Week 2, Winter 2019

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While our Teaching Hub logo typically involves a bicycle, we’ve dubbed this week’s edition the “It’s Too Cold for Bikes” edition; so we went with a toque instead. We know there are faculty and staff members who would adamantly disagree with our title, and say that it’s never too cold for bikes, but sorry, this is our current mood:

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See below for some heart- (if not body-) warming ideas for engaging students, services available for you and your students, and what to do if it’s just too cold to get to class (or, you know, some other valid reasons for missing class).

 

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Memes and GIFs as Powerful Classroom Tools

In previous issues of the Hub, we’ve explored the significant, important debate around how to pronounce the acronym GIF (which stands for Graphics Interchange Format):

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And Wikipedia defines a meme as “an activity, concept, catchphrase, or piece of media that spreads, often as mimicry or for humorous purposes, from person to person via the Internet.” In “Memes and GIFs as Powerful Classroom Tools” from Faculty Focusthe authors suggest that memes and GIFs “often offer sharp political and social commentary that functions as a coping mechanism for living in absurd modern times.” No matter your content, there are a variety of ways that GIFs and memes can be used to engage students in your classes, including:

  • Check-ins and icebreakers;
  • Ways to explore society and culture; and
  • To demonstrate course concepts.

Check out the full article for some more specific ideas, and let us know if you’ve used these tips, or if you’ve got some you would add to the list.

Interested in making your own GIF? See our Non-D2L Thing of the Week below!

 

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D2L Thing of the Week: Attendance

9a1e1e7d647aaad457e2bed3fcf15763Taking attendance in your classes is not only a good practice to get into, it is also a great way to get to know your students’ names. One way of taking attendance is to use the D2L attendance tool.

Check out our tip sheet for help with setting up and using your attendance roster.

Do you have any tips for taking attendance in a large class? Share them with us, and we’ll pass them along!

 

Non-D2L Thing of the Week: Giphy

We often used GIFs in the Hub, like the motivational penguin to the left, but have you ever wanted to make one of your own?

Well here’s a super-secret tip: Giphy.com makes it very easy to create your own GIF from images or videos (like Alana did with D2L attendance above), and has countless pre-existing GIFs you can use as well!

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Check it out, and feel free to share your GIF-related brilliance with us! You can tweet us @FlemingLDS.

 

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Fleming Libraries

Fleming’s Libraries provide a wide variety of resources and supports for teaching and learning.

LibraryIf you would like an in-class workshop on using library resources, research strategies, citations, or other information literacy topics, please let us know. We can also collaborate with you to create a custom library assignment focused on your course topics. Contact us to secure your preferred time slot.

Be sure to take a look at our Faculty pages for details on our services, including:

  • Reserve collection for course readings
  • Answers to your questions on Copyright / educational fair dealing
  • Help identifying and linking library resources in D2L

 

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Class Absence Operating Procedure

Speaking of attendance (as we were in the D2L Thing of the Week), did you know there’s an operating procedure connected to attendance? The college’s Class Absence Operating Procedure outlines the various types of student absences, and how each should be handled.

Looking for another policy/procedure? The Class Absence procedure, and all other college policies and procedures, can be found through the myCampus portal by clicking the “Staff” tab, then the “College Policies and Procedures” link under Human Resources.

 

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Library Information Literacy Certificate Workshops

libraryFrost Library is happy to announce that we will be offering a full complement of workshops, including multiple opportunities for students to attend Avoiding Plagiarism and APA Citation workshops. At Sutherland Library, we have doubled our student workshop offerings, and diversified the time slots in which they are offered.

Our aim is to meet the demand for Avoiding Plagiarism and APA Citation workshops, while still offering other vital library skills development, such as Finding Articles in the Databases, Evaluating Sources, ePortfolios, and Presentation Skills.

Students who attend 5 or more workshops will receive the Information Literacy Certificate, which goes on their Co-Curricular Record (CCR).  Students may take more than one term to complete the 5 workshops. Registration is available through the myCampus portal.

Topics, dates, and details are available on our  website!

As always, students may visit or contact the Library for help at any time. Our website features research tutorials, a comprehensive APA style guide, and a virtual chat help service which effectively expands our hours. We have quiet spaces available for individual study, and group rooms that can be booked in advance.

 

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The Learning Styles “Debate”

In this article from Inside Higher Ed, the author explores how the prevalence of learning styles has remained steady in education, in spite of its being debunked by psychologists. “Nearly everyone has heard of the theory of ‘learning styles,’ writes Greg Toppo, but fewer might know the extent to which this concept has been debunked in scientific journals. In fact, the number of times that educators reference this theory appears to have remained steady or risen in the years since the evidence debunking it first gained momentum.” Check out the full article for more: Neuromyth or Helpful Model?

Now that you know that learning styles are a myth, another way to think about planning for and engaging all learners is Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Check out the UDL resources and further reading on our LDS Team website.

 

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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. We would love to hear from you!

