The Teaching Hub: Week Four, Winter 2017

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teac hing icon Engaging Teaching

We don’t really want to talk about it, so don’t ask, but this week’s Engaging Teaching topic is leading a group discussion. The Girl Guide/Scout motto, “Be Prepared,” is also the motto for facilitating quality group discussions and resisting oppressive regimes. Who would’ve guessed!? Here are 5 keys to help you be prepared to facilitate a quality group discussion:

Sufficient Prior Knowledge | Appropriate Topic | Discussion Guidelines

Guiding Discussions with Questioning | Culminating or Summarizing

Like we said, we don’t really want to talk about leading group discussions, so here’s a link to some actual details for improving group discussions.

tech icon Learning Technology

D2L Thing of the Week: Content

2clicks.gifThe meat & potatoes of D2L is the content area. All the stuff should be there: PowerPoints, html files, readings, videos, dropboxes, quizzes, & discussion boards. Here are some instructions for making best use of this digital landscape.

Did you know you can get to content in just 2 clicks upon entering D2L? This is very exciting news for those of us who are frugal with our clicking. Here’s how: 1) click course name. 2) Click “Content Browser” in the widget header.

Non-D2L Thing of the Week: PowerPoint

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 unsolicited 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: Get yourself checked for accessibility issues, and then fix them.

student service icon Services for Students

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This week’s hub is dubbed the New Addition Edition for good reason. It’s because we have a new, younger, and shinier sibling blogging alongside us: Introducing The Student Hub! If you haven’t guessed yet, it’s written for (and soon by) students, in a similar vein to the Teaching Hub. Check it out here, and let us know if you’d like to get involved in it. The pay is great.

polci icon Policies & Procedures

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  • February 10th (for courses of 8 weeks or less)
  • March 17th (for 8+ week courses)

These are the final dates to withdraw from courses & receive a “W” instead of an “F” designation on your Academic Record. In summary, if completing a course is not an option right now, “W” = good, “F” = bad.

There are also lots of other important dates in the Academic Schedule, like the fast-approaching Independent Learning Week (February 27th – March 3rd).

dept icon College Departments

For the second time this semester, those rascals in IT have won the college department of the week battle. This week we held a mashed potato-mashing contest and Rick “Patches” Robinson mashed his potatoes so smooth and creamy that we were tempted to put it in our coffee. Good on ya, Rick! See Rick here describing the way of life that is the IT Service Desk.

pdicon Professional Development

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Faculty Cyber Connections is designed for faculty wishing to advance their teaching practice through online collaboration with other colleagues across Ontario. The design of the program enables participants to analyze teaching and learning strategies, while exploring emerging technologies. Modules are 6-8 hours over a 4-week period.

Winter 2017 FCC Modules:
Universal Design for Learning
Multiple Choice Tests
Group Work

To sign up, contact: jennifer.ramsdale@flemingcollege.ca

communicate icon Chatter

This past week we’ve had a lot of in-the-office chatter from students about collaborative note-taking. Two groups of students have taken on the challenge of managing a Google drive or Microsoft OneDrive to create and share a space that allows them to take notes for their classes. Students manage the workflow, sharing, and contributions from other students. Once the collaborative notes folder is set up, it can be shared on a D2L course page, through email, or through OneDrive.

If you are curious and want to know more, drop down and see us OR email us; we’ll be happy to chat: LDSTeam@flemingcollege.ca

info icon More Information

Looking for more information, or want to chat with Jodie about your favourite episode of “Black Mirror”? 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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The Teaching Hub: Week Three, Winter 2017

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Last week we started a new tradition of rhyming the name of the post to ‘edition’. Thus, this week’s post is called the ‘Permission Edition’. The permission we speak of comes in the form of Creative Commons licensing.Creative Commons License

 We declare The Teaching Hub CC-BY!

This means anyone can take anything on The Hub and use it, re-mix it & re-use it for your own needs. We just ask that you in turn share what you do with it and maybe hook us up with some attribution for our work. So please, if we happen to put something on here that actually makes sense and you could use in your own work, take it!


teac hing icon Engaging Teaching

Each week this section will cover one of the Teaching Works High Leverage Practices that we are using in the Open Faculty Development Textbook project. If you’d like to be involved with the project, please let us know. This week’s skill is:

Checking Student Understanding During and at the Conclusion of Lessons.

