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Learning Opportunities

The Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning offers a diverse range of learning opportunities related to teaching, learning, and educational leadership.

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Upcoming Events

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Events A-Z


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Animal Ethics on Campus Community of Practice The implications and ethics of the humane treatment of animals. Explore everything from teaching compassion, supporting vegan students, links to racism, the science of sentience, and sustainability. Events Calendar
Appreciative Inquiry Community of Practice This community of practice is for anyone who is interested in appreciative inquiry, strengths based endeavours, and positive change. Events Calendar


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Building Quizzes in D2L Workshop This workshop will explore ways to create, customize and grade quizzes. We’ll also tackle creating Question Pools and how to organize your questions in the Question Library. Fri, Sep 28, 10-11:30am


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Chair Share Community of Practice Join other Chairs from across the college to discuss whatever is on your mind. This Community of Practice is strength-based and solution-focused, and will create a safe environment for you to talk about what matters. Events Calendar
Creative Applications in eLearning Workshop This workshop will showcase some creative ways to deliver content, engage your learners and put a twist on some of the common teaching tools in D2L. Fri, Nov 2, 10-11:30am
Creativity in Education Community of Practice Addresses the design, application and evaluation of our creative teaching approaches, lessons and materials in a supportive peer environment. Events Calendar
Curriculum Development
(PIDP 3210)
Course The Curriculum Development course introduces participants to a range of theories and approaches to curriculum development, such as competency-based education and outcomes-based education. Although this course introduces such general concepts of curriculum theory and practice, the course focuses primarily upon the design and development of curriculum documents. In particular, participants will develop material related to their own work environment. In addition, participants will develop skills related to instructional design such as the development of plans for teaching and learning. The course highlights the importance of alignment; that is, the connection between course outcomes/goals, delivery of instruction, and the assessment and evaluation of learning. The course also prompts reflection upon the importance of designing and developing positive learning environments.


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Designing for Engagement: Moving Beyond Text & Images Workshop Come learn how to transform your content to accommodate a variety of learning styles and abilities. We’ll begin with an overview of the content tool and its functionality to get you started with building content. We’ll then explore how you can transform various types of content including (but not limited to): PDFs, PPT and Word documents to a web-accessible format that improves the teaching and learning experience. Fri, Oct 19, 10-11:30am
Digital Pedagogy Community of Practice For faculty and other members of the Camosun community interested in using online tools to enhance their face-to-face teaching, to teach blended courses, or to teach fully online. Events Calendar
Disrupting Colonial Diversity Practices Workshop Deep Conversations with Indigenous Communities
The presentation focuses on data gathering experiences with Indigenous communities on the topic of living portraits of decolonized and indigenized diversity practices.
Thu, Sept 27, 10-11am


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eLearning Drop-In Sessions Drop-in

Weekly drop-in sessions are provided to allow faculty the opportunity to ask questions, learn new skills and work on building their D2L courses.

Lansdowne: LLC 156 | Interurban: LACC 235


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Faculty Book Club Book Club The authors of Design Thinking for the Greater Good: Innovation in the Social Sector, Daisy Azer, Jeanne Liedtka, and Randy Salzman, show how collaborative creativity can shake up even the most entrenched bureaucracies, and provide a practical roadmap for readers to implement these tools.

Pick up your copy of the book on September 19 when we will meet each other and decide on two additional dates for our conversation. Registration available for 8 participants.
Wed, Sept 19, 4-5pm
Finance 101 for Chairs Workshop Chris Jones, Director of Financial Planning & Accountability, discusses the development and monitoring of your program budgets.


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Indigenous Education Circle Community of Practice Explore current issues related to Indigenous education, perhaps through discussing articles, documentaries, or a situation that arose recently in your classroom or department. Events Calendar
Indigenous Science Workshop Distinguished Pueblo Native American author and scholar Gregory Cajete "tells the story" of Indigenous science as a way of understanding, experiencing, and feeling the natural world.
Integral Education Community of Practice An Integral worldview holistically incorporates internal, external, individual, collective, developmental, evolutionary and spiritual dimensions of knowing, being and doing. Join the conversation as together we work to catalyse positive change at Camosun. Events Calendar
Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) Workshop

The 3½ day Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) is an excellent professional development opportunity for Camosun faculty.  Working in a fun, safe environment with colleagues from across the college, the ISW is a peer-based workshop designed to improve teaching practice.

