Week 15, Winter 2019

Teaching Hub

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Spring Teaching & Learning Day Registration

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Please click here to RSVP for our Spring Teaching & Learning Day!

Date: Tuesday, April 30th
Location: Sutherland Campus (plus some optional off-campus excursions)
Registration starts: 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast snacks & lunch will be provided.

For more details, see the Spring 2019 Teaching & Learning Day Schedule.
Questions? Contact us.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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D2L Thing of the Week: Subscription Training Service

Are you looking to increase your knowledge of D2L and its tools?  Fleming offers subscription-based training through D2L. To get started, go to https://community.brightspace.com/s/ and then follow these instructions.  You can gain access to Higher Ed-specific courses on a variety of tools at whatever level you feel comfortable, and all done at your own pace. Courses include Content, Announcements, Activity Feed, Discussions, Intelligent Agents, Awards, Rubrics, and much more!

Non-D2L Thing of the Week: Twitter

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As you may have seen, our upcoming Teaching & Learning Day includes an opening session with Terry Greene, Program Manager at eCampus Ontario, entitled “To Tweet or Not to Tweet?” Here’s the session description to get you excited:

A robust professional learning network (PLN) can be just the thing to help you through the difficult work of providing engaging learning experiences for your students. And Twitter can be helpful in enabling the growth of that network. Join us in a fun Choose-Your-Own-Adventure style talk in which we will actively build up our PLNs together.

Ideally, you would have your own Twitter account set up to be able to fully participate in this choose-your-own-adventure style presentation. Want to learn more about getting started with Twitter? Check out these resources from eCampus Ontario.

 

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Upcoming Professional Learning Sessions (LDS Team)

Check out our upcoming professional learning sessions:

Teaching and Learning Boot Camp Level 1

In this 2-hour, interactive session, you’ll learn some teaching tips for the first days and weeks of class. We’ll discuss how to:

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

Although this session is targeted to new faculty, all are welcome.
No Registration is required.

Sutherland – Wednesday, May 1st, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. (Room D1 110)
Frost – Thursday, May 2nd, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Room 103)

Get It Together Sessions

New and returning faculty are invited to drop in to get your questions answered and meet colleagues who can help with D2L, Turn It In, teaching & learning, assessment, accessible learning materials, library services, etc.
No Registration is required.

Sutherland – Wednesday, May 1st, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.  & 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. (LRC)
Frost – Thursday, May 2nd, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Learning Commons)

 

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Grading & Academic Standing


With the semester coming to a close, it’s the perfect time to check ou
t Fleming Policy #2-201C: Grading and Academic Standing.

You never know what fun new terms you might learn… aegrotat, anyone?

 

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Student Administrative Council (SAC) – Sutherland &
Frost Student Association (FSA)

ICYMI: SAC has hired a new president!

For more information on the many services SAC offers, see the Fleming SAC website.

For information on the Frost Student Association (FSA), including the official election results, see the FSA website.

 

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More Upcoming Professional Learning Opportunities

There are two events coming up next week that might be of interest to faculty members:

  1. EnAbling OpportunitiesEnAbling Conversations Learning Event

    Date: Wednesday, April 24th
    Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    Fleming counsellors invite all faculty to our first EnAbling Conversations learning event. You will experience:

    • A chance to build your knowledge and confidence regarding disability accommodations at Fleming;
    • Opportunities to network with counsellors and other faculty; and
    • Opportunities to discover solutions to pervasive challenges.

      Schedule for the day:
      EnAbling Schedule

    To register, search by course name in Evolve.

  2. Film Screening and Discussion: 3rd World Canada
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    *Discussion is not mandatory, however it is strongly encouraged.

    Third World Canada (Andree Cazabon)
    Date: Friday April 26th at 11-1
    Location: TBD

    Synopsis: This is an unfiltered introduction to the past and present state of reconciliation in Canada through the story of one family, in one remote fly-in reserve, deep in the boreal forest of northwestern Ontario

    Disclaimer: This film may be difficult to watch because it portrays the impact of suicide on a family of young orphan siblings as well as systemic injustices that may be difficult to watch.

    We want to ensure a safe space for discussion and debrief. We therefore request that this is held in mind if you choose to attend.  

    Please email Lesa Fox if interested.

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Visit the LDS Team website, give us a call at extension 1216, follow us on Twitter @FlemingLDS, or send us an email: LDSTeam@flemingcollege.ca. We would love to hear from you!

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Week 14, Winter 2019

Teaching Hub

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Strategies for Creating a Safe and Supportive Classroom

 

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In Strategies for Creating a Safe & Supportive Classroom, Mary Ann Raybuck discusses the impact of trauma on a student’s life and behaviours. She suggests that “by reframing student behaviors such as apathy, perfectionism, lack of motivation, aggression, and emotionality as possible symptoms of trauma, it allows us to defer to compassion rather than judgment and reactivity.”

 

The article includes some suggestions for how to help students feel safe and supported in your classroom, in spite of their prior experiences.

 

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D2L Thing of the Week: Class Progress

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As the semester closes, we are asked more and more by students to review how they are doing. A quick and easy reference for faculty is the D2L Class Progress tool.  

Here we can access 10 progress indicators: Grades, Objectives, Content, Discussions, Assignments, Dropbox, Quizzes, Checklists, Surveys and Login History. This will give you a snapshot of the student’s progress, and will allow you to dive deeper into each of the indicators to help students understand areas to address.

For more information, see the Class Progress Tip Sheet.

 

Non-D2L Thing of the Week: Studyblue

Two more weeks left — the end is in sight! In many cases, all that is left for students to do is study.  

This week’s non-D2L thing is a great resource to help students access additional study materials:

StudyBlue promotes itself as “the largest crowdsourced study library, with over 400 million flashcards, notes and study guides”.  Students can search by school or course, and find student materials to support their learning.

