Lunch & Learn Series

Would you like to know how your colleagues are working in the online environment? Would you like to share innovative ways you are using online tools? Are you curious about pedagogical approaches and best practices for the use of various tools in your online course? Feel free to bring your lunch and join us to learn more.

The noon-hour Lunch & Learn series is for faculty and administrative staff working in the online environment. The purpose of the Lunch & Learn series is to give faculty and administrative staff an opportunity to come together in a sharing environment to learn about what others are doing and to hear about current research and best practices.

This series could be for faculty and staff who are:

  • teaching online
  • using the online environment as a component for their campus courses
  • interested in moving some of their content online

These very informal sessions are facilitated by Chad O'Brien, Educational Developer, eLearning Team, CLT, and are fashioned, in part, from input/feedback from attending faculty and staff.

Truro participants can attend via videoconference from CA Douglas Room.

September 20, 2019
12:00-1:00 PM
B400, Killam Library (Halifax)
CA Douglas Room (Truro)

Guidelines to Promote Excellency in Online Course Design and Pedagogy


Les T. Johnson, Ph.D.
Educational Developer (eLearning)

In response to the growing number of online course offerings, coupled with unfamiliarity of teaching in an online space, Dalhousie created a set of Online Quality Guidelines to promote excellency in online course design and pedagogy. Although there are already a number of internationally recognized rubrics that can be used to evaluate the quality of online courses (e.g., OSCQR, QTIP, QM, etc.), Dalhousie needed a context-specific resource designed with our faculty in mind. In this session, we will review, in detail, the Online Quality Guidelines, consider its unique features, and engage in a discussion around ways to promote faculty usage of this resource.

October 18, 2019
12:00-1:00 PM
B400, Killam Library
CA Douglas Room (Truro - via video-conference)

Online Video Tutorials in first-year Physics


Dr. Simon de Vet
Physics and Atmospheric Science

With busy schedules and limited space, in-person tutorial sessions are hard to arrange for large classes. Our resource centre offers drop-in homework support, but can only hold a small fraction of our class. As an alternative that can be scaled up to any number of students, we have been experimenting with online video tutorials. Students can tune in to a weekly, live-streamed tutorials and interact with the tutors via chat. Recordings are posted on YouTube. In this presentation, I'll discuss the technology, logistics, and what we've learned so far.

November 15, 2019
12:00-1:00 PM
B400, Killam Library

Interactive Learning at Home and Abroad


Dr. Angela Crane
Department of Chemistry
Dalhousie University

As students face a growing number of commitments and challenges outside of the classroom, the need to develop learning opportunities outside of the classroom for students who face these challenges is on the rise. While posting lecture notes is one easy and convenient route, students often miss the interactive element of being in a classroom. To meet this growing demand, the first year chemistry program (which regularly has enrolments of over 1000 students per term) has begun developing active online learning modules for students to access through Brightspace remotely. During this session, I will discuss some of our challenges, as well as how we have set out to address them using the Articulate 360 suite of programs, as well as how others at Dalhousie can implement similar strategies using Dalhousie supported technology tools (such as Panopto).

December 6, 2019
12:00-1:00 PM
B400, Killam Library

Adding Drama to your Course!


Joye Sears, RVT, BScH
Veterinary Technology Instructor
Department of Animal Science and Agriculture
Dalhousie University Agricultural Campus

Many programs contain an element of competency-based training involving hands-on performance of essential skills. Demonstration in a lab setting is useful, but students often report that it is hard for them to practice these skills at home because they forget the details. This session will share tips on creating video recordings of skill demonstrations for students to access on their own time or to be used in online course delivery. Drawing on my extensive background in theatrical productions, we will discuss how a flair for drama can help create interesting and informative video presentations.

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Contact Information

Tel: (902) 494-6641