Workshop Calendar

July

Intro to Podcasting - Kristy McKinney
July 22
10:00–11:00 am
Online

A basic overview of podcasting. We will discuss recording space, tech, editing and how to incorporate podcasts into your course.

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Group Work Online - Jason Hogan
July 27
10:00–11:00 am
Online

This workshop will cover some of the theoretical and practical approaches to facilitating groupwork online. 

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Elevate your Discussion Forums - Joel MacDonald
July 29
10:00–11:00 am
Online

With the increase in the use of online learning over the past year, discussion forums have become a very popular activity. Now, learners see these online discussion forums being used in many of their classes. And the delivery of those forums is often the same: to get full credit, please write a response to the question and then make sure to comment on at least three other posts. Instead of a deep discussion, what emerges is a whole lot of “I agree with what you said” posts. In this workshop we will look at a method called #Digitalpowerups for elevating your discussion forum towards the kind of activity it is truly meant to be. 

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August

Introduction to Inclusive Teaching Online - Joel MacDonald
August 3
10:00–11:00 am
Online

Inclusive teaching and learning is about more than accepting all learners. It’s about actively removing barriers to learning so that everyone involved has the same opportunities to grow and develop. To create a learning environment that is both safe and welcoming to everyone, you need to intentionally and thoughtfully consider your curriculum, your course design, your teaching practices and your assessment methods. In this basic workshop, you will be introduced to those areas in which you can begin to thoughtfully and empathetically work collaboratively with your learners to diversify your content and delivery.

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Moodle Basics Webinar - Jason Hogan 
August 10 
10:00 am–12:00 pm
Online 

An introduction to the basics of using Moodle, whether you’re teaching an online course or using Moodle to help with your face-to-face course. This workshop will cover uploading files, course organization and navigability, and other useful features. 

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Gamification - Andrew Zinck and Joel MacDonald
August 12 
10:00 am–12:00 pm
Online 

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Moodle Quizzes - Jason Hogan 
August 18
1:30–3:30 pm
Online 

Running your quizzes in Moodle can be a great way to run your tests online. This workshop will cover the basics of using quizzes.  

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Moodle Gradebook - Jason Hogan 
August 24
10:00 am–12:00pm
Online 

You can use the Moodle Gradebook to calculate your grades and let students see their progress and feedback in a course. Having a correctly configured gradebook will also make for a faster final grade submission as you can import those grades into the submission page.  

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September

Teaching Matters! Kick-off event
September 7, 2021
12:00 pm Atlantic - Zoom

Keynote: "Manifesto for the Future: My Hopes for the Post-Pandemic University" with Brenna Clarke Gray.
The pandemic has made urgently clear that the inequities of race, gender, class, ability, and sexuality that are baked into our experience of post-secondary education cannot be allowed to continue. And yet many additional violences have been done to our students over the last year, most notably through the rise — and normalization — of surveillance capitalist solutions in education. Leaning heavily on ethic of care thinking and a desire to find hope in this very dark time, this talk invites all participants to come and think together, plan a resistance, and ultimately imagine a better future for all of us. The keynote will be followed by a 45-minute workshop taking participants through a guided reflection drawing on ideas from the keynote and experiences of teaching and learning during the pandemic.

Brenna Clarke Gray (she/her/hers) is the coordinator of educational technologies at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia. Her research interests include the history and future of open tenure processes, the role of care and care work in the practice of educational technology, and scholarly podcasting. Prior to her transition to faculty support, she spent nine years as a community college English professor and comics scholar. Brenna has published extensively on Canadian comics and representations of Canada in mainstream American comic books. She holds a PhD in Canadian literature from the University of New Brunswick. Outside of the academy’s walls, Brenna co-hosts Hazel & Katniss & Harry & Starr, a podcast about young adult literature and film adaptation, and pretends at the role of a public intellectual on her Twitter, @brennacgray.

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