Week 6 Fall 2017

Teaching Hub Week 6



For all of the meat-eaters in our audience, there’s a solid chance that you consumed some turkey this weekend (and maybe have leftovers in your lunch, as well). Well, now they’re coming after you! To find out more about how (and why) we made this GIF, see the Learning Technology and Ontario Extend sections below.


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Patch.PNG“When I think back I realize it’s been the pertnears that taught me the most… Failing teaches us we were wrong this time, but if we fail in a safe and supportive environment we learn from that and grow from it.” ~T. Mikel

This week’s “patch,” “The ‘Pertnear'” comes to us from Tom Mikel, Professor in Urban Forestry & Arboriculture. Interested in finding out just what, exactly, a “pertnear” is? Then 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.


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D2L Thing of the Week: News Tool


There are lots of good reasons to use the News Tool on your D2L course page. It is an announcement tool that can be personalized to include the student’s name; you can add links, images, video, text, etc. Check out how to use the News Tool with our handy-dandy tipsheet.

Students can be notified when there are new news items by setting up notifications in their D2L profile.


Non-D2L Thing of the Week: GIPHY

In response to one of last week’s Ontario Extend prompts, Mary made her very first GIF (see here and here for information on how to pronounce that acronym!) using Giphy! And in an attempt to hit multiple birds (or, rather, turkeys) with one stone, it’s related to this week’s Hub theme, and can be seen at the top of this post. Her rationale for extending herself in this particular direction can be found in the Ontario Extend section, below.

You, too, can make animated GIFs for sharing with and entertaining your students, and we’d love to see what you come up with! You can also find GIFs you can use that someone else already created, like this one:

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International Student Services


Fleming’s International Student Services has its own website: https://department.flemingcollege.ca/iss/

On it, you can find out about the many services offered to international students, such as orientation, peer mentoring, and a variety of workshops, including English Language Drop-Ins. Check them out, and be sure to refer students who need their help!


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LMS Usage Policy

Do you know what LMS stands for? (Answer below).
Is there a LMS Usage Policy at Fleming? Yes. You can find it here (clicking the link will download a pdf).

Does it have some useful information? Yes.
Does it need some refreshing? Yes.

Do we want your input? Yes.
What should be added or removed to Fleming’s LMS Usage Policy? Let us know.

Answer: LMS stands for Learning Management System and at Fleming our LMS is D2L.


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Athletics & Recreation


In the handy Student Life tab of the myCampus portal, you can find links to the Athletics & Recreation department sites. If you or your students are looking for some post-turkey fitness action, this is your one-stop shop for varsity, intramural, and extramural sports, as well as fitness opportunities on Sutherland and Frost campuses!


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All We are Saying is GIF This a Chance

This week, Mary extended herself for a couple of these daily challenges, and not just because her blog post was cited in one of them (thanks, Terry)! One of these challenges involved creating her very first GIF using Giphy (see the Learning Technology section above, for more self-referential loops).

Try it out for yourself and tweet it at us #FlemingLDS and Ontario Extend #oext67!



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


Week 5 Fall 2017

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

Patch.PNGThis week’s featured “patch” comes from our own Mary Overholt, and is entitled “Check, Check 1-2: Checking in with Students”. It gives you some ideas for how to gauge students’ understanding, without resorting to tactics that might, well, age you in an unpleasant way.

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.

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D2L Thing of the Week: Class Progress


The Class Progress tool helps track student progress in a course by measuring their completion of 9 different progress indicators. Instructors can use Class Progress to track their students’ overall progress, and prepare progress reports, while students can use Class Progress to keep track of all of their course-specific assignments and feedback.
If you want to learn more about the class progress tool in D2L, click here.

Non-D2L Thing of the Week: Sli.do

Want students to come up with the questions for a review class? Want to do it ahead of time? Let them vote on the best questions? And then use them live in class?

You may want to try Sli.do


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 Accessible Education Services

Accessible Education Services has gone digital! Now with Accessible Education Online Services you can approve student bookings for accommodated testing services online. Bon voyage, green sheets! The team is still doing the great work of accommodation and service planning for students with disabilities, and you can learn more on their team website.


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Course Withdrawal Date / Student Check-Ins

According to the Academic Schedule, this Friday, October 6th is the final date for students to withdraw from a course that runs in the front seven weeks of the semester and receive a “W” designation (instead of a “WF” or the dreaded “F” for failure) on their academic record (there is a similar date for 15-week courses; we’ll remind you of that one, too).
What does this mean for you? It’s time to check in with your students!
To help your students make an informed decision, you can

  • Provide timely feedback on their progress in the course (i.e. make sure they have marks in D2L at this point in the semester);
  • Have a conversation with students (via email, or in person) who are struggling or not showing up, about how they can seek extra help (from you, or the services we’ve already featured in The Hub this semester, like Study Skills, or Tutoring & Academic Skills);
  • Encourage your students to see you and/or email you with course questions or concerns.

