This week we’re featuring the newest “patch” in our “Community Quilt of Pedagogy” (a.k.a. The Open Faculty Patchbook): (Un)Prepared. While you’re hopefully not actually feeling unprepared at this point, there is plenty to consider in this post about change, iterative design, and flexibility.
Have a read, and let us know what you think. Blog with #FlemingCampsites as a hashtag, and/or tweet us: #FlemingLDS.
D2L Thing of the Week: Attendance
Click here for our handy dandy super deluxe tipsheet.
Non-D2L Thing of the Week: Powerpoint
Now, to do this right, let’s be clear about what PowerPoint is and what it isn’t.
- What it is: a slide deck. A visual complement to an engaging talk or seminar.
- What it isn’t: a lecture, or a piece of curriculum in and of itself.
We all want our PowerPoint slides to reach their potential, so please sit your slides down in a quiet spot and give them this unsolicited advice:
- Be a slide of few words: You are a slide. You’re only here for emphasis. You’re not the whole show; you’re a back-up singer.
- Look good: Wear a nice picture as your background. You can find cool, shareable pics for your outfit using Creative Commons Flickr Search, or make your own!
- Be there for everybody: Get yourself checked for accessibility issues, and then fix them.
Human Resources can be a very good, well, resource for new employees. In addition to all of the other important information they possess, their website contains a link dedicated to new employees, as well as a resource designed specifically for new faculty members. Check them out for all kinds of helpful things!
Policies & Procedures
Those helpful folks in HR are also the ones who want you to complete your mandatory training at your earliest possible opportunity. Hopefully this isn’t the first you’ve heard of mandatory training here at Fleming, but to refresh your memory, there are a total of five (5) mandatory training modules to be completed by all faculty members:
- 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 contract faculty (or haven’t done your mandatory training yet), you can be paid for your time! For details check out Mandatory Training Compensation.
Services for Students
As communicated by email last week, the Counselling and Accessible Education Services departments have made some changes in the way services are delivered to students:
Two Teams of Counsellors
- Accessible Education Services (AES) counsellors will focus on the disability and accommodation needs of students, while
- Personal counsellors will provide counselling related to mental health and personal wellness. Personal counselling will use a Stepped-Care Model of service delivery; students will be presented with a range of options to address their needs, including online resources, groups, and wellness workshops, in addition to traditional one-on-one brief counselling.
- All counsellors will be able to address academic questions or concerns.
- Letters of Accommodation are replacing the former Memo to Faculty, and will be communicated electronically by the AES counsellors rather than in hard copy by students.
- Test request forms for students accessing test accommodations are now online! For more information, please visit the Accessible Education Services website.
Faculty might have been just a bit too busy to be blogging last week, what with classes starting, and students arriving, and all.
But now that Week 1 is under your belt, take some time to reflect on it with this week’s writing prompt: What worked and what didn’t work in your classes this week?
It’s a simple prompt, but we’re confident that it can generate a lot of conversation, so join in, use the hashtag #FlemingCampsites, and tweet it out to the Fleming community!
If you’d like help setting up your blog and/or Twitter account, email us at LDSTeam@flemingcollege.ca and we’ll be happy to help. We’re looking forward to reading all about your first week!
Read It And Tweet
This week we can read and explore by checking out Google’s Art and Culture Platform. Alana is taking a course that is offered through OCAD and the AGO, in which this platform was provided as an example of how technology can help others experience museums and cultures from around the world. Alana will be using this resource for her research project this semester for when she can’t access the AGO in person. What are your thoughts on using technology to increase access?
Tweet as you go using #RIATFleming hashtag. Those tweets will appear on the right of this page and we will also re-tweet them. See you there!