The Teaching Hub: Week Twelve, Winter 2017


*** see the chatter section for details on the new, new icons***

Gerald-G-Fast-Food-Drinks-FF-Menu-8-300px Engaging Teaching

Are you Thinking What I’m Thinking?

Whatcha thinkin’ about?

Monitoring progress and receiving feedback through self-, peer-, and teacher-led formative assessment is a critical component of effective teaching and learning. This information helps inform your instruction. Here are a few quick formative assessment ideas to help inform and adjust your instruction:

  • Use a warm-up routine to assess students and inform your lesson for that day. Try Kahoot!
  • Students can self-assess by making quizzes for themselves and each other. Try Cram or Quizlet.
  • Give students a rubric or scoring checklist to use to provide direct feedback to peers.
  • Explicitly point out what’s done right and what is off track; prompt for ways to correct.

Check out this 5-minute video, “My Favourite No: Learning From Mistakes”, to watch how the teacher uses mistakes to quickly clarify concepts using formative assessment strategies. It takes place in a grade 5 class, but it still counts as a good lesson for us over here in college.

photo: “sad cat diary” flickr photo by greyloch shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license

aurium-Laptop-in-Line-Art-300px Learning Technology

D2L Tool of the Week: Rubrics

4K Rubric for Writing from COMM 201 Communications 1 Course
4K Rubric for Writing from COMM 201 Communications 1 Course

Way back in week 7 of this semester, we briefly looked at the rubric tool in D2L and how to set up a rubric.

Let’s take look at the rubric tool again, but through the lens of interpreting individual student thinking. In the newly redesigned Communication Courses (COMM 201 and COMM 202), they created the 4K Rubric to assess student writing. (Click the rubric image below to see the whole rubric)

Non D2L Tool of the Week: iRubric

While searching the interwebs for an interesting rubric tool, we stumbled upon iRubric, and thought we would share it. It boasts itself as the “Build, Assess, Share, Collaborate” community for online rubrics; we thought it was worth a look.

Ruler-300px Policies & Procedures

Maybe it’s because we “sprang forward” into daylight saving time a couple of weeks ago, but the end of the semester seems to be rapidly approaching, and some 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!handyvisual.PNG

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. There, 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 a little more bigly.

johnny-automatic-file-cabnet-drawers-300px  College Departments

Heads up

Heads up! Your course outlines for the spring semester are due by the start of Week 14 a.k.a. Monday April 10, 2017. If you have questions about your course outlines, check out the How-to Guides and the FAQ from Academic Operations.

“Attention” flickr photo by Jonas Schleske shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license

Transmission-tower-by-Rones-300px Services for Students

Aboriginal Student Services

Aboriginal Student Services would like to let you know about Indigenous Perspectives Designations. The purpose of the Indigenous Perspectives Designation (IPD) is to provide students who choose to access this optional learning with a more in-depth knowledge of Indigenous (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) peoples, their cultures, histories, traditions, and contributions to our shared society. The programs that offer the IPD include Social Service Worker, and Ecosystem Management Technician and Ecosystem Management Technology programs. To learn more, check out this link.

carrito-de-la-compra-300px Professional Development

What the message is trying to say is that we’d like your involvement in preparing and delivering the Teaching & Learning Day on May 3rd. Whereas the last T & L Day in February focused on learning outcomes and activities, this one will focus on learning materials and assessments. We will buy you a coffee and maybe even ask you what you want in it. Let us know via some sort of messaging system like email (, phone (ext. 1216), or in-person talking if you’d like to help develop and deliver a session.

Chattering-teeth-300px Chatter

Here’s the deal on our new new icons; we had some feedback about our choices for last week’s new icons from someone whose name we will never, ever divulge in a million years. Three things:

  1. The disposable coffee cup; not sustainable. So  1302375751-300px is now  Gerald-G-Fast-Food-Drinks-FF-Menu-8-300px.
  2. The filing cabinets for college departments may be ageist, so  johnny-automatic-file-cabnet-drawers-300px is… well, it’s still that because we couldn’t think of anything else. Ideas?
  3. Transmission-tower-by-Rones-300pxThe thumbs up icon, we learned, can be construed as offensive in some cultures. We certainly don’t want that! So instead, we’ve used a transmission tower, since, in the Services for Students section we are letting you (the faculty) know about things we hope you will re-transmit to students.

