Teaching Hub: Post Ten, Week Nine


Let’s open this Hub post with a tweet from afar. Amber participated in our Active Learning Daily Create (more about that below) in a mildly snarky way and who doesn’t like a little snark now and again! Enjoy!

communicate icon Chatter

We’ve temporarily relocated the Chatter section to the prime real estate at the top of the page for reasons that will become clear in the next run-on sentence. The chatter section is all about connecting and last week many of us chattered all together in person at The Fall Teaching & Learning Day and that chatter spilled onto the Internet in ways we can only begin to imagine. Okay, well, it spilled onto the Internet in one way that we’ll tell you about now.

It was all about active learning so we got everyone actively involved in creating a video about what active learning means to them. The open digital storytelling course ds106 dedicated their Daily Create to us for that day. Currently, there are 25 responses to that create, ten of those by Fleming folks and the rest by people from far away places like Denmark, Oregon, Washington and Virginia (including that silly bear at the top of the page). Below is a playlist of the videos that we created right there and then. Enjoy watching them. They are terrific! Thank you everyone!

If you follow the #FlemingLDS hashtag on twitter, here is some of the Chatter that happened  during the day! [View the story “Active Learning Day @FlemingCollege” on Storify]

Also, please read very carefully through the whole post for clues about door prize winners and how to give us feedback on the Teaching & Learning Day (hint, they are clearly stated in the More Information section at the end)

teac hing icon  Engaging Teaching

What do you think Open Education is? What would an open educational practice look like?
Most of us are familiar with MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). MOOCs  represent one side of the scale of openness, but there are lots of points/practices as you slide the scale over. When you think of the word ‘open’ it conjures up lots of images and ideas. These images and ideas contribute to the definition of  what open education is.

“Open education is a philosophy about the way people should produce, share, and build on knowledge.graphic-design

 Promoting collaboration is central to open education…. sharing is probably the most basic characteristic of education: education is sharing knowledge, insights and information with others, upon which new knowledge, skills, ideas and understanding can be built.” (What is Open Education, https://opensource.com/resources/what-open-education )
Teaching and learning in the open encourages you to build on your knowledge, gain a better understanding, and collaborate with other learners (who are possibly colleagues).
During Week 8 (also affectionately known as Break Week), there was a lot of sharing going on. This hub post is partially a testament to open learning AND open educational practices. Participants of the Teaching and Learning Day collaborated, produced, shared knowledge, and information that they created. We were very inspired by all of the openness!

tech icon pdiconLearning Technology & Professional Development

We have a twofer everybody! 2 for 1 deals are the future of education and we are providing that right now by combining the Learning Technology section with the Professional Development section. (Can you tell we’re tight for time?)

Here’s a tip: you can connect live to educational conferences that you’d otherwise not be able to attend. That is the service that Virtually Connecting provides, through the magic of Twitter and Live YouTube streams. A wonderful person named Maha Bali, along with others, organizes it by asking the people who are actually at the conference to get together in an empty room, turn on their computers and connect with offsite people. If you are not at the conference, you can sign up to be a virtual guest in which you will be involved in the live discussion, or you can simply tune in to the live feed (listed on their site) and watch. And next time you’re at a conference that VC is involved with, you can pay it forward and be on the other end! It’s great! Here’s a quote from their site:

The purpose of Virtually Connecting is to enliven virtual participation in academic conferences, widening access to a fuller conference experience for those who cannot be physically present at conferences. We are a team of volunteers and it is always free to participate.

Coincidentally, there is a conference next week in Richmond, Virginia called OpenEd16 and Terry Greene will be there, virtually connecting back to you!  Terry will be a Virtually Connecting ‘Onsite Guest’ for a session on Wednesday, November 2nd at 12:30. The sessions are simply conversations revolving around conference topics and issues that come up. Tune in then if you want to see him try to look smart with smarter-than-him people. It will probably be pretty funny to see.

