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Professional Development

Faculty Development Sessions

Email Taryn Presley at tpresley@rrc.ca for registration inquiries. If you have specific questions related to teaching or faculty development, please email Claudius Soodeen at csoodeen@rrc.ca.

Past Session Recordings | External Webinars | LinkedIn Learning

Additional workshops are in development and will be announced as they are finalized! Dates and details for all new sessions are posted in Staff News.

Live Facilitated Sessions

Supporting Students in Distress While Teaching Remotely

Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Time: 2 – 3:30pm
Format: Microsoft Teams
Facilitator: Breanna Sawatzky

Date: Thursday, March 25, 2021
Time: 10 – 11:30am
Format: Microsoft Teams
Facilitator: Breanna Sawatzky

Join us for this 90 minute workshop on how you can support student mental health and refer students in distress to appropriate resources, while teaching remotely.

You will learn:

  • how stress affects learning;
  • your role in identifying students in distress, including limitations and boundaries;
  • evidence based and proactive strategies to promote student wellbeing;
  • an effective referral process, including for emergency situations; and
  • how Counselling Services is currently operating.

A reading package will be provided prior to the session so that much of the meeting time can be spent on practical application. Please bring a current course that you would like to workshop; at various points in the session you will be prompted to integrate suggestions into your course so you may want to have it handy.

Developing Analytic Rubrics

Date:  Coming Soon!
Format: Microsoft Teams
Facilitators: Jo-Anne Spencer

Do you want to create a rubric for an assignment and you aren’t sure how to get started? Do you already have a rubric developed that needs revision? This session is for you. This session will focus on the development of analytic rubrics including the benefits of using rubrics for assignments in your classes and the steps involved in developing them. As part of this session, participants will be asked to complete some prior learning and submit an example assignment that will be used during the session. Participants can expect hands-on activities throughout the session as we walk step by step through analytic rubric development.

Past Session Recordings

What We Learned From COVID: a Discussion on the Future of Teaching and Learning

As of 2021 almost everyone in a college or a university can now say they were in an online course. Something that was almost unthinkable 12 months ago can now form the basis of our conversation. The internet has changed the way that we live, work and learn.

As we plan for classes in 2021 and beyond, what can we learn from the experience we’ve all just had? In what ways will our teaching change forever? What have we learned about our students and ourselves?

This discussion will start out with a 20 minute presentation looking at some of the trends that we’ve seen in Colleges and Universities in the last 12 months and move on to a broad discussion about the future of our teaching.

About Dave: As a change leader, an educational researcher and learning community advocate, Dave has spent the last twenty years trying to make education better. He has led teams in K-12, college and university environments. He has published on open education, Rhizomatic Learning, MOOCs (Massive/Open Online Courses), and the impact of technology on the future of higher education. Dave is currently responsible for digital learning strategy and special projects with the University of Windsor.

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Resources

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Motivating Students in Online Environments

Join us for this workshop on how you can support mental health and refer students in distress to appropriate resources, while teaching remotely. Learn how stress affects learning, your role in identifying students in distress, including limitations and boundaries, evidence-based and proactive strategies to promote student wellbeing, and an effective referral process, including for emergency situation. This session was offered twice, both recordings are available.

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Resources

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Rubric Example
Additional Examples

Oh the Places You’ve Been! Integrating Students’ Prior Learning and Experiences into Your Teaching

When students enter the classroom, they already have a broad range of prior knowledge and experiences. In this Spark session, you will learn more about incorporating the lived experiences of your students into your courses. This will increase student engagement and help students make connections to see the relevance of the subject matter in your course. You will leave the session with at least four concrete examples of how to incorporate students’ prior knowledge into your courses that won’t require you to overhaul the curriculum.

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Planning and Creating Educational Videos

This session guides you through conceptualizing and scripting educational videos. We discuss how to determine what should be made into a video, how to script a video (and why), some methods for recording videos and what makes videos educational. 

