The Teaching Hub: Week Six, Spring 2017

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As faculty members at Fleming College, you may soon be handing your Spring 2017 course to another instructor while you go on your well-deserved summer break. Before you head off into the sunset, one thing to consider is how you might best hand the course off to your colleague so that it is not like this:

At Fleming, we call this the F72B7HO (Front Seven to Back Seven Hand Off). Actually no. No one has ever called it that. Until now.

It’s now the beginning of week 6. You have two weeks until it’s time to F72B7HO. We have a couple of suggestions throughout this post, but we don’t know the best hand-over routine out there. So please, tell us how you do it. Leave a comment at the bottom of this post to give your peers some ideas for a happy hand-off.

**FYI, the idea for the hand-off edition is brought to you by Tom Jenkins, a.k.a. DJ Jenky Jenks.**

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D2L Thing of the Week: Discussion Tool

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The discussion tool in D2L is a great way to set up reflective practice and to allow students a place to continue thinking about your course outside of face to face class times.

So, to help the new instructor, how about trying this? Post a discussion for your students to share their thoughts on the course so far.

“Tell [Back 7 Instructor] about the first half of the course and what you hope for the remainder of the semester.”

This could help the B7 Instructor join the course community in a nice, smooth, and flowing manner. Nice move, Front 7 instructor!

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 Tool of the Week: Communication Tools

A quick Google search provides 612 000 000 results for Communication Tools in 0.81 seconds. You can use one of those to keep a channel of communication open to the Back 7 instructor. Not necessarily for regular communication, but maybe just in case there’s something that comes up that only you can help to fix. Let us know how you plan to keep F72B7 communication channels open in the comments section below.

Ruler-300px Policies & Procedures

As part of your F72B7HO you may want to let the Back 7 Instructor (if they are new to Fleming) know about the Academic Regulations, which outline many of the important rules we need to follow as teachers and learners at Fleming College.

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Department: Convocation

While not technically a department, Convocation at Fleming takes the expertise and efforts of employees from a wide range of departments, across all campuses… with too many people deserving of thanks to list here. Convocation is an important celebration for our graduates and their families and friends.  Special thanks are owed to everyone who helps to make this celebration run so smoothly, and creating special memories for all involved! See one of those memories below.

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Convocation! Some students may possibly sort of look forward to this event. But much, MUCH more importantly, many staff members really look forward to this time. Why? Because they get to drive awesome golf carts and chat with grads! At the Sutherland campus convocations, the ceremony is held up at the Peterborough Sport & Wellness Centre. It’s a bit of a walk from the parking lot, so the college provides shuttles via these awesome golf carts. Fleming staff members covet this opportunity, even when it’s in the pouring rain. Congratulations to all the grads!

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Jodie Black, whose normal day job is as a Pedagogical Whisperer, doesn’t like it when other cart drivers try to take her customers

carrito-de-la-compra-300px Professional Development

There is an educational technology conference called Domains 17: Indie Ed-Tech and Other Curiosities. This conference would be of interest to us in the LDS Team, and many faculty and students at Fleming, as we move toward more open learning. But there are a couple of barriers to attending this conference:

  1. It is in Oklahoma City.
  2. It happened last week.

Is that going to stop us from getting something out of this conference? No! Because of the wonderful people of Virtually Connecting, there were sessions run in which people at the conference, including the keynote speaker, chatted with those who could not make it in person. And they were recorded! All of the recordings can be found on the Domains 17 Virtually Connecting blog post here.

For a quick look, the video of the first session is below. It was hosted by local terrible host Terry Greene who does a really bad job of introducing the whole thing. But the session in which they roam around the Domains Fair is great, nonetheless.

 

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The Open Faculty Patchbook is now up to 14 Patches! Here is the world leader board:

  • Fleming College: 9 Patches
  • Rest of the World: 5 Patches

The rest of the world is catching up! Two new patches came in in the last week from non-Fleming folks!

  1. Maha Bali from The American University in Cairo shared a patch she wrote with two of her colleagues called What We Learned From Co-Teaching
  2. Kisha Tracy from Fitchburgh State University in Massachusets shared her patch called Excuse Me. Why Is This Important?

Let us know if you want to get patchy with us, so we can maintain a healthy lead on the world.

1488160614-300px Information

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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The Teaching Hub: Week Five, Spring 2017

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Rear View Part Two: Reflect Harder


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This is the section where we check out our reflection in the rear view mirror… no wait. We take time to reflect on some more of the Professional Learning road trips that Fleming folks have been on this spring.

This week we are featuring the stories from our Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Workshops for our Faculty Pilot group and Lambton College’s Mobile Summit @ Centennial College.

Hope you enjoy the look back and get some ideas about what you’d like to try next as you move forward!!

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Day One of the  BYOD Workshop (look at all of that Technology  on the table)

aurium-Laptop-in-Line-Art-300px Learning Technology

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You can create group work areas for users with the Groups tool. You can use groups to organize student group work on projects and assignments. Groups can have their own group dropbox, group discussion board, and a hilariously small locker (1MB of storage space). Here are some ways Fleming faculty have used this tool:

  • Pick a time for an event/meeting;
  • Pick a presentation topic for class;
  • Pick a research topic for an assignment; and
  • Randomly generate groups.

To find out more about setting up Groups in D2L, check out this tip sheet.

Non-D2l Tool of the Week: Google Slides

Here’s a good reason to think of switching from PowerPoint to Google Slides:

“Anyone with the link can comment” ~ Google Slides

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So once you have made your googly slides (or have collaboratively made them with a co-teacher or, heck, why not even with your students?) you can provide the “can comment” link to your students. Now they can pop questions and comments exactly where they have their questions or comments. Maybe they don’t quite get something, or they have some pertinent examples to share. Either way, the slides are enriched by the interaction. BOO YEAH!


Ruler-300px Policies & Procedures

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The college that is named after this guy ↑ has been serious about Student Rights and Responsibilities for 50 years now.

Under the current iteration of the policy, the college is committed to providing “a climate of understanding and mutual respect for individual dignity and worth, in which each person has the opportunity to develop as an individual and contribute positively to the College Community.” (policy 5-506 SRR)

And the student is expected to “conduct themselves as responsible members of the College Community.” (policy 5-506 SRR)

Visit the Student Rights and Responsibilities site to learn about rights & responsibilities, complaints, and appeals processes.


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Do you like these pretty icons that lead to all the various student services? Do you want to see all of them in their natural habitat and find out what information they may lead to? Then take yourself to the Student Life tab on The Fleming Portal. And tell your students about it, too. It’s all for them, after all!


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To everyone in the world’s delight, the nickname for the Fleming College Student Hub, THE SHUB, is taking off and being accepted as awesome. Please take note of where you were when you learned this so that you can tell the people of the future your #SHUB origin story. Also, look for the newest issue of The Shub on June 9th.

Also, please join us in stealing their thunder and start calling the Teaching hub THE THUB.


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Hmmm. What have I learned lately?

Lately we’ve been collecting a bunch of reflections on various professional learning events Fleming folks have been lucky enough to participate in. The Engaging Teaching Section from this week and last week has shared a whole bunch of them. We know there are more reflections out there, though, and we want them!

Reflecting on what you’re doing is a great way to take what you learned, squish it more deeply into your brain, and make plans for how to use it. So, with that in mind, we would love, love, love it if you felt like sharing some of your reflections with us! Send us an email to let us know and we promise to edit out your swear words and share it in a future THUB.


