Feb
18
Fri
FLO Friday: Alternative Assessment: Negotiating Standards
Feb 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
FLO Friday: Alternative Assessment: Negotiating Standards

As assessment validity increases, evaluation reliability decreases. This matters to instructors who are interested in moving away from multiple-choice tests and toward alternative assessments. In this FLO Friday, we will discuss ways to increase evaluation reliability by negotiating standards with students and colleagues. We will examine exemplars, calibration activities, student-built rubrics, and conversations about quality. At the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Identify the paradox between validity and reliability.
  • Improve the evaluation reliability of at least one of your alternative assessments.
  • Invite students into the conversation about quality.

Your FLO facilitator for this session is the fabulous Nicki Rehn (she/her). Nicki is currently a learning transformation specialist at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design in Fredericton. She has been connected with BCcampus since 2019, winning open educational resource grants, delivering workshops, and participating in symposiums and conferences. She is excited to be part of the FLO series. Nicki has a doctorate in instructional technology and a master’s degree in curriculum and assessment. She has designed and taught countless assessment courses and workshops over the past 13 years for Coast Mountain College, Quest University, BCcampus, and Ambrose University. She also worked as an instructional designer for the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology for three years, aligning assessment to outcomes. Nicki promotes alternative assessment and assessment for learning approaches every opportunity she can.

This event is free. To ensure we have an inclusive and welcoming environment for all, we’ve added registration to all our sessions.

Registration now!

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. 

Feb
21
Mon
FLO Course: Universal Design for Learning
Feb 21 – Mar 4 all-day

The Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Facilitating Online Learning (FLO) course is a short, practical introduction to the UDL framework and how you can apply it to create inclusive learning environments. This FLO course is suitable for online, face-to-face, and blended learning environments. Using UDL fosters inclusion and puts learner engagement at the centre of your activities in your course design. Please prepare for this learning opportunity by bringing a learning challenge for which you wish to explore new opportunities. In this two-week opportunity, you will be expected to invest eight to twelve hours, mostly asynchronously. Plan a small investment of time each day to allow your learning to deepen.

Two synchronous opportunities are planned:

  • Tuesday, February 22, 2022, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. PT
  • Thursday, March 3, 2022, 1:30–2:30 p.m. PT

The synchronous sessions are not mandatory but provide an opportunity for connection and learning. Ideally, you will be able to join these synchronous sessions to connect with your colleagues and foster your own community of learning. Synchronous sessions will be recorded.

Facilitators:

Carolee Clyne (she/her) has been in the higher-education environment for over 25 years. After starting in the technology side of support, Carolee worked in many diverse areas of higher education in her career, primarily supporting faculty and students. Her doctoral research looked at how UDL applies to faculty as learners themselves to develop as engaging educators. This work has given Carolee insight on how UDL applies to all and is boundless, as learning is ongoing. Carolee wishes to see all higher-education learning experiences be engaging and exciting. Creating those spaces begins with small steps. As inclusion starts with faculty, Carolee aspires to encourage UDL framework adoption in all learning environments. She aims to help transform higher education spaces into inclusive learning environments where everyone can achieve their best learning, including students who live in rural and remote areas with limited connection. Carolee currently works for BCcampus as an open education advisor and regional representative for the northern and interior areas of B.C. and is focused on promoting open and inclusive educational opportunities both online and offline.

Taruna Goel (she/her) is a Learning and Development professional with over 23 years of experience in adult education, workplace training, and performance improvement. She has designed custom learning experiences (classroom/e-learning/blended) for Fortune 500 companies, government organizations, and industry associations in Canada and abroad. She currently works with North Pacific, in Vancouver, BC where she designs competency-based occupational standards, certification and assessment frameworks, and recognition of prior learning programs for technical occupations. Taruna is also an instructor with the University of Victoria and teaches a foundational course in Instructional Design as a part of the Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education (CACE) program.

This event has a non-refundable $25 registration fee.

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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.

