Hello there! My name is Judy Tran and I am the Learning Technologies Coach for the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning . I’d like to tell you a bit about myself and my work here at the University of Calgary.
Who am I?
I am a third-year undergraduate student in the Faculty of Kinesiology. I got looped into this exciting job because of my interest in teaching. It is my hope to eventually graduate (after who knows how many years) and become a teacher, so when I saw the opportunity to work as a Learning Technologies Coach for the Taylor Institute, I immediately thought this was the perfect position for me. So what exactly does this job entail and why would I be so eager to be involved with the Taylor Institute? This question brings us to the next section of:
What do I do?
Each faculty on campus has or is in the process of hiring their own Coach, and part of the job description is to help faculty members with integrating technology into their classes. This can include providing guidance on using a tool to enhance the way their class is taught, like using Padlet.com as an annotation tool. The Taylor Institute is a fantastic environment to consider ideas of technology integration – the Learning Studios are really innovative spaces that are equipped with technology and designed for flexibility.
My role as a Coach within the building is to understand how to use the technology we have, and how to help instructors and workshop facilitators use the technology to their advantage to support and encourage learning. One project of mine that is my pride and joy was making a course trailer this past summer for a Kinesiology class I had taken the winter prior. I also act as a first line of contact for instructors over the course of a semester in the event that they need technological support. Many of my tasks are filtered through to me from my colleagues in the EDU, so if you are interested in having an extra pair of hands on board, don’t hesitate to mention my name.
I hope this provides a little more clarity on the role of Learning Technology Coaches. As mentioned before, there is a Coach for each faculty so take the time to find out who yours is. We’re here as a foundation of support and we’ve been involved in lots of cool projects so I encourage you to take advantage of this readily available resource!