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Cambrian College Teaching and Learning Innovation Hub

What's Up In The Hub?

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Welcome back for a refreshing new start to fall 2019!

Thank you to everyone who attended our summer P.D. sessions. The Hub team is excited to help you get up-and-running again for the new semester. Check out some of our upcoming P.D. sessions this week and next during our busy start-up time with many more sessions to come throughout the fall. 

Welcome to our new faculty (full-time and contract), we look forward to seeing you in the Hub. As well, we hope to see many more support staff and administrators join us for P.D. and events. 

While we occasionally send all-staff emails such as this, we encourage you to sign-up to our biweekly newsletter. Visit our website to catch up on past newsletters. 

What's New?

New Hub Team Members

  • Welcome to: 

  • Thank you to Aaron Walsh, Multimedia TFEE Student, for your great work over the summer! We wish you all the best this semester. 

  • The Innovation Champion model has now changed. We are pleased to welcome Dave Cushing (Business), Mel Lefebvre (JACS), Amy Cliff (Trades/Technology), and Laura Killam (Health Sciences) as program-specific Innovation Champions. Please reach out to your program’s Innovation Champion for trying something new in your course or for advice and inspiration around your teaching. 

Fall Start-Up Support Hours (from August 26 to September 13, 2019):

What's Happening?
Start-Up PD & Events
More of What's Happening

Semester SOS: Getting Started - First Day of Class

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The first day of class should be used for two fundamental purposes:

  1. To give students an understanding of who you are as a teacher, what the course is about and what they can expect to learn in the course.
  2. To give you an understanding of who is taking your course, what their expectations are, and what their prior experiences are.

Plan for a great first day of class with some tips: 

  1. Plan for positive first impressions of you and the course
  2. Introduce yourself effectively
  3. Clarify learning outcomes and objectives
  4. Build community in the classroom by having students get to know one another
  5. Set the tone for the course
  6. Collect diagnostic data on students’ knowledge, prior experiences and motivation for taking the course
  7. Generate interest in the course
  8. Inform students of course requirements & logistics
Learn More: Check out all our first-day tips on our website with additional resources. 

Get Help: Contact Mel Young (for face-to-face courses) or Jessica O’Reilly (for online courses) for more ideas and help on getting started this semester. 

Get to Know Your Students - 2.0

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Jess O'Reilly shares her Learner Preferences Survey that you can adopt / adapt for use in your own classroom or when working with students in a support role. Here, she shares her experience with using the survey last year and the changes she made this year.

Learn More

Make your Syllabus More Visual
Syllabus Infographic Templates [PowerPoint]

Over this past summer our Graphics and Web TFEE student Danielle, has developed a series of eight course syllabus infographic templates. These Creative Commons licensed templates are ready for you to customize for your own course using PowerPoint. Save them as a PDF and send electronically, or print them out for the first day of class. Danielle has also created a short video explaining how to customize the templates. 

"The way that you design your handouts matters. Speaking from experience, when I receive a handout or syllabus at the beginning of the year, it can alter my perception of the course! As a student, my syllabus is everything." - Danielle
Check Out & Download the Templates
Read Danielle's Blog Post
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