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Week 1, Winter 2019

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This is it — the first day of the Winter 2019 semester! As you prepare to welcome your new students, this edition of The Teaching Hub offers some tips for the first class, as well as getting set up on some of Fleming’s systems, and accessing some great Fleming resources.

 

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8 Objectives for the First Day of Class

It’s the first day of class – are you ready? The Eberley Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation’s article, Make the Most of Your First Day of Class, proposes 8 concrete objectives for the first day:

  1. Orchestrate positive first impressions
  2. Introduce yourself effectively
  3. Clarify learning objectives and expectations
  4. Help students learn about each other
  5. Set the tone for the course
  6. Collect baseline data on students’ knowledge and motivation
  7. Whet students’ appetite for course content
  8. Inform students of course requirements

Check out the article for specific strategies to help meet these objectives.

How do you make the most of the first day of class? Would you add any objectives to this list? Share your strategies with us at LDSTeam@flemingcollege.ca or on Twitter @flemingLDS.

 

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D2L Thing of the Week: Levels 1 and 2 and Beyond!

There’s always more to learn about D2L, the college’s Learning Management System (LMS), and we’ve put together loads of resources to help you master the basics and beyond of D2L.d2l

There are two self-paced online courses, Faculy D2L Level One and Faculty D2L Level Two, and you can self-enrol on the D2L homepage by scrolling down to “Faculty/Staff Training Courses (self-registration) on the right-hand side (see image at left).

If tip sheets are more your style, check out the D2L Tip Sheets on the Learning Design and Support (LDS) Team website. Want even more learning about D2L? Register for Brightspace subscription training to get the latest straight from D2L.

 

Non-D2L Thing of the Week: Emailing from the Class Roster

Need a simple way to email all of your students? Or just some of your students? Try emailing from the class roster in Evolve or creating your own Outlook distribution list using the data from the class roster. Academic Operations (AO) created an awesome how-to guide to show you how to do both. Quick. Simple. Helpful. Check out the How-To Guide here!

 

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Human Resources New Employees page

Are you a new employee at Fleming? Also a contract faculty member? Or, maybe you’ve been here a while and still don’t know all of the acronyms? Human Resources has useful resources for New Employees and Contract Faculty. On the New Employees page, you’ll find an orientation checklist and a glossary of acronyms (super handy!). The Contract Faculty page has workload assignment principles and process, plus a Question and Answer page with info about contracts, rates of pay, and lots more.

 

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Mandatory Training

All Fleming employees have to complete some specific training to prepare you for your role and meet legislative requirements. Currently, the training includes modules on the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), Occupational Health and Safety Act (OH&SA), Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), and Copyright legislation. This document includes all of the information you need about the training modules, how to access them, and how you are compensated.

This is mandatory training and must be completed, so grab a coffee and dive in! Questions about your your mandatory training? Contact Human Resources.

 

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Accessible Education Services Faculty Guidebook

aesAccessible Education Services (AES) provides disability related accommodations, supports, and counselling services to around 900 students with permanent and temporary disabilities.

Faculty members play a critical role in student learning and success, and have responsibilities in the duty to accommodate, but what exactly does that include? What are your responsibilities? What are the student’s responsibilities? What services are available? All of your questions will be answered in the Fleming Faculty Guide to AES 2018. Once you’re on the webpage, you’ll find the Faculty Guide under Internal Resources.

 

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Lynda.com

Available to all staff and students, Lynda.com is an online subscription library that offerslynda training in the latest software, as well as creative and business skills through high-quality instructional videos. You can make awesome playlists to customize your own professional learning with topics in higher education, e-learning, educational technology, and more. Find more information about Fleming’s Lynda.com subscription here. For the quick version, here’s how you access the Lynda.com learning library:

  • Go to Lynda.com;
  • Click on “Sign In”;
  • On the next screen choose the option at the bottom: “Sign in with your organization portal”.
  • On the next screen enter the url flemingcollege.ca and click continue.
  • Enter your Fleming network username and password (the same ones you use to log in to computers on campus).

 

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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. We would love to hear from you!

Week 0, Winter 2019

 Teaching Hub

Welcome, or welcome back, Fleming faculty members! And welcome to The Teaching Hub. For new readers, this weekly blog post is our attempt to bring you just-in-time information and resources to support your teaching here at Fleming. If you ever have suggestions for items we should include, or would like to contribute a piece yourself, please let us know. And if there’s something we can help with, please use the contact information included in this issue to get in touch with us. We would be glad to help!

 

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Teaching & Learning Boot Camp

This week, our team is offering a Teaching & Learning Boot Camp session at each of our Frost and Sutherland campuses. If you’re looking for some strategies to help with the first days and weeks of class, join us! No registration is required.

During this interactive session, we’ll discuss how to:

  •        Set positive expectations for learning
  •        Promote engagement through classroom management
  •        Plan and deliver effective and engaging lessons
  •        Get started with D2L

Although this session is targeted to new faculty, all are welcome.

