Archived V_MLTLC Programming can be found below.
To return to the main V_MLTLC resource page for faculty and staff, click here: http://mapleleague.ca/faculty-and-staff/

 

MARCH 2021 CALENDAR

The Virtual Maple League Teaching and Learning Centre is pleased to share our March programming:

1. Maple League Hosts: Students as Partners in Open Educational Resource Creation: A Discussion and Workshop

2. Better Together: Maple League Teaching Support & Welcome to My Online Classroom On Thursdays, join us to explore classrooms and pedagogical methods across the Maple League

3. Asynchronous Content: Missed a session from earlier this year or last semester? Check out videos of recent past sessions below

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. If you would like to host or suggest a session, please reach out to us!

Click here to view the March 2021 Calendar of Events as a PDF.


Maple League Hosts: Students as Partners in Open Educational Resource Creation: A Discussion and Workshop

On Thursday, March 11, beginning at 11:00 am Eastern, 12:00 noon Atlantic, join us for the March Maple League Hosts: Students as Partners in Open Educational Resource Creation: A Discussion and Workshop

Join Kim Mears (University of Prince Edward Island), Meghan Landry (St. Francis Xavier University), and Tiffany MacLennan (Maple League of Universities) to discuss how creating and adapting open educational resources (OERs) can be a great opportunity to work directly with students as partners. We will discuss how and why to have students as partners, the benefits of OER partnerships to both faculty and students and hear from Kim about successful student partnerships at UPEI. Following this, there will be an open discussion/workshop on how you can start OER projects and include students in them from day one.

All are welcome. Join by clicking: https://bluejeans.com/8198229605


Maple League Teaching Support & Welcome to My Online Classroom

On Thursdays this month, we are offering Better Together: Maple League Teaching Support Sessions and a Welcome to My Online Classroom session. These events begin at 11am Eastern, Noon Atlantic. Join by clicking: https://bluejeans.com/8198229605

Thursday, March 4: Better Together: Open Educational Resources (OERs) at the Maple League. Elizabeth Stregger (Librarian, MtA), Siobhan Lacey (Student, StFX), Dr. David Webster (Professor, Bishop’s), Dr. Conor Vibert (Professor, Acadia) will discuss their experiences with creating, adopting, and advocating for Open Educational Resources (OERs) and their vision for the future of OERs at the four Maple League Universities.

Thursday, March18: Welcome to My Online Classroom: Statistics for Business with Dr. Arshad Taseen (Bishop’s). In courses that are quantitative in nature, emphasis is on skill building and learning. Expertise is developed by practice – applying the principles repeatedly to different scenarios. Teachers use a variety of techniques to present these principles to help master the skills. In online courses, absence of exchange in body language between students and teachers presents extra problems. Most students prefer to keep their camera off leaving the teacher to stare at the circles on the screen, wondering if everyone understood the concept.

Here I created a visual-interactive book with my notes, PowerPoint animations, interactive apps, and my light-board videos of problem solving as a SCORM package that allows students to use and repeatedly watch or play with it to understand the statistical concepts in a way they think they learn best. I will show what I learnt from the previous semester and how I corrected them for the current semester. I am using Moodle as the main platform to deliver the course; what features seem cool but hinder student focus. Also show how the use of SCORM packages help deliver conceptual material and use of Klose quiz for problem solving during group work in Microsoft Teams.

Thursday, March 25: Better Together: The Participatory Professor. Join Dr. Gabrielle Donnelly (Acadia) as she shares her experience of shifting the course Group Facilitation and the Art of Gathering to an online format and how she is supporting students in building skills and capacities to host generative, equitable, and culturally responsive online spaces for each other and community partners. Before teaching at Acadia, Dr. Donnelly spent a decade working as a professional facilitator. During this session, we’ll explore what works well (and what doesn’t!) around the intersections of facilitation and teaching in online contexts.


Asynchronous Content

Welcome to My Online Classroom

Welcome to My Online Classroom: Professor Jasmeen Sidhu Teaching through the Looking Glass: A brief glimpse into teaching about visual processes online, taught by Dr. Jasmeen Sidhu (Bishop’s). Perception is a course about how our senses, mostly vision, and audition, allow us to know and understand the world. A large focus on the visual system is observed across Sensation and Perception courses, as seeing is one of the most complex and well-understood tasks a human being does. How does one teach the complex physiology of sensory systems and its functional manifestations in an online setting? How does one get high engagement levels in a STEM-oriented course, where the material is often technical and specific? How does one foster a sense of community and collaboration in a prerequisite STEM-oriented course?

Welcome to My Online Classroom: Dr. Corrine Cash Climate and People, taught by Dr. Corrine Cash (StFX). Dr. Cash’s work focuses on environment, climate change, urban issues, and social equity (including how women are impacted in these settings). She is currently conducting research on how people who live in informal settlements in coastal cities are adapting to the impacts of climate change. Join to hear about teaching this cross listed course between climate and environment and development.

