Week 7, Fall 2018

Teaching Hub

To RSVP, go to https://goo.gl/JJCP17

Please RSVP for our Fall Teaching & Learning Day
Tuesday, October 23rd
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sutherland Campus
For more information and the link to RSVP, please click here.

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Assessing Group Work

GroupsAssessing group work can be done in different ways, and depends on the learning goals and outcomes of your course. Are you assessing the process or the product of the group, or both? How do you translate work into an individual grade for students? The Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation has great tips, including the importance of assessing individual and group performance.

If you’re looking for some rubric-y inspiration for assessing group work, here are a few different samples:

The Association of American Colleges and Universities Teamwork VALUE rubric has a wordier option that might inspire your rubric making, while these peer and group evaluation rubrics from Chat Manis offer a more minimalist approach. How do you assess group work? Let us know; we’d love to share your experience with others!

 

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D2L Thing of the Week: Groups

While we’re on the topic of group work, did you know that D2L has a Groups tool? 

You can use groups to organize users’ work on projects and assignments, or you can create special work areas for users with different learning needs. Each group can have its own discussion forums and dropbox folders, and you can grade members of groups individually or as a team.
For more information, check out the Groups tool training documents from D2L.

Want to try out some new D2L tools? Join us during the “Do-A-Thon” on October 23rd! Click here for more information.

Non-D2L Thing of the Week: CanvaCanva.com

Have you noticed our snazzy new Teaching Hub logo and thought to yourself, “how did they make that?” Well, the answer is Canva. Canva is a free graphic design tool that you and your students can use. “Its drag and drop functionality enables [teachers and students] to create presentations, posters, one-page documents, and social media posts.” Give it a try and see for yourself!

Have you or one of your students created something beautiful with Canva? Show us that creativity! Tweet it to us, and we’ll retweet it.

Want to create something in Canva to beautify your D2L course page? Join us during the “Do-A-Thon” on October 23rd! Click here for more information.

 

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Counselling Services

 

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Sutherland Campus Counselling Services – new location: A2 113

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

 

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

Don’t forget that Counselling Services are now in their new location on the Sutherland campus: A2 113, with Health Services.

 

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Copyright

Do you know everything you need to know about Canadian Copyright Law and the exceptions to the law provided for educational use? Take the Copyright Literacy course in D2L, and learn how copyright affects your use of materials in the classroom. Come and test your knowledge with Marcia, our resident expert, during the Teaching and Learning Day on October 23rd. Click here for more information.

Marcia can be contacted (ext. 1356 or Marcia.steeves@flemingcollege.ca) at anytime.

 

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Off-Campus Housing

Off-Campus

Another situation that often involves group work (and its potential for associated issues) is student housing!

Fleming’s Off-Campus Housing Office helps students secure and maintain suitable housing off campus in Peterborough, Lindsay, Haliburton, and Cobourg. Campus-specific listings are provided through Places4Students (website and app), connecting students with landlords in our communities.

We help facilitate students’ success through:

  • Access to mobile listings and providing online neighbourhood housing resources;
  • Collaboration with International Student Services in supporting students to secure housing;
  • Lease review, Residential Tenancy Act (RTA) consultations, and mediation services;
  • Developing a network of landlords that provide student housing;
  • Helping students resolve challenges with roommates, landlords, and other off-campus living issues;
  • Linking students with community partners; and
  • Overcoming emergency housing crises.

For more information, see Off-Campus Housing Information.

 

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Five Simple Ideas to Try with Group Work

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Have you encountered issues with students working in groups? “Five Simple Ideas to Try with Group Work” from Faculty Focus has suggestions for alleviating some of those issues.

The five ideas are

 

  1. Design a group project in which the students work in phases.
  2. Develop an element of the project that allows group members to make their own choices.
  3. Within a group project, include a component requiring individual students to submit non-onerous individual work.
  4. Devote a segment during class before all group projects begin to implement two important steps:
    1. Getting to know each other, and
    2. Establishing group norms.
  5. Prepare students to expect the unexpected.

For more information, check out the full article.

