Why does Cambrian College have a Teaching and Learning Innovation Hub?
The Teaching and Learning Innovation Hub (“The Hub”) is a product of Cambrian College’s current Strategic Plan. One of the goals of the Strategic plan is to “CHAMPION INNOVATION by advancing new and creative approaches that transform the learning experience.”
One of the strategies to achieve this goal was to “foster an organizational culture of innovation” and part of that strategy was to “establish a teaching and learning innovation hub that supports exploration, experimentation, and the creation of enhanced learning experiences” at Cambrian.
Development of the Hub
The Hub has, in many ways, has been developing slowly for years taking a variety of forms.
Finally, in 2014, the College hired eHanlis, a leading education technology company, “to better inform future decisions about the adoption and support of educational technologies” at Cambrian. Their recommendation was to establish a “’Learning and Technology Resources Centre’ […] to lead, coordinate, and support learning technology resources, processes, and innovation activities.”
In 2015, the College hired its first instructional designer and realigned IT and eDome staff together to begin the process of building this support network for teaching and learning and the College.
The Strategic Plan Working Group that was established to advise on the structure of the Hub finalized its report this January. We have been working to operationalize this report since that time.
In the development of their report, the Strat Plan Working Group reached out to faculty through surveys and focus groups, along with researching other teaching and learning centres across the province.
The report contains a number of recommendations, including a focus on four pillars of activity: faculty development, curriculum and instructional design, educational technologies, and exploration and innovation. As it grows and evolves, the Hub will continue to build capacity in the College for the design and delivery of academic programming so that we provide the best learning experiences we can for our students.
Who has Access to the Hub?
The Hub is a workspace reserved for:
- Faculty and staff who support teaching and learning
- Safe, collegial, and collaborative work
- Developing knowledge and skills
- Learning from the expertise of others
- Building communities of practice
The Hub provides the following services:
- Moodle and educational technology training and support
- Curriculum development and pedagogical support
- Instructional design services and online learning support
- Video recording, editing, and multimedia services and support
Services must fall within our scope:
- Teaching and learning
- Priority placed on program-related courses and learning objects