Welcome to My Online Classroom: Dr. Angela Pratt “This is fine.”: Finding fun in the fury of managing a large hybrid course in “these challenging times” hosted by Dr. Angela Pratt (Bishop’s). Join to hear about teaching a course about Social Media & Sport in a hybrid format to over 100 students.

Welcome to My Online Classroom: Dr. Chelsea Gardner THIS IS (a class about) SPARTA: Dr. Chelsea Gardner (Acadia) will take you on a tour of her virtual Maple League course on the topic of Sparta: Ancient History & Modern Identity.

Students from Acadia and Mount Allison gather weekly in a seminar-style class that is entirely virtual, working together to discuss ancient texts, modern scholarship, and the way in which Sparta has been reappropriated in Europe and North America, particularly by fascist groups. Discussion will focus on a semester-long initiative in which students are tasked to collectively improve Wikipedia’s open-access resources available for the study of one of the most (in)famous cities of ancient Greece.

Maple League Hosts

Maple League Hosts: Embracing the Spirit of Ubuntu Join Dr. Joy Mighty to discuss how the African philosophy of Ubuntu helps us to understand and embrace our common humanity. At the same time, Ubuntu challenges us to reimagine our post-secondary institutions as vehicles for achieving equity, diversity and inclusion in a fractured world. In particular, we will discuss the implications of adopting Ubuntu as a means of transforming our curricula, teaching methodologies and learning environments so that all students, regardless of their social identity, may have an equal chance to learn and be academically successful.

Maple League Hosts: Daring to Hope Join Dr. Claire Hamshire (Manchester Metropolitan University), Dr. Rachel Forsyth (Manchester Metropolitan University), Dr. Paul Taylor (University of Leeds), Dr. Heather Smith (University of Northern British Columbia) and Dr. Jessica Riddell (Bishop’s University). This international panel of educational leaders (from four universities and two continents) will explore what constitutes a resilient and hopeful university and how do we build it? Panelists will explore theoretical and practical implications of social change in the post-secondary landscape and challenge dominant narratives around resilience, authenticity, and hope as a way forward to help others make change in the space where they are.

 


 

FEBRUARY 2021 CALENDAR

The Virtual Maple League Teaching and Learning Centre is pleased to share our February programming:

  1. Maple League Hosts: Embracing the Spirit of Ubuntu: Implications for Transforming Teaching and Learning in Higher Education with Dr. Joy Mighty
  2. Welcome to my Online Classroom: Professors across the Maple League take us on a tour of their virtual classroom and talk about what works (and what doesn’t) in on online platform
  3. V_MLTLC Winter Book Club: The Privileged Poor by Anthony Abraham Jack
  4. Mount Allison University’s Racial Justice Symposium

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.

Click here to view the February 2021 Calendar of Events as a PDF.


Maple League Hosts: Embracing the Spirit of Ubuntu

On Thursday, February 11, beginning at 11:00 am Eastern, 12:00 noon Atlantic, join us for the February Maple League Hosts: Embracing the Spirit of Ubuntu: Implications for Transforming Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

Join Dr. Joy Mighty to discuss how the African philosophy of Ubuntu helps us to understand and embrace our common humanity. At the same time, Ubuntu challenges us to reimagine our post-secondary institutions as vehicles for achieving equity, diversity and inclusion in a fractured world. In particular, we will discuss the implications of adopting Ubuntu as a means of transforming our curricula, teaching methodologies and learning environments so that all students, regardless of their social identity, may have an equal chance to learn and be academically successful.

All are welcome. Join by clicking: https://bluejeans.com/8198229605


Welcome to My Online Classroom

During this series on Thursdays, professors take us on a tour of their virtual classroom and talk about what works (and what doesn’t) in an online platform. These events begin at 11am Eastern, Noon Atlantic. Join by clicking: https://bluejeans.com/8198229605

Thursday, February 4: THIS IS (a class about) SPARTA: Dr. Chelsea Gardner (Acadia) will take you on a tour of her virtual Maple League course on the topic of Sparta: Ancient History & Modern Identity.

Students from Acadia and Mount Allison gather weekly in a seminar-style class that is entirely virtual, working together to discuss ancient texts, modern scholarship, and the way in which Sparta has been reappropriated in Europe and North America, particularly by fascist groups. Discussion will focus on a semester-long initiative in which students are tasked to collectively improve Wikipedia’s open-access resources available for the study of one of the most (in)famous cities of ancient Greece.

Thursday, February 18: Hasta la Vista, Boredom: Synergizing speech with video and audio to maintain student engagement in online lectures, taught by Dr. Daniel Miller (Bishop’s).

One of the main problems for instructors with the online format necessitated by the pandemic is the lack of our physical presence to engage class attention, resulting in a steady diminishment in student interest the longer a lecture goes on. This has led to a perceived need to shorten considerably the duration of any lecturing we do, and to search for alternative content delivery methods that can conceivably hold student attention longer in an online setting. But, there is a way to lecture online for as long as you do in the classroom and maintain your students’ engagement—synergize what you “say” with what you “play”.