Mar
2
Wed
FLO Lab: Whole Body Learning
Mar 2 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
FLO Lab: Whole Body Learning

In this three-hour experiential and collaborative workshop, let’s intentionally include our bodies in the learning space! In this session, we’ll explore different ways to use embodied and holistic learning (movement, the five senses, emotions, spirit). Whether you have tried these types of activities before or are intrigued to learn more, join us to explore, practice, and discover what’s in it for you and your students. From having small “aha” moments to adding a number of new activities to your facilitator’s toolbox, you’ll gain something from participating in this lab. This will be a great opportunity to test a somatic/whole body activity you might want to practice. We’ll build part of the agenda in an open-space style to enable you to try your ideas with a supportive group. Our aim is to create a comfortable space to not only learn together but also gain insights on how to foster more holistic ways of engaging and learning. We will all be trying something new, facilitators included! In this session, you will:

  • Explore different ways of creative engagement online.
  • Acquire new tools and activities to bring into your online classrooms.
  • Gain new insights about how holistic learning can support your students’ experience.

We’ll invite you to submit your creative ideas to our collaborative Padlet in advance of the session to help build part of the agenda. This three-hour session will include two ten-minute breaks.

Facilitators:

Valeria Cortes (she/her) has extensive experience working with post-secondary institutions and community organizations across cultures. Through course design and facilitation, she encourages people to learn from one another and take action to enhance their organizations and communities. As an associate faculty member at Royal Roads University, Val teaches online, blended, and face-to-face courses.

Beth Cougler Blom (she/her) is a facilitator and learning designer who works with clients across all sectors through her business, Beth Cougler Blom Facilitation. She has been very involved in the Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) courses through BCcampus and Royal Roads University for many years. Beth is the author of Design to Engage: How to Create and Facilitate a Great Learning Experience for Any Group. Connect with Beth at bethcouglerblom.com.

Visit our Meet the FLO Facilitators page to learn more about Valeria and Beth!

This event has a non-refundable $25 registration fee.

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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.

Mar
7
Mon
FLO MicroCourse: Alternative Assessment
Mar 7 – Mar 13 all-day
FLO MicroCourse: Alternative Assessment

We are back with another delivery of our very popular course on alternative assessment. Join our one-week FLO MicroCourse on authentic and alternative assessment, during which you will have the opportunity to discuss and explore the purpose of assessments and how to prioritize outcomes, and you will dabble in some evaluation criteria and rubrics.

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

  • Outline the purpose of assessment in higher education.
  • Explain authentic assessment.
  • Prioritize the evaluation of outcomes when designing assessment.
  • Choose from the variety of options for alternative assessment (portfolio, journal, non-disposable assignment, summary, viva voce, project, presentation, authentic task, self-assessment, etc.).

The course officially runs asynchronously for one week, but peer feedback on the final task can continue beyond that week. We will upload a new module of content to Moodle each day. You can expect to spend at least 90 minutes per day over the five days; however, you are welcome to invest more time if you want to work on your own assessment design. Active participation will make a richer experience for all participants.

In addition, there are two optional, recorded synchronous sessions:

  • Tuesday, March 8, 9–10 a.m. PST
  • Friday, March 11, 9–10 a.m. PST

Facilitator:

Nicki Rehn is currently a learning transformation specialist at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design in Fredericton. Nicki has been connected with BCcampus since 2019, winning open educational resource grants, delivering workshops, and participating in symposiums and conferences. She is excited to be part of the FLO series. Nicki has a doctorate in instructional technology and a master’s degree in curriculum and assessment. She has designed and taught countless assessment courses and workshops over the past 13 years for Coast Mountain College, Quest University, BCcampus, and Ambrose University. She also worked as an instructional designer for Southern Alberta Institute of Technology for three years, aligning assessment to outcomes. Nicki promotes alternative assessment and assessment for learning approaches every opportunity she can.

This event has a non-refundable $25 registration fee.

Register now! 

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.

Mar
24
Thu
FLO Workshop: Coaching Student Teams
Mar 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
FLO Workshop: Coaching Student Teams

Are you looking for some new tools for your teaching toolkit? This fun and interactive workshop is for faculty interested in helping students to collaborate effectively and have a positive group experience.

We explore ways to:

  • Create an engaging and inclusive culture in the classroom and online
  • Develop our own and students’ listening skills
  • Use powerful questions to deepen learning
  • Enhance emotional intelligence
  • Apply conflict resolution strategies

Throughout the workshop participants will have opportunities to share ideas and success stories. Come prepared to discuss in small-group breakout sessions as well as in larger group conversations. Participants will also have the opportunity to collaborate with peers from across the province on a variety of hands-on activities, including, for example, building self-awareness using a skills wheel, co-creating a designed alliance, and listening for deeper meaning.