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Two things to Chatter about this week:

  • Last week, in the Non-D2L Tool of the Week section, we featured Nearpod. Guess what? People love it! Sara Slater and Amanda Rochon have played around with it and have big plans for its use. Check it out.
  • The “Pertnear”: The latest patch of The Patchbook, by Tom Mikel from Urban Forestry and Arboriculture. Check it out. We think you’ll pertnear love it.

1488160614-300px Information

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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The Teaching Hub: Week One Spring 2017

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Welcome to a new semester of The Teaching Hub! This weekly blog post is here to dole out tips, ideas, and important information about teaching at Fleming College in measurable, timely chunks throughout the semester. We hope you enjoy it enough to check in every week, and maybe even get involved in sharing your ideas. This week we’re looking backward at last week’s Teaching & Learning Day, and forward to all the teaching & development about to happen over the next couple of months. Let’s do it!

Gerald-G-Fast-Food-Drinks-FF-Menu-8-300px Engaging Teaching

Although the Spring Teaching and Learning Day (T&L Day) was last week, we hope you are still energized from all the learning, eating, sharing, and laughing that we did together!!

At the close of the day, Katrina Van Osch-Saxon and Brian Saxon shared their expertise with us as they demonstrated the “Water Boil” challenge that is part of the Loggersports competition. You can check out their demonstration by watching this video:

We felt that their demonstration was a great way to wrap up the day,  as did faculty member and new fan of the Water Boil challenge, Nick Stone, who had this to say:

The water boil loggersports activity at the end of the Fleming College Spring Teaching and Learning day was more than just a bit of fun; it actually showcased the power of good instruction through demonstration. The water boil demonstration was thoughtfully planned and even included some lovely husband-and-wife banter, which made the task seem less intimidating and more fun. The demonstration itself provided enough information that the small groups were able to carry out the majority of the task without any difficulty. It also allowed the instructors to spend more time helping the participants refine the skills they were exposed to, which involved the instructors coaching teams with technique tips and safety concepts. 

You can also access all of the information, presentations, and resources from T&L Day on our website!

 

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D2L Thing of the Week

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Do you want any or all of these three things to happen for only 20 minutes of your time?

  1. Positive feedback that will make you feel a good feeling.
  2. A shiny (digital) badge that you will cherish forever.
  3. A bit of D2L know-how and the chance to see it from a student’s perspective.

Okay! You can self-register for Faculty D2L Level One here, in the Help & Information Widget (yellow header, right-hand side, scroll ⇓).

Non-D2L Thing of the Week

Collaborative Note-Taking. Click on this tweet for the whole sordid tale.

Those sneaky students! Collaborating together right under our noses! Creating notes from each class for the benefit of everyone! BRILLIANT! We have created a Co-Curricular Record position for students to take a leadership role in this task. If you would be so kind as to share this idea with your students, please do! Please have interested students contact us directly if they want to do it, at LDSTeam@flemingcollege.ca

johnny-automatic-file-cabnet-drawers-300px College Departments

Gone in 60 Seconds, College Department Edition

Would you like to know more about some of the other departments the College has, via videos with low production value? But not so much that you wouldn’t be willing to spend more than a minute doing so? Well, you’re in luck! Check out the Gone in 60 Seconds Videos, where we have posted 60-second videos of various college departments telling you what they do for faculty. Each week in this section of the Teaching Hub, we will delve a little deeper into one of the various departments and what they are willing to do for faculty.

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Ruler-300px Policies & Procedures

Class Absence Procedure

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Artistic vision via Sarah Beirness

…and if you’re not sure which one of Steve’s absences would have been approved, then check out the Class Absence Operating Procedure 2-205, stat!

Transmission-tower-by-Rones-300px Services for Students

Next week there will be a bunch of students showing up here at the college. They are a very important part of the college experience. Maybe they are even our raison d’être. They are so important to us here that many events and supports have been put in place to make sure they have a great start. These events can be categorized in your mind as Student Orientation. And what are the details of these events, you may ask? Well, here they are, we may answer.

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Interested in accessibility? Want to learn about the latest in adaptive technologies, A.O.D.A. standards, inclusive design, and more? Check out the 2017 Accessibility Conference: Becoming a Catalyst for Inclusion, hosted by the University of Guelph on May 30th and 31st, with a one day pre-conference option on May 29th.

If you’re interested in going, fill out the application here. 1-2 people will be sponsored to attend. The only price is your contribution to the deliverables of A.O.D.A. for Academics Working Group work. 

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This section is for following up on discussions that previous posts may have generated. As an example, Matt Ryan was one of the attendees of the Creative Commons Global Summit that we previewed in a Winter 2017 PD section. He wrote this lovely little reflection on his experience. Thanks for sharing, Matt!

1488160614-300px More Information

Looking for more information? 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

The Teaching Hub: Best of Fall 2016 Edition

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Thanks for the fun idea, Lonnie! This issue of The Teaching Hub includes the ‘best of’ for each category from Fall 2016, as voted on by people who don’t know any better. Ties were broken via sumo wrestling. Included are runners-up (The Penultimates) and then winners (The Ultimates) and a few Side Awards for good measure. Please direct any disbelief/discontentment at the results to @pancakes_lonnie.

teac hing icon  Engaging Teaching

The Engaging Teaching category is used to give teachers some new or used ideas for engaging learning activities as well as to give faculty a chance to share what they are doing/thinking about in their teaching. The runner up & the winner for this category both come from faculty sharing what they do. It seems the Academy of Teaching Hub Voters thought that was pretty awesome. Congrats to Amanda and George!

Runner up: Amanda Mushynski’s ‘Here comes the Blog’ from Week 12

blobbbbbOnce in a while, the world is kind enough to give us worthy sequels like The Dark Knight, The Empire Strikes Back, and Hamlet 2. Today is another one of those days. We are proud to debut a second edition to Speakers Corner! You may have seen the original, by George Fogarasi, released back in 2016. Well, the sequel is coming to you from Amanda Mushynski of the PharmTech program and she is going to take you on an adventure into the world of Open Learning Communities through blogging. We’ve already read and enjoyed the article immensely ourselves, so we’re going to go watch Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, but go ahead and check it out to see if the exciting things PharmTech are doing could work for you (and even see some of the great work the students are doing). Check out Here Comes the BLOG!


Winner: George Fogarasi’s Digital Dance from Week 10

This week’s special episode of Engaging Teaching has a guest speaker! And by speaker, wespeaskers corner.gif mean that our guest speaker has written an article for us using digital tools that include a keyboard and a Word document. So it’s almost like he is speaking to us through the written word, like a writer! Anyway, our guest speaker this week is none other than George Fogarasi! George imparts concepts, skills, and ideas to students in a number of General Arts and Science courses. If you ever get the chance to have a chat with him, try not to let his enthusiasm and passion about just about anything rub off on you. I dare you! We asked George to speak to us, through writing down words, about Digital Pedagogy. He came back to us with a Digital Dance. Check it out, it’s great.

tech icon  Learning Technology

The Learning Technology section is used to tell you about digital tools, old and new, and some ways that you may be able to use them in your teaching.


Runner up: Faculty D2L Level 2 from Week 3

We’ve heard your feedback, and are proud to announce Faculty D2L Level Two is NOW available…

d2llevel2In this mastery-level course you will:

  1. Spend time thinking and learning about new ways to create and present content in your course pages;
  2. Learn and try out the new Virtual Classroom tool and other communication tools; and
  3. Learn about rubrics, and badges, and awards… oh my!

You can self-register for Level TWO on D2L, in the Help and Information Widget (yellow-header, right-hand side, scroll ⇓).

