Week 3, Fall 2018

Teaching Hub

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This week’s edition of The Teaching Hub contains what we hope will be some new, useful tips for helping students to be successful in your classes!

 

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Asking Students What Makes a Good Teacher

This article (from Inside Higher Ed), What Students Say is Good Teaching, shares the perspectives of five undergraduate students on something they saw a professor do that was unique, and worked for them. As the author points out, “students experience numerous teachers and a lot of instruction, some good and some bad. They are a source of valuable information about what constitutes good practice.” More importantly, they are experts on what works for them.

Have you considered asking your students for feedback? It doesn’t have to be as formal as a once-a-semester survey, and can take many forms. Try a simple “Stop-Start-Continue” at the end of class: Ask them to write down (anonymously) one thing they’d like you to stop doing, one thing they’d like you to start doing, and one thing they’d like you to continue doing in class. Yes, you might get some unreasonable requests, but you are also likely to read some simple ideas your students have for improving your class, ideas they might not otherwise share with you!

Have you received useful teaching tips from your students? Tell us about it! Do you have another idea you’ve tried for getting student feedback? Are you interested in writing a blurb about it for a future edition of The Teaching Hub? Let us know. We’d love to help you share your experiences with others!

 

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D2L Thing of the Week: News Tool

The News Tool in D2L can be so much more than just a way to make announcements.

Provide your students with a weekly check-in, and you’ll soon discover that you are also helping to build their confidence to independently stay on top of what’s going on in your course. Create a weekly template that works for you, then stick to it. Students will quickly learn that they can get the information they need, when they need it, and that can mean fewer one-off emails to you!

Check out our tip sheet for help getting started.


Non-D2L Thing of the Week: Closed Captioning YouTube Videos

Closed captioning YouTube videos is a simple way to improve accessibility.

Showing YouTube videos that you didn’t make? Press the CC button to turn on the closed captions (just a warning: not all captions are created equal).

Creating your own YouTube videos? Your next step is to make sure they are both accessible and easy to watch in any scenario (i.e. without sound), by adding closed captions. Here’s a tip sheet, created by Carmen Gelette from our library, on how to edit YouTube’s auto-captions, which (as her quiz demonstrates) are not always accurate!

 

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Library Core Skills Module + Workshops

Our Library Core Skills Module in D2L offers a foundation in library skills for students. Students can self-register, and work through 6 units of embedded content and quizzes on topics such as

  •         using library resources,
  •         effective search strategies,
  •         finding articles,
  •         evaluating sources of information, and
  •         using citation guides.  

Students who complete the quizzes with 70% or higher will receive a certificate that can be used as proof of completion (Note: this module is separate from the Avoiding Plagiarism module in D2L).  Both may be assigned to students as homework, and you are welcome to book a library workshop as a follow-up.

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In-Class Library Workshops

The Library is now taking bookings for all in-class library workshops on any topic.  With this popular service, Library staff will provide a customized Library Skills / Information Literacy workshop for your students during class time. Book now to secure your preferred time slot.

 

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Student Rights & Responsibilities

The Student Rights & Responsibilities policy governs student rights and responsibilities on all campuses, residences, and at all College-sponsored activities off-campus, including activities sponsored by the student governments. Students are strongly encouraged to become familiar with their rights and responsibilities as outlined in this policy. As faculty members, it is our responsibility to alert students to this policy and the expectations set out therein. To review Fleming’s Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy please visit their website.

 

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Information Literacy Certificate Workshops

The Sutherland Library is once again delivering these popular hands-on workshops. For Fall term, we are offering many popular topics, including:

  • Avoiding Plagiarism
  • APA Citations
  • Finding Articles in the Databases
  • Evaluating Sources
  • Presentation Skills

If students attend 5 or more workshops, they will receive the Information Literacy Certificate, which goes on their Co-Curricular Record.  Students may take more than one term to complete the 5 workshops. Registration is available through the myCampus portal.

 

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Using Lynda.com in Teaching

Lynda.com is a vast online library of high quality video-based courses covering anything from photography to programming, and from getting through interviews to core business skills. All of the videos are written and presented by industry and subject experts. As a student or staff member at Fleming College, you have unlimited access to the entire Lynda.com video library, including tutorial exercises and practice environments.

Did you know that in addition to being a great resource for your own professional learning,  Lynda.com can be used in your teaching?

  • Playlists allow you to curate and share Lynda.com content with your students. With playlists, you can create a custom group of training videos for your teaching needs.
  • Upon completing Lynda.com courses, students are issued digital certificates of completion. These certificates can be included as evidence in their portfolios or their LinkedIn profiles.
  • Videos can be embedded in your D2L courses.

On the LDS Team website you will find a range of information about Lynda.com, including different ways to connect to the resources and the latest news as it becomes available. For help getting started, contact us!

 

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Have questions for us? Let us know!
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. We would love to hear from you!

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Week 2, Fall 2018

 Teaching Hub

 

This week’s edition is all about questions. One of our big goals as educators is to get our learners not only answering questions, but also asking them. But how do we accomplish this goal? Read on for some ideas you can try!

 

 

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Getting Students to Ask Questions

Sometimes it might feel like a challenge to get students to answer a question in class, but what about getting them to ask questions?

 

This tweet, from an American math teacher, is one idea to encourage students to ask questions in class:

Check out the comments for resources and ideas from other educators.