Interdisciplinary Education Community of Practice If you get excited about innovating new approaches to education, and want to draw on a diversity of perspectives, then join us for stimulating conversation with an action oriented focus. Events Calendar
Introduction to Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Workshop Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a synchronous classroom tool that is coming to Camosun. This means that faculty now have an online tool with audio, video, chat, and whiteboard/desktop sharing capabilities to support their teaching in real-time. Come find out more about Blackboard Collaborate and how it can be used, as well as when it will be available, at this information session. Fri, Nov 23, 2-3pm
Introduction to Kaltura Workshop Kaltura is a streaming media tool that is coming to Camosun. This means faculty and students will now have a place to create, edit, and house their course-related videos. Kaltura also integrates with D2L. Come find out more about what Kaltura is, what it can do, and how you can use it for your courses, as well as when it will be available at this information session! Mon, Oct 15, 3:30-4:30pm


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K-12 Curriculum Reform: Is Post-Secondary Education Ready? Workshop British Columbia is undertaking a significant reform of its Kindergarten to Grade 12 curriculum, assessment, competencies and graduation requirements. In Fall 2020, post-secondary institutions could see many incoming BC high school graduates who have had engagement with the new BC curriculum experiences. Are BC’s colleges, institutes and universities ready for these students? Are supports in place to provide an effective transition between high school and post-secondary learning? The session will include an overview of the top 10 BC K-12 curriculum changes and how these changes may impact post-secondary learning. Liesel will also share what is happening across the province with regards to establishing a more K-20 seamless learning journey. Everyone is welcome: instructors, administrators, support staff, advisors, recruiters, learning strategists, instructional designers, library staff, registrar’s office, etc! Mon, Sept 24, 12:30-2pm


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Leading Effective Teams: A Coach Approach Community of Practice An opportunity for those who have taken the Leading Effective Teams workshop to continue to support each other and practice the coaching skills they learned. Events Calendar
Liberating Learning: Activities for Participatory Learning in class and online Workshop In this one-day workshop, you will experience the most-popular and easy-to-adopt structures used in teaching and learning contexts, and consider how you might use them in your own teaching practice. TBD


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Managing Assignments using the Dropbox Workshop The Dropbox tool enables students to submit assignments online while streamlining the grading process for instructors. This workshop provides hands-on practice creating, managing and grading assignments. Fri, Oct 12, 10-11:30am
Managing Final Grades in D2L Workshop It’s grading time again! This workshop is designed to provide a quick refresher on how to input and manage grades in D2L. An overview of how to apply grade schemes and release calculated and adjusted final grades will also be provided. Fri, Dec 14, 10-11:30am
Managing Groups in D2L Workshop This workshop will provide an overview of how to create and manage groups in D2L. A demonstration of how to create private group discussions and dropbox folders will be provided. Fri, Sep 21, 10-11:30am
Mental Health Training Workshop To support employee (and student) success and strengthen our individual resources, Camosun is committed to providing employees with mental health literacy education and the appropriate tools and training to bolster confidence for effective mental health support for our students, and for each other. Review the resources for faculty & staff
Mindfulness in Education Community of Practice Engage in dialogue about contemplative pedagogy, and how mindfulness can be applied in the context of education with students and with colleagues. Events Calendar
Monday Mindfulness Drop-in Drop by for 20 minutes of guided mindfulness practice in a collegial environment. All faculty, staff and students welcome! Facilitated by Diane Gilliland and Sonja Kerr. Every Monday from September 17-December 3
Events Calendar


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Parenting Community of Practice A gathering of college employees who are also parents seeking to find a work-family life balance. Events Calendar
Provincial Instructor Diploma Program   Students in the Provincial Instructor Diploma Program build knowledge and skills to design, develop, manage and evaluate the instruction of adults in post-secondary education, business, industry and non-traditional adult learning environments. Continuous intake