Sutherland Campus: Thursday, January 3rd, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Room D1 110
Frost Campus: Friday, January 4th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Room 103

 

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D2L Thing of the Week: Rolling Over Content

You have been assigned to your new course for Winter 2019? Great! But the course is empty… No need to panic! There is an easy solution to import existing content from another course, so that you don’t have to start from scratch every year (unless you REALLY want to!)

D2LBy clicking the gear icon on the top right corner of your course page, you have the option to “Import/Export/Copy Components”.

Once clicked, you can search for previous versions of the course and import all or some of its content!

For detailed instructions on this process, visit the LDSTeam Import/Export/Copy Components page, or contact the LDS Team.

 

Non-D2L Thing of the Week: LDS Team Website

LDSOur LDS Team website contains a number of helpful resources related to teaching and learning. You can find us on the “Staff” tab of the myCampus portal, or at this address: https://department.flemingcollege.ca/lds/

If you have ideas for additional resources we should include, let us know!

 

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LDS Team — “Get It Together” Session

Our team is offering several drop-in sessions for faculty this week. New and returning faculty members are invited to drop in to get your questions answered and meet colleagues who can help with D2L, Turn It In, teaching & learning, assessment, accessible learning materials, library services, etc. No registration is required.

Frost Campus: Friday, January 4th, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the Learning Commons
Sutherland Campus: Thursday, January 3rd, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the Learning Resource Centre (LRC)

To contact us for assistance outside of these times, see our “calling card” or the Information section, below.

Calling Card

 

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College Policies & Procedures Page

As we prepare for the beginning of another semester, if there’s a policy or procedure you’re looking for, here’s where to look: https://department.flemingcollege.ca/hr/working-at-fleming/policies-and-procedures/

Have questions about a policy or procedure, or want more information on it? Let us know, and we’ll feature it in an upcoming issue of The Teaching Hub!

 

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myCampus Portal — Virtual Tour

If you’re new to Fleming, or are helping new students as they navigate the many college resources available in the myCampus portal, try the Virtual Tour feature found in the top-right corner of the homepage:

Virtual Tour

 

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Ontario Extend

Looking for some learning technology-related professional development for the new year? Consider Ontario Extend, brought to us by our friends at eCampus Ontario:

For more information, see https://extend.ecampusontario.ca/

 

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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. We would love to hear from you!

Week 16, Fall 2018

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As the fall semester draws to a close and we all get to take a break before starting to plan for the winter semester, this week’s edition includes some thoughts about accessibility in our teaching, plus some reminders of requirements for wrapping up this semester and getting started on the next.

The LDS Team would like to take this opportunity to wish all Fleming faculty members a relaxing and happy holiday season!

 

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POUR Yourself a Glass of Engagement!

Engaging teaching includes having engaging learning materials that everyone can access and use. The National Center on Accessible Education Materials has resources to help you make materials that are “POUR” – Perceivable, Operable, Understandable, and Robust. This is a layered resource, so check out the links within each category to find details about POUR and resources on how you can use POUR to improve the accessibility and engagement of your learning materials. From alternative text to colour contrast, from plain language standards to clear directions and response times, there’s lots here to explore!

 

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D2L Thing of the Week: Rolling Over Content

You have been assigned to your new course for Winter 2019? Great! But the course is empty…

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No need to panic! There is an easy solution to import existing content from another course, so that you don’t have to start from scratch every year (unless you REALLY want to…)

By clicking the gear icon on the top right corner of your course page, you have the option to “Import/Export/Copy Components”.  Once clicked, you can search for previous versions of the course and import all or some of its content!

For detailed instructions on this process, visit the LDSTeam Import/Export/Copy Components page, or contact the LDS Team.

 

Non-D2L Thing of the Week: Upcoming LDS Team Training Sessions

Our team is offering several sessions for faculty both this week and in the first week of January. Check out these opportunities and join us — no registration is required.

Turn It In Drop-In Session

Date: Wednesday, December 19th 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Room B2 101

Interested in starting to use Turn It In in your Winter 2019 courses? Drop in to try it out in D2L, with support from Learning Technology Specialists Alana Callan.

For more information about using Turn It In, see the Turn It In page of the LDS Team website.

Can’t make these dates? See the “Get It Together” dates for the first week in January (below) for your next opportunity to drop in for support.


Teaching & Learning Boot Camp

At this interactive session, you’ll learn some teaching tips for the first days and weeks of class. We’ll discuss how to:

  •        Set positive expectations for learning
  •        Promote engagement through classroom management
  •        Plan and deliver effective and engaging lessons
  •        Get started with D2L

Although this session is targeted to new faculty, all are welcome.

Sutherland Campus: Thursday, January 3rd, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Room D1 110
Frost Campus: Friday, January 4th, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Room 103


“Get It Together” Session

New and returning faculty are invited to drop in to get your questions answered and meet colleagues who can help with D2L, Turn It In, teaching & learning, assessment, accessible learning materials, library services, etc.

