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Centre for Teaching and Learning

The Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) facilitates academic professional development (PD) with emphasis on the quality of the student learning experience and support for those experiences both in and outside the classroom. Our focus is on internal and external PD that leads to improved student learning through improved teaching and learning practices, systems, and support.

Weekly drop-in workshop schedule

This is a week-at-a-glance schedule for our drop-in workshops. To see other dates use the blue arrows in the upper left corner. If you prefer a different view, you can use the tabs in the upper right corner to view monthly or in agenda list format.

Teaching and learning definitions

GC Flex learningGeorgian College Chevron

An instructional delivery format that gives students the ultimate freedom and flexibility to learn in a way that suits their lifestyle. They can choose their preferred way of learning each week: 

  • in person (physically on campus) 
  • virtually during the same class time (synchronously), or  
  • fully on their own time (asynchronously) through online modules 

They can also change their way of learning at any time, which resolves many scheduling conflicts and means they’ll never miss a lesson, activity or course material. 

Hybrid learningGeorgian College Chevron

An instructional delivery format which blends online and face-to-face teaching and learning strategies, where learning occurs in a combination of online and face to-face environments. Learning facilitation in online and hybrid environments requires appropriate and specific knowledge and skills to design, develop and facilitate high quality learning that mirrors or runs parallel with learning experienced in face-to-face teaching environments.

Remote teaching (RT)Georgian College Chevron

This is used as a short- to medium-term solution when interruption of face-to-face class delivery occurs and the only option to continue delivery is through remote means. It is an alternate delivery mode that uses synchronous and asynchronous technologies to best meet the learning outcomes. Facilitating a course remotely in this manner helps provide continuity in the curriculum. However, it is not intended to replace the level of robust online course delivery that occurs when courses have been developed using a comprehensive online course development process.

The goal is to complete teaching and learning of the course learning outcomes through a variety of remote techniques leveraging Blackboard and other technologies (e.g. WebEx, Screencast, etc.) as much as possible. The understanding is that courses taught in this manner will eventually return to the delivery model for which the courses were designed.

Online learningGeorgian College Chevron

An instructional delivery format where all material, interactions and learning occur in a virtual (not face-to-face, with the use of technology) format. Effective online teaching and learning requires careful instructional design and planning, using a systematic model for design and development. At Georgian, participation in the intense Online Course Development Program (OCDP) supports faculty in the effective execution and delivery for online learning following the Quality Matters requirements.

Online learning development occurs when a course is planned for this delivery well in advance and the intent is for the course to be consistently delivered in this manner.

Remote teaching and learning supports

Blackboard support

Blackboard is Georgian College’s online Learning Management System (LMS). It can be used to communicate with students, post links to important information, post course content such as lecture materials, and facilitate student collaboration by means of blogs, and discussion boards.

Humanized teaching and learning

Humanized teaching and learning in the remote environment celebrates the humans behind the devices and stresses the importance of connections and relationships in order to facilitate teaching and learning. A humanizing lens contributes to the rigour of a course, the academic performance of students, and the joy of teaching. Check out this link to learn more about humanizing your remote course.

Remote teaching and learning supports

We have all survived the emergency experience of moving our teaching and learning to a remote delivery. We recommend you keep things simple and manage what you can. It is key that you find what works for you and balance quality, engagement and simplicity for both you and your students. Check out the link below for more resources and tips.

*Remote teaching: a practical guide with tools, tips, and techniques is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

Screencasting and video support

A screencast is a digital recording of computer screen output, also known as a video screen capture, often containing audio narration. A screencast is essentially a movie of the changes over time that a user sees on a computer screen, enhanced with audio narration.

Student remote learning toolkit

The remote and hybrid learning toolkit has been assembled to help students be successful in a remote learning environment. It contains links to resources for remote learning and other Georgian College supports and services. Please feel free to visit this page and post a link to it within your Blackboard courses.

Teams support

Teams meetings is the web conferencing app within Teams. You can create, join and manage meetings including the ability to share content, use breakout rooms (host only) and participate virtually. Meetings can be created within Outlook as a calendar event or within the Teams app calendar.