Thursday, February 25: Online Learning in Motion with EXS117: Active Lifestyle, Fitness & Health with Laura Crack (Bishop’s)

In this session, Laura Crack (Bishop’s) will breakdown strategies for managing a large first year course in a synchronous online format, while prioritizing a high quality introduction to liberal education competencies including: Quantitative Reasoning, Critical Thinking and Information Literacy. In addition to preparing students for higher level courses in the field, EXS117 strategies are designed to integrate students’ personal health-related decisions into the course and harness the power of community and wearable technology to do so!


V_MLTLC Winter Book Club: The Privileged Poor

We are pleased to announce the Winter 2021 Maple League Book Club. Our selected text this semester is The Privileged Poor by Anthony Abraham Jack. This professional learning community will bring together faculty, staff, and students to discuss issues of race, class, access and belonging in higher education. We look forward to facilitating conversations with over 60 participants from across the Maple League and beyond.

Limited seats are still available on a first-come, first-served basis. Groups meet every second week for five meetings, with the first meetings happening on February 8, 11, and 12 (times below*). If you are interested in joining, please contact Heather Carroll at hcarroll@luc.edu. This Book Club is open to all.

Mondays from 11:00-12:00

Thursdays from 1:00-2:00 and 3:00-4:00

Fridays from 10:00-11:00 and 2:00-3:00

*all times listed in Atlantic Time.

 

 


Mount Allison University’s Racial Justice Symposium

Save the date! Mount Allison’s Racial Justice Symposium will happen February 9-11, 2021. Visit https://www.mta.ca/rjs2021/ for more information, and keep an eye on your email and our social media channels for more details. We look forward to seeing you there!


 

NOVEMBER CALENDAR OF EVENTS

V_MLTLC November Schedule: The Virtual Maple League Teaching and Learning Centre is pleased to share our November programming:

  1. Maple League Hosts: Daring to Hope: International Perspectives on the Audacity of Hope in the time of COVID
  2. “Welcome to My Online Classroom”: A new series where professors take us on a tour of their virtual classroom and talk about what works (and what doesn’t) in an online platform
  3. Mentorship for the 3M National Teaching Fellowship & Student Fellowship: Webinars for interested applicants
  4. BIPOC Affinity Group November Meeting
  5. Asynchronous Content and On-demand Digital Resources (October)

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 November 2020 Virtual Maple League Teaching and Learning Centre Programming as a PDF, click here.


Maple League Hosts: Daring to Hope

On Wednesday, November 18, beginning at 11:00 am Eastern, 12:00 noon Atlantic, join us for the November Maple League Hosts: Daring to Hope: International Perspectives on the Audacity of Hope in the time of COVID.

Join Dr. Claire Hamshire (Manchester Metropolitan University), Dr. Rachel Forsyth (Manchester Metropolitan University), Dr. Paul Taylor (University of Leeds), Dr. Heather Smith (University of Northern British Columbia) and Dr. Jessica Riddell (Bishop’s University). This international panel of educational leaders (from four universities and two continents) will explore what constitutes a resilient and hopeful university and how do we build it?

Panelists will explore theoretical and practical implications of social change in the post-secondary landscape and challenge dominant narratives around resilience, authenticity, and hope as a way forward to help others make change in the space where they are.

All are welcome. Join by clicking: https://bluejeans.com/8198229605


Welcome to My Online Classroom

This new series on Thursdays this month features the steps and missteps of teaching in the midst of a global pandemic. Professors take us on a tour of their virtual classroom and talk about what works (and what doesn’t) in on online platform from their experience this Fall.

Thursday, November 5: “Stop, Drop, and Roll”: Trouble-shooting Hybrid Teaching, hosted by Dr. Lana Radloff (Bishop’s). Join us to learn about the structure of The Ancient World in Film and Television and various tech, including what works and what hasn’t been successful (Teams, PollEverywhere, Moodle, Moodle quizzes, hybrid debates, OBS/Ensemble Anthem). The course is hybrid, asynchronous once/week and synchronous the other.

Thursday, November 12: Teaching through the Looking Glass: A brief glimpse into teaching about visual processes online, taught by Dr. Jasmeen Sidhu (Bishop’s). Perception is a course about how our senses, mostly vision, and audition, allow us to know and understand the world. A large focus on the visual system is observed across Sensation and Perception courses, as seeing is one of the most complex and well-understood tasks a human being does. How does one teach the complex physiology of sensory systems and its functional manifestations in an online setting? How does one get high engagement levels in a STEM-oriented course, where the material is often technical and specific? How does one foster a sense of community and collaboration in a prerequisite STEM-oriented course?

