FAQ

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Check out our FAQs to learn more about the courses and the process.

Are recorded trainings available?

Recorded trainings are available for public (individual) offerings. Recordings are available to organizations at an additional cost.

Can you customize your training?

All of my courses and trainings are customized to varying extents. Every course participant is invited to fill out a needs assessment before the course. I use the needs assessment to determine the focus of each training. I do an organizational needs assessment to understand the target audience and learning goals of each organization.

Can you invoice me for training?

Yes! There are multiple payment options for each course, including online payment and invoices.

Do you offer Beyond Talk & Text to individuals?

Yes! I offer Beyond Talk & Text three times a year to individuals: in January, May, and October.

Do you offer Beyond Talk & Text to organizations?

Yes! I offer a 2-hour foundational workshop, as well as the full 4-week Beyond Talk & Text to organizations.

What is a Learning Management System (LMS)?

Often called an LMS, a learning management system is a software application that handles all aspects of the learning process — it’s where you house, deliver, and track your training content. Other names for an LMS include training management system, learning activity management system, or even learning experience platform (LXP). An LMS makes a trainer’s life easier by identifying and assessing individual and organizational learning goals, tracking progress toward meeting those goals, and collecting and presenting data for supervising the learning process. 

What is a self-paced course?

Self-paced courses don’t follow a set schedule. Course materials are fully available as soon as the course begins and assignments do not have start or due dates. The self-paced model provides learners with a lot of flexibility. It allows them to take a course when they’re ready, engage in content at their own pace, engage at different levels, pick it up, drop it, and come back later. It offers a high level of convenience and interaction for remote learners.

When we talk about self-paced learning, we talk about two types:

  • Fully asynchronous learning has rolling start dates. Anyone can sign up and complete the training at any point in time, and jump back and forth from section to section if they want to. Come back, drop it, come back a month later, pick it up again, download materials, etc. They move through the course at their own pace. Engaging and highly interactive content is critical, because individuals are must motivate themselves: there are no assignment due dates, no start dates, and no class get-togethers.  
  • Semi-asynchronous (or “blended”) learning uses the same template and the same approach, but has a dedicated start date and may have in-person or online classes or group sessions. Each section of the course becomes available at a specific time, in sequence. The cohort moves through the course together in a linear fashion. You can integrate Zoom, Adobe Connect, GoToTraining, GoToWebinar, WebEx, and more for scheduled live classes.
What is CRP?

Culturally Relevant Practices — or CRP — is an approach to teaching and learning that acknowledges individuals bring their own experiences and knowledge from their families, cultural backgrounds, historical and social experiences, and communities. CRP engages all students, but its goal is to centre students from equity-seeking or marginalized groups by:

  • holding high expectations for all students;
  • helping students develop cultural competence; and
  • guiding students to develop a critical cultural consciousness. In this student-centred framework, the uniqueness of each student is not just acknowledged, but nurtured.
What is Mural?

Mural is one of the tools I use to deliver engaging and visual content. It’s a collaborative whiteboard, so I can work with participants in a shared and dynamic virtual environment. We can create sticky notes, shapes and connectors, icons, frameworks, templates, images and gifs, and even draw on the collaborative mural. Find out more: www.mural.co

What is Ruzuku?

Ruzuku is the LMS I use for all of my courses. Why? I find it easy to create courses in Ruzuku, they have great customer service, and students have social profiles, bios, and photos in the course community with a built-in discussion forum. Find out more: www.ruzuku.com 

What is UDL?

Universal Design for Learning — or UDL — is a way of thinking about teaching and learning that helps give all students an equal opportunity to succeed. UDL is an evidence-based educational framework based on research in the learning sciences. UDL’s principles allow educators to meet diverse students’ needs by offering:

  • flexible ways for students to access material and show what they know.
  • flexible learning environments and spaces that accommodate individual learning differences.
  • multiple means of representation, expression, and engagement that tap into learners’ unique abilities, strengths, and interests.