Week 14, Winter 2018

 

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Faculty Focus: Activities to Help Students Understand What Constitutes Cheating

As we approach the end of the semester, and many of our students prepare to write final exams or tests, it’s an opportune time to have (yet another) discussion with your students about what constitutes cheating. Activities that Promote Cheating Awareness, an article from Faculty Focus, provides some practical ideas for how to facilitate a conversation in your class to ensure students are aware of what cheating means.

Do you use any other strategies to discuss Academic Integrity with your students? Let us know; we’d love to hear what’s working for you.

 

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D2L Thing of the Week: Gradebook

 

Final grades are due Tuesday May 1st–and before you can submit final grades, you need to make sure everything is correctly posted in the gradebook. If you need a quick refresher on the ins and outs of the D2L gradebook, follow this link to the “Getting Started with D2L” guide that covers gradebook basics.

Good luck, and happy marking!

Non-D2L Thing of the Week: Breethe

It’s week 14. Students are tense. Faculty are tired. Everyone is stressed out. It’s not time to learn something new. It’s time to breathe.

Walk away from the marking and try the relaxation app called BreetheAfter 10 minutes of soothing music, calming imagery, and guided meditation, you will feel ready to take on all that the end of a semester can throw at you!

 

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Physical Resources — Construction Updates

PRIn addition to the Communications emails that provide regular construction updates from Physical Resources, did you know that Physical Resources is also on Twitter and Instagram, and they even have their own Youtube channel? You can get sneak peeks into the construction as it’s happening, which is especially exciting as the new spaces really start to take shape!

Check out the Physical Resources Construction website for even more information.

 

 

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Recognition of Academic Excellence

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Ever wondered what Fleming does to recognize the academic excellence of our many hard-working students?

Well, there’s a policy for that! Fleming’s Recognition of Academic Excellence policy and procedure define three different ways the college recognizes student academic success: Students who achieve a semester GPA of 3.60 or greater receive a Letter of Academic Achievement; the President’s Honour Roll recognizes the top graduate(s) from each program; and there are also Academic Awards to recognize specific students with a financial award.

 

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First Aid Support Team (F.A.S.T.)

The Fleming College First Aid Support Team (FAST) is a student volunteer group who responds with campus security to First Aid emergencies on the Sutherland campus.  This includes the main buildings, six residence buildings, and the Fleming College Sports Fields. FAST provides support to campus security during core business hours of Fleming College, 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday from September to April.  As requested, FAST can also attend special events on campus. Learn more here: http://flemingsac.ca/fast/

FAST

 

 

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Course Design Spring Cohort

The LDS Team will be running a Course Design Cohort to support faculty doing course (re)design during the front half of the Spring semester. We will meet weekly on Mondays (May 7, 14, & 28, & June 4, 11 & 18) from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and assist faculty members with the course design process, provide community support, and help make the most of development time.
Anyone can sign up for this cohort, and it will be available (one way or another) at all campuses.

Please go to the LDS Team website to sign up: https://department.flemingcollege.ca/lds/professionallearning/course-design-cohort
If you have questions, please let us know.

 

Enweying: The Way We Speak Together
A 3-Day professional learning opportunity for Educators and Health Care Providers

Enweying
For more information, go to www.trentu.ca/enweyinglearning.

 

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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!

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Week 13, Winter 2018

 

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The end of this crazy semester is so close, we can almost taste it! Hang in there, faculty members; you can do it!

 

 

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Ed-Tech Through the Years (a Radio Farewell to Judith)

Terry Greene (Program Manager at eCampus Ontario) interviewed Judith on his VoicEd radio show about her career in the college system and the history and future of educational technology. Check it out here!

 

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D2L Thing of the Week: A Great resource for getting ready for Daylight (the upgrade to D2L user interface)

3 Reasons to Use the Service:

    1. Get Started with Training Right Away! As soon as a new student, faculty, or staff member has their Fleming email address they can use that address to sign into D2L Training Services.
    2. Access to training is unlimited and available from anywhere:  Learners can sign up for live training sessions or watch videos on specific topics
    3. Stay Up to Date: New live events and recordings are added all the time. You can check out information about updates and fixes to the environment, and new features and tools.

 

 

More details will be coming soon!

Non-D2L Thing of the Week: Studyblue

There was the old way to make flashcards:

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But things have changed. With the end of semester looming, students are getting ready to prepare for final tests and exams. Why not encourage them to make their own digital flashcards? It’s easy to do using an online tool like www.studyblue.com

And once they’ve made their flashcards, they can use them to study in a variety of ways, with self-quizzing, review sheets, and more. All for free! (And there is a paid version that gives them access to millions of crowd-sourced study materials–some of them created by students right here at Fleming.)

 

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Career Services — Career Maps

Grounded in our Fleming Career Brand, Career Services has created a Career Development Map for each program. These maps are demonstrating the way out Fleming programs are developing the required skills needed for industry. These maps can be used as a tool when speaking with prospective students or discussing skills developed within the course for current students. You can find the links to Career Development maps for each program here. Please refer to them when appropriate, emphasizing the importance of developing soft, or transferable, skills and how employers look for competencies like communication, leadership, and teamwork more than hard or technical skills by a significant margin.

