In this workshop session, we will examine the linked concepts of learner variability and construct relevance—two of the foundations of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). From cultural and linguistic proficiences, to enthusiasm for study, to anxiety about the challenges ahead, students vary. Reducing cognitive, linguistic, executive, and affective barriers is of vital importance as students negotiate university expectations differently, according to their widely ranging background experiences. This creates more equitable and inclusive learning spaces and interactions that recognize and value diversity and variability among learners.
Twitter is an effective tool to make learning visible and can be used to engage learners in universally designed learning environments. If you are going to adopt Twitter as a teaching and learning tool, use the following seven practices to improve the accessibility of your tweets.
As an ongoing commitment to addressing academic integrity, and as part of the 2021 Academic Integrity Campaign, Langara College snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ is hosting the 2021 Academic Integrity Week for college faculty and staff. Academic Integrity Week at snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ Langara College will be taking place October 18-22.
As we return to campus, some students will have Service Animals with them. Check out the Service Dog Etiquette poster for some do’s and don’ts for interacting with service dogs. Download the poster (PDF)for your classroom or office space.
The Universal Design for Learning Working Group (UDL WG) at Langara has invited contributions to a series called 2-minute Reads. The first selection comes from Shawna Williams, Curriculum Consultant at TCDC.
“The first day of class sets the tone for the rest of the term. It is natural for both students and instructors to feel anticipation, excitement, anxiety, and uncertainty.”
Barbara Gross Davis, 2009
In an effort to put students at ease and to create a welcoming environment from the start, here are four simple and implementable suggestions to ensure your classroom is inclusive and welcoming for all students right from day one.
The summer semester book club selection, Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What to Do Instead), edited by Susan D. Blum, promises to give us much food for thought as we contemplate the idea of ungrading and critique the entire notion of grading students.
Join us via Zoom every Wednesday, May 12 to June 23, from 4:30pm to 5:45pm as we unpack two chapters at a time and delve into discussion and conversation. Save your spot and register now!
Note: While we encourage participants to sign up for the duration, if you wish to attend only one or two sessions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get the Zoom link and meeting details.
Last summer, TCDC worked at record speed to design and deliver an intensive workshop, Online Course Design and Delivery, now affectionately known as OCDD. In this workshop (initially three days, now extended to five), participants take on the role of student to experience a well-designed online course that uses both synchronous and asynchronous modes of facilitation and participant engagement.
By Emma Courtney, Instructional Assistant, Recreation Studies
Early in 2020, students all over the world experienced a sudden, dramatic, and unprecedented shift in their academic world. Now, one year later, we continue to teach and learn in the virtual environment, and now contemplating a return to in-person instruction for the fall semester. Over this past year, some Langara instructors have shared their perspectives on the impact of moving to online teaching and learning.
Our tenth contribution comes from Emma Courtney. Emma has been a part of the Recreation Studies team as an Instructional Assistant for the past two and a half years, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree at Royal Roads University. These two experiences—working in higher education and a student navigating the online landscape of learning—provide her with rich educational opportunities.
We look forward to bringing you more perspectives. If you would like to contribute, please contact Jessica Kalra at email@example.com.
By Dr. Catherine Glass, Instructor, Health Sciences & Biology
Early in 2020, students all over the world experienced a sudden, dramatic, and unprecedented shift in their academic world. Nearly a year later, we find ourselves preparing for more semesters teaching and learning in the virtual environment. Some instructors at Langara are taking the opportunity to share their perspectives on the impact of moving to online teaching and learning.
Our eighth contribution brings us full circle to our very first author Catherine Glass. Catherine initially shared student responses to a midterm question she asked about coping with the dramatic shift in the last two weeks of March 2020. In this follow-up, Catherine shares some observations of her experience being online, with both students and colleagues in her article, “A Zoom with a View.”
This post will help us to switch gears for our next set of perspectives which will focus our attention on the student point of view. If you have students that would like to share their experiences in writing or another format (audio, video, meme, etc.), please contact Jessica Kalra at firstname.lastname@example.org.