Frost Campus: Friday, January 4th, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the Learning Commons
Sutherland Campus: Thursday, January 3rd, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the Learning Resource Centre (LRC)

 

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Records: Final Grades

Here’s all the information you need (originally sent via Communications email) to get your final grades input into Evolve:

The Grade Rosters for Fall 2018 classes ending December 14, 2018 are now available in your Faculty Centre. The instructions for grade entry are available here. You are also encouraged to review this short YouTube video that outlines the process:

Grades are due by noon on Tuesday, December 18th, 2018.  If you have any questions please contact Marg McGee at mar.mcgeemarg.mcgee@flemingcollege.ca or ext. 13510 or Shelley Rowan at shelley.rowan@flemingcollege.ca or ext. 1512.

 

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College Policies & Procedures Page

As we prepare for the beginning of another semester, if there’s a policy or procedure you’re looking for, here’s where to look: https://department.flemingcollege.ca/hr/working-at-fleming/policies-and-procedures/

Have questions about a policy or procedure, or want more information on it? Let us know, and we’ll feature it in an upcoming issue of The Teaching Hub!

 

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Good2Talk

Good2Talk LogoAs the semester ends and students are heading off campus for a few weeks, it might be a good time to remind them that Good2Talk is a free, confidential helpline providing professional counselling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being to post-secondary students in Ontario, 24/7/365. Students can call 1-866-925-5454 for support, if needed over the holidays.

 

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What Are You Reading?

 Our Professional Learning section has brought you 15 weeks of suggestions for what you might choose to pursue in your own professional learning. And now we ask, what are you reading? What would you recommend that another educator read? What has inspired you this fall, or what are you looking forward to reading over the holidays? Let us know, and we’d be happy to share your recommendations over the winter semester.

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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. We would love to hear from you!

Week 15, Fall 2018

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It’s Week 15; we’re almost to the end of this fall semester! This week’s edition offers some thoughts about final exams as well as some upcoming training and learning opportunities. Check them out, and best of luck with this final week!

 

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What is the Purpose of Final Exams, Anyway?

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As you work your way through your final marking for the semester, you may be starting to ask yourself: What is the Purpose of FInal Exams, Anyway? In this article, Kevin Gannon offers some considerations and suggestions for improving, and/or finding alternatives to exams to make them more meaningful learning experiences for students.

If this article sparks some ideas you’d like to discuss further as you make improvements to your own assessments, we would be happy to help! Contact us to get the conversation started.

 

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D2L Thing of the Week: Subscription Training Service

D2L Subscription Training logoDid you know that all faculty members have access to D2L (Brightspace)’s subscription training service? You can use this online resource for all of your just-in-time training needs.

To register, follow the instructions on the D2L page of the LDS website, or download the instructions by clicking here.

 

Non-D2L Thing of the Week: Ontario Extend

Looking for some learning technology-related professional development for the new year? Consider Ontario Extend, brought to us by our friends at eCampus Ontario:

For more information, see https://extend.ecampusontario.ca/

 

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LDS Team

Our team is offering several sessions for faculty both next week, and in the first week of January. Check out these opportunities, and join us — no registration is required.

Turn It In Drop-In Session

Date: Wednesday, December 19th 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Room B2 101
Interested in starting to use Turn It In in your Winter 2019 courses? Drop in to try it out in D2L, with support from Learning Technology Specialists Alana Callan.
For more information about using Turn It In, see the Turn It In page of the LDS Team website.

Can’t make these dates? See the “Get It Together” dates for the first week in January (below) for your next opportunity to drop in for support.

 

Teaching & Learning Boot Camp

At this interactive session, you’ll learn some teaching tips for the first days and weeks of class. We’ll discuss how to:

  •        Set positive expectations for learning
  •        Promote engagement through classroom management
  •        Plan and deliver effective and engaging lessons
  •        Get started with D2L

Although this session is targeted to new faculty, all are welcome.

Sutherland Campus: Thursday, January 3rd, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Room D1 110
Frost Campus: Friday, January 4th, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Room 103

 

“Get It Together” Session

New and returning faculty are invited to drop in to get your questions answered and meet colleagues who can help with D2L, Turn It In, teaching & learning, assessment, accessible learning materials, library services, etc.

Frost Campus: Friday, January 4th, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the Learning Commons
Sutherland Campus: Thursday, January 3rd, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the Learning Resource Centre (LRC)

 

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Grading & Academic Standing

We all know what pass/fail means, but what about aegrotat?

With the semester coming to a close, and the winter semester looming, it’s a perfect time to check out Fleming Policy #2-201C–Grading and Academic Standing.

 

 

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Fleming Rideshare

With students soon leaving campus for the holidays, it’s a timely reminder that Fleming Rideshare, brought to us by SAC, is a quick, secure, and personal way to find commuting options. Students can find a carpool, transit, cycling, or walking pool that matches their commute. And it’s free to join!

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Want to Work With Us?