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Faculty can also find ready-made study aids that they can use to supplement their course materials. Be sure to check it out and pass it on!

 

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First Aid Support Team (FAST)

While not technically a department, the Fleming College First Aid Support Team (FAST) is a student volunteer group who responds with campus security to First Aid emergencies on the Sutherland campus. This includes the main buildings, six residence buildings, and the Fleming College Sports Fields. FAST provides support to campus security during core business hours of Fleming College, 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday from September to April.  As requested, FAST can also attend special events on campus. Learn more here.

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Reminder: Spring Course Outline Due Date

This message was originally sent by Communications on behalf of Molly Westland, Director of Academic Quality, Planning and Operations:

Just a friendly reminder that spring course outlines are due to the coordinator of your program by the end of week 14. If you have any concerns about the deadline, please speak to your Chair.

If you require any assistance with how to roll over, update or approve your course outline, please contact the school’s Administrative Assistant or David Baker at david.baker@flemingcollege.ca.

The Academic Operations website also contains helpful information on using the Course Outline System.

 

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Upcoming Diversity Events for Students

 

  • Year End LGBTQ+ Social
    All students are welcome to this drop-in event.
    Date: Thursday, April 11th
    Time: 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
    Location: Room B3 330 (Sutherland Campus)
    In collaboration with SAGA (Sexuality and Gender Acceptance Club) and Department of Diversity

 

  • Gender Journeys – Sutherland
    Gender Journeys is a support group for transgender, 2-spirit, and gender diverse students, as well as students who are questioning their gender identity.
    Next meeting:  Friday, April 12th from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    Location: Counselling Services, Room A2 113
    Registration is required through the Counselling Services office.

For more information, email studentexperience@flemingcollege.ca.

 

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Spring Teaching & Learning Day Registration

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Registration for our Spring Teaching & Learning Day will open tomorrow (April 9th), so stay tuned to your email for more information!

Date: Tuesday, April 30th
Location: Sutherland Campus (plus some optional off-campus excursions!)
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Coffee, breakfast treats, and lunch will be provided.

A Sneak Preview

  • Our Teaching & Learning Day Goals are to
    • Connect with colleagues from all campuses, schools, and teams;
    • Promote, share, and support excellence in teaching and learning; and
    • Build relationships with communities and partners of Fleming College.
  • Bring your own device (BYOD) and learn how you can grow your professional learning network (PLN) through Twitter with Terry Greene, Program Manager, eCampus Ontario).
  • Be sure to register by April 23rd to ensure your spot in our exciting excursions to check out some of Fleming’s community partnerships.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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Week 13, Winter 2019

Teaching Hub

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Teaching the Skill of Learning to Learn

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As we get closer to exam time, have you ever wondered how to support students in improving their study skills? Yes, you could refer them to our awesome Learning Strategies department, but is there anything else you can do?

In “Teaching the Skill of Learning to Learn,” Ulrich Boser highlights the importance of helping students to acquire “the skill of learning,” and offers some suggestions for what you can do to support your students in this learning.

 

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D2L Thing of the Week: Gradebook

It is coming up to the end of the semester, and you should be thinking about calculating and releasing final grades.  Did you know that students do not automatically see their final calculated grades? To have students view their final grade in their gradebook, follow these simple steps:

  1. Select the down arrow beside final calculated grades and select “Grade All.”
  2. Make sure you can see all of the students’ grades at once (scroll to bottom to make sure no additional pages).
  3. Select all students by selecting the empty box under the search box (marked in red in the image below).
  4. Select Release/Unrelease (the boxes under release final grades will be checked).
  5. Save and close.
  6. You’re done! Students will be able to see their final grades.

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Non-D2L Thing of the Week: Web-Conferencing Within your Classroom

You may connect your laptop to the classroom computer to display content, use touch screen capability, or access software that is not on the network. But have you ever considered setting up a web-conference on the in-class computer and sharing your content wirelessly?

By setting up a webex web-conference on the desktop computer and joining from your laptop, you can share your content without having to be tethered by wires.

Features you may use include:

  • Screen sharing (e.g., slides, web pages)
  • Whiteboard capabilities
  • Playing live or pre-recorded video
  • Annotating images and documents

This works great as a problem-solving technique if you forget, lose, or break a video adapter.  It also gives you flexibility to move around the classroom while still delivering the course content.  Student can even be invited to join the web conference, too — allowing them to access the material on their device, or becoming part of the learning experience as the host and sharing their content.
Read more about how web-conferencing in the classroom can enhance the student experience and get links to ensure that the materials you webcast are accessible from CAST.

 

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Career Services

Fleming’s Career Services offers services for students ranging from assistance with resumes and covers letters, InterviewStream, job search strategies, LinkedIn advising, and Personality Type Assessments, to 1:1 appointments.  Visit www.flemingcollegecareerservices.ca to discover a complete listing of the services offered and the wide variety of volunteer, part time, full time, on and off campus jobs.

Joanne Duffy and Lou Anne Hanes, Career Educators with Sutherland’s Career Services, have relocated to the Student Services office in C2 102.14 which is situated in the Learning Resource Centre (LRC).

Marie Walden-Oulahen, Career Educator, is at Frost’s Career Services in Room 289.

Contact any of the Career Educators directly, or by emailing careerservices@flemingcollege.ca or calling 705-749-5530 ext. 1037.  

 

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Tuition Rebate and Staff Tuition Fees

Fleming College offers incentives for lifelong learning. Did you know that there is a College Tuition Reimbursement policy which offers tuition rebate for any employee working toward a Baccalaureate, Masters, or Doctoral degree? There is also a policy for an employee rate for tuition to any MTCU-funded course of $20.00 (text books, consumable supplies or materials are not included in this price) and you can register using the same process as all other students. You do need to fill out an application form and non-full-time employees must get the approval section of the application form signed by their supervisor.

