The Teaching Hub: Week Two Spring 2017


Breaking news! Play the 4 second clip for mood setting sound effect and then check out the tweet below it. Fleming College president Tony Tilly has added to the Open Faculty Patchbook with ‘The OverPatch: Learning in a Cohort” which takes a big picture view of college instruction.

It’s week two, so we’re in the thick of our teaching and developing now! We hope the stuff below helps. 

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

…So Whatcha Thinkin’ ‘Bout?

Eliciting & Interpreting Individual Student’s Thinking: Some Simple Strategies and Techniques

So… whatcha thinking about?
  • The simplest way to do this effectively is to match the learning goals to your questions, prompts, and activities. For example, “Explain the process of photosynthesis in your own words.” or, “Select a series of home care exercises and perform them in a therapeutic sequence.”

Compare the students’ ideas and work to identify patterns and relationships.

  • A comparison can help to highlight patterns and critical ideas as well as increase interaction in your class. For example, “Do you agree with Doug on this point?” or, “How does Daisy’s comment relate to what we studied last week?”

Use the students’ previous work and thinking to evaluate their progress.

  • As you work with your students, you will begin to build a picture of their mind, personality, and learning that will help you to tailor your instruction to their individual needs. For example, “Would you be willing to explain how today’s reading has affected your answer?”

Use a tone of voice and approach that helps you to connect with and support students.

  • It is important to minimize the threat of being wrong and take the negativity out of making mistakes by highlighting what is right and how useful mistakes are for the learning process.

Do you have any tips for learning about what your students are thinking? Let us know in the comments below!

“Happiness is a warm puppy” flickr photo by docoverachiever shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

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

Thing of the Week: Unsplash

One of the pics from Unsplash. It’s purdy.

Want your slides to look dressed up nicely like we think the ones we used at our Teaching & Learning Day were? Try Unsplash, a source for free, unlicensed (literally, they say you can “do whatever you want with them”), and beautiful photos that you can use, guilt-free, as slide backgrounds. Many of the photos here are the unused images from professional photo-shoots that were then openly licenced to Creative Commons. You don’t have to, but you could still link back to the source, to be cool about it and everything. You can also submit your own photos to the site to keep the sharing going.

Ruler-300px Policies & Procedures

Believe it or not, Fleming has a Policy about Awards. We’re not asking you to actually read that policy, but are simply using it as an excuse to congratulate the recently-announced award winners from the Academic Division under this Teaching Hub heading:

The Charles E. Pascal Award for Excellence in Teaching

Winner: Katrina Van Osch-Saxon

This is like the Best Movie Oscar of Fleming awards. Katrina is a faculty member and coordinator in the forestry cluster of programs at the Frost Campus. She is the founder and driving force behind “Women in Trees” (and also a published Patchbook author).

The Vice-President Academic’s Contract Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching

Winner: D’Arcy McKittrick

D’Arcy develops and delivers project management courses in the School of Business and played an integral role in designing and launching the current Applied Project student experience, a primary point of differentiation for Fleming’s Project Management program.

The Leadership Award

Winner: Sandra Dupret

Dean/Principal, Haliburton School of Art + Design & Dean of General Arts & Science. She’s good at that leadership thing. Real good.

**The Way Awesome Award**

Winner: The Learning Design & Support Team

**This is not a real award at all. It is fake news propagated by Facebook profiteers and Internet trolls.**

Congratulations; these awards are well deserved! (except for the last one. Thumbs down to that one).

carrito-de-la-compra-300pxProfessional Development

blog_image_coverCast your minds forward to late August 2017. Fleming College has hired a fresh new batch of faculty members to come on in and start teaching alongside us. Full-time, part-time, contract faculty. All of them looking for support in their future teaching. Picture them meeting for a how-to-teach bootcamp. Picture us handing those fresh new faces a manual created by all of us, for all of us on how we go about our teaching. Picture your own work being included in and enhancing the heck out of that manual.

It’s not too late to add a “patch” to the The Open Faculty Patchbook and help those newbies get off to a flying start. Let us know if you’d like to patch it up: And check out our latest patches below in the Chatter section.

Chattering-teeth-300px Chatter

Along with the aforementioned presidential patch, patches 3,4, & 5 have been released to the wild!

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:


The Teaching Hub: Week One Spring 2017


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!


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

D2L Thing of the Week

 Faculty D2L Level One: The D2L Apprentice.welcome

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

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.

Catalina Race Track flickr photo by Blue Mountains Local Studies shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license

Ruler-300px Policies & Procedures

Class Absence Procedure

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.

carrito-de-la-compra-300pxProfessional Development

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. 

Chattering-teeth-300px Chatter

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:

The Teaching Hub: Best of Winter 2017


bestWe’ll soon get right down to the “best” of the Teaching Hub for Winter 2017, but first, a Public Service Announcement:

If you have RSVP’d to attend the Spring Teaching & Learning Day on May 3rd, please listen to this Dave Matthews Band song, linked from their official YouTube account, as we ask you to ponder something.

