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The Assiniboine Community College Summer 2023 Workshops

Welcome to the summer offering of workshops for the Assiniboine Community College (ACC) instructional staff. We are excited to offer you a selection of workshops to choose from.

  • Nineteen workshops in total, with 13 offered online.
  • Workshops run from May thru to August 2023
  • MB Hub has reserved limited spots in all sessions to ensure MB Hub members, including ACC, have better access to the workshops.

New for 2023: Links will take you directly to sign up for each session.

Note: In the registration process, you must provide which institution you are associated with, your role and how long you have been an instructor or teaching in a post-secondary setting.

Waitlist

MB Hub has secured space in each session below for MB Hub members. Once the limit is reached for a workshop, the system will advise the registrant that (1) they are unable to register and (2) they should email thecentre.events@umanitoba.ca to be placed on a waiting list. Include the name of the session in your email.

We strongly encourage you to sign up for the waitlist for multiple reasons.

  • It will give us data on which sessions we could add later in 2023.
  • UM instructor and UM graduate student allotment might not be full, and there is the potential to switch them to MB Hub members.
  • We typically have cancellations before sessions, filling them with the waitlist.

Foundational Workshops 

Icebreakers and other good strategies for the first day of class

The first day of class can be exciting – and a little stressful – for both instructors and students. This foundational workshop presents strategies for starting off your course on a positive note. Topics include strategies for reviewing the course syllabus, setting class expectations and creating a warm, participatory classroom environment, as well as the benefits and use of icebreakers for social and content matter engagement. 

Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2023 

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm 

Mode: In-person University of Manitoba Campus: Room 223-65 Dafoe or Room 325 Education Building. *Room will be confirmed closer to the workshop date.

Facilitator(s): Joanna Koulouriotis 

Creating accessible materials 

In this foundational workshop, we will learn best practices for creating accessible materials for courses (and the web). Topics include formatting, colour, contrast, links, and images. We will check our content using tools found in UM Learn (YuJa Panorama), Word, and other web-based tools. 

Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2023 

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm 

Mode: Online (Zoom) 

Facilitator(s): Joanne Laval 

Practical ideas for engaging lectures

Would you like to engage students in your lectures using easy and practical activities? If so, join this interactive and foundational workshop, where we will experiment with engaging activities and identify their benefits so your students learn more. 

Date: Tuesday, August 22, 2023 

Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm  

Mode: In-person University of Manitoba Campus: Room 223-65 Dafoe or Room 325 Education Building. *Room will be confirmed closer to the workshop date.

Facilitator(s): Cintia Costa 

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning ethics

What are the ethical considerations when working with human participants in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)? In this workshop, we will explore the unique ethical challenges of conducting SoTL research and work collaboratively to develop solutions to these challenges. 

Date: Thursday, May 25, 2023 

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm 

Mode: In-person University of Manitoba Campus: Room 223-65 Dafoe or Room 325 Education Building. *Room will be confirmed closer to the workshop date.

Facilitator(s): Lori Doan 

Open Educational Resources (OER): What, Why, and How?

The term open educational resources (OER) describes a wide range of materials in teaching and learning that are available for public use with an open license or in the public domain. Examples of OER include full courses, course modules, syllabi, textbooks, lectures, assessments, and datasets. In this workshop, participants will learn why OER are valuable, how to locate them, and how to evaluate them using a rubric. The workshop does not assume prior experience with these topics.  

Date: Thursday, June 15, 2023 

Time: 9:00 – 10:30 am 

Mode: Online (Zoom) 

Facilitator(s): Iwona Gniadek, Janice Winkler, MLIS (Social Sciences Librarian), UM Libraries 

Adopting, adapting, and creating Open Educational Resources (OER)

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and research materials made available for public use under an open license or in the public domain. In this workshop, participants will learn about the benefits of teaching with OER, the qualities that make OER valuable pedagogically, and considerations for adopting, adapting, and creating OER. The workshop builds on the content presented in The Centre workshop “Open Educational Resources (OER): What, Why, and How?”, though no prior experience with these topics is required.  

Date: Thursday, June 22, 2023 

Time: 9:00 – 10:30 am 

Mode: Online (Zoom) 

Facilitator(s): Iwona Gniadek, Janice Winkler, MLIS (Social Sciences Librarian), UM Libraries 

Health Sciences workshops 

Knowledge transfer 101 in the Health Sciences 

This workshop is held in two parts:
Part 1: Knowledge transfer 101 in the Health Sciences 
Part 2: Advanced knowledge in the Health Sciences 

Effective knowledge transfer from the classroom to the clinical setting is an ongoing goal of didactic teaching.  Effective knowledge transfer ensures that students perform well not only in their academic journey but also after graduation when they enter their respective fields. If you would like to learn best practices for enhancing & evaluating knowledge transfer, this workshop will provide strategies to promote this important aspect of learning. 