HSADSome SUMMER COURSES through the Haliburton School of Art & Design are still MTCU-funded (if they are part of a certificate program)! However, the weeklong adult courses in the summer/fall are no longer credit courses so they don’t qualify for staff discount. If you have questions about courses or workshops through HSAD email askus@hsad.ca or call 1.866.353.6464 ext. 3

So whether you are looking to go big in your professional development planning with a new degree, or keep your plan smaller with a new course or workshop, there are opportunities and incentives for you!

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Enactus

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

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

 

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Accessibility Conference

Registration is open for the 11th Annual Accessibility Conference — May 28-29, 2019.

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Learn, Share, Grow’.  Join together with like-minded individuals to network and collaborate on how to make Ontario accessible and inclusive for all.

Speakers planned include representatives from CBC, Blackboard and CNIB.

Pre-Conference workshops are scheduled on Monday, May 27. Register for a hands-on course on Mobile Site Accessibility, Creating Accessible Documents or Creating Accessible PDF Forms.

 

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Week 12, Winter 2019

Teaching Hub

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“Everybody With Me?” and Other Not-So-Helpful Questions

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In “‘Everybody with me?’ and other not-so-helpful questions” from Faculty Focus, Pete Watkins explores the issues with vague question prompts, including students (and faculty members!) that suffer from “overconfidence bias,” and offers some alternatives to help make sure your students are on track. His suggestions include Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs), which we also happen to love: “The best alternative to the vague ‘any questions?’ prompt is to use a brief Classroom Assessment Technique or CAT (Angelo and Cross, 1993). CATs do not need to be elaborate or require extensive preparation or class time.” Check out his article for some ideas, and our LDS Team website for even more.

Find one that works for you? Let us know; we’d love to help you share your story!

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D2L Thing of the Week: Setting Up Restrictions

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Did you know you can set restrictions on D2L content so that students can only see it when it’s the right time in your course, or once they’ve met certain requirements (like completing content before a quiz, etc.)? To do this, you select the content item you want to restrict, and under the Activity Details Tab set either a date restriction or create a release condition. For more information, see the D2L Tipsheet on Restrictions.

Non-D2L Thing of the Week: H5P

Do you like embedding learning activities into your D2L course shells?
Have you been looking for ways to make your online course components more interactive? Look no further — give H5P a try! Here’s a sample of what you can do: https://h5p.org/h5p/embed/617

H5P stands for HTML5 Package and is an open source plugin that gives you the ability to create, share, and reuse content like interactive videos, interactive presentations, games, and quizzes to engage learners in your course.  Find more examples here.

For more information on how to embed content into D2L refer to this community page.

If you want help trying it out, don’t hesitate to contact us at LDSTeam@flemingcollege.ca

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Human Resources – Contract Faculty Job Fair Happening This Week!

We are growing our talent pool and looking for new contract faculty to join our team!

  • Sutherland Campus – Tuesday, March 26 at 5 p.m.
  • Frost Campus – Thursday, March 28 at 5 p.m.

Over the course of the evening prospective candidates will have the opportunity to learn about upcoming teaching opportunities, network with current faculty, and interview “speed-dating: style with the Academic Chairs.

Do you know someone that has a passion for teaching, is looking for part-time hours and has a compatible skillset? Then we want to meet them!

Promote Fleming and encourage new talent to stop by and introduce themselves.

How can you help promote?

  • Through word of mouth
  • Through social media: Follow @FlemingCareers on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and share Fleming College’s shout outs on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.
  • Pick up some business cards from HR with registration info and distribute

Event Registration: https://flemingcollege.ca/careers-at-fleming/job-fair  

If you have any questions, please contact HR Recruiter Miranda Pawlett: Miranda.pawlett@flemingcollege.ca or ext. 1144.

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Course Outline Spring Due Date

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

For the Spring 2019 semester, the due date for course outline completion is fast approaching: Monday, April 8th:

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New Electronic Resources in the Library

Fleming Libraries are happy to offer three new electronic resources for staff and students across all campuses:

PressreaderWith the new PressReader subscription you now have access all-you-can-read digital newsstand with thousands of the world’s most popular newspapers and magazines. This can be accessed on campuses directly by simply opening the PressReader App on your device, or off-campus through the library website database list.

Birds of North America (BNA) is the most comprehensive reference for the life histories of over 760 bird species that breed in the United States and Canada. Complete with photos, audio, and video. Access is available on and off campus through the library website database list.

MarketLineWith the MarketLine Advantage subscription, we now have access to over 30,000 companies, 3,500 industry profiles, and over 110 country profiles. You can also access numerous case studies, over 50,000 financial deal reports and over 60,000 news articles. Access is available on and off campus through the library website database list.

If you are looking for more information on these subscriptions or others, contact Marcia Steeves at extension 1356 or Marcia.steeves@flemingcollege.ca.

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Advancing Learning 2019

Registration is now open for this year’s Advancing Learning Conference: Advancing Learning has been the province’s leading educational technology conference since the 1990s. We are proud of fostering an environment where educators (faculty, instructional designers, multimedia and graphic specialists) share their experiences with their colleagues.

Our goal is to advance education in Ontario by learning from practicing educators about topics related to innovative educational technology and learning methods.

This year, let’s focus on the creative art of teaching at the first bilingual Advancing Learning Conference.

Creativity involves taking risks; it is essential that academic leaders and faculty seize every opportunity to enhance the student learning experience, from adopting new technologies to experimenting with new learning methods.

Together, let’s reflect on how creativity can be a powerful tool to design and deliver learning experiences that motivate, engage, and evaluate learners. We will look at this from the point of view of the three main parties involved in the process: the learners, the teachers, and the designers.

