Apr
5
Mon
BCcampus Book Club: Small Teaching Online
Apr 5 @ 11:00 am – Jun 8 @ 12:00 pm
BCcampus Book Club: Small Teaching Online
Following up on the success of our 2019 offering centred around Small Teaching by James Lang, we will be diving into Small Teaching Online by Flower Darby. Are you still feeling unsure about your skills as an online facilitator of learning? This selection for our online book club might be just the confidence booster you need! Join the discussion and exploration of strategies and tools to hone your online-facilitation skills. The book club will be facilitated over nine weeks, mostly asynchronously, with three optional synchronous sessions. The synchronous sessions will be held on April 6, May 18, and June 8, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. PT. This event is free. To ensure we have an inclusive and welcoming environment for all, we’ve added registration to our online office 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.
Apr
12
Mon
FLO Synchronous
Apr 12 – May 2 all-day

  • Length: 3 weeks
  • Mode: Online – asynchronous with scheduled synchronous sessions
  • Pre-requisite: none
  • Scheduled Sessions:
    Three scheduled sessions lead by the FLO facilitators
    Additional sessions lead by the practicing facilitators
    Times will vary by offering
  • Additional Time commitment:
    Participants should expect to spend 6-8 hours for course activities during each of the three weeks. Those with no prior online teaching and learning experience can expect to invest more time. Continuous, active participation is necessary to make this course successful for everyone.
  • Fees – $25 non-refundable registration fee.

Course Description

Facilitating Learning Online – Synchronous is a 3-week course that introduces participants to best practice strategies to plan for, facilitate and follow up after synchronous online learning events. It will help you enhance the skills you need to confidently and effectively facilitate synchronous online learning. It is designed to provide you with opportunities to see and learn from examples of synchronous online facilitation and, if desired, practice synchronous online facilitation skills in a safe environment.

Once enrolled, you will choose to engage with this course via one of two different “tracks”:

Track 1 – Reviewing Participants

Reviewing Participants are expected to:

  • be an active participant in the course throughout its duration
  • attend at least two of the three planned synchronous sessions hosted by course facilitators
  • synchronous sessions: April 13, April 20, and April 30, 2021 at 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. PT
  • give feedback to Practicing Facilitators as they prepare for their facilitation
    attend at least two synchronous online sessions of Practicing Facilitators and give feedback to them (dates/times to be determined)
Track 2 – Practicing Facilitators

Practicing Facilitators are expected to:

  • be an active participant in the course throughout its duration
  • attend at least two of the three planned synchronous sessions hosted by course facilitators
  • synchronous sessions: April 13, April 20, and April 30, 2021 at 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. PT
  • plan and facilitate a synchronous online session near the end of the course, either alone or in a pair (dates/times to be determined)
  • ask for feedback from Reviewing Participants and course facilitators both as you plan your facilitated session and after your session, and reflect on that feedback.

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Apr
21
Wed
LaTeX Learning Community
Apr 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
LaTeX Learning Community

LaTeX (LAY-tech) is a math markup language that helps to make STEM resources more accessible and professional-looking. LaTeX is integrated into Pressbooks, a platform that many open textbooks are written in. LaTeX can also be used to create freestanding documents; although some people may know how to do a lot with the language, their knowledge doesn’t always transfer to Pressbooks, which employs a more limited version of LaTeX.

Whether you’re a LaTeX whiz who needs help transitioning to Pressbooks, a LaTeX newbie who’s still learning the basics, or somewhere in between, we invite you to attend monthly sessions with the LaTeX learning community. Together, we will meet to discuss LaTeX problems and solutions. Bring your questions, quandaries, and problem-solving skills!

The LaTeX learning community is an informal group primarily made up of open-education librarians in B.C., who approached BCcampus in late 2020 asking for sector-wide LaTeX support. This session will be facilitated by Arianna Cheveldave, coordinator on the open education team at BCcampus and de facto LaTeX support lead.

LaTeX problems and solutions discussed by the community may be added to a forthcoming page in the BCcampus Pressbooks Guide or shared via video clips taken from session recordings.

NOTE: BCcampus LaTeX support is limited to people in B.C. as we currently do not have capacity to provide wider support. Please register for this event or contact Arianna with queries only if you are part of the B.C. post-secondary system.

Arianna Cheveldave (she/her) is a coordinator on the open education team at BCcampus. She studied some computer programming during her undergraduate degree in writing, which prepared her to dive headfirst into LaTeX learning when she was tasked with working on her first algebra textbook. She has plenty of experience with Pressbooks overall and has learned a lot about LaTeX through forums, documentation, and good old-fashioned trial and error. Arianna loves teasing out the answers to difficult problems and is excited to help other LaTeX learners. B.C. post-secondary faculty and staff may contact her at acheveldave@bccampus.ca with their LaTeX inquiries, which she may answer via email or video call or bring to LaTeX learning sessions.