Date: Wednesday, August 9, 2023 

Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm 

Mode: Online (Zoom) 

Facilitator(s): Nausheen Peerwani and Ibiyemi Arowolo 

Navigating sensitive topics in Health Sciences 

Sensitive discussions can emerge in any discipline and teaching context; however, such conversations are bound to happen in health sciences due to the very nature of the discipline. Instructors might need to thoughtfully plan teaching strategies to navigate the discussion. This workshop will provide learners with the opportunity to explore ways and tools to facilitate sensitive conversations.  

Date: Thursday, August 24, 2023 

Time: 11:00 – 1:00 pm 

Mode: Online (Zoom) 

Facilitator(s): Nausheen Peerwani 

Advanced knowledge transfer in the Health Sciences 

This workshop is the part 2 session of the “Knowledge Transfer 101 in the Health Sciences ” workshop.

 Successful knowledge transfer and application ensures that students apply the knowledge acquired in the classroom to their clinical practice both in their academic years and after graduation when they enter their respective fields. This workshop will provide techniques to support this crucial part of learning, including best practices for improving knowledge transfer and tools for measuring knowledge application for clinical reasoning and clinical decision-making in efficient, effective, and flexible ways.   

Date: Wednesday, August 30, 2023 

Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm 

Mode: Online (Zoom) 

Facilitator(s): Ibiyemi Arowolo and Nausheen Peerwani 

Conversation on inclusive and anti-racist pedagogies workshops

Session 1: Age inclusivity in learning spaces

Deepen your knowledge of key issues in inclusive and anti-racist pedagogies and learn from peers and professionals in this series of open discussions. Each session will feature a facilitated discussion of 1-2 readings or other materials, which participants are expected to engage with in advance of each gathering. Open to all levels of experience and knowledge. Sessions can be taken independently or as a series. 

Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2023 

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm 

Mode: Online (Zoom) 

Facilitator(s): Robin Attas, Michelle Porter, Ph.D., (Professor), Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management, (Director ) Centre on Aging; Cornelia Kauenhowen, M.A. student, Department of Sociology; Virginia Page Jähne, Ph.D. student, Department of English, Theatre, Film and Media 

Session 2: Course redesign with inclusive pedagogies in mind 

Deepen your knowledge of key issues in inclusive and anti-racist pedagogies and learn from peers and professionals in this series of open discussions. Each session will feature a facilitated discussion of 1-2 readings or other materials, which participants are expected to engage with in advance of each gathering. Open to all levels of experience and knowledge. Sessions can be taken independently or as a series. 

Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2023 

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm 

Mode: Online (Zoom) 

Facilitator(s): Robin Attas, Virginia Tze, Ph.D., C.Psych., Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education 

Session 3: Participant reflections from the inclusive pedagogies faculty learning community 

Deepen your knowledge of key issues in inclusive and anti-racist pedagogies and learn from peers and professionals in this series of open discussions. Each session will feature a facilitated discussion of 1-2 readings or other materials, which participants are expected to engage with in advance of each gathering. Open to all levels of experience and knowledge. Sessions can be taken independently or as a series. 

Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2023 

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm 

Mode: Online (Zoom) 

Facilitator(s): Robin Attas, Nicola (Nicky) Koper, Ph.D. (Natural Resources Institute); Emily A. McKinnon, Ph.D. (Access Program); Mark Meagher, Ph.D. (Faculty of Architecture); Jenna G. Tichon, Ph.D. (Department of Statistics); Kari Zacharias, Ph.D. (Centre for Engineering Professional Practice and Engineering Education) 

Indigenous workshops

Emerging Indigenous Knowledges:
Understanding and Engaging with Current Modes of Indigenous Knowledge Transmission 

Ways of learning and transmitting knowledge are in constant flux; as our relationships with technologies evolve, so too do the ways that we teach and learn about the world. This workshop explores emerging ways that Indigenous Peoples are shaping and transmitting knowledges, using modes such as graphic novels, social media, apps, and video games. Beginning with a foundation of what Indigenous ontologies and epistemologies are, we discuss how emerging modes of knowledge transmission are informed by Indigenous ways of knowing and the role they can play in education. To this end, we will consider how these modes of knowledge transmission can be used appropriately and discuss avenues of emerging Indigenous knowledges that participants can engage and utilize in classroom settings. 