Come and experience this unique learning event at Excentricité – La Cité’s new immersive technology and entrepreneurship building – to stimulate your creativity and inspire your future practices.

For more information and to register, check out the conference website: Advancing Learning 2019.

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Week 11, Winter 2019

Week 11

This week’s Teaching Hub focuses on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) – how it differs from traditional education, how technology can be used to support UDL, and where to learn more. It also includes information on supporting our diverse learners, some upcoming professional learning opportunities and, oh yes, academic appeals. Read on for more!

Don’t forget to save the Date:
Spring Teaching and Learning Day – Reflect and Connect

Our Spring Teaching and Learning Day will be held at the Sutherland Campus on Tuesday, April 30th.

The morning will consist of several sessions that will give you an opportunity to reflect on your teaching practice and connect with colleagues.  We encourage you to look back on the last academic year and share successes and lessons learned. Reflect on where you are in your teaching and learning journey and where you want to travel to next.

If you’d like to host a morning session, you can propose session ideas using our session proposal form.

In the afternoon, we’ll be focused on making connections with our community. Stay tuned for more details!
Any questions or suggestions? Please be in touch!

 

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The Difference Between UDL & Traditional Education

For some tools to help engage your diverse learners, see the non-D2L section below!

 

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D2L Thing of the Week: Discussion Tool

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

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

Non-D2L Thing of the Week: Tools for Diverse Learners

teachinghub_30tools“While Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is first and foremost about implementing a flexible pedagogy, technology can help by making the kind of personalized learning envisioned under UDL a reality.” 30+ Tools for Diverse Learners from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) includes a number (possibly even more than 30!) of free and low-cost UDL-aligned apps and websites that you can use to make learning environments more flexible and personalized. They even include a Pinterest board, if you’d prefer to see the list of tools presented in a visual format!

 

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LDS Team Website – UDL Resources

CastLooking for more resources to support your diverse and variable learners?

Check out the UDL resources on our LDS Team website for a quick overview, how to get started, and where to go for a “deeper dive”!

 

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Academic Appeals

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

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

 

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Diversity

diversityFleming’s Equity, Diversity & Inclusion website contains a wealth of information for you and your students, including an events calendar, and a list of student groups and campus resources to support diversity on campus.

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

 

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Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

Leadership Excellence in Academic Programming (LEAP) & Aligning & Building Curriculum (ABC)

There are two upcoming Eastern Region Professional Development opportunities for faculty members, for each of these opportunities, five (5) faculty members will be sponsored to attend.

Aligning & Building Curriculum (ABC)
Dates: May 13 – 16, 2019
Location: Elmhirst Resort, Keene

The ABC Institute is ideally suited for anyone who is involved in Program Review, new program development, course/program curriculum development, and/or curriculum renewal. The intended audience includes experienced faculty, deans, program coordinators, and chairs.

For more information on the program and its learning outcomes, please see the ABC website, or contact Mary Overholt.

Leadership Excellence in Academic Programming (LEAP)
Dates: May 22 – 24, 2019
Location: Elmhirst Resort, Keene

This program is designed for Coordinators who are interested in becoming more effective in their roles.

For more information on the program and its learning outcomes, please see the LEAP website, or contact Jodie Black.

If you interested in either of these opportunities please speak with your manager, and then complete this application form.

Society for Teaching & Learning in Higher Education 2019 Conference

Registration is now open for the 2019 Society for Teaching & Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) Conference, which takes place this year in Winnipeg from June 11 – 14. For more information and to register, go to https://stlhe2019sapes.ca

 

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Week 10, Winter 2019

Teaching Hub

It’s Week 10 — we’re into double digits, and the final third of this winter semester!
This week’s Teaching Hub includes a listening recommendation from one of our newest full-time faculty members, some resources to improve accessibility in your course materials, a reminder of the photography contest that closes this week, a “Save the Date” & call for proposals for our Spring Teaching & Learning Day, and some upcoming professional learning opportunities.

Save the Date:
Spring Teaching and Learning Day – Reflect and Connect

Our Spring Teaching and Learning Day will be held at the Sutherland Campus on Tuesday, April 30th.

The morning will consist of several sessions that will give you an opportunity to reflect on your teaching practice and connect with colleagues.  We encourage you to look back on the last academic year and share successes and lessons learned. Reflect on where you are in your teaching and learning journey and where you want to travel to next.

If you’d like to host a morning session, you can propose session ideas using our session proposal form.

In the afternoon, we’ll be focused on making connections with our community. Stay tuned for more details!
Any questions or suggestions? Please be in touch!

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“Teaching in Higher Ed” Podcast

Contributed by SENRS faculty member Erin McGauley

podcastI would highly recommend the “Teaching in Higher Ed” podcast! As faculty, it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day mechanics of marking and teaching. This podcast provides a broader perspective that helps to counter the everyday minutiae and reminds us of the important work that we do to facilitate learning, inspire students, and improve our teaching skills. The episodes feature relevant content highlighting new research in education, forward thinking educators and literary resources hot-off-the-press. A few of the podcast topics are highlighted below as a teaser:

  • ‘How to be a Generous Professor in Precarious Times’
  • ‘Why the Can’t Write’
  • ‘Create Online Mashups that Ignite Curiosity’
  • ‘How Humans Learn – the Science and Stories Behind Effective College Teaching’

Interested? Listen or subscribe to Teaching in Higher Ed at: https://teachinginhighered.com/episodes/

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D2L Thing of the Week: Checklists

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

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

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

accessibleMicrosoft has some cool tools that can help you “learn how to create an inclusive digital experience for people with disabilities.” You can check out this video playlist called Accessibility at a Glance for ideas on using Microsoft narrator, audio descriptions, text alternatives and more.

Looking for information on accessibility in Microsoft Office? This accessibility training has video and text resources for improving the accessibility in Outlook, Word, Excel and Powerpoint.