Imagine if this poor little cat was in your class, scribbling away in her little notebook and then she looks up at you with this look that says “I just don’t get it!” Please see this link for ideas on how you might be able to help Mittens understand what is going on. 
Confused flickr photo by slava shared under a Creative Commons ( BY ) license


tech icon Learning Technology

D2L Thing of the Week: Grades

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Nothing is more satisfying in life than making this annoying note go away from your D2L grade book. That’s because it means you’ve created a happy grade book. If D2L were a Super Mario game, that note would be the Bowser at the end of the level. You have to jump on its head three times to make it go away. Here are the instructions for defeating the D2L Bowser (starting on Page 4). Let us know if you need help. We’ll be Luigi to your Mario.

Non-D2L Thing of the Week: Hypothes.is

Have a look-see at this cool way to collaboratively annotate works that you find on something called “The Internet.” It can turn any page you find into a discussion, making the Internet your oyster. Take that, Internet! Maybe your students could use this to share thoughts and discuss content that you cover in class, or even connect to others interested in the topic.


polci icon Policies & Procedures

For this week’s policy, we Googled the topic we wanted to showcase and then copy/pasted from the first result, pretending it was our own work. The topic? Academic Integrity. (Editor’s note: please put the previous paragraph in sarcastises, we did write it ourselves)

Academic Integrity – What do you do if you find evidence of cheating or plagiarism in your classroom? Academic integrity in teaching, learning, and research is fundamental to a learning organization. There is an expectation that all faculty, staff, and students adhere to a high standard and that violations (such as cheating and plagiarism) should have serious consequences, but how do we evaluate academic integrity?

Currently, breaches of Academic Integrity at Fleming College are based on a four-strikes-and-you’re-out policy. Breaches of academic integrity are reported by faculty, in writing, to the Registrar. The details are contained in the Academic Regulations Policy 2-201. A new policy is currently in the works and we will update you when that policy is implemented. 


dept icon College Departments

The department of the week contest for this week was the “Which Department Lives Closest To Our Department?” Contest. The winners? The Tutoring & Academic Skills Centre! (Or as they are colloquially known in this hallway: The T.A.S.C. Force!) They are the unsung heroes of the college. See the Services for Students section next for more information on what they do for students and how you can refer your students to them.


student service icon Services for Students

“When it comes to tutors, the earlier in the semester that you sign up the better. Use them and then lose them.”

-Ancient Mesopotamian Proverb, probably

Tutoring. One-on-one or small group help in an area in which the student needs help. A service for students doesn’t get much better than that. But wait, there’s more!

  • It’s free (no bribes necessary);
  • It’s for everybody, except Lonnie;
  • There are one-on-one, or small group sessions;
  • Drop-in sessions occur for Math, Test Prep & Success Strategies; and
  • There is additional support for students registered with Accessible Education Services.

So, should your students maybe know about this service? Ummmm, yeah!

  • Your students can book an appointment for a tutor online here.
  • Or, students may be able to become a tutor themselves here.

In summary, if you tell your students about the T.A.S.C. Force, they will probably think you are a super cool teacher who cares about their success in your course. If you’d like an orientation or demo from the fine folks in the TASC Force, find their info here.

pdicon Professional Development

It might surprise you to find out that what truly motivates us… autonomy, purpose and mastery.

How might this new knowledge impact what you do with your own professional learning? How might this change how you motivate your students in their programs and courses?


communicate icon Chatter

This section is here to report back on past topics the Hub has featured. We’re happy to say that the collaborative note-taking idea has been taken up by a few courses/programs and we are honing in on a simple process for getting students set up and empowered with this super-skill. Holla at us if you’d like to know more and please let your students know about the idea!


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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The Teaching Hub: Week Two, Winter 2017

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teac hing icon Engaging Teaching

Each week this section will cover one of the Teaching Works High Leverage Practices. These are the skills that we would like to highlight in the Open Faculty Development Textbook project that we’re working on. If you’d like to be involved with the project, please let us know. This week’s skill is: Setting Long- & Short-Term Goals for Students

Clear goals referenced to external standards help teachers ensure that all students learn expected content. Explicit goals help teachers to maintain coherent, purposeful, and equitable instruction over time. Setting effective goals involves analysis of student knowledge and skills in relation to established standards and careful efforts to establish and sequence interim benchmarks that will help ensure steady progress toward larger goals.