If you don’t see your program listed, or have suggested changes for your document, please contact David Luinstra, Manager, Career & Academic Support Services.

 

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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. Take some time before the end of semester to make sure you understand how the process works.

There is an overview of the process below, and you can read the full policy here:  https://department.flemingcollege.ca/academic-appeals/

Appeals

You can also download this flowchart.

 

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Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Website

equityFleming College believes that diversity and inclusion are cornerstones of global citizenship, equity and success for students and staff.  Our promise is an inclusive community where we can Learn, Belong, Become.” ~ Inclusivity Statement

Fleming’s Equity, Diversity & Inclusion website hosts information about student groups, workshops, and other resources that support this statement.

Check out the latest patch in the Open Learner Patchbook, which comes from a Fleming student, Kate Long. She writes about her experience finding acceptance and inclusion in Coming Out.

 

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Course Design Spring Cohort

The LDS Team will be running a Course Design Cohort to support faculty doing course (re)design during the front half of the Spring semester. We will meet weekly on Mondays (May 7, 14, & 28, & June 4, 11 & 18) from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and assist faculty members with the course design process, provide community support, and help make the most of development time.
Anyone can sign up for this cohort, and it will be available (one way or another) at all campuses.

Please go to the LDS Team website to sign up: https://department.flemingcollege.ca/lds/professionallearning/course-design-cohort
If you have questions, please let us know.

 

Enweying: The Way We Speak Together
A 3-Day professional learning opportunity for Educators and Health Care Providers

Enweying
For more information, go to www.trentu.ca/enweyinglearning.

 

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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 12, Winter 2018

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Now that you’re coming down from your sugar high, we’re into week 12, which means course outline submission, faculty/course evaluations, and generally winding-up-to-wind-down the semester.

 

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UDL & The Learning Brain

UDLEngaged teachers are also engaged learners.

“Understanding these key facts about the learning brain not only helps educators in designing challenging, high quality learning opportunities, but they’re also incredibly important for our learners to understand, as well. The more we understand about our own learning and how it happens, the further we advance toward the ultimate goal: becoming expert learners” (CAST, 2018).

Learn more about how the brain learns with this engaging new handout from CAST: http://www.cast.org/binaries/content/assets/common/publications/articles/cast-udlandthebrain-20180321.pdf

 

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D2L Thing of the Week: Surveys

Formal course evaluation forms are helpful, but sometimes we need to get at more specific issues in our courses–especially for when we are getting ready for curriculum work over the spring semester.

The survey tool in D2L can be a great way to independently gather feedback from your students about what they liked–and didn’t like–about the course. Depending on what you are looking for, you can even keep it as simple as a three-question stoplight exercise:

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Green light: what should we keep doing in this course?

Yellow light: what should we consider changing or doing differently?

Red light: what should we stop doing in this course?

For instructions about how to use the Survey tool in D2L, check out this handy tipsheet.

Non-D2L Thing of the Week: Sway

Have you tried out Sway yet? It’s the new digital storytelling app that is a part of the Microsoft 365 platform, which faculty can opt into now (see last week’s Hub for information on how), and it has lots of great educational uses, especially for project- or problem-based learning. Faculty can use Sway to create interactive web-based lessons, assignments, project overviews, newsletters, and more—and because it’s an app, it’s as easy to use from your phone or tablet as it is from a desktop. Students can collaborate and use Sway to create engaging reports, assignments, projects, study materials, and portfolios. Sways are easy to share with the class or the world, and look great on any screen. Students will have access to Office 365 as of Fall 2018, and faculty who don’t opt in before then will move to Office 365 as of Fall Week 8.

Interested in learning more? Check out this great tutorial from Lynda.com.

 

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Academic Operations: Spring Semester Course Outline Due Date

outlines The Academic Operations website contains helpful information on using the Course Outline System as well as upcoming due dates for course outlines to be completed.

For the Spring 2018 semester, the due date for course outline completion is fast approaching: Monday, April 9th.

 

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Faculty & Course Evaluations

While a bit later than in previous semesters, it’s that time again for Faculty & Course Evaluations. As per the Communications email sent on behalf of Judith Limkilde, VPA, Faculty and Course Evaluations will occur during weeks 12 and 13 (i.e. this week and next!).

One section of one course per faculty has been randomly selected by the Institutional Research Office to be evaluated in class. Probationary faculty will receive a package for one section of each course they teach. Evaluation packages have been distributed to your on-campus mailbox. Please refer to your package for detailed instructions on how the evaluations are to be administered. If you have any questions relating to the administration of the evaluations, please contact Sarah Amirault.

 

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Free Market

The free market is a place on campus for the whole Fleming community to exchange goods at no charge. It’s like a local shopping experience, but it’s totally free. You can donate something, like an item of clothing, to the free market and add it to the collection, then others can “shop” through the market and choose what they need. Give what you can, take what you need! Make sure you check it out. At Sutherland it’s in the cafeteria near the SAC offices, and at Frost it’s in the upper cafeteria (across from Student Services).

Market

 

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Course Design Spring Cohort

The LDS Team will be running a Course Design Cohort to support faculty doing course (re)design during the front half of the Spring semester. We will meet weekly on Mondays (May 7, 14, & 28, & June 4, 11 & 18) from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and assist faculty members with the course design process, provide community support, and help make the most of development time.

