It’s the penultimate week of the semester! Almost there! Keep trucking!
Sometimes it’s not about the cutting-edge technology, but a small tweak to relatively cheap and simple trailing-edge technology that makes all the difference. Whiteboards were invented approximately 12 billion years ago (not fact-checked), but golly gee it took us all a while to think of putting them up on all the walls so that students could use them for their work, too!
Check out the short video below of Soobia Siddiqui and her students using whiteboards during a math class. The students are working through the problems up on their own board (if they choose) so that everyone can easily see the work. This way they can all openly walk and talk through the steps. AWESOME!
D2L Tool of the Week: Second Look at the Grades Tool
As we near the end of the semester, students will start looking for updates on their progress in your course, starting with the Gradebook in D2L. In preparation for an onslaught of students, here are three things to check to ensure your Gradebook is ready:
- Make sure your grade settings are correct (first 3 pages).
- Double-check that your grade book is calculating correctly.
- Release the Final Grade to your students. D2L grades are unofficial, but provide students with information about their status before you input them into Evolve (see the Policies section below for more information).
If you have any questions about your grades in D2L, please call us at ext. 1216 or email us at LDSTeam@flemingcollege.ca
Non-D2L Tool of the Week: How to Make Your Own Whiteboard
Since the weather is still not conducive to being outdoors all of the time and living the patio lifestyle, why not use a little of your indoor time to build your own whiteboards? You can make them in any size, and can find all of the materials needed at your local hardware store!
Policies & Procedures
This week’s very special procedure spans multiple systems and multiple departments. It is also in regard to something your students (hopefully) hold quite near and dear to their hearts: final grades.
Grades for courses ending April 21st must reach their final destination by high noon on Tuesday, April 25th. These final grades go through a process akin to a prisoner transfer. They need to be closely supervised on their trip from one system to another. Grades will travel from D2L, which is the Learning Design & Support Team’s jurisdiction, all the way over to Faculty Centre, which is in the Registrar’s wheelhouse. This is where grades become official.
On that note, please watch out for an important email from Shelley Rowan with the subject Final Grade Collection for Winter 2017. This email will provide instructions on how to complete the transfer.
**Another important note, and don’t ask what it means because no one really knows what it is or why it has to happen, but you may need to clear your cache for Faculty Centre to be happy with you and let you do your job.**
The Fleming College Student Administrative Council strives to ensure that every student has a voice in what happens in their school. There are events, clubs, groups, and services, all in the interest of promoting a thriving student community. Scrolling through the list of clubs & groups is a sobering reminder that students know how to have more fun than us old, outdated models. See flemingsac.ca for more details, and check out the Services for Students section right down below this sentence for a look at one of their newest services, Fleming Rideshare.
Services for Students
In lieu of teaching-related PD right at the end of the semester, why not learn to climb a tree? Okay!
Women in Trees is a free event taking place on Saturday, April 22nd at the Frost Campus to showcase the variety of roles and opportunities for women in the fields of Urban Forestry, Forestry and Arboriculture. The day will be filled with networking opportunities, story-telling, and will culminate with the Women in Trees group climb (the goal is to get 100 women in trees!). For information on registration and details of the day, see the media release.
Last week we featured the very first patch of the Open Faculty Patchbook, by Kari Draker-Fortis, and we are pleased to note that we have had a couple more sign-ups for “Patchers” since then. See the topic sign-up list here to get an idea of who is involved. Also, write your own name down beside a topic (or make a new topic) and you will immediately become legendary (in our eyes at least). For all you present and future Patchers out there, stay tuned for details about a Patchbook get-together at our May 3rd Teaching & Learning Day.