This event is held over two days, March 24 and 31, 2022, between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. (Pacific) on both days. We encourage participants to attend both days.

Facilitators: 

Marina Jaffey (she/her) has a passion for teaching and coaching, and has been working with students for 28 years at colleges and universities across B.C. She is a certified professional co-active coach and an associate certified coach. In addition to extensive facilitation and coaching experience, Marina also has worked in marketing and sales management with Unilever and the National Gallery of Canada. She is actively involved in her community and has served on the board of the Canadian Public Relations Society – Vancouver Island chapter. Marina co-wrote THINK Marketing, a book that presents current Canadian and international marketing trends and practices in a way that is engaging and interactive. In her leisure time, she enjoys outdoor activities like hiking and skiing with her family and dog, Jaxon, on beautiful Vancouver Island.

A core belief in Anita Ferriss’ (she/her) life and work is that the foundation of everything we do is grounded in relationships and that everyone is capable. She leads from the heart, using a strength-based, appreciative approach. She is an experienced and inspirational co-active coach, educator, faculty chair, facilitator, and organizational and people development specialist whose 45-year career spanned working in higher education, not-for-profit, and government organizations as well as running her own coaching and consulting business. She has a master’s degree in leadership and training (Royal Roads University) and is a certified professional co-active coach, with additional training in organizational, relationship, systems coaching from the Centre for Right Relationship. She is passionate about community engagement and has been volunteering for a local community social services agency throughout the pandemic. Recently retired, Anita balances her time between her family, including six grandchildren and a dog, her garden, her community, a small coaching/consulting practice, and being in nature

This event has a non-refundable $25 registration fee.

Register now!

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.

Mar
31
Thu
FLO Workshop: Coaching Student Teams
Mar 31 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
FLO Workshop: Coaching Student Teams

Are you looking for some new tools for your teaching toolkit? This fun and interactive workshop is for faculty interested in helping students to collaborate effectively and have a positive group experience.

We explore ways to:

  • Create an engaging and inclusive culture in the classroom and online
  • Develop our own and students’ listening skills
  • Use powerful questions to deepen learning
  • Enhance emotional intelligence
  • Apply conflict resolution strategies

Throughout the workshop participants will have opportunities to share ideas and success stories. Come prepared to discuss in small-group breakout sessions as well as in larger group conversations. Participants will also have the opportunity to collaborate with peers from across the province on a variety of hands-on activities, including, for example, building self-awareness using a skills wheel, co-creating a designed alliance, and listening for deeper meaning.

This event is held over two days, March 24 and 31, 2022, between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. (Pacific) on both days. We encourage participants to attend both days.

Facilitators: 

Marina Jaffey (she/her) has a passion for teaching and coaching, and has been working with students for 28 years at colleges and universities across B.C. She is a certified professional co-active coach and an associate certified coach. In addition to extensive facilitation and coaching experience, Marina also has worked in marketing and sales management with Unilever and the National Gallery of Canada. She is actively involved in her community and has served on the board of the Canadian Public Relations Society – Vancouver Island chapter. Marina co-wrote THINK Marketing, a book that presents current Canadian and international marketing trends and practices in a way that is engaging and interactive. In her leisure time, she enjoys outdoor activities like hiking and skiing with her family and dog, Jaxon, on beautiful Vancouver Island.

A core belief in Anita Ferriss’ (she/her) life and work is that the foundation of everything we do is grounded in relationships and that everyone is capable. She leads from the heart, using a strength-based, appreciative approach. She is an experienced and inspirational co-active coach, educator, faculty chair, facilitator, and organizational and people development specialist whose 45-year career spanned working in higher education, not-for-profit, and government organizations as well as running her own coaching and consulting business. She has a master’s degree in leadership and training (Royal Roads University) and is a certified professional co-active coach, with additional training in organizational, relationship, systems coaching from the Centre for Right Relationship. She is passionate about community engagement and has been volunteering for a local community social services agency throughout the pandemic. Recently retired, Anita balances her time between her family, including six grandchildren and a dog, her garden, her community, a small coaching/consulting practice, and being in nature

This event has a non-refundable $25 registration fee.

Register now!

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.