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Pedagogies + Practices Sessions

The session(s) on this page are geared to exploring various pedagogies and practices for teaching and learning excellence.

  • Most sessions are held via web conferencing through BlueJeans (unless otherwise noted).
  • Registration is through CTLI@nic.bc.ca.
  • Registrations accepted at any time up to 30 hours prior to the session.
  • Registrations will be confirmed via the sending of an Outlook invite with the BlueJeans connection information/URL and passcode.
  • Sessions with no registrations will be cancelled.

 

I am a College Instructor, Now What!

Join Teaching and Learning Specialist Neil Martin to discuss what it means to be an instructor. What is our purpose as an instructor, and what role are we expected to fill? What responsibilities are we expected to accept? What are our priorities, and how does our teaching philosophy affect how we perceive ourselves as instructors? Being an instructor requires us to meet the demands of a variety of stakeholders, and there is no handbook. However, there is no need to guess. While myths abound so does a comprehensive set of best practices developed from years of research. Let’s talk about it!

  • Facilitator: Neil Martin, Teaching and Learning Specialist
  • Format: Virtual Session via BlueJeans
  • Dates:
    • Friday, August 26 (9:30 – 10:30 am)
    • Tuesday, August 30 (10 – 11 am)

 

Are Learning Outcomes all that Important?

YES! Learning outcomes act as the blueprint for every course and help align your goals, instructional strategies, and evaluation. Outcomes give your course structure and determine how the course will be taught and evaluated. The ultimate measure of the success or failure of course design is not in how well students have learned content, but how well they have achieved the course outcomes. Content does not drive courses, outcomes do! While well written learning outcomes are vital, they can be difficult to write. Join Teaching and Learning Specialist Neil Martin to discover some ways to ease the burden!

  • Facilitator: Neil Martin, Teaching and Learning Specialist
  • Format: Virtual Session via BlueJeans
  • Dates
    • Thursday, August 25 (10:30 – 11:30 am)
    • Monday, August 29 (11 am – 12 pm)

 

To Lecture or not, that is the Question

The lecture format has been with us for centuries, millennia in fact. When done well, a lecture can be enlightening, stimulating, and very enjoyable. In fact, the lecture method can be very effective if done well. Designing and presenting a memorable lecture can be daunting and to be frank, not many of us are that good at it. While we work on refining our lecture format there are alternatives. Join Teaching and Learning Specialist Neil Martin to review a number of instructional strategies that you might want to try. Step out of the box and move away from the podium, you might like it!

  • Facilitator: Neil Martin, Teaching and Learning Specialist
  • Format: Virtual Session via BlueJeans
  • Dates:
    • Wednesday, August 31 (10 – 11 am)

 

Time for a Test, or is it?

Traditional tests have been with us for so long it is hard to imagine evaluating students any other way. Traditional tests are not going away anytime soon, and they can be a very effective evaluation tool. However, alternate forms of evaluation are gaining in popularity and it isn’t hard to understand why. Evaluation methods that employ an authentic or experiential component have been found to be more engaging and in most cases much more reliable in determining a student’s level of understanding or skill development. Join Teaching and Learning Specialist Neil Martin to consider a number of evaluation methods you may find worthy of consideration. They are often easier to design than a test, and often viewed by students more favorably. A win-win!

  • Facilitator: Neil Martin, Teaching and Learning Specialist
  • Format: Virtual Session via BlueJeans
  • Dates:
    • Friday, September 2 (9 – 10 am)

 

Metacognitive Teaching Practices: How You Can Help Students Learn How to Learn

Students don’t arrive in our classes equipped with all the knowledge, skills and strategies about how to best learn. They typically rely on ineffective strategies or strategies that worked in other learning environments but don’t work in post-secondary classes. Metacognitive teaching practices (simple activities that can take 5-15 minutes to do) can be embedded in your classes to help students learn about how learning works and how best to learn in your discipline area. Join me in exploring a few simple practices to help your students learn about learning.

  • Facilitator: Liesel Knaack
  • Dates: None at the moment, in future sometime
  • Format: Virtual Session via BlueJeans

 

Balancing Act: The Art and Science of Teaching Without Burning Out

Are you feeling you could teach a bit more effectively yet not sacrifice quality of student learning or your learning outcomes? Might you have some practices that could be fine-tuned to reduce the time you spend on them? Do you sometimes feel that ‘teaching’ shouldn’t consume your weekends and evenings as much as it does? Do you feel burnt out way too early in the term? Can you have a more work/teaching and life balance? Come find out some tips to gain back your life and possibly enjoy teaching more!

  • Facilitator: Liesel Knaack
  • Dates: None at the moment, in future sometime
  • Format: Virtual Session via BlueJeans

 

Open Educational Resources: What They Are and Why you Might Want to Use Them?

In this session we’ll explore some of the options available in open resources and texts, dispel a few myths and discuss adoption, adaptation, and creation of open materials.

  • Audience: Faculty wanting to learn more about open educational resources and how they may help your teaching and student learning
  • Facilitator: Terri Bateman
  • Date: None at the moment, in future sometime
  • Format: Virtual Session via BlueJeans

 

Team-Based Learning Review & Refresh

This session provides faculty members with some experience using team-based learning approaches an opportunity to troubleshoot TBL course design issues with other practitioners. The purpose is to ensure you’re prepared for TBL delivery face-to-face or digitally; synchronously or asynchronously. Participants will review core TBL pedagogical principles (RATs, appeals, 4S activities, grade allocation), workshop curriculum challenges, and share tips for successfully designing TBL courses. You’re encouraged to bring ideas, questions, draft assignments, etc. to workshop with colleagues.

  • Audience: Faculty with some knowledge of team-based learning pedagogies
  • Facilitator: Jen Wrye
  • Dates: None at the moment, in future sometime
  • Format: Virtual Session via BlueJeans

 

Video Techniques for Teaching and Learning: When and Why You Should be Creating and Using Videos

Video is one the most effective ways to engage learners – from instructional videos, to orientation, summary and explanation videos. This session will provide you with examples of various types of video and some tips on how best to create effective videos with minimal Hollywood expertise!

  • Facilitator: Liesel Knaack
  • Dates: None at the moment, in future sometime
  • Format: Virtual Session via BlueJeans

 

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