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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.

Focus on Teaching Conference 2021

Save the dates! May 4, 5 and 6

What a year and now more than ever, we want to recognize all the ways our Georgian community work together, create and share knowledge and connect learning.

Each year, the Focus on Teaching Conference brings together our Georgian community to share practices, experiences and insights about learning and teaching. The past year has presented unprecedented challenges and has inspired immense learning and growth around teaching and learning. The need for connections and community has never been greater. Thus, we invite you to join us in sharing the richness and depth that connections and community can bring to our teaching practice and our lives.

For the first time ever, we will hold the Focus on Teaching Conference over three days. That’s right – one day was just not enough!

Join us from May 4 to 6 as we celebrate connections and community.

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Follow @GeorgianFOTC on Twitter for the latest updates

What’s new?

Got 30 minutes?

CTL is offering a new type of learning session: 3/30 Sessions! Each one includes three tips or ideas on a given topic, shared in 30 minutes. Sessions will also include an optional 10-minute Q&A with facilitators. Please note that 3/30 sessions don’t count toward the Teaching Practice credential.

See the weekly drop-in workshop schedule for upcoming sessions.

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OER Design Lab

The OER Design Lab will introduce you to the concept of OER (Open Educational Resources) and Open Pedagogy and guide you through key learning experiences while you adapt or create your own OER! In this series we will begin by examining the concept of Open Pedagogy and how we can begin to shift our teaching practice to incorporate some of the new concepts and techniques. You will also find and identify a learning object or resource you would like to adapt or begin a plan to create a small-scale OER to use in one of your classes. Remember, this is a hands-on lab so be prepared to get your hands dirty! We will explore copyright and Creative Commons Licensing, experiment with common open technology tools such as H5P and Pressbooks and we will wrap up our final gathering with an exciting showcase where we will share the results of our Design Lab journey with each other. 


The OER Lab begins Thursday, Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. to noon and will continue each Thursday wrapping up on March 4 for a total of five hands-on lab sessions. Please visit Halogen to register. If you have any questions or trouble registering, please contact Debora Moore.

Weekly drop-in workshop schedule

Monday, March 1Georgian College Chevron
TimeTopicHow to join
9 to 9:10 a.m. GC@3: Mindful Monday  GC@3 WebEx Room  
10 a.m. to noon WebEx Breakout Rooms (What’s new, Best practices, etc.) Greg Rodrigo’s Personal WebEx Room  
10 to 11 a.m. Exploring MS Teams Join Alissa Bigelow’s MS Teams meeting  
11 a.m. to noon #ChangeTheNow (#CTN) Community of Practice Join Tracy Mitchell-Ashley’s Teams meeting  
1 to 2 p.m. Ask an Accessibility Advisor   Sara-Jane Neid’s Personal WebEx Room  
1 to 2 p.m.  Changemaking and Social Innovation Community of Practice (CoP) 1.0  Join Tracy Mitchell-Ashley’s Teams meeting  
Tuesday, March 2Georgian College Chevron
TimeTopicHow to join
10 to 11 a.m. Intro to Bookings: Organize Appointments with Microsoft’s Bookings’ App!  Bert Slessor’s Personal Room  
10 to 11 a.m.  Intro to Blackboard  Matt Garwood’s Personal WebEx Room  
10 to 11 a.m. Academic Integrity and Contract Cheating Kelly Fox’s Personal WebEx Room  
1 to 2:30 p.m. Foundations 6: Faculty Evaluations and Continuous Growth Tracy Mitchell-Ashley’s Personal WebEx Room  
2 to 3:30 p.m. Blackboard/H5P/WebEx/Akindi, etc. Questions (drop-in) Anthony Tilotta’s Personal Room  
Wednesday, March 3Georgian College Chevron
TimeTopicHow to join
9 to 10 a.m.  Blackboard Collaboration Tools (Discussion Boards, Journals, Blogs) Matt Garwood’s Personal WebEx Room  
Noon to 12:20 p.m.  GC@3: Well-being Wednesday  GC@3 WebEx Room  
Noon to 1 p.m. Screencast-o-matic and Flipgrid Drop-in Bert Slessor’s Personal Room  
2 to 3 p.m. 3/30: Academic Integrity tools for your toolkit Kelly Fox’s Personal WebEx Room  
Thursday, March 4Georgian College Chevron
TimeTopicHow to join
9 to10 a.m.  Ask an Accessibility Advisor Sara-Jane Neid’s Personal WebEx Room  
10 to 11 a.m. Turnitin Rubrics Bert Slessor’s Personal Room  
10 to 11 a.m. Blackboard/H5P/WebEx/Akindi, etc. Questions (drop-in) Anthony Tilotta’s Personal Room  
1 to 2 p.m.  Testing in Blackboard Matt Garwood’s Personal WebEx Room  
Friday, March 5Georgian College Chevron
TimeTopicHow to join
10 to 11 a.m. Intro to Bookings: Organize Appointments with Microsoft’s Bookings’ App!  Bert Slessor’s Personal Room  
10 to 11 a.m. MS Teams Drop-in Q & A Join Alissa Bigelow’s Teams meeting  
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ed Tech Drop-In (WebEx, H5P, Akindi, etc.) Greg Rodrigo’s Personal WebEx Room  
Noon to 1 p.m. Q&A Drop-In: Connect with peers and ask your burning questions  Tracy Mitchell-Ashley’s Personal WebEx Room  
1 to 2 p.m.  Blackboard 101  Matt Garwood’s Personal WebEx Room  
3 to 3:10 p.m. GC@3: Focus Friday  GC@3 WebEx Room  
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Time for Teaching podcast series

