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.
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:
D2L Thing of the Week
If 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:
- Spend time thinking and learning about new ways to create and present content in your course pages;
- Learn and try out the new Virtual Classroom tool and other communication tools; and
- 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 ⇓).
Non-D2L Thing of the Week
Procrastinators 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.
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.
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.
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?)
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
Monday, January 23rd, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. in Room B2 101
Thursday, January 26th, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in Room 334
No registration is required; be there, or be this.
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.
235 views + 2 comments + 0 likes + 1 faculty contribution agreement =
That’s higher than last week by 4.2 blorps! Thanks everybody!