Online | Wednesdays | April 22 – June 24 | 4:30-5:30

This spring delve into Small Teaching Online by Flower Darby and James Lang, in a book club jointly hosted by EdTech and TCDC.

The entire Langara community has found itself plunged into teaching online. While many instructors have ample experience in the virtual classroom environment, others are navigating the waters for the first time. Our spring book selection is perfect for all instructors wanting ideas to give their students the best learning opportunities possible.

“The small teaching approach seeks to effect change by giving faculty small, actionable, modifications that they can make without having to overhaul their teaching from the ground up” (Darby & Lang, xxii). The authors present easy-to-use, concrete learning strategies that require very little or no preparation. Their suggestions are based on sound research and the latest findings from learning scientists.

Experienced techies and newbies alike are welcome to join in our discussions. The book club provides a supportive space to reflect on learning activities, test new online tools, and share your challenges and successes. We will meet online weekly, giving us many opportunities to interact in an online setting.  We will meet synchronously online using Zoom. You will need a computer or tablet/phone, headset or earbuds with a good mic, and preferably a webcam.  

April 22 – Tools Orientation and “Introduction”

April 29 – Chapter 1 “Surfacing Backward Design”

May 6 – Chapter 2 “Guiding Learning through Engagement”

May 13 – Chapter 3 “Using Media and Technology Tools”

May 20 – Chapter 4 “Building Community”

May 27 – Chapter 5 “Giving Feedback”

June 3 – Chapter 6 “Fostering Student Persistence and Success”

June 10 – Chapter 7 “Creating Autonomy” 

June 17 – Chapter 8 “Making Connections”

June 24 – Chapter 9 “Developing as an Online Instructor”

E-copies are available from the Langara library.

If you prefer a hard copy, limited copies are available to borrow. Please email to request a hard copy, and we can make arrangements for you to pick it up at the Langara library.

If you wish to purchase your own book, hard copies are available at Chapters, Book Warehouse, and Digital copies are available to purchase for Kobo, Kindle, Apple Books, Google Play Books, and other platforms.