Upcoming Programs & Events

Current Programs and Events

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Creating Positive Climates for Learning F2F and Online: Proactive Approaches to Classroom Management
  • Wed, Sep 6, 2023, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Fri, Sep 8, 2023, 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM

Instructor: Nicki Monahan

In this 90-minute interactive webinar, we will explore simple but effective strategies to foster positive environments for learning, both face to face, and online. As a group, we will brainstorm approaches to encourage student engagement and promote shared responsibility for creating and maintaining a welcoming and respectful shared space. In addition, we will reflecton our assumptions about studentbehaviour, and find ways to addressproblematic issues. Bring your bestideas and your biggest challenges. This webinar is designed for teaching faculty; contract faculty members are especially welcome. Follow up 1:1 coaching is available to address specific, unique classroom management issues.

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Passport to Teaching Effectiveness

Co-creating a Climate for Learning

  • Wed, Sep 20, 2023, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Fri, Sep 22, 2023, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Instructor: Lazaros Simeon

This webinar will cover the principles behind effective classroom management. Effective classroom management is much more than simply administering corrective measures when students misbehave. It has to do with developing and implementing proactive ways to prevent problems from occurring in the first place while at the same time creating a positive learning environment. We will discuss such topics as

  • working with learners to create a classroom environment that fosters student engagement.
  • developing and implementing proactive strategies that build a community of learners.
  • and reflecting on our assumptionsabout student classroom behaviour andhow these affect our teaching.

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Active Learning In-Person and Online

  • Wed, Oct 4, 2023, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Fri, Oct 6, 2023, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Instructor: Lazaros Simeon

Active Learning is an approach to teaching and learning that builds on a learner-centered focus. It can be contrasted to more conventional modes of instruction where teachers do most of the talking (usually in lectures) and students learn passively. This workshop will explore the ways that we can start our teaching by thinking about what our students will be “doing” in class. We will look at developing and incorporating appropriate techniques to foster student interaction in the classroom.

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Planning Effective and Engaging Lessons

  • Wed, Oct 11, 2023, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Fri, Oct 13, 2023, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Instructor: Lazaros Simeon

It may sound redundant to say that thekey to planning a good lesson plan is toplan. A good lesson plan can make the job of teaching easier, and it can facilitate a deeper, more rewarding learning experience for your students.This module will introduce you to theLearning Cycle and help you to create a lesson plan in which the objectives and activities are closely aligned with your course outcomes. We will also look always you can utilize Brightspace to help make your classroom time a time of discussion and exploration rather than one of just content delivery.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • integrate appropriate teaching activities that will help the learningprocess and
  • create lesson plans that allocate enough time for the practice and application of new knowledge for learners during a class.

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Formative Assessment -- Feedback to Feed Forward

  • Wed, Oct 18, 2023, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Fri, Oct 20, 2023, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Instructor: Lazaros Simeon

Determining your purpose for assessment of your students is key to becoming an effective teacher.However, not all assessment needs to be an assessment “of learning.” This webinar will explore practical and easy-to-use strategies we can deploy to find out how much our students are learning, what they’re learning, and how our teaching can change to improve their learning.

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Creating Engaging and EffectiveAssessments

  • Wed, Nov 1, 2023, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Fri, Nov 3, 2023, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Instructor: Lazaros Simeon

Developing interesting assessments can provide your teaching with greater effectiveness, and it can help to increase your students’ engagement. It can also become an important medium of communication in the classroom and help to create an important dialogue between you and your learners.

After this session, participants will beable to understand the connection between assessment and student engagement; how to define authentic assessments; and how using rubrics cansave time and enhance the quality of your feedback. You will also be able to understand the importance of alignment between your assessments and your course's learning outcomes.

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Using Your Course Evaluations to Foster Reflection and Improve YourTeaching

  • Nov 15, 2023, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Fri, Nov 17, 2023, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Instructor: Lazaros Simeon

At the end of each semester, we ask students to provide feedback on our effectiveness as teachers in the form of student feedback questionnaires (SFQs). But what can students tell usabout our teaching? If we’re open to reflecting on them, the end-of-semester student feedback questionnaires contain valuable information and clues on how we can become better teachers.

By the end of this webinar you will be able to

  • analyze course evaluations as a measure of teaching effectiveness,
  • develop strategies to interpret yourstudent evaluations,
  • and think of ways to improve your scores on succeeding SFQs.

This session will also consider evidence-based research on the validity of SFQsas measures of teaching effectiveness.

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Mini Series

Cool Edtech Tools

  • Wed, Oct 11, 2023, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Wed, Oct 25, 2023, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Wed, Nov 8, 2023, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Wed, Nov 22, 2023 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Instructor: Gian Michele Pileri, Rocio Conde
Offered in-person and online Full time & Part-time

Are you looking for ideas to engage your students, provide choice, spark creativity and innovate in the classroom? Join us for any or all the sessions in our Cool Edtech Tool Series to learn and play with some fun, simple, but powerful tools. These sessions are designed with beginner to intermediate users of Educational Technology in mind, but all are welcome to join and play! Tools:

  • October 11th - H5P
  • October 25th - Padlet
  • November 8th - Nearpod
  • November 22nd - Miro

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Enhancing your Learning Materials for Digital Accessibility - Working session

  • Thu, Oct 12, 2023, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Thu, Nov 9, 2023, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Mon, Dec 4, 2023, 10:00 PM - 12:00 PM

Instructor: Gian Michele Pileri, Rocio Conde

One way of creating a more inclusive learning experience for students is to make sure our learning materials are accessible. It takes time and effort, but by learning about the accessibility requirements for digital documents, we can remediate previously created materials and create new ones with this knowledge in mind. Join us for this session where we will learn about the importance of creating accessible documents, explore tools and guidelines to make our documents accessible, and have time to work on our documents together with the support of the TLX. This is meant to be a time to work together on our learning materials. Feel free to come to 1 or all 3 sessions scheduled this semester to work on your materials and get support from our team. Come for the full 2 hoursor for a bit!

