“Be clear that conflict will be a natural part of the process.” (M. Mann)
This week’s Patchbook highlight comes from Dean Maxine Mann (@deanmaxinemann), who provides tips for managing group work in your classes. If you have experienced issues with students setting up and maintaining positive working relationships with fellow group members, then the advice offered in The Greater Good might just be helpful.
Check it out, and let us know your thoughts, and/or any tips you’d like to add. Blog with #FlemingCampsites as a hashtag, and/or tweet us: #FlemingLDS.
Did you know?: You, too, can write your very own “patch” for The Open Faculty Patchbook. Contact the LDS Team for more information.
D2L Thing of the Week: Awards (Badges)
What are Badges? Well, they are what you remember them to be: an artifact of achievement that you can show or share to indicate proficiency in a certain skill or knowledge. Students can decide to share them on their D2L profile, or through social media. They can take them with them (by downloading them), showcase them in their portfolio, and add them to their digital identity. Check out this short video from D2L on the awards tool.
Non-D2L Thing of the Week: Lucid Charts
Lucidchart is an online service which allows users to collaborate and work together in real time to create flowcharts, organizational charts, website prototypes, design documents, mind maps, prototypes, and many other diagram types.
You can create a free account, or you can upgrade to a monthly subscription to unlock more features. This is might be a great tool to try and see if it is something to include in your collaboration tool kit.
Stomp out Stigma at Frost Campus
The Frost Mental Health Initiative Team invites you to channel your inner Billy Ray Cyrus and Stomp Out Stigma! The 2nd annual Stomp Out Stigma event at the Frost Campus supports Mental Illness Awareness Week, and includes a guest speaker, dancing, and some home-grown Frost musical talent. Join us on October 3rd at the Auk’s Lodge from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Want to practice the dance moves? Watch the #4 dance in this video, or practice in the Auk’s Lodge on Tuesday, Sept. 19th or Tuesday, Sept. 26th from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Policies & Procedures
*NEW* Academic Integrity Policy
We are now 25 days into Fleming’s new Academic Integrity policy (it came into effect on September 1st). That means that all courses that began this semester, and all students enrolled in those courses, are subject to this policy and its related Procedure. So, as faculty members, it might be a good idea to familiarize yourself with this policy, and maybe let your students know about, too!
Services for Students
*NEW* Study Skills Webpage
Do your students take tests? Study? Read? Work in groups? Give presentations? Take notes? Manage time? They do!? (cue ironic gasp here). Then the Learning Strategies team has the stuff for you! Introducing the Study Skills Webpage. It features resources, quick tips, handy handouts and more. Check it out, show students, and maybe even link to it from your D2L course page.
Read it and Tweet Ontario Extend
We’re going to shorten your assignment for “Read It and Tweet” each week, going forward. Specifically, we’re going to feature eCampus Ontario’s “Ontario Extend” project. Each day, Ontario Extend (which may or may not involve our own Terry Greene) puts out a challenge. Since The Teaching Hub is published weekly, we’ll be taking one of these “dailies,” and making it a “weeklie” instead.
Our favourite from last week’s options was
What story would the books in your office tell?
Share with our #FlemingLDS hashtag as well as #oext56 to get on the Daily Extend leaderboard!
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!