Where are you going? On that day? Where will we all be doing our Teaching & Learning thing? As you think of your answer, please encode the following information:

Our Teaching & Learning Day will take place at our FROST CAMPUS!

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday at our FROST Campus. In Lindsay. West of Sutherland Campus by about 44 km. 200 Albert St. South. Lindsay.
More details on the day are available here.

And now, on to the Best of the Hub, Winter 2017! Winners are based on these results.

ribbon-1st-place-300pxWinner: Best “Edition Name” of the Semester! Week 7, Precision Edition

We were all about simplicity and no messing around in week 7

**note: we believe this was the winner because it promised more brevity, less levity**

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

ribbon-1st-place-300pxWinner: Best “Engaging Teaching” Section of the Semester: Week Eight and the Open Faculty Patchbook kick-off!

The Open Faculty Patchbook

We have been working on developing an open textbook for faculty development. The idea is that the textbook, or manual, will be written for faculty by faculty. It’s a patchwork. A community quilt. A collection of “patches” (like chapters) with each individual patch telling the story of one pedagogical skill. blog_image_coverPatches can showcase pedagogical skills for teaching in class, online, or (likely) both. It could cover designing or redesigning lessons and courses, or show how to use specific tools. Whatever the community quilt needs to cover our teaching and learning needs can be added. On Wednesday, at our Teaching & Learning Day, we will ask you if you’d like to craft a patch of The Patchbook. See the beginnings, and more details here.

**Update: Two patches have since been completed**

Patch 1: Interpreting Student Work, By Kari Draker-Fortis

Patch 2: Adjusting Instruction During a Lesson, by Jodie Black and Terry Greene

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

ribbon-1st-place-300pxWinner: Best “Learning Technology – D2L” Section of the Semester: Week Four and the D2L Meat & Potatoes Tool

D2L Thing of the Week: Content

2clicks.gifThe meat & potatoes of D2L is the content area. All the stuff should be there: PowerPoints, html files, readings, videos, dropboxes, quizzes, & discussion boards. Here are some instructions for making best use of this digital landscape.

Did you know you can get to content in just 2 clicks upon entering D2L? This is very exciting news for those of us who are frugal with our clicking. Here’s how: 1) click course name. 2) Click “Content Browser” in the widget header.

ribbon-1st-place-300pxWinner: Best “Learning Technology – Non- D2L” Section of the Semester: Week 13 and the %^&* Profanity Filter!

Non D2L Tool of the Week: Profanity Filter

As this is the “no cussing” edition, we decided to feature a simple way to clean up “your” internet by adding a profanity filter to your web browser. In this example, it is a Chrome filter. Click here for more information on WebCensor.

Google Chrome's Profanity Filter

Ruler-300px Policies & Procedures

ribbon-1st-place-300pxWinner: Best “Policy & Procedure” Section of the Semester: Week 2 and HR’s De Rigeur Training!

The word mandatory is not much fun, is it? When people say a thing is mandatory, it almost makes you feel like you have to do it or something. Who likes that? According to, a synonym for mandatory is “de rigeur.” I think we’re onto something here. Here is the Google definition and example sentence for de rigeur:

De rigeur: Required by etiquette or current fashion.

“it was de rigueur for bands to grow their hair long”

Hence, we would like to change the name of mandatory training at Fleming, to de rigeur training at Fleming. Here is a definition and example sentence:

De rigeur Training: training required by etiquette or current fashion and also because you definitely have to do it.

“It was de rigeur for faculty to do their de rigeur training at Fleming” 

There are five de rigeur training modules:

  • 3 Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) modules
  • 1 Health & Safety Training module
  • A series of Copyright Literacy modules (available in D2L)

If you are new to Fleming or haven’t done your de rigeur training yet, you can be paid for your time! For more details about all of this, see this page on the HR site.

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

Winner: Best “College Department” Section of the Semester: Week 2 and The IT/AV Team!ribbon-1st-place-300px

This week, we held a contest in the foyer at Sutherland campus for the honour of college department of the week. The contest was simply who could hold their breath the longest. Our budget was completely diminished last week when we hosted it in Norway. Travis Grant from IT/AV Customer Support held his breath for 17 minutes to win the competition handily.

Here is what they would like you to know: This semester, IT/AV has begun sending very helpful emails with the subject heading “AV information for teaching at Fleming College” which includes information specific to the room(s) in which you are teaching so that you know what you have to work with in your classrooms. These emails include a link to the instructional video below (starring someone that might be Steve Higgs, or it might be Terry Greene. Who’s to say who it really is?).

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

ribbon-1st-place-300pxWinner: Best “Services for Students” Section of the Semester: Week Four and the Introduction of THE SHUB (The Student Hub)


This week’s hub is dubbed the New Addition Edition for good reason. It’s because we have a new, younger, and shinier sibling blogging alongside us: Introducing The Student Hub! If you haven’t guessed yet, it’s written for (and soon by) students, in a similar vein to the Teaching Hub. Check it out here, and let us know if you’d like to get involved in it. The pay is great.