Thursday, November 19: Climate and People, taught by Dr. Corrine Cash (StFX). Dr. Cash’s work focuses on environment, climate change, urban issues, and social equity (including how women are impacted in these settings). She is currently conducting research on how people who live in informal settlements in coastal cities are adapting to the impacts of climate change. Join to hear about teaching this cross listed course between climate and environment and development.

Thursday, November 26: “This is fine.”: Finding fun in the fury of managing a large hybrid course in “these challenging times” hosted by Dr. Angela Pratt (Bishop’s). Join to hear about teaching a course about Social Media & Sport in a hybrid format to over 100 students.


3M Faculty & Student Webinars

In advance of the early 2021 deadlines for the 3M National Teaching Fellowship and the 3M National Student Fellowship, we invite you to attend webinars to learn about the process and how the Maple League mentoring networks can support your application.

Student Fellowship: Friday, November 20 at 11am Eastern, 12:00 Noon Atlantic.

Teaching Fellowship: Wednesday, November 25 at 11am Eastern, 12:00 Noon Atlantic.

These webinars will provide a chance for applicants to ask questions and meet recipients of the Fellowships from across the Maple League. Webinars can be accessed by clicking: https://bluejeans.com/8198229605

If you are interested in learning more about the Fellowship, please contact hcarroll@luc.edu.


BIPOC Affinity Group November Meeting

On Friday, November 13 at 11:00 am Eastern / 12:00 noon Atlantic, Ivan Okello, Diversity Educator and Black Student Advisor at Mount Allison University will facilitate the November meeting of the Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour Affinity Group.

This meeting is open to all who identify as BIPOC, including students, staff, and faculty.

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


Asynchronous Content
  • October 14: Maple League Hosts: Truth, Reconciliation, and Decolonizing Higher Education. Pamela Toulouse, Full Professor of Education at Laurentian University, and Maple League Student Fellow Lara Hartman (Acadia University) discuss Truth, Reconciliation, and Decolonizing Higher Education. This event also features a Q&A from the audience. https://youtu.be/WRmIOXTwqUQ
  • October 8: Using RIIPEN in Your Course. Jennifer Lussier, Relationships Manager at RIIPEN, shares the benefits of the RIIPEN platform when integrating experiential learning opportunities in your courses. Watch here: https://youtu.be/oaPC_AGsr64

 

OCTOBER CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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

1. Better Together: Thursday ‘Faculty & Teaching Staff Open Office Hours’; facilitated for, and by, faculty and teaching staff

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

3. Maple League Hosts External Speaker Series

4. October 4: Sisters in Spirit Vigil

5. Asynchronous content from our August & September programming

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 October 2020 – Virtual Maple League Teaching and Learning Centre Events Newsletter as a PDF, click here.


Better Together: Thursday ‘Faculty & Teaching Staff Open Office Hours’

Continuing on Thursdays throughout October, we will hold ‘Faculty & Teaching Staff 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. These sessions are community conversations meant to connect individuals from across our four institutions.

All are welcome. 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, October 1: Discussion Board Series facilitated by Dr. Rosemary Polegato (Mount Allison).

– Thursday, October 8: Using RIIPEN in your course facilitated by Jennifer Lussier.

– Thursday, October 15: Meet the V_MLTLC facilitated by members of the Maple League Teaching and Learning Committee.

– Thursday, October 22: The Maple League Academic Committee and You facilitated by Dr. Mark Adam (Acadia).

– Thursday, October 29: “Core” Curriculum: A Breathing Space to Decolonize Ourselves facilitated by Dr. Cynthia Alexander (Acadia).


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, October 6: Indigenous Student Meet & Greet facilitated by Lara Hartman (Acadia) and Kiara Bubar (Mount Allison).

– Tuesday, October 13: BIPOC Student Affinity Group facilitated by Ivan Okello (Mount Allison).

– Tuesday, October 20: Experiential Learning Opportunities facilitated by Jennifer Lussier (RIIPEN).

– Tuesday, October 27: First-Generation Student Meet & Greet facilitated by Caitlin O’Connor and Ty Kingston (StFX).


Maple League Hosts: External Speaker Series

On Wednesday, October 14 beginning at 11:00 am Eastern / 12:00 noon Atlantic, join us for our September Maple League Hosts: Truth, Reconciliation, and Decolonizing Higher Education.

Join Dr. Pamela Toulouse, Full Professor of Education at Laurentian University, and Maple League Student Fellow Lara Hartman (Acadia University), as they discuss Truth, Reconciliation, and Decolonizing Higher Education. This event will also feature a Q&A from the audience.

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


October 4: Sisters in Spirit Vigil

October 4th is a day when we honour the lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Gender Diverse People, and look for opportunities to heal from this national tragedy. Please join us virtually on this important day to honour those we have lost and demand action so that this tragedy does not take any more Indigenous women, girls, or gender diverse people. There will be speakers with different stories and information to share and different suggestions for moving forward to a better future for all.