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Providing Constructive Feedback to Students in Online Courses

Providing feedback to students is an important part of teaching and is especially important in online courses. Receiving constructive, timely, and meaningful feedback enhances critical thinking, reflection, and helps students improve their performance. Providing constructive feedback can also enhance instructor-student relationships in online courses where opportunities for face-to-face and in-person interaction is absent. 

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Designing and Organizing a Blended or Online Course Using the Community of Inquiry (CoI) Framework

Participants will use the Community of Inquiry framework to create student assessment activities and an evaluation plan for a blended or online course or module. Facilitated by Norn Vaughan, Professor in the Department of Education at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He has co-authored the books Teaching in Blended Learning Environments: Creating and Sustaining Communities of Inquiry (2013) and Blended Learning in Higher Education (2008) and he has published a series of articles on blended learning and faculty development. Dr. Vaughan is the Co-founder of the Blended Online Design Network (BOLD), a member of the Community of Inquiry Research Group, the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning and he is on the Editorial Boards of numerous national and international journals.

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Seven Principles of Blended and Online Learning

Learn more about student engagement, the roles and responsibilities of a successful teacher, and the seven principles of blended and online teaching with Norm Vaughan, Professor in the Department of Education at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He has co-authored the books Teaching in Blended Learning Environments: Creating and Sustaining Communities of Inquiry (2013) and Blended Learning in Higher Education (2008) and he has published a series of articles on blended learning and faculty development. Dr. Vaughan is the Co-founder of the Blended Online Design Network (BOLD), a member of the Community of Inquiry Research Group, the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning and he is on the Editorial Boards of numerous national and international journals.

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Student Assessment and Evaluation of Blended and Online Courses

Learn to identify and describe student assessment activities and develop an evaluation plan for your blended and online courses. Facilitated by Norm Vaughan, Professor in the Department of Education at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He has co-authored the books Teaching in Blended Learning Environments: Creating and Sustaining Communities of Inquiry (2013) and Blended Learning in Higher Education (2008) and he has published a series of articles on blended learning and faculty development. Dr. Vaughan is the Co-founder of the Blended Online Design Network (BOLD), a member of the Community of Inquiry Research Group, the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning and he is on the Editorial Boards of numerous national and international journals.

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Learning Strategies and UDL

Do you want to take your lesson planning to the next level? Do you want your lessons, materials, and assessments to challenge and engage diverse learners? Want to learn the theory behind reducing barriers to learning? Watch this workshop and learn more about Universal Design for Learning and garner more ideas for putting theory into practice!

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Academic Integrity

This session explores the role you as an instructor have in academic integrity as well as strategies that you can implement immediately to increase academic integrity in your course and program. The common reasons why students cheat, plagiarize, and commit other breaches of academic integrity will be explored.

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Building Community in Online Synchronous and Asynchronous Courses for Continuing Education

In this Spark session, you will be introduced to strategies for building community in your remote, online, or blended learning environment. Creating a sense of community with and between students, who may be situated internationally and locally, contributes to student success and can help keep students engaged during the course. Drawing on strategies and examples from practice and experience, we will explore best practices for creating community amongst learners and building productive relationships with your students.

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Lesson Planning and Facilitation for Live Sessions

This session focuses on lesson planning and facilitation techniques for live sessions.

We explore different online lesson structures and the benefits of structuring your online course modules in this way.

We will then provide an overview of facilitating live sessions online, offer examples of best practices, and an overview of the technologies available at RRC. 

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Communicating with Students

Do you have questions about how to effectively communicate with students? This drop-in session seeks to answer your questions related to how communication with students aligns with the RRC Flexible Online Delivery Model (FODM). 

You will be directed to resources to help plan your communication methods.

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Online Assessment

This Spark session introduces you to some of the fundamentals of online assessment. We discuss best practices of online assessment as they relate to the Flexible Online Delivery Model (FODM) and explore the process of adapting traditional assessments into an online format and identify some pitfalls of online assessment. 