dept icon College Departments

This week, for the 2nd time this semester, the Library won the Department of The Week competition. They won it by so much that we are actually dedicating three sections to them. We in the LDS Team are licking our wounds and wondering just how they dominated us so badly in the American Gladiators course that we set up in the lower cafeteria. They really took it to us.LOOINSTRA.gif
So please, see the spoils of their victory in the next two sections: Services for Students (ePortfolio help) and Policies & Procedures (copyright). They are a helpful bunch aren’t they? Don’t mess with them, though. They are feisty, too.

student service icon Services for Students

Did you know that a whole wack of students this year are starting blogs for their work in COMM 201? Did you know that maybe a collection of work in those blogs or even the blog itself could become thought of as an ePortfolio by said students? Cool, eh? Yes it is cool, thank you for mentioning that. What does that have to do with the Library? Well, obviously I’m going to tell you, geez! The library employs human workers who are programmed to help students with things. One of those things is the who, what, when, where, why and how of ePortfolios. To prove this to you, below is a quote from one of those library human workers:

The Library’s Request -a- Workshop Menu now includes ePortfolios, and we have delivered several, well-received workshops for a number of program areas.   This topic was a popular student choice for attendees of our new Information Literacy Certificate workshops.   We have also created an ePortfolio Resource Guide that lists a variety of platforms and digital tools, provides help and examples, and answers some basic questions about ePortfolios. Please get in touch to discuss any ways we can customize our support for your students in this area.

Carmen Gelette, Library Human

polci icon Policies & Procedures

In honour of the Library, we have foregone the written word to provide you with a video interview about copyright policy. Turn up your volume because the camera person who shot this video is a hack. And turn on the closed captioning. That helps.

See the Library’s dandy copyright libguide site by clicking those blue words from earlier in this sentence that say ‘copyright libguide’. Marcia is at extension 1356 or copyright@flemingcollege.ca

info icon More Information

Here’s the link to a feedback survey https://goo.gl/forms/dbnLNYIvQawJQeqL2 for The Teaching & Learning Day. If you were not able to attend, it would be wrong of you to go in and give us very, very positive feedback. Don’t do that. We will do that ourselves. Also, the door prize winners are:

Spa Gift Certificate – Suzanne Hooke

Google Cardboards:

And Kimberley Payne (@FitForFaith) won one as well! Congrats! Can I borrow it?

Looking for more information? 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!


Teaching Hub: Post Nine, Week Eight

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teac hing icon Engaging Teaching

Do you know what “flipped learning” means? If you ask the Learning Design & Support Team, they’d probably tell you that it is either learning how to do a flip, or that you can learn anything whilst flipping on a trampoline. They try, they really do, but sometimes you gotta wonder about them.

Here’s what flipped learning really is: structuring learning so that content is delivered to students before meeting as a class, rather than delivering content in class. That way, so the story goes, you can focus your time together on applying the content to projects and practice, and give feedback in person right as it happens. In other words, you can really crank up the active learning. ‘Tis is a noble quest, but it can be tricky if not all students come well prepared. So maybe just flip a little bit to start if you want to try it. You don’t want it to end up being flopped learning.

flickr photo shared by JAIRO BD under a Creative Commons ( BY ) license

Why are we mentioning flipped learning, right here, right now? Well, don’t flip out, but there is an ulterior motive. We want to flip the learning (only a little bit) for our week 8 Teaching & Learning Day this Thursday. So, if you are coming, we’d like you to spend a little bit of time thinking about what active learning means to you, and ways that you get your students actively learning. If you do this pre-thinking, you will be ready to actively participate in the opening session in which you will join a team effort to create something that shows active learning.

tech icon Learning Technology

Once upon a time, in the heart of The University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, a course called ds106 was born (the “ds” stands for digital storytelling). This course attempts to use technology to tell stories, and to tell other people how to do it. And not just for UMW students. Nay! Anyone with the wherewithal to get involved and make some fun digital stuff is invited. Thus was born an online learning community that pulls you in for life and never lets you go. A community which now spans the globe and possibly even the universe. Oh, and one of the main things they do is called the Daily Create, in which you make something and share it with everyone and everyone lives happily ever after.