Do you have suggestions you would add to this list? Share them with us, and we’ll happily pass them along (giving credit where credit is due, Marcia, of course!).

 

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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. We would love to hear from you!

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Week 6, Fall 2018

The Teaching Hub: Week 6, Fall 2018

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Active Learning Cards

Looking for some new ideas for engaging your students in class? Check out the Active Learning Cards provided to us by colleague Eric Moore from the other U of T (University of Tennessee) via the Center for Effective Teaching & Learning at Cal State LA. The images above are just two of the 36 options available! You can download the whole set for yourself from the Engaging Methods page on our LDS Team website, or you can borrow a laminated deck from the library at Sutherland or Frost, where we’ve got them on reserve!

Have you tried any of these ideas? Do you have others you would add to this resource? Let us know! We’d love to share your stories to inspire other faculty members to try something new!

 

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D2L Thing of the Week: Virtual Classroom

Virtual Classroom by YouSeeU is an integrated web-conferencing tool (in D2L) to help you connect with your learners in Brightspace with live discussions, office hours, and more. Collaborate during a session by sharing slides, files, and live views of your whiteboard or desktop.

For more information, watch this short how-to video.

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.

Screencast-o-Matic is one tool you can use to easily create short video content:

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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Indigenous Student Services

Kendaaswim, Dibendaagoziwin, E-yaawyin (Learn, Belong, Become)

Indigenous Student Services offers culturally appropriate counseling support, provides information and resources, and acts as a link to the college and to the wider community. Together with the Indigenous Education Council, and the Indigenous Student Council “Mino Bimaadiziwin” (The way of a good life), they form a large community within the college.

Indigenous Student Services is  committed to the recruitment, retention, and success of First Nation, Inuit and Métis students. For more information, and a calendar of events, please visit the Indigenous Student Services website, which can be accessed through the Student Life tab of the myCampus portal.

Sutherland Campus
Indigenous Student Services has a beautiful new space on the Sutherland Campus! You can now find Indigenous Student Services support staff, and the Indigenous Student Lounge and resource centre in room B2 299.

Frost Campus
You can find Indigenous Student Services in Room 180A, where Indigenous Student Services Coordinator Tommy Akulukjuk is available Monday through Thursday 9:00 – 3:00, and Friday 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Haliburton Campus
Tommy Akulukjuk is available by appointment and from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every 3rd Wednesday of the month.

 

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Access & Accommodation for Students with Disabilities

Have you read the Policy and Administrative Operating Procedure for Access and Accommodation for Students with Disabilities? If not, grab a coffee and cozy spot and get reading!

The policy has useful info like the definition of academic accommodation, and the procedure has even more useful info such as the operating procedures for how students request accommodation due to disability, determining accommodation requirements, and the admissions process.

Any questions about the policy or procedure? Contact Red Keating, Director of Counselling and Accessible Education Services.

 

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Quiet Reflection Room – Sutherland Campus

The Sutherland Campus Quiet Reflection Room is officially open in Room C2 121 (near the stairs down to the cafeteria).

The Quiet Reflection Room is a space for both students and staff to use for personal reflection, prayer, contemplation, and meditation. This space is non-denominational and multi-purpose, and at this time will not be booked out or reserved to maintain its availability to all students and staff throughout the day. The room comes equipped with a growing number of books/resources and community agency information, as well as prayer mats and two foot wash stations.

Do you have feedback or suggestions on the space? Contact Mark Gray, Manager, Student Experience, Diversity & Inclusion. For more information on diversity at Fleming College, visit the Diversity website.

 

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What Are We Communicating to Students When We Write?

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There’s all sorts of evidence that creating personal connections with students has a positive effect on learning experiences, but how much thought do we give to making those connections in writing?”

This question, posed by Dr. Maryellen Weimer in her Faculty Focus article, offers an opportunity to reflect on how we communicate with our students, and what the subtle messages are that we are sending. She also references an interesting study of syllabi, and the impact that learner-centred language can have on students’ impressions of the course and instructor.

To read the article, please click here. If it sparks any ideas or inspires you to consider changes in your communication, let us know. We’d love to hear about it!

