The Teaching Hub: Post 14, Week 13

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Gee, We hope it’s okay for Lonnie to share this clip from Pixar’s Inside Out. Oh well, we guess it’s Lonnie’s copyright issue anyway. Speaking of interactive, what does that even mean? Well, this late in the semester, interaction is probably done through a foggy haze of fatigue and big comfy sweaters, but there are many ways it occurs in a learning environment. Here are four broad categories:

  1. Teacher-student interaction
  2. Student-student interaction
  3. Student-content interaction
  4. High-fives

Some of these are trickier than others. We all know the risk of a missed high-five. Among those four broad categories are 45 billion combinations of skills and strategies and places to do it. And it’s up to you to facilitate it all! But we can help. If you would like to try to make something more interactive in your course and want to brainstorm ideas, let us know. For example, we may forward you Josh’s email address because he showed us a cool way to get the interactive juices flowing at Frost campus this month.

Movember Muscle Campus Tour from Joshua Feltham on Vimeo.

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This week we are “hubbing” about interaction, active learning, and click to learn. In that spirit, we want to highlight a couple of options that will encourage and support students of all ages and sizes to use their technology to interact.

interactionAsking questions, checking for gaps, and determining prior knowledge are all good opportunities for students to use their own devices. Long story short, we are talking about polls and surveys! Here are some of our favourite options:

Let us know if you try something with your students! Email us at


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There are appropriate and inappropriate uses and times for just about anything. These things include pineapples, semicolons, PowerPoint, and cussing. Pineapples are inappropriate on pizza, semicolons are inappropriate right here; PowerPoint is not the place for walls of text, and maybe leave the cuss words out of your eulogies, depending on the family. We even have a policy for the appropriate use of some things here at Fleming, and it doesn’t include a single cuss word, because that would be inappropriate.

Appropriate Use Policy

Fleming’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Appropriate Use Policy provides a framework for the appropriate use of ICT services, resources, equipment, and facilities. This includes

  • software and systems;
  • all of the information stored in systems,computing devices, and associated peripherals;
  • VoIP communications network and wireless infrastructure and related equipment;
  • facsimile machines, scanners, telephones, wireless devices, digital storage media, video and other multimedia devices.

Not mentioned are telegraphs, Morse code, and carrier pigeons, but be appropriate with those too, you crazy scofflaws! Anyhow, to find out more about what’s acceptable and what you should definitely not be doing with technology, check out Policy # 6-601 on the College Policies and Procedures page, or access it directly in the myCampus Portal.

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kcso*Warning! Youthful slang is included below!*

Free massages? ZOMG, yes! 

Therapy bunnies? HUNDO P, BUDDY!

David’s Tea AND a dance zone? This sounds LIT!

With the hectic-ness of week 13 in full swing, the Mental Health Initiative Committee and SAC are happy to host Keep Calm and Study On! You can find all the action at the Sutherland Campus on Wednesday November 30th in the front foyer. Be sure to spread the word to students and check it out yourself, too!

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We in the Learning Design & Support Team really wanted to ask you for a favour this week, and have no good place to ask you ourselves, so we wanted to win the Teaching Hub college-department-of-the-week contest. That way we could have a forum to speak directly to you through a link to a blog post that is emailed to you through Fleming Communications. Thus, the contest was contrived in such a way that we would win. What we did was held a mime-endurance contest in which entrants had to silently pretend to be in a box for 48 hours in order to qualify for the second round, which is 96 hours. No one else even showed up! So we won by default. We thrive on efficiency.

So what is it that we really wanted to ask you? Are you ready? Here it is: We’d really, really like it if you read and respond to the request in the Professional Development section below. Thanks!

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Word on the street is that the concept of the vote has been revolutionized by the Internet. Nowadays, a vote can go in two directions: up or down! Agree or disagree! That’s twice as many options as before. If a certain recent real voting event had this down-voting/disagree option, the world may have turned out a little differently. Anyway, we can use this revolutionary new voting direction ourselves, and we’d like you to take advantage of it.