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

Winner: Best “Professional Development” Section of the Semester: Week Five and Taking a Hike.ribbon-1st-place-300px

Here’s some informal PD that you can do at your earliest convenience: grab a peer and go for a walk in the woods to chat about how things are going in your classes. That is why we installed forests with trails next to our campuses. Just talking about what you are doing in your classes can help both of you work out some kinks in your plans, or get some new ideas. Literally walk a trail, as you discuss and think about new paths to follow in your pedagogy. To help us get all trail meta, we’ll have some fresh new trails to tread at Sutherland campus soon, as part of the Canada 150 Trails project!

Rail Trail flickr photo by andyarthur shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

 Chattering-teeth-300px Chatter

Winner: Best “Chatter” Section of the Semester: Week 7 and the Flawed Statement Activityribbon-1st-place-300px

In past posts we have mentioned the use of Google Docs as a collaborative tool. Victoria Maystruk has shared with us a great way that she used them in a math lab. Very simply, instead of lecturing on a topic and then collecting individual responses to a question, she

  • Briefly introduced the topic, and
  • Provided a google doc with a flawed statement pre-written;

And then students responded to the flawed statement in the same space. Here is the before and after of the google doc. Now the students can see a chorus of explanations on how the statement is flawed. Cool stuff.

Thanks for sharing, Victoria!

1488160614-300px More Information

Winner: Best “Contact Information” Section of the Semester: Week 4 and Jodie actually doesn’t like Black Mirror.ribbon-1st-place-300px

Looking for more information, or want to chat with Jodie about your favourite episode of “Black Mirror”? Visit the LDS Team website, give us a call at extension 1216, follow us on Twitter @FlemingLDS, or send us an email:!

The Teaching Hub: Week Fifteen, Winter 2017


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

Engaging teaching is all around us, and it’s going to be the talk of the day at our Spring Teaching & Learning Day. The Day will be a continuation from the Winter, but it doesn’t matter if you missed out on our Winter Teaching & Learning Day, though. It’s like all those Marvel movies; they’re in the same universe, but you didn’t have to see one to enjoy the other (our Teaching & Learning Days are all in the Universal Design for Learning Universe). The difference for this one is the setting: we’ll be hosting it at the Frost Campus on Wednesday, May 3rd. 

It’ll be a day of sharing practices about intentional course design, and we’ve got some all-star colleagues to share their experiences with creating/selecting materials, and creating assessments. There will be carousels and rock iterations; screens will read to you, and your slide decks will engage you to no end. So come on over and share your awesomely engaging teaching strategies and design approaches on May 3! For more information on the sessions and schedule, please click here.

Registration is now open! Click here to register (Registration closes Wednesday, April 26th).

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

D2L Tool of the Week: Course Content Copy


Here is a series of events you may be in the middle of at the moment:

  1. You see shiny new Spring 2017 courses in your D2L course list.
  2. You see that these courses are, by default, empty shells waiting for something to happen.
  3. You may want to copy content from a previous version of your course into your shiny new shell. There are two routes:
    • You can do it yourself if you have access to the previous version of the course; or
    • You can have it done for you by the astonishingly helpful people of the Learning Design & Support Team.
  4. From there you can continue on with your life in any way that you see fit.

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Non-D2L Tool of the Week: Low-tech special! Whiteboard markers on windows!

The latest in our series of video hack jobs is to share a too-little-known fact: Did you know that, according to whiteboard markers, windows and whiteboards are essentially the same thing?

**note: If you find some half-decently new whiteboard markers, you can actually see what is written!**

Ruler-300px Policies & Procedures

This week’s policy: Take a break from policies and/or procedures.

14 weeks of Policies & Procedures is enough, wouldn’t you say? Take a break this week.

“Break Time” flickr photo by born1945 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

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

Department of the Week: The Office of The Registrar

Last week in The Teaching Hub we made the following claim:

“Please watch out for an important email from Shelley Rowan with the subject Final Grade Collection for Winter 2017.”

And look what happened at 12:41 p.m. on April 11th:


There you have it, folks; the LDS Team can predict the future. Also, here is the important information from that email because GRADES ARE DUE ON TUESDAY THE 25TH AT NOON! Entering Grades in Evolve

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

Do your students need a General Education course to graduate?

There are two General Education elective classes running in a compressed format, Introduction to Improv and Virtual Culture. Students can finish the class and graduate if this is their only course deficiency.

  • Introduction to Improv is 2 weeks in length: (Mon – Thurs) April 24th to May 5th
  • Virtual Culture is 4 weeks in length: online April 24th to May 19th

Students can register now in the Registrar’s Office. Additional fees may apply.

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

As you move into the Spring development season, a good place for a kick-off is the Spring Teaching & Learning Day on May 3. There we will continue to discuss intentional course design using the anchor of the Critical Elements of UDL Instruction, and focus in on materials and assessments. Come learn with us! For the details, you may recall seeing them at the top of this blog post, so go back there to see them again!

 Chattering-teeth-300px Chatter

Rather than report on last week’s chatter, we made the teeth icon actually chatter, just for fun:


If you’d like to know how to do such a thing, contact us using the information below, and use the secret code: I want to make chattering teeth or something like that, too!

