Humanizing Digital Learning Micro-ProgramIs the technology we use in our classroom dehumanizing us and our students? Digital technologies can be distracting, have embedded racially biased decision making, lead to problems with cheating, and guide us into less complex teaching approaches. Those same technologies can also allow us to access people or resources from around the world. Most importantly, they are a fact of our living and learning lives that aren’t going away. The humanizing digital learning micro-program takes these conflicting realities as a starting point and uses the best available research and practices to reduce the dehumanizing impact of the digital while also focusing on the ways the digital can support a more human-centered classroom.
This micro-program consists of six courses that address the issues of humanizing learning from a variety of perspectives. The introductory course establishes some common language and identifies many of the challenges that will be addressed in the program. The next four courses address humanizing from the perspectives of student engagement; assessment; the technology itself; and EDI, accessibility, decolonization, and Indigenization. Following completion of the Introductory course, participants will be assigned a facilitator for the capstone course. This involves the participant choosing a specific project (a syllabus, an ebook, a complex assignment) and developing it for use in their own classes and working on that project throughout the program.
You can take each course as a stand-alone microcredential (eg. Humanizing Technology.) All courses are required for attaining the full micro certification. Participants will be expected to complete the Introductory course at the beginning of the credential and finish the certification by completing the capstone project. All other courses can be taken in any order as they are offered.
A series of technical workshops will be offered at the same time as this certificate to support development of a variety of skills.
Each course will run over four weeks, with one 2-hour synchronous online session each week, as well as opportunities for formative assessment. Participants will be expected to attend each session and engage with the material and assessments in order to achieve certification.
Audience: Faculty, staff, sessional instructors, and students with teaching responsibilities.
For more information on the program, visit the Humanising Digital Learning site, contact the Office of Open Learning by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the team on the second floor of the Centre for Engineering Innovation (CEI) building at the 700 California entrance.
- Jun 27 – Practicing Accessibility, EDI, Decolonization and Indigenization in Digital Teaching: An Introduction
- Jul 26 – Student Engagement: Humanizing the Learning Process
- Sep 12 – Digital Assessment Strategies
- Sep 12 – Introduction to Humanizing Digital Learning
- Building for Openness - Capstone Project
Teaching with Tech
- Jun 07 – Introduction to YuJa
- Jun 20 – Using Teams as your virtual classroom
- Jun 22 – Creating free interactive content with H5P
- Jul 04 – EquatIO: A free digital math tool for UWindsor
- Jul 05 – Creating free interactive content with H5P
- Jul 06 – Introduction to YuJa
- Jul 06 – Using Teams as your virtual classroom
- Jul 07 – 5 tips to make your Brightspace site more accessible
- … and more!
Open Learning Community of Practice
Please join us for informal discussion on teaching in digitally enhanced environments. Our Community of Practice (CoP) “workshops” bring together instructors who share an interest in designing, developing, and teaching with digital technologies. We will meet once a month (over coffee!) on Teams.
Each month, we discuss a new tool or practice that you can use in your teaching. In the spirit of openness, we will also connect with community of practice members from other institutions, both local and global! Come learn something new and be inspired to energize your teaching practice and student learning experiences. We encourage you to bring what you’re working on and share both challenges and successes with caring colleagues.
Please register for each session and feel free to bring a friend!
- Jun 23 – Open Learning Community of Practice
- Jul 14 – Open Learning Community of Practice
- Aug 18 – Open Learning Community of Practice
- Sep 15 – Open Learning Community of Practice
- Oct 13 – Open Learning Community of Practice
- Nov 10 – Open Learning Community of Practice
- Dec 08 – Open Learning Community of Practice