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Winner: Twitter Blog Combo Package from Week 12 (in Course Outline Format)

Course Title: The Twitter-Blog Learning Community Combo Package

Course Hours: 0.02    Pre-requisite: The ‘Here Comes The BLOG‘ article on Open Learning Communities Amanda Mushynski wrote that we just told you about in the previous section.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Consider using some of the ideas that Amanda has used to build learning community.

Learning Resources: To be honest, this fake course outline is the learning resource itself.

Assessment Summary: Learning Community Development Plan (100%). Please email it to alana.callan@flemingcollege.ca for feedback within the hour (no less than 50 pages)

Learning Plan: So just like, read the article and think about it and let it take you down any road you wish. You can contact Amanda or us if you’d like to try something and need some help!

Course Fee: $5 cash money discreetly slipped under the door of C1203.8


polci icon Policies & Procedures

The Policy & Procedures section is the timeliest of sections, as we try to pick the most pertinent college policy or procedure for that week to share to you. Because really, how much policy and or procedure can you really take at one time? Small doses are best.


Runner Up: Copyright from week 9

In honour of the Library, we have foregone the written word to provide you with a video interview about copyright policy. Turn up your volume because the camera-person who shot this video is a hack. And turn on the closed captioning. That helps.

See the Library’s dandy copyright libguide site by clicking those colourful words from earlier in this sentence that say ‘copyright libguide’. Marcia is at extension 1356 or copyright@flemingcollege.ca


Winner: Attribution from week 10

We’re playing fast and loose with the concept of a policy this week, because it is not a policy as much as it’s a suggested cool thing to do. It does involve procedure, so there’s that! This week we want to talk about attribution. Now first, let’s get trivial details like an explanation out of the way: By attribution, we mean that when you’re looking for (Creative Commons properly licensed) photos and stuff to add to your course pages (and other online spaces), you should be cool about it and give attribution. As in tell us where you got the picture so the artist gets some cred and feels good about themselves for contributing to a greater world.

hackeysackHere’s an example: At our Fall Teaching & Learning Day, we wanted to sort people into groups of four for an active learning activity. We Photoshopped famous active learner Judith Limkilde into various scenes. From there we created simple puzzles and gave everyone one piece so people could find each other and put it together to form a group. All images were found through Creative Commons Search and then used this flickr CC attribution helper tool (which saves this all from being a huge pain in the behind) to add attribution to the images, as you can see here. Now everyone is happy! Judith gets to do all these great activities, and the original photographers get the credit they deserve.


dept icon  College Departments

The College Department of the Week section is used for two things:

  1. To let faculty know what various college departments can do for them &
  2. To make up a fake battle-of-the-week that never really happened to determine the winners.

Side Award: best fake department of the week contest-The Battle of the Ska Bands from Week 5

This week, we held a battle of the ska bands for the glory of being the Teaching Hub Department of the Week. The Library’s house band, The Mighty Mighty Bosstomes, led by David Luinstra, brought down the house with their rendition of “Bad in Plaid.”


Runner up Department of The Week: IT Service Desk from Week 4

Winner of The Department of The Week Cage Match is the IT Service Desk! Check out this documentary directed by Alana Callan and starring Rick Robinson. Rick tells Alana how they are truly here for everyone.

and check out their website here.


Winner: Academic Operations and the Course Outline Due Date from week 12

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Sutherland Campus, Grid Version

In this week’s department of the week contest, we actually figured out how to send people into The Grid to have one of those Light-Cycle battles like in Tron. To date, Academic Operations is the only department to have made it back out. We’re sure the others are okay… While we wait and hope for the others to return from their digital nightmares, Academic Operations wanted us to give you a Pop Quiz! Here we go!

 

What do these 3 important events have in common?

  • 1901 – Walt Disney was born
  • 1933 – United States ends Prohibition with the ratification of the 21st Amendment
  • 2016 – Winter course outlines are due at Fleming College

Ding ding ding! These things all happen on December 5th! That’s right folks, your course outlines for the winter semester are due on December 5th. If you have questions about your course outlines, check out the How-to Guides and the FAQ from Academic Operations. Also, please if you know how to do a Human Grid Extraction, let us know.


student service icon  Services for Students

The Services for Students section is all about trickle-down. We let you know about something the students might want to know about, and hope that you in turn let them know about it. It’s a reverse pyramid scheme, or something.


Runner up: Text to Speech from Week 5

listen to this video while you read along to this week’s Services for Students section

Do you want to listen to, instead of read, your Microsoft Word documents? Of course you do (or you at least want to try it out)! It’s fun, easy, and free!

  1. Create a word document. We recommend putting funny phrases into it to practice and make yourself laugh. Or use an actual document. You pick. Check out this how-to video or the Accessibility Centre tip sheets to learn more about making a Word document accessible to screen readers.
  2. Add Speak to your Word quick access toolbar. Here are step-by-step instructions. Then highlight the words you want to read and get ready to listen to all the funny stuff you wrote in the Word document.
  3. Spread the word that text-to-speech software is the coolest! Share it with your students, your colleagues, your neighbours, and especially your barista.

Disclaimer: We know the Microsoft reader voice isn’t everyone’s cup of tea at first, but hey, it might just grow on you. Do you have other tech you use for text-to-speech? Share please!


Winner: Student Life Tab from Week 6

According to Google, a portal is “a doorway, gate, or entrance, especially a large and elaborate one.”  Fleming College originally wanted to call its portal The Especially Large and Elaborate Entrance, but it just didn’t quite stick. This week in the Services for Students section, we want to highlight how the portal has recently become more especially awesome and grand.

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Student Services has put together a snazzy new Student Life tab in the portal to help students (and faculty and staff!) find the right resources when they need them.

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pretty slick looking, eh?

Clicking on the pretty icons gives you a list of available resources, and there’s even a link for staff-only resources, including the CCR. Now, to give credence to the CCR, we need to be clear that it is not the doo-doo-doo looking out your backdoor kind of CCR, but the Co-Curricular Record kind of CCR. Both CCRs are awesome. Check out Fleming’s CCR in the Student Life Portal while listening to the other CCR, linked below from their verified Youtube account.


pdicon Professional Development

The Professional Development section is to share with you things you can do to develop in a professional way. These opportunities can be big or small or even kind of medium sized.


Runner Up: Top Ten Conferences from Week 8

This post was from week 8 was moved to our department site to keep forever and ever. Check out the Top Ten Conferences we thought you might be interested in!

Number 10

 


Winner: UDL comes alive from Week 10

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This zombie-reminiscent headline might seem like it belongs back in our “Spooky” edition, but it’s really just the title of the Universal Design for Learning presentations held at George Brown College during week 8. Several faculty members attended the Introduction to UDL session, while members of our very own LDS Team attended the UDL Presenters’ Academy, both hosted by CAST. Participants learned about how to address the learner variability in every classroom, and how to support students to become expert learners. Stay tuned for more from those who participated in the sessions…
For now, here’s Mary’s first attempt at a Storify (with thanks to Alana for the inspiration!), including some tweets (#UDLComesAlive) from that day: https://storify.com/maryoverholt/getting-started


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The Chatter section is normally used to beg you, the reader, to get involved by commenting or sharing some teachy-type stuff with us. This week, we’re using it for more silly awards.


Side Award: Best Edition.

In week 5 we started to give some flavour to the editions.

Runner Up: The Bike is Upside Down Edition

Through the magic of Photoshop, we flipped the bike around and called it a day on naming that week’s post.

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Winner: The Pumpkin Spice Edition

If they can have Pumpkin Spiced Mini-Wheats (which were kind of gross, btw) we can have a Pumpkin-Spiced blog post.

