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Thursday, June 23 • 13:45 - 14:45
PK07.04a - Positive Space in Your Learning Spaces: Communities Collaborating to Build a Social Inclusion Course

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Discover how a self-paced, online course, Social Inclusion, designed by diverse faculty, developed with contributions from community leaders, adopted for staff training, and integrated into the student experience, became the most collaboratively built and widely implemented training ever offered at the college. For their professional development, all Student Services staff explored and contributed to: activities highlighting experiences of the protected classes under the Canadian Human Rights Act; interactions exploring identity formation; and games diving into understandings of oppression. Modules from Social Inclusion have also been shared to meet students’ learning outcomes across multiple programs.

Beyond educating on inclusion and celebrating diversity, this modular course modeled sound design and creative development. Using the Community of Inquiry framework (CoI) ensured thoughtful pedagogy and drawing on the expertise of community partners made social inclusion more meaningful; these were equally important outcomes.

Weaving open educational resources (OERs) and showcasing free educational technologies to boost online engagement, raised the profile of the college’s Centre for Teaching and Learning. Optimizing tools in the learning management system gamified the learning and paced progression. Participants gained an understanding of, and an interest in, the potential of online learning while developing awareness of social inclusion and diversity.

Practically, participants leave this presentation with access to the course and inspiration to create similar offerings. Pedagogically, participants discover new technologies for engagement; begin to analyze benefits and challenges to collaborative design; and recognize how to harness the power of community.

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Peggy French

Educational Designer, Mohawk College
Peggy French, Educational Designer, collaborates with a small, but mighty team growing engaging eLearning at Mohawk College in Hamilton ON. Masters in L.I.S. and Ed Tech and a B.Ed. combine for a unique perspective on the intersection of technology and education. Having taught Kindergarten... Read More →

Thursday June 23, 2016 13:45 - 14:45 EDT
UCC 56