Here’s what we’d like you to do: vote on the content of our open faculty development manual project. This will take no longer than the time it takes you to do it, we promise. We’d like your input on which pedagogical skills to include in the Open Faculty Development Textbook that we are co-creating with you. So go in and vote to agree, disagree or show your apathy (by not voting) on each of the skills shown. You’ll also be able to comment on them or suggest more skills to include. If you do this for us, we’ll be totally chuffed. CLICK HERE TO PLAY

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As it turns out, the Canadian Commenting Society is holding a contest for most commented Canadian blog post of the week. To help us win, please leave a comment below, saying something pithy, silly, or even constructive if you must. This will help us win the grand prize! We will share a picture of us enjoying the prize, we promise! Just leave a reply below. We would greatly appreciate it.

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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:!


The Teaching Hub: Post 13, Week 12

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Engaging Teaching

blobbbbbspeaskers-cornerOnce in a while, the world is kind enough to give us worthy sequels like The Dark Knight, The Empire Strikes Back, and Hamlet 2. Today is another one of those days. We are proud to debut a second edition to Speakers Corner! You may have seen the original, by George Fogarasi, released back in 2016. Well, the sequel is coming to you from Amanda Mushynski of the PharmTech program and she is going to take you on an adventure into the world of Open Learning Communities through blogging. We’ve already read and enjoyed the article immensely ourselves, so we’re going to go watch Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, but go ahead and check it out to see if the exciting things PharmTech are doing could work for you (and even see some of the great work the students are doing). Check out Here Comes the BLOG!

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Learning Technology

Course Title: The Twitter-Blog Learning Community Combo Package

Course Hours: 0.02    Pre-requisite: The ‘Here Comes The BLOG‘ article on Open Learning Communities Amanda Mushynski wrote that we just told you about in the previous section.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Consider using some of the ideas that Amanda has used to build learning community.

Learning Resources: To be honest, this fake course outline is the learning resource itself.

Assessment Summary: Learning Community Development Plan (100%). Please email it to for feedback within the hour (no less than 50 pages)

Learning Plan: So just like, read the article and think about it and let it take you down any road you wish. You can contact Amanda or us if you’d like to try something and need some help!

Course Fee: $5 cash money discreetly slipped under the door of C1203.8

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College Departments

Sutherland Campus: Grid Version

In this week’s department of the week contest, we actually figured out how to send people into The Grid to have one of those Light-Cycle battles like in Tron. To date, Academic Operations is the only department to have made it back out. We’re sure the others are okay…

While we wait and hope for the others to return from their digital nightmares, Academic Operations wanted us to give you a Pop Quiz! Here we go!

What do these 3 important events have in common?

  • 1901 – Walt Disney was born
  • 1933 – United States ends Prohibition with the ratification of the 21st Amendment
  • 2016 – Winter course outlines are due at Fleming College

Ding ding ding! These things all happen on December 5th! That’s right folks, your course outlines for the winter semester are due on December 5th. If you have questions about your course outlines, check out the How-to Guides and the FAQ from Academic Operations. Also, please if you know how to do a Human Grid Extraction, let us know.

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Policies & Procedures

Despite putting the clocks back an hour a couple of weeks ago, we still seem to be slowly marching towards the end of the semester. Students may start looking for information on the Academic Appeal process. Of course, not your students, because you’ve promoted open dialogue throughout the semester, and you’ve stuck to your course outline!
But for those students who are still looking for the information, you can easily provide it by directing them to the
Academic Appeals Policy & Procedure website. CaptureThere, they will find the grounds required to launch an appeal, the forms they will need to do so, FAQs, a timeline, and as you can see in the picture over there to the right, a handy visual about how it all goes down. If you somehow can’t read the picture of the handy visual to your right, click here to see it embiggened.