1488160614-300px More Information

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

The Teaching Hub: Week Fourteen, Winter 2017


It’s the penultimate week of the semester! Almost there! Keep trucking!

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

Sometimes it’s not about the cutting-edge technology, but a small tweak to relatively cheap and simple trailing-edge technology that makes all the difference. Whiteboards were invented approximately 12 billion years ago (not fact-checked), but golly gee it took us all a while to think of putting them up on all the walls so that students could use them for their work, too! 

Check out the short video below of Soobia Siddiqui and her students using whiteboards during a math class. The students are working through the problems up on their own board (if they choose) so that everyone can easily see the work. This way they can all openly walk and talk through the steps. AWESOME!

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

D2L Tool of the Week: Second Look at the Grades Tool

As we near the end of the semester, students will start looking for updates on their progress in your course, starting with the Gradebook in D2L. In preparation for an onslaught of students, here are three things to check to ensure your Gradebook is ready:

  1. Make sure your grade settings are correct (first 3 pages).
  2. Double-check that your grade book is calculating correctly.
  3. Release the Final Grade to your students. D2L grades are unofficial, but provide students with information about their status before you input them into Evolve (see the Policies section below for more information).

If you have any questions about your grades in D2L, please call us at ext. 1216 or email us at

Non-D2L Tool of the Week: How to Make Your Own Whiteboard

Since the weather is still not conducive to being outdoors all of the time and living the patio lifestyle, why not use a little of your indoor time to build your own whiteboards? You can make them in any size, and can find all of the materials needed at your local hardware store! 

DIY Whiteboard Tutorials
DIY Whiteboard Tutorials

Ruler-300px Policies & Procedures

This week’s very special procedure spans multiple systems and multiple departments. It is also in regard to something  your students (hopefully) hold quite near and dear to their hearts: final grades.

Grades for courses ending April 21st must reach their final destination by high noon on Tuesday, April 25th. These final grades go through a process akin to a prisoner transfer. They need to be closely supervised on their trip from one system to another. Grades will travel from D2L, which is the Learning Design & Support Team’s jurisdiction, all the way over to Faculty Centre, which is in the Registrar’s wheelhouse. This is where grades become official.

On that note, please watch out for an important email from Shelley Rowan with the subject Final Grade Collection for Winter 2017. This email will provide instructions on how to complete the transfer.

**Another important note, and don’t ask what it means because no one really knows what it is or why it has to happen, but you may need to clear your cache for Faculty Centre to be happy with you and let you do your job.**

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

The Fleming College Student Administrative Council strives to ensure that every student has a voice in what happens in their school. There are events, clubs, groups, and services, all in the interest of promoting a thriving student community. Scrolling through the list of clubs & groups is a sobering reminder that students know how to have more fun than us old, outdated models. See for more details, and check out the Services for Students section right down below this sentence for a look at one of their newest services, Fleming Rideshare.

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

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

witlogo.jpgIn lieu of teaching-related PD right at the end of the semester, why not learn to climb a tree? Okay!

Women in Trees is a free event taking place on Saturday, April 22nd at the Frost Campus to showcase the variety of roles and opportunities for women in the fields of Urban Forestry, Forestry and Arboriculture. The day will be filled with networking opportunities, story-telling, and will culminate with the Women in Trees group climb (the goal is to get 100 women in trees!). For information on registration and details of the day, see the media release.

Chattering-teeth-300px Chatter

Last week we featured the very first patch of the Open Faculty Patchbook, by Kari Draker-Fortis, and we are pleased to note that we have had a couple more sign-ups for “Patchers” since then. See the topic sign-up list here to get an idea of who is involved. Also, write your own name down beside a topic (or make a new topic) and you will immediately become legendary (in our eyes at least). For all you present and future Patchers out there, stay tuned for details about a Patchbook get-together at our May 3rd Teaching & Learning Day.

1488160614-300px More Information

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

The Teaching Hub: Week Thirteen, Winter 2017


This week’s post is dubbed the no cussing edition because we have completely refrained from using any swear words, as per usual. Using salty language would be inappropriate in this context. We won’t even swear at Lonnie 🙂

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

The First Patch is Here!

This image created by Luke Despatie, a.k.a Fontastic Mr. Fonts

Next August, before the Fall 2017 term starts, we are looking forward to getting together with new faculty and putting into their hands a short manual about teaching in college. A manual made for them by their new peers. This project is called The Open Faculty Patchbook in which Fleming faculty (and beyond) are writing up their instructions for implementing pedagogical skills in their courses. We now have our very first ‘patch’ ready for you to see, courtesy of Kari Draker-Fortis! Kari wrote her take on ‘Interpreting the Results of Student Work’, and it is excellent. See it here: Patch One, Interpreting The Results of Student Work

If Kari has inspired you to take on a patch, please let us know and we will get you all set up!

