Week 11, Fall 2018

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It’s feeling decidedly wintry out there of late (the snow is falling in a picturesque way outside as I type this!), or as these ladies would put it, it’s sweater weather! We hope you’re staying warm, and that this week’s edition gives you a few ideas to keep you going in this final third of the fall semester!



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Scaffolding student learning can be an important strategy to facilitate learning. You create temporary supports to facilitate learning, independence, and mastery. But, is there such a thing as too much scaffolding? In this blog post, Katie Martin explores the question “Are you over scaffolding?” and uses the guiding question “What decisions am I making for students (or teachers or principals…) that they could make for themselves?” As with many pedagogical choices, reflecting on the learning goal will help you choose how much scaffolding is the right amount for each learning experience. Talk with your colleagues and ask how they’re scaffolding student learning and how it’s working for them and for students.

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D2L Thing of the Week: Discussions Tool

Have you ever run out of time just when a class discussion became interesting? Have you wondered how to involve the quiet learners, or those who need time to absorb the material before responding?

Consider creating a discussion forum and topic(s) using the Discussions Tool in D2L. Here are some instructions to help you get started.


Non-D2L Thing of the Week: YouTube Live


livestreamWe love the idea of livestreaming a guest speaker, an event, or a debate. Why? Because learners who can’t be there in person can be there virtually! They can view the live broadcast and comment to be part of the excitement. If you livestream through Youtube, and it can be stored there for future use, and the captioning is done for you. What could be better than that?


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Career Services

Here are two updates from our friends in Career Services:


InterviewstreamInterviewStream is a new online video resource for recording and reviewing mock interviews with access to industry specific interview questions. There are 7000 stock questions, or you can create your own!  Students video their own mock interviews at any time, any place, with access from any desktop computer, laptop, tablet or phone that has a webcam/camera function and a microphone.

Here are some ways InterviewStream can be used:

  1. Students can prepare for upcoming interviews – increase confidence or seek feedback on their interview style
  2. Faculty can create mock interview assignments for a class
  3. Placement interviews

For more information, please see the Interviews tab on www.flemingcollegecareerservices.ca or connect with the Career Educator for your program.

Career & Employment Fair

We have changed the name of our annual job fair to Career & Employment Fair to shift the students’ focus from obtaining a job that day to networking and making career connections for the future.  Along with the name change, we are expanding from 1 to 2 days at the Sutherland Campus. At the Frost Campus, we will have employers in the Field House as well as in the main building. The Career & Employment Fairs will take place on the following dates & times:

Sutherland Campus – Business, Justice, Trades, Technology
Wednesday, February 13, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Main Foyer

Sutherland Campus – Health & Wellness and Community Development
Thursday, February 14, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Main Foyer

Frost Campus – Environmental and Natural Resources Sciences
Thursday, February 7, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Main Building and Field House


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Academic Appeal Panels

Are you interested in becoming an Academic Appeal Panel member?

The Office of the VPA is looking to grow our Appeal Panel member list that will be used to help Schools form three-member Panels for student academic appeals.

Panel members will be required to:

  1. Complete the Academic Appeal Panel training.
  2. When available, review an Academic Appeal Package and participate in a one hour meeting where the student and faculty present their cases and Panel members deliberate and recommend a decision to the School Dean.

Faculty and staff interested in being added to our list of Academic Appeal Panel members can express their interest in an e-mail to Paula Walton or call ext. 1312.

For more information, please visit the Academic Appeals website.


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Cultural Showcase: November 15 – Sutherland Campus  

Join International Student Services in celebrating the Fleming Cultural Showcase. Students from diverse cultures will show information about their country, artistic displays, and performances of song and dance.

The event will be in the Main Foyer at the Sutherland Campus, and the performance will start at 12:00 p.m.

Date: Thursday, November 15
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
For more information: international@flemingcollege.ca


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Promoting Disagreement in Your Classroom

PatchFleming’s own Matthew Ryan, Communications Professor at the Frost Campus, recently provided a new “patch” for the Open Faculty Patchbook, addressing how to successfully promote disagreement and debate in your classroom. He gives three tips for helping students effectively debate with each other, including this advice about being a bit vulnerable as the teacher: “It may be uncomfortable, but admitting one’s own mistakes and struggles is a great way to set the tone in a classroom where debates will happen.” Read the full piece and let us know what you think. How do you set your class up for healthy disagreement?