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Side Award: Best beg for help

We unabashedly begged for your involvement in the Hub. Our favorite was the time we devoted a whole edition to begging in the Call for Help Edition in which we asked for help with Open Faculty Development Textbook Project


Side Award: Best comment

We love it when people comment on our posts, especially when the comment shares new ideas and insights. However, in the spirit of it being the end of the semester and brains are running out of thinking energy, here is the comment to which we have awarded the Best Comment Award:

What do we win – what do we win – is it chocolate???

Comment by ‘A’ left on November 28th


Side Award: Best heckle by Lonnie

Oh Lonnie, thorn in our side and wind beneath our wings. Here is our favorite Lonnie comment:


Side Award: Best Award

This right here ‘best award’ award is awarded the ‘best award’ award.

info icon More Information

This section is used to let you know how to get in touch with us and stuff. We did it well in week 11 and really knocked it out of the park in week 2.


Runner Up: Week 11

Looking for more information? 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!


Winner: Week 2

Looking for more information? 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!

 

See you next year!

The Teaching Hub: Post 11, Week 10

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teac hing icon Engaging Teaching

 This week’s special episode of Engaging Teaching has a guest speaker! And by speaker, wespeaskers corner.gif mean that our guest speaker has written an article for us using digital tools that include a keyboard and a Word document. So it’s almost like he is speaking to us through the written word, like a writer! Anyway, our guest speaker this week is none other than George Fogarasi! George imparts concepts, skills, and ideas to students in a number of General Arts and Science courses. If you ever get the chance to have a chat with him, try not to let his enthusiasm and passion about just about anything rub off on you. I dare you! We asked George to speak to us, through writing down words, about Digital Pedagogy. He came back to us with a Digital Dance. Check it out, it’s great.

tech icon Learning Technology

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Our friend Terry Greene was at the #opened16 conference last week and in anticipation of his arrival back at the ranch, we wanted to do him a solid and talk about Open Educational Resources, also affectionately known as OERs.

What are OERs, you ask? OERs:

…are freely accessible, openly licensed documents and media that are useful for teaching, learning, and assessing, as well as for research purposes.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_educational_resources

OER Commons is a great resource for checking out resources or finding out what is available for your topic or course.

In the example below I did a quick search for “College Level Law Textbooks;” the results will AMAZE you… well, not amaze really, but show you that the search came back with results…

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Wondering why OERs might be worth a look? Check out 7 Things You Should Know about Open Educational Resources… you know you wanna!

dept icon College Departments

If you read further down this post, you will literally hear us tooting our own horn…

This week, the LDS Team won the Department of the Week competition by placing an admirable 2nd in the costume and pumpkin carving contest at Sutherland campus.

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As your proudly penultimate department, we are featuring ourselves this week!

The Learning Design and Support Team is a mobile, project-based team who is ready to help you with teaching, learning design, learning technology, and professional learning. We are here for you and will apparate whenever we are needed – for projects and questions big and small!


callingcardHave questions about teaching and learning? Need to talk over an assessment idea? Want to integrate more technology into your course? Have a learning activity to share with others? Contact us! You can email us at LDSTeam@flemingcollege.ca, call us at extension 1216, follow us on Twitter @FlemingLDS,  or click your heels three times and say “the solution is in the design” over and over. Honestly, the first 3 options will probably get you the quickest response.

Look for us in the hallways over the next few weeks as we drop in to see you, offer help, accept bribes, and leave our calling cards.

polci icon Policies & Procedures

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http://gph.is/1MOXZ2J?tc=1 via @giphy

We’re playing fast and loose with the concept of a policy this week, because it is not a policy as much as it’s a suggested cool thing to do. It does involve procedure, so there’s that! This week we want to talk about attribution. 

Now first, let’s get trivial details like an explanation out of the way: By attribution, we mean that when you’re looking for (Creative Commons properly licensed) photos and stuff to add to your course pages (and other online spaces), you should be cool about it and give attribution. As in tell us where you got the picture so the artist gets some cred and feels good about themselves for contributing to a greater world.

hackeysackHere’s an example: At our Fall Teaching & Learning Day, we wanted to sort people into groups of four for an active learning activity. We Photoshopped famous active learner Judith Limkilde into various scenes. From there we created simple puzzles and gave everyone one piece so people could find each other and put it together to form a group. All images were found through Creative Commons Search and then used this flickr CC attribution helper tool (which saves this all from being a huge pain in the behind) to add attribution to the images, as you can see here. Now everyone is happy! Judith gets to do all these great activities, and the original photographers get the credit they deserve.

student service icon Services for Students

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There’s no better time than the end-of-semester crunch for students to blow off some steam in a healthy way. Luckily, Fleming has a variety of options for our students when it comes to Athletics & Recreation (with thanks to the new Student Life Portal for the information!). We even have a Loggersports team; for those who’ve never witnessed that awesomeness, well, you missed the big competition that happened at the Frost Campus on Saturday… but here’s a video from Fleming’s Twitter feed to give you a little peek:

pdiconProfessional Development

michael_jackson UDL Comes Alive

This zombie-reminiscent headline might seem like it belongs back in our “Spooky” edition, but it’s really just the title of the Universal Design for Learning presentations held at George Brown College during week 8. Several faculty members attended the Introduction to UDL session, while members of our very own LDS Team attended the UDL Presenters’ Academy, both hosted by CAST. Participants learned about how to address the learner variability in every classroom, and how to support students to become expert learners. Stay tuned for more from those who participated in the sessions…
For now, here’s Mary’s first attempt at a Storify (with thanks to Alana for the inspiration!), including some tweets (#UDLComesAlive) from that day:
https://storify.com/maryoverholt/getting-started

communicate icon Chatter

fleming_zoneMost of the chatter this week was about last week’s Teaching and Learning Day, so we are are literally going to toot our own horn… before good ol’ Lonnie rains on our parade…!

Fleming College’s own Laura Copeland featured pictures taken during the “Classroom Creep” portion of the day, and we appreciate her coverage of the event in the Fleming Zone, from October 31, 2016 (you’ll need to log in to read the article).

We are also soliciting feedback on the day via this Google survey. We are already starting to plan the next Teaching and Learning Day, which will happen on Wednesday March 1, 2017. Your feedback is greatly appreciated and will help shape the next event. You may even want to be part of presenting the day’s events; we’d  be happy to have you involved!

Public Service Announcement:
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Reef Polling Demonstration

Tuesday, November 8th from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. in Room B2 345
Gilaine Waterbury, the Senior Sales Specialist from McMillan Learning Company (REEF Polling by iClicker), has agreed to come to Fleming to give a demonstration on REEF Polling and answer questions we may have. All are welcome. For further information, contact Sylvia Cashmore at
sylvia.cashmore@flemingcollege.ca.

info icon More Information

Looking for more information? 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!

Teaching Hub: Post Ten, Week Nine

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Let’s open this Hub post with a tweet from afar. Amber participated in our Active Learning Daily Create (more about that below) in a mildly snarky way and who doesn’t like a little snark now and again! Enjoy!

communicate icon Chatter

We’ve temporarily relocated the Chatter section to the prime real estate at the top of the page for reasons that will become clear in the next run-on sentence. The chatter section is all about connecting and last week many of us chattered all together in person at The Fall Teaching & Learning Day and that chatter spilled onto the Internet in ways we can only begin to imagine. Okay, well, it spilled onto the Internet in one way that we’ll tell you about now.

It was all about active learning so we got everyone actively involved in creating a video about what active learning means to them. The open digital storytelling course ds106 dedicated their Daily Create to us for that day. Currently, there are 25 responses to that create, ten of those by Fleming folks and the rest by people from far away places like Denmark, Oregon, Washington and Virginia (including that silly bear at the top of the page). Below is a playlist of the videos that we created right there and then. Enjoy watching them. They are terrific! Thank you everyone!