ds106.pngGuess what? You just read a digital story! Granted, it is not well written, is only text, and the details are sparse, but it is in digital format and story-ish, so it counts. On Thursday, if you are coming to our Teaching & Learning Day that we have been constantly going on and on about, we will be joining in on one of those ds106 Daily Creates. In fact, the Daily Create for that day will be in Fleming’s honour, which is a great honour. At the beginning of the day, we will give you directions on how to get going, but in the meantime, check out the Digital Storytelling instructions we’ve prepared for the Makerspace on that day and all days after that. The Makerspace will be a magical free-for-all where no technological tool will go untouched, so make sure to wear sensible shoes. Hope to see you there!

polci icon Policies & Procedures

Policies Under Construction

During the Makerspace on Thursday, Sarah Beirness will be hosting a booth (and by booth, we mean she will be in a space with a table and some chairs that may or may not fit your definition of booth) for you to ask questions about the work Academic Council has been doing over the past two years. Like, for instance, did you know that working groups of Academic Council have revised or are in the process of revising the following policies/procedures? 

Academic Integrity | Academic Appeals | Class Absence Procedure

Academic Advising | Applied Projects | Credit/Grade Standards

If you didn’t know that, just pretend like you did since we have no way of knowing if you knew or not. Let’s just move on with our lives now that we either know, or continue to know, what Academic Council has been up to.

If you have thoughts about any of these policies, or want to get involved in a working group, come visit Sarah during the latest of her “pop ups”. She’ll be in the Makerspace from 11:20 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on Thursday. Only there and then can we finally end the debate on whether or not she is hosting in what can be really be called a booth, or if it is some sort of puppet booth. #boothgate
flickr photo shared by Tracy Hunter under a Creative Commons ( BY ) license

dept icon  College Departments

This week’s department-of-the-week isn’t a department per se, but they are a group of people who do things for the college, so we invited them to our College Department Battle of the Week anyway. This week we held an IQ 2000 Game Night and, on the strength of Sarah Beirness’s knowledge of 80’s Saturday morning cartoons, Academic Council made it to Planet Quizaar first and won the honour to say the following:

Did you know that Academic Council now has its very own website! Please visit the Academic Council website for meeting information, meeting packages, terms of reference, and a Fall 2016 welcome message from Academic Council Chair, Thom Luloff.

Be sure to connect with the Academic Council Representative for your school or area to bring forward ideas, issues, or concerns that affect the academic division at Fleming College. Also, visit the Academic Council ‘booth’ during the Makerspace on Thursday (scroll up to the previous piece for more information)!

student service icon Services for Students

Gee, thanks, Lonnie. We might need to start thinking about blocking her on Twitter. If students are falling asleep in class, do you: A) offer them a pillow B) talk louder C) refer them to the Sleep Smart workshop on Nov. 1! D) all of the above?

It’s week 8 and the students are probably all nestled in their beds catching up on some much-needed sleep. Sleep is awesome! Just ask Arianna Huffington, or Rip Van Winkle, or a hibernating bear. If you can’t get a hold of any of them, you can also ask Counselling Services. As part of the Campus Health Workshop Series, Counselling Services will host a Sleep Smart workshop on November 1st from 3-4:30 in room TBC. Hosted by Fleming’s very own Reta Wright, a counsellor with 20+ years experience in the sleep industry, students will learn about why sleep matters to student success (aka if you don’t snooze, you lose!). #sleeprevolution

pdicon *New!* Professional Development

We have a new category, everyone! Now, let’s not over-celebrate this, but it is a pretty big deal. Do you like the new icon for it? It’s a shopping cart with a plus sign, as in “add to cart”, as in “add more stuff to my brain”. Wouldn’t that be cool if you could just add knowledge to your cart and upload it to your brain? We would all be cyborgs in no time. Actually, maybe this is a bad idea.

Anyway, in this section we’ll talk about professional development opportunities. If you have any you’d wish to promote, let us know!

This Week: Top Ten Conferences

Number 10

Advancing Learning http://www.advancinglearning.ca/2016/ but hold the date for June 2017 and we’ll post new information as soon as it is available!! This conference is hosted by and for Ontario Colleges and focuses on teaching and learning AND educational technology.

Number 9Digital Media and Learning Conference http://dml2016.dmlhub.net/ Love their tag line: Let’s Build. Let’s Design. Let’s Solve! Check out the twitter feed from the recent #2016DML event and mark your calendars for DML2017 (first week of October).