Thanks for the feedback, George!

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The Teaching Hub: Week Eleven, Winter 2017


***Read to the end for details/attribution on our new icons***

1302375751-300px Engaging Teaching

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Those final assessments of the term are beckoning, aren’t they? You have multiple choices for how to go about designing a formal assessment and a bank of multiple choice questions is just one of them. While they are not always the most authentic assessment of students’ learning, sometimes they are necessary. But how do you write a good (in psychometrician terms, defensible) multiple-choice question? (choose one)

a) See the summary of a presentation on this exact topic by James Parker, psychometrician.

2) See the printable pdf version of the same thing.

c) It’s always c), just choose c).

e) Turn left at the spooky old oak tree.

***This is an example of a terrible multiple choice question, please choose either a) or 2) for actual help***

aurium-Laptop-in-Line-Art-300px Learning Technology

D2L Tool of the Week: Quiz Tool

There are a variety of ways to set up your quizzes in D2L. They can be invigilated in the Testing Centre (Brealey and Frost), written in class, or done by the students on their own time. As you can see in the image to the left, there are also a variety of question types that you can include in a quiz in D2L. Also, quizzes can be:

  • randomly generated from question sets
  • created by you or uploaded from a textbook test bank
  • have single or multiple attempts
  • set to send grades right to the grade tool automatically
  • auto-graded, graded by the teacher or a combination of the two


Non D2L Tool of the Week: Authentic Assessment Toolbox

We decided to step out of the ‘box’ so to speak this week and introduce you to a toolbox instead.

This toolbox was build based on research conducted by Jon Meuller, his research paper is a great read and provides context and background on the toolbox site he has been keeping up to date. As you check out the toolbox, be sure to go through his orientation to standards, the types of standards as he understands them, as well as how you can design and assess authentic assessments.

Ruler-300px Policies & Procedures

Coming Soon! Online Accommodated Test Booking.


Gone will be the days of the paper test request forms for students booking accommodated tests.

This spring, Accessible Education Services will be launching its online “Accommodated Testing Services” for students and faculty.

Stayed Tuned for more information as we prepare to roll out the new system.

image source “douroucouli” flickr photo by jaakko.hakulinen  shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

 johnny-automatic-file-cabnet-drawers-300pxCollege Departments

There’s this one department at Fleming that’s called the Learning Design & Support Team that does some stuff around here. See the video to find out what some of those things are.

Also, as per the engaging teaching section, we can help you with your assessment design. As well, we can help with hack jobs at creating videos. Let us know if you’d like some help:

 hitchhand-300px Services for Studentspost-38985-sports-do-the-thing-win-the-po-ODZm

By way of recreation, fun and community-spirit building,  provides a variety of services for students:

  1. Intramurals: not murals that are inside other murals, but organized sports amongst students within the college. For example, there is free drop in badminton at the Peterborough Sport & Wellness Centre and a curling bonspiel in Lindsay on April 2.
  2. Extramurals: not like spare murals that you store in your garage, but teams that enter into sports tournaments like hockey, basketball and cricket.
  3. Varsity: These are the teams with full on schedules going out there to try to best other colleges like the villains of Durham College. Go team!

See the calendar in the portal or for detailed details.

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carrito-de-la-compra-300px.pngProfessional Development

One of the benefits of open educational practice is that you can still learn from professional development events that have already happened. People share their takeaways! How about that? Last week, eCampus Ontario hosted the Student Experience Design Lab Kickstart Event. You can learn all about each student group pitch through Brock’s Giulia Forsyth’s awesome sketchnotes, which she always shares openly. She’s cool like that.

 Chattering-teeth-300px Chatter

Last week, we announced that our search for words that rhyme with ‘edition’ had grown futile and that we were abandoning the tradition of rhyming our post names with edition. Boy, were we wrong! We had a visit from [insert name here] with a list of approximately 10 million more options we could have used. Here’s a sampling of exciting, spooky or just plain fitting editions that we could do in the future:

Psychometrician Edition | Inquisition Edition | Juxtaposition Edition

Academician Edition | Premonition Edition | Admonition Edition

Terry, unfortunately, can’t remember the name of the visitor with the list! What a terrible omission! Was he an apparition? If we find out, we’ll do a re-transmission.

