This week is the coalition edition because it’s mostly about working together. Go us!
The Open Faculty Patchbook
We have been working on developing an open textbook for faculty development. The idea is that the textbook, or manual, will be written for faculty by faculty. It’s a patchwork. A community quilt. A collection of “patches” (like chapters) with each individual patch telling the story of one pedagogical skill. Patches can showcase pedagogical skills for teaching in class, online, or (likely) both. It could cover designing or redesigning lessons and courses, or show how to use specific tools. Whatever the community quilt needs to cover our teaching and learning needs can be added. On Wednesday, at our Teaching & Learning Day, we will ask you if you’d like to craft a patch of The Patchbook. See the beginnings, and more details here.
D2L Tool of the Week: Class Progress
The Class Progress tool in D2L provides faculty and students with a wealth of information about student progress in the course. For more details on how to make use of this tool, click here.
Non D2L Tool of the Week: Explain Everything
Some consider this collaborative application the “Swiss Army Knife” of educational apps. 🙂 See for yourself by visiting their website.
Try it for free, then decide for yourself.
Services for Students
What do you think is the most important upcoming student event to tell your students about when they get back from break week? Rank them 1-4 in your mind:
- Co-ed Badminton, March 5, 9-10:45, Peterborough Sport & Wellness Centre
- Ace It @ Frost (Study Skills Workshop) March 7, 4-7 Frost Library
- UOIT College-to-University Pathways Visit March 8, 10-2, Main Foyer Sutherland
- Blood Donor Clinic, March 9, 12-3, Frost Campus Field House
You may now go ahead and tell your students all about whichever one you picked as your top choice. Also tell them whichever options you picked in spots 2-4.
Policies & Procedures Plans
A plan does not really count as a policy or procedure, really, but it also starts with a ‘P’ and probably will affect future policies and procedures, so we’ll allow it. The Academic Technology Committee is currently working on an Academic-IT Plan that will help us choose which technological paths to follow as a learning institution. Really, we just want to be prepared when the robot overlords try to take over the world. Is it ready? No. Why are we putting it here, then? Well, now there’s a fire lit under us so we’d better get it done, huh? The plan will include guiding principles, goals, and objectives in the areas of digital pedagogy, innovation, quality assurance, and IT infrastructure. We will also include markers of success. Stay tuned!
Academic Council is not a department, so what are they doing winning the College Department of the Week competition? We’re afraid it’s just a case of this is our blog and we can bend the rules from time to time (see previous section). Please send any complaints about this issue to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two years ago, Academic Council was created. If we were to describe in someone else’s words what Academic Council is, it would go something like this:
“Academic Council is a forum for raising and addressing college-wide academic issues.”
You can go ahead and bet the farm that they get together often and do just that! The Council (who disappointingly don’t wear flowing burgundy robes at their meetings) even has its own website. There you will find meeting information, meeting packages, terms of reference, if anyone won a Roll Up the Rim during a meeting, and more.
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.
March 1st Teaching & Learning Day
Being the purveyors of this blog space, we get to decide which professional development opportunities to highlight. So, when we develop our own entire day of learning stuff specifically for (and with!) the faculty of Fleming College, you bet your bippy we’re going to choose that thing as the PD offering of the week!
At this conference-esque get-together, you can possibly experience:
- Collaborative note-taking. Notes and thoughts from everyone in the same digital space, for everyone’s benefit.
- Getting branded a Co-Author of The Open Faculty Patchbook
- Well, heck! Why don’t we just link to the whole schedule?
Don’t forget to bring your own device, whether that is a laptop, tablet, or Etch-a-Sketch, and be prepared to access a current course outline.
A common topic of excitement around here is about students blogging in their coursework. It’s an effective way to help students open up and connect their learning to the bigger picture. By sharing their thoughts in the open, students can make greater connections with each other, and with what they are learning. The Chatter section is here for following up on ideas we’ve shared, so this week we will share an example of a blog post that one of our students has made. Here is a description of the blog post from the author herself, followed by a link to the real thing:
The blog topic was to choose a recent conflict or controversy within our discourse community and explain it. My blog focuses on the gaming community and I went with the recent trend of false advertising and low-quality game release standards through the example of No Man’s Sky.
~Isabelle Arnold, student blogger extraordinaire