Jun
17
Mon
FLO MicroCourse: Artificial Intelligence Images in the Classroom
Jun 17 – Jun 21 all-day

About the MicroCourse:   FLO MicroCourse

Join us for an exploration of the ethical minefield of artificial intelligence (AI) image generation in this free, one-week Facilitation Learning Online (FLO) MicroCourse.  

We will tackle the ethical complexities of this fast-evolving technology, exploring issues like bias, ownership, and the future of creativity. Through hands-on experimenting with AI tools, analyzing examples, and engaging in debates with peers, you will have the opportunity to build your own ethical framework to navigate this powerful technology. Artists, teachers, and art enthusiasts are welcome!  

Learning Outcomes:  

  • Understand the key ethical considerations in AI art and image generation.  
  • Evaluate potential biases and harms in AI art tools.  
  • Examine issues of intellectual property, ownership, and artistic agency in AI-generated work. 
  • Develop a personal framework for ethical decision-making with the use of AI in artistic practice.  

Participants should be prepared for approximately 6-8 hours of asynchronous work throughout the week.  

We also have two optional synchronous sessions planned on Tuesday, June 18, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., and on Thursday, June 20, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.  

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MicroCourse Facilitators:  

Your FLO facilitators for this course are Brent de Waal and Jason Toal.  

Brent (he/him) is a learning designer focused on creating meaningful experiences for adult learners. With experience teaching in both university and private corporate settings, he understands the unique challenges and opportunities of diverse learning environments. As a parent with children in university, he is actively invested in the learning process, bringing a personal perspective to his work. He likes to use his background in art and photography to make courses and workshops with a focus on the creative process. Brent is looking forward to some great discussions in this FLO MicroCourse!  

Jason (he/him) is a creative learning designer and human-centred educational technologist based in Victoria, B.C. With over two decades of experience in educational technology, Jason is on a mission to make learning more engaging, accessible, and downright fun. From leading teams at institutions like University of British Columbia Okanagan to consulting independently with Same Page Studios, Jason has championed technology-driven learning experiences that spark curiosity and drive innovation. He’s not just about pushing buttons; he’s about pushing boundaries. 

Jun
21
Fri
FLO Friday: Enhancing the Human Aspects in Designing Learning with GenAI
Jun 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
FLO Friday: Enhancing the Human Aspects in Designing Learning with GenAI

About the Workshop

This workshop aims to empower educators to weave generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) into their pedagogical practices, with a strong emphasis on amplifying human qualities like creativity, empathy, collaboration, and personalization in learning environments. Through interactive discussions, participants will delve into the ethical and mindful application of GenAI in education. This session also sets the stage for educators to co-develop a practical framework to maximize the human element when designing meaningful learning experiences with GenAI.  

 By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to: 

  • Identify principles of human-centred design in the context of GenAI-enhanced learning environments.  
  • Design a concept for a learning activity showcasing the integration of GenAI to enrich the human aspect in learning. 
  • Collaborate on developing a framework emphasizing human qualities in designing learning experiences with GenAI. 

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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 Facilitator

Your FLO facilitator for this session is Dr. Gwen Nguyen.   

Gwen (she/her) is an advisor for the learning and teaching team at BCcampus. Prior to joining BCcampus, Gwen worked as a learning experience designer at the University of Victoria, where she provided support to educators in developing and delivering courses across various modalities including face-to-face, hybrid, and online formats. Her professional background also includes experience as a university lecturer and researcher at both the University of Victoria and the Kanazawa Institute of Technology in Japan. Gwen holds a PhD in education studies from the University of Victoria and a Master of Arts in applied linguistics from Saint Michael’s College. Her research interests include poetry inquiry as a reflection practice in education, digital pedagogies in higher education, and participatory action research. Recently, Gwen has developed a keen interest in exploring pedagogical strategies that ethically and creatively integrate AI into teaching and learning environments. Gwen also brings valuable experience in navigating positionality as both an instructor and researcher. 

Jun
26
Wed
FLO Lab: Fostering Inclusive Learning Environments – The Synergy of Generative Artificial Intelligence and Universal Design for Learning
Jun 26 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

About the Webinar

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Join us for this engaging and free three-hour Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) workshop introducing you to the dynamic intersection of generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a synergy poised to revolutionize educational accessibility and inclusivity. You will explore the fundamentals of UDL, an educational framework designed to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn. You will also explore the transformative power of GenAI technologies in creating adaptive, personalized learning experiences meeting the varied needs of learners.

