It’s Week 5, and while the dust may be settling around our class rosters, there are still many of us facing significant challenges in terms of how to best support the unexpected numbers of international students. That’s why this week’s Teaching Hub is given over entirely to an exploration of how to do just that!
We hope that in reading this week’s issue, you will find some actionable strategies you can use in your classroom, but if you need more help, or specific direction with a particular issue you are having, please give us a call at extension 1216 or send us an email at LDSTeam@flemingcollege.ca! Someone from our team will meet with you, provide you with support, and/or connect you to the existing college service that can.
We have also put together a live Q&A document for questions related specifically to how faculty can best support international students. Take a look at the Q&As that are already there, and post your own question! We’ll provide an answer, or find someone who can!
Keeping academic standards high and supporting student success is important to all of us. As the diversity of our classrooms grows, new questions about how to keep standards high while supporting highly diverse students may come up. How do I best reach and teach all my students? What are some quick tips for teaching international students? How do I keep my evaluation standards rigorous while still providing flexibility or options for my learners?
The LDS Team website includes several helpful links for supporting international students:
One of the most important areas in which to embrace flexibility is assessment–and you don’t have to sacrifice academic standards to do this! What you do have to do is spend some time thinking about what elements of your assessment are the most connected to your learning goals. Watch the video below for an introduction to achieving this flexibility:
With busy schedules and competing priorities, this may seem overwhelming. Need help? Email the LDS Team for a custom triage. We’ll meet with you, bring resources, and you’ll leave with some actionable strategies.
It is important to be aware that there are many international students who do not consistently have access to computers or wifi outside of the college. Be flexible when you are able, and consider providing alternative ways to engage with content and/or submit material.
D2L Thing of the Week: How-to-D2L for Students
Do you have students that are struggling to acclimatize to the D2L environment? Remember that there is help tailored specifically for students, always available for students self-registration underneath the “Help and Information” sidebar in their course pages. One of the best ones is imaginatively named “How to D2L for Students.”
Non-D2L Thing of the Week: TextHelp
Do your students want to listen to their readings, or get an earful of PowerPoint slides? TextHelp can, well, help with text. On each student computer, there is a program called TextHelp and it has many tools, like text-to-speech, that can help your students decode, understand, and engage with text. From the start menu, students can find TextHelp in the AES folder. Want to learn more about TextHelp? Check out their website, or watch the videos about how TextHelp can help with studying, reading, writing, or revisions.
International Student Services
It is so important that as the people who have the most direct contact with students, faculty have an awareness of all of the resources that already exist here at Fleming. Take some time to explore what’s on offer from our International Student Services department. Everything from providing winter tips and tricks, to peer mentoring, to English language supports–it all exists right here on campus.
Note: If you are looking for ESL specific supports, check out the ESL resources available from Tutoring and Academic Skills.
Policies & Procedures
It’s the time in any semester when students are starting to work on major assignments, so a great time to remind ourselves, and especially our students, just what academic integrity and plagiarism mean.
Fleming’s Academic Integrity Policy defines Academic Integrity as “honouring an ethical and moral code regarding the honest creation of an individual’s own work and the acknowledgement of contributions from others to that work.” Breaking down that definition for students, and being explicit in how it applies to your assignments when you assign them is good practice in helping students overcome possible issues before they happen. Fleming’s library also offers an “Avoiding Plagiarism” course for which students can self-register in D2L.
The Academic Integrity policy, along with its associated procedure and form, are available on the ‘Resources” tab in the myCampus portal for quick and easy access.
Services for Students
English for Everyone Workshops
Students can get support speaking, reading and writing.
Meeting days and times:
Mondays 2 – 4 p.m.
Thursdays 12 – 2 p.m.
Fridays 2 – 4 p.m.
Room D1 129.5
Workshops will also be offered at the Frost Campus. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Fleming Innovation Conference
Fleming will be hosting its first Innovation Conference on March 7th & 8th. The sessions on Thursday afternoon are facilitated by the LDS Team, and focus specifically on helping faculty members solve current problems:
Best Practices for Supporting International Students (1:00 – 3:00 p.m.)
This panel discussion will provide participants with an opportunity to hear from a range of perspectives including faculty, International Student Services, community experts, and most importantly, international students.
A Living Library—Partnerships in Teaching (12:30 – 3:30 p.m.)
Come and explore among our local experts! Learn about Accessible Education, Copyright and Library Resources, Learning Technology and LDS.
For more information on the conference as well as the registration link, please see the conference webpage..
Visit the LDS Team website, give us a call at extension 1216, follow us on Twitter @FlemingLDS, or send us an email: LDSTeam@flemingcollege.ca!