Overcoming the Challenge of Implicit Expectations

You’ve designed a major assignment or project that challenges your students and allows them the opportunity to integrate their learning.  You’ve been intentional about selecting relevant topics.  You’re excited to see the results of your students’ work.  And then it happens – the assignments come in, and you realize that many students have missed the…

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November 20, 2020 | by

Introductory and community-building discussions in online courses

This blog post was originally written by Dr. George Veletsianos, a professor at Royal Roads University and Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning. We would like to thank Dr. Veletsianos for allowing us to repost his blog. Link to original post: https://www.veletsianos.com/2020/09/11/introductory-and-community-building-discussions-in-online-courses/ Link to Dr. Veletsianos’ Twitter: https://twitter.com/veletsianos The beginning of the (unique) Fall semester…

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November 6, 2020 | by

A Statement of Values from the Teaching & Learning Commons Team

The past three months have been both extremely challenging and very rewarding for the Teaching & Learning Commons team. While we have been working overtime to help support the pedagogical and technological needs of our faculty, we are overjoyed that so many members of the university community are turning to us for assistance and placing their trust in our guidance.  Early on during the university’s pivot to remote instruction…

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June 26, 2020 | by

Curriculum Mapping

There are a number of tools that curriculum designers can use to help them design a program. These days curriculum design is really coalescing around an outcomes-based approach to curriculum. Also referred to as backwards design, the process starts with envisioning the program outcomes first: What do you want graduates of the program to be…

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