BONUS Thing of the Week: Disability Sensitivity Training Video

Check out this funny, but also useful, video on demonstrating respect for people with disabilities. Consider sharing it with your students, too!

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IT Service Desk

Can’t get your laptop to connect to the college wifi?

Is your office desktop giving you trouble? Don’t do this! →→→

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

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

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Appropriate Use Policy

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

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

You can learn more about this policy here.

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ICYMI: 2019 Nature Photography Contest

 

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Upcoming Eastern Region Professional Development Opportunities

There are two upcoming Eastern Region Professional Development opportunities for faculty members, for each of these opportunities, five (5) faculty members will be sponsored to attend.

Aligning & Building Curriculum (ABC)
Dates: May 13 – 16, 2019
Location: Elmhirst Resort, Keene

The ABC Institute is ideally suited for anyone who is involved in Program Review, new program development, course/program curriculum development, and/or curriculum renewal. The intended audience includes experienced faculty, deans, program coordinators, and chairs.

For more information on the program and its learning outcomes, please see the ABC website, or contact Mary Overholt.

Leadership Excellence in Academic Programming (LEAP)
Dates: May 22 – 24, 2019
Location: Elmhirst Resort, Keene

This program is designed for Coordinators who are interested in becoming more effective in their roles.

For more information on the program and its learning outcomes, please see the LEAP website, or contact Jodie Black.

If you interested in either of these opportunities please speak with your manager, and then complete this application form.

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Visit the LDS Team website, give us a call at extension 1216, follow us on Twitter @FlemingLDS, or send us an email: LDSTeam@flemingcollege.ca. We would love to hear from you!

Week 9, Winter 2019

Teaching Hub

While it may not feel terribly spring-like out there just yet, this is your public-service announcement that Daylight Savings Time starts this weekend.

That’s right; Tina Turner your clocks ahead one hour this Sunday, March 10th at 2:00 a.m.!

 

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Multiple Perspective Assessment

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Do your students engage in self-assessment? How about peer assessment? Or does the idea of having students assess each other’s work immediately scare you?

In “Multiple Perspective Assessment: Self, Peer, and Teacher,” Anthony Sweat writes that “self and peer assessment procedures help students to reflect on their own work or that of others, evaluate it against set criteria, and provide feedback (both consciously and subconsciously) for themselves as they participate in the process. All of this helps them to learn and improve their own work.” Check out this article for an example of multiple perspective assessment at work, and some thoughts on how and why you might consider using it with your students.

Want to give it a try, but need some support with setting it up in your class or assessment? Let us know; we’d be happy to help!

 

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D2L Thing of the Week: Rubrics

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The rubric – a superhero, or just really good tool?

Check out the video below for information on creating rubrics in D2L.

 

 

Non-D2L Thing of the Week: Piktochart

PiktochartPiktochart is an online design suite that allows you to make infographics, presentations, reports, and posters with very little technological know-how.  There are thousands of free images and hundreds of templates to start your design ideas.

If you are looking to create cool icons to customize your D2L experience, Piktochart can facilitate all of your design ideas, and help make your presentations and D2L course content more memorable.  Sign up at Piktochart.  

 

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Office of Sustainability

SustainabilityFleming’s Office of Sustainability works with faculty to provide resources for incorporating the Global Goals for Sustainability (UN Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs]) into your courses. These are good resources to internationalize curriculum. A workshop was held during week 8, and another workshop is planned for the spring. If you are interested in resources (case studies, interactive activities, or webinars), or to get connected with other faculty members who are doing some interesting work with the SDGs and their courses, please contact Trish O’Connor at ext. 1067. An announcement will follow shortly regarding the spring workshop!

 

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Course Withdrawal (15-Week Courses)

DatesAccording to the handy “Important Dates” widget located on the homepage of the myCampus portal, the final date for students to withdraw from a course of more than seven weeks and receive a “W” designation on their Academic Record is coming up next week, specifically Friday, March 15th. During the final third of the semester, a WF (withdrew-fail) grade will be entered for a dropped course of more than seven weeks duration.

This week would be a great time to help students make an informed decision about continuing in your course:

  • make sure students are aware of their standing in the course (i.e. ensure your D2L Gradebook is up to date);
  • review the assignments and due dates remaining in the back half of your courses
  • remind students of the withdrawal date, and offer to meet with any student who is concerned about their potential for success. TIP: As with any meeting with a student, follow up on your conversation with a brief email to the student, summarizing what was discussed, and any action the student has agreed to take.

 

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Athletics

AthleticsAs we (hopefully) get closer and closer to spring, and students are itching to get outside and be active, Fleming’s Athletics & Recreation department offers many options for students.

For more information, and to see what’s happening on our campuses, check out the Fleming Knights website, which can be accessed through the “Student Life” tab of the myCampus portal.

 

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Autism Spectrum Disorder & the College Student

ASDA PD Session for Faculty & Staff

Do you want to learn more about ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)? What is the Spectrum anyway? What does this mean in the post-secondary setting? What does this mean in your classroom?

Thursday, March 7th, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Room 209, Frost Campus

For more information and to register, please visit the Employee Development Calendar or register through Evolve.

Some light refreshments will be provided.

 

 

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Visit the LDS Team website, give us a call at extension 1216, follow us on Twitter @FlemingLDS, or send us an email: LDSTeam@flemingcollege.ca. We would love to hear from you!

Week 8, Winter 2019

Teaching Hub

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Pedagogy Unbound! Y’all Ready for Tips?

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If you’re looking to take a break from marking this week, and looking for some quick ideas to revitalize your classes in the back half of the semester, check out Pedagogy Unbound. It’s “a place for college teachers to share practical strategies for today’s classrooms.”