Through interactive sessions, case studies, and hands-on activities, you will uncover practical strategies and tools to effectively implement GenAI and UDL principles within your educational practices. This workshop aims to empower you with the knowledge and skills to create learning environments where every student can thrive, fostering a culture of inclusivity and accessibility through the innovative use of technology.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Identify the core principles of Universal Design for Learning and how they can be applied to create inclusive learning environments.
  • Recognize the potential of GenAI technologies in enhancing educational content and practices.
  • Articulate the value of integrating GenAI into a UDL framework, specifically discussing at least two benefits of GenAI-UDL integration for enhancing inclusion and accessibility in educational settings.
  • Demonstrate the ability to incorporate at least one GenAI-based tool or technique into a lesson plan aligning with UDL principles

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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 Facilitators

Your FLO facilitators for this lab will be Lucas Wright and Afsaneh Sharif.

Lucas Wright (he/his) is a senior education consultant at the University of British Columbia (UBC). With over 14 years of experience, he specializes in learning technology and design, particularly in the application of GenAI. His background includes a Master of Arts in Adult Education from UBC and certifications in digital storytelling, instructional skills, and online learning. His goal is to enhance teaching and learning by integrating GenAI to foster dynamic and innovative learning environments.

Afsaneh Sharif (she/her) has over two decades of experience in higher education and she is currently serving as a senior project manager and faculty liaison at the University of British Columbia. Her expertise lies in project management and learning design, particularly within the sphere of online learning. She holds a PhD in knowledge management, concentrating on enhancing the quality of online education programs. Her role involves applying research findings to develop effective educational strategies, striving to uphold the highest standards in digital and online learning and other modalities. Additionally, she is a co-chair of at the B.C. Digital Learning Advisory Committee within the Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills. She has wide-ranging interests including promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion; improving quality; ensuring accessibility; advancing online learning; fostering community practice; advocating for open education; and implementing UDL principles. Lately, her focus has shifted towards investigating the potential and challenges of GenAI in the educational sector.

Jul
26
Fri
FLO Friday: A DIY Toolkit for Digital Literacy
Jul 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

About the Session

Join us for this exciting Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) session in partnership with Vancouver Island University.  FLO Friday logo 2023

Jessica Gemella and Anwen Burk are curriculum, teaching, and learning specialists with the Centre for Innovation in Education and Learning (CIEL) at Vancouver Island University (VIU). Responding to faculty requests on how best to use emerging technologies in their classroom, Jessica built a digital literacy toolkit. Anwen was subsequently invited to collaborate on expanding it.  

The result? A toolkit designed to support higher education professionals to facilitate conversations on the ethical use of digital technologies for meaningful collaborations within digital communities. Specifically, this toolkit aims to support faculty in collaboratively creating class agreements addressing issues such as ethical digital technology use, netiquette, and digital citizenship, all in service of maintaining overall well-being.  

This toolkit helps learning communities to:  

  • Consider the ethical and legal implications of collecting and disseminating digital information  
  • Assess the risks and benefits of having an online presence 
  • Establish healthy limits with technology to maintain well-being 
  • Engage in meaningful communication and collaboration with digital communities 
  • Explore how digital tools such as artificial intelligence (AI) can extend teaching and learning opportunities  

The overarching goal is to make this digital literacy toolkit adaptable for widespread adoption. As such, it will be available to reuse and adapt.  

Join us for this free one-hour virtual FLO session! You will participate in a co-creation activity and be asked to reflect on the process and the outcomes. Participants will be invited to start thinking about how they could use the toolkit at their institutions and how it could be adapted for their use. 

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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 Facilitators

Your FLO facilitators for this FLO Friday session will be Anwen Burk and Jessica Gemella.  

Anwen Burk (she/her) is a curriculum, teaching and learning specialist at VIU’s Nanaimo campus. She is particularly interested in how technology can be leveraged to make learning more flexible, accessible, and human centered. She previously worked at the University of Alberta as an instructor and as digital learning consultantand at Red Deer Polytechnic as an instructional designer. She lives on the traditional and unceded territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation with her husband and her cat.  