If you follow the #FlemingLDS hashtag on twitter, here is some of the Chatter that happened  during the day! [View the story “Active Learning Day @FlemingCollege” on Storify]

Also, please read very carefully through the whole post for clues about door prize winners and how to give us feedback on the Teaching & Learning Day (hint, they are clearly stated in the More Information section at the end)

teac hing icon  Engaging Teaching

What do you think Open Education is? What would an open educational practice look like?
Most of us are familiar with MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). MOOCs  represent one side of the scale of openness, but there are lots of points/practices as you slide the scale over. When you think of the word ‘open’ it conjures up lots of images and ideas. These images and ideas contribute to the definition of  what open education is.

“Open education is a philosophy about the way people should produce, share, and build on knowledge.graphic-design

 Promoting collaboration is central to open education…. sharing is probably the most basic characteristic of education: education is sharing knowledge, insights and information with others, upon which new knowledge, skills, ideas and understanding can be built.” (What is Open Education, https://opensource.com/resources/what-open-education )
Teaching and learning in the open encourages you to build on your knowledge, gain a better understanding, and collaborate with other learners (who are possibly colleagues).
During Week 8 (also affectionately known as Break Week), there was a lot of sharing going on. This hub post is partially a testament to open learning AND open educational practices. Participants of the Teaching and Learning Day collaborated, produced, shared knowledge, and information that they created. We were very inspired by all of the openness!
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tech icon pdiconLearning Technology & Professional Development

We have a twofer everybody! 2 for 1 deals are the future of education and we are providing that right now by combining the Learning Technology section with the Professional Development section. (Can you tell we’re tight for time?)

Here’s a tip: you can connect live to educational conferences that you’d otherwise not be able to attend. That is the service that Virtually Connecting provides, through the magic of Twitter and Live YouTube streams. A wonderful person named Maha Bali, along with others, organizes it by asking the people who are actually at the conference to get together in an empty room, turn on their computers and connect with offsite people. If you are not at the conference, you can sign up to be a virtual guest in which you will be involved in the live discussion, or you can simply tune in to the live feed (listed on their site) and watch. And next time you’re at a conference that VC is involved with, you can pay it forward and be on the other end! It’s great! Here’s a quote from their site:

The purpose of Virtually Connecting is to enliven virtual participation in academic conferences, widening access to a fuller conference experience for those who cannot be physically present at conferences. We are a team of volunteers and it is always free to participate.

Coincidentally, there is a conference next week in Richmond, Virginia called OpenEd16 and Terry Greene will be there, virtually connecting back to you!  Terry will be a Virtually Connecting ‘Onsite Guest’ for a session on Wednesday, November 2nd at 12:30. The sessions are simply conversations revolving around conference topics and issues that come up. Tune in then if you want to see him try to look smart with smarter-than-him people. It will probably be pretty funny to see.

dept icon College Departments

This week, for the 2nd time this semester, the Library won the Department of The Week competition. They won it by so much that we are actually dedicating three sections to them. We in the LDS Team are licking our wounds and wondering just how they dominated us so badly in the American Gladiators course that we set up in the lower cafeteria. They really took it to us.LOOINSTRA.gif
So please, see the spoils of their victory in the next two sections: Services for Students (ePortfolio help) and Policies & Procedures (copyright). They are a helpful bunch aren’t they? Don’t mess with them, though. They are feisty, too.

student service icon Services for Students

Did you know that a whole wack of students this year are starting blogs for their work in COMM 201? Did you know that maybe a collection of work in those blogs or even the blog itself could become thought of as an ePortfolio by said students? Cool, eh? Yes it is cool, thank you for mentioning that. What does that have to do with the Library? Well, obviously I’m going to tell you, geez! The library employs human workers who are programmed to help students with things. One of those things is the who, what, when, where, why and how of ePortfolios. To prove this to you, below is a quote from one of those library human workers:

The Library’s Request -a- Workshop Menu now includes ePortfolios, and we have delivered several, well-received workshops for a number of program areas.   This topic was a popular student choice for attendees of our new Information Literacy Certificate workshops.   We have also created an ePortfolio Resource Guide that lists a variety of platforms and digital tools, provides help and examples, and answers some basic questions about ePortfolios. Please get in touch to discuss any ways we can customize our support for your students in this area.

Carmen Gelette, Library Human

polci icon Policies & Procedures

In honour of the Library, we have foregone the written word to provide you with a video interview about copyright policy. Turn up your volume because the camera person who shot this video is a hack. And turn on the closed captioning. That helps.

See the Library’s dandy copyright libguide site by clicking those blue words from earlier in this sentence that say ‘copyright libguide’. Marcia is at extension 1356 or copyright@flemingcollege.ca

info icon More Information

Here’s the link to a feedback survey https://goo.gl/forms/dbnLNYIvQawJQeqL2 for The Teaching & Learning Day. If you were not able to attend, it would be wrong of you to go in and give us very, very positive feedback. Don’t do that. We will do that ourselves. Also, the door prize winners are:

Spa Gift Certificate – Suzanne Hooke

Google Cardboards:

And Kimberley Payne (@FitForFaith) won one as well! Congrats! Can I borrow it?

Looking for more information? 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!

Teaching Hub: Post Nine, Week Eight

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teac hing icon Engaging Teaching

Do you know what “flipped learning” means? If you ask the Learning Design & Support Team, they’d probably tell you that it is either learning how to do a flip, or that you can learn anything whilst flipping on a trampoline. They try, they really do, but sometimes you gotta wonder about them.

Here’s what flipped learning really is: structuring learning so that content is delivered to students before meeting as a class, rather than delivering content in class. That way, so the story goes, you can focus your time together on applying the content to projects and practice, and give feedback in person right as it happens. In other words, you can really crank up the active learning. ‘Tis is a noble quest, but it can be tricky if not all students come well prepared. So maybe just flip a little bit to start if you want to try it. You don’t want it to end up being flopped learning.


flickr photo shared by JAIRO BD under a Creative Commons ( BY ) license

Why are we mentioning flipped learning, right here, right now? Well, don’t flip out, but there is an ulterior motive. We want to flip the learning (only a little bit) for our week 8 Teaching & Learning Day this Thursday. So, if you are coming, we’d like you to spend a little bit of time thinking about what active learning means to you, and ways that you get your students actively learning. If you do this pre-thinking, you will be ready to actively participate in the opening session in which you will join a team effort to create something that shows active learning.

tech icon Learning Technology

Once upon a time, in the heart of The University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, a course called ds106 was born (the “ds” stands for digital storytelling). This course attempts to use technology to tell stories, and to tell other people how to do it. And not just for UMW students. Nay! Anyone with the wherewithal to get involved and make some fun digital stuff is invited. Thus was born an online learning community that pulls you in for life and never lets you go. A community which now spans the globe and possibly even the universe. Oh, and one of the main things they do is called the Daily Create, in which you make something and share it with everyone and everyone lives happily ever after.

ds106.pngGuess what? You just read a digital story! Granted, it is not well written, is only text, and the details are sparse, but it is in digital format and story-ish, so it counts. On Thursday, if you are coming to our Teaching & Learning Day that we have been constantly going on and on about, we will be joining in on one of those ds106 Daily Creates. In fact, the Daily Create for that day will be in Fleming’s honour, which is a great honour. At the beginning of the day, we will give you directions on how to get going, but in the meantime, check out the Digital Storytelling instructions we’ve prepared for the Makerspace on that day and all days after that. The Makerspace will be a magical free-for-all where no technological tool will go untouched, so make sure to wear sensible shoes. Hope to see you there!

polci icon Policies & Procedures

Policies Under Construction

During the Makerspace on Thursday, Sarah Beirness will be hosting a booth (and by booth, we mean she will be in a space with a table and some chairs that may or may not fit your definition of booth) for you to ask questions about the work Academic Council has been doing over the past two years. Like, for instance, did you know that working groups of Academic Council have revised or are in the process of revising the following policies/procedures? 