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Designing & Facilitating Online Discussions

This spark session explores the design and facilitation of online discussions. We explore elements of effective discussions, the differences between synchronous and asynchronous discussion techniques, and how to draft discussion prompts and questions. You will be engaged in various types of discussions during the session. You will leave the session with a better sense of how discussions fit into your overall online course design. 

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Creating, Assessing, and Supporting Virtual Teams/Groups

This session takes you through the “whys” and “hows” of doing group work in a virtual environment, with special attention to:  

  • How to get groups to work  
  • Diversity  
  • Engagement  
  • Community  
  • When to use group work, and more…

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Building Community in Online Synchronous & Asynchronous Courses

In this Spark session, you are introduced to strategies for building community in your remote, online, or blended learning environment. Creating a sense of community with and between students contributes to student success and can help keep students engaged during the course. Drawing on strategies and examples from practice and experience, we explore best practices for creating community amongst learners and building productive relationships with your students. 

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Engaging Students in Trades and Technologies

This drop-in session answered questions about strategies to help your students stay on track with course requirements and activities. 

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Finding Evaluating and Adapting Open Educational Resources

Wishing you had more resources for your students or to help you teach various concepts? Open Educational Resources (OERs) may be the solution! This session introduces you to finding, evaluating, and adapting OERs. We will also discuss Creative Commons licensing and what you can do based on the license. 

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Self-Directed Online Courses and External Webinars

Teaching Online at RRC

Date: Anytime
Time: 3 hours
Format: LEARN (self-directed)
Registration: Register online

This self-paced course focuses on facilitating learning, rather than designing course structure and curriculum. You will learn how to:

  • Prepare for teaching before the course starts
  • Welcome and communicate with students
  • Manage the discussion forum
  • Deliver lectures in a variety of formats
  • Consider privacy issues and more…

Copyright Training

Date: Anytime
Time: 1.5 hours
Format: LEARN (self-directed)
Registration: Register online

This self-directed course provides a basic understanding of copyright and the policies for using copyright materials at RRC. All staff are encouraged and welcome to attend.

LEARN Training

Date: Anytime
Format: LEARN (self-directed)
Registration: Register online

LEARN is Red River College’s learning management system. It’s used by both distance education as well as face to face programs and is an ideal place to distribute your course materials from, deliver testing/quizzing, and accept assignments.

LEARN has a robust gradebook system as well as many advanced features such as the rubric tool and a competency/learning outcome tracking system.

This course offers RRC focused training materials, rationales, step-by-step tutorials, and videos.

Free Contact North Recorded Webinars

Date: Anytime
Time: 60 minute sessions
Format: Live and recorded webinars
Registration: Register online

Wondering how to move your course online quickly or how to engage students? Discover how to do these, and more, through a series of free archived webinars from Contact North | Contact Nord. These webinars include:

  • How to Move Your Course Online Quickly and Effectively
  • How to Engage Online Learners in Authentic Assessment
  • How to Motivate and Retain Online Learners
  • Assessing Technical Competencies in Trades and Applied Subjects

Microsoft Higher Education – Blended and Online Learning in Higher Education

Date: Anytime
Format: On-demand

The Centre for Learning and Program Excellence is pleased to share the following free webinars from Microsoft with you:

LinkedIn Learning Collections

Various LinkedIn Learning Videos

Date: Anytime
Time: Any length
Format: On-demand

You can access hundreds of high quality courses and short videos – from basic to expert level on a wide range of leadership topics on LinkedIn Learning – free for all RRC leaders, staff and students. Examples of LinkedIn Learning collections include:

LinkedIn Learning complements (but does not replace) classroom sessions through thousands of videos and courses. Collections contain courses specific to Red River College Core Leadership Competencies. Explore them further ›

You can access LinkedIn Learning by signing into HUB.