Jul
6
Wed
FLO Bootcamp 2022 Summer Series
Jul 6 – Jul 27 all-day
FLO Bootcamp 2022 Summer Series

The purpose of the asynchronous, self-paced FLO Bootcamp 2022 Summer Series is to support B.C. post-secondary educators to review and tweak an existing online course in preparation for fall 2022.

The approach is meant to be “surgical”—in other words, specific, applied, and practical. Bootcamp does not cover everything—or even everything that is important about online course design and facilitation. But it will help you get in front of the problems we hear about most often.

Bootcamp is designed to provide a variety of supports within a very flexible structure on a few specific course-design issues. Central is the idea of completing individual challenges that you can apply to your course immediately.

There are scheduled, synchronous drop-in events each week for those who like to gather to ask and answer questions and discuss issues with other smart colleagues.

Over the next four weeks, you’ll work through four themes:

  • Theme 1: Scan (your course, fearlessly, through a few key lenses) and plan (your Bootcamp work)
  • Theme 2: Lectures and alternatives
  • Theme 3: Assessments (assignments, exams, etc.)
  • Theme 4: Online presence and engagement

Outcomes

By the end of Bootcamp, participants will have:

  • Conducted a critical review of the learning design of a course of their choice
  • Considered underlying strategies for assessing learning and made improvements where possible
  • Explored pedagogically sound alternatives for lecturing live online
  • Reflected on ways course design can be more or less inclusive of diverse student needs
  • Considered the role of technology and how it is used in a course
  • Had some fun!

Feeling stuck? Want some feedback from others? A drop-in hour is scheduled for Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. PT. Members from our Learning and Teaching team will welcome you in a Zoom room to answer questions about your course design. You could also ask questions and join the Bootcamp discussion in Mattermost.

Let’s prepare for a fabulous and fun facilitation experience this fall!

Start here: Theme 1: Scan and plan

Jul
18
Mon
FLO MicroCourse: Considerations to Indigenize Your Work
Jul 18 – Jul 24 all-day

Facilitating learning online (FLO) MicroCourses are short, single-topic, hands-on and practical. They are designed to develop digital literacy in faculty and educators. In one week you will have an opportunity to dip into the FLO experience and leave with something practical and useful for your own teaching practice. Join us for our FLO MicroCourse: Considerations to Indigenize Your Work. In this course you will explore how you might reframe Indigenous pedagogies in online (and face-to-face) environments, including encouraging participation and creating relationships. Please put aside an average of two hours per day to become acquainted with the materials and contribute to your overall advancement as well as that of the group. You will be invited to contribute with your reflections in two posts.

This course runs from July 18 – 24, 2022. We hope you can join us for two synchronous sessions, July 19 and July 21, 12:00 p.m. –1:30 p.m.

FLO facilitators:

Gabrielle Lamontagne (she/her) is the coordinator of Collaborative Projects and Indigenization at BCcampus. She is a Métis woman originally from Winnipeg. Her background is in library and information studies, Indigenous land claims, and archival research.

María del Carmen Rodríguez de France (she/her) was born and raised in Monterrey, México, where she loved living and learning as a teacher for 15 years. Carmen acknowledges the privilege and responsibility of living on the land of the W̱SÁNEĆ Nation and the Lekwungen- and SENCOTEN-speaking peoples since 2006. Carmen is a faculty member in the Department of Indigenous Education at the University of Victoria, where she facilitates courses on Indigenous pedagogy and education as well as on social justice. Learn more about Carmen.

This MicroCourse has a non-refundable registration fee of $25.

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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. 

Jul
27
Wed
FLO Lab: SPLOTapalooza!
Jul 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

What? SPLOTapalooza! Explore using SPLOTs to share learning objects, deepen understanding, and build learning community.

Who? Facilitators Alan Levine and Jessica Motherwell McFarlane, PhD

Why? In this session participants will:

  • Recognize that SPLOTs are friendly, tame web thingies that can increase learner engagement and deepen understanding of course content.
  • Practice creating a SPLOT.
  • Practice posting to a SPLOT.
  • Practice commenting on others’ posts.
  • Tour the SPLOT dashboard for basic functions.
  • Observe dashboard tricks that make grading learners’ SPLOTativity easy.
  • Discuss ways to incorporate SPLOTs into your course.