For formative feedback ideas that can help you and your students gauge progress in the course, see the “Engaging Teaching” section, above.

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Aboriginal Student Services

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

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

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


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What’s Going On Here?

This time, our favourite Ontario Extend “daily” comes from within our own college: #oext58 asks “what is going on here?” in this image.

Or, if you’d rather, you can contribute to the CVS application for a new Taylor Swift program:

Have your say: Tweet #oext58 OR #oext64 AND #FlemingLDS with your response!



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

The Teaching Hub: Week 4, Fall 2017

Teaching Hub Week 4

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

“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.


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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.


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Stomp out Stigma at Frost Campus

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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.


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*NEW* Academic Integrity Policy

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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!

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*NEW* Study Skills Webpage

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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.

LadyReadingSilhouette-300px 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!

The Teaching Hub: Week 3, Fall 2017

Teaching Hub Week 3

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

This week, we’re featuring a patch from two members of our own Learning Design & Support Team, Terry Greene & Jodie Black, who’ve got some ideas for Adjusting Instruction During a Lesson, or adapting while you and your students are J.T.L.A. (just teaching & learning along).
Check it out, and let us know your thoughts, and/or any tips you’d like to add. Blog with #FlemingCampsites or 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.


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D2L Thing of the Week: Grade Book

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Nothing is more satisfying in life than making this annoying note go away from your D2L grade book. That’s because it means you’ve created a happy grade book. If D2L were a Super Mario game, that note would be the Bowser at the end of the level. You have to jump on its head three times to make it go away. Here are the instructions for defeating the D2L Bowser (starting on Page 4). Let us know if you need help. We’ll be Luigi to your Mario.

Non-D2L Thing of the Week: Quizizz

If you have heard of or tried Kahoot!, or even if you haven’t, you may want to check out Quizizz:



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Tutoring & Academic Skills

Tutoring is here, free, and available for all students. The T.A.S.C. Force offers one-on-one and small group sessions PLUS drop-in sessions for Math and Communications.  

So, should your students maybe know about this service?

GIF from Giphy.com


  • Your students can book an appointment for a tutor online here.
  • Or, students may be able to become a tutor themselves, here.


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Student Rights & Responsibilities


“Responsibility.” flickr photo by nosha https://www.flickr.com/photos/nosha/2466860959/ shared under a Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0) license

Fleming’s Student Rights & Responsibilities Policy sets out the “expectation that students will conduct themselves as responsible members of the College community.”

Helpful, right? Even more helpful, the policy has its own website, where you can find the policy and related procedures, the online complaint form, and other helpful resources.



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Some great workshops to which you can refer your students are coming up soon in the Campus Health Workshop Series:


LadyReadingSilhouette-300px Read It And Tweet

You may have heard the tragic (but exciting!) news that the LDS Team’s own Terry Greene has left us. Thankfully, it’s not permanent (and in any case, we’ve been assured that it’s not us, it’s him); he’s been seconded to eCampus Ontario to work as a Program Manager until next spring. And even though he’s gone, he’s promised to still listen, as he details in his blog post about his new gig: Sliding In.

Check it out, connect with him on Twitter, and feel free to tweet about how his leaving makes you feel. Your hashtag options are #FlemingLDS, #RIATFleming, #wellmissyouTerryorsoyourcakesaid, and #solongTerrydontletthedoorhityouonthewayout!


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

The Teaching Hub: Week Two, Fall 2017


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

This week we’re featuring the newest “patch” in our “Community Quilt of Pedagogy” (a.k.a. The Open Faculty Patchbook): (Un)Prepared. While you’re hopefully not actually feeling unprepared at this point, there is plenty to consider in this post about change, iterative design, and flexibility.

startHave a read, and let us know what you think. Blog with #FlemingCampsites as a hashtag, and/or tweet us: #FlemingLDS.


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D2L Thing of the Week: Attendance


Click here for our handy dandy super deluxe tipsheet.

Non-D2L Thing of the Week: Powerpoint


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

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

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

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


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Human Resources

Human Resources can be a very good, well, resource for new employees. In addition to all of the other important information they possess, their website contains a link dedicated to new employees, as well as a resource designed specifically for new faculty members. Check them out for all kinds of helpful things!


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Mandatory Training

Those helpful folks in HR are also the ones who want you to complete your mandatory training at your earliest possible opportunity. Hopefully this isn’t the first you’ve heard of mandatory training here at Fleming, but to refresh your memory, there are a total of five (5) mandatory training modules to be completed by all faculty members:

If you are new contract faculty (or haven’t done your mandatory training yet), you can be paid for your time! For details check out Mandatory Training Compensation.