#13 on the Teaching Works High Leverage Practices site

You could think of your course learning outcomes as long-term goals, and the smaller objectives that are subordinate to the outcomes as the short-term goals. You may not have explicitly written down these sub-objectives, as you probably know them inherently. For example, I would like my daughters to be able to come to a complete stop on skates as a long-term goal (outcome). A short-term goal (sub-objective) to that outcome would be for them to be able to put their snow pants on without having an earth-shattering meltdown. We have a long way to go.

Also, here’s a cool goal setting assignment for students:


tech icon Learning Technology

D2L Thing of the Week

D2L Level TwoIf you were brave enough to enroll yourself into D2L Level One last week, you may be ready to enroll yourself in D2L Level Two. In this mastery-level course you will:

  1. Spend time thinking and learning about new ways to create and present content in your course pages;
  2. Learn and try out the new Virtual Classroom tool and other communication tools; and
  3. Learn about rubrics, and badges, and awards… oh my!

You can self-register for Level Two on D2L, in the Help and Information Widget (yellow-header, right-hand side, scroll ⇓).

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Non-D2L Thing of the Week

rescue-timegoalsProcrastinators love to procrastinate so much that they even procrastinate procrastinating! Does this sound familiar? If so, you want to increase your productive time at the computer and lessen the impact that unproductive online habits have on your computer time. To do this you may want to check out a time management application that will help you tame your time wasting habits,  and make sure you are meeting your goal of working productively while on your computer or device (on time and on task).

Rescue time is one of the many time management/productivity applications available for your computers or mobile devices. We chose to feature RescueTime because it is available for PC, Mac, and Android computers or devices.

If you are looking to check out other time management or productivity applications please check out this list.


polci icon  Policies & Procedures

The word mandatory is not much fun, is it? When people say a thing is mandatory, it almost makes you feel like you have to do it or something. Who likes that? According to thesaurus.com, a synonym for mandatory is “de rigeur.” I think we’re onto something here. Here is the Google definition and example sentence for de rigeur:

De rigeur: Required by etiquette or current fashion.

“it was de rigueur for bands to grow their hair long”

Hence, we would like to change the name of mandatory training at Fleming, to de rigeur training at Fleming. Here is a definition and example sentence:

De rigeur Training: training required by etiquette or current fashion and also because you definitely have to do it.

“It was de rigeur for faculty to do their de rigeur training at Fleming” 

There are five de rigeur training modules:

  • 3 Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) modules
  • 1 Health & Safety Training module
  • A series of Copyright Literacy modules (available in D2L)

If you are new to Fleming or haven’t done your de rigeur training yet, you can be paid for your time! For more details about all of this, see this page on the HR site.


student service icon Services for Students

“Am I in the right program?”

“Can I reduce my course load?”

“I’m having trouble getting out of bed to get to class.”

“I think I’m drinking too much.”

“I need to do a presentation, but I get anxious.”

Hopefully all those quotes didn’t come from one person, but they probably could. Sometimes students need someone to talk with about their academic, personal, or disability-related concerns. Well, Counselling Services can be the place! Counselling Services offers short-term, solution-focused, supportive counselling to Fleming students. And of course, it’s all confidential. Students can book appointments by phone (see the website for contact numbers) or in person at the Counselling Services office. This same information was shared with students as a D2L news item. Please direct their attention to that news item if you get a chance.


dept icon College Departments

This week, we held a contest in the foyer at Sutherland campus for the honour of college department of the week. The contest was simply who could hold their breath the longest. Our budget was completely diminished last week when we hosted it in Norway. Travis Grant from IT/AV Customer Support held his breath for 17 minutes to win the competition handily.