Date: Thursday, May 11, 2023 

Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm 

Mode: Online (Zoom) 

Facilitator(s): Micheline Hughes, Gabrielle Hughes, Ph.D. (Faculty Lead, Decolonizing and Indigenizing Teaching and Learning), Yorkville University 

Wiingaashk-Sweetgrass-Positionality in Teaching and Learning

This workshop will utilize Indigenous pedagogies that will assist participants in developing, personalizing, and creating a land acknowledgement that will promote relationality and connection within their own positionality in their own contextual environment in teaching and learning. 

Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2023 

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm 

Mode: In-person UM Campus 223 Centre or 325 Education Building 

Mode: In-person University of Manitoba Campus: Room 223-65 Dafoe or Room 325 Education Building. *Room will be confirmed closer to the workshop date.

Facilitator(s): Leah Fontaine 

Reading art in safe spaces

In artwork, the imagination and truths can be fostered when participants are given safe spaces to explore their spirit, emotion, physical, and mental aspects utilizing an Indigenous pedagogy.   Participants will be given an opportunity to examine the meaning of the historical and cultural contexts behind two- and three-dimensional Indigenous artwork through the lenses of Indigenous ways of knowing, mobilizing the process of decolonization search of truths and cultural restoration in art.  

Date: Thursday, June 15, 2023 

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm 

Mode: In-person University of Manitoba Campus: Room 223-65 Dafoe or Room 325 Education Building. *Room will be confirmed closer to the workshop date.

Facilitator(s): Leah Fontaine and Micheline Hughes 

Decolonizing Classrooms:
Indigenous Approaches to Building Good Relationships 

Over the past several years, an important discussion of how we can Indigenize and decolonize the academy has been occurring. This new workshop series aims to give participants the context and tools necessary to meaningfully engage with decolonizing processes as they relate to education. “Indigenous Approaches to Building Good Relationships” will discuss how participants can employ the 4/5Rs (relevance, reciprocity, respect, responsibility, and relationships) to ameliorate and decolonize student-instructor relationships. Indigenous ways of understanding relationships and specific tools and strategies that instructors can use will be considered, and participants will be supported as they consider how they can implement the 4/5 Rs in their own teaching practices. 

Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2023 

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm 

Mode: Online (Zoom) 

Facilitator(s): Micheline Hughes 

Decolonizing Classrooms:
Unpacking and Overcoming Barriers to Decolonizing Processes 

Over the past several years, an important discussion of how we can Indigenize and decolonize the academy has been occurring. This new workshop series aims to give participants the context and tools necessary to meaningfully engage with decolonizing processes as they relate to education. “Unpacking and Overcoming Barriers to Engagement and Decolonizing Processes” explores the barriers that exist for instructors and students, which prevent them from enacting decolonizing processes in educational contexts. This workshop also discusses the colonial barriers that prevent students from engaging fully in classrooms. Strategies for overcoming these barriers are considered, and participants are supported as they begin to learn how to utilize these strategies to support decolonizing processes in their classrooms. 

Date: Wednesday, August 30, 2023 

Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm 

Mode: In-person University of Manitoba Campus: Room 223-65 Dafoe or Room 325 Education Building. *Room will be confirmed closer to the workshop date.

Facilitator(s): Micheline Hughes 

Teaching technologies 

Create and assign students to Zoom breakout rooms for group activities 

In this workshop, participants will learn how to use Zoom breakout rooms for class collaboration, and smaller project activities. This session includes topics like pre-assigning students to breakout rooms while creating meetings, creating breakout rooms during meetings, configuring settings, assigning, and managing participants in the breakout rooms, and reviewing the participant experience, including sharing and annotating in breakout rooms.

Date: Tuesday, August 29, 2023 

Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm 

Mode: Online (Zoom) 

Facilitator(s): Farzana Ebrahim 

Use Zoom Whiteboard and Polling to Engage Students in Online Classes 

In this workshop, participants will learn how to use Zoom’s advanced features to engage and interact with students in Zoom meetings. This session discusses the use and setup of Zoom polls, quizzes, and the new Zoom whiteboard. 

Date: Thursday, August 31, 2023 

Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm 

Mode: Online (Zoom) 

Facilitator(s): Farzana Ebrahim