Langara embarks on an exciting partnership for the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Exciting news! snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ – Langara College has joined Kwantlen Polytechnic University and four US colleges (Montgomery College, Maricopa Community Colleges, Pima Community College, and the Community College of Baltimore County) as an institutional partner in the UN Sustainable Development Goals Open Pedagogy Fellowship.

Open pedagogy places the student at the center of the learning process in a more engaging, authentic, and collaborative learning environment in order to achieve social justice in the community.

This global award-winning fellowship provides faculty with an opportunity to work with their colleagues and students to impact change through open pedagogy and community engagement. The conceptual framework on which this fellowship is based is the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), a set of 17 goals that address a wide range of social issues, such as poverty, inequality, climate change, and peace and justice. The SDGs are designed to achieve and maintain social justice and a sustainable future, with a target of the year 2030 set for the attainment of each goal.

This fellowship is designed to assist faculty with creating renewable assignments (all of which will carry a Creative Commons license) to help students become agents of change in their own communities. Renewable assignments (also known as non-disposable assignments) are those that add value to a student’s world, live outside of the boundaries and beyond the duration of the course, and are likely to have a lasting impact.

What is expected of the UN SDG fellows?
The Langara UN SDG fellows will join a team of 2 to 3 instructors from different disciplines and different institutions. Each fellowship team will design three renewable assignments in Summer 2021* and implement at least two during the Fall 2021 semester. A student showcase will take place during Spring 2022 in which a select number of students will present on how they improved their communities and achieved global justice through open pedagogy using the UN SDG framework.

Open Langara, the College’s open education committee, will provide support for the Langara UN SDG fellows.

If you are interested in becoming a UN SDG fellow, please complete the short application form posted on the Open Langara website by March 31, 2021. Questions? Contact

We look forward to collaborating with the Langra UN SDG fellows on this exciting initiative!

*The fellows are asked to attend four virtual meetings from 10:00am-1:00pm PST on Tuesday, June 15, Thursday, June 24, Tuesday, June 29, and Thursday, August 5.

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Academic Innovation Directory – updated

For Langara employees… The Directory includes all the areas represented within the Academic Innovation portfolio:

  • Library and Learning Commons
  • Educational Technology (EdTech)
  • Teaching & Curriculum Development Centre (TCDC)
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Library collection maintenance, or: how I learned to stop worrying and love weeding

Since the library is currently closed to the public due to COVID and our physical book circulation is limited, this is a great opportunity for librarians to do some much needed weeding. Weeding, or deselection, is often met with fear by those outside of the library. Libraries are supposed to house books, not get rid of them, right? In actual fact, weeding is an essential part of collection maintenance and part of librarians’ professional practice.

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Library database trials

The library is running several database trials this month and would love your feedback. Trials help us evaluate the content for usefulness and accuracy, as well as the platform for functionality and ease of use. Positive feedback doesn’t guarantee that we will subscribe, however, as there are multiple factors involved in the decision process including but not limited to license terms, funding, curriculum needs,  and overlap with other library resources.

To provide feedback on the trials, fill out a brief Database Trial Feedback survey or contact your Subject Librarian.

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Open Education Project Spotlight: Computer Science’s Saeed Mirjalili

In July 2020, Saeed Mirjalili was awarded one of three inaugural Langara Open Education Grants. The grants provide Langara instructors with $1,500 to help further open education projects on campus.

An instructor in Langara’s Department of Computing Science & Information Systems since April 2016, Saeed proposed to develop a robust practice test bank for CPSC 1045: Introduction to Web Programming, which enrolls approximately 576 students annually. Continue reading

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Book your virtual library instruction for Spring 2021!

While online learning continues, your subject liaison librarians are still hard at work creating new virtual lessons and online learning objects to deliver our consistently amazing information literacy instruction. If your students are completing assignments with a research component, consider speaking with your liaison librarian about incorporating information literacy into your learning outcomes.

You can learn more about our virtual library services and information literacy instruction here:

Some options for online library classes may include:

  • Synchronous session with the librarian over Zoom to offer an interactive information literacy class.
  • Asynchronous learning objects that allow students to walk through the research process that students can watch on their own time.
  • Embed your Library Assignment Guide directly into your Brightspace Course. Instructions on this can be found here:
  • Custom built learning objects that offer subject specific exercises and suggestions for research projects (this will take more lead time)
  • Using the existing online tutorials through Brightspace. More information on that can be found here:

If you are a regular user of the Online Tutorials, we are interested in your feedback! We plan to make some changes to the tutorials that will start in Summer 2021 and want to make sure that we are consulting with faculty throughout the process. Please let us know your thoughts by taking our survey here:

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Trends in Information Literacy Instruction – November 2020

In this edition of Trends in Information Literacy, we see five articles that outline opportunities for interactive teaching, workshop design, critical thinking assessment, and library programming.

For interactive classes both in-person and online, there is a profile of the Rain Classroom application from China that allows a suite activities accessible to students from their mobile devices.

We see again the themes of backwards design and rubrics pop up again as a method of designing and assessing library workshops that have critical thinking as a major learning outcome.

Finally, two articles suggest that teaching around social media and library programming are creative ways that we can integrate the goals of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education into our larger goals as an institution.

Read below the jump to find the full citations and a brief summary.

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Time to double check streaming videos

Do you use videos in your online classes? Now is a great time to double check that the Library has an active license to any streaming videos you plan to use this Spring semester (and beyond). We may also be able to find streaming versions of some DVDs.

The Library is happy to look over lists of videos you plan to use, to ensure we will have an active streaming license for the videos on the date you need them. If you would like the media team to check titles for you, please send the following to Annie Jensen (

Title of video:

Date needed:

Your department:

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Research and Writing Clinic Now on Zoom

Do your students need writing or research support?


Research and Writing Coach-in

Don’t work alone with your essay or writing assignment.  Join us for free research and writing clinics on Zoom.

Librarians and writing tutors will be available during the clinics to offer individual help with research, writing and citation for all subjects.

Just bring your assignment and any notes or drafts you’ve completed. Group projects are also welcome.

Where: Register online. A Zoom url will be provided to you


  • Thurs Oct. 22, 2020 9:30 – 11 am
  • Tues Nov. 17, 2020 9:30 – 11 am

Remember, too, that the Writing Centre and the Library’s Ask a Librarian Service offer regular online help. See schedule: Writing Centre – Ask a Librarian

For more info, contact Joyce Wong local: 5047

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Open Education Challenge Series: Bite-sized learning for busy educators

Last week Langara’s open education partner, BCcampus, announced a micro-learning series for busy B.C. post-secondary educators to dip their toes into open pedagogy and practices.

The target audience is faculty who are completely new to open education. “You might have heard about [open educational resources], open textbooks, and perhaps even open pedagogy, but if you don’t know where to find them or how to use or create them, then this is for you,” says BCcampus.

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