Anyone can sign up for this cohort, and it will be available (one way or another) at all campuses.

Please go to the LDS Team website to sign up: https://department.flemingcollege.ca/lds/professionallearning/course-design-cohort

If you have questions, 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 11, Winter 2018

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Hopefully the shortened week has you looking forward to a long weekend, rather than lamenting the loss of a day’s productivity! To help with your workload, we’ve streamlined this edition to be short and sweet.

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The Open Learner Patchbook — Patch Five: Banned Together

PatchThe Open Learner Patchbook is now up to six “patches,” each written by a student, about learning. What’s more engaging than that?

Patch 5, Banned Together, is an examination of how one learner benefits from using her laptop in class (and, conversely, how her learning is impacted when laptops are banned).

Check it out, and let us know what you think. Did her experience offer any new insights? Does you course/program place restrictions on the use of technology? Why/why not?

 

 

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D2L Thing of the Week: Showcasing D2L New User Interface “Daylight”

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Although the University of Guelph has branded their D2L as CourseLink, it is indeed the new D2L user interface that we will be changing over to this Spring… What do you think?

 

 

 

Non-D2L Thing of the Week: Office 365 Opt-In for Faculty

 

In advance of ITS enabling additional Office365 features for students later this year, we’d like to give faculty early access to this product suite.

By opting-in to Office365, what will change?  

  • Your @flemingcollege.ca email address will stay the same. Your mailbox data will be migrated to Microsoft’s data centre, located in Canada. You’ll be upgraded to latest version of the Outlook Web Access (OWA) interface.
  • Your access to any additional shared mailboxes or shared calendars resources that remain on-premises may be impacted, so please consult with IT and the resource owner if this applies to you.
  • If your mobile device is configured to receive Fleming email, you’ll need to re-add the mail account profile as a results of the new mailbox location.  Instructions are available for iPhone & Android.
  • Additional Office365 applications will be available: OneNote, OneDrive for Business (web access only, desktop sync is disabled), Skype for Business, SharePoint Online, any many more.

How to Opt In: Complete this form (Please allow 2-3 business days for your mailbox migration to be completed. You will receive email confirmation via an ITS ticket when your mailbox migration has been completed, and you will need to re-add the Fleming email configuration on your mobile device).

Further information about Office365 use at Fleming College can be found on this ITS website. Please contact the ITS Service Desk if you have any questions.

 

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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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Grading & Academic Standing Policy

We all know what pass/fail means, but what about aegrotat?

It’s week 11, and with the end of term looming, it’s a perfect time to spend some time with Fleming Policy #2-201C–Grading and Academic Standing.

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Enactus

Enactus is an international non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action. They provide a platform for teams of outstanding college and university students to create community development projects that put people’s own ingenuity and talents at the centre of improving their livelihoods. Guided by educators and supported by business leaders, students take the kind of entrepreneurial approach that empowers people to be a part of their own success. The goal of Enactus is to transform both the lives of the people they serve, and in turn, the lives of participating students as they develop into more effective, values-driven leaders.

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Did you know that Enactus is active right here at Fleming?  Learn more here: http://flemingsac.ca/enactus/

 

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Course Design Spring Cohort

In May and June, the LDS Team will run a Course Design Cohort to support faculty doing course (re)design during the front half of the Spring semester. Our plan is to meet weekly on Mondays from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and assist faculty with the course design process, provide community support, and help make the most of development time.

Anyone can sign up for this cohort, and it will be available (one way or another) at all campuses. Please go to the LDS Team website to sign up: https://department.flemingcollege.ca/lds/professionallearning/course-design-cohort

If you have questions, please let us know.

REMINDER: Ontario Post-Secondary Course Resources Survey from eCampusOntario

@eCampusOntario wants to learn more about how educators select and use course resources, including #OER and #OpenTextbooks. Are you currently teaching a post-secondary course in Ontario? Consider taking our 10-15 minute Ontario Post-Secondary Course Resources Survey through March 31. Thank you!

Link to the Survey in English: http://bit.ly/2scq6qX
Link to the Survey in French: http://bit.ly/2o24jwS

If you have any questions about the research, please contact Jenni Hayman, Program Manager at jhayman@ecampusontario.ca

 

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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 10, Winter 2018

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We’ve made it to Week 10 — double digits! This week’s edition of The Teaching Hub contains information about workshops that can be delivered upon request by International Student Services, encouraging academic integrity online, and other  internet-related things.

 

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International Student Services Workshops for Faculty & Support Staff

International Student Services is offering training programs to help Fleming faculty & support staff to build cultural competency and UDL/inclusive classroom management skills.
For more information about scheduling a session for your department, email 
international@flemingcollege.ca or speak with Tracey McConnery, Manager of English Language Programs and International Student Services at ext. 1044.

