Category Archives: Academic Innovation Newsletter

TCDC’s Summer Book Club: Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What to Do Instead)

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 … Continue reading

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TCDC’s Online Course Design and Delivery Sprint

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 … Continue reading

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Perspectives X: Using UDL to Overcome Personal Bias in Curriculum Design

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, … Continue reading

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Perspectives VIII: A Zoom with a View

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 … Continue reading

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Perspectives VII: My Experience Teaching Genetics in Fall 2020

By Mário Moniz de Sá, Instructor, Biology Department Early in 2020, students all over the world experienced a sudden, dramatic, and unprecedented shift in their academic world. A whole two and a half semesters later, we find ourselves preparing for … Continue reading

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Perspectives VI: Creating Social Presence in Online Classroom through Brightspace Discussions

By Branca Mirnic, Instructor, LEAP Program Early in 2020, students all over the world experienced a sudden, dramatic, and unprecedented shift in their academic world. A whole semester and half later, we have found ourselves preparing for more semesters teaching … Continue reading

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Why I Love Virtual Office Hours

By Frances Wintjes Clarke, MA, LSSC Instructor As the instructor for the asynchronous Langara Student Success Course (LSSC), I have grappled a lot with how to best connect to and engage with the approximately 3000 first year students who are … Continue reading

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Perspectives V: Maintaining Academic Integrity Online through Fostering a Culture of Academic and Educational Integrity

By Jessica Kalra, Instructor, Health Sciences and Biology  Early in 2020, students all over the world experienced a sudden, dramatic, and unprecedented shift in their academic world. A whole semester and half later, we have found ourselves preparing for more … Continue reading

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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. 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 … Continue reading

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Small Teaching Online

Written by Mirabelle Tinio, Department Chair, French Instructor, Modern Languages & Curriculum Consultant at TCDC In the spring, the sudden shift to remote online learning forced most people to venture out into the unknown alone, but a rambunctious, fun, and supportive … Continue reading

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Perspectives I: Student Perspectives on a Sudden Transition to Online Learning

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. Four months on, we have found ourselves finishing one semester remotely, delivering … Continue reading

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We’re Here to Help

TCDC and Ed Tech have created resources to help you teach remotely and we continue to host several online support sessions and webinars to address instructor questions. We’re Here to Help (on MyLangara Employees) TCDC and EdTech Calendar of Events or … Continue reading

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Discover Unlimited Access to Live Webinars and Digital Library

Langara faculty and staff can access free live and recorded webinars by Innovative Educators in six diverse categories including teaching and learning, student success and institutional effectiveness.        

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TCDC and Ed Tech Open House a Success

Thank you to those who dropped by our Open House on January 29, 2020.  TCDC and Ed Tech are sharing C-Building 2nd floor (updated TCDC contacts). We received a steady stream of faculty and staff interested in our new space. … Continue reading

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TCDC & EdTech Open House 

The staff and faculty from Educational Technology (EdTech) and the Teaching and Curriculum Development Centre (TCDC) are excited to unveil our new home on the 2nd floor of the C-building at our Open House event on Wednesday, January 29th from 1:00pm to 3:30pm. … Continue reading

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