***UPDATE! it was Scott Moore, Professor in the HRAC Program! Thanks, Scott!***

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***The new icons came from where people share openly licensed icons. That’s nice! Thanks to the following users for our new icons:

The Teaching Hub: Week Ten, Winter 2017


This week’s Hub is dubbed the “Depletion Edition,” not because we are feeling depleted, but because we are plum out of words that rhyme with edition for edition-dubbing purposes. Also, we know that depletion itself doesn’t rhyme with edition, but it’s close enough. And now for your regularly-scheduled programming.

teac hing icon Engaging Teaching


Here are some things that happen when you are teaching and students are learning:

  1. You get through all the planned activities too quickly.
  2. Students get stuck on something and you just can’t move on as a class until you’re unstuck.
  3. You have some students flying through everything and others getting stuck.

Here’s a tidbit that may help you gain tricks up your sleeve (as long as you’re not a pineapple, which doesn’t have sleeves*). When you are planning out your learning activities, take a moment to think of some alternatives. We’ll use the physical skill of learning how to do a squat as the task to exemplify how to plan this way.

  • The Target Task: Do a full squat with an exercise bar.
  • Simplified Task: What is an easier version of the task? Half-squat, no weight. 
  • Complicated Task: What is a more difficult version of the task.  More weight, one leg, front squat
  • Extended Task: What is the next task in the sequence of learning. Dead-lift, lunges

Basically, to have in mind what is easier, what is harder, and what is next allows you to more easily adjust your instruction on the fly and gives learners a more individualized learning path. It may not work in all learning contexts, but it could be a helpful mindset.

*h/t to George Fogarasi for sharing the Pineapplegate story

tech icon Learning Technology

 D2L Tool of the Week

A big part of checking in with your students is for getting feedback on how things are going and how they are feeling about their learning. D2L has a few tools up its sleeve that can help you get that much needed information. Each of these tools can be found by clicking on the ‘Communications’ tab on the navigation bar in your course.

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From Giphy
  1. Survey tool – The survey tool is very similiar to the quiz tool in D2L, but you can make the submissions anonymous. For more information click here.
  2. Chat tool – You can setup a chat room and ask students to provide feedback during a specific period of time, You can provide questions to guide the feedback ahead of time and post the questions again during the chat time that you have organized. Students can provide feedback quickly and as a group this way. For more information click here.
  3. Discussion tool- You can set up a discussion forum and topic to garner feedback from your students. You can even set up the topic so they can post anonymously if you’d like them to provide feedback that way. For information click here.

Non D2L Tool of the Week

If you are looking for something that may make giving feedback more like a game, you might want to check out Kahoot! We’ve featured this web application previously in the hub but thought it might be a good time to share it again, it’s use in class came up a few times during our Teaching and Learning Day on March 3.

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Snip from Kahoot Website

Kahoot continues to develop new types of questions for its application. They have recently added jumble questions, this allows you to set up answers that have to be placed in a specific order. Could be used to reinforcing procedures, showing how to solve a problem, etc., Check out more information here.

Just in case you don’t see the student hub, check out what they are learning in regards to presentations… we like to keep you in the loop!!

polci icon Policies & Procedures

 Sexual Violence Prevention

Fleming’s Sexual Violence Prevention Policy (Policy 3 – 43) sets out the college’s “response procedure to sexual violence and ensures that those who experience sexual violence are believed and their rights respected.” As a faculty or staff member, you might be the support a student seeks out if they experience sexual violence; as such, you need to be aware of your responsibilities. Helpfully, the college has provided a wealth of resources for staff and students related to this policy on its Sexual Violence Support Services website, including on- and off-campus resources and programs, myths and facts, and FAQs.

dept icon College Departments/student service icon Services for Students

Visit: for everything they talked about in the video above, only in website format.

pdicon Professional Development


Registration is now open for this year’s part-time, partial-load, and sessional faculty conference being held in Toronto at the Humber College North Campus on Saturday, March 25th, 2017. Included in the complimentary registration is a continental breakfast, inspiring keynote address from Ken Steele, a networking faculty lunch, parking, and two breakout sessions of the participants’ choice.  

