Chickens, Canoes, and Curriculum: Aligning & Building Curriculum 2016

A group of Fleming faculty and staff attended the Aligning & Building Curriculum (ABC) Institute 2016 at Elmhirst Resort in May. We enjoyed the great location, food, and networking with colleagues from other institutions across the province. Oh, and we also learned about curriculum. Here’s the link to the ABC Resources, so you too can access information on learning outcomes, curriculum mapping, and Quality Assurance. Here are a few highlights of the programme.

Jodie Boudreau facilitated a very well received concurrent session on Universal Design for Learning, and brought the group outside to learn while taking advantage of the beautiful location and weather:

Flip Charts

Evening walks around the property revealed the source of some of the delicious food provided by Elmhirst:


The weather cooperated long enough for us to take advantage of Elmhirst’s canoes (and we didn’t tip!):


And participants, including Chris Cole, demonstrated their learning in creative ways during the Showcase on the final day:

Chris Cole

If you are interested in learning more about ABC, please get in touch with the people who attended this year’s programme: Chris Cole, Casey van den Heuvel, Eva Rees, Amanda Rochon, Jodie Boudreau, and Mary Overholt.  If you’re interested in attending ABC next year, talk with your Chair/Supervisor/Manager, or an LDSTeam member to learn more!

Mary (on behalf of, and with additions from, the ABC 2016 crew)


Badges? We have your badges…

Interested in awarding badges for achievement or advancement for your students? We have yer stinkin’ badges!

Yes we have them now!

With our recent upgrade to D2L, we received a number of upgrades to current tools, and were able to integrate D2L (Brightspace) Badges/Awards tool into your current and future course pages.
What are Badges? Well, they are what you remember them to be: an artifact of achievement that you can show or share to indicate a proficiency in a certain skill or knowledge. Students can decide to share them on their D2L profile, or through social media. They can take them with them (download them), showcase them on their portfolio, and add them to their digital identity. Check out this short video from D2L on the awards tool.

Badges in D2L – How to Create Them
1. From the Assessments tab on the navigation bar in D2L, select the “Awards” option.


2. Click on “Course Awards,” and then “Add Award to Course” to begin.



Here are the current badge images available to use:


Want to learn more about how to use badges with your learners? Please contact the LDS Team at or by calling extension 1216.


Get Your Values Off the Wall

I believe in showing appreciation for a job well done and at this busy time of year I want to take a moment to call out some specific individuals who have inspired me by their openness and commitment.

Thank you to the Haliburton faculty who participated in the sessions on shared rubric design and authentic assessment. Because of your engagement and hard work at these meetings you have renewed my belief in the commitment of teachers to always improve their teaching practice. You have inspired me by your openness to change and to sharing with your peers. The result of this team building is a more supportive and successful environment for all our teaching and learning. Thank you!

It makes me consider how open am I to changing my practices?

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Feel free to respond to this post if you would like to recognize someone for their efforts, attitudes or accomplishments.

We could all use a little gorilla recognition.