Here is what they would like you to know: This semester, IT/AV has begun sending very helpful emails with the subject heading “AV information for teaching at Fleming College” which includes information specific to the room(s) in which you are teaching so that you know what you have to work with in your classrooms. These emails include a link to the instructional video below (starring someone that might be Steve Higgs, or it might be Terry Greene. Who’s to say who it really is?)


pdicon Professional Development

Teaching & Learning Boot Camp Level 2

Are you a sort-of, relatively, or brand-spanking new faculty member? Would you like to learn more about effective lesson planning for student engagement? Did you attend our Boot Camp Level 1 and have completely forgotten everything we said (can you say information overload)? Do you like it when there are a series of questions in a paragraph? Are you sure?

Then this session is for you! In this 1-hour session, we’ll cover/review how to plan and deliver an engaging lesson to promote student success. Members of the LDS Team will be on hand after the formal session to answer questions on D2L, teaching strategies, assessments, best practices and especially to talk about Black Mirror episodes, which is Jodie’s favorite show

Sutherland Campus
Monday, January 23rd, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. in Room B2 101
Frost Campus
Thursday, January 26th, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in Room 334

No registration is required; be there, or be this.


communicate icon Chatter

The blorp-o-meter measures the amount of discussion the previous Hub post creates. It is based off of this formula: link clicks = 1/10th blorp, like = 1 blorp, comment = 5 blorps and a faculty commitment to hub contribution = 20 blorps (Sustainable Ag is going to try the collaborative note-taking thing from last week). The blorp-o-meter was run at 10:27 a.m. on Jan 13th.

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235 views + 2 comments + 0 likes + 1 faculty contribution agreement =

53.5 blorps!

That’s higher than last week by 4.2 blorps! Thanks everybody!


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!

The Teaching Hub: Week One, Winter 2017

teacherhub17w1teac hing icon Engaging Teaching

Each week this section will cover one of the Teaching Works High Leverage Practices. These are the skills that we would like to highlight in the Open Faculty Development Textbook project that we’re working on. If you’d like to be involved with the project, please let us know. This week’s skill is:

Implementing Organizational Routines

Restrictions can breed creativity, which is why routines and expectations in your courses can help set up a successful, knowledge-creating community of learners. Watch Jack White talk about how setting restrictions for his band The White Stripes helped lead them to such creative heights.

Dependable routines and expectations help students to prioritize and plan. By discussing class structure and routines, you are giving students an idea of how the learning environment will work. This is not a one-sided process, so it is important to spend time discussing class routines.  Student involvement in establishing the norms is essentially building the learning community together. Your course outline is a good place to begin discussing the general routine for your class. You can highlight the learning sequence, material to be covered, and how the assignments connect to the course learning outcomes. Establishing a schedule that explicitly states when assignments are due and when you will be handing them back will also help set up these routines.

You can also discuss ways to organize study time, prepare for class, and form study groups (see the next section for a cool way that students can take collaborative notes). You can see an example of routines & scheduling on the UDL on Campus site. Scroll down to see the Timing & Scheduling section specifically.


tech icon Learning Technology

D2L Thing of the Week

 Faculty D2L Level One: The D2L Apprentice.welcome

If you were to be so bold as to complete the Faculty D2L Level One course, a few things will happen: 1) We will respond with positive feedback that will make you feel a good feeling. 2) You will get a shiny (digital) badge that you will cherish forever. 3) You will learn a bit about D2L and see D2L from a student’s perspective. And it only takes 20 minutes or so to complete! You can self-register for it on D2L, in the Help & Information Widget (yellow header, right-hand side, scroll ⇓).

Non-D2L Thing of the Week

Collaborative Note-Taking. Click on this tweet for the whole sordid tale.

Those sneaky students! Collaborating together right under our noses! Creating notes from each class for the benefit of everyone! BRILLIANT! We have created a Co-Curricular Record position for students to take a leadership role in this task. If one student in a course coordinates the setting up and sharing of the notes, they will get a shiny awesome thing to add to their CCR (and, you know, students will co-create a set of notes and explanations to help each other learn course material). These notes may also help you see where the students are in their understanding. If you would be so kind as to share this idea with your students, please do! Please have interested students contact us directly if they want to do it at LDSTeam@flemingcollege.ca


dept icon College Departments

Each week the LDS Team holds a college department of the week competition. The reward for winning is the chance to say something about what they do for faculty in The Teaching Hub. If you think these elaborate competitions are a waste of college resources, you would be right. But rest easy, they are only make believe. This week we set up a street luge track in Skjervet, Norway. Here is some footage:

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The winners were the speed demons of the Accessibility Centre. Here’s a transcription of their acceptance speech:

“The Accessibility Centre is your go-to internal resource for creating accessible instructional materials. Creating accessible instructional materials means that you intentionally design the learning materials like PowerPoints, Word documents, and videos to be accessible to different assistive technologies. It means all your students can access the learning materials that you create! If you want help getting started, check out the Accessibility Resources or contact Ian Guest at extension 1065.