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

Register now!

Registration is restricted to members of post-secondary sector in B.C. and the Yukon.

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.

Apr
23
Fri
FLO Friday: Arts-Based Learning Online
Apr 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
FLO Friday: Arts-Based Learning Online

Did you know that arts-based learning can bring a human element to the disconnection some students feel in online-learning spaces? During this very interactive session, you will experience arts-based instructional strategies you can easily implement in your online courses. We will explore how to create inclusive spaces to engage learners’ minds, bodies, and spirits while supporting self-regulation in these overwhelming times.

Valeria Cortes

Val has worked in the field of education for over two decades. She has extensive experience working with post-secondary institutions and community organizations across cultures. Through course design and facilitation, she has helped thousands of people learn from one another and feel empowered to take action to enhance their organizations and communities. Visit our Meet the FLO Facilitators page to learn more. As an associate faculty member at Royal Roads University, Val teaches online, blended, and face-to-face courses. Having completed her MEd online, she strives for meaningful engagement when designing curriculum. She is also very interested in critical pedagogy, intercultural learning, and arts-based learning. Val holds a master of arts in leadership studies from the University of Victoria, a master of education from Tecnológico de Monterrey, and a bachelor of science in information systems engineering. She loves spending time with her family and being involved in her community. With her alter ego, the puppet Giggles, she visits schools and community organizations to help children learn about their rights.

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

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.

 

 

Apr
27
Tue
Cascadia Open Education Summit 2021
Apr 27 – Apr 29 all-day
Cascadia Open Education Summit 2021

The Cascadia Open Education Summit is a unique three-day, internationally attended event where thought leaders come together to share groundbreaking ideas, research, and best practices for using open educational resources (OER). Our delegates include government officials, faculty, academic administrators and leaders, educational developers and technologists, librarians, instructional designers, student support staff, and students.

Register now!

To learn more about this event, head over to cascadia.bccampus.ca or sign up for the BCcampus newsletter.

Apr
29
Thu
Cooking with H5P: Inside Pressbooks with Steel Wagstaff
Apr 29 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

The next Cooking with H5P and Pressbooks webinar takes place Thursday, April 29 at 9:00 am PT (check for your local time). For this episode, we invited into the kitchen Steel Wagstaff, Educational Product Manager for Pressbooks. From his position, he will be able to share much about the features and capabilities of Pressbooks, how H5P integrates with it, examples worth looking at, and maybe some insight into future directions for the platform.

And Steel brings in a longer history of experience from his efforts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he cultivated the development of their Pressbooks network and led an active community of Pressbooks content creators at UW-Madison (learn more about projects Steel has supported there). Read more of Steel’s writing— while it is a few years old, his Getting Started with Pressbooks stands up as an applicable overview of the platform. Ask Steel anything about Pressbooks, and you will hear something valuable (or ask him about poetry too 😉

If you have watched any of our previous episodes, you know that we run a conversational style show where the audience gets to ask many questions. Topics we suggested to Steel included (but are not limited to):

  • People love examples! We hope you can show examples on how you use H5P and/or Hypothesis in Pressbooks that will open some eyes for some on possibilities.
  • We have shared previously about using the Pressbooks Directory to find published textbooks (and ones with H5P in them), but it’s always good to let people know about it and the H5P search functionality.
  • Pedagogically, we have stressed the element of creating student practice activities, but we are interested in hearing more ideas of developing good feedback for H5P questions.
  • Please share any tips or tricks (technical or design wise) you may have about working with H5P within Pressbooks that might make the administration & development of H5P a bit easier for our project grantees.
  • And if there are any roadmaps into the future of Pressbooks you can share that might involve H5P, that would be… peachy.

When you sign up to attend the webinar, we offer a place as well to ask questions or let us know what you are interested in learning from Steel.

This event is free and open. To ensure we have an inclusive and welcoming environment for all, we’ve added registration to our webinars. Please note that it will close two hours before the event.

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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.

May
3
Mon
FLO — Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
May 3 – May 14 all-day
FLO — Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

The Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) — Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a short, practical course to introduce you 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, putting learner engagement at the centre of your activities in your course design. You will be asked to bring one of your course outlines to enable your learning with an immediate benefit. In this two-week opportunity, you will be expected to invest eight to twelve hours, mostly asynchronously. Planning a small investment of time each day is ideal to allow your learning to deepen. Three synchronous opportunities are planned: Tuesday, May 4; Tuesday, May 11; and Friday, May 14, from 12–1 p.m. PT. The synchronous sessions are not mandatory but provide an opportunity for connection and learning. Ideally, you will be able to join the lunchtime synchronous sessions to connect with your colleagues, fostering your own community of learning. Synchronous sessions will be recorded.