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As communicated by email last week, the Counselling and Accessible Education Services departments have made some changes in the way services are delivered to students:

Two Teams of Counsellors

  • Accessible Education Services (AES) counsellors will focus on the disability and accommodation needs of students, while


  • Personal counsellors will provide counselling related to mental health and personal wellness. Personal counselling will use a Stepped-Care Model of service delivery; students will be presented with a range of options to address their needs, including online resources, groups, and wellness workshops, in addition to traditional one-on-one brief counselling.
  • All counsellors will be able to address academic questions or concerns.


Academic Accommodations

  • Letters of Accommodation are replacing the former Memo to Faculty, and will be communicated electronically by the AES counsellors rather than in hard copy by students.

Testing Accommodations


fire-line-art-Anonymous-fire-300px Fleming Campsites

Faculty might have been just a bit too busy to be blogging last week, what with classes starting, and students arriving, and all.

But now that Week 1 is under your belt, take some time to reflect on it with this week’s writing prompt: What worked and what didn’t work in your classes this week?

It’s a simple prompt, but we’re confident that it can generate a lot of conversation, so join in, use the hashtag #FlemingCampsites, and tweet it out to the Fleming community!

If you’d like help setting up your blog and/or Twitter account, email us at LDSTeam@flemingcollege.ca and we’ll be happy to help. We’re looking forward to reading all about your first week!


LadyReadingSilhouette-300px Read It And Tweet

This week we can read and explore by checking out Google’s Art and Culture Platform. Alana is taking a course that is offered through OCAD and the AGO, in which this platform was provided as an example of how technology can help others experience museums and cultures from around the world. Alana will be using this resource for her research project this semester for when she can’t access the AGO in person. What are your thoughts on using technology to increase access?


Tweet as you go using #RIATFleming hashtag. Those tweets will appear on the right of this page and we will also re-tweet them. See you there!



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

The Teaching Hub: Week 1, Fall 2017

Fallweek2THUBGerald-G-Fast-Food-Drinks-FF-Menu-8-300px Engaging Teaching

As we noted in last week’s Hub post, our Engaging Teaching section will feature a relevant patch from our Open Faculty Patchbook each week. This week, we’re highlighting a powerful tag-team from our own faculty ranks: Joanna Hodge and Laura Gibson, who wrote “We Have to Go Deeper.”

If this patch inspires you to try something new in your class, or to write a “patch” of your own, let us know! Or, you can blog about it on your very own #FlemingCampsite (see the Campsites section below), and then let us know.

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Non-D2L Things of the Week: Emailing from your Class Roster

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Curious about how you should email your students? The easiest way to communicate with your students is by using the Class Roster in Faculty Centre to email them (and to see their photos once they are uploaded after week 3). By emailing your students using the Class Roster, their email addresses are put into the BCC line of the message AND a copy of the email will be sent to your college email account. You are able to include attachments to messages sent through the class roster as well. More information and instructions on how to use the Class Roster tool can be found here (Note: the link will download a Word file).

D2L Things of the Week: Course Copy/Linking Your Outline/etc.

  1. Copy course content into your Winter 2017 course shells (instructions).
    If you are not able to copy content into your course, you can request the content to be rolled over by emailing Alana Callan.
  1. Add the link to the approved course outline (instructions).
  1. Edit and/or update course materials, including release dates for content and assessments (instructions).
  2. Add a welcome message via the News tool to your course page (instructions: Go to item #5 for how to use the news tool in your courses).
  3. Create attendance records (instructions).

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Academic Advising

The Fleming Academic Advising Team pops up (so don’t be scared!) at various points in the academic year to offer academic advice and information to students, designed to support their success at Fleming.

Check out the “Services for Students” section below to see their website.

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Class Absence Procedure

Known colloquially as the Double-Two-Oh-Five (not really), Fleming College’s Class Absence Procedure (2-205) is found here. It still has that new policy smell as it was approved in January of this year. Upon review of the policy, you will realize that we here at Fleming understand that sometimes absences need to happen, whether planned or unplanned, and we will do what we can to make the best of it. Even retroactively. Check out the decision tree at the bottom of the policy for a roller coaster of emotion.

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The Academic & Student Advising website is a great resource to which you can refer your students. It has tabs to guide them (and you!) through academic issues resolution, class absences, D2L, and various student resources. It even has a tab specifically designed to help first-year students. Check it out. You might even learn something new for yourself!


fire-line-art-Anonymous-fire-300px Fleming Campsites

Last week, we suggested a writing prompt for faculty members to respond to on their blogs. And Helen Bajorek-MacDonald, General Arts & Science faculty, answered the call, with “Thinkpiecing”:


You can see links to Helen’s, and other #FlemingCampSites posts in the sidebar of this page. Have a look and think about getting yourself one, too. If you’d like help with that, email us at LDSTeam@flemingcollege.ca

This week’s prompt (which is strikingly similar to last week’s prompt): What are you most excited about in your teaching and learning plans for the fall?