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

D2L Tool of the Week: Class/User Progress

This tool is available to faculty and students. When students view their user progress, they see personalized information about content, tools, grades, and logins that are attached to them for each course. Faculty are able to see data on the class and individual user progress. For more information on how to use this progress tool, click here.

Class Progress Tool
How to Access the Class Progress Tool


Non D2L Tool of the Week: Profanity Filter

As this is the “no cussing” edition, we decided to feature a simple way to clean up “your” internet by adding a profanity filter to your web browser. In this example, it is a Chrome filter. Click here for more information on WebCensor.

Google Chrome's Profanity Filter
Google Chrome’s Profanity Filter


Ruler-300px Policies & Procedures

As humans, we always like to deem everything either appropriate or inappropriate, given the context. For example, pineapples are inappropriate on pizza and maybe leave the cuss words out of your eulogies, depending on the family. We even have a policy for the appropriate use of some things here at Fleming, and it doesn’t include a single cuss word, because that would be inappropriate.

Appropriate Use Policy

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

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

Not mentioned are telegraphs, Morse code, and carrier pigeons, but be appropriate with those too, you crazy scofflaws! Anyhow, to find out more about what’s acceptable and what you should definitely not be doing with technology, check out Policy # 6-601 on the College Policies and Procedures page, or access it directly in the myCampus Portal.

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

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Hello, if you are a human and totally not a robot, you may want to make sure that you follow the advice of the good humans of Human Resources so that everyone is sure that you are a human and not a robot. Human Resources are experts in how to human and not robot, so take it under advisement that they have a Luau & Learn coming up soon! It is on Wednesday April 5th from 12:30 to 2:00 in room B3330 at Sutherland campus.

The Luau & Learn is a joint operation of Human Resources and the School of Health and Wellness. At this human-only event you will learn to use a gym for your brain (which is totally not mechanical) and how to put yourself into stand-by mode. I mean meditate, not stand-by! Not a robot.

To register, email and let her know that you would like to attend and that you are a human.

***running joke that we are all robots and not humans but we are pretending to be humans borrowed from r/totalynotrobots***

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

So word around the campfire is that the Teaching Hub has a sibling that gets more attention than us. They use sneaky methods to get that attention like putting pictures of cats everywhere. We are jealous. ‘Tis a fun place. You should go to there and check it out. Amanda Gauthier, the new student editor/wrangler/writer is doing a wonderful job of it. See the latest issue here

The Teaching Hub’s cooler, funner little sister.

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

There are two Eastern Region Programmes coming up in May that you might be interested in attending:

Leadership Excellence in Academic Programming (LEAP) will take place May 24 – 26, at Elmhirst Resort. 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.

Aligning & Building Curriculum (ABC) will take place May 15 – 18, also at Elmhirst Resort (what can we say; it’s got a lake, and is conveniently located!). 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.

If you’re interested in either of these opportunities, speak with your Chair about your eligibility to attend, then contact the LDS Team for more information.

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Last week, we sent you a cryptic message which was secretly a plea for help with the May 3rd Teaching & Learning Day. We’re pleased to say that it worked, and that we now have two more helpers! But if you still want to get involved, we would love to have you! Look down about 3 cm to see details on how to contact us. We pay in Tim-bits and awkward eye contact.

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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:!

The Teaching Hub: Week Twelve, Winter 2017


*** see the chatter section for details on the new, new icons***

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

Are you Thinking What I’m Thinking?

Whatcha thinkin’ about?

Monitoring progress and receiving feedback through self-, peer-, and teacher-led formative assessment is a critical component of effective teaching and learning. This information helps inform your instruction. Here are a few quick formative assessment ideas to help inform and adjust your instruction:

  • Use a warm-up routine to assess students and inform your lesson for that day. Try Kahoot!
  • Students can self-assess by making quizzes for themselves and each other. Try Cram or Quizlet.
  • Give students a rubric or scoring checklist to use to provide direct feedback to peers.
  • Explicitly point out what’s done right and what is off track; prompt for ways to correct.

Check out this 5-minute video, “My Favourite No: Learning From Mistakes”, to watch how the teacher uses mistakes to quickly clarify concepts using formative assessment strategies. It takes place in a grade 5 class, but it still counts as a good lesson for us over here in college.

photo: “sad cat diary” flickr photo by greyloch shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license

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

D2L Tool of the Week: Rubrics

4K Rubric for Writing from COMM 201 Communications 1 Course
4K Rubric for Writing from COMM 201 Communications 1 Course

Way back in week 7 of this semester, we briefly looked at the rubric tool in D2L and how to set up a rubric.

Let’s take look at the rubric tool again, but through the lens of interpreting individual student thinking. In the newly redesigned Communication Courses (COMM 201 and COMM 202), they created the 4K Rubric to assess student writing. (Click the rubric image below to see the whole rubric)

Non D2L Tool of the Week: iRubric

While searching the interwebs for an interesting rubric tool, we stumbled upon iRubric, and thought we would share it. It boasts itself as the “Build, Assess, Share, Collaborate” community for online rubrics; we thought it was worth a look.