The registration link is hereAll are welcome.

communicate icon Chatter

One definition of the word chatter is:

a series of waves or ridges on the surface of a piece of metal that has been imperfectly drawn or extruded

Which is what we are always trying to go for here in this section. Actually, we are going for something else entirely;blog_image_cover follow-up on things we’ve talked about before. This week, we are following up on The Open Faculty Patchbook, which is the faculty development manual that we (as in anyone who wants to be involved) are developing. So far, we have 10 people internally signed up, and a number of external people have expressed interest, with two signing up so far, including Chuck ‘Not That’ Pearson from Tusculum College! Add your name to the form to join in, or contact us if you want more info.

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The Teaching Hub: Week Nine, Winter 2017


This week’s post is dubbed the Rendition Edition because we’ll be sharing different takes, pieces, and renditions of experiences people had last week at our Teaching and Learning Day. Tweet, email, or holler at us if you have anything more to share, and thanks for coming!

teac hing icon Engaging Teaching

Check out the Tweets (via Storify) from our Teaching & Learning Day last week. We will be hosting another on May 3rd. Hope to see you there!

tech icon Learning Technology

D2L Tool of the Week: Links

Adding a Link as Content in D2L
Adding a Link as Content in D2L
Adding a link to content from a news item or file created in D2L.

This week we are featuring links throughout this Teaching Hub Post, so we thought we would include how to add links in D2L. Links can be to any type of content: a website, a video, a publication or even a document that is stored right inside D2L. You can add links to modules/folders in the content browser, or you can add links directly into a news item or file you create in D2L. For more information, check out this link to D2L resources on Links.

Non D2L Tool of the Week:Pocket

If you read, browse, and like to share from your devices, you need a content curation tool that is easy to use across platforms. Pocket is just that. We like the idea of a pocket to gather things you find to access later… check it out at

We used another content curation tool at the beginning of this week’s hub post under the Engaging Teaching category: Storify.

Pocket, easy to use online social curation tool.
Pocket, easy to use online social curation tool.

polci icon Policies & Procedures

Copyright? copyleft? copywrong?

Attribution for the video: Mimi & Eunice

Attribution for finding and sharing the video: Marcia Steeves, Copyright Master

The library has great online modules to help you navigate copyright and avoid plagiarism on their website

dept icon College Departments

The college department of the week award is often awarded to areas that aren’t technically departments. Sometimes, we don’t even check to see departmental status credentials. This week is no different. We are scofflaws at heart. This week, we honour a group of people who are not a department at all: The Faculty. Not sure if you’ve heard of these people, though you may see one if you look in the mirror (if you are a member of the bulls-eye of our target audience). See the Services for Students section below to find out just what it is, if anything, that faculty do for students here at Fleming College.

student service icon Services for Students

You may not know this, but as a college, one of the services we provide to students is to help them learn about the subject matter of the program for which they signed up. You might even say that this is the core reason that this institution exists. Another largely known tidbit o’ information is that faculty members are there for the students to help them do just that. In other words, the faculty are the purveyors of the grandest of all student services provided here at Fleming! Last week, we heard a lot of examples of this great service that faculty members provide at our Teaching & Learning Day. We want to say thanks for all that you do, and to please keep sharing your great ideas with each other. Maybe we can all bootstrap each other up to higher heights of teaching & learning!

pdicon Professional Development

Do you want to learn more about ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)? What is the spectrum anyway? What does this mean in the post-secondary setting? What does this mean in your classroom? Why so many questions? Come to the panel discussion about “ASD and the College Student” hosted by the Frost ASD club. It will be held on Thursday, March 9 from 12-1:30 room 109 at the Frost Campus. Please enroll for this session by searching the current date in Evolve. Contact Melissa McQuaid (,) Counsellor, for more information.

communicate icon Chatter

Take-aways! Get your take-aways!

Here are some links to resources created for and during the Teaching & Learning Day last week:

  • Slide Deck from opening and closing sessions
  • Resources from Learning Outcomes: Breaking it Down Session
  • Resources from Learning Outcomes: Mapping it Out Session
  • Resources from Learning Activities: Moving Beyond the Lecture
  • Resources from Learning Activities: Working Across Courses
  • Folder of collaborative notes documents from the day

If you were at the Teaching & Learning Day last week and want to give us some feedback via digital sentences, here’s your chance! Fill out the feedback form below.

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