There are currently two job postings for faculty members to come and work with our team as Teaching & Learning Specialists from January to April 2019! Check out the posting here, or through the “Career Opportunities” function of the myCampus portal.

Want more information on what working with us is like? Get in touch!
The posting closes Thursday, December 13th.

 

Waterloo Assessment Institute

Waterloo’s Centre for Teaching Excellence is offering  a two-day design retreat on April 11 and 12, 2019 for individual instructors who wish to revise an assignment, or instructional teams of 3-4 people who wish to integrate an assignment or assignments in different courses within a term or across terms. For information on the institute, including rationale, and the model that will be used, please see the Waterloo Assessment Institute website.

Questions? Contact tholmes@uwaterloo.ca
Online applications are due December 14, 2018.

 

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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. We would love to hear from you!

Week 14, Fall 2018

Teaching Hub

In this, the penultimate week of the semester (because, really, how often do you get to use that word?), the Teaching Hub brings you some thoughts on student self-assessment, a study tool for students, some helpful tips on campus services, and something new to listen to!

 

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Student Self-Assessment & Student Feedback

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Student self-assessment is an important critical thinking skill to develop; plus, it provides important feedback for you and learners (and it’s a great way to align to some of the Essential Employability Skills!). The Foundation for Critical Thinking provides ideas for self-assessments for writing, listening, and speaking. We think the active listening assessments are particularly helpful, because it’s a skill that we sometimes take for granted! Check them out and let us know what you think.

In lieu of the college faculty/course evaluations, you might consider asking your students for some feedback on your course in an informal way. Consider a “Stop-Start-Continue” format to make it easy for students, and helpful for you! Do you solicit feedback from your students in another way? Let us know; we would be happy to share your feedback tools with other faculty in a future Teaching Hub.

eCampus Ontario SXD Lab Ambassadors: A (Paid) Opportunity For Your Students

The eCampusOntario SXD Lab is looking for twelve energetic and curious students to help us better understand the learner’s journey and be a part of a movement to promote a culture of student-led innovation across Ontario. This is a paid opportunity and we are rigging up an open badging system to recognize the skills acquired by SXD Lab students through their involvement.

If you have any students you think might be appropriate, check out the details
Application Deadline: Dec 10, 2018.

 

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D2L Thing of the Week: Class Progress

Speaking of student self-assessment, students can access feedback, rubrics, comments and grades through the Class Progress tool in D2L.

They are also able to stay on top of their own progression through the course including accessing course content, submitting assignments, viewing grades, etc.

 

Non-D2L Thing of the Week: StudyBlue

There was the old way to make flashcards:

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But things have changed. With the end of semester looming, students are getting ready for final tests and exams. Why not encourage them to make their own digital flashcards? It’s easy to do using an online tool like StudyBlue.

And once they’ve made their flashcards, they can use them to study in a variety of ways, with self-quizzing, review sheets, and more. All for free! (And there is a paid version that gives them access to millions of crowd-sourced study materials – some of them created by students right here at Fleming.)

 

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Multimedia Services

Did you know that our IT Department has produced training videos to help you figure out the multimedia configuration in each of your classrooms? To access the videos, starring Steve Higgs of the ITS help desk, and look up the set-up in your own classroom, check out the Multimedia Services webpage.

Check out this sample video, which looks specifically at the “Smart Rooms” at the Sutherland Campus:

For all of your questions, contact itsupport@flemingcollege.ca, or stop by the help desk at Frost or Sutherland.

 

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Academic Issue Resolution

IssueAt this point in the semester, with stress levels high, students may be coming to you with concerns that need to be addressed. But how? To help them with making that decision, you can refer them to the Academic Issues Resolution webpage, which can be accessed from the “Resources” tab of the myCampus portal. 

This resource will help students to decide which course of action, if any, is appropriate to deal with their issue, and includes links to other important resources that might be needed as well.

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Free Markets

As the holiday season approaches, you may find you have items at home you no longer have use for, and students may find themselves in need of those items. Enter Fleming’s free markets!

The free market is a place on campus for the whole Fleming community to exchange goods at no charge. It’s like a local shopping experience, but it’s totally free. You can donate something, like an item of clothing, to the free market and add it to the collection, then others can “shop” through the market and choose what they need. Give what you can, take what you need! Make sure you check it out. At Sutherland it’s in the cafeteria near the SAC offices, and at Frost it’s in the upper cafeteria (across from Student Services).Market

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Waterloo Assessment Institute

Waterloo’s Centre for Teaching Excellence is offering  a two-day design retreat on April 11 and 12, 2019 for individual instructors who wish to revise an assignment, or instructional teams of 3-4 people who wish to integrate an assignment or assignments in different courses within a term or across terms. For information on the institute, including rationale, and the model that will be used, please see the Waterloo Assessment Institute website.

Questions? Contact tholmes@uwaterloo.ca
Online applications are due December 14, 2018.

