About the Event:
Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) MicroCourses are short, single-topic, hands-on, practical, and free. Over the course of a week, you will have the opportunity to dip into the FLO experience and leave with something practical and useful for your teaching practice.
Are your discussion forums stale or overwhelming for you and your students? In asynchronous courses, there are as many ways to launch a discussion as there are topics to discuss. Even if the activity is anchored in carefully selected reading and resources, the words and media you use to invite learners to engage can make your course active and memorable. Think about a collaborative discussion on any topic. Consider the nature of the interactions between discussion participants, select a format for the discussion and a suitable app, and write a compelling discussion prompt. Then invite others — your peers in this course — to comment on their willingness to engage based on your springboard tactics.
While the focus of this course is on writing discussion prompts, we will introduce a few apps to spruce up discussion forums. This course includes mostly asynchronous activities, which means you can spread your 6–13 hours of participation over the whole week. One optional synchronous session will be recorded for participants who cannot attend. Save the date and time: February 26, 2024, 9:30–10:30 a.m.
About the Facilitator:
Your lead FLO facilitator will be Annie Prud’homme-Généreux. Annie (she/her) was one of the founding faculty of Quest University Canada, where she developed innovative curricula and experimented with diverse pedagogies and assignments. After several years working in administration and leadership in and out of academia, she returned to her roots and passion: designing curricula and teaching undergraduate science courses at the University of British Columbia. She’s engaged in several faculty development initiatives that promote the use evidence-based teaching and learning practices, such as how to create inclusive and equitable classrooms, using generative AI, and using case studies. She is in the final stage of a Master of Open, Digital, and Distance Education at Athabasca University and has completed two graduate degrees online (in addition to many Massive Open Online and continuing education courses), giving her a unique lens to the use of online discussions as a learner and educator. She is the author of the Faculty Focus article series 21 Ways to Structure an Online Discussion.
The B.C. Digital Literacy Framework is part of the B.C. Digital Learning Strategy developed by the Digital Learning Advisory Committee, a collaboration between the Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills and the post-secondary system. The B.C. Digital Literacy Framework was developed to enhance digital literacy knowledge, skills, and abilities across post-secondary communities. The framework includes eight thematic competencies within digital literacy: ethical and legal, technology, information literacy, digital scholarship, communication and collaboration, creation and curation, digital well-being, and community-based learning. This one-week Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) MicroCourse is designed for post-secondary instructors, trainers, and teachers who want to explore the B.C. Digital Literacy Framework and integrate it into their educational practices. The course aims to generate awareness about the framework and empower educators to enhance digital literacy skills in their students. You will engage with self-paced, asynchronous content supplemented by two one-hour synchronous sessions.
Course Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the course, you will be able to:
- Review the B.C. Digital Literacy Framework and its eight thematic competencies.
- Improve your awareness about digital competency levels using a self-assessment quiz.
- Identify open educational resources aligned with the framework to enhance course content and materials.
- Explore ways to incorporate digital literacy into teaching practices for a holistic educational experience.
- Develop a personalized action plan for integrating digital literacy into teaching practice.
- Collaborate with peers to share reflections, insights, and strategies for effective implementation.
While most activities and learning will happen asynchronously, this FLO MicroCourse has two synchronous sessions: 10:00–11:00 a.m. PT on both Tuesday, March 5, 2024, and Thursday, March 7, 2024. These sessions will be recorded if you cannot attend. You are encouraged to block off five to eight hours for learning during this one-week course.
About the Facilitator:
Your lead FLO Facilitator for this course is Taruna Goel (she/her), a learning and development professional with 25 years of experience in adult education, workplace training, and performance improvement. She has designed custom learning experiences (classroom, e-learning, and blended) for Fortune 500 companies, government organizations, and industry associations in Canada and abroad. She currently works with North Pacific in Vancouver, where she designs competency-based occupational standards as well as certification and assessment frameworks. She specializes in designing prior learning recognition programs for technical and non-technical occupations. Taruna is also an instructor at the University of Victoria and a FLO facilitator with BCcampus. In the courses she facilitates, she combines her knowledge of adult learning principles and her extensive industry experience to build bridges between theory and application. She is a lifelong learner and believes the teacher and learner reside within all of us. Beyond her professional pursuits, Taruna finds solace in nature walks and expresses her creative side as a hobbyist photographer.
