Centre for Teaching and Learning

The Centre for Teaching and Learning 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.

Our Vision

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

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@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 for to see some of the inspirational activities happening around the college.


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 on-line 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.

An instructional delivery format where all material, interactions and learning occurs 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 College, 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.

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.

Ongoing workshop series

This 4 module blended 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 blended 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.

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

Registration for this series is through Halogen.  If you need assistance with registering, please email Debora Moore.

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.

tracy, jill, kelly, kim

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, and have witnessed faculty adapting, growing, shifting,

and persevering through what may be the most challenging season of our teaching careers.

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, and 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.

Also, 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.


Humanizing Series – Session Topics include:

Humanizing Remote Teaching and Learning: Making Connections Early (Pre/Early-course contact strategies)

Tuesday, September 8th from 3:00 – 4:00 pm in https://georgiancollege.webex.com/meet/jill.esmonde

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.


Humanizing Remote Teaching and Learning: Syllabus and Academic Integrity

Wednesday, September 9th from 12:00 – 1:00 pm in https://georgiancollege.webex.com/meet/tracy.mitchell-ashley

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.


Humanizing Remote Teaching and Learning: Creating Inclusive Spaces

Wednesday, September 9th from 3:00 – 4:00 pm in https://georgiancollege.webex.com/meet/jill.esmonde

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

Friday, September 11th from 12:00 – 1:00 pm in https://georgiancollege.webex.com/meet/tracy.mitchell-ashley

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 in order to help students introduce themselves to one another in the first week of class in order to develop relationships and create camaraderie.


Please contact 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.

This 4-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.

  • Module 1: An Overview of Remote Teaching and Your Role (Monday, September 28 – Sunday, October 4)
  • Module 2: Building Your Course (Monday, October 5 – Sunday, October 11)
  • Module 3: Preparing for Semester Start (Monday, October 12 – Sunday, October 18)
  • Module 4: What to do During the Semester (Monday, October 19 – Sunday, October 25)

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. Any questions on course content, please contact Amy Goruk.

Halogen registration link:  https://global.hgncloud.com/georgiancollege/link?id=108460

If you need assistance with registration, please contact Debora Moore.

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 begins Thursday, Sept. 24 (week two) and runs weekly (with a break/no session over reading week) until Dec. 10 (week 12). Each week, there will a 1.5 hour synchronous meeting (Thursdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m.) 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.

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 ed.
  • WebEx (advanced)
  • Blackboard (Bb) Adaptive release
  • Metacognition 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
  • One Drive
  • Office 360 tools
  • Making documents accessible
  • Accessible course design
  • Bb Ally Accessibility tool
  • Flipgrid
  • Synchronous/live feedback
  • Designing and grading assessments (moving beyond transactional learning)
  • Work flow, balance, and boundaries
  • Engagement
  • Finding the joy in teaching and learning online
  • And more!!!

Please register through the Halogen system. 

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

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 post secondary 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 College community.

All sessions will be in Tracy’s personal room:



To register for the workshops, please select the workshop one at a time.

Post-Secondary Teaching and Learning
Tuesday September 8, 1:00 – 2:30pm



Planning Instruction
Tuesday September 15, 1:00 – 2:30pm



Active Learning Strategies
Tuesday September 22 , 1:00 – 2:30pm



Intro to Post-Secondary Assessment
Tuesday September 29, 1:00 – 2:30pm



Designing Meaningful Assignments
Tuesday October 6, 1:00 – 2:30pm



Faculty Evaluations and Continuous Growth
Tuesday October 13, 1:00 – 2:30pm



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

GC3 free person, green

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!

Workshop Schedule

10 to 11 a.m.  Part 1: Intro to Poll Everywhere   

Bert Slessor’s Personal Room


11 a.m. to noon   

Ask Anything Dropin: Help accessing resources, tech questions – anything! If you have questions, I can find answers! 


Kim Reid’s Personal Room https://georgiancollege.webex.com/meet/kim.reid 
to 3 p.m.  What’s new in WebEx   

Greg Rodrigo’s Personal Room  https://georgiancollege.webex.com/meet/greg.rodrigo 


to 3:10 p.m.   

GC@3 Mindfulness Practice (open to everyone) 



GC@3 Meeting Room https://bit.ly/346QotS 


10 to 11 a.m.  Ed Tech drop-in (WebEx, H5P, AkindiPerusall, etc.)   

Greg Rodrigo’s Personal Room https://georgiancollege.webex.com/meet/greg.rodrigo 


10 to 11 a.m.  Intro to Turnitin – Add to your academic integrity tool belt   

Bert Slessor’s Personal Room https://georgiancollege.webex.com/meet/bert.slessor 


10 to 11 a.m.   

Intro to MS Teams 



Join Alissa Bigelow’s Microsoft Teams Meeting 


11 a.m. to noon  What’s new in WebEx   

Greg Rodrigo’s Personal Room  https://georgiancollege.webex.com/meet/greg.rodrigo 


1 to 3 p.m.  Ed Tech drop-in (WebEx, H5P, AkindiPerusall, etc.)   

Greg Rodrigo’s Personal Room https://georgiancollege.webex.com/meet/greg.rodrigo 


to 3:10 p.m.   

