Focus on Teaching - June 15, 2020

Dear Reader,

It's a time of summer storms and political ones too. It can be hard to focus. So, this month we've just got a handful of things to help keep you on track including:

• How to Apply for the 3M National Teaching Fellowship;

• Making the Most of Writing Assignments in Moodle;

• learning opportunities hosted by BCcampus & the TRU Learning Technology & Innovation team;

• a current opening for a 12-month position within CELT as Coordinator, Learning and Faculty Development; and

• a list of anti-racist resources for higher education practitioners because....

we've come to a point where we need to assert that racism is dehumanizing. The Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching is committed to overcoming racism by working toward eradicating discrimination and bigotry in education.

We are learning and unlearning and actively working towards a better future; we'd be honoured if you'd join us.

Sincerely,

Your CELT Team

Professional Development

How to Apply for the 3M National Teaching Fellowship 

with Dr. Brett McCollum, 3MTF 2019

June 17 - 1:30 p.m. online via BlueJeans

We are delighted to connect you with Dr. Brett McCollum, who was awarded the 3M National Teaching Fellowship (3MTF) in 2019. He will lead TRU faculty in an online workshop that will include a presentation with tips and advice, interactive components, and conversation. The session will involve information relevant to preparing for the 3MTF and other awards, as well as generally, to preparing your application for tenure and promotion.

Dr. Brett McCollum is a chemistry professor at Mount Royal University (Calgary, Alberta) who also earned the accolades of Nexen Scholar of Teaching and Learning and Apple Distinguished Educator. He focuses his scholarship on chemistry language learning, open education resources (OER), mid-career faculty development, and working in partnership with students. This workshop is part of the annual CELT 3MTF speaker series. Register for Dr. Brett McCollum's 3M Workshop.

Making the Most of Writing Assignments in Moodle

Thursday, June 25, 10-11:30 a.m. online via BlueJeans

Facilitated by Brenna Clarke Gray and Carolyn Ives

If you teach a writing-intensive course, this session is for you! You’ll learn about options for creating multi-stage writing assignments, including submitting drafts and engaging in peer assessment. We’ll also discuss how to make the most of the discussion forum and your assignment drop box, including options for grading right in Moodle. This session will be recorded for those who are not available to join us. Register for Making the Most of Writing Assignments in Moodle.

Antiracism & Allyship Resources

• BC Museums & Montreal Urban Aboriginal Community Strategy: Indigenous Ally Toolkit

• BC Teachers Federation: Antiracism Online Resources and Websites

• CBC Curio.ca: Fighting Racism and Discrimination Collection

• USask Community Relations and Engagement: The Animation Project

• Scholarship from a sample of higher education researcher-educators in Canada: rosalind hampton (UofT OISE), Eve Tuck (UofT OISE), Marie Batiste (Usask), and Gillian Creese (UBC SJI).

Facilitating Learning in Moodle, Condensed Edition

August 10-14, all-day

Shifting from delivering a course face-to-face to an alternate mode of delivery? This hands-on, intensive 5-day workshop will offer you opportunity to engage in planning and implementing that shift. It’s organized around four modules—course planning and design, building community, engaging and motivating students, and facilitating assessment—all via Moodle. Participants will attend synchronous sessions, work on their own Moodle sites, and engage with colleagues to give and receive feedback daily. There will be multiple opportunities for participants to share their work. The session will take you through approximately 7-8 hours of content and activity per day. Register for Facilitating Learning in Moodle, Condensed Edition.

Opportunities

Coordinator, Learning and Faculty Development

August 4, 2020 - July 31, 2021

Working within the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, the purpose of this faculty position is to provide strategic leadership toward the enhancement of teaching, learning, and assessment, and to lead and collaborate on initiatives to strengthen and support pedagogical principles and practices in teaching and learning environments across TRU. Learn more about and apply for the Coordinator, Learning and Faculty Development posting in CELT.

Call for Papers: Textshop Experiments

Due: July 1, 2020

In this Call for Projects and Practices, Textshop Experiments seeks to acknowledge and celebrate the digital resilience, creativity, and adaptability that instructors in higher education demonstrated in response to the onset of COVID-19 and a sudden pivot to alternate delivery and online instruction. Over the past several months, we saw you lead with empathy, experiment with new technology, and communicate grace. In short, you made it work. This special issue serves as a witness to your invisible labor and as a resource for future instruction. Learn more about Textshop Experiments.

Support for Teaching at TRU

Learning Technology and Innovation

Summer Camp: a suite of summer programming for a fall unlike any other

June 16-30, 1-2 p.m.

Learn about planning flexible courses that can respond to quickly-changing modes of instruction; learn how to make better screencasts and more accessible video content; learn how to think about academic integrity when students are learning remotely.

No registration is required. Visit the Support for Alternate Delivery Moodle Shell and check out the tab labelled “Summer Camp!" Sessions are delivered via Big Blue Button. Facilitators are Brenna Clarke Gray, Jon Fulton, Jamie Drozda, Matthew Stranach, and Brian Lamb.