The new Time for Teaching podcast was born out of a desire to find alternate ways of connecting with our community in a time when we need connection, social interaction and support more than ever. It’s the product of combining our longing for collegial academic conversations with our love for podcasts and information sharing. This podcast aims to select topics and ideas, supplement them with curated research and resources, and put them into context of teaching and learning at Georgian.  

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Faculty spotlight

@georgiancollege faculty are awesome! In this new Faculty spotlight series, we will shine a light on the creativity and innovative practices of our peers. Visit the Faculty spotlight to see some of the inspirational activities happening around the college.

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Ongoing series workshops (registration required)

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This four-module hybrid orientation series has been designed for faculty who are looking for support in preparing for the fall semester.

These modules provide direction, where to start, how to capture your students interest from the very beginning. As a hybrid series, each module kicks off with a WebEx session and take-away activities to complete prior to the next module. The modules build on each other and as such, registration in individual modules is discouraged.

Modules include:

  • Module 1: Orientation to WebEx and Blackboard
  • Module 2: Getting started
  • Module 3: Instructional design
  • Module 4: Designing assessments

This series is being conducted twice in the new year.

Series 1

  • Jan. 5, 2021 (Module 1)
  • Jan. 6, 2021 (Module 2)
  • Jan. 7, 2021 (Module 3)
  • Jan. 8, 2021 (Module 4)
    • Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Series 2, compressed

  • Jan. 11, 2021
    • 10 to 11:30 a.m (Module 1)
    • 1 to 2:30 p.m. (Module 2)
  • Jan. 12, 2021
    • 10 to 11:30 a.m. (Module 3)
    • 1 to 2:30 p.m. (Module 4)

Registration is through Halogen – Module 1 only, you are automatically registered with us for Module 2, 3 and 4.

If you need assistance with registration, please email Deb Moore.

For more information about the modules, please visit the Teaching at Georgian page.

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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.

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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 (Jill, Kelly, Kim or Tracy) with questions. We hope to see you in any or all of the upcoming sessions!

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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 (Monday, Jan. 4 to Sunday, Jan. 10)
  2. Building your course (Monday, Jan. 11 to Sunday, Jan. 17)
  3. Preparing for semester start (Monday, Jan. 18 to Sunday, Jan. 24)
  4. What to do during the semester (Monday, Jan. 25 to Sunday, Jan. 31)

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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LOTTR next steps is a combination of synchronous and asynchronous content that we hope will provide you with some additional information, model application, and allow for time to practice, collaborate, chat and ask questions.