Available Workshops:

The International Student Experience

Join International Student Services for a relaxed face-to-face discussion with a panel of diverse international students. 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

Cultural Competency for Educators

This 2-hour session is designed specifically for Fleming faculty and addresses the cultural diversity found in Fleming classrooms. Building cultural competence 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, Amanda Gray, and guest faculty members

Teaching English Language Learners (ELL)

English Language Learners face a unique set of obstacles when it comes to studying in a Canadian post-secondary learning environment. We will begin by understanding these challenges and then look at some strategies for maximizing their learning outcomes. You will receive tips on areas such as classroom management, content delivery, and assessment, which will enable you to support your English Language Learners throughout the learning process (1 hour).
Presented by Tracey McConnery

Academic Integrity and the International Student

We provide a short overview of the new Academic Integrity policy, followed by a scenario-based learning activity developed to teach new international students about plagiarism and its consequences in the Canadian education system (1.5 hours).
Presented by Amanda Gray and an academic representative

 

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D2L Thing of the Week: Assessments & Academic Integrity

This great resource from the Centre for Teaching Excellence at the University of Waterloo applies to some of D2L’s assessment tools, including online quizzes, discussions and the assignment Dropbox, and contains advice from instructional designers and web developers. Check it out and let us know if you have any tips to add: Encouraging Academic Integrity Online


Non-D2L Thing of the Week: Fleming WordPress multisite

 

WordpressFleming has its own installation of WordPress (website, blogging, and portfolio platform) that we will be introducing to the college community shortly.

First-year Communications courses have been using WordPress as their blogging platform for the past 18 months, and Fleming has committed to supporting our own hosted WordPress solution to support students in Communications and beyond. We will feature more information about Fleming WordPress very soon, so stay tuned to The Hub!

 

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IT Service Desk

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Can’t get your laptop to connect to the college wifi? Is your office desktop giving you trouble? No question is too small or too large for the highly capable staff at the IT Service Desk!

The Service Desk is available to help all staff and students with their IT needs.  Walk-up service is available at:

Frost Campus – FR340
Sutherland Campus – C2 102

You can also easily reach them by sending your question or problem to itsupport@flemingcollege.ca.

 

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Appropriate Use Policy

Did you know that everyone who has a Fleming College IT Network user account (whether they are students or staff), must follow the Appropriate Use Policy? This policy outlines the underlying principles and rules that govern the use of Fleming College’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

Fleming is committed to ensuring a working and learning environment in which all ICT users have the responsibility to respect the physical and emotional well-being, and the sense of personal worth and dignity of others in the college community, as well as promoting the responsible and ethical use of college resources.
You can learn more about this policy here.

 

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Student Spaces (Sutherland)

This message was originally sent by Communications, but contains useful information to which you can refer your students, should questions arise during the back half of the semester.

Learning Commons (LRC) – A quiet study space

In order to ensure students have access to quiet study space, the LRC will now be a designated quiet study area. Students who need to do group work are encouraged to book rooms, use the foyer, or the cafeteria. Students who are interested in socializing are reminded to use the cafeteria and the Steele Centre.  As the weather improves, outdoor spaces will also become an option. WIFI is now available outside.

Other Spaces on Campus

Group Study Space:

  • Galleria (B3 – long bright hallway)
  • SAC Board Rooms (C1 – to book, please visit SAC)
  • Learning Commons (C2 — to book space in the LRC, please email itsupport@flemingcollege.ca or visit the IT Service Desk)
  • Library (C1 – to book space in the Library, visit the Library Circulation Desk)

For all other room bookings, please complete the Room Booking form.

Quiet Study Space: Learning Commons (C2) and Library (C1) – Meeting rooms and quiet study spaces available.
Computers: Learning Commons (C2), Library (C1), and (NEW) Lower Cafeteria (C1 – outside SAC)
Quiet reflective space: Prayer and Meditation Room (C1 – behind Tim Horton’s)

 

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Course Design Spring Cohort

In May and June, the LDS Team will run a Course Design Cohort to support faculty doing course (re)design during the front half of the Spring semester. Our plan is to meet weekly on Mondays from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and assist faculty with the course design process, provide community support, and help make the most of development time.

Anyone can sign up for this cohort, and it will be available (one way or another) at all campuses. Please go to the LDS Team website to sign up: https://department.flemingcollege.ca/lds/professionallearning/course-design-cohort

If you have questions, please let us know.

Aboriginal Awareness Week

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For more information on Aboriginal Awareness Week events, contact Ashley Safar.

REMINDER: Ontario Post-Secondary Course Resources Survey from eCampusOntario

@eCampusOntario wants to learn more about how educators select and use course resources, including #OER and #OpenTextbooks. Are you currently teaching a post-secondary course in Ontario? Consider taking our 10-15 minute Ontario Post-Secondary Course Resources Survey through March 31. Thank you!

Link to the Survey in English: http://bit.ly/2scq6qX
Link to the Survey in French: http://bit.ly/2o24jwS

If you have any questions about the research, please contact Jenni Hayman, Program Manager at jhayman@ecampusontario.ca

 

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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 9, Winter 2018

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Hopefully you (and your students) are on time for class today, as we’ve “sprung forward” for Daylight Savings Time. As we enter the back half of the Winter 2018 semester, we hope it’s all smooth sailing from here!

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REMINDER: Ontario Post-Secondary Course Resources Survey

@eCampusOntario wants to learn more about how educators select and use course resources, including #OER and #OpenTextbooks. Are you currently teaching a post-secondary course in Ontario? Consider taking our 10-15 minute Ontario Post-Secondary Course Resources Survey through March 16. Thank you!