Number 8Open Education Conference http://openedconference.org/2016/ Everything OER and beyond is talked about at this annual conference. Our very own Terry Greene will be attending this one and will be sure to share his learnins’ with us. Follow the conversation on #OpenEd16 and look for it in 2017.

Number 7You’ve heard of ComicCon… well, now we have OpenCon http://www.opencon2016.org/. This event is SO open that you can attend in person (by application only) BUT everyone can attend virtually http://www.opencon2016.org/opencon_2016_live. Mark November 12 – 14, 2016 on your calendars and no need to pack a bag!

Number 6CONNECT 2017 http://www.canconnected.com/ It’s billed as Canada’s Learning and Technology Conference, and has become of one of the bigger ones to attend. It offers different streams for teachers, leaders, technologists, and librarians. The date for the upcoming conference is April 25 – 28, 2017.

Number 5BringITTogether.ca is a common favourite: http://bringittogether.ca/. It was born out of the desire to bring teaching and technology together! This year’s conference is coming up quickly, from November 9-11, so get in quick if you are interested in attending. Alana Callan is attending this year’s event and will share what she learns when she comes back from Niagara!

Number 4Celebrating Great Teaching is a local favourite http://www.algonquincollege.com/cgt/, and is billed as a retreat, not a conference. It is hosted in May so mark your calendars when the information gets published!

Number 3The STLHE Conference, hosted by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education https://www.stlhe.ca/conferences-events/stlhe-annual-conference/, is being held in Halifax this June! If going to Halifax in June isn’t enough to get you there, the focus of the conference, “Cultures, Transitions, and Transformations,” may get you interested!

Number 2Oh Ya… Vegas Baby!! D2L Fusion is at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada this upcoming July https://www.d2l.com/events/fusion/. Learn about new advances with D2L, lots of sessions on teaching, engagement, innovations, and education trends… and it’s in VEGAS!

Number 1The e-Learning and Innovative Pedagogies Conference http://ubi-learn.com/2017-conference/format we be held in Canada in 2017, and if previous conference information is accurate, it is one to put on the bucket list… There is not a lot of information available on this conference yet, so stay tuned!

communicate icon Chatter

Last week, we are mildly ashamed to admit, we used a little guilt-shaming in order to get more comments. And it worked! So far, we’ve received three more comments than the previous week, for a total of three (+ 3 responses from us).hsad

In last week’s post, we described the Week 8 Makerspace that we will be hosting as part of the Teaching & Learning Day. That prompted Kyra Cockwell to let us know about the more permanent makerspace, called the Centre for Making, just being completed up in Haliburton, which sounds amazing. Here are some details about it: through a grant from Haliburton County Development Corporation, the Centre for Making at the Haliburton School of Art + Design houses 3D printers, a laser cutter, a vinyl cutter, and an industrial sewing machine. Additionally, the space provides access to education and support for students, staff, faculty, and community members (including local businesses and individual citizens). It will allow students to work outside of the “comfort zone” of their programs. For example, a ceramics student could create a prototype of their piece digitally and on the 3D printer before creating it with clay. So cool. We want to go to there.

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Looking for more information? 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!

Teaching Hub: Post Eight, Week Seven

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Be sure to RSVP for the Week 8 Teaching & Learning Day! Registration has been extended until 4:00 p.m. on Monday, October 17th just in case this post convinces you to join us.

teac hing icon Engaging Teaching

Classroom Creepin’

Click play in a creepy way on the creepy music which was copyright-freely shared while you read this creepy section in order to build a creepy ambiance for the creepy things that will be happening next creepy week.

At the Teaching & Learning Day next Thursday, you’ll get the opportunity to get your creep on and peek into how active learning looks in different spaces (high-tech/low-tech/ even-in-between-tech). You will creep, lurk and sneak from stop to stop, spending creepy minutes experiencing and discussing active learning opportunities in different learning spaces. Active learning spaces are designed with the content, learners and engaging learning experiences in mind. See these Principles for Designing Teaching and Learning Spaces from McGill.