 

Gettin’ Air with Terry Greene

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Join eCampusOntario Program Manager (and LDS Team member – on secondment) Terry Greene as he and his guests get some air time to discuss technology-enabled and open learning practices in Ontario Post-Secondary Education. You may recognize some of the names featured in the various 30-minute(ish) episodes of radio, including our own Jodie Black. Check out the episodes, let us know what you think, and then get in touch with Terry with your own ideas for a future episode!

 

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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. We would love to hear from you!

Week 13, Fall 2018

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There it is! The light at the end of the tunnel… we can see it!

It’s Week 13, so lots is still on everyone’s plates, but we’re here with some support to help you get there.

 

 

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Visible Learning – 8 Mindframes for Teachers

In his book, Visible Learning for Teachers, John Hattie argues that how we think as teachers impacts our students and our school. He proposes these 8 mindframes:

  1. My fundamental task is to evaluate the effect of my teaching on students’ learning and achievement.
  2. The success and failure of my students’ learning is about what I do or don’t do. I am a change agent.
  3. I want to talk more about learning than teaching.
  4. Assessment is about my impact.
  5. I teach through dialogue, not monologue.
  6. I enjoy the challenge and never retreat to “doing my best”.
  7. It’s my role to develop positive relationships in class and staffrooms.
  8. I inform all about the language of learning.

Watch this video that outlines the mindframes. What mindtrames are your areas of strength? Where are there areas for growth?

 

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D2L Thing of the Week: Gradebook

It’s getting close to the end of the semester, but before we get there, you’ll be furiously marking student assignments, and you need to make sure everything is correctly posted in the gradebook. If you need a quick refresher on the ins and outs of the D2L gradebook, follow this link to the “Getting Started with D2L” guide that covers gradebook basics. Still need help? Contact us.

 

Non-D2L Thing of the Week: Breethe

It’s week 13. Students are tense. Faculty are tired. Everyone is stressed out. It’s time to breathe.

When you need to take a break from marking, try the relaxation app called Breethe. After 10 minutes of soothing music, calming imagery, and guided meditation, you will feel ready to take on all that the end of a semester can throw at you!

 

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United Way Campaign

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The Fleming College United Way Campaign Team is pleased to announce that a total of 15 pledges have been made so far towards the 2018 United Way Campaign, totaling $5,577.00. Thank you to those who have generously donated.

We are still working towards our goal of $30,000 and need your help. If you are interested in donating, you can do so using the new and easy online form.

 

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Academic Appeals

It’s important that all faculty members are prepared for the potential of a student launching a formal appeal. Take some time before the end of semester to make sure you understand how the process works.

On the Academic Appeals website you will find information on the process, the forms, frequently asked questions, and where to go for help!

 

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First Aid Support Team (FAST)

The Fleming College First Aid Support Team (FAST) is a student volunteer group who responds with campus security to First Aid emergencies on the Sutherland campus.  This includes the main buildings, six residence buildings, and the Fleming College Sports Fields. FAST provides support to campus security during core business hours of Fleming College, 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday from September to April.  As requested, FAST can also attend special events on campus. Learn more here.

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HEQCO Learning Outcomes eBook

Hot off the presses is The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario’s (HEQCO) latest publication, Driving Academic Quality: Lessons from Ontario’s Skills Assessment Projects.

“Since 2012, HEQCO has partnered with a group of researchers to develop ways of identifying and measuring the essential skills that students and employers seek. This new ebook summarizes the lessons learned during the first phase of HEQCO’s Learning Outcomes Assessment Consortium (LOAC) projects. The collection of essays is a valuable resource that aims to move the field of learning outcomes and skills measurement forward to better serve students as they make the transition to a rapidly evolving workforce” You can access the free eBook here.

 

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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. We would love to hear from you!

Week 12, Fall 2018

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This week’s edition features an article from Faculty Focus about transparency in teaching, which includes metacognition, or thinking about thinking. Hopefully it will give you something to think about in terms of your own teaching, along with a few other important dates and ideas!

 

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The Power of Transparency in Your Teaching

In this article from Faculty Focus, the author describes her journey toward increased transparency in her classes, starting with metacognition: “One aspect of transparency is making obvious the intellectual practices involved in completing and evaluating a learning task.” As the author notes, this is more easily said than done, but the article details her process, from planning through to reflection, and what she would do differently next time (or, the Reflective Practice cycle).

For more on how she succeeded in teaching a new set of skills in a new format to a new set of students, read the full article, here.

For more on transparency and problem-centered learning, see the Peer Review issue referenced in the article.

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D2L Thing of the Week: Setting Up Release Conditions

Now that you know what Release Conditions are, take a look at these Best Practices for setting them up in your course.

 

Non-D2L Thing of the Week: Quizlet

Looking for an alternative to Kahoot? Then you may want to check out Quizlet Live.
To find out more, check out this short video:

 

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Academic Operations: Winter Course Outline Due Date

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The Academic Operations website contains helpful information on using the Course Outline System as well as upcoming due dates for course outlines to be completed.