Jessica Gemella (she/her) is a curriculum, teaching, and learning specialist (CTLS) at VIU, situated on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish peoples including the Snuneymuxw, Snaw-Naw-As, Quw’utsun, and Tla’amin. Jessica has a background in teaching horticulture and has also served as VIU’s trades and applied technology CTLS. With a commitment to enhancing the quality of digital education, Jessica is pursuing a Master of Arts in Learning and Technology at Royal Roads University. Her research interests centre on building resilience in higher education, faculty development, and digital literacy. 

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Aug
30
Fri
FLO Friday: What’s So “Safe” About Safe Spaces in Higher Education?
Aug 30 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
FLO Friday: What's So “Safe” About Safe Spaces in Higher Education?

About the Session:  

Educators have described their classes and institutions as “safe spaces” with increasing frequency and certainty since the 1990s. This certainty, implying that a safe space is somehow better for learning outcomes, has been widely adopted with little critical consideration of what it truly means and what is expected when an educational space is labeled “safe”.  

Join this free one-hour Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) discussion, exploring safe space as an educational metaphor unconsciously communicating both explicit and implicit expectations about the nature of teaching and learning relationships. 

Learning Outcomes:  

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:  

  • Recognize “safe space” as an educational metaphor 
  • Explain their obligations to others when they welcome them to a safe space 
  • Identify the implicit promises others make when a place or situation is labeled a safe space 

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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 Facilitator:  

Your FLO Friday Facilitator for this session will be Bhuvinder Vaid. 

Bhuvinder Singh Vaid (he/him/his) is a philosopher of education and an educational developer at the Centre for Teaching Excellence at Capilano University. Bhuvinder’s nearly two decades of work in higher education and consultancy with subject-matter experts are informed by his recognition that teaching and learning exist as uniquely relational practices that are not easily standardized. This understanding has informed his work studying the positionality of seemingly straightforward educational concepts such as safe spaces, efficiency, free speech, and most recently, how to pedagogically engage with Coast Salish canoe stories. You can reach him at bhuvindervaid@capilanou.ca. 

 

Sep
4
Wed
FLO Lab: Embedding Principles of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion into Course Design
Sep 4 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

About the Session: 

Do you want to create a learning environment that considers the diverse lived experiences of your students? In this threehour Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) Lab session, we will start by exploring current frameworks for course design (such as Universal Design for Learning and quality assurance) and determine what is “missing” with these frameworks from an equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) perspective. We will then explore at least two different approaches to incorporate principles of EDI into the course design and development process. We will conclude with space for critical reflection and co-creation of strategies for implementing these changes. FLO Lab logo 2023

This session will be beneficial for anyone who is interested in moving away from the status quo in course design and becoming an agent of change!  

Please note: This session will not be recorded. Registrants should plan to attend the full three hours for an optimal learning experience.  

Learning Objectives: 

 By the end of the session, participants will be able to:  

  • Explain shortcomings of existing approaches or frameworks to course design from an EDI perspective  
  • Discuss the challenges they may encounter in their current course design process from an individual, interpersonal, and institutional perspective, and how to overcome them  
  • Reflect on how to apply a critical, collaborative and wholistic approach to their course design and development process 

Registration coming soon!


About the Facilitator: 

Your FLO Facilitator for this FLO Lab is Randeep Nota.  

Randeep (she/her) is a second-generation Punjabi settler. She is a consultant whose work comprises educational development and program and policy reviews. She is concurrently pursuing her PhD at the University of Toronto, focused on work, learning, and social change. Randeep has experience working in post-secondary institutions in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario in various teaching, staff, and management roles. She has researched and presented nationally and internationally on topics including anti-racism policies and practices in the post-secondary sector; incorporating equity, diversity, and inclusion practices in course design; the internationalization of higher education; the use of technology in post-secondary teaching and learning; and the (un)ethical use of surveillance in learning. Prior to her work as an educational consultant, Randeep provided pedagogical consultations for credit and non-credit, online and hybrid courses, and worked on program development, and quality assurance reporting for diploma and degree-granting programs. 

