Join us for an Unconference on Student Conduct and Academic Integrity

Written by Jessica Kalra, TCDC Curriculum Consultant

At Langara, we strive to create a rich and positive learning environment in which staff and students are free to ask questions and have open discussions in a safe, professional and respectful space. We want our students to practice academic integrity while they are here and take these principles with them when they leave academia and join the professional world. Despite our best intentions, violations of the student code of conduct are common in all postsecondary institutions and Langara is no exception. The good news is there are numerous strategies we can use that both encourage a positive learning environment and prevent academic integrity violations.

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TCDC Book Club: Creating Self-Regulated Learners

Do you ever wish your students would spend just a little more time reviewing graded papers, exams, homework assignments and practice quizzes to identify and address gaps in their understanding? Would you like more of your students to be able to reflect on, monitor and assess their learning and study strategies so they can be more successful learners? Join us for this semester’s TCDC Book Club!

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Fall 2019 – Instructional Skills Workshop

The next Langara College Instructional Skills Workshop will be held on six consecutive weekly evening sessions (5:30 pm – 8:30 pm) from September 11 to October 16,  2019.

ISW is Your Opportunity to Enhance Your Teaching!

  • Teach more interactive classes
  • Increase your confidence in the classroom
  • Expand your teaching techniques and strategies
  • Enhance your feedback and evaluative skills
  • Receive a certificate recognized across North America
  • Open to Langara employees only

These workshops fill quickly and have a maximum number of 12 participants, so don’t delay. To register, email Teaching and Curriculum Development Centre (TCDC) 
tcdc@langara.ca 

Interested in ISW but can’t make this session? Contact Parisa Zitouni, Educational Developer, at tcdc@langara.ca.

August 2019 – Instructional Skills Workshop

The next Langara College Instructional Skills Workshop will be held on three consecutive days (8:30 am – 4:30 pm) August 27, 28, 29, 2019.

ISW is Your Opportunity to Enhance Your Teaching!

  • Teach more interactive and interesting classes
  • Increase your competence and confidence in the classroom
  • Expand your teaching techniques and strategies
  • Enhance your feedback and evaluative skills
  • Receive a certificate recognized across North America
  • Open to Langara employees only

These workshops fill quickly and have a maximum number of 12 participants, so don’t delay. To register, email Teaching and Curriculum Development Centre (TCDC) 
tcdc@langara.ca 

Interested in ISW but can’t make this session? Contact Parisa Zitouni tcdc@langara.ca for possible alternatives. FYI an evening ISW is being considered for Fall 2019. If this would suit your schedule, please let us know.

Growing Open at Langara

On March 6th, colleagues from departments across campus came together in the T Gallery to learn more about open pedagogy and resources and celebrate Langara’s open education champions. The room hummed as colleagues mingled and chatted and explored the open textbooks and digital resources on display. Strategically placed near the bar was a large whiteboard covered with notes from students. The Open Langara committee had asked students to jot down how much they had spent on textbooks this semester and what other day-to-day things they could have used that money for.

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Classroom Management: A Balancing Act

By Shawna Williams, TCDC Curriculum Consultant

Image by Miroslavik at Pixabay

Classroom management “refers to the procedures, strategies, and instructional techniques teachers use to manage student behavior and learning activities. Effective classroom management creates an environment that is conducive to teaching and learning. Ineffective classroom management often creates chaos” (Classroom Management, n.d.).

The National Council on Teacher Quality in the U.S. advocates that instructors develop skills in these “big five” areas to have well managed classes: establishing and communicating classroom rules; building structure and routines; reinforcing positive behaviour; imposing consequences for misbehaviour; and fostering student engagement and active participation. (Greenberg, Putman & Walsh, 2014, pp. i-ii).

For college instructors, there are five additional areas we can consider:

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Active Learning: Much More Than a Fad (Webinar Series)

TCDC is pleased to offer an Innovative Educators series of webinars on active learning.  These webinars will take an active learning approach, so participants can expect to watch and listen and also to share ideas with the presenter and each other. Case studies will be presented, but participants are encouraged to think about and work on a course that is relevant to them during the webinar. A discussion period will follow the webinar for faculty to share thoughts, questions, and effective practices. Faculty are not required to register for all webinars. Each webinar in this series is a stand-alone presentation. Can’t make it to the group webinar session? Please contact tcdc@langara.ca for details on how to access remotely.  Read More

April 2019 Instructional Skills Workshop

The next Langara College Instructional Skills Workshop will be held on three consecutive days (8:30am-4:30pm) April 24, 25, 26, 2019.

ISW is Your Opportunity to Enhance Your Teaching!

  • Teach more interactive and interesting classes
  • Increase your competence and confidence in the classroom
  • Expand your teaching techniques and strategies
  • Enhance your feedback and evaluative skills
  • Receive a certificate recognized across North America
  • Open to Langara employees only

These workshops fill quickly and have a maximum number of 12-16 participants, so don’t delay. To register, email Teaching and Curriculum Development Centre (TCDC) 
tcdc@langara.ca 

Interested in ISW but can’t make this session? Contact Parisa Zitouni tcdc@langara.ca for possible alternatives. FYI an evening ISW is being considered for Fall 2019. If this would suit your schedule, please let us know.