For the Winter 2019 semester, the due date for course outline completion is fast approaching: Monday, December 3rd.

 

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Quality Assurance

Did you know that there are policies that regulate Quality Assurance practices here at Fleming?

The Quality Assurance policy addresses the regular quality audits to which all Ontario colleges are subject, while our Program Quality Assurance policy and its related procedures, available on the College Policies & Procedures page of the HR website, look at college-specific processes such as Program & Curriculum Review.

 

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Enactus

Enactus is an international non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action. They provide a platform for teams of outstanding college and university students to create community development projects that put people’s own ingenuity and talents at the centre of improving their livelihoods. Guided by educators and supported by business leaders, students take the kind of entrepreneurial approach that empowers people to be a part of their own success. The goal of Enactus is to transform both the lives of the people they serve, and in turn, the lives of participating students as they develop into more effective, values-driven leaders.

Did you know that Enactus is active right here at Fleming?  Learn more here: http://flemingsac.ca/enactus/

 

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Group Work Brown Bag Lunch & Drop-In (Frost Campus)

On Thursday, November 22nd from 12:00 – 1:00 in Room 211 Dean Brett Goodwin will be hosting a brown bag lunch discussion on group work. All are welcome to join in the conversation.

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The LDS Team will be following up with a Group Work Drop-In Session on Thursday, November 29th from 12:00 – 1:00 in Room 253A. Drop in with your questions, or to chat about resources and ideas with us and your colleagues.

Have questions that can’t wait? Let us know; we’re happy to help!

 

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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. We would love to hear from you!

Week 11, Fall 2018

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It’s feeling decidedly wintry out there of late (the snow is falling in a picturesque way outside as I type this!), or as these ladies would put it, it’s sweater weather! We hope you’re staying warm, and that this week’s edition gives you a few ideas to keep you going in this final third of the fall semester!

 

 

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Scaffolding

Scaffolding student learning can be an important strategy to facilitate learning. You create temporary supports to facilitate learning, independence, and mastery. But, is there such a thing as too much scaffolding? In this blog post, Katie Martin explores the question “Are you over scaffolding?” and uses the guiding question “What decisions am I making for students (or teachers or principals…) that they could make for themselves?” As with many pedagogical choices, reflecting on the learning goal will help you choose how much scaffolding is the right amount for each learning experience. Talk with your colleagues and ask how they’re scaffolding student learning and how it’s working for them and for students.

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D2L Thing of the Week: Discussions Tool

Have you ever run out of time just when a class discussion became interesting? Have you wondered how to involve the quiet learners, or those who need time to absorb the material before responding?

Consider creating a discussion forum and topic(s) using the Discussions Tool in D2L. Here are some instructions to help you get started.

 

Non-D2L Thing of the Week: YouTube Live

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livestreamWe love the idea of livestreaming a guest speaker, an event, or a debate. Why? Because learners who can’t be there in person can be there virtually! They can view the live broadcast and comment to be part of the excitement. If you livestream through Youtube, and it can be stored there for future use, and the captioning is done for you. What could be better than that?

 

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Career Services

Here are two updates from our friends in Career Services:

InterviewStream

InterviewstreamInterviewStream is a new online video resource for recording and reviewing mock interviews with access to industry specific interview questions. There are 7000 stock questions, or you can create your own!  Students video their own mock interviews at any time, any place, with access from any desktop computer, laptop, tablet or phone that has a webcam/camera function and a microphone.

Here are some ways InterviewStream can be used:

  1. Students can prepare for upcoming interviews – increase confidence or seek feedback on their interview style
  2. Faculty can create mock interview assignments for a class
  3. Placement interviews

For more information, please see the Interviews tab on www.flemingcollegecareerservices.ca or connect with the Career Educator for your program.

Career & Employment Fair

We have changed the name of our annual job fair to Career & Employment Fair to shift the students’ focus from obtaining a job that day to networking and making career connections for the future.  Along with the name change, we are expanding from 1 to 2 days at the Sutherland Campus. At the Frost Campus, we will have employers in the Field House as well as in the main building. The Career & Employment Fairs will take place on the following dates & times:

Sutherland Campus – Business, Justice, Trades, Technology
Wednesday, February 13, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Main Foyer

Sutherland Campus – Health & Wellness and Community Development
Thursday, February 14, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Main Foyer

Frost Campus – Environmental and Natural Resources Sciences
Thursday, February 7, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Main Building and Field House

 

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Academic Appeal Panels

Are you interested in becoming an Academic Appeal Panel member?

The Office of the VPA is looking to grow our Appeal Panel member list that will be used to help Schools form three-member Panels for student academic appeals.

Panel members will be required to:

  1. Complete the Academic Appeal Panel training.
  2. When available, review an Academic Appeal Package and participate in a one hour meeting where the student and faculty present their cases and Panel members deliberate and recommend a decision to the School Dean.