Ruler-300px Policies & Procedures

Maybe it’s because we “sprang forward” into daylight saving time a couple of weeks ago, but the end of the semester seems to be rapidly approaching, and some students may start looking for information on the Academic Appeal process. Of course, not your students, because you’ve promoted open dialogue throughout the semester, and you’ve stuck to your course outline!handyvisual.PNG

But for those students who are still looking for the information, you can easily provide it by directing them to the Academic Appeals Policy & Procedure website. There, they will find the grounds required to launch an appeal, the forms they will need to do so, FAQs, a timeline, and as you can see in the picture over there to the right, a handy visual about how it all goes down. If you somehow can’t read the picture of the handy visual to your right, click here to see it a little more bigly.

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

Heads up

Heads up! Your course outlines for the spring semester are due by the start of Week 14 a.k.a. Monday April 10, 2017. If you have questions about your course outlines, check out the How-to Guides and the FAQ from Academic Operations.

“Attention” flickr photo by Jonas Schleske shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license

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

Aboriginal Student Services

Aboriginal Student Services would like to let you know about Indigenous Perspectives Designations. The purpose of the Indigenous Perspectives Designation (IPD) is to provide students who choose to access this optional learning with a more in-depth knowledge of Indigenous (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) peoples, their cultures, histories, traditions, and contributions to our shared society. The programs that offer the IPD include Social Service Worker, and Ecosystem Management Technician and Ecosystem Management Technology programs. To learn more, check out this link.

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

What the message is trying to say is that we’d like your involvement in preparing and delivering the Teaching & Learning Day on May 3rd. Whereas the last T & L Day in February focused on learning outcomes and activities, this one will focus on learning materials and assessments. We will buy you a coffee and maybe even ask you what you want in it. Let us know via some sort of messaging system like email (, phone (ext. 1216), or in-person talking if you’d like to help develop and deliver a session.

Chattering-teeth-300px Chatter

Here’s the deal on our new new icons; we had some feedback about our choices for last week’s new icons from someone whose name we will never, ever divulge in a million years. Three things:

  1. The disposable coffee cup; not sustainable. So  1302375751-300px is now  Gerald-G-Fast-Food-Drinks-FF-Menu-8-300px.
  2. The filing cabinets for college departments may be ageist, so  johnny-automatic-file-cabnet-drawers-300px is… well, it’s still that because we couldn’t think of anything else. Ideas?
  3. Transmission-tower-by-Rones-300pxThe thumbs up icon, we learned, can be construed as offensive in some cultures. We certainly don’t want that! So instead, we’ve used a transmission tower, since, in the Services for Students section we are letting you (the faculty) know about things we hope you will re-transmit to students.

Thanks for the feedback, George!

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The Teaching Hub: Week Eleven, Winter 2017


***Read to the end for details/attribution on our new icons***

1302375751-300px Engaging Teaching

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Those final assessments of the term are beckoning, aren’t they? You have multiple choices for how to go about designing a formal assessment and a bank of multiple choice questions is just one of them. While they are not always the most authentic assessment of students’ learning, sometimes they are necessary. But how do you write a good (in psychometrician terms, defensible) multiple-choice question? (choose one)

a) See the summary of a presentation on this exact topic by James Parker, psychometrician.

2) See the printable pdf version of the same thing.

c) It’s always c), just choose c).

e) Turn left at the spooky old oak tree.

***This is an example of a terrible multiple choice question, please choose either a) or 2) for actual help***

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

D2L Tool of the Week: Quiz Tool

There are a variety of ways to set up your quizzes in D2L. They can be invigilated in the Testing Centre (Brealey and Frost), written in class, or done by the students on their own time. As you can see in the image to the left, there are also a variety of question types that you can include in a quiz in D2L. Also, quizzes can be:

  • randomly generated from question sets
  • created by you or uploaded from a textbook test bank
  • have single or multiple attempts
  • set to send grades right to the grade tool automatically
  • auto-graded, graded by the teacher or a combination of the two


Non D2L Tool of the Week: Authentic Assessment Toolbox

We decided to step out of the ‘box’ so to speak this week and introduce you to a toolbox instead.

This toolbox was build based on research conducted by Jon Meuller, his research paper is a great read and provides context and background on the toolbox site he has been keeping up to date. As you check out the toolbox, be sure to go through his orientation to standards, the types of standards as he understands them, as well as how you can design and assess authentic assessments.

Ruler-300px Policies & Procedures

Coming Soon! Online Accommodated Test Booking.


Gone will be the days of the paper test request forms for students booking accommodated tests.

This spring, Accessible Education Services will be launching its online “Accommodated Testing Services” for students and faculty.

Stayed Tuned for more information as we prepare to roll out the new system.

image source “douroucouli” flickr photo by jaakko.hakulinen  shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

 johnny-automatic-file-cabnet-drawers-300pxCollege Departments

There’s this one department at Fleming that’s called the Learning Design & Support Team that does some stuff around here. See the video to find out what some of those things are.

