We’ll soon get right down to the “best” of the Teaching Hub for Winter 2017, but first, a Public Service Announcement:
If you have RSVP’d to attend the Spring Teaching & Learning Day on May 3rd, please listen to this Dave Matthews Band song, linked from their official YouTube account, as we ask you to ponder something.
Where are you going? On that day? Where will we all be doing our Teaching & Learning thing? As you think of your answer, please encode the following information:
Our Teaching & Learning Day will take place at our FROST CAMPUS!
We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday at our FROST Campus. In Lindsay. West of Sutherland Campus by about 44 km. 200 Albert St. South. Lindsay.
More details on the day are available here.
And now, on to the Best of the Hub, Winter 2017! Winners are based on these results.
Winner: Best “Edition Name” of the Semester! Week 7, Precision Edition
**note: we believe this was the winner because it promised more brevity, less levity**
Winner: Best “Engaging Teaching” Section of the Semester: Week Eight and the Open Faculty Patchbook kick-off!
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.
**Update: Two patches have since been completed**
Patch 1: Interpreting Student Work, By Kari Draker-Fortis
Patch 2: Adjusting Instruction During a Lesson, by Jodie Black and Terry Greene
Winner: Best “Learning Technology – D2L” Section of the Semester: Week Four and the D2L Meat & Potatoes Tool
D2L Thing of the Week: Content
The meat & potatoes of D2L is the content area. All the stuff should be there: PowerPoints, html files, readings, videos, dropboxes, quizzes, & discussion boards. Here are some instructions for making best use of this digital landscape.
Did you know you can get to content in just 2 clicks upon entering D2L? This is very exciting news for those of us who are frugal with our clicking. Here’s how: 1) click course name. 2) Click “Content Browser” in the widget header.
Winner: Best “Learning Technology – Non- D2L” Section of the Semester: Week 13 and the %^&* Profanity Filter!
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
Winner: Best “Policy & Procedure” Section of the Semester: Week 2 and HR’s De Rigeur Training!
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.
Winner: Best “College Department” Section of the Semester: Week 2 and The IT/AV Team!
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?).
Services for Students
Winner: Best “Services for Students” Section of the Semester: Week Four and the Introduction of THE SHUB (The Student Hub)
This week’s hub is dubbed the New Addition Edition for good reason. It’s because we have a new, younger, and shinier sibling blogging alongside us: Introducing The Student Hub! If you haven’t guessed yet, it’s written for (and soon by) students, in a similar vein to the Teaching Hub. Check it out here, and let us know if you’d like to get involved in it. The pay is great.
Winner: Best “Professional Development” Section of the Semester: Week Five and Taking a Hike.
Here’s some informal PD that you can do at your earliest convenience: grab a peer and go for a walk in the woods to chat about how things are going in your classes. That is why we installed forests with trails next to our campuses. Just talking about what you are doing in your classes can help both of you work out some kinks in your plans, or get some new ideas. Literally walk a trail, as you discuss and think about new paths to follow in your pedagogy. To help us get all trail meta, we’ll have some fresh new trails to tread at Sutherland campus soon, as part of the Canada 150 Trails project!
Winner: Best “Chatter” Section of the Semester: Week 7 and the Flawed Statement Activity
In past posts we have mentioned the use of Google Docs as a collaborative tool. Victoria Maystruk has shared with us a great way that she used them in a math lab. Very simply, instead of lecturing on a topic and then collecting individual responses to a question, she
- Briefly introduced the topic, and
- Provided a google doc with a flawed statement pre-written;
And then students responded to the flawed statement in the same space. Here is the before and after of the google doc. Now the students can see a chorus of explanations on how the statement is flawed. Cool stuff.
Thanks for sharing, Victoria!
Winner: Best “Contact Information” Section of the Semester: Week 4 and Jodie actually doesn’t like Black Mirror.
Looking for more information, or want to chat with Jodie about your favourite episode of “Black Mirror”? Visit the LDS Team website, give us a call at extension 1216, follow us on Twitter @FlemingLDS, or send us an email: LDSTeam@flemingcollege.ca!