Session Summary:

Bring your smartphone for SPLOTapalooza. Join us for this hands-on, step-by-step workshop on building a SPLOT for your course or event. A SPLOT is an open-source website and collaborative tool that respects participants’ privacy. SPLOT can also be used as a verb (e.g., to SPLOT) that means:

  1. To learn, in the open, as participants not only post their own learning objects (e.g., comics, audio files, text, must-media files, etc.) but also see and comment on others’ posts at the same time.
  2. To engage in interactional or interrelational learning as all participants co-create an open educational resource.

Why would you want to SPLOT? It’s a fun, engaging, easy way to help learners benefit from one another’s work in a way that lasts forever. The session will begin with three examples of existing SPLOTS used in Research Methods and Intro Psych courses. Then you will be guided step-by-step through creating a SPLOT for your own course. If time permits, we will reveal website dashboard tricks that make grading learners’ work on SPLOTS even easier.

Your FLO facilitators:

Jessica Motherwell McFarlane (she/her) has been teaching in the disciplines of gender, diversity, inclusion, anti-oppression, and social justice for nearly three decades. She received the 2016 Teaching Excellence award for her work at the Justice Institute of British Columbia. Jessica has recently begun teaching at Capilano and Kwantlen Polytechnic universities and has been acknowledged for offering creative and innovative methods that are especially useful when working with difficult or emotional content. She regularly offers workshops for learners from elementary to university ages and presents at provincial, national, and international conferences. Jessica is director of the Life Outside the Box Institute, which offers customized programming — often using simple stick-figure comics — to help learners embrace anti-oppression practices, work toward reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, overcome implicit biases, and listen deeply to others’ stories. Jessica is also a counsellor in private practice for children, youth, and adults.

Alan Levine (he/him) is an independent educational technologist who sometimes calls himself an “itinerant web geek.” He provides custom website development, most often but not limited to WordPress, and supports planning for training and development in working and creating online. His current role is director of Membership Strategy and Community Engagement at Open Education Global. Earlier he led innovation efforts with the New Media Consortium and Maricopa Community Colleges and has worked in numerous projects with BCcampus and Thompson Rivers University. Alan works from home on Treaty 4 lands in Saskatchewan, where his interests include digital storytelling, photography, bending WordPress to his whims, and randomly dipping into and sharing from the infinite river of the internet.

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

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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. 

Aug
22
Mon
FLO MicroCourse: Create Your Course Intro Video
Aug 22 – Aug 26 all-day

Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) MicroCourses are short, single topic, hands-on, and practical. Over the course of one week, you will have the opportunity to dip your toes into the FLO experience and leave with something practical and useful for your own teaching practice. Do you want to create a great first impression in your online course? Create an introduction video that excites your learners about what’s ahead. Learn what goes into the process, then do it!

This course includes mostly asynchronous activities, which means you can spread your five to seven hours of participation over the whole week. Ideally, you would participate a little each day. A synchronous session is planned for Monday, August 22, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. PT. This session will be recorded for those who cannot attend. An optional drop-in session is scheduled for Thursday, August 25, at 10:00 a.m. PT.

Your FLO facilitators will be Helena Prins (she/her) and Gwen Nguyen (she/her), both advisors on the BCcampus Learning and Teaching team.

This MicroCourse has a non-refundable registration fee of $25.

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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. 

Aug
31
Wed
FLO Lab: Rubrics Rubrics Rubrics
Aug 31 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Rubrics can be used in a variety of ways to promote student learning, and they can help you effectively and efficiently give feedback and assess student learning. In this three-hour workshop, you will have the opportunity to create a rubric for a new assignment or learning activity for your course this fall. In the first hour, we will explore the different purposes and types of rubrics and recommended practices to develop an effective rubric. You will be provided with several rubric formats and select the rubric appropriate for your learning activity and purpose. In the second hour, you will work independently to draft a rubric for your learning activity. In the final hour, you will participate in a small feedback group to review the rubrics. At the end of the workshop, you will have a peer-reviewed rubric to pilot in your upcoming course. Please come to this workshop with a new assignment or learning activity for a course you will be teaching this fall.

FLO Facilitator

Jacquie Harrison (she/her) teaches in the School of Instructor Education at Vancouver Community College (VCC). Jacquie’s teaching approach centres assessment as/for learning as an essential component of creating effective learning environments in the courses she designs and facilitates. She also teaches assessment and evaluation in VCC’s Provincial Instructor Diploma and Teaching Online Certificate programs. Jacquie has a master of education in curriculum and instruction from Simon Fraser University and has been teaching in adult education since 1992.