Also, as per the engaging teaching section, we can help you with your assessment design. As well, we can help with hack jobs at creating videos. Let us know if you’d like some help:

 hitchhand-300px Services for Studentspost-38985-sports-do-the-thing-win-the-po-ODZm

By way of recreation, fun and community-spirit building,  provides a variety of services for students:

  1. Intramurals: not murals that are inside other murals, but organized sports amongst students within the college. For example, there is free drop in badminton at the Peterborough Sport & Wellness Centre and a curling bonspiel in Lindsay on April 2.
  2. Extramurals: not like spare murals that you store in your garage, but teams that enter into sports tournaments like hockey, basketball and cricket.
  3. Varsity: These are the teams with full on schedules going out there to try to best other colleges like the villains of Durham College. Go team!

See the calendar in the portal or for detailed details.

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carrito-de-la-compra-300px.pngProfessional Development

One of the benefits of open educational practice is that you can still learn from professional development events that have already happened. People share their takeaways! How about that? Last week, eCampus Ontario hosted the Student Experience Design Lab Kickstart Event. You can learn all about each student group pitch through Brock’s Giulia Forsyth’s awesome sketchnotes, which she always shares openly. She’s cool like that.

 Chattering-teeth-300px Chatter

Last week, we announced that our search for words that rhyme with ‘edition’ had grown futile and that we were abandoning the tradition of rhyming our post names with edition. Boy, were we wrong! We had a visit from [insert name here] with a list of approximately 10 million more options we could have used. Here’s a sampling of exciting, spooky or just plain fitting editions that we could do in the future:

Psychometrician Edition | Inquisition Edition | Juxtaposition Edition

Academician Edition | Premonition Edition | Admonition Edition

Terry, unfortunately, can’t remember the name of the visitor with the list! What a terrible omission! Was he an apparition? If we find out, we’ll do a re-transmission.

***UPDATE! it was Scott Moore, Professor in the HRAC Program! Thanks, Scott!***

1488160614-300px More Information

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***The new icons came from where people share openly licensed icons. That’s nice! Thanks to the following users for our new icons:

The Teaching Hub: Week Ten, Winter 2017


This week’s Hub is dubbed the “Depletion Edition,” not because we are feeling depleted, but because we are plum out of words that rhyme with edition for edition-dubbing purposes. Also, we know that depletion itself doesn’t rhyme with edition, but it’s close enough. And now for your regularly-scheduled programming.

teac hing icon Engaging Teaching


Here are some things that happen when you are teaching and students are learning:

  1. You get through all the planned activities too quickly.
  2. Students get stuck on something and you just can’t move on as a class until you’re unstuck.
  3. You have some students flying through everything and others getting stuck.

Here’s a tidbit that may help you gain tricks up your sleeve (as long as you’re not a pineapple, which doesn’t have sleeves*). When you are planning out your learning activities, take a moment to think of some alternatives. We’ll use the physical skill of learning how to do a squat as the task to exemplify how to plan this way.

  • The Target Task: Do a full squat with an exercise bar.
  • Simplified Task: What is an easier version of the task? Half-squat, no weight. 
  • Complicated Task: What is a more difficult version of the task.  More weight, one leg, front squat
  • Extended Task: What is the next task in the sequence of learning. Dead-lift, lunges

Basically, to have in mind what is easier, what is harder, and what is next allows you to more easily adjust your instruction on the fly and gives learners a more individualized learning path. It may not work in all learning contexts, but it could be a helpful mindset.

*h/t to George Fogarasi for sharing the Pineapplegate story

tech icon Learning Technology

 D2L Tool of the Week

A big part of checking in with your students is for getting feedback on how things are going and how they are feeling about their learning. D2L has a few tools up its sleeve that can help you get that much needed information. Each of these tools can be found by clicking on the ‘Communications’ tab on the navigation bar in your course.

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From Giphy
  1. Survey tool – The survey tool is very similiar to the quiz tool in D2L, but you can make the submissions anonymous. For more information click here.
  2. Chat tool – You can setup a chat room and ask students to provide feedback during a specific period of time, You can provide questions to guide the feedback ahead of time and post the questions again during the chat time that you have organized. Students can provide feedback quickly and as a group this way. For more information click here.
  3. Discussion tool- You can set up a discussion forum and topic to garner feedback from your students. You can even set up the topic so they can post anonymously if you’d like them to provide feedback that way. For information click here.

Non D2L Tool of the Week

If you are looking for something that may make giving feedback more like a game, you might want to check out Kahoot! We’ve featured this web application previously in the hub but thought it might be a good time to share it again, it’s use in class came up a few times during our Teaching and Learning Day on March 3.

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Snip from Kahoot Website

Kahoot continues to develop new types of questions for its application. They have recently added jumble questions, this allows you to set up answers that have to be placed in a specific order. Could be used to reinforcing procedures, showing how to solve a problem, etc., Check out more information here.

