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

Self-care and Our 5 Senses

As we head into the Summer, join us for one last session before July!

Self-care can look and feel different to everyone. This conversation-focused workshop will provide space for us to discuss what self-care truly means in the context different parts of ourselves, our lives and our 5 senses. We will discuss and share different self-care activities that work for us.

Facilitator: Pamela Villafranca, Mental Health Coordinator
Date: June 28
Time: 1:00-2:00pm
Platform: MS Teams
Registration: Taryn Presley
More info: Claudius Soodeen

Developing Holistic Rubrics

Format: Online Platform TBD
Facilitator: Jo-Anne Spencer and Angela Tessier – Educational Developers, CLPE

Do you want to create a rubric for an assignment but you aren’t sure where to start? Do you already have a rubric developed that needs revision? This interactive, online session will focus on the development of holistic rubrics including discussion of:

the benefits of using rubrics for assignments in your classes and
the steps involved in their development prior to inputting the information into LEARN.

Participants will complete hands-on activities throughout the session as we walk step-by-step through holistic rubric development.

Register now as the number of participants is limited! Session will be recorded.

For more information, contact Claudius Soodeen.

Supporting Students in Distress While Teaching Remotely

Format: Microsoft Teams
Facilitator: Breanna Sawatzky
Date: More dates coming soon

Email Taryn Presley to register.

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.

Integrity Hour

Date: Fall 2022

Integrity Hour is a community of practice bringing faculty and staff together to discuss academic integrity. Facilitated by Lisa Vogt, Academic Integrity Specialist, the session uses a circle process that invites everyone to share and contribute to the discussion. Integrity Hour will not be recorded.

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

Reducing your assessment workload: Face-to-face assessment strategies

Are your assessments dominating your workload? Do you want to build a stronger connection with your students? Are you wondering if a personalized approach to assessment can reduce your workload? This could be the professional development session for you!

Join Alan Simpson and Laurie Cutrone of the Applied Computer Education (ACE) department as they discuss face-to-face assessments. In this session, Alan and Laurie will describe their experiences with face-to-face assessments from both an in-person and online perspective. They will provide you with advantages of using this approach. They will share the strategies that they have cultivated over the years in their own courses, as well as a few “gotchas” that they’ve needed to consider.

If you have a specific course or assessment in which you would like to move to face-to-face grading, please provide details to Alan (asimpson@rrc.ca) and/or Laurie (lcutrone@rrc.ca) in advance and they will discuss your scenario during this session along with some recommendations to moving it to a face-to-face alternative.

Speakers

Alan Simpson has worked at Red River College since 2001 and as a full time instructor since 2007. He has been the course lead for a variety of courses such as Intro to E-Business, Web Development, and Business Computing. He has given talks on pre-recording lectures, online strategies to combat academic misconduct, and has participated on panels for the College’s Open House many times. Passionate about innovation within adult education, Alan is always looking to improve the post-secondary education experience for his students.

For 20+ years, Laurie Cutrone has been an instructor in the Applied Computer Education department. During this time, she has focused primarily on Application Development courses. Over the course of her career, the programming languages have changed significantly, but the constant has been her desire to connect with her students, and occasionally she’s lucky enough to re-connect with former students – many of whom are now her colleagues. In her spare time, Laurie enjoys being active and is currently training for her first triathlon

Let’s Create Play! Authentic Simulations for Learning Mini-Workshop

Creating authentic simulated experiences supports student competency development. We will explore how you can design, develop, and engage your students in simulations that support work readiness. Through simulated “role play” students retain 70% of “what they say” and 90% of “what they do” as they perform the tasks.

In this mini-workshop that follows from the “Time to Play!” session offered in Fall 2021, we will share samples of simulated experiences for students and brainstorm how to bring more relevant simulations into your learning environment and your assessments. Let’s create Play! Join us to be inspired, connect with your peers to help spark new ideas on how you can create simulated experiences in this student-centered approach.

Communicating with Students

Effective Communication between instructors and students is vital for student success. To help instructors achieve this, the College implemented an Instructor-Student Communication Protocol based on best practices identified in a review of the academic research literature. Watch a recording of this information/discussion session to learn more about the protocols and how they can be implemented in course delivery.

What is SOTL

The scholarship of teaching and learning or SOTL (pronounced so-tle) is a specialized research approach used by instructors to examine their own teaching strategies to discover how those teaching strategies are contributing to student learning. SOTL research is an applied approach to studying problems in real-time with the goal of working towards the betterment of student learning. It can be dynamic, creative, and inspired in its approach.