Please remember to do the (ahem, mandatory, ahem) Accessibility Training: Log in to Evolve> My Self Serve> Learning and Development> Accessibility Training”


student service icon Services for Students

Accessible Education Services (AES) is an important service for students with disabilities and it’d be great if you reminded students that they can access these services. When you’re reviewing your course outline during the first class, that would be a good time to remind students to sign up. AES suggests using words like these words:

“If you have a disability, such as a learning disability, ADHD, mental health disability, visual impairment, mobility challenges, or medical conditions that may impact your success in school, or if you had an IEP in high school,  you may want to meet with a counsellor to set up supports for the semester.”

And hey, did you just think about note-taking? We thought you did! AES is always looking for peer note-takers & would SO appreciate if you help recruit note-takers in your class. If you have a student who is interested in being a note-taker for a course, they should speak with Kristi McKay (Sutherland) or Kathleen Conway (Frost). And using Google docs for students to take collaborative notes is a cool option, too!


polci icon Policies & Procedures

Fleming has an Accessibility for Students with Disabilities Policy and Procedure that outlines lots of important information about student rights and Fleming’s responsibilities. In the Accessibility for Students with Disabilities Policy, you’ll find the definition of disability, reasonableness, & undue hardship. In the Accessibility for Students with Disabilities Procedure  you’ll  find definitions of academic accommodations, disability documentation, and the academic accommodation process.


pdicon Professional Development

It’s a new year, which usually means making all sorts of new resolutions for the new you. We thought we’d help you get started on developing the new professional you…

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Here is our top 5 list of how to kick-start 2017 as being YOUR year of professional learning:

5. All Aboard is a project funded by Ireland’s National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning, which aims to identify the wide range of skills and knowledge that students, and all those who work in higher education, will need to feel confident and creative when learning, working, and exploring the digital world. Take some time to explore this digital literacy transit map and determine which “stop” you want to spend more time learning at.

4. Modern Professional Learning has the tag line “helping you organize and manage your professional growth in the new world of learning.” This site is brought to you by our favourite tool resource, “Top 200 Tools for Learning,” making #4 a “twofer” on our list.

3. Join a professional organization like STLHE (Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education) or ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development). Membership in these organizations provides you with access to their publications, resources, and more.

2. Check out this list of 50 of the Best Books for Teachers/PD. Perhaps this year we’ll host a book club? Would you be interested in participating in a virtual bookclub? If so, please let us know by commenting on the blog or by emailing us at the LDSTeam@flemingcollege.ca address.

1. Read and contribute to our Teaching Hub Blog!! Let us know what and how you’d like to contribute (LDSTeam@flemingcollege.ca) or come down to the C1 203 hallway and we’d be happy to chat!

 

 


communicate icon Chatter

Lonnie’s critiques have always been so inspiring to us. This week she gave us a new word to use to keep track of discussions. We have devised a chatter scoring system to measure the amount of discussion created by our previous Hub post. The score will be measured in blorps, which have no real meaning, like learning styles. A link click is worth 1/10th of a blorp, a like is worth 1, a comment is 5, and a faculty member agreeing to contribute to a future teaching hub post or to the faculty development textbook project is worth 20 blorps. Let’s check our blorp score for last week. (Blorp-o-meter was run at 9:19 a.m. on January 6th)emblemmatic-blorp-o-meter-logo-12

178 views + 2 comments + 1 like + 1 faculty contribution agreement =

48.8 blorps

Let’s beat that score next week!


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!