Sep
23
Mon
FLO MicroCourse: Decolonizing Pedagogies – Reframing the Ways We Teach
Sep 23 – Sep 27 all-day

About the MicroCourse:  

Join us for this free one-week Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) MicroCourse offering you opportunities to reframe some of the pedagogical approaches that could be hindering your journey towards reconciliation. FLO MicroCourse

Each day will introduce a new approach or resource aimed at weaving Indigenous perspectives into our practice, fostering decolonization and expanding our teaching repertoire.  

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Become acquainted with the B.C. Government’s distinctions-based approach. 
  • Reflect on what hinders us, and what motivates us, to do the work of decolonization and reconciliation. 
  • Share similarities and differences in our practice. 
  • Create visions for the future based on our individual contexts and collective aspirations.

While most of the learning will happen asynchronously, we have one optional synchronous session planned on Wednesday, September 25, 2024, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.  

To get the most out of this learning experience, participants should expect to invest 2.5 asynchronous hours each day to review and reflect on the course materials and resources. 

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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 Facilitator: 
 

Your FLO facilitator for this course is Dr. Carmen Rodriguez de France.  

Carmen (she/her) is of Indigenous heritage from the Kickapoo Nation in Northeast México. She acknowledges the privilege and responsibilities she holds for living on the land of the W̱SÁNEĆ Nation, and the lək̓ʷəŋən people from the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations in the province of British Columbia. Born and raised in Monterrey, Carmen is a member of the Department of Indigenous Education at the University of Victoria, where her teaching and research focus on social justice, anti-racist education, and the experiences of in-service and pre-service teachers. Carmen’s career in education spans almost 40 years, previously working as a teacher in Mexico. She is expanding her work outside academia as a consultant for a variety of organizations such as the National Film Board, Intercultural Association of Victoria, and the Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of B.C. 

Oct
7
Mon
FLO MicroCourse: Video Design and Creation
Oct 7 – Oct 11 all-day

About the FLO MicroCourse

In this Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) MicroCourse, participants will learn a design and creation paradigm for creating engaging educational videos. During the week, each participant will create a short video using the principles learned in this MicroCourse.  

FLO MicroCourse

Video has tremendous power, both to support learning in the classroom and for educational outreach on social media. Engaging, visually interesting, and compelling videos can be highly effective tools for learning. The video creation principles in this MicroCourse blend research and practical experience.  

Learning Objectives   

Upon completion of this course, participants in this workshop will be able to:  

  • Understand the fundamental principles of effective video design;  
  • Generate ideas for compelling educational topics that work well in the video medium;
  • Refine a video idea into a concrete script with accompanying graphics;  
  • Create technically proficient videos with high-quality audio and visual recordings edited into a polished final product; and 
  • Understand the different success metrics for educational videos intended for outreach on social media and instructional videos intended for courses. 

While most of the learning will happen asynchronously, two synchronous sessions are planned. These sessions will be recorded for those who cannot attend. Monday, October 7, 1:00-2:00 p.m. and Friday, October 11, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Participants should expect to spend at least one additional hour per day on coursework. Please put aside the time in your calendar for an optimal learning experience. 

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This notice is to inform you that this session will be recorded, archived, and made available to registrants only. By participating in this session, you acknowledge that your participation in this session will be recorded and the recording will be made available. 

About the Facilitator

Your FLO facilitator for this session will be Dr. Trefor Bazett.

Trefor (he/his) is an assistant teaching professor in the Mathematics and Statistics Department at the University of Victoria. Trefor has also built a YouTube channel with over 500 math education videos that have been viewed almost 40 million times. As a professor, Trefor uses video extensively in his online and flipped classrooms. 

Oct
18
Fri
FLO Friday: Mindfully Using Technology in the Classroom
Oct 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

About the Session:  FLO Friday logo 2023

Join us for this free one-hour Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) session highlighting different aspects of being mindful in our selection, use, and purpose for bringing technology into the classroom.  

Topics range from protecting personal information, to providing alternatives if students are uncomfortable sharing digital data within a platform, to offering multiples ways of engaging with technology including being anonymous or using pseudonyms, and always making it clear to students why we are asking them to engage with a specific tool. 

Learning Outcomes:  

By the end of this session, you will be able to:  

  • Engage in small group discussions when prompted with a case-study scenario, focusing on how best to support students while proposing at least one solution or action point.  
  • Critically evaluate your own use of different technologies, including Zoom.  
  • Participate in dialogues with colleagues around key tenets of B.C.’s Digital Literacy Framework and how it relates to your use of technology in the classroom. 