On the Classroom Creepin’ Tour, you’ll explore active learning with handheld devices, whiteboards and group work, among other creepy activities. We’ll discuss active learning techniques and how students and teachers can best make use of different spaces. You will be asked to consider how you might adapt the active learning ideas to your space, content and style, if you dare! MWAHAHAHA!

tech icon Learning Technology


You may be scratching your head wondering what a ‘makerspace’ is. Well hopefully the next quoted lines of text that you read will provide you with some context and a ‘definition’. Words are amazing!

“A makerspace is a physical location where people gather to share resources and knowledge, work on projects, network, and build.”

From: 7 things you should know about… https://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/eli7095.pdf

We have taken and ‘Flemingized’ the makerspace concept (why not right??) and included two places where the makerspace will happen. The physical location of our makerspace will be the social learning spaces in the D Wing (KTTC) as well as in the computer lab that overlooks the social learning space.

A large part of our focus for Week 8’s makerspace is ‘Digital Storytelling’. We will have a host of stations in the computer lab area of the makerspace where we can use tools associated with digital storytelling. Such as:

  • How to record audio for podcasts
  • How to create and adapt videos, images & animated gifs
  • How to create your portfolio or start a bloglonnie.gif

In fact, in order to make this makerspace seem more real to you, here is a sampling of what you can expect at our makerspace in this digital storybook that we created…

What is a Maker Space? A story told by Flipping Book

polci icon Policies & Procedures

Navigating Attendance & Accommodations

Did you know that Fleming has a new Class Absence Procedure? It appeared in a previous Teaching Hub post, so our collective self-esteem in the LDS Team is currently riding on the fact that you’ve heard about it before. Also, have you read the memo regarding Retroactive Accommodations and are looking for more information?

The Navigating Attendance & Accommodations session at our October 27th Teaching & Learning Day will explore the relationship between the Class Absence Procedure and retroactive accommodations, using case scenarios, and we’ll discuss how in this instance, accommodations don’t mean what they usually do at Fleming. A panel of Fleming staff will be on hand to help us actively work through the scenarios, and collaboratively come up with possible solutions to more complicated situations. 

student service icon Services for Students

**Health warning: If you are able to take advantage of all of the tips below, we cannot promise that it won’t make the neurons in your brain fire so hard that they shoot out your ears. **

Passive learning is so passe, that’s why the Learning Strategies team at Fleming loves active learning! They’re always on trend. Also, active learning supports memory, attention, processing, abstract thinking, expression and lots of other brainy stuff. Creating a study tool is one way that the Learning Strategies team helps students practice active learning. Creating your own study tool (instead of reading and re-reading notes) supports long-term memory, provides feedback opportunities, nurtures creativity, and generally makes everything in the world better. Layer up your study tools with the 6 strategies for effective learning from the Learning Scientists listed below and you’ll have some serious neurons firing. Also, no promises, but we may also link to videos elaborating on the list afterwards.

  1.    Elaboration – explain and describe ideas with many details
  2.    Retrieval Practice – practice bringing information to mind
  3.    Spaced Practice – space out your studying over time
  4.    Dual Coding – combine words and visuals
  5.    Interleaving – switch between ideas when you study
  6.    Concrete Examples – use specific examples to understand abstract ideas

…and here’s the link to the videos  that we didn’t even promise to provide. If you let your students know about these strategies, they will go on to become so successful that you may get invited to dinner at their moon cottage some day.

Fleming has some internal resources, too.  Check out the tip sheets on the Success Strategies resources page. And hey! You can make your own study tool with Laura Gibson, Learning Strategist extraordinaire, at the MakerSpace on the Teaching and Learning Day.

 dept icon College Departments

This week, in order to determine who gets to say a thing or two in this space, we held an ‘Extreme Ironing‘ competition. Our own Learning Design & Support Team member Terry won the competition by perfectly pressing a pair of corduroy slacks while paddle-boarding on the Otonabee River. We failed to mention to him that we never actually invited any of the other departments to join the competition, but we all got a kick out of the spectacle.