There will be speakers such as Lara Hartman and Elder Darlene Peters Copeland, who will share stories and information, as well as suggestions for moving towards a better future. After the speakers, there will be an open mic segment so that others can share their stories, ask questions, and have an open discussion.

Please wear red if you have it, so even though we may not be physically together, we can have solidarity for our vigil.

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


Asynchronous Content

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

– Tuesday, August 25: Better Together: Anti-Racism in Academic and Community Spaces: Navigating turbulent waters hosted by Maritza Fariña, Dr. Juan Carlos Martínez, Kiara Bubar, Noah Lubendo, Hala Nader, and Ivan Okello (Mount Allison). https://youtu.be/hhwUcMKbj1o

– Thursday, August 27: Better Together: Student-Centred Course Design, a panel of OLTC Project Coordinators (Bishop’s). https://youtu.be/QQgh6oDUC5k

– Tuesday, September 15: Better Together: Learning Strategies for Academic Success facilitated by Siobhan Lacey (StFX) and Lydia Houck (Acadia). https://youtu.be/J79iA6hyIfI

– Wednesday, September 16: 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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUFqA4gOuQg&t


SEPTEMBER CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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.


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


 

AUGUST CALENDAR OF EVENTS

As we approach the beginning of the fall semester, we are pleased to announce our August programming schedule, shaped by community feedback and requests:

1. Better Together: Maple League Teaching Support (Tuesdays & Thursdays 11 EDT, 12 ADT)

2. Maple League Hosts & Wednesday Special Interest Sessions

3. August Edition: Developing Our Courses Together Online Remotely (DOCTOR) (Times and Dates below)

4. Asynchronous content from our July programming

5. 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.


Better Together: Maple League Teaching Support

 Continuing on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the month of August, the ‘Better Together: Maple League Teaching Support’ series brings together faculty, staff and students from across the Maple League; these sessions provide teaching support, foster communities of practice, and a create spaces to collaborate and work through challenges related to teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic. 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

  • Tuesday, August 4: Course Planning I: The Story of Your Course hosted by Jarislowsky Visiting Scholar Dr. Heather Smith (UNBC)
  • Thursday, August 6: Course Planning II: Constructive Alignment hosted by Jarislowsky Visiting Scholar Dr. Heather Smith (UNBC)

 

  • Tuesday, August 11: Teaching Tips for a Successful September hosted by the MLTLC
  • Thursday, August 13: Tech Tips hosted by Keagan Hawthorne (Mount Allison)

 

  • Tuesday, August 18: Community Care in the Digital Sphere hosted by Johannah Black and Emma Kuzmyk (St. FX)
  • Thursday, August 20: Continuing the Conversation about Anti-Black Racism hosted by Wendy Mackey, Dr. Ornella Nzindukiyimana and Dr. Ronald Charles (St. FX)

 

  • Tuesday, August 25: Anti-Racism in Academic and Community Spaces: Navigating turbulent waters hosted by Maritza Fariña, Dr. Juan Carlos Martínez, Ivan Okello and Hala Nader (Mount Allison)
  • Thursday, August 27: Student-Centred Course Design, a panel of OLTC Project Coordinators (Bishop’s)

Maple League Hosts & Wednesday Special Interest Sessions

On Wednesdays beginning at 11:00 am Eastern / 12:00 noon Atlantic, join us for a variety of programming – panels, conversations, and Q&As – of interest to our community. All sessions are an hour in length and can be accessed here: https://bluejeans.com/8198229605

August 5: Special Interest Session: STEM Office Hours with the Director of the V_MLTLC and Bishop’s University Online Teaching and Learning Consultants.

August 12: “Maple League Hosts”: The Joy Quotient: How SoTL can help make teaching better than before. Join the 2020 Canadian Recipients of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSoTL) Fellowship: Dr. Patrick Maher (Dean of Teaching, Nipissing University), Dr. Mandy Frake-Mistak (Educational Developer, York University) and Melanie Hamilton (Educational Development Specialist, Lethbridge College) for a session on how integrating the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning into your critical reflective practice can improve your classroom for Fall 2020 and beyond.

August 19: Special Interest Session: Social Sciences & Humanities Office Hours with the Director of the V_MLTLC and Bishop’s University Online Teaching and Learning Consultants.

August 26: Special Interest Session: Education & Business Office Hours with the Director of the V_MLTLC and Bishop’s University Online Teaching and Learning Consultants.


August Edition: Developing Our Courses Together Online Remotely (DOCTOR)

The onset of the pandemic has led to significant changes in how we work. Some of us will be transitioning our courses online for the first time, while others will be doing a combination of online and face-to-face teaching. Through the Virtual Maple League Teaching and Learning Centre (V_MLTLC), we have created a shared quiet space to work on designing, developing, and preparing your courses for the upcoming academic year.

After a successful DOCTOR series in July, we are pleased to offer this program again in August. We will meet twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, in August. Both current and new participants are invited to join us for the month of August.