Academic Integrity | Academic Appeals | Class Absence Procedure

Academic Advising | Applied Projects | Credit/Grade Standards

If you didn’t know that, just pretend like you did since we have no way of knowing if you knew or not. Let’s just move on with our lives now that we either know, or continue to know, what Academic Council has been up to.

If you have thoughts about any of these policies, or want to get involved in a working group, come visit Sarah during the latest of her “pop ups”. She’ll be in the Makerspace from 11:20 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on Thursday. Only there and then can we finally end the debate on whether or not she is hosting in what can be really be called a booth, or if it is some sort of puppet booth. #boothgate
flickr photo shared by Tracy Hunter under a Creative Commons ( BY ) license

dept icon  College Departments

This week’s department-of-the-week isn’t a department per se, but they are a group of people who do things for the college, so we invited them to our College Department Battle of the Week anyway. This week we held an IQ 2000 Game Night and, on the strength of Sarah Beirness’s knowledge of 80’s Saturday morning cartoons, Academic Council made it to Planet Quizaar first and won the honour to say the following:

Did you know that Academic Council now has its very own website! Please visit the Academic Council website for meeting information, meeting packages, terms of reference, and a Fall 2016 welcome message from Academic Council Chair, Thom Luloff.

Be sure to connect with the Academic Council Representative for your school or area to bring forward ideas, issues, or concerns that affect the academic division at Fleming College. Also, visit the Academic Council ‘booth’ during the Makerspace on Thursday (scroll up to the previous piece for more information)!

student service icon Services for Students

Gee, thanks, Lonnie. We might need to start thinking about blocking her on Twitter. If students are falling asleep in class, do you: A) offer them a pillow B) talk louder C) refer them to the Sleep Smart workshop on Nov. 1! D) all of the above?

It’s week 8 and the students are probably all nestled in their beds catching up on some much-needed sleep. Sleep is awesome! Just ask Arianna Huffington, or Rip Van Winkle, or a hibernating bear. If you can’t get a hold of any of them, you can also ask Counselling Services. As part of the Campus Health Workshop Series, Counselling Services will host a Sleep Smart workshop on November 1st from 3-4:30 in room TBC. Hosted by Fleming’s very own Reta Wright, a counsellor with 20+ years experience in the sleep industry, students will learn about why sleep matters to student success (aka if you don’t snooze, you lose!). #sleeprevolution

pdicon *New!* Professional Development

We have a new category, everyone! Now, let’s not over-celebrate this, but it is a pretty big deal. Do you like the new icon for it? It’s a shopping cart with a plus sign, as in “add to cart”, as in “add more stuff to my brain”. Wouldn’t that be cool if you could just add knowledge to your cart and upload it to your brain? We would all be cyborgs in no time. Actually, maybe this is a bad idea.

Anyway, in this section we’ll talk about professional development opportunities. If you have any you’d wish to promote, let us know!

This Week: Top Ten Conferences

Number 10

Advancing Learning http://www.advancinglearning.ca/2016/ but hold the date for June 2017 and we’ll post new information as soon as it is available!! This conference is hosted by and for Ontario Colleges and focuses on teaching and learning AND educational technology.

Number 9Digital Media and Learning Conference http://dml2016.dmlhub.net/ Love their tag line: Let’s Build. Let’s Design. Let’s Solve! Check out the twitter feed from the recent #2016DML event and mark your calendars for DML2017 (first week of October).

Number 8Open Education Conference http://openedconference.org/2016/ Everything OER and beyond is talked about at this annual conference. Our very own Terry Greene will be attending this one and will be sure to share his learnins’ with us. Follow the conversation on #OpenEd16 and look for it in 2017.

Number 7You’ve heard of ComicCon… well, now we have OpenCon http://www.opencon2016.org/. This event is SO open that you can attend in person (by application only) BUT everyone can attend virtually http://www.opencon2016.org/opencon_2016_live. Mark November 12 – 14, 2016 on your calendars and no need to pack a bag!

Number 6CONNECT 2017 http://www.canconnected.com/ It’s billed as Canada’s Learning and Technology Conference, and has become of one of the bigger ones to attend. It offers different streams for teachers, leaders, technologists, and librarians. The date for the upcoming conference is April 25 – 28, 2017.

Number 5BringITTogether.ca is a common favourite: http://bringittogether.ca/. It was born out of the desire to bring teaching and technology together! This year’s conference is coming up quickly, from November 9-11, so get in quick if you are interested in attending. Alana Callan is attending this year’s event and will share what she learns when she comes back from Niagara!

Number 4Celebrating Great Teaching is a local favourite http://www.algonquincollege.com/cgt/, and is billed as a retreat, not a conference. It is hosted in May so mark your calendars when the information gets published!

Number 3The STLHE Conference, hosted by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education https://www.stlhe.ca/conferences-events/stlhe-annual-conference/, is being held in Halifax this June! If going to Halifax in June isn’t enough to get you there, the focus of the conference, “Cultures, Transitions, and Transformations,” may get you interested!

Number 2Oh Ya… Vegas Baby!! D2L Fusion is at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada this upcoming July https://www.d2l.com/events/fusion/. Learn about new advances with D2L, lots of sessions on teaching, engagement, innovations, and education trends… and it’s in VEGAS!

Number 1The e-Learning and Innovative Pedagogies Conference http://ubi-learn.com/2017-conference/format we be held in Canada in 2017, and if previous conference information is accurate, it is one to put on the bucket list… There is not a lot of information available on this conference yet, so stay tuned!

communicate icon Chatter

Last week, we are mildly ashamed to admit, we used a little guilt-shaming in order to get more comments. And it worked! So far, we’ve received three more comments than the previous week, for a total of three (+ 3 responses from us).hsad

In last week’s post, we described the Week 8 Makerspace that we will be hosting as part of the Teaching & Learning Day. That prompted Kyra Cockwell to let us know about the more permanent makerspace, called the Centre for Making, just being completed up in Haliburton, which sounds amazing. Here are some details about it: through a grant from Haliburton County Development Corporation, the Centre for Making at the Haliburton School of Art + Design houses 3D printers, a laser cutter, a vinyl cutter, and an industrial sewing machine. Additionally, the space provides access to education and support for students, staff, faculty, and community members (including local businesses and individual citizens). It will allow students to work outside of the “comfort zone” of their programs. For example, a ceramics student could create a prototype of their piece digitally and on the 3D printer before creating it with clay. So cool. We want to go to there.

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Looking for more information? 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!

Teaching Hub: Post Eight, Week Seven

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Be sure to RSVP for the Week 8 Teaching & Learning Day! Registration has been extended until 4:00 p.m. on Monday, October 17th just in case this post convinces you to join us.

teac hing icon Engaging Teaching

Classroom Creepin’

Click play in a creepy way on the creepy music which was copyright-freely shared while you read this creepy section in order to build a creepy ambiance for the creepy things that will be happening next creepy week.

At the Teaching & Learning Day next Thursday, you’ll get the opportunity to get your creep on and peek into how active learning looks in different spaces (high-tech/low-tech/ even-in-between-tech). You will creep, lurk and sneak from stop to stop, spending creepy minutes experiencing and discussing active learning opportunities in different learning spaces. Active learning spaces are designed with the content, learners and engaging learning experiences in mind. See these Principles for Designing Teaching and Learning Spaces from McGill.