Facilitated by Dr. Kim Mitchell, Coordinator of Research, Scholarship, and Quality Assurance in the Nursing department at Red River College Polytechnic, and Dr. Marnie Kramer, Assistant Professor and Director of Curriculum Integrity from the College of Nursing, University of Manitoba.

Introduction to Human Research Ethics

Facilitators: Kim Mitchell & Brandon Sabourin

Description: This session is an introduction to Human Research Ethics at Red River College Polytechnic. In the session, RRC Polytech REB Chair Kim Mitchell and Vice-Chair Brandon Sabourin will explain what is meant by human research and explore the ethical guidelines for developing a research project. We will discuss what types of projects require ethical approval and the difference between research and quality improvement and program evaluation. A walkthrough of the RRC Polytech REB application will be conducted. We will provide examples of different human research projects conducted at RRC Polytech, including the Scholarship or Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and course-based research. This session will be of interest to RRC Polytech instructors, staff, and those who are interested in research at RRC Polytech.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify the need for human research ethics when completing a research project.
  2. Define key research ethics terms to inform actions as a researcher.
  3. Describe the RRC Polytech REB application process for human research ethics approval.

Supporting EAL Students’ Listening and Speaking Skills in Your Teaching

Do some of your students seem ill-prepared to interact in class or maybe don’t seem to understand content or instructions? Maybe it’s because they’re struggling with language and listening loads. This session will provide you with practical strategies for supporting EAL students with the listening and speaking demands for your courses, including the following:

  • Decreasing listening loads, while maintaining content integrity
  • Preparing students for listening tasks
  • Incorporating speaking tasks into academic courses
  • Providing feedback on speaking skills

Bring your questions and ideas for adapting these strategies to your unique teaching contexts.

We will share Academic Success Centre resources, information, and referral pathways.

Gameful Education

“Keeping participants engaged is the cornerstone of any positive learning experience and it’s no secret that games create engagement” (Kapp, 2013 – The Gamification of Learning and Instruction Fieldbook: Ideas into Practice).

Build small things.
Make mistakes.
Make more small things.

Connect those small things.
Make more mistakes.
Make more connected things.

Who said this? If you know or can figure it out (or guess) send us an email with your answer!

As educators, we acknowledge the need to engage students in learning environments, but we often have different approaches based on our knowledge, experience, skill and student characteristics. Gamification, or “gamefulness” is one of these approaches.

You’ve likely heard about gamification and wondered what it really means and how it can work in education. This session will answer those questions along with allowing you to share examples of how you have implemented aspects or principles of games into your courses.

In order to learn more about “gameful” education, join us for a roundtable-style session that will include:

  • Learning about what “gameful” education is
  • Discussing its advantages and disadvantages, and how it can be incorporated into your classes
  • Sharing what you do or don’t do, and why
  • Asking questions for group discussion

This session will be facilitated by Kyle Geske, Andrew Roncin and Claudius Soodeen.

Ungrading with Specs Grading

Rethinking how you grade is all the rage right now. But it’s a bit daunting to think about how to change entire systems that we’re all very used to and even bound to by college policy. Specifications grading is a system of assessment under the ungrading umbrella that can work within our existing processes and policies while offering both students and educators more flexibility in how assessment and demonstration of learning happens. In this session, Jocelyne Olson (they/them) will go over what specifications grading is and why you should consider it. They will walk through examples of how they’ve used it in their own teaching and how it’s being used in the new Communication courses being delivered in many programs across the college. Jocelyne will also look at some of the challenges in implementing this system, including getting student and faculty buy-in and making it work within college systems. Questions and discussion will be welcome throughout!

Time to Play! Creating Authentic Simulations for Learning

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Creating authentic simulated experiences supports student competency development. As Instructors we can design, develop, and engage our students in simulations that support work readiness. Through simulated “role play” students retain 70% of “what they say” and 90% of “what they do” as they perform the tasks. In our busy schedules, Instructors don’t always have time to “play” and “create”. Join us for a mini workshop where you will have time to do just that! An opportunity to be inspired, connect with your peers to help spark new ideas on how you can create simulated experiences in this student-centered approach.

Bring with You (Optional): course reference materials (course outline, class plans) for a course you would like to introduce a new simulated experience.

Authenticity in Practice: Engaging Students for Authentic Learning and Assessment (Workshop)

This 90-minute session will provide you with a creative, hands-on opportunity to start building authentic assessments for your students. We will discuss:

  • What authentic assessment is,
  • The challenges of authentic assessment and how to overcome them through preparation,
  • How and why to build authentic relationships with students, and
  • How to use engagement tools for face-to-face, online and blended courses.