For the first week of the DOCTOR program, we will attend the Maple League Better Together sessions hosted by Dr. Heather Smith. For the rest of the month, we will meet in a shared MS Teams space from 8:30-10:30 (Eastern)/9:30-11:30 (Atlantic). At the start of each, we will share what we plan to work on that day. We will then turn our mic’s off and work (the chat function will still be available if questions come up). In the last 30 minutes of the time that we have booked, we will turn our microphones back on and debrief about what went well and what we found challenging in our course development.

Schedule:

  • Tuesday, August 4: Course Planning I: The story of your course with Dr. Heather Smith.

11:00-12:00 (Eastern)/12:00-1:00 (Atlantic), https://bluejeans.com/8198229605

  • Thursday, August 6: Course Planning II: Constructive Alignment with Dr. Heather Smith

11:00-12:00 (Eastern)/12:00-1:00 (Atlantic), https://bluejeans.com/8198229605

  • Tuesday, August 11: DOCTOR Session #1, 8:30-10:30am (Eastern)/9:30-11:30am (Atlantic), Microsoft Teams
  • Thursday, August 13: DOCTOR Session #2, 8:30-10:30am (Eastern)/9:30-11:30am (Atlantic), Microsoft Teams
  • Tuesday, August 18: DOCTOR Session #3, 8:30-10:30am (Eastern)/9:30-11:30am (Atlantic). Microsoft Teams
  • Thursday, August 20: DOCTOR Session #4, 8:30-10:30am (Eastern)/9:30-11:30am (Atlantic), Microsoft Teams
  • Tuesday, August 25: DOCTOR Session #5, 8:30-10:30am (Eastern)/9:30-11:30am (Atlantic), Microsoft Teams
  • Thursday, August 27: DOCTOR Session #6, 8:30-10:30am (Eastern)/9:30-11:30am (Atlantic), Microsoft Teams

To register for the DOCTOR program, please email Erin Austen at eausten@stfx.ca before August 4.


Asynchronous Content from our June & July Programming

 In case you were unable to attend some of our Better Together series from June and July, we have compiled asynchronous content of some of the key takeaways from the following sessions:

  • July 16: Ask Us Anything about Anti-Black Racism in Education: Creating a Safe Place to Have Questions Answered hosted by Wendy Mackey, Ornella Nzindukiyimana, and Ronald Charles (St. FX): https://youtu.be/oWf90D83JXE
  • July 15: “Maple League Hosts”: A Panel of the Four University Presidents and the Role of Collaboration in PSE. The four university presidents discuss higher education in the context of COVID and beyond. https://youtu.be/Kr_pY-iGmxQ
  • July 8: Maple League Student Success Panel on High-Impact Practices (HIPs). Panelists Tiffany MacLennan (Wallace Fellow), Jessica Riddell (Executive Director, Maple League), Heather Carroll (Director, V_MLTLC), and Krista Steeves (Director of Experiential Learning, Mount Allison) discuss HIPs in the light of COVID. https://youtu.be/hMw3GND38ls
  • July 2: Integrating Experiential Learning into Your Course with Jennifer Lussier (Project Lead, RIIPEN), Charlene Marion (Experiential Learning Coordinator, Bishop’s), and Tiffany MacLennan (Student, St. FX) https://youtu.be/7wX-u4QUDaw
  • June 30: Design Principles for Teaching Online hosted by Dr. Toni Roberts (Mount Allison): https://youtu.be/RYdxm3hNSPo
  • June 25: Managing Presence Online hosted by Dr. Robert Lapp (Mount Allison): https://youtu.be/bCa8ARSfFc0

V_MLTLC Teaching and Learning Resource Guide

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. Check it out here.


 

JULY CALENDAR OF EVENTS

After a successful launch of the Virtual Maple League Teaching and Learning Centre on June 1, and a full month of programming, we are pleased to announce the July schedule, shaped by faculty feedback and requests:

1. Better Together: Maple League Teaching Support (Tuesdays & Thursdays 11am EDT, 12 noon ADT)

2. Maple League Hosts & Special Interest Sessions (Wednesdays 11am EDT/12 noon ADT)

3. Access “On Demand” Digital Resources (Asynchronous content) from June sessions and workshops

4. Developing Our Courses Together Online Remotely (DOCTOR) (Times and Dates below)

5. V_MLTLC Resource Guide (a document with tips, tricks, and design principles to help prepare for Fall 2020: check it out here)