On the Classroom Creepin’ Tour, you’ll explore active learning with handheld devices, whiteboards and group work, among other creepy activities. We’ll discuss active learning techniques and how students and teachers can best make use of different spaces. You will be asked to consider how you might adapt the active learning ideas to your space, content and style, if you dare! MWAHAHAHA!


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You may be scratching your head wondering what a ‘makerspace’ is. Well hopefully the next quoted lines of text that you read will provide you with some context and a ‘definition’. Words are amazing!

“A makerspace is a physical location where people gather to share resources and knowledge, work on projects, network, and build.”

From: 7 things you should know about… https://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/eli7095.pdf

We have taken and ‘Flemingized’ the makerspace concept (why not right??) and included two places where the makerspace will happen. The physical location of our makerspace will be the social learning spaces in the D Wing (KTTC) as well as in the computer lab that overlooks the social learning space.

A large part of our focus for Week 8’s makerspace is ‘Digital Storytelling’. We will have a host of stations in the computer lab area of the makerspace where we can use tools associated with digital storytelling. Such as:

  • How to record audio for podcasts
  • How to create and adapt videos, images & animated gifs
  • How to create your portfolio or start a bloglonnie.gif

In fact, in order to make this makerspace seem more real to you, here is a sampling of what you can expect at our makerspace in this digital storybook that we created…

What is a Maker Space? A story told by Flipping Book


polci icon Policies & Procedures

Navigating Attendance & Accommodations

Did you know that Fleming has a new Class Absence Procedure? It appeared in a previous Teaching Hub post, so our collective self-esteem in the LDS Team is currently riding on the fact that you’ve heard about it before. Also, have you read the memo regarding Retroactive Accommodations and are looking for more information?

The Navigating Attendance & Accommodations session at our October 27th Teaching & Learning Day will explore the relationship between the Class Absence Procedure and retroactive accommodations, using case scenarios, and we’ll discuss how in this instance, accommodations don’t mean what they usually do at Fleming. A panel of Fleming staff will be on hand to help us actively work through the scenarios, and collaboratively come up with possible solutions to more complicated situations. 


student service icon Services for Students

**Health warning: If you are able to take advantage of all of the tips below, we cannot promise that it won’t make the neurons in your brain fire so hard that they shoot out your ears. **

Passive learning is so passe, that’s why the Learning Strategies team at Fleming loves active learning! They’re always on trend. Also, active learning supports memory, attention, processing, abstract thinking, expression and lots of other brainy stuff. Creating a study tool is one way that the Learning Strategies team helps students practice active learning. Creating your own study tool (instead of reading and re-reading notes) supports long-term memory, provides feedback opportunities, nurtures creativity, and generally makes everything in the world better. Layer up your study tools with the 6 strategies for effective learning from the Learning Scientists listed below and you’ll have some serious neurons firing. Also, no promises, but we may also link to videos elaborating on the list afterwards.

  1.    Elaboration – explain and describe ideas with many details
  2.    Retrieval Practice – practice bringing information to mind
  3.    Spaced Practice – space out your studying over time
  4.    Dual Coding – combine words and visuals
  5.    Interleaving – switch between ideas when you study
  6.    Concrete Examples – use specific examples to understand abstract ideas

…and here’s the link to the videos  that we didn’t even promise to provide. If you let your students know about these strategies, they will go on to become so successful that you may get invited to dinner at their moon cottage some day.

Fleming has some internal resources, too.  Check out the tip sheets on the Success Strategies resources page. And hey! You can make your own study tool with Laura Gibson, Learning Strategist extraordinaire, at the MakerSpace on the Teaching and Learning Day.

 dept icon College Departments

This week, in order to determine who gets to say a thing or two in this space, we held an ‘Extreme Ironing‘ competition. Our own Learning Design & Support Team member Terry won the competition by perfectly pressing a pair of corduroy slacks while paddle-boarding on the Otonabee River. We failed to mention to him that we never actually invited any of the other departments to join the competition, but we all got a kick out of the spectacle.

So, what do we want to say to you in our hard-won space? It’s simple. We want to let you know that we are excited to host the October 27th Teaching & Learning Day! Here are our hopes and dreams for what you, the participant, will get out of the day:

  • Learn different ways to make learning experiences more active
  • Experience some active learning yourselves
  • Make something that will contribute to active learning in your courses
  • Contribute to our “What is Active Learning” documentary

Hope to see you there! And if you can’t make it, stay tuned for the aforementioned documentary before it goes on its unlikely run through international film festivals.


communicate icon Chatter

Nothing but crickets last week in the chatter department! Holler at us via comment section below. We’re so lonely.

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Looking for more information? 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!

The Teaching Hub: Post Six, Week Five

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Public Service Announcement!

check out the Academic Newsletter for information regarding the Teaching & Learning Day on October 27th!

teac hing icon Engaging Teaching

Group Work

Check out the video below to see five people engaging in effective group work

No one has ever won a Stanley Cup, cured a disease, or invented a Taco Bell menu item without doing at least a little bit of group work, so we’d better get used to it if we want any of these nice things.

There is plenty of evidence to support using group work in our classes; while engaged with their peers, students learn from each other, and develop some of the Essential Employability Skills they’ll need to be successful in the workplace. But how do we make group work a positive experience? Do we even want it to be a positive experience? Yes. Yes we do.

There are four basic elements needed to make cooperative learning work:

  1. Positive Interdependence – students have to believe they’re in it together. Ideas like creating a group charter can be effective, especially with long-term group work.
  2. Social Skills – not all students have these to the degree we’d like… yet. Essential Employability Skills can be developed and assessed during group work.
  3. Individual Accountability – again, students need to know they’re in it together, and will be evaluated as a group.
  4. Group Evaluation – by individual students, and by the faculty member, can help students assess how their group is working together, and how they can improve.

(From The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher by Harry K. Wong & Rosemary Tripi Wong)

Waterloo’s Centre for Teaching Excellence has more tips on Group Work. What a bunch of showoffs!


tech icon Learning Technology

Did you know that the latest, shiniest, in-the-cloudiest, webbiest, mobiliest technology is not always what you need as a solution in education? (gasp!) Here at Learning Design & Support Team HQ we also want to help you put trailing-edge technologies to good use when they are appropriate. So, when Pancakes_Lonnie asked us to help her out with PowerPoint, we thought it was a good time to powerfully point her in the right direction.

Now, to do this right, let’s be clear about what PowerPoint is and what it isn’t.

  • What it is: a slide deck. A visual complement to an engaging talk or seminar.
  • What it isn’t: a lecture, or a piece of curriculum in and of itself.

We all want our PowerPoint slides to reach their potential, so please sit your slides down in a quiet spot and give them this advice:

  • Be a slide of few words: You are a slide. You’re only here for emphasis. You’re not the whole show; you’re a back up singer.
  • Look good: Wear a nice picture as your background. You can find cool, shareable pics for your outfit using Creative Commons Flickr Search, or make your own!
  • Be there for everybody: Check yourself for accessibility issues and fix them.
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How to do an Accessibility Check in PPT

These three tips are a good start for raising your slides to be good slide citizens. Be sure your students know what PowerPoint really is as well, so that when you put the files into D2L, they know it’s just for reference and not the whole kit and kaboodle. If you have further questions, advice, or amazing examples to share with us, let us know in the comments below.


polci icon Policies & Procedures

Did you know that we have a Learning Management System Usage Policy? Well, we do. And you can find it here (click to download a pdf of the policy to your computer).

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What is a Learning Management System, you ask? Well, OUR Learning Management System (LMS) is D2L (or Brightspace, as it has been rebranded). 

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What does this Board of Governors approved policy mandate? As a minimum standard, faculty MUST (note: this language is from the policy) use the LMS course page to provide students with the following:

  1. Link to the approved course outline;
  2. Faculty contact information (found on the course outline);
  3. Student progress/grades throughout the term, posted to the gradebook within two weeks of an assignment due date;
  4. Pertinent course materials, assessments, etc.; and
  5. Course announcements

(please note: some terms in the policy have been changed in the above descriptors to make them relevant to our current systems and practices)

Disclaimer: The policy references the Centre for Learning and Teaching, which no longer exists; the Learning Management System the college utilizes is now co-managed by the Learning Design and Support (LDS) Team and Information Technology Services (ITS).

For more information about D2L, please check out this awesome web resource.


dept icon College Departments

This week, we held a battle of the ska bands for the glory of being the Teaching Hub Department of the Week. The Library’s house band, The Mighty Mighty Bosstomes, led by David Luinstra, brought down the house with their rendition of “Bad in Plaid.”

So what does the library want to do with their hard-won Hub space? They chose to tell you about the Faculty and Staff Resources Page that they have on their site, and specifically the library skills support that they offer for students. Get a load of this:

  • the library staff will come to visit your class;
  • you can take your students on a library field trip; and/or
  • you can embed one of the library’s pre-built modules directly into D2L.

And there is more… There are also many other library resources for faculty to use in D2L such as videos from Films on Demand, Kanopy, or curio.ca. Also included are subject guides, tutorials, articles, and e-books. When will the help ever end?


student service icon Services for Students

listen to this video while you read along to this week’s Services for Students section

Do you want to listen to, instead of read, your Microsoft Word documents? Of course you do (or you at least want to try it out)! It’s fun, easy, and free!

  1. Create a word document. We recommend putting funny phrases into it to practice and make yourself laugh. Or use an actual document. You pick. Check out this how-to video or the Accessibility Centre tip sheets to learn more about making a Word document accessible to screen readers.
  2. Add Speak to your Word quick access toolbar. Here are step-by-step instructions. Then highlight the words you want to read and get ready to listen to all the funny stuff you wrote in the Word document.
  3. Spread the word that text-to-speech software is the coolest! Share it with your students, your colleagues, your neighbours, and especially your barista.

Disclaimer: We know the Microsoft reader voice isn’t everyone’s cup of tea at first, but hey, it might just grow on you. Do you have other tech you use for text-to-speech? Share please!


communicate icon Chatter

Last week, when we were trying to propagandize the use of Twitter for opening up the learning in your classroom, a comment from all-star Hub commenter Liz Mathewson added a great point: The kids may not be using The Twitter so much these days. So, while Twitter still is great for use in your personal learning and networking, some investigation into what the students are using in your class could help. It may be Instagram, Facebook, or Snapchat. It might even be something that everyone under 25 has sworn not to tell us about. The point is, opening up the learning in your class and getting your students sharing their work more is great, and if you can do it with the tool that your students are already using, all the better.

Let us know if you have any thoughts on this week’s post in the comments below!


info icon More Information

Looking for more information? 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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Teaching Hub: Post Five, Week Four

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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: It’s Week 4 already! Those assignments are going to be due before you (and your students) know it!

teac hing icon Engaging Teaching

Questions? Good Question!

The comment below got us questioning questions, didn’t it?

“My other take-away from Focus On Learning was not to ask the students, “are there any questions?” but to ask them “what questions do you have?”. Assume there are questions and you get them.” Liz Mathewson, Hub Post 2 Comment Section

And what did it get us thinking? That is an excellent question, isn’t it? We’re thinking that, since questions help lead to answers, better questions may lead to better answers, or even more good questions and more good answers. Whether those questions are in class, for a test, from teachers, or from students, knowing how to form an excellent question will benefit everybody.

Want to learn more about questions that work? Dorothy Strachan has asked a lot of questions in her day, and here’s a chapter from her book, Making Questions Work. Scroll down to the section called Reminders on page 26 for a quick table with some question-asking tips and examples.

While we’re on the topic of questions, want a reminder about a question-related Classroom Assessment Technique? Check out the Student-Generated Test Questions CAT, okay?

What are your favourite kinds of questions to use with students? What are some questions that have totally fallen flat? Let us know in the comments section below.

Question mark tally for this section: 11


tech icon Learning Technology

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The Post-It that inspired this section

Did you know that getting involved in Open Educational Practices leads to  happier, longer, wealthier, healthier, more democratic, more organic, less confrontational, more peaceful, less wistful, and more powerful lives for everyone and everything?

And what does Open Educational Practice mean? Very simply put, it means to share what you do and how you do it, in the open. And how can you do that? Well, I’ll tell you one way that we can get started opening up: Get thee on Twitter! Here are some small steps to follow so that we can share and grow our Teaching & Learning community through Twitter:

  1. Get an account at Twitter.com.
  2. Follow @FlemingLDS.
  3. Send a tweet to @FlemingLDS saying “Hey! Everybody! I want in on this sweet learning community!” Then we will follow you, and you will follow us, and y’all will follow each other, and our network will become unstoppable. Include #FlemingLDS in your tweet (this will make our tweets show up on the D2L main page, too!).
  4. While you’re at it, follow @alanacallan, @greeneterry, @jarliwin, @blackjodie32, @mary_overholt and @FlemingCollege.
  5. For the rest of your days, continue to tweet out things that you are doing with your class or anything that you think will contribute to our learning community. Include #FlemingLDS in your tweets. We’ll retweet you, probably!

You can use the same steps in your class to build your own class or program learning community, too! Need help? Let us know at LDSTeam@flemingcollege.ca


polci icon Policies & Procedures

October 7th, 2016.  If students are considering dropping a course, they may want to avoid an “F” mark on their transcript! The final date to withdraw from courses less than eight weeks in duration (offered in first seven weeks) and receive a “W” designation on an Academic Record is October 7th. If they miss it, they’ll be saying a different F word! 

There are also lots of other important dates in the Academic Schedule, like the quickly-approaching Independent Learning Week (October 24 – October 28).


dept icon  College Departments

Winner of The Department of The Week Cage Match is the IT Service Desk! Check out this documentary directed by Alana Callan and starring Rick Robinson. Rick tells Alana how they are truly here for everyone.

and check out their website here.


student service icon Services for Students

Academic and Student Advisement

The Fleming Academic Advising Team has created a website with plenty of helpful information for students, including tips, FAQs, and links to resources. They’re also popping up throughout the semester to help with things like academic preparation, transfer credits, and how to get back up once you’ve taken a seat in one of their bean bag chairs (no promises on it being done with any grace)! So keep an eye out… you never know where they’ll pop up next! Oh wait, yes you do, because there’s a schedule on their website!

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communicate icon Chatter

Reports are in that we have been too vague in what we mean by chatter. Have you noticed lately how everyone and their dog is asking you to join the conversation? I’m pretty sure that already today my shampoo bottle and my cereal box have each asked me to join the conversation. What exactly do you want to talk about, Shreddies?

That said, we want the same thing for our Chatter section. We want you to get involved simply by sharing your thoughts by adding a comment to this blog post. We’re also happy to collect thoughts by email, phone, actual face-to-face talking, or Twitter… and we’ll report back here in the Chatter section. Like, have you heard that Angela Pind is using the Apgar Score for Class Meetings idea that we mentioned in a previous post? Angela says it has been an interesting way to get students a little more self-aware of their preparedness for class. Cool beans!


info icon More Information

Looking for more information? 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!