So, what do we want to say to you in our hard-won space? It’s simple. We want to let you know that we are excited to host the October 27th Teaching & Learning Day! Here are our hopes and dreams for what you, the participant, will get out of the day:

  • Learn different ways to make learning experiences more active
  • Experience some active learning yourselves
  • Make something that will contribute to active learning in your courses
  • Contribute to our “What is Active Learning” documentary

Hope to see you there! And if you can’t make it, stay tuned for the aforementioned documentary before it goes on its unlikely run through international film festivals.

communicate icon Chatter

Nothing but crickets last week in the chatter department! Holler at us via comment section below. We’re so lonely.

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Looking for more information? Visit the LDS Team website, give us a call at extension 1216, follow us on Twitter @FlemingLDS or send us an email: LDSTeam@flemingcollege.ca!

The Teaching Hub: Post Seven, Week Six

This is a public service announcement!

sign up for the October 27th Teaching & Learning Day by October 14th. Be the next person to sign up and Alana will buy you 3 Timbits. To RSVP click hereFor more information click here .

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teac hing icon Engaging Teaching

Hey hosers!  Mind your Ps and Qs, eh!

“Yo slackers! Don’t leave your studying down to the wire. Be a keener! Get your ducks in a row! If you leave it to the mast minute, you’ve had the biscuit. Put your head down, study hard and giver your best shot. Taking tests can really put your stomach in a knot, but just take a breath to pull yourself together and I promise it’ll help get the butterflies out. Go out for a rip with your pals, grab a double-double and chillax. Put on your bunnyhug and hoof it through the woods for a spell. Keep your stick on the ice and I know each of you will rock it!”

-Quote from Professor Collow Quielle

Colloquialism can be cute, yet infuriating when trying to communicate clearly. For students who are English Language Learners (ELLs), colloquial language can be especially difficult to understand. How are they supposed to know what you mean when you tell them that someone has kicked the bucket? They are still probably wondering why milk comes in a bag. For some quick tips, check out this tip sheet provided by International Student Services for working with ELLs. Bonus! Many of these tips are helpful for communicating clearly to all students. Full stop.

tech icon  Learning Technology

187 Ways to PokemonGOmify your class (aka gamify the world)


…Or maybe just 2 ways to engage students. Especially in big classes.

Using iclicker? Why not incorporate REEF polling?

If you are already using iClickers in your teaching practice you can incorporate REEF mobile application along with iClickers to allow your students the choice of using their iclicker device OR their laptops. Click this link to find out more about iClickers and Reef Polling.

If you are new to ‘Audience Response Applications’ (catchy name!) you can get started by checking out the iclicker/REEF software site and/or check out this video.

Kahoot anyone?kahoot.png

Several folks are using this application in their classrooms and learning spaces. We’ve heard from Carpentry, Math and ECE folks that their students are enjoying competing in class for points and bragging rights…

For more information please watch this Kahoot Tutorial, OR check out this step-by-step guide.


*Bonus: This may help you finally achieve that dream you’ve had of being a game show host.

 polci icon Policies & Procedures

According to many t-shirts & hoodies found around our campuses, Fleming College was formed in 1967. That means that Fleming College has been serious about Student Rights and Responsibilities since the last Leafs Cup win. That is a long, long, long, long time. 

Under the current iteration of the policy, the college is committed to providing…

“…a climate of understanding and mutual respect for individual dignity and worth, in which each person has the opportunity to develop as an individual and contribute positively to the College Community.” (policy 5-506 SRR)

and the student is expected to…

“…conduct themselves as responsible members of the College Community.” (policy 5-506 SRR)

Visit the Student Rights and Responsibilities site to learn about rights & responsibilities, complaints and appeals processes. Included on the page is a flow chart outlining the complaints process. If you have a complaint about the complaint flow chart though, it is unclear how to go about registering that complaint.

dept icon College Departments

“You’re basically just…riding the world.”

-Extreme Gene

This week, to determine which college department was given space in The Teaching Hub to say a few things, we held a 24 hour Extreme Skipping competition (inspiration here) in Parking Lot B at Frost Campus. Amanda Gray sealed the deal for International Student Services by sticking her fourth consecutive ‘bennie’, which is an unprecedented achievement.