Link to the Survey in English: http://bit.ly/2scq6qX
Link to the Survey in French: http://bit.ly/2o24jwS

If you have any questions about the research, please contact Jenni Hayman, Program Manager at jhayman@ecampusontario.ca

 

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Our engaging teaching reading for this week comes to us via Twitter from Katie Novak, internationally-recognized expert in UDL:

The article from Stanford News looks to flip the “flipped classroom.” The authors “are showing that exploration, inquiry and problem solving are not just ‘nice to have’ things in classrooms… They are powerful learning mechanisms that increase performance by every measure we have.”

Give it a read, and let us know what you think. Does this study have you “flipping” out?

 

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D2L Thing of the Week: Daylight

A new user experience interface (Daylight) is Coming Soon… check it out!


Non-D2L Thing of the Week: Office 365

Shifting to Office 365? Check out some of the applications available:

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What is Sway?

 

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Office of Sustainability

(contributed by Trish O’Connor)

The Office of Sustainability supports the implementation of the sustainability plan at Fleming under the guidance of a cross-college Steering Committee and an Academic Task Force. The Academic Task is composed of faculty from each School and those who are teaching their discipline while incorporating sustainability in various ways.

In support of the goals of the current sustainability plan, Fleming developed a learning outcome to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The 2015 launch of the learning outcome was accompanied by a College commitment that all diploma programs would contain at least one course with the following:

Students will be able to explain the interconnections between the broad principles of sustainability – which include human health and well-being, ecological health, social issues, and secure livelihoods- in order to support a better world for all generations.

During the last few years, faculty have developed innovative ways to incorporate the complex concept of “sustainability” into their courses, and all that it means in seeing the interconnections through developing competencies in systems thinking, creativity, and future problem solving. Some of their stories, along with resources, can be found on the sustainability website.  

Through Fleming’s membership with the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, there are numerous other resources available to our faculty. For more information about resources and workshops, or to get connected with faculty on the Academic Task Force, please contact Trish O’Connor at ext. 1067 or Tania Clerac at ext. 3045.  

 

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Course Withdrawal Date

academic datesAccording to the handy “Important Dates” widget located on the homepage of the myCampus portal, the final date for students to withdraw from a course of more than seven weeks and receive a “W” designation on their Academic Record is coming up next week, specifically Friday, March 23rd. During the final third of the semester, a WF (withdrew-fail) grade will be entered for a dropped course of more than seven weeks duration.

This week would be a great time to help students make an informed decision about continuing in your course:

  • make sure students are aware of their standing in the course (i.e. make sure your D2L Gradebook is up to date);
  • review the assignments and due dates remaining in the back half of your course; 
  • remind students of the withdrawal date, and offer to meet with any student who is concerned about their potential for success.
    TIP: As with any meeting with a student, follow up on your conversation with a brief email to the student, summarizing what was discussed, and any action the student has agreed to take.

 

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Avoiding Plagiarism Workshops

Avoiding Plagiarism Workshops for students are here!
Workshops will be held at the Sutherland Campus on March 12, March 26, and April 16 in room B2 131 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
At the Frost Campus, workshops are available by request.

Students can register online through the myCampus portal > Student Life > Library. Note: Students can earn an Information Literacy Certificate by completing any five workshops.

Remember to cite the Hub when you give this information to your students!

 

 

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Final Day to Register: Autism Spectrum Disorder and the College Student
Thursday, March 15th, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Frost Room 209

Do you want to learn more about ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)? What is the Spectrum anyway? What does this mean in the post-secondary setting? What does this mean in your classroom?

Our Frost ASD club in partnership with the LDS Team and experts in the field of Autism will be discussing important issues including transition to College, accommodations/supports at post-secondary and UDL principles to keep in mind. Come hear our students talk firsthand about their experiences, some of the challenges and some of the strengths, associated with being on the Spectrum.

Please register for this session on Evolve (Course code: ASD, Session Number:1704), before March 12th.

 

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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 8, Winter 2018

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Here’s hoping that you get a chance to pause, breathe, and get caught up this week!

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If you have a few minutes to spare, eCampus Ontario would like to hear from you:

Ontario Post-Secondary Course Resources Survey

@eCampusOntario wants to learn more about how educators select and use course resources, including #OER and #OpenTextbooks. Are you currently teaching a post-secondary course in Ontario? Consider taking our 10-15 minute Ontario Post-Secondary Course Resources Survey through March 16. Thank you!

Link to the Survey in English: http://bit.ly/2scq6qX
Link to the Survey in French: http://bit.ly/2o24jwS

If you have any questions about the research, please contact Jenni Hayman, Program Manager at jhayman@ecampusontario.ca

 

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Week eight is here, and that means specially-focused PD sessions for faculty from LDS. While we typically offer a full day of PD, this has been a challenging semester for many reasons, so we have simplified and streamlined to bring you what we have heard is needed most: specific strategies to support international students, and on-the-spot problem-solving. So come on out and join us on Thursday afternoon in the conference area of the D-Wing (D1129). The “Living Library” sessions will be available in the breakout rooms for drop in anytime between 12:30 and 3:30 p.m., and the panel discussion will take place from 1:00 – 3:00p.m.

