The Learning Hub: Issue 31

©Dennis Yip

In this week’s issue…

Eleven Alternative Assessments for a Blended Synchronous Learning Environment

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From Faculty Focus |

Our mid-sized state university decided to institute a blended synchronous delivery model this year. A facilitated online workshop was offered over the summer to assist faculty in designing classes for the new learning environment, where almost 600 faculty registered. One area we explored included alternative assessments. We, as educators, are aware of the benefits of alternative assessments; they are less stressful for learners, can be low tech, are often scaffolded to provide formative assessment, and can increase academic honesty, student motivation, and learning. The following are ideas from faculty who were tasked with creating alternative assessments to implement in a blended synchronous learning environment.
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Online Learning at a Tipping Point?

From Contact North |

In March 2020, some 1.6 billion learners around the world were suddenly being taught through online learning, with many instructors and learners experiencing an online platform or hybrid platforms for the first time. For others, it was a chance to showcase new approaches to teaching and learning they wanted to try for some time. For a growing number of faculty and students with experience in distance education and online learning, it was an opportunity to do even more online as more programs and courses were available in this mode than ever before. Read More

JIBC Library

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In conjunction with the Elders-in-Residence Learning Series:

Upcoming CTLI Virtual Drop-in Sessions

Come meet us in Collaborate! Bring your Blackboard, Collaborate, Kaltura or other teaching & learning questions!

  • Thursday, November 5, 2020 from 12pm to 1pm
  • Thursday, November 12, 2020 from 12pm to 1pm
  • Thursday, November 19, 2020 from 12pm to 1pm

Register for your session here.


Interesting Finds

  • Hypothesis, a tool that allows you to create an annotated discussion of any web-based document.  
  • TU Delft has a great collection of open courses in English for applied programs
  •  Mason OER Metafinder Real-time federated search for OER content

BCcampus Upcoming Events

FLO MicroCourse: Micro-Certifications in the B.C. Context
In this one-week FLO MicroCourse, we will refine the definition of micro-certifications with a from a local perspective, examine best practices from other regions, and identify at least one feasible application of micro-certifications to our province.
October 26 – November 1, 2020 | Register here

COVID and Beyond: What’s Your Metaphor?
Save the date! The ETUG community will get together to share stories, developments and practices that have met current challenges and that will serve us well into the future. Call for proposals are open until October 12.
November 6, 2020 | Register here

Thriving Beyond Campuses: A Discussion on the Impact of Mental Bandwidth Depletion on Student Mental Health and Well-Being
Participate in the conversation around how social unrest and uncertainty is significantly affecting students’ capacity to learn and our own capacity to do our work.
November 10, 2020 – 4:00pm – 6:00pm | Register here

OE Global 2020: Connecting the global open education community
The Open Education Global Conference is where the world meets to discuss how opening education helps us achieve universal access, equity, innovation, and opportunity in education. BCcampus’ Tannis Morgan will also be participating as a keynote panelist!
November 16 -20, 2020 – 4:00pm – 6:00pm | Register here

Studio20: Engaging Learners Online
BCcampus is proud to present Studio20: Engaging Learners Online. Prepare yourselves for a three half-day online workshop that will explore the art of engaging learners online and will feature keynotes and facilitators focusing on the themes of vision, voice, and active learning.
November 17-19, 2020 – 9:00am – 2:00pm | Register here

Click here for the list of BlueJeans recordings from #AskBCcampus

We’re still in the early days for pivoting learning online –
it’s best to practice simplicity, empathy, and compassion. #AskBCcampus

~ BCcampus