This week’s post is dubbed the no cussing edition because we have completely refrained from using any swear words, as per usual. Using salty language would be inappropriate in this context. We won’t even swear at Lonnie 🙂
The First Patch is Here!
Next August, before the Fall 2017 term starts, we are looking forward to getting together with new faculty and putting into their hands a short manual about teaching in college. A manual made for them by their new peers. This project is called The Open Faculty Patchbook in which Fleming faculty (and beyond) are writing up their instructions for implementing pedagogical skills in their courses. We now have our very first ‘patch’ ready for you to see, courtesy of Kari Draker-Fortis! Kari wrote her take on ‘Interpreting the Results of Student Work’, and it is excellent. See it here: Patch One, Interpreting The Results of Student Work
If Kari has inspired you to take on a patch, please let us know and we will get you all set up!
D2L Tool of the Week: Class/User Progress
This tool is available to faculty and students. When students view their user progress, they see personalized information about content, tools, grades, and logins that are attached to them for each course. Faculty are able to see data on the class and individual user progress. For more information on how to use this progress tool, click here.
Non D2L Tool of the Week: Profanity Filter
As this is the “no cussing” edition, we decided to feature a simple way to clean up “your” internet by adding a profanity filter to your web browser. In this example, it is a Chrome filter. Click here for more information on WebCensor.
Policies & Procedures
As humans, we always like to deem everything either appropriate or inappropriate, given the context. For example, pineapples are inappropriate on pizza and maybe leave the cuss words out of your eulogies, depending on the family. We even have a policy for the appropriate use of some things here at Fleming, and it doesn’t include a single cuss word, because that would be inappropriate.
Appropriate Use Policy
Fleming’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Appropriate Use Policy provides a framework for the appropriate use of ICT services, resources, equipment, and facilities. This includes
- software and systems;
- all of the information stored in systems,computing devices, and associated peripherals;
- VoIP communications network and wireless infrastructure and related equipment;
- facsimile machines, scanners, telephones, wireless devices, digital storage media, video and other multimedia devices.
Not mentioned are telegraphs, Morse code, and carrier pigeons, but be appropriate with those too, you crazy scofflaws! Anyhow, to find out more about what’s acceptable and what you should definitely not be doing with technology, check out Policy # 6-601 on the College Policies and Procedures page, or access it directly in the myCampus Portal.
Luau & Learn!
Hello, if you are a human and totally not a robot, you may want to make sure that you follow the advice of the good humans of Human Resources so that everyone is sure that you are a human and not a robot. Human Resources are experts in how to human and not robot, so take it under advisement that they have a Luau & Learn coming up soon! It is on Wednesday April 5th from 12:30 to 2:00 in room B3330 at Sutherland campus.
The Luau & Learn is a joint operation of Human Resources and the School of Health and Wellness. At this human-only event you will learn to use a gym for your brain (which is totally not mechanical) and how to put yourself into stand-by mode. I mean meditate, not stand-by! Not a robot.
To register, email email@example.com and let her know that you would like to attend and that you are a human.
***running joke that we are all robots and not humans but we are pretending to be humans borrowed from r/totalynotrobots***
Services for Students
So word around the campfire is that the Teaching Hub has a sibling that gets more attention than us. They use sneaky methods to get that attention like putting pictures of cats everywhere. We are jealous. ‘Tis a fun place. You should go to there and check it out. Amanda Gauthier, the new student editor/wrangler/writer is doing a wonderful job of it. See the latest issue here
There are two Eastern Region Programmes coming up in May that you might be interested in attending:
Leadership Excellence in Academic Programming (LEAP) will take place May 24 – 26, at Elmhirst Resort. This program is designed for Coordinators who are interested in becoming more effective in their roles. For more information on the program and its learning outcomes, please see the LEAP website.
Aligning & Building Curriculum (ABC) will take place May 15 – 18, also at Elmhirst Resort (what can we say; it’s got a lake, and is conveniently located!). The ABC Institute is ideally suited for anyone who is involved in Program Review, new program development, course/program curriculum development, and/or curriculum renewal. The intended audience includes experienced faculty, deans, program coordinators, and chairs. For more information on the program and its learning outcomes, please see the ABC website.
If you’re interested in either of these opportunities, speak with your Chair about your eligibility to attend, then contact the LDS Team for more information.
Last week, we sent you a cryptic message which was secretly a plea for help with the May 3rd Teaching & Learning Day. We’re pleased to say that it worked, and that we now have two more helpers! But if you still want to get involved, we would love to have you! Look down about 3 cm to see details on how to contact us. We pay in Tim-bits and awkward eye contact.