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Last meeting of the BCcampus Book Club

Hello Everyone,

Just a reminder that tomorrow, Friday Nov 9th, is the seventh and last meeting of the BCcampus Book Club on “How Learning Works”. The meeting will take place at 10 am DST.

Please connect a few minutes earlier to check your technical setup (especially your audio connection) by checking out this page with information about Blue Jeans web conferencing and the link to our dedicated room.

Looking forward to talking to you all.

Peter Arthur, Chapter Seven Facilitator

 

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The Fourth Meeting of the BCcampus Book Club

Hi there,

The fourth meeting of BCcampus Book Club will be on Friday October 12th at 10:00 am (Pacific).

Hop into the Blue Jeans room ahead of time to be sure you’re ready to participate. You may want to have time to check your audio. More info on using Blue Jeans can be found at their ‘Joining a meeting from your computer‘ page.

Below are a few questions we invite  you to consider on our reading of Chapter Four on “Mastery”.

  • Are these stages of learner achievement and the teaching modes that support their attainment, factors in your context? Where does the model fit and does it fall short in some aspect?
  • If you have one, describe your own experience with a ‘blind spot’ as an instructor. How did you overcome it?

For more info, check out the Weekly Book Club Meetings page.

Hoping to see you on Friday.

Keith Webster, Chapter Four Facilitator

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Third meeting of the BCcampus Bookclub

Hello Everyone,

The third meeting of the BCcampus Book Club will be tomorrow, Friday October 5 at 10 AM PST.

Please connect a few minutes earlier to check your technical setup (especially your audio connection) by checking out this page with information about Blue Jeans web conferencing and the link to our dedicated room.

Here are a few questions to help us get started in our Chapter Three discussion.

  • Is motivation an issue for you? (yourself and/or your learners)
  • Do you find the biggest challenges are value, expectancies, or learning environment?
  • Goal directed behaviour and feedback are essential in addition to motivation; do you make this explicit in any way?
  • Have you tried any of the recommended strategies (or others)? How did it go?

Looking forward to discussing the chapter with all of you!

Giulia Forsythe, Chapter Three Facilitator

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Second Meeting of the BCcampus Book Club

Hello Everyone,

The second meeting of the BCcampus Book Club will be tomorrow, Friday September 21st at 10 AM PST.

Please connect a few minutes earlier to check your technical setup (especially your audio connection). Information about Blue Jeans web conferencing and the link to our dedicated room is provided here.

Here are a few questions to help us get started in our Chapter One discussion.

  • What are your some of your overall takeaways from this chapter?
  • What strategies do you currently use your course or when developing courses to help students understand and develop appropriate knowledge organizations?
  • What did this chapter not touch on for you? What areas were missing or you have questions about?
  • What are some ways that you are considering emphasizing knowledge organization in your practice?

Looking forward to discussing the chapter with all of you!

Lucas Wright, Chapter Two Facilitator

 

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Welcome to the BCcampus Online Book Club!

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Welcome all to this fall. There’s excitement in the air for it’s the beginning of a new season of learning for our post-secondary colleagues and students. This excitement for some of us is also due to anticipation of the launch of The BCcampus Online Book Club on September 10th.

Why a book club you might ask?  Our community of post-secondary educators wanted a vehicle to create collegial connections; something to support opportunities to learn with each other and share what we are doing in teaching and learning. The idea of a book club focused on teaching and learning professional development was sparked and began to take shape at a meeting at the Festival of Learning in Vancouver in May 2018. Wonderful volunteer facilitators came forward to help. Yes, people are keen to do this kind of activity, but there would be some key stipulations: it should be open; easy to participate in; and it must be fun!

For our first book, we’ve selected How Learning Works: 7 Research-based Principles for Smart Teaching written by educators from Carnegie-Mellon University. First published in 2010, this book is “go-to” reading for those wanting to learn about what research says about how we learn and how it can inform our teaching practice.  A copy of this book should be easily available: you can borrow the book from most post-secondary teaching and learning centres or  libraries or purchase your own copy online.

Over the next several weeks, we invite you to read, reflect and share your thoughts and experiences in teaching  and learning through suggested book club activities: commenting on the blog, posting your stories on social media (#BookClubBC), and participating in the weekly web conference chats. We challenge you to apply some of the principles featured in each of the chapters if you’ve not already done so. We support you to participate in what interests you and you are able to do and to reach out for collegial wisdom should you need suggestions or have advice to contribute. We’ve built-in a few reading breaks for catching up as needed. (Check the schedule here.) Our hope is these learning moments will be starting points for deeper conversations on teaching and learning and the ideas we as educators care about.  In future, book selections will be driven by participants, so we invite you to hop onboard, get reading, and join us on this journey!

All the Best,

The BCcampus Online Book Club Facilitators

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