September 2020 – Virtual Maple League Teaching and Learning Centre Events

by Jessica Riddell

The Virtual Maple League Teaching and Learning Centre is pleased to share our September programming schedule, shaped by community feedback and requests:

1. Better Together: Thursday ‘Faculty Open Office Hours’; for faculty, facilitated by faculty

2. Better Together: Tuesday ‘Student Hours’; for students, facilitated by students

3. Maple League Hosts External Speaker Series

4. MLTLC Book Club: So you want to talk about race

5. Asynchronous content from our August programming & V_MLTLC Resource Guide

For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact Heather Carroll, Director of the V_MLTLC, at hcarroll@luc.edu or Dr. Jessica Riddell, Maple League Executive Director, at director@mapleleague.ca.

To view the September 2020 – Virtual Maple League Teaching and Learning Centre Events Newsletter as a PDF, click here.


Better Together: Thursday ‘Faculty Open Office Hours’

As we transition from pedagogical ‘design’ to ‘delivery’, we have decided to shift our summer Better Together programming to better suit the needs of facilitators and participants. For the month of September, we will hold ‘Faculty Open Office Hours’ where faculty and teaching staff from across the Maple League are invited to log-in and discuss the topic and how it relates to their work. All sessions are an hour in length and begin at 11:00 am Eastern / 12:00 noon Atlantic. They can be accessed by clicking: https://bluejeans.com/8198229605

– Thursday, September 3: Discussing Hybrid Delivery facilitated by Dr. Ornella Nzindukiyimana (StFX).

– Thursday, September 10: Discussion Board Success facilitated by Dr. Rosemary Polegato (Mount Allison).

– Thursday, September 17: Faculty Wellness facilitated by Dr. Johannah Black (StFX).

– Thursday, September 24: Community Check-In and Reflection facilitated by Dr. Erin Mazerolle, Dr. Erin Austen, and Dr. Angie Kolen (StFX).


Better Together: Tuesday ‘Student Hours’

On Tuesdays, all Maple League students are invited to ‘Student Hours!’ Please share this information with any students who may be interested. These sessions are an hour in length and begin at 11:00 am Eastern / 12:00 noon Atlantic. They can be accessed by clicking: https://bluejeans.com/8198229605

– Tuesday, September 1: Learning Strategies for Academic Success facilitated by Georges-Philippe Gadoury-Sansfaçon (Bishop’s) and Charlie Burke (Mount Allison).

– Tuesday, September 8: Student Wellness facilitated by Addy Strickland (StFX), Emma Kuzmyk (StFX) and Alisha Winter (Bishop’s).

– Tuesday, September 15: Learning Strategies for Academic Success facilitated by Siobhan Lacey (StFX) and Lydia Houck (Acadia).

– Tuesday, September 22: First-Generation Student Meet & Greet facilitated by Caitlin O’Connor (Mount Allison), Tanisha Campbell (Bishop’s) and Ty Kingston (StFX).

– Tuesday, September 29: Student-Athlete Meet & Greet facilitated by Josh Read (StFX), Claire MacDougall (StFX) and Nathaniel Benjamin (Mount Allison).


Maple League Hosts: External Speaker Series

On Wednesday, September 16 beginning at 11:00 am Eastern / 12:00 noon Atlantic, join us for our September Maple League Hosts: Naming, Claiming and Aiming our Teaching Discomforts.

Join Dr. Shannon Murray (UPEI), Dr. Lisa Dickson (UNBC),  and Dr. Jessica Riddell (Bishop’s), as they discuss how to name, claim and aim teaching discomforts. As we navigate the Fall 2020 semester in the midst of a global pandemic, many of us are climbing a very steep learning curve that challenges our sense of competency and our identity as teachers. In this webinar, we ask how we can “name, claim and aim” (Parker Palmer) our effective responses to this rapid and radical “retooling” of our teaching to learn about ourselves and our students in a time of crisis. How can we “step back” to reflect on our own responses and engage meta-cognitively with difficult learning in order to make our practice more intentional, compassionate, and empathetic?

Join by clicking: https://bluejeans.com/8198229605


MLTLC Book Club

Based on the tremendous community interest in anti-racist teaching and learning across the Maple League universities, we are pleased to announce Fall 2020 Maple League Book as part of our ongoing book club series each term:

So you want to talk about race by Ijeoma Oluo.

We invite all Maple League community members (including, but not limited to faculty, teaching staff, staff, student affairs, students – in short, everyone!) to register. We plan to meet every two weeks over the fall term (with 2-3 chapters discussed per facilitated session).

We endeavour to make this as accessible as possible. Limited financial assistance is available for students, contract faculty, staff, and others who might have limited means.

Paperback copies are ~ $13.99 – $19.80 CDN

To indicate interest, please fill out this form: https://tinyurl.com/MLBookClubRegistration

Please indicate interest by no later than Friday, September 4.


Asynchronous Content

In case you were unable to attend some of our Better Together: Maple League Teaching Support series in August, we have compiled asynchronous content of some of the key takeaways from the following sessions:

– Tuesday, August 11: Teaching Tips for a Successful September hosted by the MLTLC: https://youtu.be/vbl8N1PyxmI

– Wednesday, August 12: “Maple League Hosts”: The Joy Quotient: How SoTL can help make teaching better than before, featuring Dr. Pat Maher, Dr. Mandy Frake-Mistak, and Melanie Hamilton:   https://youtu.be/PPYWc2greN8

– Thursday, August 13: Tech Tips hosted by Keagan Hawthorne (Mount Allison): https://youtu.be/uQaQUOHvGU4

– Tuesday, August 18: Community Care in the Digital Sphere hosted by Johannah Black and Emma Kuzmyk (St. FX): https://youtu.be/aku_RLmxDEc

– Wednesday, August 19: Special Interest Session: Social Sciences & Humanities Office Hours: https://youtu.be/m7dO0OfZg1A

In addition, join the V_MLTLC in contributing to a grassroots, open-access Resource Guide about Teaching and Learning. Due to community readership and participation, this guide continues to grow and serve as a resource for teaching and learning across our four campuses. All are welcome to contribute resources that they have found helpful to their teaching and student learning using the forms embedded in the guide.

Topics include:

● Designing for Accessibility, Equity & Inclusion

● Anti-Racist Reading Resources

● Trauma-Informed Teaching and Learning

● Teaching with an Ethic of Care

● Supporting Students to Succeed

● Rethinking assessment & Moving beyond the exam

Review the resource here: https://tinyurl.com/VMLTLC


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