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Wednesday, August 4, 2021
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Lethbridge College gearing up for different looking fall semester

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Lethbridge College is ready to go for what will be a very different academic year.

Post-secondary students begin classes next week, however the college is using a variety of techniques to help ensure instructors are well equipped to deliver relevant, high-quality education.

Jaclyn Doherty, Dean of the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Innovation (CTLI) says they spent the summer teaming up with departments across the college to build tools and resources, adjust services, trouble-shoot systems and test out new software so both faculty and students have the support they need this fall.

“We know we won’t always get it perfect, but we’ll do our best to meet them where they are at, when they need it the most,” says Doherty.

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When most classes resume September 9th, academic and trades programs will be offered in a flexible learning environment, meaning some courses will be offered online through a variety of technologies. Some others – such as labs – will take place on-campus, incorporating new physical distancing and safety protocols.

The CTLI team has also put together tech toolkits that include video cameras, tripods and microphones for recording lectures; Go-Pro cameras so instructors in programs such as trades or Environmental Science can offer students a first-person point of view of hands-on techniques; and iPad and Surface tablets. The team has also converted private breakout rooms in the learning commons into teaching studios where instructors can capture lessons using a variety of technologies.

In addition to technical tools and support, CTLI is also providing courses and workshops to support to Lethbridge College instructors.

(With files from Lethbridge College release)

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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