 

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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. We would love to hear from you!

Week 5, Fall 2018

Teaching Hub

ICYMI:

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Travail de Groupe with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students

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Group work can be an enriching and satisfying teaching and learning experience, and works best with thoughtful and informed planning. The Higher Education Academy’s Teaching International Students project has created this evidence-based guide book to group work. It “suggests what teachers can do to make group work more effective and less likely to ‘go wrong’, especially in the context of cultural and language diversity.”

Top tip? Fewer groups, longer duration. 

For more information, see the full guide here: https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/system/files/group_work.pdf

 

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

D2L.PNGAre your students struggling with using D2L? We have the solution! We have created a self-paced course for students on the areas and activities in D2L most relevant to them, as learners at Fleming.

Once your students log in to D2L, by scrolling down the right sidebar, they can access the “How to D2L for Students” course.

After self-registering, students will learn all about navigating your course and viewing course content. There is also a “Student Help – MyCourses (D2L)” link for written help on other D2L topics.

So when your students need help with D2L, remember to mention these resources, available 24/7!


Non-D2L Thing of the Week: TurnItIn

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TurnItIn is a tool students can use to scan their work and compare it to material on public websites, academic journals, and other documents in TurnItIn. After scanning, sections of the work are highlighted for the student if citations for unoriginal content are not included or are incorrect.

TurnItIn is a great opportunity for Fleming students to double-check the originality of their work and improve their citation skills, as it will show students where plagiarism concerns exist, and make recommendations on how to correct them prior to submission for grading.

TurnItIn is currently in the process of being implemented, with faculty training to be developed and rolled out over the Fall semester, and full implementation completed by the beginning of the Winter semester.

Visit the LDS Team TurnItIn page for updates and more information as it becomes available!

 

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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 offerings, watch your Communications emails, or check the PD calendar.

For more information, you can visit the International Student Services website, send them an email, or call extension 1044.

 

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Academic Integrity

Together, we are responsible for abiding by the Academic Integrity (AI) policy and procedures, and upholding our commitment to high-quality teaching. We understand it’s not always easy.

Based on feedback from faculty members and the Academic Council, the Office of the Vice-President Academic (VPA) made the following changes to the AI violation reporting process:

  1. The violation form is now available online.
  2. After clicking the “submit” button, the form is automatically sent to the Records Office, the Office of the VPA, and the faculty member who submits the form (no more interoffice mail, scanning forms, and wondering who to send the form to).
  3. Faculty members can include multiple students on one form (as long as the violation type and sanction are the same).
  4. Faculty members will soon have access to quickly find out if a student has a previous Academic Integrity violation (Currently, faculty have to contact the Records Office and wait for a response. We will provide instructions once the Records Office completes the set-up).
  5. Questions, suggestions, and comments about Academic Integrity are always welcome and can now be sent to our new e-mail address: AcademicIntegrity@flemingcollege.ca.

Faculty members are encouraged to teach students about the importance of Academic Integrity, and provide their expectations for honest and individual work, before assigning assessments.

The Library offers Academic Integrity-related education modules and International Student Services staff offers help in understanding cultural perspectives on plagiarism, copyright, and cheating.

The Policy and Procedures for Academic Integrity, along with examples and resources, are available on the VPA website.

 

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English Support Groups

Sutherland Campus

ESL Sutherland

Location: D1129.7

Mondays: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thursdays: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Meet friends, share news and information, have fun!

For more information, contact Tracey McConnery (tracey.mcconnery@flemingcollege.ca).

 

 


Frost Campus
English Language - FrostLocation: Room 109

Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

We can help you with your listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

For more information, contact Kimberly Lalone (kimberly.lalone@flemingcollege.ca).

 

 

 

 

 

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Teaching English Language Learners

Our LDS Team website has a variety of resources for supporting your work with English Language Learners, including a tip sheet created by Tracey McConnery – Fleming’s own Manager of International Student Services & English Language Programs.