Interested in some other reads from teachers like you? Check out the Open Faculty Patchbook. Want to write a patch of your own? We’d be happy to help facilitate that, so 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 10, Fall 2018

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Believe it or not, we’re already into double digits when it comes to this semester — it’s Week 10! However you feel about this fact, we hope this week’s Teaching Hub will give you some helpful tips for heading into the final stretch of this fall semester.


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How do you know it’s UDL?

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach to designing accessible and engagingUDL curriculum experiences. But, how do you know it’s UDL? A group from the Universal Design for Learning Implementation Research Network (say that 3 times fast) created this reporting criteria for UDL to help tackle that problem. If you’re exploring UDL try the UDL on Campus website for some higher ed specific resources and ideas.

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D2L Thing of the Week: Checklists

checklist-800x531D2L’s Checklist tool is a great resource to create lists of tasks for your students to complete, or to guide them through the content of the course. The Checklist tool can be found under the Resources tab in D2L. Instructors can create a checklist for students to use to check off tasks when done. This function could also be used to map out weekly to-do lists of content to review, or as a one-stop-shop for all assignment due dates in a course.

If you need instructions on using Checklists in your course, consult the LDS Team website here to access instructions, a video, and a reference guide on incorporating checklists into your D2L course page, or contact the LDS Team’s Learning Technologists for best practices and help using checklists in your course design.

Non-D2L Thing of the Week: Accessibility at a Glance Videos

Microsoft has some cool tools that can help you “learn how to create an inclusive digital experience for people with disabilities”. You can check out this video playlist called Accessibility at a Glance for ideas on using Microsoft narrator, audio descriptions, text alternatives and more. Looking for information on accessibility in Microsoft Office? This accessibility training has video and text resources for improving the accessibility in Outlook, Word, Excel and Powerpoint.


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IT Service Desk

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 – FR 340
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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Diversity Department

In Fleming’s ongoing support of LGBTQ+ students, two new initiatives from the Department of Diversity started in 2018:

Gender Journeys is a transgender support group facilitated by Canadian Mental Health Association employees, run out of the counselling office.  Students can register at counselling, and groups are once a month. Students who are looking to support a trans friend/family member are also able request a meeting with the facilitators.

LGBTQ+ Mentorship is a peer-to-peer professional development group for students.  After completing training, students are able to run events, lead education, and provide support for LGBTQ+ students.  LGBTQ+ Mentorship is CCR eligible.

For more information on either of these initiatives, email studentexperience@flemingcollege.ca.


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Evidence-Based Instruction

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We’ve (hopefully) given you lots of ideas for engaging the learners in your classroom through The Teaching Hub. But how do you know which tools to try, which activities are most appropriate for your students and your subject matter? Wise Instructional Choices in an Evidence-driven Era provides a navigational guide to help you get started in answering these questions.

This article is part of a series entitled “Thriving in Academe” from The National Education Association.

Have you read this article, or any article of interest and want to chat further about them? Let us know! We would love to be part of the conversation!



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 9, Fall 2018

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Believe it or not, Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend, which means it’s time to “fall back” on Saturday night!

Turn your clocks back an hour before you go to bed on Saturday, and enjoy an extra bit of sleep this weekend.



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Assessments – what do students prefer?

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Let’s say your students were asked to score your assessments using these three criteria:

  1. Enjoyment
  2. Engagement with the material
  3. Transferability of knowledge gained to practice

Which of your assessments would score the highest? Three faculty from Stephen F. Austin State University asked their students what scored lowest, middle and highest (Guess where quizzes landed). Check out the results and the themes here.


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D2L Thing of the Week: Rubrics

There are many benefits to using rubrics with your students. Rubrics

  • Set clear expectations for performance,
  • Can help speed up marking,
  • Set objective criteria for performance,
  • Clearly connect assessments to learning goals, and
  • Are a tool for learning as well as marking.

For more on rubrics and how to create them, see the LDS Team website. You can also contact us for help.

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

Non-D2L Thing of the Week: ETC Virtual Lunch & Learn Series


The Educational Technology Committee (ETC) is hosting a series of FREE Virtual Lunch & Learn Webinars.

Topics focus on the application of teaching and learning technologies in the higher educational classroom.

The first one takes place this week – October 31st, from 12 – 1 p.m. The topic will be H5P Interactive Content: NOT a Barbeque Sauce!