Best Practices for Supporting International Students

This panel discussion will provide participants with an opportunity to hear from a range of perspectives including faculty, International Student Services, community experts, and most importantly, international students. The focus will be on providing concrete strategies for ways that we can all ensure that the experience of our International Students at Fleming College is a positive one. A Q&A will be an important part of this session.

A Living Library—Partnerships in Teaching

Come and explore among our local experts! Learn about Accessible Education, Copyright and Library Resources, Learning Technology, and LDS. See best practices in action and explore innovation at work. It’s all here at the Living Library!

 

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D2L Thing of the Week: Rubrics

There are many benefits to using rubrics with your students. “You can use rubrics to structure discussions with students about different levels of performance on an assessment task. They can employ the rubric during peer assessment and self-assessment, to generate and justify assessments.” For more information about designing and using rubrics, check out this resource from UNSW Sydney.

Our D2L tip sheet provides step-by-step instructions on how to use the rubric in D2L to make marking more efficient!


Non-D2L Thing of the Week: Visual Mapping Applications

bubb.liA mind map is a graphical representation of ideas and concepts. It’s a visual tool for structuring information, helping you better understand, remember, and generate new ideas (https://bubbl.us/).

There are many options available online for creating mind maps, including Bubbl.us and Mindmodo. Check them out, and let us know how you use mind maps in your classes.

 

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Board of Governors

While not technically a college department, Fleming’s Board of Governors is currently engaged in some very important work that impacts us all, namely selecting a new College President. The information below came out via Communications email, but bears repeating here to ensure everyone gets a chance to participate in the process!

This message is sent to you on behalf of Dana Empey, Board Chair and Chair – Presidential Search Committee:

As you know, the Board of Governors has commenced the search for a new president and has retained the executive search firm, Phelpsgroup (Heather Phelps and Heather Connelly), to guide the process. The search process includes outreach to various constituencies; this will be accomplished in a number of ways including meetings with key stakeholders, group “listening sessions” (aka Town Halls) and a survey.

Town Halls, facilitated by the Phelpsgroup, will be held on Monday, March 5, 2018. While sessions are geared toward a particular group, you are welcome to attend any session. Check the Presidential Search 2018 page on the Board web site for updates.

Sessions are 45 minutes in length; all Sutherland sessions take place in Room B3310.
Session #1:  8:30 a.m. (Administration and Deans)
Session #2:  10:30 a.m. (Support Staff)
Session #3:  11:15 a.m. (Faculty)
Session #4:  1:30 p.m. (Councils – Academic / Aboriginal Education / President’s Advisory)
Session #5 is at the FROST CAMPUS:  3:15 p.m. in Room 211

And if an electronic submission is your preference, there is a confidential on-line survey available at the following link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FlemingPres.  All responses go directly to the Phelpsgroup.

 

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Copyright & Fair Dealing

As “Fair Dealing Week” comes to a close, celebrated by copyright enthusiasts (yes there is more than just Marcia!) across Canada and the United States, and to highlight some of the great ways fair dealing benefits all of us daily, the University of Winnipeg Library & Information Service has created this video:

If you have any questions about copyright and fair dealing here at Fleming, feel free to contact Marcia Steeves at any time.

 

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 Athletics & Recreation

AthleticsAs we (hopefully) get closer and closer to spring, and students are itching to get outside and be active, Fleming’s Athletics & Recreation department offers many options for students.

For more information, and to see what’s happening on our campuses, check out the Fleming Knights website, which can be accessed through the “Student Life” tab of the myCampus portal.

 

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Next Week: Autism Spectrum Disorder and the College Student
Thursday, March 15th, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Frost Room 209

Do you want to learn more about ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)? What is the Spectrum anyway? What does this mean in the post-secondary setting? What does this mean in your classroom?

Our Frost ASD club in partnership with the LDS Team and experts in the field of Autism will be discussing important issues including transition to College, accommodations/supports at post-secondary and UDL principles to keep in mind. Come hear our students talk firsthand about their experiences, some of the challenges and some of the strengths, associated with being on the Spectrum.

Please register for this session on Evolve (Course code: ASD, Session Number:1704), before March 12.

 

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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, Winter 2018

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We’re almost there, faculty members! One last push before you get a chance to take a breath, engage in some PD, and catch up before we head into the back half of the semester. Check out some timely tips, including one from a faithful Hub reader (thanks, Vikki!), and be sure to check out the Professional Learning section for a list of what’s happening next week!

***Update: See the bottom for important information about how you can participate in the search for our new president (also sent today via Communications email)***

 

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We’re all pretty experienced when it comes to talking about how to deliver amazing learning opportunities for our students, but what about when we become learners? How do we make sure that the Professional Development we engage in as faculty is part of a larger plan? What about when that PD involves accessing formal education? Alana Callan is the author of this week’s patch, We’re Total Pro, where she shares some of her learning about learning.

 

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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 them 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. Just remember, 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: A Web Whiteboard (AWW)

Do you ever wish that you could have a virtual whiteboard for an online learning environment?

https://awwapp.com/ might be just what you’re looking for.

Work online synchronously with your students, or, save your work and create an accessible library of visual aids. Whether you are tutoring, teaching, or providing out-of-class help, the applications are endless, but certainly this kind of tool lends itself to math-based problem solving.  

