Save the date! Join Dr. Tom Tobin for a UDL webinar on February 4, 2022

Dr. Thomas J. Tobin

Following the success and positive reception for Dr. Tom Tobin’s UDL webinar in 2021, he is returning to deliver a 90-minute online workshop to the Langara community on Friday, February 4, 2022. This time, his focus for us will be Universal Design for Learning Secrets for Creating Expert Learners. Sign up now at the TCDC iweb calendar. 

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. 

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TCDC’s Online Course Design and Delivery Sprint

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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.

The next sessions will be May 3 to May 7, 2021 and May 31 to June 4, 2021, so be sure to sign up via the TCDC/EdTech calendar if you haven’t participated yet!

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EDUCAUSE’s Learning Lab | Facilitating Equitable and Inclusive Student Learning Online

EDUCAUSE is offering a unique Learning Lab Experience during the month of April 2021. This four-week course, facilitated by Flower Darby–author of Small Teaching Online–consists of asynchronous and synchronous learning opportunities, an application project, and culminates in the awarding of a microcredential.

Sign up using your Langara email and receive the reduced membership registration rate of $289USD. The registration deadline is April 13, 2021 although they recommend registering by April 1.

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More Options for Pursuing Online Professional Development with Magna

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TCDC’s new subscription with Magna Publications gives you four avenues to pursue your professional development online:

  • Magna Monday Morning Mentors – every Monday, a 20-minute seminar is made available online and is accessible on-demand for two weeks.
  • 20-Minute Mentor Commons – The virtual library of all of Magna’s 20-minute mentor presentations. Currently 297 to choose from.
  • Magna Seminar Series – every other Tuesday, a new webinar is made available online and accessible on-demand for two weeks.
  • Magna Commons – The virtual library of all of Magna’s seminars! Currently offers 218 seminars on a wide array of topics for post-secondary instructors.

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Join us for a TCDC Webinar on Universal Design for Learning with Dr. Tom Tobin

We are very excited to announce and invite faculty to join our webinar with Dr. Thomas J. Tobin on February 5.  

Some of you may recognize Dr. Tobin as the author of our fall 2020 book club pick, Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education, which led to the formation of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) committee at the College. 

In our hour-long online session, Dr. Tobin will introduce UDL and share his thoughts on how to implement UDL methods into your course designs. 

Sign up now!

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Free Online PD for Langara Faculty & Staff with Go2Knowledge

With Langara’s membership with Go2Knowledge, you have incredible access to online professional development at your fingertips.

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What is Go2Knowledge?

The Go2Knowledge website offers online professional development to staff and faculty in post-secondary institutions. They offer both live webinars and an on-demand digital library of over 300 webinars, categorized into six topics of relevance across the Langara community. (And it’s not only for instructors!)

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