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Services for Students

Fleming Aboriginal Student Services

Fleming College provides a unique and supportive environment for AborigiIndigenous Education at Flemingnal learners. Through many years of collaboration with Aboriginal communities and our team of experts in Aboriginal education, Fleming College provides strong support for Aboriginal students, right from orientation through to graduation.

Please visit their website for more information.


Professional Development

Who doesn’t like a good map, resource or visual guide for learning?? Anyone… Anyone??

Oh, of course. Lonnie doesn’t. Well, if you DO like these things, read on!

In the spirit of DIY and Personalized Professional Learning, we wanted to showcase a couple of highly visually designed options for learning about AND developing your digital literacy skills. First, you may be wondering what digital literacy skills are. If so, here is a nice definition to set you up for success in your exploration:

Digital literacy is the ability to find, evaluate, utilize, share, and create content using information technologies and the Internet. is a resource that is currently being developed for Higher Education in Ireland, check it out (The resource is setup like a subway system map, the headings are subway stations and the options are subway lines). It also has an interesting resource outlining digital skills for faculty, staff and students that you may want to have a look at.


The other resource we’d like to share is Mozilla’s Web Literacy (from the US), another interactive visual tool that helps you dive into and learn more about digital literacy.

Their site also includes activities, tools and even more options:


If you are curious to see what is happening on this topic in Canada, you might want to check out: This Digital Literacy Framework.

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Last week, we spilled the beans on our Open Faculty Development Textbook Project. Thank you for your responses to our survey so far! Here’s an initial response to some of the comments: we do want to pursue faculty workloading for this. We do NOT want the work to be daunting. We’re planning to do as much of the set up work as we can so that all we need from you (if you take on a ‘chapter’) is your take and your example about a specific pedagogical skill. We’re kind of envisioning 3-4 page chapters and the book itself being quite short. A novella-text! Also we want to have it ready for the beginning of next academic year so it is not a rush job. If you have a couple minutes to share your thoughts, please do!

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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:!

The Teaching Hub: Post 12, Week 11


Attention! This very special episode of the Teaching Hub is all about our intentions, and our intention to drag you into our intentions. So please, read as intently as you intend.

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Earlier this month, half of the Learning Technology contingent (n=1) of  the Learning Design & Support Team attended the Open Education Conference in Richmond, Virginia. It is a conference where champions of Open Education meet to share their successes and failures in trying to open up educational practices and resources. And guess what? The people are very open and friendly and welcoming. This is a nice feature to have in people.

A shot of the inside of Terry’s hotel room in Richmond

We mention this conference because that is where the nugget of an idea came from for a project we’d like to work on with you. The rest of the LDS Team members (n=4) were gracious enough to listen to the blathering on about this idea and accept it as a way to bring to life some of the big things we have all been working on. Here’s the nugget: Dr. Robin De Rosa (@actualham), a professor at Plymouth State University, produced an open textbook with her students. From this project, the students wound up with a free textbook to which they contributed. Can you imagine the feeling of pride and community that comes from being involved in a project like that? Well, we hope you won’t need to imagine for long. In other words, we want to produce Open Faculty Development Manuals/Texts with you and with our students. Here’s another example of an Open Textbook Project from the left coast, if you want to know more about it.

This is the engaging teaching section of the The Teaching Hub. We’ve never wanted it to be ‘all hose and no bucket‘ and just tell you what we think engaging teaching is. We’ve wanted to try to help get things started, but ultimately we want you to tell us. We want us all to show each other. This project aims to formalize just that. But not too formal, where’s the fun in that? The rest of this week’s Hub post digs deeper into his idea.