WebEx support

WebEx meeting is an online meeting that allows you to virtually meet with other people, without leaving your home or office. WebEx meetings require a computer with internet access and a separate phone line. By logging into the meeting via the internet, you will be able to see the presenter’s computer screen.

Ongoing series workshops (registration required)

[email protected] orientationGeorgian College Chevron

For winter 2022, CTL will welcome and onboard new faculty in a more comprehensive way:

[email protected] –  Kick off

Face to face 3 hour session

In person:           Dec. 15, 2021 from 9 a.m. to noon in K203, Barrie Campus
Remote:              Jan. 5, 2022 from 1 to 4 p.m.

In this session we, will set the stage for teaching at Georgian. Faculty will also have the chance to meet other new faculty to build their community. 
Registration is through Saba TalentSpace . If you require assistance with the registration process, please contact Debora Moore.

Community of Practice *new* 

Over the semester, we will host four communities of practice (CoP) sessions to talk about different topics relevant to teaching at Georgian. In this community of practice (CoP), we will share best practices, experiences and ideas related to teaching and learning as well as a chance to get to know others at Georgian. You are welcome to join any and all of the sessions.

Coaching *new*

The importance of coaching and mentoring has long been established as critical to the success of new teachers (Brown et.al.,2021; Maready et. at., 2021).  As you embark on your new teaching journey at Georgian, we are here to support you. Our coaches are here to help navigate the teaching and learning environment at Georgian. Sometimes you just need to ask where to find a resource, or who you should ask about, well, just about anything related to teaching and learning. We may not have all the answers but we are willing to help. You can reach out to a CTL coach and we will happily help.  Our goal is to ensure you are successful and thrive in the challenging and complex profession of teaching.  

Self-directed asynchronous resources

There are a series of online modules and resources available through CTL online modules course in Blackboard.

Learning online to teach remotely (LOTTR)Georgian College Chevron

This four-week series is completely online.

The overall goal of this series is to guide you through the process of designing and developing a remote course, and to support you in developing confidence as facilitators of remote learning at a beginner level.

This series has four modules with readings and activities to work through asynchronously each week. You will have one week to complete each module at whatever time works for you. We will also be offering optional drop in sessions throughout the week.

Modules

  1. An overview of remote teaching and your role
  2. Building your course
  3. Preparing for semester start
  4. What to do during the semester

You will have weekly assignments, tasks, and readings in a Blackboard shell where you are assigned a student role. You will also be directed to build components within your course shell that you are teaching in the upcoming remote semester. For any questions on course content, please email Amy Goruk.

How to register

Please register using the Halogen system. If you need assistance with registration, please contact Debora Moore.

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About the workshops

This six-part series of workshops has been designed to help faculty continue to explore their teaching and learning practice with a particular lens on foundational principles of our profession and on connecting with our peers across disciplines in order to build our teaching community. It is suitable for faculty at any stage of their career and will offer faculty opportunities to connect with other teachers and increase skills and knowledge related to postsecondary teaching and learning. Through participation in these sessions, faculty will have the opportunity to:

  • examine and apply principles of teaching and learning;
  • share ideas and strategies across disciplines;
  • interact with peers to discuss teaching practice;
  • gain information on support resources for teaching; and
  • connect with the Georgian community.

Session topics

  • Week 1: Postsecondary teaching and learning
  • Week 2: Planning instruction
  • Week 3: Active learning strategies
  • Week 4: Intro. to postsecondary assessment
  • Week 5: Designing meaningful assignments
  • Week 6: Faculty evaluations and continuous growth

All sessions will be hosted over WebEx in Tracy’s personal room. For assistance with registration, please email Deb Moore. We look forward to building your foundation with you!

Humanizing in our remote learning environmentsGeorgian College Chevron

The Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is proud to present a NEW drop-in webinar series, inspired by Dr. Michelle Pacansky-Brock, leader in higher education, shedding light on the value of humanizing in our remote learning environments.

Many representatives from the Georgian community pride themselves on their ability to connect with students, to help students connect with one another, and to help students connect in meaningful ways to content, resources, concepts and information. But what happens when the ability to choose online learning is removed, and both students and faculty are shifted from environments we’ve grown so comfortable with, and into remote teaching and learning? We adapt, we pivot, we shift! 