Pedagogy Unbound was founded by David Gooblar, a lecturer at the University of Iowa, and has loads of quick tips, organized by categories like preparation, problem solving, exams, academic honesty, marking, effective lecturing, and much more. You can submit your teaching tips to add to the collection, too!

 

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D2L Thing of the Week: D2L Sessions This Week

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Need some help with D2L? Are you a new user or seasoned veteran? Either way, we have a session for you.  On Wednesday (February 27th), we will be hosting an introductory D2L session in the morning, and then in the afternoon, another session for more advanced users.  Please bring your ideas to the sessions as we will tailor the sessions to user needs and desires. For more details and registration information, see the “Professional Learning” section, below.

 

Non-D2L Thing of the Week: Making Videos

Interested in making videos for your students, to provide content and/or feedback? Check out our instructions and options for tools and how to plan your video to make it most effective for your students.

Screencast-o-Matic is one tool you can use to easily create short video content:


Have suggestions for other video tools or ways to use videos with students? Have questions, or need more information? Contact the LDS Team.

 

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Institutional Research Office

The Institutional Research Office (IRO) supports open and transparent dissemination of data and Business intelligence by providing accurate, meaningful, and predictive information to all stakeholders. The IRO supports planning and decision‐making at all levels to ensure continuous quality improvement.

Research Analysts in the IRO design research instruments, collect, analyze, report, and warehouse quantitative and qualitative data concerning the institution’s students, programs, services, faculty/staff, curriculum, course offerings, and outcomes. To this end, a variety of data can be found on the internal IRO website portal.

 

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Program Quality Assurance

Did you know that Program Review is one of the mechanisms within Program Quality Assurance that the College uses to ensure that existing programs are current, relevant, and innovative?

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Program Review occurs annually or cyclically (every 3-5 years). This spring, the Quality Assurance Unit will be hosting a series of structured training sessions on annual program review. Stay tuned!

 

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Academic Issue Resolution

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Students will come to their faculty when they have an academic issue.  Unfortunately, often times the faculty member they approach isn’t the person who can help them resolve their issue.  Thankfully, the Academic and Student Advisement website has a page with flow charts to help guide students through the academic issue resolution process.  It even contains tip sheets to help them prepare for a meeting with a Chair or Dean, should the need arise.  The next time a student comes to you with an issue, share this website with them!

 

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Happening This Week: Teaching & Learning Sessions

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Don’t forget about all of the exciting learning opportunities for faculty members happening this week!

See details below, and register through the PD calendar.

Search by date to register through Evolve.

 

Infusing Critical Thinking Tasks into the Classroom

Tuesday, February 26th
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Sutherland Room A 1138

An interactive workshop to build awareness of individual practice and think about how to infuse critical thinking tasks into classroom dynamics.

Build Sustainability and the 17 SDGs into Your Course

Tuesday, February 26th
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Sutherland Room A1 138

Join us to learn about sustainability and how to embed it into your course(s). We will learn about the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Science and Cultural Organization) model for sustainability, the 17 SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), and sustainability at Fleming. Several members of our Academic Task force for Sustainability will share examples of how they have built sustainability into their courses.

Then it’s your turn to select one the of 17 SDGs and develop a module, seminar activity, assignment or case, etc for one of your courses. Please bring a device to the workshop so you can develop your work in real time. We have resources to support you on your sustainability journey that we will share with you during the workshop.

Student Absence: How Much is too Much?

Wednesday, February 27th
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Sutherland Room A1 138

This session will be mostly Q & A for faculty to ask questions about students who have “absence due to disability” as accommodations.

We want to address concerns like:

  • how to address situations where a student is not attending at all,
  • what if faculty have pedagogically based reasons for attendance requirements,
  • what to do in labs where students need to attend regularly in order to develop proficiency in the skills being taught,
  • what about the logistics when the student has group projects that are being negatively affected by their absence, any questions or concerns faculty have.

The AES counsellors strongly believe this is an accommodation that really needs good coordination and communication among the student, professor and counsellor and we want to get the ball rolling in this session.

D2L A to Z

Wednesday, February 27th
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Sutherland Room TBD

This short workshop will provide an opportunity for faculty to connect with each other to discuss common causes of a lack of student attendance in lectures and to get excited about the strategies/tools they use and/or want to try out to strengthen student engagement, learning, and commitment to attending lectures.

Faculty are to bring their lunch and their own electronic devices to use in the workshop so that by the end of it, they have a documented plan for applying one new strategy to a future lecture.

D2L Level 2

This session will introduce simple D2L set-up options, discuss best practices around gradebooks, setting up discussion boards and quizzes, and anything else the group requests.

How to UP Lecture Attendance (And Why You Want To)

Wednesday, February 27th
12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Sutherland Room A1 138

This short workshop will provide an opportunity for faculty to connect with each other to discuss common causes of a lack of student attendance in lectures and to get excited about the strategies/tools they use and/or want to try out to strengthen student engagement, learning, and commitment to attending lectures.

Faculty are to bring their lunch and their own electronic devices to use in the workshop so that by the end of it, they have a documented plan for applying one new strategy to a future lecture.

D2L Level 2

Thursday, February 28th
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Sutherland Room A1 138

This one hour workshop will guide participants through best practices for providing feedback on essay-based as well as science-based questions. General marking strategies will be overviewed. Functions of the D2L grader app will be demoed alongside other technologies – bring your device.

Participants will be encouraged to share their grading challenges and solutions. Feel free to bring specific grading tasks that you are struggling with at the moment, or simply come to absorb the information.

 

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Visit the LDS Team website, give us a call at extension 1216, follow us on Twitter @FlemingLDS, or send us an email: LDSTeam@flemingcollege.ca. We would love to hear from you!