International Student Services was very descriptive when they named themselves, because what they do is provide services to students coming to us from outside the country. Succinct and effective. I like it. Here are a few highlights of their services:

  • They don’t waste any time. They will pick the students up at the airport. Pretty soon they will probably be going and picking students up at home and driving them to the airport in their home country.
  • They host exciting events to try to convince the students to never leave us.
  • Health Care. We’re Canadian. We love giving out Health Care.

See here for more detailed information on their services

Also, you may remember 2.5 minutes ago when you read about some engaging teaching tips for English Language Learners at the top of this Hub post. Check it out again because re-reading is a helpful learning method!

student service icon Services for Students

According to Google, a portal is “a doorway, gate, or entrance, especially a large and elaborate one.”  Fleming College originally wanted to call its portal The Especially Large and Elaborate Entrance, but it just didn’t quite stick. This week in the Services for Students section, we want to highlight how the portal has recently become more especially awesome and grand.


Student Services has put together a snazzy new Student Life tab in the portal to help students (and faculty and staff!) find the right resources when they need them.

pretty slick looking, eh?

Clicking on the pretty icons gives you a list of available resources, and there’s even a link for staff-only resources, including the CCR. Now, to give credence to the CCR, we need to be clear that it is not the doo-doo-doo looking out your backdoor kind of CCR, but the Co-Curricular Record kind of CCR. Both CCRs are awesome. Check out Fleming’s CCR in the Student Life Portal while listening to the other CCR, linked below from their verified Youtube account.

communicate icon Chatter

Last week, we spoke a little bit about how to raise your Powerpoint slides to be good slide citizens. In the comments, Angela Pind asked for a little help in finding shareable images for her slides to wear to class. We thought we would create a little thingy to show you a way to find some through Creative Commons Search. Anything you find through this search has been shared with open licensing. See below for a CC Search of Flickr in action. Don’t forget to give attribution to the friendly soul who shared that picture! If you have some comments to comment about our commentary, do it in the comment section below.


flickr photo by CodyJung https://flickr.com/photos/cat1205123/4662290982 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license

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Looking for more information? Visit the LDS Team website, give us a call at extension 1216, follow us on Twitter @FlemingLDS or send us an email: LDSTeam@flemingcollege.ca!

The Teaching Hub: Post Six, Week Five


Public Service Announcement!

check out the Academic Newsletter for information regarding the Teaching & Learning Day on October 27th!

teac hing icon Engaging Teaching

Group Work

Check out the video below to see five people engaging in effective group work

No one has ever won a Stanley Cup, cured a disease, or invented a Taco Bell menu item without doing at least a little bit of group work, so we’d better get used to it if we want any of these nice things.

There is plenty of evidence to support using group work in our classes; while engaged with their peers, students learn from each other, and develop some of the Essential Employability Skills they’ll need to be successful in the workplace. But how do we make group work a positive experience? Do we even want it to be a positive experience? Yes. Yes we do.

There are four basic elements needed to make cooperative learning work:

  1. Positive Interdependence – students have to believe they’re in it together. Ideas like creating a group charter can be effective, especially with long-term group work.
  2. Social Skills – not all students have these to the degree we’d like… yet. Essential Employability Skills can be developed and assessed during group work.
  3. Individual Accountability – again, students need to know they’re in it together, and will be evaluated as a group.
  4. Group Evaluation – by individual students, and by the faculty member, can help students assess how their group is working together, and how they can improve.

(From The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher by Harry K. Wong & Rosemary Tripi Wong)

Waterloo’s Centre for Teaching Excellence has more tips on Group Work. What a bunch of showoffs!

tech icon Learning Technology

Did you know that the latest, shiniest, in-the-cloudiest, webbiest, mobiliest technology is not always what you need as a solution in education? (gasp!) Here at Learning Design & Support Team HQ we also want to help you put trailing-edge technologies to good use when they are appropriate. So, when Pancakes_Lonnie asked us to help her out with PowerPoint, we thought it was a good time to powerfully point her in the right direction.

Now, to do this right, let’s be clear about what PowerPoint is and what it isn’t.

  • What it is: a slide deck. A visual complement to an engaging talk or seminar.
  • What it isn’t: a lecture, or a piece of curriculum in and of itself.