The CTL team have felt so very inspired by the work that has gone into this monumental shift. We have witnessed faculty adapting, growing, shifting and persevering through what may be the most challenging season of our teaching careers.

tracy, jill, kelly, kim

As we prepare to jump into the fall term together, we invite you to join us for a series of drop-in webinars (no registration required) promoting, encouraging, discussing and engaging with the idea of humanizing learning. We hope that you’ll find some tools and strategies that will complement the work you’ve completed, and may help to create even more mindfully and carefully crafted spaces and opportunities to translate the connections that we (and our students) value so highly into our remote teaching and learning environments. If you would like to join us, please find more detailed information below.

Please note, you are welcome to attend the series as a whole, or any of the four sessions that align with your interests and schedule.

Session topics

Making connections early (pre/early-course contact strategies)

In this session, we focus on the importance of being present for our students, and inviting them into our shared teaching and learning space early, and with sincerity and kindness. Two strategies for early connection are shared and demonstrated, as well as the value and logistics of implementing strategies like these.

Syllabus and academic integrity

In this session, we consider the traditional approach (e.g. style and tone) to two important aspects of a course that often send messages perceived as negative, administrative or punitive. We will have fun considering ways to rework your syllabus design and academic integrity conversations that engage rather than disengage students.

Creating inclusive spaces

In this session, we focus on choices we can make to establish a tone and climate for inclusion and equity that creates space for all students to feel included, supported, motivated, engaged, important and heard.  A focus on communication in remote learning courses helps to provide methods of enacting, following through on, and modeling inclusion and inclusive policies and strategies for learning. Humanizing Remote Teaching and Learning: Connecting students early in the semester

Connecting students early in the semester

In this session, we focus on the importance of creating connection not only between faculty and students but also between students in order to facilitate a sense of community in our online environment. We explore two activities to help students introduce themselves to one another in the first week of class in order to develop relationships and create camaraderie.

Questions?

Please email any member of the Humanizing team (Kelly, Kim or Tracy) with questions.

About us

Our vision

To inspire excellence by igniting curiosity, connecting communities and supporting bravery at the leading edge of teaching and learning.

The CTL team

Our priorities

At the CTL, our priorities are to:

  • encourage and facilitate discussion about professional teaching practice at the post-secondary level through workshops, mentoring, online learning, and open dialogue materials for faculty on topics related to assessment, teaching strategies and teaching with technology;
  • create instructional resources for teaching and learning;
  • Implement a model for new faculty orientation and development;
  • develop skills in academic areas for making and implementing informed curriculum delivery choices;
  • provide support and facilitate continuous improvement in college curriculum;
  • facilitate skill development for the effective use of technology for teaching and learning; and
  • provide and support technological resources to enhance teaching and learning (e.g. student response systems, development software, digital camera, web links) and print resources (e.g. books, journals) to enhance teaching and learning.

Our team

Mark Inhat

Mark Ihnat
Dean, Academic Quality Teaching
and Learning

Debora Moore

Debora Moore
Administrative Assistant

Alissa Bigelow

Alissa Bigelow
Instructional Design Technologist

Steve Cunningham

Steve Cunningham
Learning Management System Assistant

Jill Esmonde

Jill Esmonde
Faculty Developer

Kelly Fox

Kelly Fox 
Faculty Developer

Matt Garwood

Matt Garwood
Learning Management System Technologist

Amy Goruk

Amy Goruk
Instructional Designer

Tracy Mitchell-Ashley

Tracy Mitchell-Ashley
Faculty Developer

Ashley Priest headshot

Ashley Priest
Instructional Design Technologist

Kate Quinn

Kate Quinn
Instructional Design Technologist

Kim Reid

Kim Reid
Instructional Designer

Bert Slessor

Bert Slessor
Faculty Developer

Liam Squires

Liam Squires
Learning Management System Assistant

Rob Theriault

Rob Theriault
Immersive Technology Lead

Anthony Tilotta

Anthony Tilotta
Faculty Peer Mentor