Part-time faculty are uniquely adept at refreshing elements of their craft to adapt to new teaching and learning contexts that demand the utmost flexibility and innovation. These skills are valuable in that they resonate with learners who are exposed to new digital tools, resources, content, and teaching approaches. In the past year, faculty have worked to rebuild as they fill the void left by the pandemic. This conference provides an opportunity for self-reflection and goal setting as we regenerate our practice in a post-COVID world.

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The Staff Lounge (Podcast) Episode 5 - Dive Into Ed-Venture Days and The Part-Time Teachers' Conference

Want a a sneak peek into Humber College’s professional development week?
We talk to Flower Darby, the keynote speaker presenting at the Part-Time Teacher’s Conference 2021 on the topic of “Regeneration”.


Click on each session below to view the recording:

EdTech Tool: Foster collaboration and community with Miro

Miro is an online collaborative whiteboard. Miro allows students and teachers to work together and participate in icebreakers, brainstorming sessions, create concept maps, deliver presentations, and more. The Education Plan is free and includes all the major features. In this session, we will explore the tool’s main features and experience it from the student and teacher perspective. By the end of this session, participants will reflect on opportunities to build community and foster collaboration through the thoughtful use of educational technology tools.


Open Resources for Your Courses

Part-time faculty often work across multiple institutions, each having access to different online resources. Using open-access journals and eBooks is one way faculty can work to ensure student access to course resources regardless of institution or physical location.

Learning Outcome(s):
After this session participants will be able to:

  • Locate open access eBooks and Journal articles for use in their courses

Design for Understanding: How cognitive science can help you regenerate your slides

Have you ever wondered if the slides you use in class are helping your students understand, remember and retain what they’re learning? This session will explore simple design tips from Richard Mayer’s multimedia learning theory, which will help bring your slides to life. These evidence-informed principles will reduce cognitive load and highlight those aha! moments for your learners.


From Industry to the Classroom – Shifting Identities from Expert to Teacher

From Industry to the Classroom – Shifting Identities from Expert to Teacher As an expert in your field, you know what learners need to be career ready. How do you combine this industry knowledge with classroom teaching methods to meet learners’ needs? Join us for an informal discussion on teaching, learning, and building reflective practice as you shift your identity from an industry expert to a member of the teaching profession. By the end of the session, participants will be able to critically reflect on how to translate industry skills into meeting students’ learning needs.


What Pushes YOUR Buttons? Accessibility and UDL

What “buttons get pushed” when someone says that we need to be “AODAcompliant”? Does adopting Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles alleviate some of those reactions? Come discover some tools we can integrate into teaching and learning contexts that provide flexibility and incorporates innovation in the areas of course content delivery and student engagement.


  • Describe the 3 Principles of UDL and how UDL can remove the stigma of designing for a few students.
  • Identify and integrate a new “app” to support multiple means of engagement,and representation into their courses or workshops.

10 Easy Tips to Regenerate your Online and Digital Content to Make it More Accessible

Help make Humber a more accessible and inclusive environment for all learners! Accessible educational content is about inclusion, equity, and social responsibility. It aligns with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), which aims to make Ontario fully accessible for all by 2025. In this session, you will learn ten easy tips to regenerate your digital content and make it more accessible for your students.


Burn Bright, Not Out: Strategies for self-care in the new world of work

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, how we work as educators and live as human beings underwent radical change almost overnight. As a result, stress levels soared, mental health diminished, and our overall well-being suffered. The sudden demands of this new reality are straining and the risk of burnout is real.

This talk will explore practical strategies for self-care and provide tools for sustaining healthy lifestyle changes, especially when change is hard. Participants will be equipped with resources and suggestions for supporting physical, mental, social, and emotional wellness as we continue to move forward during these uncertain times.

Learning Outcome(s):
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and apply practical self-care strategies that promote physical, mental, social, and emotional well-being in order to support healthy living, reduce risk of burnout, and thrive as educators.

Using Text Expander to Simplify Your Feedback Workflow

TextExpander is a cross-platform tool for text expansion on your computer or mobile device. This allows you to store and recall your most frequently used text “snippets”, whether they be email addresses, Blackboard Collaborate links, paragraphs of text, images or fill-in forms… all with just a few keystrokes! In this session, you’ll learn how to use TextExpander to improve the quality of your written student feedback and save time. It’s recommended, but not required, that participants download and install a free trial of TextExpander before the session; visit for more details.

By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Create plain text snippets
  • Discuss best practices for creating easy and memorable abbreviations
  • Integrate pre-written student feedback with individualized comments quickly and easily in Blackboard