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

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We’re thinking we’d like to produce a digital and print version of the manuals, to get the best of both worlds. so here is a tool we may be able to use to make it look super slick:

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The students have a bit of a horse in this race, don’t they? We’d like to get them involved, too. Meaning, we’d also like to publish a student version of the manual, so that they know where we are coming from when we implement some sound pedagogical practices in our classes. Maybe, just maybe, they will more quickly ‘get’ what you’re trying to do and buy into it more fully. That might be cool, huh? We promise the students that they will Learn, Belong and Become here at Fleming College. Well, the ‘become‘ part surely must mean that they become independent, adult, skilled, lifelong learners. This manual can help us make that happen for real.

polci icon Policies & Procedures

Here’s a procedure that doesn’t yet exist, but maybe something like it will work for getting this going:

  1. We start with this as a skeleton of a table of contents: University of Michigan High Leverage Practices (Jodie sure knows how to find the good stuff). We think it’s something to sink our teeth into. It is a fantastic place to start.
  2. We (me, you, him, her, they, Josh, even Lonnie) offer our take on one of the pedagogical practices. These will show examples situated in our context, in our real courses. We would love to help you create these hot-takes, so don’t feel shy.
  3. We get the students in on this. Hear their take on the examples we provide and take their suggestions for improvements.
  4. We run a contest for students to design the cover so that we can improve on the prototype that Terry made.teachbook
  5. We do it again next year: revise, improve, add topics. We make other manuals, dig more deeply into not only teaching, but course design. We grow as a community of open learners. Students, faculty and staff included.

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Are ‘faculty’ a department? Doesn’t matter, y’all win the honour of department of the week, anyway. We love what you do and want to help you share it through these manuals or texts. We’re hoping this will be a multi-year, multi-volume ongoing contribution to Open Educational Resources and Open Educational Practices. Your contribution will be to help show these pedagogical practices in action. To situate the ideas in a real place for each other to see, and then take it to their own practice.

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Getting involved in this project, we think, will be a rewarding learning experience. You’ll get your name in print and in fancy digital lights. You’ll be a big part of the community. You’ll be invested in the growth and opening up of pedagogical practices at our college. This project is not just one professional development opportunity. Its goal is to raise faculty professional development itself to a higher level at Fleming.

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Please tell us how you feel about this and if you have interest in being involved, in one or both of two ways:

  • Fill out this form, which is only 4 short questions. Tell us how you feel. You could even use a fake name and tell us how you really feel, like Lonnie does.
  • Talk to us and talk to each other in the comments section below.

We are more than excited about this project. Does it excite you?

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Stay tuned next week for another episode of Speakers Corner. Next week we feature Amanda Mushynski, who will describe the wonderful open practices that the PharmTech Program are rocking.

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:!

The Teaching Hub: Post 11, Week 10

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 This week’s special episode of Engaging Teaching has a guest speaker! And by speaker, wespeaskers corner.gif mean that our guest speaker has written an article for us using digital tools that include a keyboard and a Word document. So it’s almost like he is speaking to us through the written word, like a writer! Anyway, our guest speaker this week is none other than George Fogarasi! George imparts concepts, skills, and ideas to students in a number of General Arts and Science courses. If you ever get the chance to have a chat with him, try not to let his enthusiasm and passion about just about anything rub off on you. I dare you! We asked George to speak to us, through writing down words, about Digital Pedagogy. He came back to us with a Digital Dance. Check it out, it’s great.

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Our friend Terry Greene was at the #opened16 conference last week and in anticipation of his arrival back at the ranch, we wanted to do him a solid and talk about Open Educational Resources, also affectionately known as OERs.

What are OERs, you ask? OERs:

…are freely accessible, openly licensed documents and media that are useful for teaching, learning, and assessing, as well as for research purposes.

OER Commons is a great resource for checking out resources or finding out what is available for your topic or course.

In the example below I did a quick search for “College Level Law Textbooks;” the results will AMAZE you… well, not amaze really, but show you that the search came back with results…


Wondering why OERs might be worth a look? Check out 7 Things You Should Know about Open Educational Resources… you know you wanna!

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If you read further down this post, you will literally hear us tooting our own horn…

This week, the LDS Team won the Department of the Week competition by placing an admirable 2nd in the costume and pumpkin carving contest at Sutherland campus.


