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Cambrian College Teaching and Learning Innovation Hub

May/June 2020 Virtual PD in the Hub

Welcome to May/June support and professional development with the Teaching and Learning Innovation Hub team!


Like so many teaching and learning elements these past eight weeks or so, community and learning strategies for May/June PD will be slightly different:

  •  The team is adopting a hybrid approach to sessions and resources. They are curating high-quality resources about online, remote, and blended teaching and learning strategies that you can review according to your own schedule (asynchronous learning).
  • They are also developing at least one session per day, Monday through Thursday with a live component via Zoom (Zoom is the synchronous element in a hybrid approach).
  • In some sessions, you will be asked to read or view a resource in advance so that conversation and active practice can take place in the live session (a flipped classroom).

You are encouraged to explore the sessions below and scan some of the resources already provided in the “Choose Your Own Adventure PD” links week of May 4 - 8. Sign up for live sessions that interest you and be prepared for active learning and discussion.

The team is also hosting a “Weekly Questions” Padlet strategy where you can contribute your ideas on a variety of topics related to Winter, current Spring, and upcoming Fall terms. If there are any topics you don’t see that you believe would be of benefit to colleagues, please send an email to teaching@cambriancollege.ca to let the team know.

I’d also like to take a moment to express my gratitude for the dedicated and amazing work of Amy Cliff, the Hub’s Faculty Developer secondee for the past two years, Laura Killam, our College Innovation Champion secondee from 2018-2019 and part of a team of Champions from fall 2019 to present, and Danielle Provencher, our student Graphic Designer in the Hub from
May 2019 - May 2020.

All the best for engaging and meaningful learning experiences this May/June,

~ Jenni

But First... 

A friendly reminder that virtual support from Hub Team members continues as always!

May & June 2020 Virtual P.D. in the Hub List of Sessions
View & Register for PD Sessions

Week 1: May 4 - 8

Choose-your-own-adventure PD includes options to read, view, and listen to on a variety of topics.
  • #1 - Zoom calls and mental health 
  • #2 - Experiential learning, music/drama, Pedagodzilla
  • #3 - Replacing on-site exams, Online Teaching Toolkit, Humanizing online education
  • #4 - Be a better online teacher, AODA, vocational technology
  • #5 - Developing and delivering online content, education equity, anxiety/calm/over+under-functioning

Week 2: May 11 - 15

Starting Week 2: Share your experiences with the Cambrian community by answering some reflective questions on this Padlet. Each week a new series of questions will be posted.

Week 3: May 19 - 22

Week 4: May 25 - 29

Week 5: June 1 - 5

Week 6: June 8 - 12

Week 7: June 15 - 19

Buttons, Buttons, & More Buttons!

Buttons: "I Survived Remote Teaching", "Non-Essential Employee of the Month", "___Days Zoom-Bomb Free", "If you can read this, you're not social-distancing"
Each year the Hub offers buttons to celebrate your participation
in our PD sessions.

Due to special circumstances, this year we’ll be issuing limited-edition buttons in honour of all your hard work as we pivoted to remote teaching and working from home.

When we return to campus, we’ll have available these buttons for our faculty and staff to choose from for their lanyards!

Beyond May & June PD: 


Two New “Mini-Courses” Intended to Support
New-to-Teaching-Online Educators

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The Hub is excited to share two new learning resources that may be of interest to anyone who teaches, will teach, or supports those who teach fully asynchronous online courses. These resources are available to all Cambrian faculty, staff, and administrators. Enrol at any time, and return as often as is helpful. Please email jessica.oreilly@cambriancollege.ca if you have any questions. 

#1: The Foundations of Asynchronous Course Design

In this mini-course, participants are introduced to Cambrian’s LMS Minimum Presence Requirements, key considerations for overall course and module-level design, along with suggestions for creating and curating learner-centered assessments, activities, and course content.

Self-Enrol into Foundations of Asynchronous Course Design

#2: Delivering Asynchronous Online Courses: Key Elements to Consider

This second mini-course focuses specifically on delivery strategies that support “strong starts,” “meritorious middles,” and “excellent endings” in fully asynchronous online courses. Experienced online educators share their strategies, lessons learned, and creative ideas. Participants are invited to collaboratively note-take and reflect upon their own delivery strategies.

Self-Enrol into Delivering Asynchronous Online Courses

New Assessment Choices for Course Outlines

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In the Evaluation Plan section of the Course Outline in the Academic Toolbox (ATB), there were 79 different assessment types previously. Each of those assessments was grouped into more generic assessment types; these are the assessment types you’ll see in the ATB starting May/June 2020:

  • Quizzes/Tests/Exams
  • Assignments
  • Applied Activities (Graded)
  • Applied Activities (Pass/Fail)
  • Placements (Graded)
  • Placements (Pass/Fail)
  • Professional Conduct
  • Capstone Projects

You can view definitions, examples, and notes for each of these assessment types in the ATB by clicking on the ‘Help & Guides’ section and clicking the link “Assessment Types in DCO 2020”. 

Visit the Academic Toolbox

A Student Perspective: Challenges, Struggles and The Silver Lining of COVID-19

Purple clouds with two birds in front and the sun coming out from behind the clouds

Our former Graphic Design & Web TFEE student, Danielle Provencher, discusses the pivot to remote teaching from her own perspective as a student. She describes the challenges and struggles faced by students during this sudden transition but also highlights some of the silver linings that can be found during these unprecedented times. 

Read Danielle's Blog Post
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