Just in case you don’t see the student hub, check out what they are learning in regards to presentations… we like to keep you in the loop!!

polci icon Policies & Procedures

 Sexual Violence Prevention

Fleming’s Sexual Violence Prevention Policy (Policy 3 – 43) sets out the college’s “response procedure to sexual violence and ensures that those who experience sexual violence are believed and their rights respected.” As a faculty or staff member, you might be the support a student seeks out if they experience sexual violence; as such, you need to be aware of your responsibilities. Helpfully, the college has provided a wealth of resources for staff and students related to this policy on its Sexual Violence Support Services website, including on- and off-campus resources and programs, myths and facts, and FAQs.

dept icon College Departments/student service icon Services for Students

Visit: for everything they talked about in the video above, only in website format.

pdicon Professional Development


Registration is now open for this year’s part-time, partial-load, and sessional faculty conference being held in Toronto at the Humber College North Campus on Saturday, March 25th, 2017. Included in the complimentary registration is a continental breakfast, inspiring keynote address from Ken Steele, a networking faculty lunch, parking, and two breakout sessions of the participants’ choice.  

The registration link is hereAll are welcome.

communicate icon Chatter

One definition of the word chatter is:

a series of waves or ridges on the surface of a piece of metal that has been imperfectly drawn or extruded

Which is what we are always trying to go for here in this section. Actually, we are going for something else entirely;blog_image_cover follow-up on things we’ve talked about before. This week, we are following up on The Open Faculty Patchbook, which is the faculty development manual that we (as in anyone who wants to be involved) are developing. So far, we have 10 people internally signed up, and a number of external people have expressed interest, with two signing up so far, including Chuck ‘Not That’ Pearson from Tusculum College! Add your name to the form to join in, or contact us if you want more info.

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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:!

The Teaching Hub: Week Nine, Winter 2017


This week’s post is dubbed the Rendition Edition because we’ll be sharing different takes, pieces, and renditions of experiences people had last week at our Teaching and Learning Day. Tweet, email, or holler at us if you have anything more to share, and thanks for coming!

teac hing icon Engaging Teaching

Check out the Tweets (via Storify) from our Teaching & Learning Day last week. We will be hosting another on May 3rd. Hope to see you there!

tech icon Learning Technology

D2L Tool of the Week: Links

Adding a Link as Content in D2L
Adding a Link as Content in D2L
Adding a link to content from a news item or file created in D2L.

This week we are featuring links throughout this Teaching Hub Post, so we thought we would include how to add links in D2L. Links can be to any type of content: a website, a video, a publication or even a document that is stored right inside D2L. You can add links to modules/folders in the content browser, or you can add links directly into a news item or file you create in D2L. For more information, check out this link to D2L resources on Links.

Non D2L Tool of the Week:Pocket

If you read, browse, and like to share from your devices, you need a content curation tool that is easy to use across platforms. Pocket is just that. We like the idea of a pocket to gather things you find to access later… check it out at

We used another content curation tool at the beginning of this week’s hub post under the Engaging Teaching category: Storify.

Pocket, easy to use online social curation tool.
Pocket, easy to use online social curation tool.

polci icon Policies & Procedures

Copyright? copyleft? copywrong?

Attribution for the video: Mimi & Eunice

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

The library has great online modules to help you navigate copyright and avoid plagiarism on their website

dept icon College Departments

The college department of the week award is often awarded to areas that aren’t technically departments. Sometimes, we don’t even check to see departmental status credentials. This week is no different. We are scofflaws at heart. This week, we honour a group of people who are not a department at all: The Faculty. Not sure if you’ve heard of these people, though you may see one if you look in the mirror (if you are a member of the bulls-eye of our target audience). See the Services for Students section below to find out just what it is, if anything, that faculty do for students here at Fleming College.

student service icon Services for Students

You may not know this, but as a college, one of the services we provide to students is to help them learn about the subject matter of the program for which they signed up. You might even say that this is the core reason that this institution exists. Another largely known tidbit o’ information is that faculty members are there for the students to help them do just that. In other words, the faculty are the purveyors of the grandest of all student services provided here at Fleming! Last week, we heard a lot of examples of this great service that faculty members provide at our Teaching & Learning Day. We want to say thanks for all that you do, and to please keep sharing your great ideas with each other. Maybe we can all bootstrap each other up to higher heights of teaching & learning!

pdicon Professional Development

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? Why so many questions? Come to the panel discussion about “ASD and the College Student” hosted by the Frost ASD club. It will be held on Thursday, March 9 from 12-1:30 room 109 at the Frost Campus. Please enroll for this session by searching the current date in Evolve. Contact Melissa McQuaid (,) Counsellor, for more information.

communicate icon Chatter

Take-aways! Get your take-aways!

Here are some links to resources created for and during the Teaching & Learning Day last week:

  • Slide Deck from opening and closing sessions
  • Resources from Learning Outcomes: Breaking it Down Session
  • Resources from Learning Outcomes: Mapping it Out Session
  • Resources from Learning Activities: Moving Beyond the Lecture
  • Resources from Learning Activities: Working Across Courses
  • Folder of collaborative notes documents from the day

If you were at the Teaching & Learning Day last week and want to give us some feedback via digital sentences, here’s your chance! Fill out the feedback form below.

info icon More Information

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