May 20, 2013

Vanier’s Pedagogical Development Office in a Community of Practice

A Heartfelt Invitation

The Vanier College Pedagogical Development Office (PDO) would like to extend a genuine invitation to everyone in the Quebec Community Network to attend four workshops for teachers from May 21 to May 30. Their titles and dates appear below:

May 21 : Using Excel to Help your Students Excel

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Room D-244
Animator: Antoinette Cocciolo, Nursing

May 23 : LCAD Workshop: Communication Connection
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Room D-244
Animators: Karen White, Psychology, and Maggie McDonnell, English

May 28 : Worksheets for Active Learning
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Room D-244

Animators: Patti Kingsmill and Pit F. Lan-Chow-Wing, Institutional Development and Research
For more information and for registration please check our May Workshop’s webpage

May 30 : What Course Frameworks Can Do for You!
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Room D-244
Animator: Jen Mitchell, Pedagogical Development Office

For more information and for registration please check our May Workshop’s webpage

College Collaboration

Here at the PDO we believe that the best results are always produced when we work together. Wilma Brown, the PDO Coordinator, and I have had the wonderful opportunity to work in collaboration with many teachers and pedagogical advisors, both at Vanier and from other colleges and universities. This collaboration has been invaluable to us and we have been taking every opportunity we can to give back to the network.

Last January, Vanier embarked on a small experiment and opened our Pedagogical Day to the college network. We had a very positive response from other colleges, as people appreciated the sense of sharing and collaboration. We continued the experiment by having an open invitation to our first ever Vanier Ed Tech week, in which some guests participated virtually thanks to the support of APOP. We have also had the wonderful opportunity to collaborate with Dawson College’s Active Learning Community of Practice, whose advice has been invaluable in our own attempts to develop and support active learning at Vanier.


The Teaching Tips Index Page.

Network Coordination

This year’s series of Ed Tech Weeks have been an excellent example of coordination and collaboration between the Anglophone colleges. Rafael Scapin has been hosting a very successful Ed Tech Week at Dawson College for a number of years. This year, Rafael worked with Brenda Lamb, of John Abbott College, and myself to help us develop a series of Ed Tech Weeks across our three colleges. We planned our events to take place a month apart, and with the help of Evelyne Granger, from APOP, we were able to open our Ed Tech activities to the community at large through APOP’s online teleconferencing support.

Vanier’s Pedagogical Development Office – A Network Resource

The PDO was started two years ago with the mission to provide support for Vanier’s teachers in the form of pedagogical training and development. We’ve been working really hard over the last two years to find the best ways to provide that support to our teachers. Along with helping teachers on a one-on-one basis, we also do workshops for new and veteran teachers. We also publish weekly Teaching Tips in our ‘Intercom,’ an internal newsletter, and on the PDO webpage. For next year, we are hoping to establish an advisory committee of faculty and staff to help us to best respond to the needs of all of our teachers and to develop additional pedagogical resources.

As this year draws to a close, and I look at all the activities and collaboration that has happened over the last year, I’m happy to see so much communication and collaboration between the pedagogical advisors and IT-Reps at the colleges. It seems to me that it is a step in the right direction, and one that the Vanier PDO would like to support. As such, we would like to invite Profweb’s readers to visit our resources, workshops, and Teaching Tips available on our PDO webpage.

Information technology allows these resources to be used beyond the walls of individual colleges. Is your college producing resources that should have a wider distribution? You can write to Profweb’s editors and inform them about it. It could lead to the publication of articles and stories and help Profweb fulfill its role as the Quebec college crossroad for IT integration.

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