Oct
17
Mon
FLO MicroCourse: More Than Words — Developing Anti-racist Pedagogies
Oct 17 – Oct 23 all-day

In the past few years, we have lived through a rise in incidents across the country where people have been targeted because of their sexual orientation, ethnicity, or faith. These incidents are often rooted in fear or lack of knowledge and understanding. There is a critical need for educators and other professionals to understand the individual and systemic factors that fuel and perpetuate racism and to learn to respond in ways that turn words into action. Join us in this FLO MicroCourse to grow your understanding and learn how to take action.

In this one-week course, we will:

  • Deliberate on our individual and collective understanding of what constitutes racism.
  • Envision approaches to working as anti-racist individuals.
  • Develop strategies for working in online environments, including reflection and action.

Required Student Participation:

You will likely spend more time on your own reading and deepening this work. However, we consider 2.5 hours per day the minimum investment to complete the course, including exploration of resources and contributions.

We also invite you to join two 90-minute synchronous sessions to complement self-paced learning.

Your lead FLO facilitator for this course is Carmen Rodriguez de France (she/her). With over 35 years of experience in education, Carmen acknowledges her privilege to live, learn, and teach on the land of the W̱SÁNEĆ community and the lək̓ʷəŋən and SENĆOŦEN-speaking Peoples. Carmen was born and raised in Monterrey, México, and 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. Her most recent research projects focus on the scholarship of teaching and learning with pre-service and in-service teachers as well as on the exploration of reconciliation through the arts.

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

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 Friday, October 28, 10:00–11:00 a.m. PT. While both sessions will be recorded for those who can’t attend, your attendance at these sessions is encouraged.

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.

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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. 

Nov
14
Mon
FLO MicroCourse: Hybrid Learning – Leveraging Multimedia to Promote Active Learning
Nov 14 – Nov 20 all-day

This FLO MicroCourse will teach you the best ways to use multimedia to promote active learning in a hybrid course. Learn how to use multimedia tools in the online learning environment to increase student engagement, layer coursework, and improve the value of face-to-face time. You’ll learn how to:

  • Create community in an online environment.
  • Explore different types of multimedia that can enhance both course delivery and accessibility.
  • Develop an activity for student engagement to use in your hybrid course.

There will be two live and interactive sessions (also recorded): Monday, November 14, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. PT, and Friday, November 18, from 9:00 to 10:00 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.

 

Dec
5
Mon
FLO MicroCourse: Current Topics in Micro-Credentials 2.0
Dec 5 – Dec 11 all-day

Join us for our Current Topics in Micro-credentials 2.0 course, where we will dig deeper into the micro-credential topics that are in the forefront of practice in B.C. A selection of current topics in micro-credentials will be offered, discussed, and applied to our B.C. context. By the end of this one-week learning experience, participants will be able to describe in their own words at least one current topic in micro-credentials and apply what they have learned to our local context. Current Topics in Micro-credentials 2.0 will be delivered primarily asynchronously, but there will be two optional synchronous sessions: Monday, December 5, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. PT, and Thursday, December 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PT. Although these two sessions will be recorded, your attendance is encouraged. Expect to spend approximately 7–10 hours to engage with the content and others in this short course.

Your BCcampus FLO facilitators are Ross McKerlich (he/him), project manager of Collaborative Projects and Indigenous Engagement, and Helena Prins (she/her), advisor in Learning and Teaching.

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. 

Jan
16
Mon
FLO MicroCourse: Developing a Personal Learning Network
Jan 16 – Jan 22 all-day

Join us for a brand-new FLO MicroCourse: Developing a Personal Learning Network (PLN). A PLN is part of lifelong learning to help you develop a community of practice to grow your skills, abilities, and toolbox with peers. This topic builds participants’ digital literacy/learning to become more connected to peer facilitators and keep current on developments and best practices in the context of learning and teaching in post-secondary education. After this one-week course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the benefits of establishing networked connections.
  • Identify a current PLN.
  • Impart strategies for developing and maintaining a current PLN.
  • Pass these strategies on to colleagues and students.
  • Experiment with social media to build a PLN.

While most of the learning will happen asynchronously, optional synchronous sessions are planned for:

  • Monday, January 16, 12:00–1:00 p.m. PT
  • Thursday, January 19, 12:00–1:00 p.m. PT
  • Friday, January 20, 12:00–1:00 p.m. PT

The required participation time is estimated to be eight hours for participants (three hours to complete required activities and five hours for optional activities).

FLO Facilitators:

Gena Hamilton is a Certified Career Development Practitioner and Career Education Coordinator at the University of the Fraser Valley with a passion for learning design and innovation in career education. Ken Harmel is manager of the learning designers in the Teaching and Learning Centre and sessional instructor at the University of the Fraser Valley. Ken’s focus these days is on educational leadership both in the Teaching and Learning Centre and the classroom.

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.