Her top 10 tips are:

  1. Get to know your students.
  2. Honour the silent period.
  3. Simplify your language without “dumbing it down”.
  4. Increase wait times.
  5. Provide students with frequent opportunities to work together.
  6. Use non-linguistic cues.
  7. Pre-teach whenever possible.
  8. Model.
  9. When possible, allow chances for feedback and revisions.
  10. Check for understanding.

Looking for more information on any of these tips? Check out the full tip sheet: Teaching English Language Learners.

 

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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. We would love to hear from you!

Week 4, Fall 2018

Teaching Hub

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Formative Assessment

Now that we’ve got a few weeks of the semester under our belts, how are your students doing in terms of progress toward the learning goals and outcomes of your course? How do you know? More importantly, how do they know? This is where formative assessment comes in!

Formative Assessment is defined as “formal and informal processes teachers and students use to gather evidence for the purpose of improving learning. Teachers use assessment information during the learning to diagnose student needs, plan next steps in instruction, provide students with targeted practice, and offer effective feedback.” (from Classroom Assessment for Student Learning by Jan Chappuis, Rick Stiggins, Steve Chappuis, and Judith Arter)

Looking for some ideas for formative assessment? This infographic highlights 7 “High Leverage Practices to Advance Student Learning”:

You can read more about each of these practices here, and in the book from which they came: Mastering Formative Assessment Moves: 7 High-Leverage Practices to Advance Student Learning.

 

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D2L Thing of the Week: Class Progress

The Class Progress tool allows you to view all of an individual student’s activity in your course page. It provides detailed information about each tool or area.

You can use this tool to view all of a student’s contributions to discussion topics, assignments submitted to the dropbox, quizzes attempted or completed, and so much more.

Students can use this tool to check their grades, check to see if they submitted assignments, view completed quizzes, review feedback provided on their assignments, and review rubrics associated with assessments. For more information on how to use the Class Progress Tool, check out this tip sheet!


Non-D2L Thing of the Week: AV Videos

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Crestron? Extron? What’s the difference? Walking into the classroom for the first time can be a little daunting, but the I.T. Department hopes to ease some of your audio-visual jitters!

Steve Higgs (from I.T.S.) has created some handy videos to explain how to use the variety of equipment you might encounter in the classroom. In a hurry? You can view specific equipment videos, too! Access the videos here: AV Training Videos

 

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Accessible Education Services

AESOur friends at Accessible Education Services provide academic accommodations and services to students with documented disabilities. These individualized plans can include assistive technology instruction, note-taking supports, arranging ASL interpreters, and/or testing accommodations. If students are using testing accommodations, they are expected to book their test using the AES 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 tutorial on the  Accessible Education Online Services webpage.

 

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Course Withdrawal

Important Dates.PNGAccording to the Academic Schedule, next Friday, October 5th is the final date for students to withdraw from a course that runs in the front seven weeks of the semester and receive a “W” designation (instead of a “WF” or the dreaded “F” for failure) on their academic record (there is a similar date for 15-week courses; we’ll remind you of that one, too).

What does this mean for you? It’s time to check in with your students!

To help your students make an informed decision, you can

  • Provide timely feedback on their progress in the course (i.e. make sure they have marks in D2L at this point in the semester);
  • Have a conversation with students (via email, or in person) who are struggling or not showing up, about how they can seek extra help (from you, or the services we’ve already featured in The Hub this semester, like Study Skills, or Tutoring & Academic Skills); and
  • Encourage your students to see you and/or email you with course questions or concerns.

 

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Student Life Tab

Student Life TabThe Student Life tab in the portal is your students’ ticket to finding the right resources when they need them, all in one convenient location.

Clicking on the pretty icons provides a list of available resources, and there’s even a link for staff-only resources, like the CCR. Check it out!

 

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The Need for Balanced Feedback

How can students gauge their progress toward the learning goals and outcomes of your course? Through faculty feedback, of course! And what type of feedback is best for improving student learning?

Relevant, timely, and constructive are terms you’ve likely heard before in reference to feedback, but how about balanced? What do we mean by that? For ideas on how to provide balanced feedback to your students, check out The Need for Balanced Feedback from Faculty Focus.

 

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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. We would love to hear from you!

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!

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

D2L

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.

class roster

 

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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