Did you: find something that was interesting? Try this with your students? Try another strategy? Let us know! We’d love to tweet about it!

 

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D2L Thing of the Week: Attendance

9a1e1e7d647aaad457e2bed3fcf15763A helpful way to get students engaged in asking and answering questions is by learning who they are! One way to do so, using D2L, is to take attendance each class.

Wondering how to get set up? Check out our handy- dandy tip sheet.


Non-D2L Thing of the Week: Sli.do

If you’re looking for ways to collect student questions, especially in large lectures, or from students who are reluctant to speak up in class, try Sli.do. It allows students to ask questions, anonymously, using any device. Then other students can vote for questions that they have as well, giving you immediate feedback on their understanding of the material you’re teaching.

You can use Sli.do to break up your lecture into smaller chunks, with pauses to address student questions (for more on pauses, see the Professional Learning section, below). You can also use Sli.do to poll students to check for understanding.

Have you used Sli.do to collect student questions? Do you have other uses for Sli.do? Share them with us, and we’ll spread the word!

 

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Tutoring & Academic Skills


Here’s a question: Did you know that students are more likely to seek out tutoring support if they are actively encouraged to do so by a faculty member? It’s true!

Here at Fleming, learning support is available to all students who need assistance to reach their academic potential–and there are no additional costs! There is support for student learning and study skills, drop-in tutoring for math and writing, and peer tutoring. Students can even make an appointment online.

Consider taking time in class to remind students about Tutoring and Academic Skills, send them an email with details, or mention it specifically to those who would most benefit.

Faculty members who would like a class orientation to online appointment booking or Tutoring services in general can book directly with Angie: angie.premate@flemingcollege.ca.

 

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Class Absence Procedure

Speaking of attendance, as we were in the D2L Thing of the Week, did you know there’s an operating procedure connected to attendance?

The college’s Class Absence Operating Procedure outlines the various types of student absences, and how each should be handled.

PoliciesLooking for another policy/procedure? The Class Absence procedure, and all other college policies and procedures, can be found through the myCampus portal by clicking the “Staff” tab, then the “College Policies and Procedures” link under Human Resources.

 

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Learning Strategies

Study SkillsWith the new semester starting, help students get started on the right foot with some learning strategies support!

Some more questions:
Want face-to-face support?

  • Study skills pop-ups are available every Monday from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the Main Foyer of the Sutherland Campus and in the Tutoring and Academic Skills Centre at the Frost campus
  • Students can now book individual appointments for 1:1 support through online booking (Frost campus: fleming.mywconline.net; Sutherland campus: fleming.mywconline.com)

Want some online resources?
Check out the Student Learning & Study Skills website, which is also available through the myCampus portal, by clicking the Student Life tab → Academic Supports → *New* Student Learning and Study Skills

Want some questions answered?
Email
the Learning Strategies Team: learningstrategies@flemingcollege.ca

 

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Why a Simple Pause at the End of Class is So Powerful

“A few pauses during the hour-long session could have made a big difference—the difference between a well-delivered presentation and a powerful learning experience for students” ~ Dr. Gail Rice (2018).

Want to read more about ways to get students to ask and answer questions in class? Check out this blog post from Dr. Gail Rice, about the benefits of pausing, in this case at the end of a class: Why a Simple Pause at the End of Class is So Powerful.

How do you use pauses during your classes? Have you tried any of these Classroom Assessment Techniques during a pause? Tell us about your experiences so we can share them with other faculty members who are thinking about trying some of these ideas!

 

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Have questions for us? Let us know!
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. We would love to hear from you!

Week 1, Fall 2018

Teaching Hub

 

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Starting Off on the Right Foot

Feeling some first-class jitters? Don’t worry; we all are! No matter how long you’ve been teaching, you’re not likely to be immune to those night-before butterflies.

If you’re looking for some ways to help prepare yourself for the first day, check out Ten Tips for Dealing with Nervousness on the First Day of Class from Faculty Focus.

Do you have tips you would add to this list? Let us know!

You can also contact us (by email, Twitter, phone at ext. 1216, or in person on the Sutherland campus) if you’d like to chat first-day ideas.

 

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D2L Thing of the Week: Faculty D2L Levels 1 & 2

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New to D2L, or looking to brush up on some skills? We used D2L itself to show you how, in a two-part series: Faculty D2L Levels 1 and 2.

Self-enroll for it in D2L, in the Help & Information Widget (yellow header, right-hand side, scroll ⇓ until you see this ⇒).

Non-D2L Thing of the Week: Emailing from the Class Roster

The easiest way to email your students is by using the Class Roster in Faculty Centre to email them (and to see their photos once they are uploaded after week 3).
By emailing your students using the Class Roster, their email addresses are put into the BCC line of the message (thus protecting their privacy), and a copy of the email will be sent to your college email account.
More information and instructions on how to use the Class Roster tool can be found in this PDF How-to Guide for Faculty.

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Human Resources – New Employees Page

Human Resources can be a very good, well, resource for new employees. In addition to all of the other important information they possess, their website contains a link dedicated to new employees, as well as a resource designed specifically for new faculty members. Check them out for all kinds of helpful things!

 

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Mandatory Training

Those helpful folks in HR are also the ones who want you to complete your mandatory training at your earliest possible opportunity.

Hopefully this isn’t the first you’ve heard of mandatory training here at Fleming, but to refresh your memory, there are a total of seven (7) mandatory training modules to be completed by all faculty members:

  • 3 Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) modules
  • Health & Safety Training module
  • Workplace Harassment & Prevention Policy
  • WHMIS training (you will receive an email to complete)
  • A series of Copyright Literacy modules (available in D2L)

If you are new contract faculty (or haven’t done your mandatory training yet), you can be paid for your time! For details check out Mandatory Training Compensation.

 

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Counselling & Accessible Education Services *NEW* Faculty Guide

Counselling & Accessible Education Services has created a new resource for faculty, the Fleming Faculty Guide to Accessible Education Services.

A link to the document will also appear on students’ Letters of Accommodation (LoAs) so it will be easy to access it when you are viewing your students’ LoAs.

The guide contains information about the Accessible Education Services department, the principles that guide our work, as well as a description of the many accommodations students with disabilities access. There is also an explanation of the role faculty play in the delivery of each of those accommodations.

 

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LDS Team Website Resources

Not to toot our own horn, but a great place to start to find out more about all things teaching & learning is the LDS Team website.  Our “Teaching Excellence” tab has information and links about

  • Assessments
  • Engaging teaching methods
  • Classroom management
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • And much more

Looking for the resources from our “Teaching & Learning Boot Camp” last week? They’re under the “Professional Learning” tab.

If you have resources you’d recommend we add, or want to chat more about something you’ve found there, please let us know!

 

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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!

Week 0, Fall 2018

Teaching Hub

Welcome to all of our new faculty members, and welcome back to those who’ve been away for a few days or weeks! And welcome to The Teaching Hub, a weekly publication from the LDS Team, bringing you timely and helpful tips under the same categories each week: engaging teaching, learning technology, college departments, policies and procedures, services for students, and professional learning.

We welcome feedback and contributions from our readers, so please feel free to drop us a line, give us a call, tweet us, or stop in to see us!

 

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Getting to know your students is one of the best parts of teaching, and icebreakers are one way to do that at the start of the school year. We’ve all experienced icebreaker activities that are hits and misses, and there isn’t a one-size-fits-all option. If you’re looking for something that doesn’t take up too much class time, and uses written instead of verbal introductions, try the Interest Inventory from Faculty Focus.

Do you have a favourite way to get to know students? Let us know!

 

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D2L Thing of the Week: Course Shells

Faculty are encouraged to get your D2L courses ready in the following ways:

  • Copy course content into your Fall 2018 course shells using these instructions. If you are NOT able to copy content into your course, you can request the content be rolled over by sending an email to LDSTeam@flemingcollege.ca.
  • Add the link to the approved course outline (instructions).
  • Edit and/or update course materials including release dates for content and assessments (instructions)
  • Add a welcome message via the News tool to your course page (instructions – see #5)
  • Create attendance records (instructions)
  • Check out the Virtual Classroom! It allows you to host an interactive session/class remotely (with presentation, whiteboard, chat, video, and audio), host virtual office hours, host facilitated discussions, or test/assignment prep. (instructions)

All D2L help and tip sheets are located right on the D2L homepage.


Non-D2L Thing of the Week: Sli.do

Do you have a large class or lecture and need a way to collect and organize questions from the class? Add some interactivity and organization and try Sli.do! With your free Sli.do account, you can create a question area with a poll number. Students go to slido.com, enter the poll number into their device, and can type their questions into Slido. Students can upvote questions and you get to see where you need to add clarification. Win win!

 

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Learning Design & Support (LDS) Team

Our department this week is yours truly – the Learning Design and Support Team!
Our team is available to help you with all things teaching and learning.
You can contact us by email, call us at extension 1216, or drop by our hallway at the Sutherland campus — we’re located next to the library, behind Tutoring & Academic Skills (C1 203 hallway).

And if you’re looking for specific training, come see us this week at our Teaching & Learning Boot Camps & Get It Together sessions at Frost and Sutherland (see the Professional Learning section below for all the details).

 

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NEW! Academic Integrity D2L Module

Based on faculty feedback in the spring, the Library is happy to announce the development of a new Academic Integrity Module that covers a broader base of information for students. This module defines academic integrity and types of violations, along with outlining the consequences and sanctions that are imposed here at Fleming. Students may self-enroll and the module can also be used as an option when imposing sanctions. Students completing the module with an 80% or higher will obtain a dated certificate that they can provide to faculty as proof of completion.

In addition, minor changes have been made to the Library’s Avoiding Plagiarism module, including new automated certificates for students achieving 80% or higher. As always, we welcome your feedback as we move forward with the implementation of these modules, and we will continue to build and improve upon them each term.

 

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International Student Orientation

Next week, we’ll be welcoming students to all of our campuses, many for the first time. This week, we’re welcoming specifically international students, and our International Student Services department will be hosting some exciting orientation events just for them (in addition to the awesome orientation activities that will be happening next week at each campus), focused on giving international students information and support to assist them in feeling comfortable at Fleming before classes start.

During the International Student Orientation, students will tour their campus, receive information about services at Fleming College, learn about living in Peterborough or Lindsay, receive help finding housing, learn about Academic Integrity, and participate in team building games (including the Sutherland Campus Amazing Race).

Frost Campus – August 29 & 30
Sutherland Campus – August 29 – 31

International Student Registration – Sutherland Campus

The Registrar’s International Admissions team in collaboration with IT will be running new International Student registration in room C2 164 from Monday, August 27 – Friday, September 14, 2018 between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

If a new (unregistered) International Student enters your office or facility in search of registration, please direct them to room C2164.

 

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Teaching and Learning Boot Camp Level 1

In this 2-hour, interactive session, you’ll learn some teaching tips for the first days and weeks of class. We’ll discuss how to:

  • Set positive expectations for learning
  • Promote engagement through classroom management
  • Plan and deliver effective and engaging lessons
  • Get started with D2L

Although this session is targeted to new faculty, all are welcome.

Sutherland – Wednesday, August 29th, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. (Room D1 110)
Frost – Thursday, August 30th, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. (Room 104)

Get It Together Sessions

New and returning faculty are invited to drop in to get your questions answered and meet colleagues who can help with: teaching & learning, assessment, D2L, library, copyright, accessible materials, course outlines, etc.

Sutherland – Wednesday, August 29th, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.  & 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. (LRC)
Frost – Thursday, August 30th, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Learning Commons)

 

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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!

Week 7, Spring 2018

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The Teaching Hub Archive

This is our last issue of The Teaching Hub for this semester. If you find yourself missing our weekly emails and updates, you can always catch up on past issues in our archive of all issues from the past two semesters.

Happy vacation to those lucky enough to be heading off for some time away, and best of luck with the rest of the semester to those continuing your awesome work with our students!

We’ll return in the fall, with our Week 0 edition and information on the supports that will be available during the first week back for full-time faculty.

 

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D2L Thing of the Week: Subscription Training

Looking for help with D2L (Brightspace) over the summer, or interested in upgrading your D2L toolkit skills? Check out Brightspace’s subscription training service. To register, follow the instructions on our D2L page of the LDS website, or download the instructions.


Non-D2L Thing of the Week: The Catch

CatchOur friends at eCampus Ontario are publishing their own weekly blog, focused on what’s happening in technology-enabled learning. You can check out the latest, their “Season Finale,” issue here.

To see all of their past issues, click here.

 

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Learning Design & Support (LDS) Team

Our department this week is yours truly – the Learning Design and Support Team! Normally, our team is available to help you with all things teaching and learning; however, most of our team members will be going on vacation in the very near future.

You can still contact us by email, and someone will get back to you just as soon as we can.
But if you have a D2L issue that requires immediate attention, please email IT Support.

 

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Staff Tuition Policy

Did you know that Fleming has a policy that states that faculty and staff members can take courses for only $20.00? Check out the Staff Tuition Fees Policy for more information, and the requisite form. There’s also information available on the HR website about the Tuition Rebate process for faculty and staff taking post-secondary credentials.

 

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Fleming Rideshare

With summer and all its potential for fun on the horizon, students may be looking for a less expensive way to travel to and from the college, for a weekend away, or at the end of the semester. Brought to us by SAC, Fleming Rideshare is a quick, secure, and personal way to find commuting options. Students can find a carpool, transit, cycling, or walking pool that matches their commute. And it’s free to join!
For more information, check out this promotional video, starring a few familiar faces: 

 

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With many faculty members taking vacation, there may be a bit more time available for reading… by the lake, by the pool, under a shady tree… doesn’t that sound lovely?

If you’re looking for something to read that’s professional development-esque, we’ve given a few options in this week’s edition — The Catch and The Teaching Hub back issues, and now we’ll add one more: Faculty Focus.

Last week’s featured article is entitled “Taking the Class Temperature — Cognitive and Affective Feedback”.

Check it out, and if anything on your reading lists sparks ideas you’d like to chat further about, please let us knowHappy reading!

 

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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!

The Teaching Hub Archive

Looking for a past issue of The Teaching Hub?

Here are the links to our previous issues from this academic year:

Edition Topics
Spring Has Sprung
  • Responding to Microaggressions in the Classroom
  • D2L Subscription Training
  • Emailing from Class Roster
  • Tutoring & Academic Skills
  • Class Absence Procedure
  • Learning Strategies
Two is Better Than One
  • Can We Be Doing More to Promote Academic Integrity?
  • D2L Attendance
  • The Catch (eCampusOntario Blog)
  • Library Core Skills Modules
  • Student Rights & Responsibilities Policy
  • Information Literacy Certificate
Short Week
  • Human Rights Development Series (how to self-register in D2L)
  • D2L News Tool
  • Closed Captioning YouTube Videos
  • Accessible Education Services
  • Harassment & Discrimination Prevention Policy
  • Counselling Services
Last Week of May Already!?
  • D2L Class Progress
  • AV Training Videos
  • Human Resources Department
  • Grading & Academic Standing Policy
  • myCampus Portal Student Life Tab
Hello, June!
  • Five Ways to Promote a More Inclusive Classroom
  • How-to-D2L for Students
  • TextHelp
  • International Student Services
  • Academic Integrity Policy
  • English for Everyone Workshops
Penultimate Edition
  • Feedback videos
  • D2L Discussion Tool
  • Making Videos
  • Aboriginal Student Services
  • Academic Appeals Policy
  • Mentorship Miles
We’re Taking a Break
  • How to access past Teaching Hub issues
  • D2L Subscription Training
  • The Catch
  • LDS Team
  • Staff Tuition Policy
  • Fleming Rideshare

Winter 2018

Edition
Starting Fresh
  • We Have to Go Deeper (Open Faculty Patchbook post)
  • Faculty D2L Levels 1 & 2
  • Emailing from Class Roster
  • Human Resources New Employees page
  • Mandatory Training
  • Learning Strategies
  • Setting Goals
Settling In
  • Teaching English Language Learners Tip Sheet
  • D2L Attendance Tool
  • The Catch
  • Library Core Skills Module & Workshops
  • Class Absence Procedure
  • Information Literacy Certificate
  • College Systems Access
Hit the Ground Running
  • Hit the Ground Running (Open Faculty Patchbook post)
  • Write Your Life (Open Learner Patchbook post)
  • D2L News Tool
  • Closed Captioning YouTube Videos
  • Tutoring & Academic Skills
  • Student Rights & Responsibilities Policy
  • Counselling Services
  • 6 Ways to Promote a Positive Learning Environment
It’s February Already?
  • Checking in with Students (Open Faculty Patchbook post)
  • D2L Class Progress
  • AV Training Videos
  • Accessible Education Services
  • Course Withdrawal Date
  • myCampus Portal Student Life Tab
Supporting International Students
  • Supporting International Students
  • UDL on Campus
  • How-to-D2L for Students
  • TextHelp
  • International Student Services
  • Academic Integrity Policy
4-Day Week
  • The Greater Good (Open Faculty Patchbook post)
  • D2L Virtual Classroom
  • Screen Cast-o-Matic
  • Academic Council
  • LMS Usage Policy
  • Aboriginal Student Services
It’s Almost Reading Week!
  • We’re Total Pro (Open Faculty Patchbook post)
  • D2L Discussion Tool
  • Awwapp.com
  • LDS Team
  • Staff Tuition Policy
  • Fleming Rideshare
Take a Breath — It’s Reading Week!
  • D2L Rubrics
  • Visual Mapping Tools
  • Board of Governors
  • Copyright Policy
  • Athletics & Recreation
Spring Forward
  • Hand-On Exercises article
  • D2L – Daylight User Interface
  • Office 365
  • Office of Sustainability
  • Course Withdrawal Date
  • Avoiding Plagiarism Workshops
Double Digits
  • Academic Integrity Online
  • Fleming WordPress multisite
  • IT Service Desk
  • Appropriate Use Policy
Four-Day Week
  • Open Learner Patchbook post
  • D2L Daylight User Interface
  • Office 365 Opt-in
  • A/V Training Videos
  • Grading & Academic Standing Policy
  • Enactus
Post-Egg Hunt
  • UDL & the Learning Brain
  • D2L Survey Tool
  • Sway
  • Course Outlines
  • Faculty/Course Evaluations
  • Fleming Free Markets
Sooo Close
  • Ed-Tech Through the Years (Judith Limkilde radio interview)
  • D2L Daylight Training
  • Studyblue
  • Career Services – Career Maps
  • Academic Appeals Policy
  • Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Website
Penultimate Edition
  • Activities to Help Students Understand What Constitutes Cheating
  • D2L Gradebook
  • Breethe
  • Physical Resources
  • Recognition of Academic Excellence Policy
  • F.A.S.T.
We Made It!
  • How to Ungrade
  • D2L Subscription Training Service
  • Zipgrade
  • Institutional Research Office
  • Academic Issue Resolution
Intersession
  • Greetings from the VPA, Tom Weegar
  • Daylight Subscription Training
  • Rolling Over D2L Content
  • Work-Integrated Learning Modules (Niagara College)
  • Records: Final Grades
  • College Policies & Procedures
  • Video-Streaming Service

 

Week 6, Spring 2018

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While Week 6 is not yet even halfway through this Spring semester, it does bring us to the penultimate edition of The Teaching Hub. Stay tuned to next week’s final edition for some resources to take you through the rest of the summer, but for this week, we’re focused on creating videos and discussions, as well as the usual highlights of resources available on campus.

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Video Feedback

How do you like to receive feedback on complex work or writing pieces? How do you like to give that feedback? Well, some faculty are using video to provide personalized, mastery-oriented feedback to students. Students learn from it and, once you get the hang of it, it can be faster than written feedback.

In this article, How Giving Students Feedback Through Video Instead of Text Can Foster Better Understanding, you can see a video sample, link to some best practices, and learn more about getting started. Try using Screencast-o-matic to record your first feedback video (for more information on making videos, see the Non-D2L Thing of the Week, below)!

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D2L Thing of the Week: Discussion Tool

Discussion boards are a common part of online and hybrid courses, but there are also ways to use them in the face-to-face, web-enhanced classroom that support student preparation and learning.

If you have regular readings as a part of your coursework, have students use the discussion board to post their three main takeaways from each reading in advance of class. Then make time in your physical classroom to call up the discussion posts and review together. Just one more way to encourage students to be prepared! This idea can be modified to have students use the discussion board to ask clarifying questions about complex readings, or to engage in collaborative summary-note writing. The only real trick is to integrate what happens on the discussion boards into the broader learning activities.

If you want to explore more best practices for online discussion boards, take a look at this post from the University of Waterloo’s Centre for Teaching Excellence.
And check out this detailed D2L “how to” guide.


Non-D2L Thing of the Week: Making Videos

Interested in making videos for your students, to provide content and/or feedback? Check out our instructions and options for tools and how to plan your video to make it most effective for your students.

Have suggestions for other video tools or ways to use videos with students? Have questions, or need more information? Contact the LDS Team.

 

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Aboriginal Student Services

Rooted in Indigenous perspectives, Fleming Aboriginal Student Services strives to nourish students’ spirits on their learning path by supporting connection to community, culture, and self.

Aboriginal Student Services provides cultural programming, one-to-one student support, and meaningful partnerships with Indigenous organizations and local service providers to foster student success and connect students to community.

For more information, please visit the Aboriginal Student Support Services website, which includes a calendar of upcoming events in the local area.

 

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Academic Appeals

It’s important that all faculty members are prepared for the potential of a student launching a formal appeal. The Academic Appeals website has a wealth of information related to the appeals process, as well as the actual Academic Appeals policy, and who to contact for assistance.

 

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Mentorship Miles

Mentorship Miles

Mentorship at Fleming invites students, staff, faculty and staff to walk, talk, & connect.
Mondays 3:10 – 3:45 p.m. & Thursday 11:10 – 11:45 a.m. To join the fun, meet at the KTTC main entrance.

 

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Teaching English Language Learners Effectively
June 11th, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Sutherland Campus (Room TBA)
Register on Evolve (Course Number: TELL, Session #: 0118) or email pd@flemingcollege.ca

English language learners face a unique set of obstacles. In this workshop, we will explore these challenges, and then look at some strategies for  maximizing student learning outcomes. You will receive tips on classroom management, content delivery, and assessment, enabling you to support these learners throughout the learning process.


Development Series on Human Rights

A reminder that the resources from the Schools of Health & Wellness and Justice & Community Development workshop series from this spring are available for you to access.  Self-register into the D2L course for your viewing pleasure.

 

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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!

Week 5, Spring 2018

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Five Way to Promote a More Inclusive Classroom

“Integration and involvement are key ingredients for increasing student retention and promoting success. The type of classroom climate we seek to create and the teaching techniques we use can produce an environment that either supports or impedes our diverse students.” ~ Kathleen Gabriel

In Five Ways to Promote a More Inclusive Classroom from Faculty Focus, Kathleen F. Gabriel lists five ways we can create more inclusive classrooms:

  1. Promote a positive classroom climate;
  2. Embrace students’ diversity;
  3. Increase our own cultural competence;
  4. Encourage student interactions; and
  5. Foster a community of learners.

Check out the article for more details, and let us know what you think. What strategies have you tried for creating a more inclusive classroom for your students?

For more information, you can also check out the resources on our LDS Team website.

 

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D2L Thing of the Week: How-to-D2L for Students

Do you have students that are struggling to acclimatize to the D2L environment? D2LRemember that there is help tailored specifically for students, always available 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. Found on each student computer, TextHelp 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.

 

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International Student Services

ISSInternational Student Services supports the integration of over 2,000 culturally diverse students each year. They offer training programs to help Fleming faculty & support staff build cultural competency. For their upcoming workshop offering, see the “Professional Learning” section below. Their other available sessions include “Academic Integrity & International Students” and “Cultural Competency for Educators.” Future dates will be published in the PD calendar and Communications emails. For more information, you can visit the International Student Services website, send them an email, or call extension 1044.

Looking for International Student Services? They’ve moved to Portable #1 for the summer. Stay tuned for their final, post-renovation location!

 

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Academic Integrity

Students are starting to work on major assignments by this point in the semester, so it’s 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 offers an “Avoiding Plagiarism” course for which students can self-register in D2L.
The Library is currently engaged in a project to review options available to assist with both preventative and remedial assistance around academic integrity issues. Have your say and participate in our survey: Click here to take the survey

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.

 

 

 

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“English for Everyone” English Support Group

ESL
Dates:
Wednesdays from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. and 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Thursdays from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Sutherland D1129.7

Improve your communication skills: speaking, reading and writing. Get help with citations, sentence structure, and much more. Make new friends!
For more information, please email international@flemingcollege.ca

 

 

 

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Teaching English Language Learners Effectively
June 11th, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Sutherland Campus (Room TBA)
Register on Evolve (Course Number: TELL, Session #: 0118) or email pd@flemingcollege.ca

English language learners face a unique set of obstacles. In this workshop, we will explore these challenges, and then look at some strategies for  maximizing student learning outcomes. You will receive tips on classroom management, content delivery, and assessment, enabling you to support these learners throughout the learning process.

 

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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!

Week 4, Spring 2018

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Maybe it’s just us, but May seems to have flown by, and this week marks its end. This edition of The Teaching Hub celebrates not just the end of May, but the deserving winners of the Fleming Awards as well. It also has the usual helpful tips, and some upcoming PD opportunities you can attend.

 

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The Fleming Awards

Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the Fleming Awards on your well-deserved recognition (originally sent via Communications email)!

The Charles E. Pascal Award for Excellence in Teaching — Shauna Longmuir
Shauna is a faculty member in the School of Law and Justice Studies. One of the most noteworthy comments from one of Shauna’s two nominations cited that “Shauna’s commitment to my learning and success is so empowering that I have raised my own standards because of a developed belief in myself.”

The Vice-President Academic’s Contract Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching — Gwen Bennett
Gwen is a faculty member in the School of Health & Wellness whose commitment was described as being evidenced, in part, by the constant long line-ups to speak with her after class. “She will do this on a daily basis without complaint because she is so passionate about helping her students become ‘top-of-the-line’ professionals.”

The Leadership Award — Melissa McQuaid
Melissa is a Counsellor from Counselling & Accessibility Services (Frost Campus). Of note from Melissa’s nomination: “Melissa’s significant leadership success is due in part to the combination of professional experience, knowledge, dedication, sense of fun, respect, acceptance, and hope she brings to every endeavor and thus, makes working with her a deeply satisfying experience.”

The President’s Recognition Award for Support Staff — Kevin Rabjohn
Kevin is a Geomatics System Technologist from the Frost Campus who received a total of 5 nominations, one of whom described “I personally approach Kevin for a multitude of reasons, and he always has resources available to help, and if he does not he directs us to the right place. He always provides positive feedback and it seems that this is not simply a ‘workplace’ for him, but a way of life.”

The Teamwork Award — All Fleming Faculty
All full-time, partial load and part-time Fleming faculty at all campuses were nominated for the Teamwork Award.  An excerpt from the nomination indicated that “Fleming College should take pride in the dedication and professionalism of all faculty. It was through this dedication and professionalism that the college as a whole was able to meet all of its strategic priorities but in particular, it met the needs and challenges of our most important constituents, our students.”

NOTE: The faculty awards will be presented at convocation, while the remaining awards will be given out at the June all-staff meetings.

 

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D2L Thing of the Week: Class Progress

Class Progress can be a really helpful feature for both faculty and students to help track progress through a course. For faculty, the Class Progress tool measures students’ overall engagement and interaction with course content, and prepares progress reports. Students can use the feature to keep track of all of their course-specific assignments and feedback.

Class Progress tracks the following indicators:

  • Grades
  • Objectives
  • Content
  • Discussions
  • Dropbox Folders
  • Quizzes
  • Checklist
  • Surveys
  • Login History

Learn more with our tip sheet!

 

Non-D2L Thing of the Week: A/V Training Videos

Most of us can muddle our way through getting a PowerPoint up on the screen, and on good days, we can even show a video (with volume!). But have you ever taught in one of our smart classrooms and wished that you really knew how to take advantage of all that the technology has to offer? Look no further than this quick and painless how-to video from our very own Steve Higgs:

 

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Human Resources

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Our Human Resources Department website contains a wealth of helpful information for all Fleming employees. Specifically, if you’re looking for a policy or procedure (such as the one featured this week, below), they’ve got a page for that. If you’re a new employee and are looking for information, they’ve got a page for that. Or if you’re looking for information about upcoming PD opportunities (like the ones highlighted in our Professional Learning section this week), they’ve also got a page for that. For all this and more, check out the Human Resources Department website.

 

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Grading & Academic Standing Policy

Grade Deferred? Incomplete? Aegrotat? Ever heard these terms bandied about, and wondered what they actually mean?
Fleming’s almost-one-year old Grading & Academic Standing Policy and its associated Grading Administration and Academic Standing Procedures outline the general principles of grade designation here at Fleming, and identify how grading decisions can affect the status of all credit and non-credit students of Fleming College.

 

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Student Life Tab

Student LifeIn addition to the snazzy logos, the Student Life tab of the myCampus portal also has links to the wide array of services and supports available for Fleming students. So, next time you’re looking to refer a student to a resource, look no further than the Student Life tab! You can your students can easily access it from the portal home page — it’s the third tab across the top.

 

 

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Lunch & Learn: Accessibility and Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
Thursday, May 31st, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Sutherland Room B3 330
Drop In — no registration required

Bring your lunch and join us! The Academic Accessibility Working Group is hosting an informal lunch and learn about accessibility and Universal Design for Learning (UDL). The focus will be sharing some conference take-aways from the Annual Accessibility Conference at the University of Guelph and the Universal Design for Learning Implementation Research Network Summit. We’ll also have an open forum for anyone who wants to share their own learning or questions with the group.
Contact Jodie Black at jodie.black@flemingcollege.ca if you have any questions.

International Student Services PD Sessions

Cultural Competency for Educators
Monday, May 28th, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Sutherland room B3 155

This 2-hour session is designed specifically for Fleming faculty and addresses the cultural diversity found in Fleming classrooms. Building cultural competency begins with increasing our awareness of our own cultural values through self-reflection. Then building on Universal Design for Learning principles, faculty will learn how to remove barriers and create inclusive classrooms where diverse students can be successful. This session includes concrete classroom management content and case study discussion of common challenges. Presented by Debbie Harrison and Amanda Gray

Register on Evolve (Course Number: CCE, Session #: 0118) or email pd@flemingcollege.ca

Teaching English Language Learners Effectively
Registration details coming soon

English language learners face a unique set of obstacles. In this workshop, we will explore these challenges, and then look at some strategies for  maximizing student learning outcomes. You will receive tips on classroom management, content delivery, and assessment, enabling you to support these learners throughout the learning process.


Open Education Mini-MOOC

Making Sense of Open Education will run from June 1 – 15 with short daily lessons and activities at an introductory level. Topics will include open educational resources (OER), open educational practices (OEP), copyright and the Creative Commons licenses, and open tools for adaptation. A variety of experienced open educators will participate and support learning and sharing opportunities throughout the mini-course. Ontarians, Canadians, and global participants are all welcome to join in this open learning experience.

Led by Doctoral Candidate and eCampusOntario Program Manager, Jenni Hayman, the purpose of the course is to increase awareness and use of OER as part of post-secondary teaching and learning. The Twitter hashtag for the course will be #MakingSense18

Questions? Please contact Jenni via email: jhayman@ecampusontario.ca
Registration is open at the following link: https://bit.ly/2EV3FHV

 

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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!

Week 3, Spring 2018

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After a long weekend, we sometimes find it hard to remember what day of the week it is. But don’t worry, 1980s Alan Thicke is here to help:

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Development Series on Human Rights

The foundation of an engaging classroom is a welcoming classroom, where all students feel free from harassment and discrimination (for more on Fleming’s Harassment & Discrimination Prevention Policy, see the Policies section, below).

The Schools of Health & Wellness and Justice & Community Development are spending this spring learning more about human rights, and you can self-register into the D2L course where the resources from this Human Rights Development Series are being housed. The videos from the first week of training, which feature an awesome speaker on “Human Rights Legislative and Policy Framework for the Education Sector”, Njeri Damali Sojourner-Campbell of Hicks-Morley Law, are already available in the course shell.

(They’re also a great example of why we need to edit YouTube’s auto-captions when we make videos! For more information on how to do just that, see the Non-D2L Thing of the Week, below).

 

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D2L Thing of the Week: News Tool

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The News Tool in D2L can be so much more than just a way to make announcements. Provide your students with a weekly check-in, and you’ll soon discover that you are also helping to build their confidence to independently stay on top of what’s going on in your course. Create a weekly template that works for you, then stick to it. Students will quickly learn that they can get the information they need, when they need it, and that can mean fewer one-off emails to you! Check out our tip sheet for help getting started.

 

Non-D2L Thing of the Week: Closed Captioning YouTube Videos

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Have you and/or your students ventured into the world of creating your own videos? That’s great! ⇒⇒⇒

Your next step is to make sure they are both accessible and easy to watch in any scenario (i.e. without sound), by adding closed captions. Here’s a tip sheet, created by Carmen Gelette from our library, on how to edit YouTube’s auto-captions, which (as her quiz, and the videos referenced in the “Engaging Teaching” section demonstrate) are not always accurate!

 

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Accessible Education Services

AESOur friends at Accessible Education Services provide disability accommodations and services to students with disabilities. They can help with everything from assistive technology instruction to note-taking supports, from arranging ASL interpreters to testing accommodations.

If students are using testing accommodations, they will book their test using the Online Booking System, and you as the faculty member will get an email. Want to know what to do next? The answers await! Read the FAQ, access the instructor login, and review the online tutorial on the Accessible Education Online Services webpage.

 

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Harassment & Discrimination Prevention Policy

Our Harassment & Discrimination Prevention Policy states that “Fleming College is committed to fostering a working and learning environment that is free from harassment and discrimination and one where all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. The College acknowledges that groups/individuals covered under this policy have a right to full participation in employment and the receipt of education and related services and confirms that it is committed to the goal of eliminating discriminatory barriers where and if they exist.”

The policy and its related procedure can be found on the College Policies & Procedures tab of the HR website.

 

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Counselling Services

Fleming’s Counselling Services provides students counselling support for academic and personal concerns. Students can drop in or call to make an appointment with the Fleming team.  For more information, check out the Counselling Services website.
Good2Talk

In the event of a crisis, or for after-hours support, students can contact Good2Talk at 1-866-925-5454 or good2talk.ca.

 

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International Student Services PD Sessions

The International Student Experience
Thursday, May 24th, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Frost room 209

Join International Student Services for a relaxed face-to-face discussion with a panel of diverse international students. Bring your lunch with you and learn about their experiences, starting from when they first heard about Fleming back home to their greatest challenges living and studying in Canada. Students from India, Vietnam, China and Nigeria will talk about their cultures and how the education system works in their home countries. One-hour panel presentation, followed by Q&A. Open to all employees. Presented by the International Student Services team.
Register by emailing international@flemingcollege.ca

 

 

Cultural Competency for Educators
Monday, May 28th, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Sutherland room B3 155

This 2-hour session is designed specifically for Fleming faculty and addresses the cultural diversity found in Fleming classrooms. Building cultural competency begins with increasing our awareness of our own cultural values through self-reflection. Then building on Universal Design for Learning principles, faculty will learn how to remove barriers and create inclusive classrooms where diverse students can be successful. This session includes concrete classroom management content and case study discussion of common challenges. Presented by Debbie Harrison and Amanda Gray
Register by emailing international@flemingcollege.ca

Watch for more sessions in the coming weeks!


Open Education Mini-MOOC

Making Sense of Open Education will run from June 1 – 15 with short daily lessons and activities at an introductory level. Topics will include open educational resources (OER), open educational practices (OEP), copyright and the Creative Commons licenses, and open tools for adaptation. A variety of experienced open educators will participate and support learning and sharing opportunities throughout the mini-course. Ontarians, Canadians, and global participants are all welcome to join in this open learning experience.

Led by Doctoral Candidate and eCampusOntario Program Manager, Jenni Hayman, the purpose of the course is to increase awareness and use of OER as part of post-secondary teaching and learning. The Twitter hashtag for the course will be #MakingSense18

Questions? Please contact Jenni via email: jhayman@ecampusontario.ca
Registration is open at the following link: https://bit.ly/2EV3FHV

 

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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!