Other upcoming topics are Interface & Interaction (Nov. 14) and Creating Accessible PowerPoint Documents (Nov. 28). For more information and to register, please visit the ETC website.


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Office of Sustainability


Fleming’s Office of Sustainability works with students and staff to implement sustainability initiatives and reduce Fleming’s ecological footprint. There are two offices, at Frost in room 186 (Sustainability Coordinator Marcy Adzich) and at Sutherland CO135 (Sustainability Coordinator Rob Monico).

As a Living Planet @ Campus partner, Fleming is eligible for grants from the World Wildlife Fund which have supported sustainability projects on campus – a new Apiary at Frost and Birdhouse City at Sutherland! The GoWild Grant Fund is open again for submissions until November 12th. If you or your students have an idea for a campus sustainability project and want some help with a grant proposal, please contact Marcy (ext. 3203) or Rob (ext. 1253).

If you would like some resources to help with sustainability in your curriculum, please contact Trish O’Connor at ext. 1067. Fleming is now a member of the Pan Canadian UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) hosted by the University of Waterloo and the Waterloo Global Science Initiatives.


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Course Withdrawal (15-week courses)

According 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, November 9th. 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. ensure 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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KnightsIn the handy Student Life tab of the myCampus portal, you can find the link to the Campus Recreation department website: www.flemingknights.ca.

This is students’ one-stop shop for varsity, intramural, and extramural sports, as well as fitness opportunities on Sutherland and Frost campuses. Check out their events calendar and social media accounts for more ways to get active!


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Learning Outcomes

When it comes to learning outcomes, there’s always more to learn! For something quick and practical, try this learning outcomes scoring guide from college curriculum guru Ruth Stiehl, or explore some of the other templates and tools on her website.

HEQCO (Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario) has a variety of resources on Learning Outcomes located in their Learning Outcomes Resource Room

BloomsFor something to help find the perfect verb, try 126 Bloom’s Taxonomy Verbs for Digital Learning or print off this Bloom’s Taxonomy grid with TONS of sample verbs. Happy outcoming!

Looking for some support with outcomes, or someone to bounce ideas off of? That’s what we’re here for! Get in touch with us; we’d be happy to help.



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 8, Fall 2018

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Hooray; it’s Reading Week! Time to take a break from classes to catch up, rest up, and engage in some learning of your own!

To that end, this edition of The Teaching Hub includes shameless promotion for tomorrow’s Fall Teaching & Learning Day. We hope to see you there!


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Teaching & Learning Day — Join Us!

Join Us

Tomorrow is the day we re-commence our beloved Teaching & Learning Days. Join us! Sessions will include

  • Upholding Our Commitment to Academic Integrity;
  • Fleming Data & Business Intelligence;
  • Copyright Jeopardy!;
  • Office 365;
  • Academic Quality at Fleming College;
  • Cannabis on Campus;
  • Implementing Turn It In; and
  • an all-day Do-A-Thon to improve your D2L course page!

If you haven’t already, please check the schedule details here, and RSVP by emailing Melissa MacDougall.

See the remaining categories below for some previews of what’s on deck for specific sessions. We look forward to seeing you there!


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D2L Thing of the Week: Do-A-Thon – The Course Page Edition

Tomorrow’s Teaching & Learning Day features an all-day Do-A-Thon! In this Do-A-Thon, you’ll learn tools and tricks to amp up the engagement on your D2L course page. Each station has a unique product that you can immediately use to improve your course page(s). Options include 

  • D2L Navigation,
  • The Learning Portal,
  • Lynda.com,
  • Custom Course Introduction Videos,
  • Text-to-Speech Software, and
  • a Bonus visit from Terry Greene of eCampus Ontario, talking about Ontario Extend.

You can drop in anytime, and stay as long as you need.
For more information on the “Do-A-Thon,” see the Teaching & Learning Day schedule.

Non-D2L Thing of the Week: Turn It In

With Turn It In coming to Fleming, faculty members have many questions about how best to use Turn It In within their classes, and whether the software is suitable for particular curriculum or assessments.

The Teaching and Learning Day session on Turn It In will address these questions, and more, in advance of the full roll-out of Turn It In scheduled for January 2019. At the session, you will learn about Turn It In’s interface and how to determine whether Turn It In is something valuable to you as a teacher in your assessment of student work, as well as its potential as a formative tool for your students.

For more information on this and other sessions, see the Teaching & Learning Day schedule.

