way to get a taste! You might have heard about open educational resources, open textbooks, and perhaps even open pedagogy. This series shows you where to find them and how to use and create them through 10 challenges. Each challenge is a micro activity you can do in 10 minutes that covers a small aspect of open education.

Ready to start your summer of self-paced learning? Dive in!

Our Learning and Teaching advisors will also enjoy some summer breaks, but feel free to let them know how you are making progress or for learning and teaching support: