Week 6, Winter 2018

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This week’s edition of The Teaching Hub is short and sweet, just like this week will (hopefully) be! To lengthen it, follow any of the included links for more information.

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Ah, group work. Students love it. Teachers love it. Everyone always gets along. Right?

Okay, so maybe none of that is true, but there are some proven educational benefits to group work–especially when a few best practices are put into place. This week’s patch is all about highlighting those best practices, and it comes to us from Dean Maxine Mann. Check it out here: The Greater Good

 

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D2L Thing of the Week: Virtual Classroom

Check out the link for all of the pertinent information on the Virtual Classroom tool in D2L.

Non-D2L Thing of the Week: Making Videos

Our New Faculty Experience group is making videos for their next microteaching unit. Want to play along? Check out the instructions, created by Alana Callan, here.

Have questions, or want more information? Contact the LDS Team.

 

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Academic Council

The Academic Council provides a forum for feedback for our constituent members about issues and changes in the Academic division. You are welcome to connect with Thom Luloff, Academic Council Chair, or your school representative to bring forward academic issues or concerns for discussion. Please see the Academic Council membership page for contact information.

 

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LMS Usage Policy

LMS stands for Learning Management System, and at Fleming our LMS is D2L. But you all knew that already. Did you also know that there is an LMS Usage Policy at Fleming? Yes. You can find it here (clicking the link will download a pdf).

Why do we have a policy? Because it’s important for students to experience some kind of consistency across their courses–especially when we are trying to support our students to become self-reliant learners. With the pace of technology change, this policy continues to be a work in progress, so if you have any thoughts about what should be added or removed to/from Fleming’s LMS Usage Policy, please let us know. 

 

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Aboriginal Student Services

Rooted in Indigenous perspectives, Fleming Aboriginal Student Services strives to nourish students’ spirits on their learning path by supporting connection to community, culture, and self.

Aboriginal Student Services provides cultural programming, one-to-one student support, and meaningful partnerships with Indigenous organizations and local service providers to foster student success and connect students to community.

For more information, please visit the Aboriginal Student Support Services website, which includes a calendar of upcoming events in the local area.

 

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Fleming Innovation Conference — Registration Reminder

Registration for this event closes this Friday, February 23rd. For more information on the conference as well as the registration link, please see the conference webpage.

 

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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!

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Week 5, Winter 2018

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It’s Week 5, and while the dust may be settling around our class rosters, there are still many of us facing significant challenges in terms of how to best support the unexpected numbers of international students. That’s why this week’s Teaching Hub is given over entirely to an exploration of how to do just that!

We hope that in reading this week’s issue, you will find some actionable strategies you can use in your classroom, but if you need more help, or specific direction with a particular issue you are having, please give us a call at extension 1216 or send us an email at LDSTeam@flemingcollege.ca! Someone from our team will meet with you, provide you with support, and/or connect you to the existing college service that can.

Faculty Q&A
We have also put together a
live Q&A document for questions related specifically to how faculty can best support international students. Take a look at the Q&As that are already there, and post your own question! We’ll provide an answer, or find someone who can!

 

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Keeping academic standards high and supporting student success is important to all of us. As the diversity of our classrooms grows, new questions about how to keep standards high while supporting highly diverse students may come up.  How do I best reach and teach all my students? What are some quick tips for teaching international students? How do I keep my evaluation standards rigorous while still providing flexibility or options for my learners?

The LDS Team website includes several helpful links for supporting international students:

One of the most important areas in which to embrace flexibility is assessment–and you don’t have to sacrifice academic standards to do this! What you do have to do is spend some time thinking about what elements of your assessment are the most connected to your learning goals. Watch the video below for an introduction to achieving this flexibility:

With busy schedules and competing priorities, this may seem overwhelming. Need help? Email the LDS Team for a custom triage. We’ll meet with you, bring resources, and you’ll leave with some actionable strategies.

 

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Reality Check:

It is important to be aware that there are many international students who do not consistently have access to computers or wifi outside of the college. Be flexible when you are able, and consider providing alternative ways to engage with content and/or submit material.

D2L Thing of the Week: How-to-D2L for Students

D2lDo you have students that are struggling to acclimatize to the D2L environment? Remember that there is help tailored specifically for students, always available for students self-registration underneath the “Help and Information” sidebar in their course pages. One of the best ones is imaginatively named “How to D2L for Students.”

 Non-D2L Thing of the Week: TextHelp

Do your students want to listen to their readings, or get an earful of PowerPoint slides? TextHelp can, well, help with text. On each student computer, there is a program called TextHelp and it has many tools, like text-to-speech, that can help your students decode, understand, and engage with text. From the start menu, students can find TextHelp in the AES folder. Want to learn more about TextHelp? Check out their website, or watch the videos about how TextHelp can help with studying, reading, writing, or revisions.

 

 

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International Student Services

It is so important that as the people who have the most direct contact with students, faculty have an awareness of all of the resources that already exist here at Fleming. Take some time to explore what’s on offer from our International Student Services department. Everything from providing winter tips and tricks, to peer mentoring, to English language supports–it all exists right here on campus.

Note: If you are looking for ESL specific supports, check out the ESL resources available from Tutoring and Academic Skills.

 

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Academic Integrity

It’s the time in any semester when students are starting to work on major assignments, so a great time to remind ourselves, and especially our students, just what academic integrity and plagiarism mean.

Fleming’s Academic Integrity Policy defines Academic Integrity as “honouring an ethical and moral code regarding the honest creation of an individual’s own work and the acknowledgement of contributions from others to that work.” Breaking down that definition for students, and being explicit in how it applies to your assignments when you assign them is good practice in helping students overcome possible issues before they happen. Fleming’s library also offers an “Avoiding Plagiarism” course for which students can self-register in D2L.Integrity

The Academic Integrity policy, along with its associated procedure and form, are available on the ‘Resources” tab in the myCampus portal for quick and easy access.

 

 

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English for Everyone Workshops

English Support Group Winter 2018

 

Students can get support speaking, reading and writing.

Meeting days and times:
Mondays 2 – 4 p.m.
Thursdays 12 – 2 p.m.
Fridays 2 – 4 p.m.
Room D1 129.5

Workshops will also be offered at the Frost Campus. Please contact international@flemingcollege.ca for more information.

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Fleming Innovation Conference

Fleming will be hosting its first Innovation Conference on March 7th & 8th. The sessions on Thursday afternoon are facilitated by the LDS Team, and focus specifically on helping faculty members solve current problems:

Best Practices for Supporting International Students (1:00 – 3:00 p.m.)
This panel discussion will provide participants with an opportunity to hear from a range of perspectives including faculty, International Student Services, community experts, and most importantly, international students.

A Living Library—Partnerships in Teaching (12:30 – 3:30 p.m.)
Come and explore among our local experts! Learn about Accessible Education, Copyright and Library Resources, Learning Technology and LDS.

For more information on the conference as well as the registration link, please see the conference webpage..

 

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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!

Week 4, Winter 2018

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It’s Week 4, and that means it’s a great time to be checking in with your students to see how things are going. This edition looks at how to check in during class and using D2L, and where you can refer students with identified needs. Please check out the Professional Learning section for a neat upcoming opportunity as well!

 

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How many times have you, as a teacher, stood at the front of the classroom and asked: “any questions?” And how many of those times have you been met with blank stares, and silence?

Checking in with students to gauge their understanding of your lesson is essential to reflective teaching practice. Check 1 – 2: Checking In With Students offers some ideas on how to effectively assess students’ learning within a lesson. Check it out and let us know what you think!

Have your own tips for student engagement? Want to write your own patch? Let us know!

 

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D2L Thing of the Week: Class Progress

If you want to get a picture of how your students are engaging with your D2L content, or you want to see an overview of what assessments each user has completed, then Class Progress is the tool for you. You can view your class as a list, or dig deeper into each user by viewing individual progress summaries.

TIP: Do you use D2L to deliver low-stakes repeated assessments throughout the semester (e.g. discussion posts, quizzes, etc.)? Class Progress is a great way to quickly review how many/how well students have done.

Want some more specifics on how to use this tool? You can learn more here!

Non-D2L Thing of the Week: AV Training Videos

We’ve all been there–you walk into class, ready to call up your lesson on the computer, and something’s not right. Nothing’s coming up on the screen, the students are getting impatient, and you’re at a total loss for what to do. That’s why this week’s feature “non-D2L” thing is the ubiquitous AV cabinet.
Learn the ways of the cabinet. Click here.

And hey, you might recognize the friendly face in this video as Steve Higgs! We like him so much, we kidnapped him and made him our new Learning Technology Specialist.   

 

 

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Accessible Education Services

Our friends at Accessible Education Services provide disability accommodations and services to students with disabilities. They can help with everything from assistive technology instruction to note-taking supports, from arranging ASL interpreters to testing accommodations. If students are using testing accommodations, they will book their test using the Online Booking System and you as the faculty member will get an email. Want to know what to do next? The answers await! Read the FAQ, access the instructor login, and review the online tutorial on the Accessible Education Online Services webpage.

 

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Course Withdrawal

A reminder to faculty and students that in order to withdraw from a course and receive a “W” designation on the Academic Record is February 16th for 7-week courses, and March 23rd for 15-week courses.

And, details from our Registration and Withdrawal Policy:

“To withdraw from a particular course, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the Office of the Registrar or drop the course via the Student Information System in the Student Centre. If the student’s status remains full-time after the course(s) is dropped, full-time fees will apply and no refund will be provided. If the student’s status changes to part-time, fees for all remaining courses will be charged at a part-time rate.”

Fun stuff!

 

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Student Life Tab

Student Life TabNow that you’ve checked in with your students, where do you send them for help that they might need?

Look no further than the Student Life tab in the portal! It’s your students’ ticket to finding the right resources when they need them, all in one convenient location.

Clicking on the pretty icons provides a list of available resources, and there’s even a link for staff-only resources, like the CCR. Check it out!

 

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Ontario Extend

Want to join a cohort of colleagues from institutions around Ontario to do some professional development regarding online and technology-enabled learning? Then Ontario Extend might be just the thing for you!
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Think you’re interested, but want to know more before you commit?

eCampus (specifically, Fleming’s own Terry Greene) will be holding an info webinar for the @ontarioextend East Cohort Kick Off on February 6th from 12:15 – 12:45 p.m. (before the actual cohort kick-off on March 6th). Add your name at http://bit.ly/ExtendEast , and you’ll be sent an invitation to the webinar!

 

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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!

Week 3, Winter 2018

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This week, we’re featuring the latest “patch” from The Open Faculty PatchbookWrite Your Life: Life-Based Writing as a Student Engagement Tool. It comes to us from Joseph A. Mayo of Gordon State College in Georgia. Check it out and let us know what you think!
Have your own tips for student engagement? Want to write your own patch? Let us know!

 

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D2L Thing of the Week: News Tool

The News Tool in D2L can be so much more than just a way to make announcements!

Provide your students with a weekly check-in, and you’ll soon discover that you are also helping to build their confidence to independently stay on top of what’s going on in your course. Create a weekly template that works for you, then stick to it. Students will quickly learn that they can get the information they need, when they need it, and that can mean fewer one-off emails to you!

A pattern that works for lots of courses is creating weekly announcements that provide the three Rs:

  1. Review the week that was
  2. Remind students of any assignments or tasks
  3. Reflect on what is to come

Give it a try! Need to know the nitty-gritty about how to use the News tool? Check out our tip sheet!

Non-D2L Thing of the Week: Closed Captioning YouTube Videos

Using closed captioning in YouTube videos is important (and easy!) as an accessibility and learning tool. And, since research shows that up to 85% of videos watched online are viewed without the sound, making sure there is an alternative is just good practice. Especially since we all know that more and more students are absorbing academic content on the go.

One example of some of the most effective teaching videos that are “volume agnostic”? (Yes, that’s a thing.) Those recipe tutorials from Tasty. Mmmm. I’m suddenly hungry for lasagna.

So go ahead. Give it a try. Make your videos accessible and volume agnostic. Use this excellently captioned video to learn how, or visit YouTube’s own help centre.

 

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Tutoring & Academic Skills

Did you know that students are more likely to seek out tutoring support if they are actively encouraged to do so by a faculty member? It’s true!

Here at Fleming, learning support is available to all students who need assistance to reach their academic potential–and there are no additional costs! There is support for student learning and study skills, drop-in tutoring for math and writing, and peer tutoring.

Students can even make an appointment online.

Consider taking time in class to remind students about Tutoring and Academic Skills, send them an email with details, or mention it specifically to those who would most benefit.

 

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Student Rights & Responsibilities

No-one ever likes to be reminded about the rules, but Week 3 seems as good a time as any.

Yup, it’s true. Admission to Fleming College carries with it certain rights and responsibilities. There is an expectation that students will conduct themselves as responsible members of the College Community. And we have a policy that lays it all out.

This policy governs student rights and responsibilities on all campuses, residences, and at all College-sponsored activities off-campus, including activities sponsored by the student governments. Students are strongly encouraged to become familiar with their rights and responsibilities as outlined in this policy.

To review Fleming’s Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy please visit their website. For ideas on creating a positive learning environment (and thus preventing the need to enforce “the rules,” see the Professional Learning section below).

 

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Counselling Services

Fleming’s Counselling Services provides students counselling support for academic and personal concerns. Students can drop in or call to make an appointment with the Fleming team.  In the event of a crisis, or for after-hours support, students can contact Good2Talk at 1-866-925-5454 or good2talk.ca.

As part of the Campus Mental Health Workshop Series, Counselling Services is hosting a workshop called Supporting Peers.  Participants will learn how to best support a peer with a mental health issue, and how to recognize peer distress. It’s at the Sutherland Campus on January 29th, 2018 from 3:00 – 4:30 in Room D1 111.

Stay tuned for more information on Counselling Services’ upcoming Anxiety Workshops starting soon!

 

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This week’s suggestion for professional learning is a quick read from Faculty Focus entitled “Six Ways to Promote a Positive Learning Environment.” It has some simple ideas to help you set your classroom, and your students, up for success.

Have other ideas you use that you’d like to share with your colleagues? Drop us a line (see our contact information below), and we’ll feature your tips in a future edition of The Teaching Hub!

 

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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!

Week 2, Winter 2018

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Congratulations, faculty members; you’ve survived week 1, and are hopefully well on your way to settling in!

 

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This winter, we have quite a number of new international students, across a variety of programs at Fleming. If this is your first time teaching international students, or if you’re just looking for some tips to help you feel more comfortable working with English Language Learners, we’ve got you covered. Thanks to Tracey McConnery, Manager of English Language Programs and International Student Services at Fleming, we’ve got this helpful tipsheet available on our website (you can also print the pdf version for future reference). Check it out for some simple things you can try in your own classes.

And if you’re looking for help with other aspects of engaging teaching, including (but not limited to) lesson planning, teaching and assessment strategies, classroom management, D2L, and other learning technologies, please let us know. Our team members are available by request for one-on-one or small group sessions on any of these topics, so please get in touch with us to set something up:

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If you’re at the Sutherland Campus, you can also pop down to our hallway to see us. We’re in behind Tutoring & Academic Skills, next to the library.

 

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D2L Thing of the Week: Attendance

9a1e1e7d647aaad457e2bed3fcf15763Is your New Year’s (or new semester’s) resolution to keep better records? You can start by recording student attendance in D2L. And we’ve got a handy-dandy tipsheet to help you get set up!

Have questions about student absences? See the “Policies and Procedures” section below!

(Want to make a GIF of your very own, like this one to the right? Check out the how-to guide on Giphy.)
Non-D2L Thing of the Week: The Catch

CatchOur friends at eCampus Ontario are publishing their own weekly blog, focused on what’s happening in technology-enabled learning. You can check out the latest issue here. And if it sparks an idea you’d like to try, or want more information about, please let us know. We’d be glad to help!

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Library: NEW Core Skills Module + Workshops

The Library is pleased to announce the new Library Core Skills Module in D2L. Students can self-register, and work through 6 units of embedded content and quizzes on topics such as

  • using library resources,
  • effective search strategies,
  • finding articles,
  • evaluating sources of information, and
  • using citation guides.  

Students who complete the quizzes with 70% or higher will receive a certificate that can be used as proof of completion (Note: this module is separate from the Avoiding Plagiarism module in D2L).  Both may be assigned to students as homework, and you are welcome to book a library workshop as a follow-up.

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In-Class Library Workshops

The Library is now taking bookings for all in-class library workshops on any topic.  With this popular service, Library staff will provide a customized Library Skills / Information Literacy workshop for your students during class time. Book now to secure your preferred time slot.

 

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Class Absence Procedure

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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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Information Literacy Certificate Workshops

The Sutherland Library is once again delivering these popular hands-on workshops. Throughout the term, we will cover topics such as

  • Finding articles,
  • Avoiding plagiarism,
  • APA citations,
  • ePortfolios,
  • Presentation skills,
  • and more!

If students attend 5 or more workshops, they will receive the Information Literacy Certificate, which goes on their Co-Curricular Record.  Students should register online through the myCampus portal.

 

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College Systems Access

Last week we talked about goal-setting in regard to professional learning. This week’s goals, for us and many others, have related entirely to access to college systems and information on how to use them.

To help you achieve some of your short-term goals as new faculty members, we’ve compiled the following list of links to help you get set up for success:

School Websites:

 

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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!

Week 1, Winter 2018

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Welcome (back), faculty members!

For those just checking us out for the first time, we’re happy to have you! The Teaching Hub is a weekly blog post in which we (the LDS Team) bring you short, timely pieces within our usual categories, in an effort to support your work and keep you on track throughout the semester.

We appreciate feedback in the form of comments, emails, suggestions for future topics, tweets, or pats on the back. So please be in touch, and let us know how we can help you be the best faculty member you can be!

 

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We Have To Go Deeper

Each week in the Engaging Teaching section, we’ll take a look at the real-life experience of a faculty member, whether from Fleming or elsewhere.

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Often this section features a “patch” from our
Open Faculty Patchbook, and this week is the rule, not the exception: To start off the semester, we’ll look at Joanna Hodge and Laura Gibson’s Patch, entitled We Have to Go Deeper. It’s a look at lessons learned on the fly, by someone new to teaching, and why Joanna’s changes to her course worked.

If this patch inspires you to try something new in your class, or to write a “patch” of your own, let us know!

 

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D2L Thing of the Week: Faculty D2L Levels 1 & 2D2L

New to D2L, or looking to brush up on some skills? We used D2L itself to show you how, in a two-part series: Faculty D2L Levels 1 and 2
Self-enroll for it in D2L, in the Help & Information Widget (yellow header, right-hand side, scroll ⇓ until you see this ⇒).

 

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

The easiest way to email your students is by using the Class Roster in Faculty Centre to email them (and to see their photos once they are uploaded after week 3).
By emailing your students using the Class Roster, their email addresses are put into the BCC line of the message (thus protecting their privacy), and a copy of the email will be sent to your college email account.
More information and instructions on how to use the Class Roster tool can be found in this PDF How-to Guide for Faculty.

 

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Human Resources — New Employees Page

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!

 

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Mandatory Training

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:

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.

 

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Learning Strategies

Study SkillsWith the dawn of a new semester, help students get started on the right foot with some learning strategies support!

Want face-to-face? Study skills drop-ins are available every Monday from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Sutherland Campus Tutoring and Academic Skills Centre.

Want some online resources? Check out the Student Learning & Study Skills website, which is also available through the myCampus portal, by clicking the Student Life tab → Academic Supports → *New* Student Learning and Study Skills

Want some questions answered? Email learningstrategies@flemingcollege.ca

 

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Let’s start the new year and new semester by talking about setting goals.

Why set goals?

  1. Goals help you prioritize
  2. Goals help you track your progress
  3. Goals help you stay motivated

Take some time during this busy, noisy start-up to set some goals for the semester; we’ll post some of ours here over the next several weeks, and provide some resources, tips, and support to help you stay on track.

Looking for something to kick-start your thinking? Here’s an article that’s currently inspiring Alana’s thinking: http://lorataub.com/2018/practices-beyond-predictions/. The post links to an interesting presentation as well: https://youtu.be/ijPVmwc2mOw.

If you get a chance to peruse this, and it sparks ideas or conversation, feel free to loop us in!

 

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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!

 

Week 17, Fall 2017 (Even though it’s 2018!)

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This week, we’re looking back on (certain parts) of this fall to bring you our traditional “Best of” issue. To determine the winners in each category, the LDS Team used the very scientific approach of throwing axes at a target. So we hope you enjoy our carefully-selected re-run sections in this, the final week of the fall semester that just kept on going!

 

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Winner: Week Zero – We’re Only Making Plans for Learning

Way back in Week 0, when we were much younger, and before this semester even began, we featured our first patch from The Open Faculty Patchbook, written by the LDS Team’s Jodie Black and Terry Greene. Good times.

So here it is again, for nostalgia’s sake: We’re Only Making Plans For Learning.