We all want our PowerPoint slides to reach their potential, so please sit your slides down in a quiet spot and give them this advice:

  • Be a slide of few words: You are a slide. You’re only here for emphasis. You’re not the whole show; you’re a back up singer.
  • Look good: Wear a nice picture as your background. You can find cool, shareable pics for your outfit using Creative Commons Flickr Search, or make your own!
  • Be there for everybody: Check yourself for accessibility issues and fix them.
How to do an Accessibility Check in PPT

These three tips are a good start for raising your slides to be good slide citizens. Be sure your students know what PowerPoint really is as well, so that when you put the files into D2L, they know it’s just for reference and not the whole kit and kaboodle. If you have further questions, advice, or amazing examples to share with us, let us know in the comments below.

polci icon Policies & Procedures

Did you know that we have a Learning Management System Usage Policy? Well, we do. And you can find it here (click to download a pdf of the policy to your computer).


What is a Learning Management System, you ask? Well, OUR Learning Management System (LMS) is D2L (or Brightspace, as it has been rebranded). 


What does this Board of Governors approved policy mandate? As a minimum standard, faculty MUST (note: this language is from the policy) use the LMS course page to provide students with the following:

  1. Link to the approved course outline;
  2. Faculty contact information (found on the course outline);
  3. Student progress/grades throughout the term, posted to the gradebook within two weeks of an assignment due date;
  4. Pertinent course materials, assessments, etc.; and
  5. Course announcements

(please note: some terms in the policy have been changed in the above descriptors to make them relevant to our current systems and practices)

Disclaimer: The policy references the Centre for Learning and Teaching, which no longer exists; the Learning Management System the college utilizes is now co-managed by the Learning Design and Support (LDS) Team and Information Technology Services (ITS).

For more information about D2L, please check out this awesome web resource.

dept icon College Departments

This week, we held a battle of the ska bands for the glory of being the Teaching Hub Department of the Week. The Library’s house band, The Mighty Mighty Bosstomes, led by David Luinstra, brought down the house with their rendition of “Bad in Plaid.”

So what does the library want to do with their hard-won Hub space? They chose to tell you about the Faculty and Staff Resources Page that they have on their site, and specifically the library skills support that they offer for students. Get a load of this:

  • the library staff will come to visit your class;
  • you can take your students on a library field trip; and/or
  • you can embed one of the library’s pre-built modules directly into D2L.

And there is more… There are also many other library resources for faculty to use in D2L such as videos from Films on Demand, Kanopy, or curio.ca. Also included are subject guides, tutorials, articles, and e-books. When will the help ever end?

student service icon Services for Students

listen to this video while you read along to this week’s Services for Students section

Do you want to listen to, instead of read, your Microsoft Word documents? Of course you do (or you at least want to try it out)! It’s fun, easy, and free!

  1. Create a word document. We recommend putting funny phrases into it to practice and make yourself laugh. Or use an actual document. You pick. Check out this how-to video or the Accessibility Centre tip sheets to learn more about making a Word document accessible to screen readers.
  2. Add Speak to your Word quick access toolbar. Here are step-by-step instructions. Then highlight the words you want to read and get ready to listen to all the funny stuff you wrote in the Word document.
  3. Spread the word that text-to-speech software is the coolest! Share it with your students, your colleagues, your neighbours, and especially your barista.

Disclaimer: We know the Microsoft reader voice isn’t everyone’s cup of tea at first, but hey, it might just grow on you. Do you have other tech you use for text-to-speech? Share please!

communicate icon Chatter

Last week, when we were trying to propagandize the use of Twitter for opening up the learning in your classroom, a comment from all-star Hub commenter Liz Mathewson added a great point: The kids may not be using The Twitter so much these days. So, while Twitter still is great for use in your personal learning and networking, some investigation into what the students are using in your class could help. It may be Instagram, Facebook, or Snapchat. It might even be something that everyone under 25 has sworn not to tell us about. The point is, opening up the learning in your class and getting your students sharing their work more is great, and if you can do it with the tool that your students are already using, all the better.

Let us know if you have any thoughts on this week’s post in the comments below!

info icon More Information

Looking for more information? 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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