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One size fits none: using educational technology tools to support UDL

  • Tue, Oct 17, 2023, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Tue, Oct 31, 2023, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Tue, Nov 14, 2023, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Tue, Nov 28, 2023, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Instructor: Gian Michele Pileri, Rocio Conde
Offered in-person and online Full time & Part-time

When planning lessons, it is a wide spread practice for teachers to target the mythical “average student” in the hope that it will be effective for most learners. Acknowledging the failure of this approach and recognizing our students’ variability, we can use the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) guidelines as a helpful tool to build course activities that incorporate flexibility, authenticity, and adaptability. In this session, we’ll use scenarios to explore the UDL guidelines of providing multiple means of engagement, representation, and action & expression, and how educational technology tools can help support them.

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Brightspace Elements

Plan Your Digital Contents: H5P Learning Objects Samples and Elements demo on Brightspace

  • Tue, Oct 17, 2023, 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Instructor: Evelyn Chan

Learn to plan your digital contents. Demo some engaging H5P Learning Objects samples and using the Elements on Brightspace to add interactive components to a Content file to promote student engagement.


UDL in D2L: Making the most of the LMS – Multiple Means of Engagement

  • Tue, Nov 7, 2023, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Thu, Nov 16, 2023, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Wed, Dec 6, 2023, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Instructor: Anna Bartosik and Safia Azadzoi

This is the first session of three in a series on finding ways to incorporate UDL elements into our learning management system, Brightspace (D2L).In this first session, a definition of multiple means of engagement will be shared. Various features of Brightspace where faculty can increase engagement will be highlighted. There will be time for questions and brainstorming among participants to crowd-source ideas. By the end of the first session, participants will leave with some applicable ideas for using Brightspace features to increase engagement.

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Teaching with Cases

Stay tuned for dates/times the sessions will be offered.

Instructors: Liz Romero and Adeesha Hack

Offered Online

Teaching with Cases is a twelve-hour learning experience that provides participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to start using the case method as part of their teaching.

This micro-credential has sectioned in four components to address foundation, how to find cases, how to teach using cases and how to use cases as assessment tools.

The following is a quick overview of each module:

MODULE 1 - You will look at some of the reasons for teaching with cases and the two main categories of cases. You will also have the opportunity review case examples, created by George Brown College faculty, and how the cases were created. At the end of the module, youwill sketch out a short case, using atemplate.

MODULE 2 - You will review the steps necessary to source existing cases. Additionally, you will be provided guidelines to create your own cases when the existing ones cannot accommodate your needs. The end of the module activity involves finding or creating a case that responds to your learning outcomes and objectives.

MODULE 3 - You will plan the environment for teaching with cases.The planning starts with explaining the case approach to learners, then scaffolding the lesson and coaching the learner. Learners will thrive in a structured environment. The end-of-module is to start planning the case teaching environment.

MODULE 4 - You will look at the versatility of case studies and how they can be used as assessment tools and creating rubrics to support grading. The final activity for this module involves finding or creating a case; then, either creating a lesson plan to execute your activity OR instructions if using the case as an assessment.

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Making Groups Work

  • Tue, Nov 21, 2023, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Tue, Nov 28, 2023, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Tue, Dec 5, 2023, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Instructor: Patricia C. Robinson
Offered in-person

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Communities of Practice

Get familiar with OER: Creative Common Licenses, OER, and OP

  • Tue, Oct 31, 2023, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Instructor: Elena Chudaeva & Heather Buffet

In this one-hour workshop, we will explore various types of Creative Commons (CC) licenses, which explicitly allow for uses beyond those typically allowed under copyright law. We will discuss the definitions of Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Pedagogy (OP) practices. We will consider how moving towards a wider range of options for teaching and learning materials can support course development and remove barriers to student success.

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Coordinator Collective

  • Mon, Sep 25, 2023, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Tue, Oct 24, 2023, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Wed, Nov 22, 2023, 3:00 PM -5:00 PM

Instructor: Jason Inniss
Open to: Program Coordinators

Welcome to the monthly meeting space for all things program coordinator related. Are you a new coordinator or a seasoned expert in the academic advising space? Come join us for monthly drop-in chats where coordinators can join together to share best practices and learn from each other's successes and struggles so we can be even more supportive for our students. 

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Academic Integrity Community of Practice Meeting Space

  • Mon, Sep 25, 2023, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Tue, Oct 24, 2023, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Wed, Nov 22, 2023, 3:00 PM -5:00 PM

Instructor: Jason Inniss

Welcome to the Academic Integrity Community of Practice meeting space.We would like to invite you to join us to share stories, anecdotes, suggestions, and offer support as we navigate the ever-changing world of academic integrity issues. Each month we will have a different presenter and topic for discussion. The ultimate intention ofthis community of practice is to preventharm to students. If you would like to host a meeting or present a topic of discussion

Please contact Jason Innissjinniss@georgebrown.ca. Feel free to also join the Teams channel by clicking this link. You are welcome to be as active as you can, whether through sharing articles, scanning the channel, engaging in conversation or developing materials to share.

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Sept to Dec Trainings

OER, Ed-Tech and Zoom Training

  • For all the training programs are posted under the Training and Workshop page

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Brightspace Training

  • For all the training programs are posted under the Faculty Brightspace Training page

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