• Splots Tuesday, June 16

• Badges: By Popular Demand Wednesday, June 17

• Kaltura Quizzes Friday, June 19

• Using Loom: Step-by-Step Tuesday, June 23

• Greatest Hits: A faculty-led showcase Wednesday, June 24

• So You Hate Moodle? Friday, June 26

• Using G-Suite Tuesday, June 30

 

Learning Design Support

What are best practices in course design and assessment for online learning? How can you adapt your face to face activities and assessments to a digital environment? How can you use technology most effectively to design an engaging learning experience? Are you overwhelmed by the prospect of teaching remotely for a whole semester? How will you manage your own workload and set boundaries so you are able to fulfill your other commitments?

The Learning Design team has answers and strategies for you. Our work is situated at the intersection of technology and pedagogy with a focus on the learner experience. We are here to help, whether you want individual consultation on your specific course or a larger group discussion with your department.

Reach out to learningdesign@tru.ca and an instructional designer will contact you to offer assistance.

Learning Technology and Innovation

Moodle Support

Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. – noon  &  2 – 4 p.m.

Learning Technology facilitators are offering daily open office hours (using Big Blue Button) for faculty who are transitioning to alternate delivery methods using Moodle. Advice and instruction in implementing other tools is available on an ongoing basis. Connect by accessing the Support for Alternate Modes of Delivery (Formerly COVID-19 Preparedness) or email moodlesupport@tru.ca.

External Resources

FLO MicroCourse – Design with Liberating Structures

June 15 -21,  all-day

Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) MicroCourses are short, single-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. You can expect to spend at least 5 hours per day for online course activities, at times convenient for you. This is a facilitated course that features an interactive whole class and triad-based discussions. There are no synchronous online sessions in this course. You will:

• Learn what Liberating Structures (LS) are and why they can be so powerful for learning

• Design a group activity using an LS

• Experience a few key online LSs

• Share ideas and advice on the application of LS in your own context

Register for FLO MicroCourse - Design with Liberating Structures.

Pivot to Online for STEM Educators

June 25,  11 a.m.–12 p.m.

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educators across B.C. are facing shared challenges around remote teaching. Some of these challenges include conducting labs and assessments in an online environment. We will be joined in this session by STEM educators who will share their experience and ideas about pivoting online and will discuss BCcampus’ new Virtual Lab and Science Resource Directory that lists free science resources designed to support remote STEM education. We invite you to join us and connect, learn from each other, share ideas, and collaborate as you prepare for your fall semester.

Register for Pivot to Online for STEM Educators.

Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) - Design

June 29 - July 24

Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) – Design is a complementary course to FLO Fundamentals, which supports educators to learn how to facilitate learning in asynchronous environments. FLO Design is focused on important elements of educational design and the intentional steps to developing effective learning environments. 

FLO Design will prepare you to:

• Identify the pedagogical choices that inform the design of a learning module and prototype activity;

• Discuss important elements of user experience and multimedia design;

• Decide on the type and use of quality guidelines or standards;

• Discuss and debate design choices; and

• Create an online learning module and a demonstration activity for a topic relevant to teaching and learning.

Registration for FLO-Design opening soon.

FLO MicroCourse – Considerations for Indigenizing Your Work

July 27 – August 2, all-day

Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) MicroCourses are short, single-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 within online environments, including encouraging participants, and creating relationships.

Registration for Considerations for Indigenizing Your Work coming soon.

FLO MicroCourse – Considerations for Indigenizing Your Work

July 27 – August 2, all-day

Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) MicroCourses are short, single-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 within online environments, including encouraging participants, and creating relationships.

Registration for Considerations for Indigenizing Your Work opening soon.

Provincial Instructor Diploma (PIDP) Summer Institute (Online) - July & August

 

PIDP 3100: Foundations of Adult Learning

July 6 - 29, synchronous sessions Mondays & Wednesdays, 9 - 10:30 a.m.

 

PIDP 3210: Curriculum Development

July 7 - 30, synchronous sessions Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

 

PIDP 3230: Evaluation of Learning July 7 - 30, synchronous sessions Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9 - 10:30 a.m.

Synchronous Zoom classes will take place two times each week for the first four weeks. These classes are designed to foster discussion, the sharing of ideas, insights and examples and to make the learning experience more interactive and engaging.

To register contact: School of Instructor Education sie@vcc.ca

Focus on Teaching is the semi-monthly newsletter of the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT). We showcase instructional development opportunities and resources for TRU faculty and staff, and up-to-date information on current projects, initiatives and professional development opportunities. To read past issues of Focus on Teaching or to subscribe to our mailing list, visit our Newsletters page.

Questions about learning, teaching and assessment? Visit COVID-19 Preparedness in Moodle, or Contact CELT at celt@tru.ca.