Week 7, Winter 2019

Teaching Hub

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Student in Mental Health Distress? Notice, Act and Refer

It’s Week 7 and it’s a stressful time for many students. You may notice that a student’s behaviour changes, or they seem in distress. Maybe the student tells you directly about mental health problems they are experiencing. How would you respond in that moment? David Gooblar shares his learning about how to Notice, Act, and Refer when he sees students in distress in this short article titled How to Help a Student in a Mental Health Crisis.

 

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D2L Thing of the Week: Creating Groups

Are you interested in learning more about how to set up groups and use them through your course page?

From your course page, click on ‘Communications’ from the navigation bar and select ‘Groups’. Once on the ‘Groups’ page click on ‘Create New Category’:

Here are some instructions and resources to support you in your learning.

 

Non-D2L Thing of the Week: Mindfulness Apps

This time of the semester can be stressful for all of us, and it’s a good time to remember to breathe. And, of course, there’s an app for that! In fact, there are many apps that can help you be calmer, stop to breathe, and increase your mindfulness through meditation. This article from Mindful highlights 5 free mindfulness apps for you to check out and enjoy. Consider sharing them with your students as well, to help them manage stress.

 

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Counselling Services

CounsellingFleming’s Counselling Services provides students with counselling support for academic and personal wellness concerns.

Students can drop in or call to make an appointment with the Fleming team.

For more information, please see the Counselling Services website.

 

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Copyright 101 – Images in the Classroom

Do you ever wonder about those images in your PowerPoint slides? Are you concerned that you may be using an image you shouldn’t be? Check out this great video by the University of Alberta library on Images and Copyright:

Just like the University of Alberta, we have stellar staff waiting to help you with any copyright questions you may have – contact Marcia at extension 1356, or marcia.steeves@flemingcollege.ca at anytime.

 

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Good 2 Talk

Good2Talk LogoAt this point in the semester, and as they head off for Reading Week, it might be a good time to remind your students that Good2Talk is a free, confidential helpline providing professional counselling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being to post-secondary students in Ontario, 24/7/365. Students can call 1-866-925-5454 for support.

 

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Week 8 Professional Learning Options

What if you could nudge your teaching practice even just one notch higher before the snow melts? This Reading Week, take that step toward upping your game. Gather with peers to explore one, two, or all of the following topics:

  • Boosting lecture attendance
  • Marking faster (and better)
  • Weaving the UN sustainability goals into your course
  • Infusing critical thinking tasks into the classroom
  • Addressing absence due to disability
  • D2L (A to Z or Level 2)

See details of each topic below. Please register for sessions through the college’s PD calendar.  Search by date to register through Evolve.

Infusing Critical Thinking Tasks into the Classroom

Tuesday, February 26th
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Sutherland Room A 1138

An interactive workshop to build awareness of individual practice and think about how to infuse critical thinking tasks into classroom dynamics.

Build Sustainability and the 17 SDGs into Your Course

Tuesday, February 26th
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Sutherland Room A1 138

Join us to learn about sustainability and how to embed it into your course(s). We will learn about the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Science and Cultural Organization) model for sustainability, the 17 SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), and sustainability at Fleming. Several members of our Academic Task force for Sustainability will share examples of how they have built sustainability into their courses.

Then it’s your turn to select one the of 17 SDGs and develop a module, seminar activity, assignment or case, etc for one of your courses. Please bring a device to the workshop so you can develop your work in real time. We have resources to support you on your sustainability journey that we will share with you during the workshop.

Student Absence: How Much is too Much?

Wednesday, February 27th
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Sutherland Room A1 138

This session will be mostly Q & A for faculty to ask questions about students who have “absence due to disability” as accommodations.

We want to address concerns like:

  • how to address situations where a student is not attending at all,
  • what if faculty have pedagogically based reasons for attendance requirements,
  • what to do in labs where students need to attend regularly in order to develop proficiency in the skills being taught,
  • what about the logistics when the student has group projects that are being negatively affected by their absence, any questions or concerns faculty have.

The AES counsellors strongly believe this is an accommodation that really needs good coordination and communication among the student, professor and counsellor and we want to get the ball rolling in this session.

D2L A to Z

Wednesday, February 27th
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Sutherland Room TBD

This session will introduce simple D2L set-up options, discuss best practices around gradebooks, setting up discussion boards and quizzes, and anything else the group requests.

How to UP Lecture Attendance (And Why You Want To)

Wednesday, February 27th
12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Sutherland Room A1 138

This short workshop will provide an opportunity for faculty to connect with each other to discuss common causes of a lack of student attendance in lectures and to get excited about the strategies/tools they use and/or want to try out to strengthen student engagement, learning, and commitment to attending lectures.

Faculty are to bring their lunch and their own electronic devices to use in the workshop so that by the end of it, they have a documented plan for applying one new strategy to a future lecture.

D2L Level 2

Wednesday, February 27th
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Sutherland Room TBD

Is there a feature in D2L that you’re curious about but have been afraid to try? Become confident embedding HTML5 content, explore how intelligence agents work, learn how to use the about the D2L Diagnostic and Reporting tools. The specific tools covered will vary depending on the interests of the group.

Mark Faster (and Better)

Thursday, February 28th
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Sutherland Room A1 138

This one hour workshop will guide participants through best practices for providing feedback on essay-based as well as science-based questions. General marking strategies will be overviewed. Functions of the D2L grader app will be demoed alongside other technologies – bring your device.

Participants will be encouraged to share their grading challenges and solutions. Feel free to bring specific grading tasks that you are struggling with at the moment, or simply come to absorb the information.

Infusing Critical Thinking Tasks into the Classroom

Thursday, February 28th
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Sutherland Room A 1138

An interactive workshop to build awareness of individual practice and think about how to infuse critical thinking tasks into classroom dynamics.

 

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Visit the LDS Team website, give us a call at extension 1216, follow us on Twitter @FlemingLDS, or send us an email: LDSTeam@flemingcollege.ca. We would love to hear from you!