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

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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.

 

Sep
2
Fri
FLO Friday: Designing for Authenticity — Aligning Assessment with Intended Learning Outcomes
Sep 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
FLO Friday: Designing for Authenticity — Aligning Assessment with Intended Learning Outcomes

This session will highlight different aspects of aligning course components with intended learning outcomes for clarity and transparency. Specifically, we will dive into discussions of creating strong intended learning outcomes and linking them to authentic assessments that support all students. This FLO Friday workshop will highlight the foundational role intended learning outcomes play in course design, the significance of checking for alignment between assessments and outcomes, and the importance of connecting with colleagues in small-group activities to apply alignment practice. Although not required, it may be helpful to have some intended learning outcomes and assessments for courses in mind in preparation for this session.

Intended learning outcomes:

  • When presented with a complete intended learning outcome statement, you will correctly identify all three defining components.
  • You will carefully reflect on how to create an authentic assessment that links to your intended learning outcomes following brainstorming in small groups.
  • Through a small group activity, you will identify approaches to assessment that are relevant to your teaching and an authentic assessment framework.

Your FLO facilitator is Gerry Gourlay. Gerry Gourlay (she/her) gratefully acknowledges the traditional territory of the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples as the land and place where she currently lives and works. Gerry is the teaching assistant (TA) coordinator in the division of Learning and Teaching Support and Innovation at the University of Victoria. In this role she mentors over 800 TAs each term through TA-specific programming and professional development initiatives to ensure they support undergraduate learning. Part of Gerry’s portfolio includes supporting faculty and instructors with course design, crafting intended learning outcomes, and supporting alignment among course components. Gerry is an instructional skills workshop facilitator and trainer, and she holds a PhD in biology and a graduate certificate for learning and teaching in higher education (UVic). She enjoys supporting faculty and instructors in finding innovative ways to support student learning, reduce barriers to learning for all students, and make the implicit more explicit in learning.

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

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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.

Sep
19
Mon
FLO MicroCourse: Hybrid Learning
Sep 19 – Sep 25 all-day

This FLO MicroCourse will teach you the key considerations for designing a hybrid course. Learn about creating a shared experience for students that combines online and in-person learning. You’ll learn how to:

  • Create community in an online environment.
  • Explore different types of multimedia that can enhance both course delivery and accessibility.
  • Complete a simple hybrid course-planning outline.

There will be two live and interactive sessions (also recorded): Monday, September 19, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. PT, and Friday, September 23, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. PT. You will also need to put aside an hour a day to work on the course materials and contribute to the course discussion.

Your FLO facilitator for this course is Kate Milne. Kate (she/her) is a post-secondary instructor at Douglas College. She also owns a consulting business where she has been designing and building online and hybrid courses for government and non-profit clients since 2011. She believes hybrid courses can be a highly effective way to deliver course material while providing flexibility to learners.

This MicroCourse has a non-refundable registration fee of $25.

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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.

Oct
7
Fri
FLO Friday: Anti-racist Teaching Practices
Oct 7 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
FLO Friday: Anti-racist Teaching Practices

Inclusion and a sense of belonging play a vital part in the success of students in higher education. This session will introduce participants to the concept of anti-racism and its application to a teaching and learning environment. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their current practices as well as collaborate with peers to develop practical tips for creating classroom policies and practices that support an anti-racist environment. This will be an interactive session that will help educators centre their practice on equity, inclusion, and care. A short, optional individual pre-session activity will be shared one week prior to the event.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Identify potentially harmful situations in your course design and teaching practice.
  • Apply potential remedies toward creating an anti-racist teaching and learning environment.
  • Identify where to go for resources and support to assist with creating and fostering an anti-racist classroom.

FLO Facilitator:

Randeep (she/her) works as an educational developer, where she helps facilitate the design and development of credit and non-credit courses in online and hybrid environments. Outside this work Randeep designs and provides workshops for post-secondary audiences on anti-racist teaching practices and racialized microaggressions. Her PhD research at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (University of Toronto) is focused on social justice in higher and adult education and is grounded in part in critical race theory and decolonized research methodologies.

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

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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.