Faculty and staff interested in being added to our list of Academic Appeal Panel members can express their interest in an e-mail to Paula Walton or call ext. 1312.

For more information, please visit the Academic Appeals website.

 

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Cultural Showcase: November 15 – Sutherland Campus  

Join International Student Services in celebrating the Fleming Cultural Showcase. Students from diverse cultures will show information about their country, artistic displays, and performances of song and dance.

The event will be in the Main Foyer at the Sutherland Campus, and the performance will start at 12:00 p.m.

Date: Thursday, November 15
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
For more information: international@flemingcollege.ca

 

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Promoting Disagreement in Your Classroom

PatchFleming’s own Matthew Ryan, Communications Professor at the Frost Campus, recently provided a new “patch” for the Open Faculty Patchbook, addressing how to successfully promote disagreement and debate in your classroom. He gives three tips for helping students effectively debate with each other, including this advice about being a bit vulnerable as the teacher: “It may be uncomfortable, but admitting one’s own mistakes and struggles is a great way to set the tone in a classroom where debates will happen.” Read the full piece and let us know what you think. How do you set your class up for healthy disagreement?

Interested in some other reads from teachers like you? Check out the Open Faculty Patchbook. Want to write a patch of your own? We’d be happy to help facilitate that, so let us know.

 

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Week 10, Fall 2018

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Believe it or not, we’re already into double digits when it comes to this semester — it’s Week 10! However you feel about this fact, we hope this week’s Teaching Hub will give you some helpful tips for heading into the final stretch of this fall semester.

 

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How do you know it’s UDL?

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach to designing accessible and engagingUDL curriculum experiences. But, how do you know it’s UDL? A group from the Universal Design for Learning Implementation Research Network (say that 3 times fast) created this reporting criteria for UDL to help tackle that problem. If you’re exploring UDL try the UDL on Campus website for some higher ed specific resources and ideas.

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D2L Thing of the Week: Checklists

checklist-800x531D2L’s Checklist tool is a great resource to create lists of tasks for your students to complete, or to guide them through the content of the course. The Checklist tool can be found under the Resources tab in D2L. Instructors can create a checklist for students to use to check off tasks when done. This function could also be used to map out weekly to-do lists of content to review, or as a one-stop-shop for all assignment due dates in a course.

If you need instructions on using Checklists in your course, consult the LDS Team website here to access instructions, a video, and a reference guide on incorporating checklists into your D2L course page, or contact the LDS Team’s Learning Technologists for best practices and help using checklists in your course design.

Non-D2L Thing of the Week: Accessibility at a Glance Videos

Microsoft has some cool tools that can help you “learn how to create an inclusive digital experience for people with disabilities”. You can check out this video playlist called Accessibility at a Glance for ideas on using Microsoft narrator, audio descriptions, text alternatives and more. Looking for information on accessibility in Microsoft Office? This accessibility training has video and text resources for improving the accessibility in Outlook, Word, Excel and Powerpoint.

 

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IT Service Desk

Can’t get your laptop to connect to the college wifi? Is your office desktop giving you trouble? No question is too small or too large for the highly capable staff at the IT Service Desk!

The Service Desk is available to help all staff and students with their IT needs.  Walk-up service is available at:
Frost Campus – FR 340
Sutherland Campus – C2 102

You can also easily reach them by sending your question or problem to itsupport@flemingcollege.ca

 

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Appropriate Use Policy

Did you know that everyone who has a Fleming College IT Network user account (whether they are students or staff), must follow the Appropriate Use Policy? This policy outlines the underlying principles and rules that govern the use of Fleming College’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

Fleming is committed to ensuring a working and learning environment in which all ICT users have the responsibility to respect the physical and emotional well-being, and the sense of personal worth and dignity of others in the college community, as well as promoting the responsible and ethical use of college resources.

You can learn more about this policy here.

 

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Diversity Department

In Fleming’s ongoing support of LGBTQ+ students, two new initiatives from the Department of Diversity started in 2018:

Gender Journeys is a transgender support group facilitated by Canadian Mental Health Association employees, run out of the counselling office.  Students can register at counselling, and groups are once a month. Students who are looking to support a trans friend/family member are also able request a meeting with the facilitators.

LGBTQ+ Mentorship is a peer-to-peer professional development group for students.  After completing training, students are able to run events, lead education, and provide support for LGBTQ+ students.  LGBTQ+ Mentorship is CCR eligible.

For more information on either of these initiatives, email studentexperience@flemingcollege.ca.

 

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Evidence-Based Instruction

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We’ve (hopefully) given you lots of ideas for engaging the learners in your classroom through The Teaching Hub. But how do you know which tools to try, which activities are most appropriate for your students and your subject matter? Wise Instructional Choices in an Evidence-driven Era provides a navigational guide to help you get started in answering these questions.

This article is part of a series entitled “Thriving in Academe” from The National Education Association.

Have you read this article, or any article of interest and want to chat further about them? Let us know! We would love to be part of the conversation!

 

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