If you are unable to attend the session, or if you are planning to attend and would like some food for thought to bring to the discussion, visit the LDS Team page for Turn It In and read some of the content around the ethics and best practices for using Turn It In.


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Institutional Research Office

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The Institutional Research Office (IRO) provides data and information analysis and management to assist planning, measurement, and evaluation of progress toward Fleming’s priorities and goals. Research Analysts in the IRO collect, analyze, report, and warehouse quantitative and qualitative data concerning the institution’s students, programs, services, faculty/staff, curriculum, course offerings, and outcomes. The IRO website was designed to provide user-friendly access to various internal and external reports and data. Our internal reports are presented in an interactive reporting format using Excel pivot tables.

Interested in learning more? Join the IRO for their “Fleming Data & Business Intelligence” session tomorrow at 9:45 a.m. as part of the Teaching & Learning Day. This workshop will give the Institutional Research Office (IRO) an opportunity to review with participants the growing data that is available on the IRO website and how to access it.  We will also demonstrate some new data visualization capabilities and predictive analytics projects currently underway.


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Cannabis Legalization and College Policy

With the legalization of cannabis, Fleming College has developed a Cannabis Possession and Use Policy and Procedure that will apply to every member of the campus community.

Cannabis on campus:

The smoking, inhalation, vaping, ingestion, growing and delivery of cannabis or cannabis products is prohibited:

  1. Inside all College buildings, including residences.
  2. Inside any vehicle stopped, parked or in motion on College Property.
  3. On all College Property including but not limited to parking lots, trails and pathways.

The possession of cannabis and cannabis products, in quantities approved under legislation, is permitted on College Property, provided that the cannabis or cannabis products are for personal use and not for the purpose of sale or other distribution with or without payment.

The possession of cannabis and cannabis products in the Residence Buildings are subject to the conditions of the Residence Handbook.

Fleming College recognizes that individuals require accommodations for the medical use of physician prescribed cannabis, while maintaining a safe and effective working and learning environment. The possession and use of medical cannabis on campus is permitted subject to the conditions established in our Procedure.

Want to know more?
You can join John Gallen, Manager of Campus Safety and Amber McPhee, Labour Relations Specialist, for their “Cannabis on Campus” session during tomorrow’s Teaching & Learning Day. For more information on this and other sessions, see the Teaching & Learning Day schedule.


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Office 365

This is the week that all faculty will be migrated to Office 365. Want to learn more about how you can uses these products with your students and/or your colleagues? Join us tomorrow for a hands-on session in which Jason Dulmage from IT will provide an overview of the features of Office 365, including OneDrive (file storage), SharePoint, Microsoft Teams, Word/Excel/PowerPoint online, etc.
For more information on this and other sessions, see the Teaching & Learning Day schedule.

Self-paced Office 365 tutorials are also available at Lynda.com and via The Learning Portal by College Libraries Ontario.

If you have questions about Office 365, please contact the ITS Service Desk.


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Already signed up for the Teaching & Learning Day and looking for more professional learning opportunities? Check out these options!

Mental Health First Aid Certification at Sutherland Campus

Just as physical first aid is administered to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate treatment is found or until the crisis is resolved. This two-day training focuses on the four most common mental health disorders including substance related, mood related, anxiety and trauma related, and psychotic disorders. Participants who take this course are well prepared to interact confidently about mental health with their family, friends, communities and workplaces.

To Register on Evolve:
Course Number: MHFA
Session #: 0218
Last day to register: TOMORROW – October 23, 2018

Attendance is required for both sessions to get the certification. Registering for one session on Evolve automatically registers you for the second day as well.

Thursday, October 25 – 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday, October 26 – 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Please email wellness@flemingcollege.ca if you have any questions regarding this program.

Save the Date for OCMA’s Fall PD

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Interested in college math and Universal Design for Learning?

Then this event is for you, brought to our attention by Hub reader, Vikki Maystruk. Thanks, Vikki!


Save the Date: Ontario Colleges Mathematics Association (OCMA) Fall PD
When: Saturday November 10, 2018, 10:00 start
Where: Mohawk College, Hamilton, Ontario
What: Join us as we explore how principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) can be applied through techniques and technologies to make math accessible for all of our learners. Registration fee, with lunch, is only $25.00!
For more information, stay tuned to the OCMA website.



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 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


Counselling Services location
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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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


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!).



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 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!



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


Save the Date

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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.



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.



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.


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!



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?
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!



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!