The Learning Hub: Issue 53

©Lynn Truong

In this week’s issue…

Course Delivery: Considerations for Your Online and Face-to-Face Delivery Format

“Lightboard” by psutlt is licensed under CC BY 2.0

From Faculty Focus, Higher Ed Teaching and Learning | facultyfocus.com

Many, if not most, college students work part- or full-time jobs while going to school. They often find it difficult to be at a specific place at a specific time for a certain number of times each week to attend their courses, and as a result often miss classes. Online instruction is an alternative that offers anytime and anywhere learning, but some students still prefer the face-to-face learning environment. The following resource guide offers considerations and techniques for deciding your course delivery, and how you can implement teaching delivery methods that incorporate face-to-face, online, and HyFlex teaching. Read More

 


Ungrading

By Susan D. Blum| susanblum.com

People kept asking me what I would do to improve things. And I said that if I could make one change, I would get rid of grades.

For the last decade and a half, I’ve engaged in anthropological research on higher education, identifying several challenges and mismatches between what we know about learning “in real life” and learning in college. In my most recent book, “I Love Learning; I Hate School”: An Anthropology of College, I identified a number of ways that formal education has led to a lack of learning. Colleges promote credentials, obedience and the sorting of haves and have-nots, but not necessarily learning. Read More


Why We Should Stop Grading Students on a Curve

From the New York Times By Adam Grant | nytimes.com

Photo by Edwin Andrade on Unsplash

Ask people what’s wrong in American higher education, and you’ll hear about grade inflation. At Harvard a few years ago, a professor complained that the most common grade was an A-. He was quickly corrected: The most common grade at Harvard was an A.

Across 200 colleges and universities, over 40 percent of grades were in the A realm. At both four-year and two-year schools, more students receive A’s than any other grade — a percentage that has grown over the past three decades. Read More


JIBC Library

In recognition of the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

Streamed documentary (scroll down to electronic access) The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open

Office of Indigenization’s guest speaker on May 5th, Elaine Alec, has authored:

Calling My Spirit Back
JIBC Library call number:  E 98 P5 A44 2020

More books on the Library’s shelves

More titles in the eBook collection

If you have any questions contact library@jibc.ca


Upcoming CTLI Virtual Drop-in Sessions

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

  • Thursday, May 6, 2021 from 12pm to 1pm
  • Thursday, May 13, 2021 from 12pm to 1pm

Register for your session here.


Resources

Interesting Finds

Conferences

  • Research and Innovations Partnerships Expo 2021 Okanagan College | Wednesday, May 4th, 2021
    The fourth annual Research Innovation Partnerships Expo (RIPE), is scheduled for Tuesday, May 4, 2021.
    RIPE is an opportunity for community members, industry, educators, researchers, and students to network and learn how applied research is growing new partnerships and enriching students’ educational experiences and influencing curriculum.
  • Building for a Flexible Future Okanagan College | Wednesday, May 5th, 2021
    Okanagan College faculty and instructors will once again have the chance to connect via sessions on a variety innovative teaching, learning and technology topics. Attendees will also have a chance to hear from an internationally-renowned keynote speaker with a background in critical digital pedagogy.
    Our keynote speaker is Dr. Jesse Stommel. He is the co-founder of Digital Pedagogy Lab and Hybrid Pedagogy: the journal of critical digital pedagogy. He has a PhD from University of Colorado Boulder. He is co-author of An Urgency of Teachers: the Work of Critical Digital Pedagogy.
  • 2021 Teaching & Learning Symposium, Land & Decolonized Place-Based Learning Capilano University | May 4 – 7, 2021
    Our Symposium is an opportunity to connect and create a space to think, reflect, recognize and support each other after a challenging year.
    To apply the principles of decolonizing and indigenizing education we must first experience them. Decolonizing and indigenizing principles have been woven throughout the development and delivery of this year’s symposium. This symposium offers you an opportunity to make meaning in your own teaching practice – an opportunity to ask yourself, how do I apply these ways of teaching and learning to my pedagogy?
  • ETUG Workshop: Brave New Spaces: Solutions now and for the future – A call for presentations and registration links will be coming soon. As we stand now, within the bounds of the pandemic, but seeing the end approaching, what has worked and what will persist in future years?

BCcampus Upcoming Events

FLO — Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
This is a short, practical course to introduce you to the UDL framework and how you can apply it to create inclusive learning environments. Using UDL fosters inclusion, putting learner engagement at the center of your activities in your course design.
May 3, 2021 – May 14, 2021 | Register Here

FLO MicroCourse: Considerations to Indigenize Your Work
In this course, you will explore how you might reframe Indigenous pedagogies in online environments, including encouraging participants and creating relationships. Read more about your lead facilitator María del Carmen Rodríguez de France here.
May 17, 2021 – May 23, 2021 | Register Here

LaTeX Learning Community
Whether you’re a LaTeX whiz who needs help transitioning to Pressbooks, a newbie who’s still learning the basics, or somewhere in between, we invite you to attend monthly sessions with the LaTeX learning community. Together, we will meet to discuss LaTeX problems and solutions. Bring your questions and quandaries!
May 19, 2021 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm | Register Here

Fun FLO Friday: Choose Your Own Adventure
We know that giving students choice fosters engagement and equity, but how much is too much choice? Facilitated by Arley Cruthers, you’ll “Choose Your Own Adventure” and explore student choice, student agency, and how to facilitate meaningful choice without adding to your workload.
May 21, 2021 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm | Register Here

FLO MicroCourse: Design with Liberating Structures
You will learn what liberating structures are and why they can be so powerful for online and face-to-face learning events; design a group activity using a liberating structure; experience a few key liberating structures online; and share ideas and advice on the application of liberating structures in your own context.
June 7, 2021 – June 13, 2021 | Register Here

Click here for the list of BlueJeans recordings from #AskBCcampus


CONTACT US

Want some one-on-one help? Have something specific you need assistance with? Reach out to the CTLI team by emailing us at ctli@jibc.ca.


USEFUL LINKS

Facilitating Synchronous Online Learning with Collaborate Webinar

Watch a recording of the workshop here.

Follow along with a copy of the slides.

Suggestions for Synchronous Online Learning (PDF).

 

Pivoting to Online

Faculty Online Readiness Quiz

Instructional Continuity Checklist for Faculty

Watch a Recording of a Collaborate Training Workshop

Instructor Transition Course

Blackboard Help | For Faculty | For Students

Blackboard Training Workshops for LESD/BLES and PBDLES (Recordings):

Workshop 1: Course Template, Announcements, Discussions and Uploading Content

Workshop 2: Assignments & Groups

Workshop 3: Tests & The Basics of the Grade Centre

Workshop 4: Blackboard Grade Center Part 1 – Introduction

Workshop 4: Blackboard Grade Centre  Part 2 – Set up