 

 

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D2L Thing of the Week Winner: Weeks 3 AND 16 – Gradebook

The D2L Gradebook is so nice, we’ve *already* featured it twice this fall. And now, back for the third time, here is the tip sheet for using Gradebook, which includes things like deleting grade items (page 13), using Categories to drop students’ lowest score(s) (p. 11), and many other helpful tips to navigate D2L.

Non-D2L Thing of the Week Winner: Week 6 – Giphy

In Week 6, our last pre-strike edition, we featured Giphy, and encouraged you to try making your own animated GIFs (see here and here for information on how to pronounce that acronym!) for sharing with and entertaining your students. You can also use Giphy to find GIFs you can use that someone else already created, like the ones often featured in The Teaching Hub, or this one:

 

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Winner: Week 16 – LDS Team Welcomes New Members!

Not to toot our own horn or anything, but we’re re-running ourselves at the College Department of the week. Right before the holidays, we announced our new team members/positions, so we’re re-running that information here since you might have missed it, what with all the pre-holiday stress and excitement (oh, and ‘cause that’s where the axe fell on the target, too. That really happened.):

  • Steve Higgs has joined us as a Learning Technology Specialist, filling in for Terry while he’s on secondment; he can be found in Terry’s office (C1 203.8);
  • Alana Callan has changed roles to replace Jennifer Ramsdale (who is currently on leave) as a Teaching & Learning Specialist, and she’s in her same old office – C1 203.9; and
  • Wendy Morgan will be joining us as an additional Teaching & Learning Specialist from January 15th to the end of June.

We’re (still!) very excited to have these fabulous people joining (and staying on, in Alana’s case) our team; please join us in welcoming them as they transition roles.

p.s. Don’t worry about who’s doing what now; you can still reach all of us through our team email account: LDSTeam@flemingcollege.ca. We’ll get the right person on the job for you.


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Winner: Week 15 – Academic Regs No More

In Week 15, we let you know about the revised policies and procedures that came into effect on September 1st. A recent Communications email outlined the new procedures as well, and highlighted the changes included, so we’ve taken the helpful table from that email and are re-running it here:

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Winner: Week 4 – Study Skills Webpage

Study Skills

In Week 4, we let you know about the new Study Skills Webpage, which features resources, quick tips, handy handouts and more for your students. In this final week of the semester, we still think it’s a great thing for you to check out, show students, and maybe even link to from your D2L course page.

 

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Winner: Week 3 – Terry’s Blog

Terry's blog

For the section formerly known as “Read It And Tweet,” we take you back to the blog written by this section’s originator, Terry Greene. Way back in Week 3, we featured his blog post about his current gig at eCampus Ontario; he’s written several more posts about life temporarily outside of Fleming, which you can check out here: https://learningnuggets.ca/

 

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Visit the LDS Team Website, give us a call at extension 1216, follow us on Twitter, or send us an email!

Week 16, Fall 2017

Hub Week 16

 

As we make our way through Week 16, and toward a well-deserved, much-needed break for all, we want to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy holiday, in whatever form that takes for you and yours! We hope you get some rest, and enjoy some time with family and friends.

 

 

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“How might we better encourage our students to accept feedback not as a static representation through a ‘grade’, but as an evolving conversation between instructor and student about the student’s work and ways in which a student might advance their skills – over time?”
~ Helen Bajorek-MacDonald & Susan Hyndman

This week’s featured patch, The Feedback Loup-de-Loup, is a tag-team effort by Helen Bajorek-MacDonald and Susan Hyndman, both of the School of General Arts & Science here at Fleming. In their patch, they pose an interesting question about feedback for students, and then present the solution they tried in the Pre-Health Sciences program. Give it a read, and let us know what you think: @FlemingLDS on Twitter.

Have you tried anything you’d like to share with others, about feedback or anything else teaching-related? Let us know, and you too can write a patch!

 

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D2L Thing of the Week: Grades Tool

Need to edit your gradebook in D2L to coincide with your post-strike assessment scheme? This tip sheet includes things like deleting grade items (page 13), using Categories to drop students’ lowest score(s) (p. 11), and many other helpful tips to navigate D2L.

Still have questions? Send us an email, call us at extension 1216, or pop into our hallway (C1 203, behind Tutoring & Academic Skills at the Sutherland campus).