Come prepared with a class in mind (ideally with a course outline) for which you would like to integrate authentic assessment. Breakouts and discussion of practical ideas are planned so that you can take away a rough outline of an authentic assessment.

The principles learned here can work in various disciplines and course formats.

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Understanding our Learners’ Communication Support Needs & Integrating ASC Resources Early

This session will provide faculty with tools and strategies to identify and respond to our learners’ communication skills and needs. We’ll also discuss strategies that can be implemented in the classroom to set students up for success with the communication demands of both their course and program, including the use of clear classroom expectations. We’ll then overview ASC communication supports & resources for students and faculty, and discuss how to integrate these resources and services into your courses. Finally, we’ll discuss when and how to make referrals to the ASC for communication skill development.

This session will provide faculty with tools and strategies to identify and respond to our learners’ communication skills and needs. We’ll also discuss strategies that can be implemented in the classroom to set students up for success with the communication demands of both their course and program, including the use of clear classroom expectations. We’ll then overview ASC communication supports & resources for students and faculty, and discuss how to integrate these resources and services into your courses. Finally, we’ll discuss when and how to make referrals to the ASC for communication skill development.

Finding and Using Stuff for your Courses (Legally!)

Red River College Polytechnic has a robust Fair Dealing policy around the use of copyright materials, and that’s great… but how can you use materials in your courses without violating policy? Join the RRC Polytech Copyright Officer to discuss copyright implications, considerations, and responsibilities for “stuff” (copyrighted materials such as articles, videos, images) you use in your teaching and instruction. Learn tools and strategies for assessing and selecting course materials in compliance with the copyright policy at RRC Polytech, and to navigate processes for materials that require additional permissions. Explore Creative Commons and Open Educational resources, and pick up some tips and tricks to help you cut the copyright red tape when building your course.

Red River College Polytechnic has a robust Fair Dealing policy around the use of copyright materials, and that’s great… but how can you use materials in your courses without violating policy? Join the RRC Polytech Copyright Officer to discuss copyright implications, considerations, and responsibilities for “stuff” (copyrighted materials such as articles, videos, images) you use in your teaching and instruction. Learn tools and strategies for assessing and selecting course materials in compliance with the copyright policy at RRC Polytech, and to navigate processes for materials that require additional permissions. Explore Creative Commons and Open Educational resources, and pick up some tips and tricks to help you cut the copyright red tape when building your course.

Taking Discussion Forums to the Next Level

When you mention Discussion Forums to instructors or students you often get an intense reaction. People either love them or hate them. They are an essential part of online learning. This presentation will look at ways to make these forums more engaging for students and instructors alike so that the reaction to discussion forums is positive.

When you mention Discussion Forums to instructors or students you often get an intense reaction. People either love them or hate them. They are an essential part of online learning. This presentation will look at ways to make these forums more engaging for students and instructors alike so that the reaction to discussion forums is positive.

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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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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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 Polytech. 

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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 Polytech 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

Personalizing Modality Through Multi-Access Learning: What You Need to Know

University of Regina Centre for Teaching and Learning hosts this session with Dr. Valerie Irvine (University of Victoria). The session includes a presentation and discussion/Q&A to share some of the best practices and strategies for successfully facilitating multi-access/hybrid/HyFlex learning environments. We explore the intersection and biases around pedagogy, modality, and access. How do we personalize modality? What does this mean for the learner? instructor? or the system? How does this impact the quality of learning? learner privacy? the community? These and many other questions will be explored via presentation and a facilitated Q and A and discussion.

CTL Professional Learning: Finding and Keeping Joy in Teaching

Facilitator: Dr. Jason Donev (tenured faculty member, U of Calgary, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy; adjunct faculty, U of Regina, Dept. of Physics)
Venue: Zoom
Registration: Register online

Teaching is hard mental labour, but it’s also hard emotional labour. We often receive more training about the thinking portion of teaching than we receive about how to take care of ourselves as faculty members. This workshop will explore reflective practices to increase and maintain personal resilience in teaching. This resilience has helped the presenter find joy in teaching, appropriate boundaries and both personal and professional clarity in his work.

Teaching Online at RRC Polytech

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 Polytech. All staff are encouraged and welcome to attend.

LEARN Training

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

LEARN is Red River College Polytechnic’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 Polytech 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

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 Polytech 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 Polytechnic Core Leadership Competencies. Explore them further ›

You can access LinkedIn Learning by signing into HUB.