Thanks to Victoria Maystruk (@VikkiFalls) for sending us this tip via Twitter! 🙂

 

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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, from outcomes to assessment, from classroom management to technology integration.

As you (hopefully!) know, we offer professional learning opportunities and on-demand support, but did you know we also offer collaborative consultations? You or your team can contact us with your problem, and we’ll assemble a team of colleagues to collaborate with you to solve your teaching and learning dilemma.

So please invite us over, and we’ll bring some friends to help!

 

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Staff Tuition Fees

While we’re on the topic of professional learning (opportunities for which you can read more about in the final section of this week’s edition), did you know that Fleming has a policy stating 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

As Reading Week is fast-approaching, and students may be looking for a way home for the break, it’s an appropriate time to remind you of Fleming Rideshare. 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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Week 8 Sessions

There are lots of exciting events happening next week for you to attend:

  1. Ontario Extend East Cohort Kick-Off
    Tuesday, March 6th, 9:00 – 12:00
    Sutherland Room D1 129.3
    Want to join a cohort of colleagues from institutions around Ontario to do some professional development regarding online and technology-enabled learning? Then Ontario Extend might be just the thing for you! Click here to register.
  2. Planning Classes for Student Success
    Tuesday, March 6th, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Sutherland Room D1 110
    Please click here to register.Are you a new faculty member, or looking for a refresher and/or more information on using D2L tools, and planning lessons for student success? This hands-on session will be based around your learning goals and questions. We’ll start with a needs assessment, and use your input to structure the session with a focus on sharing strategies, tools, and resources for planning classes for student success. Bring your questions for Jodie Black, Teaching & Learning Specialist, and Steve Higgs, Learning Technology Specialist.
  3. Faculty D2L Training
    Wednesday, March 7th, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
    Frost Room 104
    Interested in learning more about D2L, and/or how to use it more effectively for your students? Bring your questions for Steve Higgs and Sherry Sutton to answer in this hands-on session!
  4. Fleming Innovation Conference
    Wednesday, March 7th & Thursday, March 8th, 8:30 – 4:30
    Sutherland Conference Space D1 129
    Click here for conference details.


Coming up in Week 9: Autism Spectrum Disorder and the College Student
Thursday, March 15th, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Frost Room 209

Do you want to learn more about ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)? What is the Spectrum anyway? What does this mean in the post-secondary setting? What does this mean in your classroom?

Our Frost ASD club in partnership with the LDS Team and experts in the field of Autism will be discussing important issues including transition to College, accommodations/supports at post-secondary and UDL principles to keep in mind. Come hear our students talk firsthand about their experiences, some of the challenges and some of the strengths, associated with being on the Spectrum.

Please register for this session on Evolve (Course code: ASD, Session Number:1704), before March 12.

 

***Update: Presidential Search***

This message came from Communications this morning, and is sent on behalf of Dana Empey, Board Chair and Chair – Presidential Search Committee:

As you know, the Board of Governors has commenced the search for a new president and has retained the executive search firm, Phelpsgroup (Heather Phelps and Heather Connelly), to guide the process. The search process includes outreach to various constituencies; this will be accomplished in a number of ways including meetings with key stakeholders, group “listening sessions” (aka Town Halls) and a survey.

Town Halls, facilitated by the Phelpsgroup, will be held on Monday, March 5, 2018. While sessions are geared toward a particular group, you are welcome to attend any session. Check the Presidential Search 2018 page on the Board web site for updates.

Sessions are 45 minutes in length; all Sutherland sessions take place in Room B3310.
Session #1:  8:30 a.m. (Administration and Deans)
Session #2:  10:30 a.m. (Support Staff)
Session #3:  11:15 a.m. (Faculty)
Session #4:  1:30 p.m. (Councils – Academic / Aboriginal Education / President’s Advisory)
Session #5 is at the FROST CAMPUS:  3:15 p.m. in Room 211

And if an electronic submission is your preference, there is a confidential on-line survey available at the following link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FlemingPres.  All responses go directly to the Phelpsgroup.

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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 6, Winter 2018

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This week’s edition of The Teaching Hub is short and sweet, just like this week will (hopefully) be! To lengthen it, follow any of the included links for more information.

Gerald-G-Fast-Food-Drinks-FF-Menu-8-300px Engaging Teaching

Ah, group work. Students love it. Teachers love it. Everyone always gets along. Right?

Okay, so maybe none of that is true, but there are some proven educational benefits to group work–especially when a few best practices are put into place. This week’s patch is all about highlighting those best practices, and it comes to us from Dean Maxine Mann. Check it out here: The Greater Good

 

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D2L Thing of the Week: Virtual Classroom

Check out the link for all of the pertinent information on the Virtual Classroom tool in D2L.

Non-D2L Thing of the Week: Making Videos

Our New Faculty Experience group is making videos for their next microteaching unit. Want to play along? Check out the instructions, created by Alana Callan, here.

Have questions, or want more information? Contact the LDS Team.

 

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Academic Council

The Academic Council provides a forum for feedback for our constituent members about issues and changes in the Academic division. You are welcome to connect with Thom Luloff, Academic Council Chair, or your school representative to bring forward academic issues or concerns for discussion. Please see the Academic Council membership page for contact information.