 

Non-D2L Thing of the Week: The 12 Apps of Christmas

12Apps

The Education Technology Users Group from BC Campus, a “grassroots group of BC educators interested in teaching, learning & ed tech in post-secondary education,” is unwrAPPing a new app each day during the #12AppsofChristmas. Each app includes information on “where to get it, how to use it, and some ideas of how it might be used for teaching and learning.”

You can subscribe to receive daily updates, or check out the LDS Twitter account for our retweets.

 

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Learning Design & Support Team Welcomes New Team Members!

As you may have read in a recent Communications email, the Learning Design & Support Team is welcoming some new members:

  • Steve Higgs has joined us as a Learning Technology Specialist, filling in for Terry while he’s on secondment; he can be found in Terry’s office (C1 203.8);
  • Alana Callan is changing roles to replace Jennifer Ramsdale (who is currently on leave) as a Teaching & Learning Specialist, and she’s in her same old office – C1 203.9; and
  • Wendy Morgan will be joining us as an additional Teaching & Learning Specialist from January to June 2018.

We’re very excited to have these fabulous people joining (and staying on, in Alana’s case) our team; please join us in welcoming them as they transition roles over the next couple of months!

p.s. Don’t worry about who’s doing what now; you can still reach all of us through our team email account: LDSTeam@flemingcollege.ca. We’ll get the right person on the job for you!

 

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Appropriate Use Policy

Fleming’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Appropriate Use Policy provides a framework for the appropriate use of ICT services, resources, equipment, and facilities.This includes

  • software and systems,
  • all of the information stored in systems,computing devices, and associated peripherals,
  • VoIP communications network and wireless infrastructure and related equipment,
  • facsimile machines, scanners, telephones, wireless devices, digital storage media, video and other multimedia devices.

It would probably also include telegraphs, morse code, and the use of carrier pigeons, but they probably ran out of space.

Anyhow, to find out more about what’s acceptable and what you should definitely not be doing with technology, check out Policy # 6-601 on the College Policies and Procedures page, or access it directly in the myCampus Portal.

 

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Student Life Portal
Student Life Tab

 

The snazzy Student Life tab in the portal is your students’ ticket to finding the right resources when they need them, all in one convenient location.

Clicking on the pretty icons provides a list of available resources, and there’s even a link for staff-only resources, like the CCR. Check it out!

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Catching Up on The Catch

Looking for some holiday reading on educational technology? Of course you are! Well, Terry Greene has helpfully compiled all of the links to The Catch, eCampus Ontario’s version of The Hub:

If you happen upon anything of interest in these posts, please let us know; feel free to also tweet @greeneterry, who would appreciate your feedback on his work!

 

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Visit the LDS Team Website, give us a call at extension 1216, follow us on Twitter, or send us an email!

Week 15, Fall 2017

Teaching Hub Week 15

We know that Week 15 is no longer the end of this Fall Semester, and there’s still lots to be done before anyone takes a break; so, here’s a little inspiration from Dory:

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“Roaming around the known” is a phrase used in Reading Recovery to describe the practice of accessing this valued history and scaffolding it into fruitful and novel teaching and learning opportunities. ~Ryan Hill

Patch

Our highlighted patch this week is Roam if You Want To by Ryan Hill, a technologist in Fleming’s Salmon ID Hatchery, Aquaculture Program, and Fish & Wildlife Program. Ryan’s patch includes great advice about the benefits of accessing students’ prior knowledge, as well as some clever water wordplay. Give it a read (it’s a nice, short one; no tl;dr required!), and let us know what you think: @FlemingLDS on Twitter.

Interested in creating a patch of your own? Contact us: LDSTeam@flemingcollege.ca.

 

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D2L Thing of the Week: Quiz Tool

 

We’ve had a few requests from faculty since returning regarding using the Quiz tool in D2L to set up and/or modify quizzes. If you’re looking to make changes to your quizzes and can’t quite remember how you set them up way back in the fall, you can access our handy-dandy tip sheets.
You can also give us a call (ext. 1216),
email us, or stop in to see us. We’d be glad to help!

Non-D2L Thing of the Week: Visual Course Outlines

This probably isn’t the semester to get all fancy with your course outlines, but for future reference, here’s an idea that we think is pretty cool:

Have you tried anything special to make your course overview documents more helpful or visually appealing for students? Let us know; we’d love to share Fleming examples to inspire others!