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

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


1. ‘Better Together: Maple League Teaching Support’ Series

Continuing on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the month of July, the ‘Better Together: Maple League Teaching Support’ series brings together faculty, staff and students from across the Maple League; these sessions provide teaching support,  foster communities of practice, and a create spaces to collaborate and work through challenges related to teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic. 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, July 2: Integrating Experiential Learning into Your Course hosted by Jennifer Lussier (RIIPEN), Charlene Marion (Bishop’s), and Tiffany MacLennan (St. FX)
  • Tuesday, July 7: Course Planning I: The Story of Your Course hosted by Jarislowsky Visiting Scholar Heather Smith (UNBC)
  • Thursday, July 9: Course Planning II: Constructive Alignment hosted by Jarislowsky Visiting Scholar Heather Smith (UNBC)
  • Tuesday, July 14: Knowledge Mobilization hosted by Heather Lawford (Bishop’s)
  • Thursday, July 16: Ask Us Anything about Anti-Black Racism in Education: Creating a Safe Place to Have Questions Answered hosted by Wendy Mackey, Ornella Nzindukiyimana, and Ronald Charles (St. FX)
  • Tuesday, July 21: Supporting First-Generation Students hosted by Tiffany MacLennan (St. FX), Tanisha Campbell (Bishop’s), and Clancy McDaniel (Students NS)
  • Thursday, July 23: Best Practices for Accessibility and Accommodation in the time of COVID hosted by Theresa Gagnon (Bishop’s), Amanda Manning (Bishop’s), Anne Comfort (Mount Allison), and Marissa McIsaac (Acadia)
  • Tuesday, July 28: All About Assessment hosted by Jeff Banks (Acadia) and Estelle Chamoux (Bishop’s)
  • Thursday, July 30: Even More Moodle hosted by Scott Stoddard (Bishop’s) and Keagan Hawthorne (Mount Allison)

2. The Maple League Hosts & Special Interest Sessions

On Wednesdays beginning at 11:00 am Eastern / 12:00 noon Atlantic, join us for a variety of programming – panels, conversations, and calls to action – of interest to our community. All sessions are an hour in length and can be accessed here: https://bluejeans.com/8198229605

July 8: Special Interest Session: Maple League Student Success Panel on High-Impact Practices (HIPs). Join panelists Tiffany MacLennan (Wallace Fellow), Jessica Riddell (Executive Director, Maple League), Heather Carroll (Director, V_MLTLC), and Krista Steeves (Director of Experiential Learning, Mount Allison) as they discuss High Impact Practices (HIPs), and positive impact on deeper learning (cf. Kuh 2008) in the context of COVID.

July 15: “Maple League Hosts”: A Panel of the Four University Presidents and the Role of Collaboration in PSE. Join the four university presidents for a discussion of higher education in the context of COVID and beyond.

July 22: Special Interest Session: Decolonizing the Consortium: Issuing a Call to Action with Lara Hartman, Indigenous Student Fellow to the Maple League of Universities.

July 29: Special Interest Session: ‘Ask Me Anything’ with the Director of the V_MLTLC: Join Heather Carroll for questions related to course design, or to inquire about our August programming.


3. Access “On Demand” Digital Resources from June Sessions

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

  • Tuesday, June 9: Student Feedback for your Course Design

Georges-Philippe Gadoury-Sansfaçon (Bishop’s) and Janine Annett (Acadia) shared insights from students on their own campuses and responded to an audience Q&A about course planning. Click here to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdbJFs2q_M4

  • Tuesday, June 16:  Exploring Campus Engagement in a Virtual Classroom

Mary Sweatman (Acadia) and Janine Annett (Acadia) facilitated conversations about how to redefine community-based learning in a virtual learning environment. Click here to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzYX-hcD2Rw

  • Tuesday, June 23: Active Learning

Angie Kolen (St. FX) and Josh Read shared active learning strategies and did a ‘how do’ video of one of the attendees’ favorites, a ‘Living Likert Scale’. Click here to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XL81QeZR22I&t=3s

  • Wednesday, June 24: Keep Teaching Webinar

Maple League Executive Director Jessica Riddell co-hosted a ‘Keep Teaching’ Webinar, organized by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. A synopsis of the webinar, titled ‘Naming, Claiming, and Aiming our Teaching Discomforts’ can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUFqA4gOuQg&feature=youtu.be


4. Developing Our Courses Together Online Remotely (DOCTOR)

The onset of the pandemic has led to significant changes in how we work. Some of us will be transitioning our courses online for the first time, while others will be doing a combination of online and face-to-face teaching. Through the Virtual Maple League Teaching and Learning Centre (V_MLTLC), we have created a shared quiet space to work on designing, developing, and preparing your courses for the upcoming academic year. We will meet twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, in July. For the first week of the DOCTOR program, we will attend the Maple League Better Together sessions hosted by Heather Smith. For the rest of the month, we will meet in a shared MS Teams space from 8:30-10:30 (Eastern)/9:30-11:30 (Atlantic). At the start of each, we will share what we plan to work on that day. We will then turn our mic’s off and work (the chat function will still be available if questions come up). In the last 30 minutes of the time that we have booked, we will turn our microphones back on and debrief about what went well and what we found challenging in our course development.

