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MANIFESTO & GLOSSARY



TALON Manifesto


TALON is committed to and advocates for...

  • Interactive and engaging pedagogy
  • Software and tools enabling meaningful learning experiences
  • Open and positive learning environments
  • Inclusive and equitable online education
  • Transformative and imaginative design curricula
  • Respect and care for all students and instructors
  • Empowering virtual classrooms
  • Collaborative learning and design teaching

Connectivity - creativity - co-creation







TALON GLOSSARY


What do we mean when we say...

Asynchronous Learning: Learning that takes place through content available online for students to access when it best suits their schedules.

Blended Learning:
Course delivery that uses in-person and online methods to engage students.

Classroom:
A space for teaching and learning. A classroom can be both a physical room and a shared digital learning space.

Digital Disparity:
Differences in individuals' access to digital information and relevant technologies for learning due to geographic location and/or socioeconomic factors such as income level, race, gender, etc.

Digital Literacy:
An individual’s ability to use digital information and relevant technologies for learning.

Distance Education:
Students study at their own pace without face-to-face contact with an instructor.

Emergency Instruction:
An alternate teaching delivery model implemented in times of crisis - a temporary solution in a serious, unexpected, and dangerous situation that requires immediate action.

Experiential Learning:
Learning that takes place through experience, action, and critical reflection, i.e., learning-by-doing.

Higher Education:
Tertiary (or post-secondary) education leading to the award of an academic degree.

Inclusive Practice:
The possibility for all students to participate and succeed.

Interactive:
Activities that invite students to participate and contribute.

Netiquette:
Accepted social behaviours for ethical conduct, and politeness in online communication, and digital teaching, and learning.

Online:
Connected to another computer or to a digital network (the Internet).

Online Education:
Any kind of learning that takes place online, via computer/the Internet.

Pedagogy: T
he method and practice of teaching or, more generally, the knowledge and skills utilized in a classroom context.

Physical Distancing:
The requirement for students to maintain a safe distance (6 feet, 2 metres) to avoid catching or spreading Covid-19.

Remote Learning:
Scheduled instruction whereby the activities happen away from the physical site of a provider. Usually, students use digital means to engage with program content. Transition to remote delivery is often done in response to crises, as happened with the Covid-19 pandemic.

SAPL:
The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at the University of Calgary, Canada. The “home” of TALON.

Synchronous Learning:
Learning that takes place with students engaging with tasks/materials in real time.

Tools:
Software, apps and online platforms that help keep the online classroom engaging, inclusive, and interactive.

Virtual Classroom:
A learning environment in which students engage with course materials online, both synchronous and asynchronous.














TERRITORIAL ACKNOWLEDGMENT


Although TALON focuses on the virtual, we would like to acknowledge the land we live, work and learn on, the territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprising the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations), as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda (including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations). The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.

To learn whose land you are on visit https://native-land.ca/.






Attribution
The TALON Manifesto & The TALON Glossary were produced by TALON and are shared under the CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 License.


Suggested Citations
TALON (2022). TALON Manifesto & Glossary. Available at: https://taloncloud.ca/Manifesto-Glossary