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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 Facilitator: 

Your FLO Facilitator for this session is Dr. Gerry Gourlay.  

Gerry (she/her) gratefully acknowledges the traditional territory of the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples as the land and place where she currently lives and works. Holding a PhD in biology from University of Victoria (UVic), Gerry concurrently completed an accredited graduate certificate for learning and teaching in higher education. As an instructional skills workshop trainer and facilitator, she teaches in STEM and education, while working as an independent educational developer.  

Gerry is the program and volunteer manager for the Science Fair Foundation B.C. Previously, she was the TA coordinator in the Division of Learning and Teaching Support and Innovation at UVic. Gerry’s portfolio encompasses a wide range of topics, including creating strong learning outcomes, ensuring course alignment, supporting all learners while providing choice for students, appropriately using artificial intelligence in the classroom, exploring alternative assessments in STEM, and implementing digital literacy skills to better aid and support students.  

When not teaching, Gerry volunteers with and supports youth through the Canadian Association for Girls in Science as the coordinator for the Victoria chapter. 

Nov
18
Mon
FLO MicroCourse: Strengthening Our Teaching Through Reciprocal Peer Observations
Nov 18 – Nov 22 all-day

About the Session:

Teaching is often a solitary practice; we rarely invite colleagues into our classrooms or see how our colleagues teach. This is often due to academic structures and because it can feel intimidating. However, discussions and feedback from peers can help us strengthen our teaching skills, including online teaching.  

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During this Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) MicroCourse, you will learn about research on “paired teaching” and “Teaching Triangles,” two programs that promote professional development through mutual observation and discussion. Key features of productive mutual observations include:  

  1. Each instructor articulating their own goals for learning from the process,   
  1. Giving space for both the teacher and the observer to learn from observations, and 
  1. Establishing what makes productive (and non-productive) feedback.  

This FLO MicroCourse will prepare participants to engage in reciprocal peer observations for professional development, if they choose to do so (optionally after the course). Participants will have the chance to identify where they might like peer feedback on their teaching and examine any potential fears around being observed. They will gain practical experience in observing teaching, giving productive feedback, and learning from these observations. We will discuss equity considerations in observations and giving and receiving feedback. At the end of the course, participants interested in continuing reciprocal observations will be paired with a fellow participant. 

Learning Outcomes:  

Upon completion of this course, participants will have the opportunity to: 

  • Feel excited about learning from reciprocal observations  
  • Recognize the value of teaching observations for both the observed teacher and the observer 
  • Reflect on areas of their own teaching where they would like feedback and/or inspiration 
  • Know features of positive productive feedback, including equity considerations in giving and receiving feedback 
  • Experience reflecting and giving feedback in a practice observing scenario online 
  • Reflect on potential fears or challenges of being observed 

Participants should anticipate at least one hour per day of asynchronous learning. Two optional synchronous sessions are planned for the week:  

  • Tuesday, November 19, noon to 1 p.m. 
  • Friday, November 22, noon to 1 p.m.   

While attendance is encouraged, the sessions will be recorded for those who cannot attend.  

Registration coming soon!

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 Facilitator:
 

Your FLO facilitator for this FLO MicroCourse is Linda Strubbe. 

Linda (she/her), Ph.D., is a Vancouver-based independent educational consultant for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) higher education at Strubbe Educational Consulting. Linda is passionate about supporting educators’ collaboration, agency, and joy in teaching. Through workshops, communities of practice, and curriculum development, she supports university faculty in North America and beyond in developing skills for effective and equitable teaching. She also supports STEM education projects as an external evaluator. 

Linda’s doctorate is in astrophysics from the University of California, Berkeley, and she has postdoctoral experience in physics and astronomy education research and faculty development in both Canada and the U.S. She was a Science Teaching & Learning Fellow with the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative (CWSEI) at the University of British Columbia (2015-18). Linda is also co-director for the Pan-African School for Emerging Astronomers (PASEA), and has worked with the University of Central Asia, American Physical Society, and American Association of Physics Teachers. She is excited to work with BC Campus to offer this new FLO MicroCourse!