Schedule:

  • Tuesday, July 7: Course Planning I: The story of your course with Heather Smith.
    11:00-12:00 (Eastern)/12:00-1:00 (Atlantic), https://bluejeans.com/8198229605
  • Thursday, July 9: Course Planning II: Constructive Alignment with Heather Smith
    11:00-12:00 (Eastern)/12:00-1:00 (Atlantic), https://bluejeans.com/8198229605
  • Tuesday, July 14: DOCTOR Session #1.
    8:30-10:30am (Eastern)/9:30-11:30am (Atlantic), Microsoft Teams
  • Thursday, July 16: DOCTOR Session #2.
    8:30-10:30am (Eastern)/9:30-11:30am (Atlantic), Microsoft Teams
  • Tuesday, July 21: DOCTOR Session #3.
    8:30-10:30am (Eastern)/9:30-11:30am (Atlantic). Microsoft Teams
  • Thursday, July 23: DOCTOR Session #4.
    8:30-10:30am (Eastern)/9:30-11:30am (Atlantic), Microsoft Teams
  • Tuesday, July 28: DOCTOR Session #5.
    8:30-10:30am (Eastern)/9:30-11:30am (Atlantic), Microsoft Teams
  • Thursday, July 30: DOCTOR Session #6.
    8:30-10:30am (Eastern)/9:30-11:30am (Atlantic), Microsoft Teams

To register for the DOCTOR program, please email Erin Austen, eausten@stfx.ca before July 7th.


5. The Virtual Maple League Teaching and Learning Centre Resource Guide

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. Check it out here.


 

JUNE CALENDAR OF EVENTS

1. ‘Better Together: Maple League Teaching Support’ Series

Happening on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the month of June, our ‘Better Together: Maple League Teaching Support’ series brings together faculty and students from across the Maple League to offer teaching support, communities of practice, and a space to collaborate and work through challenges related to teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic.

All sessions are an hour in length and begin at 11:00 am Eastern / 12:00 noon Atlantic, and can be accessed by clicking: https://bluejeans.com/8198229605

  • Tuesday, June 9: Student Feedback for your Course Design & Students as Partners hosted by Georges-Philippe Gadoury-Sansfaçon (Bishop’s) and Janine Annett (Acadia)
  • Thursday, June 11: Discussion of common ‘Pain Points’ for Teaching Online hosted by Angie Kolen (St. FX) and Erin Austen (St. FX)
  • Tuesday, June 16: Community: Exploring campus engagement in a virtual classroom hosted by Mary Sweatman (Acadia) and Janine Annett (Acadia)
  • Thursday, June 18: Moodle Tips & Tricks hosted by Scott Stoddard (Bishop’s)
  • Tuesday, June 23: Active Learning hosted by Angie Kolen (St. FX)
  • Thursday, June 25: Managing Presence Online hosted by Robert Lapp (Mount Allison)
  • Tuesday, June 30: Design Principles for Teaching Online hosted by Toni Roberts (Mount Allison)

To suggest a theme for July’s Better Together Series, or to propose hosting a session, contact Heather Carroll at hcarroll@luc.edu.


2. The Maple League Hosts Wednesday, June 17 at 11:00 Eastern / 12:00 noon Atlantic: Pandemic Pedagogy: A Conversation between Dr. Jessica Riddell (Bishop’s) and Dr. Heather Smith (UNBC)

Description: As part of the The Maple League Hosts Series, join us for a conversation about narratives of pandemic pedagogy with Dr. Jessica Riddell, the Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair of Undergraduate Education and Dr. Heather Smith, the 2020 Jarislowsky Visiting Scholar. This event is open to all.


3. Ask Me Anything!

Drop in every Wednesday at 11:00 Eastern / 12:00 noon Atlantic for individualized support with Heather Carroll, the Director of the V_MLTLC. She will help you tackle whatever challenges or questions have about your courses.


4. “Adapting Your Course for Remote Delivery”: An online course developed by Open Acadia

Open Acadia’s Learning Technologies and Instructional Design (LTID) Team have developed an online course to aid faculty with converting their course(s) from pure f2f delivery to a remote delivery format. Both formats have synchronous and asynchronous opportunities for learners. Obviously the tools used to engage learners are different. As are instructional approaches and assessment strategies. Also, building a community of learners must be done more overtly in a remote delivery format. We have designed the course so it can be used as a model for your own course(s) this fall. We will be releasing the asynchronous component of the course to the Maple League Institutions shortly and each institution will build in the synchronous components so as to best serve their instructors. You can view the Course Introduction video here: https://youtu.be/vKGnCS5g4YY.


5. The Virtual Maple League Teaching and Learning Centre Resource Guide

Join the V_MLTLC in contributing to a grassroots, open-access Resource Guide about Teaching and Learning. This guide will continue to grow over the coming weeks; all are welcome to contribute resources that they have found helpful to their teaching and student learning. Check it out here.

Contact us
If you have any programming you’d like to see, please contact Heather Carroll at hcarroll@luc.edu, or reach out to us on Twitter @TheMapleLeague, Instagram @themapleleague, or on Facebook and LinkedIn as Maple League of Universities.