The fall cohort of LOTTR next steps began Jan. 26 (week two) and will run weekly (with a break/no session over reading week) until April 13 (week 12). Each week, there will a 1 ½-hour synchronous meeting (Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon.) where concepts, tools, and strategies will be introduced/discussed, and complementary material and resources will be posted online, as well as resources or answers to any questions or discussions that arise in our sessions. The synchronous sessions will include 60 minutes of concept/material introduction and discussion and 30 minutes to apply and try out the topics discussed with support from CTL staff and peers.

Topics

LOTTR next steps is an opportunity to connect with, learn from and share experiences with your peers, and to expand and build upon your understanding of learning tools and strategies. Topics covered include:

  • community building
  • learning preferences
  • choice and autonomy in adult education
  • WebEx (advanced)
  • Blackboard (Bb) Adaptive release
  • meta-cognition and reflection
  • digital work space design
  • groups and group work in remote teaching and learning
  • building content (advanced)
  • Open Educational Resources (OERs)
  • optimizing files
  • embedding in Bb
  • OneDrive
  • Office 365 tools
  • making documents accessible
  • accessible course design
  • Bb Ally accessibility tool
  • Flipgrid
  • synchronous/live feedback
  • designing and grading assessments (moving beyond transactional learning)
  • workflow, balance, and boundaries
  • engagement
  • finding the joy in teaching and learning online
  • and more!

How to register

Please register through the Halogen system.

Questions?

If you have any questions, or would like more information, please feel free to email Amy Goruk or Kim Reid. We hope to hear from you and would love to see you on Sept. 24!

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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.

All sessions will be hosted over WebEx in Tracy’s personal room.

Register

To register for the workshops, click each of the session titles and select the workshop one at a time.

For assistance with registration, please email Deb Moore. We look forward to building your foundation with you!

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Join us for GC@3 – an opportunity to pause, connect, and keep grounded during this difficult time.

Come as you are, wherever you are. Pop in on your own. Invite your class. Bring your team or a family member. It will be a quiet opportunity to reflect, be, share space and just breathe.

Participating is easy – join us via WebEx, mute your audio, please turn your personal video off, and settle into a space that’s comfortable for you.

The virtual door closes at 3 p.m. so make sure you’re there a little early. Come every day or just on the days that work for you. All are welcome!

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Teaching and learning definitions

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.

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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.

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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 and learning supports

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 our remote teaching page for more resources and tips.

Student Remote Learning Kit

The Student Remote Learning Kit 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.

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.

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.

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. The term screencast compares with the related term screenshot; whereas screenshot generates a single picture of a computer screen, a screencast is essentially a movie of the changes over time that a user sees on a computer screen, enhanced with audio narration.

Self-care

At Georgian we refer to self-care as taking action to improve one’s own physical, emotional, mental and/or spiritual well-being. Wisdom from our Indigenous community members teach us that it’s important to pay attention to all areas of our well-being. Although you may think that you don’t have time for this, it’s extremely important as self-care can help you manage stress and increase your ability to learn and succeed in your academics.

*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.

Blackboard support

Should I contact CTL or IT Support?

CTL

  • “How-to” questions
  • Faculty training
  • Documentation and support resources
  • Assist with content creation and development
  • Functionality and troubleshooting

Email: facultybbsupport@georgiancollege.ca

IT Support

  • Student questions
  • Password issues
  • Developmental course creation
  • Organization creation and enrolments
  • Course restores
  • Technical error messages

Email: itsupport@georgiancollege.ca

Note, our Faculty Blackboard Support page is available to you 24/7 with support articles, screencasts and tip sheets.

About us

Our vision

Our vision is to inspire excellence by igniting curiosity, connecting communities and supporting bravery at the leading edge of teaching and learning.

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

Helen Pearce, Dean of Liberal Arts, Academic Quiality, Teaching and Learning

Helen Pearce 
Dean, Liberal Arts, 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

Amy Goruk

Amy Goruk
Instructional Designer

Matt Garwood standing against a brick wall

Matt Garwood
Learning Management System Technologist

Tracy Mitchell-Ashley

Tracy Mitchell-Ashley
Faculty Developer

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Kate Quinn
Instructional Design Technologist

Kim Reid

Kim Reid
Faculty Developer

Greg Rodrigo

Greg Rodrigo
Faculty Developer

Rob Theriault

Rob Theriault
Immersive Technology Lead