As your proudly penultimate department, we are featuring ourselves this week!

The Learning Design and Support Team is a mobile, project-based team who is ready to help you with teaching, learning design, learning technology, and professional learning. We are here for you and will apparate whenever we are needed – for projects and questions big and small!

callingcardHave questions about teaching and learning? Need to talk over an assessment idea? Want to integrate more technology into your course? Have a learning activity to share with others? Contact us! You can email us at, call us at extension 1216, follow us on Twitter @FlemingLDS,  or click your heels three times and say “the solution is in the design” over and over. Honestly, the first 3 options will probably get you the quickest response.

Look for us in the hallways over the next few weeks as we drop in to see you, offer help, accept bribes, and leave our calling cards.

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We’re playing fast and loose with the concept of a policy this week, because it is not a policy as much as it’s a suggested cool thing to do. It does involve procedure, so there’s that! This week we want to talk about attribution. 

Now first, let’s get trivial details like an explanation out of the way: By attribution, we mean that when you’re looking for (Creative Commons properly licensed) photos and stuff to add to your course pages (and other online spaces), you should be cool about it and give attribution. As in tell us where you got the picture so the artist gets some cred and feels good about themselves for contributing to a greater world.

hackeysackHere’s an example: At our Fall Teaching & Learning Day, we wanted to sort people into groups of four for an active learning activity. We Photoshopped famous active learner Judith Limkilde into various scenes. From there we created simple puzzles and gave everyone one piece so people could find each other and put it together to form a group. All images were found through Creative Commons Search and then used this flickr CC attribution helper tool (which saves this all from being a huge pain in the behind) to add attribution to the images, as you can see here. Now everyone is happy! Judith gets to do all these great activities, and the original photographers get the credit they deserve.

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There’s no better time than the end-of-semester crunch for students to blow off some steam in a healthy way. Luckily, Fleming has a variety of options for our students when it comes to Athletics & Recreation (with thanks to the new Student Life Portal for the information!). We even have a Loggersports team; for those who’ve never witnessed that awesomeness, well, you missed the big competition that happened at the Frost Campus on Saturday… but here’s a video from Fleming’s Twitter feed to give you a little peek:

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This zombie-reminiscent headline might seem like it belongs back in our “Spooky” edition, but it’s really just the title of the Universal Design for Learning presentations held at George Brown College during week 8. Several faculty members attended the Introduction to UDL session, while members of our very own LDS Team attended the UDL Presenters’ Academy, both hosted by CAST. Participants learned about how to address the learner variability in every classroom, and how to support students to become expert learners. Stay tuned for more from those who participated in the sessions…
For now, here’s Mary’s first attempt at a Storify (with thanks to Alana for the inspiration!), including some tweets (#UDLComesAlive) from that day:

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fleming_zoneMost of the chatter this week was about last week’s Teaching and Learning Day, so we are are literally going to toot our own horn… before good ol’ Lonnie rains on our parade…!

Fleming College’s own Laura Copeland featured pictures taken during the “Classroom Creep” portion of the day, and we appreciate her coverage of the event in the Fleming Zone, from October 31, 2016 (you’ll need to log in to read the article).

We are also soliciting feedback on the day via this Google survey. We are already starting to plan the next Teaching and Learning Day, which will happen on Wednesday March 1, 2017. Your feedback is greatly appreciated and will help shape the next event. You may even want to be part of presenting the day’s events; we’d  be happy to have you involved!

Public Service Announcement:

Reef Polling Demonstration

Tuesday, November 8th from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. in Room B2 345
Gilaine Waterbury, the Senior Sales Specialist from McMillan Learning Company (REEF Polling by iClicker), has agreed to come to Fleming to give a demonstration on REEF Polling and answer questions we may have. All are welcome. For further information, contact Sylvia Cashmore at

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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:!