Each week we’ll feature some writing about teaching. Let’s start with this one. It was written by Jodie Black and Terry Greene for our collaborative textbook on pedagogy, The Open Faculty Patchbook. It says things about embedding Universal Design for Learning principles into your teaching.
D2L Thing of the Week
If you don’t know how to work that D2L thing, we used D2L itself to show you how in a two-part series: Faculty D2L Levels 1 and 2. Self-enroll for it on D2L, in the Help & Information Widget (yellow header, right-hand side, scroll ⇓).
Non-D2L Thing of the Week
Let’s start with a simple tool that can really, really help us connect and learn with each other: sign up for Twitter and follow the following: @FlemingLDS, @alanacallan, @greeneterry, @jened101, @mary_overholt, @blackjodie32 and then we’ll follow you back, and then we’ll all share thoughts and ideas that we have and find. See you there!
Fleming College doesn’t just provide its students with people to teach them about the thing they want to become. Oh no, no, no. We also provide a whole suite of supports for those students and faculty members. These things are known as college departments. We here in the college department section of the Teaching Hub believe that it behooves you to know what these various heroes do for you and the students. Each week one department will be the featured team of unsung heros and we will tell you about their exploits. But to start, here are some silly 60-second videos about a few of the departments: Gone in 60 Seconds – Fleming Department Intro Videos.
Policies & Procedures
Apparently playing fast & loose and “just givin’ ‘er” are not acceptably robust policies or procedures for running an institute of higher education. That’s why, when you look at the resources tab in the Fleming Portal, you’ll see a whole section listing a whack of policies. You could read them all right now if you have some kind of time-pausing device. Or, you could come back to this section each week, and we will feature and distill the most timely policy of the week. Next week, we’ll dig in to the Class Absence Operating Procedure.
Services for Students
Remember trickle-down economics? That worked well, right? Anyway we’re trying a similar strategy here in which we tell you something about something for the students and hope you might mention it to some of them.
Next week there will be a bunch of students showing up here at the college. They are a very important part of the college experience. They are so important to us here that many events and supports have been put in place to make sure they have a great start. These events have been dubbed Student Orientation. And what are the details of these events, you may ask? Well, here they are, we may answer.
Last spring, a number of faculty members here got themselves all set up with their own WordPress domain in order to openly share some of their thoughts and plans for teaching. We called these sites #FlemingCampSites because, well, we’re up here in the woods of Ontario and a campsite is a great place to sit around, chat, and share your experience.
You can see links to these #FlemingCampSites posts in the sidebar of this page. Have a look and think about getting yourself one, too. If you’d like help with that, email us at LDSTeam@flemingcollege.ca
Now we need to drum up some posts for the #FlemingCampSites feed by giving you something to write about. We’ll suggest a writing prompt each week here.
This week’s prompt: What are you most excited about in your teaching and learning plans for the fall?
Read It And Tweet
Join us in reading something together every week. Something short and sweet and oh-so-pedagogical. Oh, and tweet your thoughts about it as you go! As an example, last January a group of educators joined together to read an article about Open Education called “Fifty Shades of Open” and then tweeted their thoughts together.
We can do it, too! This week, let’s read Critical Digital Pedagogy: A Definition By Jesse Stommel, Executive Director of the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies at University of Mary Washington and share our thoughts. Tweet as you go to: @RIATFleming and #RIATFleming. Those tweets will appear on the right of this page and we will also re-tweet them. See you there!