Taruna will be supported by BCcampus co-facilitators Dr. Gwen Nguyen, Britt Dzioba, and Helena Prins.
This notice is to inform you that this session will be recorded, archived, and made available publicly on BCcampus.ca. By participating in this session, you acknowledge that your participation in this session will be recorded and the recording will be made available openly.
About the Series
The BCcampus Winter 2024 Research Speaker Series offers participants and presenters an opportunity to learn and share knowledge and advocacy on research methods, approaches, and pedagogies when it comes to accessibility, access, Indigenous engagement, and equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in teaching and learning. These livestream webinars, which take place one Tuesday every month from January to March, will allow you to learn and ask questions about new research directly from the researchers involved.
- Broaden your knowledge and research skills in the B.C. post-secondary context.
- Learn about Indigenization, EDI, decolonization, and accessibility in research.
- Be inspired to participate in research communities of practice or explore the themes in your work.
- Connect with academics and community members who share your interests.
Please note: These sessions will be recorded, captioned, and made available publicly on BCcampus.ca after the event. You do not need to register to view the recordings after the events.
About the Session
Artificial intelligence (AI) research assistants like ChatGPT, ChatGPT Scholar, Claude, Google Bard, Keenious, and Elicit are transforming the process of scholarly investigation and discovery. This talk explores how AI tools can help researchers uncover hidden connections in data, generate novel hypotheses, simulate experiments, and extract key insights from literature.
Facilitator Nellie Deutsch will demonstrate how AI assistants can rapidly analyze complex information and suggest high-potential research directions humans may overlook. The talk will feature real-world examples of studies powered by AI to achieve advances not possible through traditional methodologies alone. You will gain practical tips for incorporating cutting-edge AI tools into your own research workflow to increase impact.
About the Facilitator
Nellie Deutsch (EdD) is a Canadian education technology expert who organizes online professional development programs using Moodle and other edtech tools for educators worldwide. She combines technology with mindfulness, peer learning, and teamwork in all her programs. She is a relationship-based mentor, researcher, writer, speaker, and community builder. Her teaching experience of 40 years ranges from teaching English as a foreign language in high school and higher education; teaching listening, mindfulness, and leadership courses at Atlantic University; and teaching academic writing, English for academic purposes, and how to manage a WebHost Manager server and Moodle installation. She’s the co-chair of TESOL CALL-IS and faculty at a distance in the Immersive Technologies MSc program at the International Hellenic University in Greece.
Other Events in This Series:
About the Session:
We invite people who support open education at post-secondary institutions in B.C. and the Yukon to a virtual conversation about their practice and challenges. This discussion will encompass topics such as:
- Methods for supporting open education initiatives at your institution
- Common challenges encountered in this endeavour
- Strategies for mutual support among peers
Following this event, our aim is to foster an active community of practice to sustain ongoing dialogue about open education within B.C. and the Yukon.
About the Facilitator:
Emily Schudel (she/her) is the chair of the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and an instructional designer in Open Education at Camosun College. She has been an instructional designer for 30 years, working with faculty to enhance their courses with technology, teach blended courses (combining face-to-face with online technologies), and teach fully at a distance, using synchronous technologies (narrow-cast satellite, web-conferencing, audio-conferencing, tele-conferencing) and asynchronous technologies (like D2L). More recently, she completed the Creative Commons certificate and the Kwantlen Polytechnic Professional Program in Open Education, and is now working with faculty who are engaging in Open Education work using WordPress, Pressbooks, H5P, and other open platforms. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with hubby Kevin and their many kitties, as well as photography, blogging, walking, meditation, and creative writing.