The Langara Student Success Course (LSSC) team is proud to announce that we now have an instructor-focused page on the TCDC website. Our page was inspired by the liquid syllabus format, which allows for dynamic content delivery through multimedia. Take two minutes to watch our promo video and keep scrolling to know more about the support we offer to faculty and instructional staff, the impact the course has had on instructors and students, and how to access the LSSC employee preview on Brightspace. To view our liquid syllabus, visit our new Langara Student Success Course (LSSC) page.
Tuesdays from May 24 – June 21
Join our in-person book club on Tuesdays from 4:00pm–5:15pm to discuss Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer. This is a beautiful book that explores the relationship between biology and Indigenous teachings, and will engage anyone who is passionate about being an educator and is open to learning more about Indigenous worldviews, the natural environment, and each other.
It is with heavy hearts that the team at TCDC share the news of the recent passing of our dear colleague, Jennifer Ward. Jen joined TCDC in September 2021 as Curriculum Consultant, Indigenization Specialist, and although she was with the college for only a short time, she made a deep and lasting impact on those who were fortunate to have worked with her.
We were so honoured that she could bring her extensive experience and gentle yet bold approach to helping faculty at snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ to Indigenize and decolonize their curriculum.
If you lived through the pandemic education experience, you most certainly would have come across TCDC’s five-day mini-course in Online Course Design and Delivery (OCDD). Over two years, hundreds of Langara instructors have participated in synchronous Zoom sessions and asynchronous activities on outcomes-based teaching and learning and online course design. The course has also provided a unique opportunity to experience learning online from a student’s perspective.
Now called Course Design for Online and Blended Learning, this updated version of the original course is set to run May 9 to 27 with three synchronous sessions scheduled on May 11, 17 and 26. Learn more and sign-up on the TCDC/EdTech calendar if you haven’t participated yet or would like to refresh your skills.
Implementing active learning strategies in our classrooms
In my last article, I outlined the benefits and challenges to active learning strategies. Hopefully, I’ve convinced you and you’re ready to try these out in your classroom. You don’t need to create a whole new curriculum. Try easing into active learning by changing one thing at a time. That way you can see what works for you and your students, and adjust as you go.
- Start by identifying things that students can do rather than be told. Instead of delivering information, you could put them in groups to find, assess and present a recommended resource, then have the class vote on the best resource.
- Before an assignment, have students grade three sample assignments using the same rubric (grading criteria) you’ll use to grade theirs. Sharing their results in class often leads to wonderful discussions. This activity helps students understand how to use rubrics and typically results in better grades.
- After a presentation or team project, ask students to reflect on their performance. What did they do well, what would they do differently next time, what did they learn?
- Ask students to identify their goals for preparation and participation for this course, then create a plan to achieve those goals, and (at the end of term or periodically throughout) evaluate the plan and their progress.
Active learning is when learners take an active role in their learning instead of passively receiving and memorizing content. In active learning environments learners explore, analyze, assess, apply and evaluate. The instructor’s job is to assemble resources, create learning activities, and guide students as they synthesize and implement what they’re learning.
Active learning supports today’s learners because knowledge and competencies have changed. In this post-internet world information is abundant, dynamic and often unregulated, making memorization less important than being able to find, analyze and use new information. Active learning empowers learners to develop these lifelong learning skills.Read More
We are excited to announce the launch of our new website!
The goal of the updated site is to provide our visitors with easier access to TCDC’s resources and information about the services we offer. Our homepage looks quite different (note the before/after image above). No longer a blog, our new homepage welcomes visitors to learn about who we are and what we do at TCDC. You’ll still be able to find links to our workshops, events, and blog posts on the homepage sidebar. Read More
In fall 2021, I had the chance to co-facilitate a series of workshops framed on Pulling Together: A Guide for Curriculum Developers with my wonderful colleague, Jen Ward, one of TCDC’s Indigenization Specialists. Published by BCcampus, the guide is one of a series of open-source resources meant to support Indigenization, decolonization and reconciliation efforts within post-secondary institutions. Read More
In March, TCDC will be offering a new two-hour, trauma-informed teaching workshop to build knowledge on trauma and strategies for creating a learning environment where students and educators can both thrive.
The challenges of transitioning to new ways of learning and teaching, the ongoing global waves of COVID-19 and the psychological burden of social isolation from our support networks are just a few of the struggles that have impacted our mental and physical health. The disruptions to our daily lives and findings from previous epidemics suggest an increase in anxiety, depression, and the emergence of many other trauma related symptoms in our communities. Read More