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ReadSpeaker Webinar with Ginger Dewey Workshop The eLearning unit in CETL is poised to make a suite of “text-to-speech” tools (ReadSpeaker) available across all courses in our D2L. This collection of learner-centred tools will give students independent access to some significant learner-support whenever they need it, without having to seek academic accommodations first.
Whether or not you use D2L yourself, we invite you to learn a little about ReadSpeaker now; hopefully, you’ll have it top of mind as we head into a new year of supporting both students and faculty!
If you would like to attend the session, please contact Emily Schudel in eLearning.
Tue, Sep 18, 11am-12pm


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SD Ideas Exchange Workshop Get inspired by colleagues on possibilities for your SD time! Make connections for potential collaboration around common interests. Hear examples of collaborative projects. Learn about the new SD Connect platform. Tue, Dec 11, 1:30-4pm
Setting up Your Gradebook Workshop This hands on workshop will focus on setting up your Gradebook from start to finish. Please bring your course outline (or a breakdown of your assessment items) if you wish to build your own Gradebook during the workshop. Fri, Sep 14, 10-11:30am
South Island Partnership Instructors Community of Practice Connect regularly with your peers, share ideas, support each other, and learn some strategies specific to your unique role as an instructor in the South Island Partnership Dual Credit program. TBD
Supporting Instructors with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners Online Course This online course is designed to support instructors faced with the challenges of growing diversity in classrooms. It provides strategies on how to work effectively with culturally and linguistically diverse learners (CLD). The program is made up of 10 self-paced modules, available from Oct 15 to Dec 6, 2018. Register by: Thu, Oct 4, 4pm
Sustainability in Education Community of Practice Meet regularly with others who are passionate about working towards a more sustainable world. This supportive community is a place to share ideas, and get energized into action. Events Calendar


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Teaching & Learning Strategies Community of Practice Come and share ideas and inspire each other around effective classroom strategies, assessment, marking, rubrics, engaged learning, supporting students with different learning needs, and any other topics that arise through collegial conversation. Events Calendar

Teaching Triangles at Camosun

Workshop The brand new Teaching Triangles program will run in Winter 2018 – we’ll kick it off with a one-hour workshop devoted to peer observation principles and best practice. TBD
TELŦIN TŦE WILNEW – Understanding Indigenous Peoples Workshop TELŦIN TŦE WILNEW (TTW) is an award winning, blended delivery course which provides insight into an Indigenous world view; describes the impact of colonization and how it affects students attending the college today; and guides participants in the development of new teaching and learning methods.
Top 10 Digital Learning Skills Strategies for Your Students Workshop Are you looking for strategies to support your students who are learning using digital resources? Whether you are using D2L to support your face-to-face teaching, teaching blended, or completely online, we have some tips and resources for you! Mon, Nov 26, 1-3pm


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Using WorkPress for Student Blogs Workshop WordPress is a blogging and website creation tool which is now available in the Canadian cloud, meaning that if you would like your students to build blogs and websites as part of their learning, we can now offer a solution which will be in compliance with the BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Come find out more about how to set up a site for yourself, and what you need to know to get your students started. Mon, Oct 29, 2:30-3:30pm


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West Coast Great Teachers Seminar Retreat

If you are interested in enhancing your teaching and achieving more effective learning for your students, then this 4-day West Coast Great Teachers Seminar is for you. Regardless of whether you teach full-time or part-time, if you are an experienced teacher or new to teaching, this seminar welcomes you. Registration will open in December 2018.

May 7-10, 2019
What’s New in D2L (Experienced D2L Instructors) Workshop Designed for instructors who have previously taught with D2L, this workshop will focus on the new features available in the recent upgrade. This session will focus on new functionality and some of the benefits for faculty and learners. Fri, Aug 31, 1-2pm
Working with Student Teams Community of Practice An ongoing conversation about how we can effectively support our students to develop the critical team skills they will need in the workplace. TBD
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