**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!
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.
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.
- 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.
- Add the link to the approved course outline (instructions).
- Edit and/or update course materials, including release dates for content and assessments (instructions).
- 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).
- Create attendance records (instructions).
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!