 

The Teaching Hub: Week Zero, Winter 2017

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**We interrupt our regularly scheduled Teaching Hub post for a video that includes some silliness and a very special guest**

Just before the holiday break, we did some testing out of ideas for the upcoming Week 8 Teaching & Learning Day on March 1st. We had an idea for an opening activity that involves making a little bit of fun of educational jargon, so we filmed ourselves testing it out. You’ll have to wait until the end to meet our special guest!

teac hing icon Engaging Teaching

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Want to start 2017 off on the right foot by having a wonderful, heart-warming, feel-good, warm & fuzzy, enriching, enchanting, and engaging first class? Okay! We can help you a little bit of the way towards that goal, if you’d like!

Join the Learning Design and Support Team at the Teaching and Learning Boot Camps and Get It Together Sessions. The boot camps are all about getting your lesson plan ready for your first classes (as well as getting started in D2L) and the “Get It Together” sessions are a collection of representatives from various helpful college departments to sort out any issues you may be having. See the link for more detailed details: Teaching and Learning Boot Camp and Get It Together Sessions (Frost and Sutherland options).

If you’re new to Fleming, and looking for new employee information, faculty resources, a welcome from our VPA, and/or Contract Faculty FAQs, please check out the HR New Employees page.

tech icon Learning Technology

This semester you’re going to get double your money in the Learning Technology section. Each week we will showcase something inside D2L and something outside of it. Please enjoy responsibly.

D2L Things of the Week: Course Copy/Linking Your Outline/Emailing your Class/etc.

  1. Copy course content into your Winter 2017 course shells (instructions).
    If you are not able to copy content into your course, you can request the content to be rolled over by emailing Alana Callan or Terry Greene.
  1. Add the link to the approved course outline (instructions).
  1. Edit and/or update course materials, including release dates for content and assessments (instructions).
  1. Add a welcome message via the News tool to your course page (instructions: Go to item #5 for how to use the news tool in your courses).
  1. Create attendance records (instructions).
  2. Email your students from your Class Roster from your Faculty Centre (instructions).


Non-D2L Thing of the Week: 
Spritz – The Speed-Reading Thing

Do you like reading, except for the part where you have to go to all the effort of moving your eyes back and forth? Now you don’t have to, and you may be able to read things more quickly! Check out Spritz to see if this is something you’d like to try. Don’t set it to 1000 wpm too quickly, as you may time-travel far into the future by accident.

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polci icon Policies & Procedures

Class Absence Procedure

Hot off the press! Fleming’s Class Absence Procedure has been updated and is ready for implementation in your classes this semester. Give it five minutes to cool off first, though. It’s Policy #2-205, and can be found, along with the rest of Fleming’s approved policies and procedures, on the HR Department webpage.


dept icon College Departments

Gone in 60 Seconds

Would you like to know more about some of the other departments the College has, but not so much that you wouldn’t be willing to spend more than a minute doing so? Well, you’re in luck! Check out the New Faculty Toolkit: Gone in 60 Seconds Version, where we have posted 60-second videos for various college departments telling you what they do for faculty. Each week in this section, we will delve a little deeper into one of the various departments and what they are willing to do for faculty.


student service icon Services for Students

Next week there will be a bunch of students showing up here at the college. They are a very important part of the college experience. They are so important to us here that many events and supports have been put in place to make sure they have a great start. These events can be categorized in your mind as Student Orientation. And what are the details of these events, you may ask? Well, here they are, we may answer.


pdicon Professional Development

Rumour has it that there is a weekly blog put out on a weekly basis by the Learning Design & Support Team. Its purpose is to connect faculty to ideas, people, and resources that can enable us all to improve the teaching & learning experiences at Fleming College. It’s almost like a hub of professional development activity. Coincidentally, it has been dubbed the Teaching Hub. As a matter of fact, you are reading it right now! Watch for this weekly post every week coming to you via All-Staff email, D2L news items, and five or six Tweets from various Learning Design & Support Team members. And if you’d like to increase the hub-ness of the Hub, get involved by commenting, writing a guest piece, low-key high-fiving us in the hallway, or forwarding the link to your loved ones. Oh, and we forgot to mention that this blog will be posted twice a fortnight.


communicate icon Chatter

This section is for following up on discussions that previous posts may have generated. As this is the first post of the new year, we won’t dredge through the past. We’ll just ask you to leave a reply if you have any comments. Thanks!


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