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

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.

May
17
Mon
FLO MicroCourse: Considerations to Indigenize Your Work
May 17 – May 23 all-day

Facilitating learning online (FLO) MicroCourses are short, FLO-MicroCoursesingle-topic, hands-on, practical, and free. 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. In this course, you will explore how you might reframe Indigenous pedagogies in online environments, including encouraging participants and creating relationships. Read more about your lead facilitator María del Carmen Rodríguez de France here. Gabrielle Lamontagne, Coordinator, Collaborative Projects and Indigenization will be the co-facilitator for this course.

This course is asynchronous with some synchronous sessions listed below:

  • May 19 from 12 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. PST
  • May 21 from 9 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. PST

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

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.

May
19
Wed
LaTeX Learning Community
May 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
LaTeX Learning Community

LaTeX (LAY-tech) is a math markup language that helps to make STEM resources more accessible and professional-looking. LaTeX is integrated into Pressbooks, a platform that many open textbooks are written in. LaTeX can also be used to create freestanding documents; although some people may know how to do a lot with the language, their knowledge doesn’t always transfer to Pressbooks, which employs a more limited version of LaTeX.

Whether you’re a LaTeX whiz who needs help transitioning to Pressbooks, a LaTeX newbie who’s still learning the basics, or somewhere in between, we invite you to attend monthly sessions with the LaTeX learning community. Together, we will meet to discuss LaTeX problems and solutions. Bring your questions, quandaries, and problem-solving skills!

The LaTeX learning community is an informal group primarily made up of open-education librarians in B.C., who approached BCcampus in late 2020 asking for sector-wide LaTeX support. This session will be facilitated by Arianna Cheveldave, coordinator on the open education team at BCcampus and de facto LaTeX support lead.

LaTeX problems and solutions discussed by the community may be added to a forthcoming page in the BCcampus Pressbooks Guide or shared via video clips taken from session recordings.

NOTE: BCcampus LaTeX support is limited to people in B.C. as we currently do not have capacity to provide wider support. Please register for this event or contact Arianna with queries only if you are part of the B.C. post-secondary system.

Arianna Cheveldave (she/her) is a coordinator on the open education team at BCcampus. She studied some computer programming during her undergraduate degree in writing, which prepared her to dive headfirst into LaTeX learning when she was tasked with working on her first algebra textbook. She has plenty of experience with Pressbooks overall and has learned a lot about LaTeX through forums, documentation, and good old-fashioned trial and error. Arianna loves teasing out the answers to difficult problems and is excited to help other LaTeX learners. B.C. post-secondary faculty and staff may contact her at acheveldave@bccampus.ca with their LaTeX inquiries, which she may answer via email or video call or bring to LaTeX learning sessions.

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

Register now!

Registration is restricted to members of post-secondary sector in B.C. and the Yukon.

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.

May
21
Fri
Fun FLO Friday: Choose Your Own Adventure
May 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fun FLO Friday: Choose Your Own Adventure

We know that giving students choice fosters engagement and equity, but how much is too much choice? In this session, you’ll “Choose Your Own Adventure” and explore student choice, student agency, and how to facilitate meaningful choice without adding to your workload. Your facilitator for this session will be Arley Cruthers. Arley teaches Applied Communications at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, where she also serves as the Open Education Teaching Fellow. She’s passionate about open pedagogy and open education, and her pedagogy is rooted in her background as a Paralympian, wheelchair basketball coach, novelist, and communications and marketing manager. She recently authored the open educational resources (OER) textbook Business Writing For Everyone: An Inclusive Guide to Writing in the Workplace. For her work in inclusive, process-based approaches to open education, she received an Excellence in Open Education award from BCcampus and has been a guest on several teaching podcasts. Arley has an MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Your facilitator for this session will be Arley Cruthers. Arley teaches Applied Communications at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, where she also serves as the Open Education Teaching Fellow. She’s passionate about open pedagogy and open education, and her pedagogy is rooted in her background as a Paralympian, wheelchair basketball coach, novelist, and communications and marketing manager. She recently authored the open educational resources (OER) textbook Business Writing For Everyone: An Inclusive Guide to Writing in the Workplace. For her work in inclusive, process-based approaches to open education, she received an Excellence in Open Education award from BCcampus and has been a guest on several teaching podcasts. Arley has an MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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

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.