Week 6, Winter 2019

Teaching Hub

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Sharing the Learning Centredness

We want our students to value the process of learning and continue to improve their learning skills.

In this article, “Five Ways to Teach Students to Be Learning-Centered Too”, Carl S. Moore asks “How might you inspire your students to share accountability for their learning?” He offers 5 concrete ideas with a few tips and resources to add to your toolkit.

 

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D2L Thing of the Week: Virtual Classroom

Virtual Classroom by Bongo is an integrated web-conferencing tool (in D2L) to help you connect with your learners in Brightspace with live discussions, office hours, and more. Collaborate during a session by sharing slides, files, and live views of your whiteboard or desktop. Coming soon is a new feature that will allow instructors to assign and assess video assignments (watch for future updates).

Check out this short video to see the features of the Virtual Classroom:

Non-D2L Thing of the Week: Podcasts – Super Easy PD!

Do you listen to podcasts? If you do, you’re probably on the lookout for more. May we recommend Teaching in Higher Ed? (Thanks for the recommendation, Erin Huebner!) There are tons of episodes, so we’re confident that you can find a topic that’s informative and inspiring. And for those podcast-curious folks out there, dig in and have fun.

 

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Indigenous Student Services

Kendaaswim, Dibendaagoziwin, E-yaawyin (Learn, Belong, Become)Indigenous Student Services offers culturally appropriate counseling support, provides information and resources, and acts as a link to the college and to the wider community. Together with the Indigenous Education Council, and the Indigenous Student Council “Mino Bimaadiziwin” (the way of a good life), they form a large community within the college.

Indigenous Student Services is  committed to the recruitment, retention, and success of First Nation, Inuit and Métis students. For more information, and a calendar of events, please visit the Indigenous Student Services website, which can be accessed through the Student Life tab of the myCampus portal.

 

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Access & Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Have you read the Policy and Administrative Operating Procedure for Access and Accommodation for Students with Disabilities? If not, grab a coffee and a cozy spot, and get reading!

The policy includes the definition of academic accommodation, and the operating procedure tells you things like how students request accommodation due to disability, how accommodation requirements are determined, and the admissions process.

Any questions about the policy or procedure? Contact Red Keating, Director of Counselling and Accessible Education Services.

 

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Student Life Tab

Student LifeThe 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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Week 8 Professional Learning Options

Available faculty professional learning sessions for Week 8 are listed below. Please register for sessions through the college’s PD calendar.  Search by date to register through Evolve.

Infusing Critical Thinking Tasks into the Classroom

Tuesday, February 26th
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Sutherland Room A 1138

An interactive workshop to build awareness of individual practice and think about how to infuse critical thinking tasks into classroom dynamics.

 

Build Sustainability and the 17 SDGs into Your Course

Tuesday, February 26th
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Sutherland Room A1 138

Join us to learn about sustainability and how to embed it into your course(s). We will learn about the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Science and Cultural Organization) model for sustainability, the 17 SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), and sustainability at Fleming. Several members of our Academic Task force for Sustainability will share examples of how they have built sustainability into their courses.

Then it’s your turn to select one the of 17 SDGs and develop a module, seminar activity, assignment or case, etc for one of your courses. Please bring a device to the workshop so you can develop your work in real time. We have resources to support you on your sustainability journey that we will share with you during the workshop.

 

Student Absence: How Much is too Much?

Wednesday, February 27th
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Sutherland Room A1 138

This session will be mostly Q & A for faculty to ask questions about students who have “absence due to disability” as accommodations.

We want to address concerns like:
– how to address situations where a student is not attending at all,
– what if faculty have pedagogically based reasons for attendance requirements,
– what to do in labs where students need to attend regularly in order to develop proficiency in the skills being taught,
– what about the logistics when the student has group projects that are being negatively affected by their absence, any questions or concerns faculty have.

The AES counsellors strongly believe this is an accommodation that really needs good coordination and communication among the student, professor and counsellor and we want to get the ball rolling in this session.

 

D2L A to Z

Wednesday, February 27th
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Sutherland Room TBD

This session will introduce simple D2L set-up options, discuss best practices around gradebooks, setting up discussion boards and quizzes, and anything else the group requests.

 

How to UP Lecture Attendance (And Why You Want To)

Wednesday, February 27th
12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Sutherland Room A1 138

This short workshop will provide an opportunity for faculty to connect with each other to discuss common causes of a lack of student attendance in lectures and to get excited about the strategies/tools they use and/or want to try out to strengthen student engagement, learning, and commitment to attending lectures.

Faculty are to bring their lunch and their own electronic devices to use in the workshop so that by the end of it, they have a documented plan for applying one new strategy to a future lecture.

 

D2L Level 2

Wednesday, February 27th
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Sutherland Room TBD

Is there a feature in D2L that you’re curious about but have been afraid to try? Become confident embedding HTML5 content, explore how intelligence agents work, learn how to use the about the D2L Diagnostic and Reporting tools. The specific tools covered will vary depending on the interests of the group.

 

Mark Faster (and Better)

Thursday, February 28th
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Sutherland Room A1 138

This one hour workshop will guide participants through best practices for providing feedback on essay-based as well as science-based questions. General marking strategies will be overviewed. Functions of the D2L grader app will be demoed alongside other technologies – bring your device.

Participants will be encouraged to share their grading challenges and solutions. Feel free to bring specific grading tasks that you are struggling with at the moment, or simply come to absorb the information.

 

Infusing Critical Thinking Tasks into the Classroom

Thursday, February 28th
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Sutherland Room A 1138

An interactive workshop to build awareness of individual practice and think about how to infuse critical thinking tasks into classroom dynamics.

 

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Visit the LDS Team website, give us a call at extension 1216, follow us on Twitter @FlemingLDS, or send us an email: LDSTeam@flemingcollege.ca. We would love to hear from you!