Rear View Part Two: Reflect Harder
This is the section where we check out our reflection in the rear view mirror… no wait. We take time to reflect on some more of the Professional Learning road trips that Fleming folks have been on this spring.
Hope you enjoy the look back and get some ideas about what you’d like to try next as you move forward!!
D2L Thing of the Week: The Group Tool
You can create group work areas for users with the Groups tool. You can use groups to organize student group work on projects and assignments. Groups can have their own group dropbox, group discussion board, and a hilariously small locker (1MB of storage space). Here are some ways Fleming faculty have used this tool:
- Pick a time for an event/meeting;
- Pick a presentation topic for class;
- Pick a research topic for an assignment; and
- Randomly generate groups.
To find out more about setting up Groups in D2L, check out this tip sheet.
Non-D2l Tool of the Week: Google Slides
Here’s a good reason to think of switching from PowerPoint to Google Slides:
“Anyone with the link can comment” ~ Google Slides
So once you have made your googly slides (or have collaboratively made them with a co-teacher or, heck, why not even with your students?) you can provide the “can comment” link to your students. Now they can pop questions and comments exactly where they have their questions or comments. Maybe they don’t quite get something, or they have some pertinent examples to share. Either way, the slides are enriched by the interaction. BOO YEAH!
Policies & Procedures
The college that is named after this guy ↑ has been serious about Student Rights and Responsibilities for 50 years now.
Under the current iteration of the policy, the college is committed to providing “a climate of understanding and mutual respect for individual dignity and worth, in which each person has the opportunity to develop as an individual and contribute positively to the College Community.” (policy 5-506 SRR)
And the student is expected to “conduct themselves as responsible members of the College Community.” (policy 5-506 SRR)
Visit the Student Rights and Responsibilities site to learn about rights & responsibilities, complaints, and appeals processes.
Do you like these pretty icons that lead to all the various student services? Do you want to see all of them in their natural habitat and find out what information they may lead to? Then take yourself to the Student Life tab on The Fleming Portal. And tell your students about it, too. It’s all for them, after all!
Service for Students
To everyone in the world’s delight, the nickname for the Fleming College Student Hub, THE SHUB, is taking off and being accepted as awesome. Please take note of where you were when you learned this so that you can tell the people of the future your #SHUB origin story. Also, look for the newest issue of The Shub on June 9th.
Also, please join us in stealing their thunder and start calling the Teaching hub THE THUB.
Lately we’ve been collecting a bunch of reflections on various professional learning events Fleming folks have been lucky enough to participate in. The Engaging Teaching Section from this week and last week has shared a whole bunch of them. We know there are more reflections out there, though, and we want them!
Reflecting on what you’re doing is a great way to take what you learned, squish it more deeply into your brain, and make plans for how to use it. So, with that in mind, we would love, love, love it if you felt like sharing some of your reflections with us! Send us an email to let us know and we promise to edit out your swear words and share it in a future THUB.
Two things to Chatter about this week:
- Last week, in the Non-D2L Tool of the Week section, we featured Nearpod. Guess what? People love it! Sara Slater and Amanda Rochon have played around with it and have big plans for its use. Check it out.
- The “Pertnear”: The latest patch of The Patchbook, by Tom Mikel from Urban Forestry and Arboriculture. Check it out. We think you’ll pertnear love it.
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