 

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Academic Council

Like many other Fleming committees and working groups, Academic Council is on hiatus until January. Interested in catching up on the great work this group has done over the past year? Check out the Academic Council website for information on membership, meeting dates, and current projects and working groups.

 

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Academic Regs No More!

Fleming’s Academic Regulations are becoming extinct. In their place are a series of newly revised policies and procedures, including these three, which came into effect on September 1st:

These, and all other college policies, are available on the HR Website, as well as through the Resources tab on the myCampus portal.

 

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Fleming Rideshare

Fleming Student Administrative Council has introduced Fleming Rideshare, a quick, secure, and personal way to find all your commuting options. Using your home and work addresses, you can find a carpool, transit, cycling, or walking pool that matches your commute. You can search for nearby commuters looking for carpool, biking, or walking partners. This Rideshare Portal is a powerful and convenient way to track all of your commuting activity, and it’s free to join. For more information, check out this promotional video, starring a few familiar faces:

 

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Thankfully, Ontario Extend’s “Daily Extends” have taken a little hiatus to give us all a chance to catch up! Check out the last entry in their challenges, and tweet your response with #oext102 and #FlemingLDS:

 

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Visit the LDS Team Website, give us a call at extension 1216, follow us on Twitter, or send us an email!

Week 14, Fall 2017

Teaching Hub Week 14

What follows below is the edition of the Hub we had prepared for Week 7, pre-strike. We’re publishing it now, in Week 14, as the “We’re Back!” edition. We’d also like to note that we know there is lots of work to be done, post-strike, to get through the rest of the semester, and we’re here for you. If there’s anything we can do to support you as you reorganize your course content and assessments, please let us know. You can send us an email, call us at ext. 1216, or come to see us in the C1 203 hallway at the Sutherland campus.

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“Most importantly, share your work. You’ll find that sharing and seeking feedback provides you with the next part of your plan and the next path you’ll take on your professional learning journey.” ~Alana Callan

This week’s Patch, We’re Total Pro, was “patched” together by the LDS Team’s own Alana Callan, and explores personalized professional learning and its connection to hashtags. Check it out, and let us know what you think using our hashtag: #FlemingLDS.

Interested in creating a patch of your own? Contact us: LDSTeam@flemingcollege.ca.
Interested in creating a whole quilt? See the “Ontario Extend” section below.

 

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D2L Thing of the Week: Discussion Tool

The Discussion tool is a great way to keep your students engaged, even outside of class time. You can

  • set up a question for students to answer before they come to the next class;
  • set up weekly one-minute reflections that students complete before they leave class; or
  • have them comment, ask questions, and/or provide feedback to each other in a discussion topic.

Want to learn more about how to set up and use the Discussion tool in D2L? Check out our handy dandy tip sheet!

Non-D2L Thing of the Week: ImageQuilts

Piggy-backing on the Ontario Extend “Daily Extend” suggestion below, we’re featuring Image Quilts, a Chrome plug-in that makes beautiful image “quilts” out of your image search. Here’s an example of one created when we searched, well, ourselves:

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Library Faculty & Staff Resources Page

Check out the Library’s faculty and staff page for a list of all of the ways in which our fantastic library staff can help you and your students. And that’s in addition to the invaluable, often-entertaining, quotations to be found on their whiteboard each day, such as the clever, intelligent, witty one at left.

 

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Copyright

Attribution for the video: Mimi & Eunice

Attribution for finding and sharing the video: Marcia Steeves, Copyright Master

It’s not the copywrong policy – it’s the copyright policy! Be a good information citizen and uphold that copyright policy. Need help? The library’s online modules can help you navigate copyright and avoid plagiarism or just drop in and visit the library. Gotta love the library!

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Library Request a Workshop

Want to request a library workshop? The Library’s Faculty and Staff page includes a Request a Workshop button. By pushing it, you can set up a variety of sessions for your students, such as Library Orientations, Searching for Articles, & Library Skills CORE Modules, among many others. Magic, right?

Note: You must be on the actual page for the button to work; you can’t just push it on our Teaching Hub page and expect results!

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This week’s selection from the Daily Extends references Fleming’s Open Faculty Patchbook as its inspiration:

Create a quilt of your own, and tweet it to us #FlemingLDS and #oext75!

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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!