May
27
Mon
FLO MicroCourse: The Space Between Us – Navigating Boundaries in Post-Secondary Education
May 27 – May 31 all-day

About the FLO MicroCourseFLO MicroCourse

Join our next free, one-week Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) MicroCourse!

As post-secondary educators become more aware of, and proficient with, trauma-informed and student-centred approaches to teaching, a greater understanding of the need to create and set boundaries with students has emerged.

This micro-course offers participants the opportunity to consider and reflect on their own professional boundaries as well as discuss and practice boundary setting.

While most of the learning will happen asynchronously, we will offer two optional synchronous sessions in Zoom:

  • Monday, May 27 – 5:00-6:00 p.m. PT
  • Friday, May 31 – 12:00-1:00 p.m. PT

These sessions will be recorded for those who cannot attend.

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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. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Discuss the need for various types of boundaries in the post-secondary environment
  • Explore their personal boundaries in various contexts
  • Share experiences and challenges with setting boundaries
  • Practice setting boundaries in written and verbal communication

Participants can expect to dedicate approximately 60-90 minutes per day for five days on learning and activities.

About the Facilitator

Your FLO Facilitator will be Matty Hillman. Matty (he/his) is an educational developer, counsellor, and instructor at Selkirk College, as well as a regular collaborator with BCcampus. Through a student-centred and trauma-informed approach to this work, he strives to create systemic change within post-secondary spaces and increase mental health literacy and skills for educators, students, and community members. Matty’s scholarship and research interests include sexual violence prevention and response on post-secondary campuses, trauma-informed education, healthy masculinities, and critical youth mentorship. His writing can be found in various child and youth care journals and several provincial anti-violence projects. You can find his murals adorning walls throughout the West Kootenays.

Jun
4
Tue
FLO Panel: Accessibility in Post-Secondary Education – A B.C. Perspective
Jun 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
FLO Panel: Accessibility in Post-Secondary Education – A B.C. Perspective

About the Webinar:

The Government of British Columbia passed the Accessible British Columbia Act in 2021. It provides a framework to identify, remove, and prevent barriers to accessibility. The law is an important step to make B.C. a more accessible province.  

This panel will have a conversation about the implementation of the Accessible B.C. Act in post-secondary settings. Covering a range of topics from the creation of accessibility committees to inclusive design principles, and from fostering feedback mechanisms to addressing access gaps, the panel will discuss concerns important to students, instructors, and post-secondary service providers. We hope to shed light on the challenges arising during the implementation of this new legislation and work towards creating an inclusive and accessible future for post-secondary education.   

The moderator for the panel discussion is Dr. Seanna Takacs. Seanna (she/her) is a faculty member in Accessibility Services at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. With a background in advancing Universal Design for Learning and accessible and inclusive pedagogy, she has led initiatives across British Columbia including with BCcampus. Additionally, she is co-chair of the Accessibility and Inclusion Community of Practice for the Canadian Association of Colleges and University Student Services and a member of the leadership team of the B.C. Community of Practice in Accessibility.  

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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. 

Panelists:  

Latham Antonnissen (he/him) recently graduated with honors from the Foundations in Design program and is preparing to start his bachelor’s degree in interior design at the Wilson School of Design. His achievements have earned him an entrance scholarship and early admission to the program. Born and raised in Vancouver, the city’s diversity and natural beauty have deeply influenced his creative perspective. As a proud member of the LGBTQIA2S+ community and someone who identifies as neurodivergent, Latham integrates these perspectives into his design work, aiming to create spaces reflecting and respecting diverse experiences. When not engaged in his studies or creative projects, he enjoys hiking, drawing, and videography. His goal is to fuse theory and practice in interior design, enhancing environments for all people.  

Katelyn Watson (she/her) is a second-year psychology student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), working towards pursuing a career in social work or clinical psychology. Growing up with chronic illness, pain, and disability, Katelyn is aware of the immense impact of (in)accessibility at all levels of education. It is through her lived experience that she has recognized her passion for research and advocacy, specifically related to accessibility in higher education and pediatric chronic pain. In recent years, Katelyn has worked as a research assistant, examining the accessibility of admissions policies and procedures at post-secondary institutions in B.C., and is also a member of KPU’s Accessibility Committee, helping create the institution’s first accessibility plan in accordance with the Accessible British Columbia Act.  

Kyle Baillie (he/his) is the executive director of student affairs at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, B.C. on the traditional territory of the Sto:lo people. Kyle received his doctorate in 2022 from the University of Kansas, where his research studied secondary trauma, resilience, and perceived organizational support in Canadian student affairs professionals. Pairing this with more than 23 years in the student affairs field, Kyle seeks to bring theory and practice together as a scholar-practitioner, using data to support students and colleagues. When he is not at work, he is partner to Ali, and dog dad to Fergus, a senior French bulldog. He plays the bagpipes, loves old Volkswagens, and skis when there is snow. 

Lisa DeWinter is the Student Success Centre manager at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT). She oversees student supports within the full learner cycle at both the Merritt and Burnaby campuses, including all in-community programs. She worked for 10 years as the senior inclusion facilitator with the B.C. Initiative for Inclusive Post-Secondary Education under STEPs Forward with NVIT. As a former student earning a Master of Social Work, Lisa has seen the opportunities NVIT provides graduates, young adults, parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents to explore their potential as students and also as future leaders of their communities. Lisa strives to make a positive impact in her work at NVIT by providing advocacy, support, and guidance to students. Outside of her work and volunteering, she can be found with her family or on the land, where she recharges and finds inspiration.
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.

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 Government of British Columbia’s distinctions-based approach. 
  • Reflect on what stops 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 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. PT and Friday, October 11, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PT. 

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. 

Dec
6
Fri
FLO Friday: SoundWaves in Education – The Art of Teaching Online with Sound
Dec 6 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

About the Session: FLO Friday logo 2023

Join us for this free, one-hour Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) Friday workshop on how sound can be effectively used in an online learning environment.  

This presentation explores the principles of sonic pedagogy and demonstrates practical applications for online teaching. Participants will learn about the integration of user-friendly audio tools, discover creative approaches to curriculum design, and learn techniques for optimizing student engagement through intentional soundscapes. This presentation closely examines the relationship between sound and education, offering practical skills and strategies to enhance the online teaching experience.  

Learning Outcomes:  

  • Gain a foundational understanding of sonic pedagogy and its significance in the online educational context.  
  • Acquire practical skills in applying user-friendly audio recording and editing tools to online teaching.  
  • Explore effective strategies for integrating sound into lesson plans and curriculum design in an online teaching environment.  
  • Develop the ability to design creative and engaging lesson plans leveraging sound elements to enhance the online learning experience.
  • Understand strategies for optimizing student engagement through the strategic use of sound in online teaching.  

This presentation is tailored for online educators, instructional designers, and anyone passionate about the art of sound to enhance online teaching experience. 

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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 John Born 

John (he/his) is the manager of the educational media team at the Centre for Educational Excellence at Simon Fraser University (SFU). In this role, he provides technical and pedagogical expertise in multimedia for face-to-face, blended, and online teaching environments. Before joining SFU, he worked at the British Columbia Institute of Technology’s Learning & Teaching Centre as an educational technology specialist and at the Centre for Enhanced Teaching and Learning at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) in educational technology and as a multimedia specialist. He holds a diploma in sound design from Vancouver Film School and a Master of Education in instructional design. His teaching experience includes eight years as a sound instructor in the multimedia studies program at UNB, as well as three years at the Centre for Arts and Technology. Outside of work, he is passionate about jazz music, sound design, and field recording.