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College offers online course to all post-secondary faculty

As post-secondary faculty members around the world shifted their in-person classes to alternate, online delivery, Lethbridge College adapted its Facilitating Online Learning course to the new academic reality and made it available for free to all post-secondary institutions and faculty members. The course balanced theory and practice over three modules. In just six to 10 hours, faculty learned practical strategies and began to explore the challenging issue of online student retention.Participants also had opportunities to share resources and learn from the experiences of fellow educators. More than 787 people from across Canada had enrolled in the course by June 30.

Distance can’t stop students’ mock court proceedings

When the COVID-19 global pandemic led to moving classes online, right in the middle of a mock court case, Criminal Justice instructor Murray Bartley worked with Rebecca Helmer in the college’s Centre for Teaching, Learning and Innovation to create a special Zoom classroom tailored to the needs of students participating in the hands-on learning opportunity. Students said while they faced plenty of challenges moving the trial online, they still appreciated the chance to complete the experience.

CJ student on the beat

First-year Criminal Justice – Policing student, Nichole Ham flaunted her mastery of traffic control signals to the beat of an Aretha Franklin classic in a creative presentation that made her instructor’s day. Check out her video on the Lethbridge College YouTube channel.

Student event chronicles pandemic life

A group of Lethbridge College Multimedia Production students planned, designed and marketed an online event called #CatchOurPhone, inviting people from anywhere in the world to create and share brief videos showing where they are self-isolating during the COVID-19 outbreak. The students in Allyson Cikor’s Proseminar class succeeded in creating a visual time capsule of April 2020, an era and circumstances unlike any before.

Nursing student bridges gap for seniors and their families

With a strict limit on visitors to the long-term care facility where he works part-time, Lethbridge College nursing student Carl Abellana saw the need for comfort and connection between residents and family members in unsettling times. He created a Facebook profile for the facility and invited residents’ family members to connect using Facebook Messenger. He also used personal electronic devices for video calls and Facetiming family members and residents. His efforts were a big hit with clients. “They’re so amazed how they can see their family on the iPad. They’ll say, ‘What do you call this thing?’ It’s so cute. I think we already had about 60 call logs (in less than two weeks).”

A Minecraft Convocation for Multimedia students

Armed with little more than virtual pickaxes, redstone and a ton of experience crafting freeform online worlds, graduating Multimedia Production student Caleb Moberg led the creation of an arena where his classmates and their friends and families could come together to celebrate their graduation – in a virtual and physically distant world, complete with fireworks to cap off the ceremony. Get a glimpse of the experience at learn.lc/minecraftgrad.

Merging Realities conference brings people together

In this time of social distancing and staying home, Lethbridge College’s third annual Merging Realities conference took place on March 25, one of the few events this spring to not be cancelled. The virtual event featured a keynote by Amy Lou Abernethy (President, Creative Director, and Chief Learning Strategist at AMP Creative) and presentations from Lethbridge College’s first cohort of students from the Virtual and Augmented Reality certificate program. You can watch the whole thing at lethbridgecollege.ca/mergingrealities.

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