GC@3 Mindfulness Practice (open to everyone) 



GC@3 Meeting Room https://bit.ly/346QotS 


10 to 11 a.m.  Part 2: Poll Everywhere Blackboard Grade Integration   

Bert Slessor’s Personal Room https://georgiancollege.webex.com/meet/bert.slessor 


10 to 11 a.m.  Humanizing Remote Learning: Building Rapport   

Jill Esmonde’s Personal Room https://georgiancollege.webex.com/meet/jill.esmonde 


11 a.m. to noon  How to Help: Supporting Student Mental Health   

Jennifer Lloyd’s Personal Room https://georgiancollege.webex.com/join/jennifer.lloyd 


Noon to 1 p.m.  Screencast-o-matic & Flipgrid drop-in   

Join Alissa Bigelow’s Microsoft Teams Meeting 


Noon to 1 p.m.  Humanizing Remote Teaching & Learning: Giving and Receiving Feedback (Assessments & More)   

Kim Reid’s Personal Room https://georgiancollege.webex.com/meet/kim.reid 


1 to 2:30 p.m.  Screencast-o-matic 1.0 – setup, record, edit, share   

Join Alissa Bigelow’s Microsoft Teams Meeting 


1:30 to 3:30 p.m.  Blackboard/H5P/WebEx, etc. Questions (drop-in)  Anthony Tilotta’s Personal Room https://georgiancollege.webex.com/meet/anthony.tilotta 
to 3:10 p.m.   

GC@3 Mindfulness Practice (open to everyone) 



GC@3 Meeting Room https://bit.ly/346QotS 


10 to 11 a.m.  Intro to MS Forms   

Bert Slessor’s Personal Room https://georgiancollege.webex.com/meet/bert.slessor 


10 to 11 a.m.  MS Teams drop-in support   

Join Alissa Bigelow’s Microsoft Teams Meeting 


11 a.m. to noon  Blackboard/H5P/WebEx, etc. Questions (drop-in)   

Anthony Tilotta’s Personal Room https://georgiancollege.webex.com/meet/anthony.tilotta 


2 to 3 p.m.  Embedding Changemaking in your Course: Empathy Building Activities    

Tracy Mitchell-Ashley’s Personal Room https://georgiancollege.webex.com/meet/tracy.mitchell-ashley 


to 3:10 p.m.   

GC@3 Mindfulness Practice (open to everyone) 


GC@3 Meeting Room https://bit.ly/346QotS 

to 2 p.m. 


Blackboard 101  Matt Garwood’s Personal Room https://georgiancollege.webex.com/meet/matt.garwood 
to 3:10 p.m.   

GC@3 Mindfulness Practice (open to everyone) 



GC@3 Meeting Room https://bit.ly/346QotS 


Due to the number of workshops we are offering to help you prepare for the pivot to remote teaching and the upcoming Spring Inter-term session, we have added all workshops for each day into one calendar item. Please double click the calendar appointment to see a full list with times and WebEx links for each day. If you have any questions please contact Debora Moore. Thank you!

Academic Continuity Resources and Support

Plan, Adapt, Communicate

Check out our Plan, Adapt, Communicate page! It contains all you need to know to help you”Keep Teaching in Times of Disruption.” Do you have questions but aren’t sure who to talk to? Our Team tab at the bottom of this page has a list of the CTL team. Feel free to reach out to anyone. We’re here to help!

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
Login, create meetings, record, share

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.

Blackboard Support

The Centre for Teaching and Learning has been focused on providing relevant and timely support to faculty as we develop summer courses for remote delivery. With the high number of individual requests for help with Blackboard and related Educational Technologies, we’ve simplified our contact process. Please contact facultybbsupport@georgiancollege.ca in order to receive the fastest, most direct service. We’re committed to replying as quickly and thoroughly as possible. As always, our Faculty Blackboard Support page is available to you 24/7 with support articles, screencasts, and tipsheets.

Should I contact CTL or IT Support?

CTL: facultybbsupport@georgiancollege.ca

IT Support: itsupport@georgiancollege.ca

  • “How-to” questions
  • Faculty training
  • Documentation and support resources
  • Assist with content creation and development
  • Functionality and troubleshooting
  • Student questions
  • Password issues
  • Developmental course creation
  • Organization creation and enrollments
  • Course restores
  • Technical error messages


Teaching and Learning Topics

  • 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
  • Provide and support technological resources to enhance teaching and learning (eg. student response systems, development software, digital camera, web links) and print resources (eg. books, journals) to enhance teaching and learning
Helen Pearce headshot

Helen Pearce – Dean, Liberal Arts, Academic Quality, Teaching and Learning (ext. 1811)

Debora Moore

Debora Moore – Administrative Assistant (ext. 5153)

Alissa Bigelow

Alissa Bigelow – Instructional Design Technologist (ext. 1162)

Jill Esmonde

Jill Esmonde – Faculty Developer (ext. 1425)

Kelly Fox

Kelly Fox – Faculty Developer (ext. 1092)

Amy Goruk

Amy Goruk – Instructional Designer (ext. 1075)

Matt Garwood headshot

Matt Garwood – Educational Technology Assistant (ext. 1608)

Tracy Mitchell-Ashley headshot

Tracy Mitchell-Ashley – Faculty Developer (ext. 3093)

Kate Quinn headshot

Kate Quinn – Instructional Design Technologist (ext. 1857)

Greg Rodrigo headshot

Greg Rodrigo – Faculty Developer (ext. 1775)