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
25
Thu
OER Production Series: Advanced Pressbooks
Aug 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
OER Production Series: Advanced Pressbooks

This event is a part of the OER Production Series. Pressbooks is an online self-publishing tool available to all post-secondary faculty and staff in B.C. and the Yukon. This webinar is a continuation of the introductory Pressbooks webinar, where we taught the basics of the platform. Here, we will explore various advanced features of Pressbooks. You will see a Pressbooks demonstration in real-time and learn complex Pressbooks topics in a hands-on way. Topics included are basic H5P, LaTeX, adding users and user roles, internal links and anchors, footnotes, the glossary tool, importing content, and custom styles.

Facilitator:

Arianna Cheveldave (she/her) is the coordinator of Open Education for BCcampus. She has worked with Pressbooks since 2019 and has learned many useful tips and tricks along the way that she is eager to share. Arianna is passionate about empowering faculty and staff to create their own open educational resources using Pressbooks.

To view the other events in this series, visit OER Production Series.

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
30
Tue
Curriculum MAP: Demo for Instructors and Professionals in Higher Ed
Aug 30 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Curriculum MAP: Demo for Instructors and Professionals in Higher Ed

UBC Okanagan recently launched a website to support curriculum mapping, analysis, and planning at the course and program levels, UBC Curriculum MAP. This website was closely inspired and informed by Curriculum Links (University of Calgary) and customized to meet UBC’s needs and priorities. However, anybody with an email address can use the site and/or its open source software for their own institution.

During this demo, you will hear from two Curriculum MAP team members: a faculty member who uses this tool for course and program planning, and a quality-assurance practitioner who uses it to support program reviews and program proposals.

Who is this workshop for?

  • Instructors looking to ideate or evaluate a course from a backward design and constructive alignment perspective
  • Program coordinators/leads looking to ideate/evaluate a program based on curriculum mapping
  • Quality-assurance practitioners looking to support instructors/faculty members with curriculum mapping for evaluation or analysis
  • Teaching and learning professionals looking to support their teams through the use of technology

By the end of this session, attendees will have a good understanding of this tool and its applications in their own context.

Facilitators

Laura Prada (she/her) has worked in higher education for 12+ years in student services and teaching and learning. She currently supports academic programs and reviews as part of the Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic at UBC Okanagan. Her psychology and education degrees, as well as her university teaching certificate, inform her practices. She works closely with other units to provide holistic support to academic units and is passionate about sharing and collaborating with others for best results and efficiencies.

Dr. Anita Chaudhuri (she/her) is an assistant professor of teaching in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at UBC Okanagan. Her research interest and publications are in the areas of identity construction of language learners, their development in writing and communication, and how pedagogical practices such as writing across curriculum and culturally sustaining pedagogy impact curriculum development. Dr. Chaudhuri is part of the project development team for UBC’s Curriculum MAP and Syllabus Generator tool, which facilitates effective alignment of course and program learning outcomes to institutional strategies. By mapping course objectives, teaching and learning activities, and assessment practices using Curriculum MAP, users can engage in discussions on curriculum planning and review. She also works on a funded project that responds to the critical need for materials on academic integrity that are undergraduate-student focused, are openly accessible, and support classroom discussion on this ethical concern in the scholarship of teaching and 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. 

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: Create 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
18
Fri
FLO Friday: Inductive Learning — Designing Activities to Learn Through Examples
Nov 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
FLO Friday: Inductive Learning — Designing Activities to Learn Through Examples

Consider this scenario: You want to help learners write effective thesis sentences. Although there are many ways to achieve this goal, they fundamentally belong in two broad approaches:

  • You can show examples of good and not-so-good thesis sentences and ask learners to identify, evaluate, and discuss the elements that make each one good or not-so-good.
  • You can present what experts agree to be elements of a good thesis statement, then drive home these components with examples.

Most of us, whether we teach writing or biochemistry, tend to use the latter approach. We start with the framework that experts know and agree on, and later use examples to reinforce the point. But showing rather than telling is a powerful learning tool. Inductive learning (also called analogical learning, learning through comparison, or learning through examples) helps learners build their own understanding and develop their critical thinking abilities. Inductive learning has been shown to result in greater depth and more robust (longer lasting) learning and to help learners transfer what they learn to new situations. In this FLO Friday session, you will learn about this approach through examples, reflect on the learner experience of using this approach, and examine how to select examples to maximize the learning experience. You will formulate your own understanding of inductive learning, learn how to design activities, and refine your understanding through discussions with your peers. Come and learn about inductive learning — inductively!

Your FLO facilitator for this session is Dr. Annie Prud’homme-Généreux. To learn more about Annie, visit Meet the FLO Facilitator: Annie Prud’homme-Généreux.

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.