 

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LMS Usage Policy

LMS stands for Learning Management System, and at Fleming our LMS is D2L. But you all knew that already. Did you also know that there is an LMS Usage Policy at Fleming? Yes. You can find it here (clicking the link will download a pdf).

Why do we have a policy? Because it’s important for students to experience some kind of consistency across their courses–especially when we are trying to support our students to become self-reliant learners. With the pace of technology change, this policy continues to be a work in progress, so if you have any thoughts about what should be added or removed to/from Fleming’s LMS Usage Policy, please let us know. 

 

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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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Fleming Innovation Conference — Registration Reminder

Registration for this event closes this Friday, February 23rd. For more information on the conference as well as the registration link, please see the conference webpage.

 

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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, Winter 2018

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It’s Week 5, and while the dust may be settling around our class rosters, there are still many of us facing significant challenges in terms of how to best support the unexpected numbers of international students. That’s why this week’s Teaching Hub is given over entirely to an exploration of how to do just that!

We hope that in reading this week’s issue, you will find some actionable strategies you can use in your classroom, but if you need more help, or specific direction with a particular issue you are having, please give us a call at extension 1216 or send us an email at LDSTeam@flemingcollege.ca! Someone from our team will meet with you, provide you with support, and/or connect you to the existing college service that can.

Faculty Q&A
We have also put together a
live Q&A document for questions related specifically to how faculty can best support international students. Take a look at the Q&As that are already there, and post your own question! We’ll provide an answer, or find someone who can!

 

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Keeping academic standards high and supporting student success is important to all of us. As the diversity of our classrooms grows, new questions about how to keep standards high while supporting highly diverse students may come up.  How do I best reach and teach all my students? What are some quick tips for teaching international students? How do I keep my evaluation standards rigorous while still providing flexibility or options for my learners?

The LDS Team website includes several helpful links for supporting international students:

One of the most important areas in which to embrace flexibility is assessment–and you don’t have to sacrifice academic standards to do this! What you do have to do is spend some time thinking about what elements of your assessment are the most connected to your learning goals. Watch the video below for an introduction to achieving this flexibility:

With busy schedules and competing priorities, this may seem overwhelming. Need help? Email the LDS Team for a custom triage. We’ll meet with you, bring resources, and you’ll leave with some actionable strategies.

 

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Reality Check:

It is important to be aware that there are many international students who do not consistently have access to computers or wifi outside of the college. Be flexible when you are able, and consider providing alternative ways to engage with content and/or submit material.

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

D2lDo you have students that are struggling to acclimatize to the D2L environment? Remember that there is help tailored specifically for students, always available for students self-registration underneath the “Help and Information” sidebar in their course pages. One of the best ones is imaginatively named “How to D2L for Students.”

 Non-D2L Thing of the Week: TextHelp

Do your students want to listen to their readings, or get an earful of PowerPoint slides? TextHelp can, well, help with text. On each student computer, there is a program called TextHelp and it has many tools, like text-to-speech, that can help your students decode, understand, and engage with text. From the start menu, students can find TextHelp in the AES folder. Want to learn more about TextHelp? Check out their website, or watch the videos about how TextHelp can help with studying, reading, writing, or revisions.

 

 

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International Student Services

It is so important that as the people who have the most direct contact with students, faculty have an awareness of all of the resources that already exist here at Fleming. Take some time to explore what’s on offer from our International Student Services department. Everything from providing winter tips and tricks, to peer mentoring, to English language supports–it all exists right here on campus.

Note: If you are looking for ESL specific supports, check out the ESL resources available from Tutoring and Academic Skills.

 

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Academic Integrity

It’s the time in any semester when students are starting to work on major assignments, so a great time to remind ourselves, and especially our students, just what academic integrity and plagiarism mean.

Fleming’s Academic Integrity Policy defines Academic Integrity as “honouring an ethical and moral code regarding the honest creation of an individual’s own work and the acknowledgement of contributions from others to that work.” Breaking down that definition for students, and being explicit in how it applies to your assignments when you assign them is good practice in helping students overcome possible issues before they happen. Fleming’s library also offers an “Avoiding Plagiarism” course for which students can self-register in D2L.Integrity

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 Workshops

English Support Group Winter 2018

 

Students can get support speaking, reading and writing.

Meeting days and times:
Mondays 2 – 4 p.m.
Thursdays 12 – 2 p.m.
Fridays 2 – 4 p.m.
Room D1 129.5

Workshops will also be offered at the Frost Campus. Please contact international@flemingcollege.ca for more information.

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Fleming Innovation Conference

Fleming will be hosting its first Innovation Conference on March 7th & 8th. The sessions on Thursday afternoon are facilitated by the LDS Team, and focus specifically on helping faculty members solve current problems:

Best Practices for Supporting International Students (1:00 – 3:00 p.m.)
This panel discussion will provide participants with an opportunity to hear from a range of perspectives including faculty, International Student Services, community experts, and most importantly, international students.

A Living Library—Partnerships in Teaching (12:30 – 3:30 p.m.)
Come and explore among our local experts! Learn about Accessible Education, Copyright and Library Resources, Learning Technology and LDS.

For more information on the conference as well as the registration link, please see the conference webpage..

 

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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!