Oct
12
Wed
FLO Lab: Staying Current with Essential Digital Literacy
Oct 12 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
FLO Lab: Staying Current with Essential Digital Literacy

Digital literacy skills, including using various technologies and critically evaluating digital sources and information, are essential for today’s graduates. Educators must also possess these skills to incorporate digital tools and technologies that support learners effectively, help learners find relevant information, and identify gaps in their digital skill development. Amid a pandemic, with so many new and emerging technologies available, it is natural to feel overwhelmed. To create a further challenge, few professional development opportunities exist that support cultivating digital literacy skills, which can leave you scrambling to support your learners.

By the end of this three-hour experiential learning, you will be able to:

  • Evaluate your digital literacy skills for teaching and learning.
  • Identify areas for growth and development.
  • Consider strategies to increase your digital literacy.

This three-hour experiential lab will be fully interactive with individual and group activities. No pre-reading or pre-course activities are required; all participation time is situated within the session’s parameters. Participants will be asked to consider reflecting on their learnings post-session.

Your FLO Lab facilitator, Lisa Gedak (she/her), is a teaching and learning strategist, post-secondary educator, and instructional designer who specializes in the intersection of pedagogy with technology and learning in online spaces. Lisa is passionate about learner-centred education and lifelong learning; her research is situated in a K–12 context and examines the experiences of school communities during the pandemic. Additionally, Lisa is an appreciative inquiry facilitator who values building on individuals’ and groups’ strengths to positively impact the future.

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

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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.

Oct
24
Mon
FLO MicroCourse: Design Your Own Authentic Assessment
Oct 24 – Oct 29 all-day
FLO MicroCourse: Design Your Own Authentic Assessment

Alternative assessments — activities that allow learners to demonstrate their learning in formats other than traditional quizzes and tests — have risen to prominence during the pandemic. These forms of assessment not only are used for summative evaluation of learners (to provide a grade) but also to help learners develop their understanding of course content, apply it, and link it to other topics and previous understanding. They are typically scaffolded, giving learners feedback along their development and an opportunity to incorporate that feedback and improve their work. They contribute to creating more accessible, equitable educational experiences and can create a culture of academic integrity. Examples of alternative assessments include concept maps, conference presentations, case studies, escape rooms, and authentic tasks that replicate workplace activities. They can be implemented in every discipline. In this FLO MicroCourse, you will learn about the principles of alternative assessments and explore several formats. Then you will apply these principles to the creation of an alternative assessment for your classroom and develop ways to provide feedback to learners on their work. Finally, you will showcase your creation to your peers and discuss ways to bolster the assessment’s effectiveness.

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

  • Describe the principles of alternative assessment.
  • Design an alternative assessment using the principles of alternative assessment.
  • Evaluate the alternative assessment plan.

Estimated Time Commitment:

This course will run for five days. (The weekend is available to wrap up tasks.)

  • Participants should allocate 60 to 90 minutes each day for this course.
  • Participants will participate in four discussion forums.
  • There will be two synchronous meetings. Monday, October 24, 2022, 12:00–1:00 p.m. PT and the kick-off session (optional participation) will be recorded on Friday, October 28, 10:00–11:00 a.m. PT.

FLO facilitators:

Eliana El Khoury, PhD, (she/her) is an assistant professor at Athabasca University. She has extensive experience in teaching and learning in K–12 and higher education settings both in Canada and internationally. Her work focuses on alternative assessment, education in emergencies, and innovation in teaching and learning. Eliana’s latest work includes training teachers in alternative ways of doing assessments. Dr. El Khoury has received multiple grants to conduct research and has published and presented on STEM education, equity in education, and alternative assessments. Her current research interests include:

  • Alternative assessment in multiple disciplines
  • Innovation in teaching and learning
  • Open education
  • Equity in assessment practices

Eliana’s latest work includes a social media campaign that showcases the work of champions of reimagined assessment. You can follow Eliana’s work on alternative assessment on these channels:

Annie Prud’homme-Généreux, PhD, (she/her) was founding faculty at Quest University and is a past recipient of the National Association of Biology Teachers’ Teaching Innovation Award. She is currently the director of Continuing Studies at Capilano University. This spring, she co-facilitated the Commonwealth of Learning MOOC on Authentic Assessment, which brought together over 2,500 educators from around the world. She is completing a master’s degree in open, digital, and distance education at Athabasca University, where she is working with Dr. El Khoury to review the forms of alternative assessments used in post-secondary STEM fields.

To read Annie’s full bio, visit Meet the FLO Facilitator: Annie Prud’homme-Généreux.

This MicroCourse has a non-refundable registration fee of $25.

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.