LadyReadingSilhouette-300px Read It And Tweet

This week, let’s read: Practice What You Teach: UDL and (aiming for) Communies of Practice in Adult Education from Bonnie Stewart from the University of Prince Edward Island. UPEI and Holland College (PEI’s community college) do a lot of cross-institution professional learning.


Tweet as you go using #RIATFleming hashtag. Those tweets will appear on the right of this page and we will also re-tweet them. See you there!


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

The Teaching Hub: Week Zero, Fall 2017

teacherhubF17W1Gerald-G-Fast-Food-Drinks-FF-Menu-8-300px Engaging Teaching

Each week we’ll feature some writing about teaching. Let’s start with this one. It was written by Jodie Black and Terry Greene for our collaborative textbook on pedagogy, The Open Faculty Patchbook. It says things about embedding Universal Design for Learning principles into your teaching.

We’re Only Making Plans For Learning


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D2L Thing of the Week

If you don’t know how to work that D2L thing, we used D2L itself to show you how in a two-part series: Faculty D2L Levels 1 and 2. Self-enroll for it on D2L, in the Help & Information Widget (yellow header, right-hand side, scroll ⇓).

Non-D2L Thing of the Week

Let’s start with a simple tool that can really, really help us connect and learn with each other: sign up for Twitter and follow the following: @FlemingLDS, @alanacallan, @greeneterry, @jened101, @mary_overholt, @blackjodie32 and then we’ll follow you back, and then we’ll all share thoughts and ideas that we have and find. See you there!

 lifebelt-juliane-krug-01.pngCollege Departments

Fleming College doesn’t just provide its students with people to teach them about the thing they want to become. Oh no, no, no. We also provide a whole suite of supports for those students and faculty members. These things are known as college departments. We here in the college department section of the Teaching Hub believe that it behooves you to know what these various heroes do for you and the students. Each week one department will be the featured team of unsung heros and we will tell you about their exploits. But to start, here are some silly 60-second videos about a few of the departments: Gone in 60 Seconds – Fleming Department Intro Videos.

imagebot2Policies & Procedures

Apparently playing fast & loose and “just givin’ ‘er” are not acceptably robust policies or procedures for running an institute of higher education. That’s why, when you look at the resources tab in the Fleming Portal, you’ll see a whole section listing a whack of policies. You could read them all right now if you have some kind of time-pausing device. Or, you could come back to this section each week, and we will feature and distill the most timely policy of the week. Next week, we’ll dig in to the Class Absence Operating Procedure.

speech-bubble-2400pxServices for Students

Remember trickle-down economics? That worked well, right? Anyway we’re trying a similar strategy here in which we tell you something about something for the students and hope you might mention it to some of them.

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. 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 have been dubbed Student Orientation. And what are the details of these events, you may ask? Well, here they are, we may answer.

fire-line-art-Anonymous-fire-300px Fleming Campsites

Last spring, a number of faculty members here got themselves all set up with their own WordPress domain in order to openly share some of their thoughts and plans for teaching. We called these sites #FlemingCampSites because, well, we’re up here in the woods of Ontario and a campsite is a great place to sit around, chat, and share your experience.

You can see links to these #FlemingCampSites posts in the sidebar of this page. Have a look and think about getting yourself one, too. If you’d like help with that, email us at LDSTeam@flemingcollege.ca

Now we need to drum up some posts for the #FlemingCampSites feed by giving you something to write about. We’ll suggest a writing prompt each week here.

This week’s prompt: What are you most excited about in your teaching and learning plans for the fall?

LadyReadingSilhouette-300px Read It And Tweet

Join us in reading something together every week. Something short and sweet and oh-so-pedagogical. Oh, and tweet your thoughts about it as you go! As an example, last January a group of educators joined together to read an article about Open Education called “Fifty Shades of Open” and then tweeted their thoughts together.

We can do it, too! This week, let’s read Critical Digital Pedagogy: A Definition By Jesse Stommel, Executive Director of the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies at University of Mary Washington and share our thoughts. Tweet as you go to: @RIATFleming and #RIATFleming. Those tweets will appear on the right of this page and we will also re-tweet them. See you there!


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

The Teaching Hub: Week Eight, Spring 2017


It’s the *NSYNC Themed, BYE BYE BYE Edition!

It doesn’t infringe on any copyright for you to play some *NSYNC in your head, so let’s let Justin in as many of you go Bye, Bye, Bye for the summer.

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

Summer Reading List Time!

What are you going to read?

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If you’re reading this on your desktop computer, have a look over there to the right -> and then maybe up a little bit ^. Do you see something that looks like this?

Fleming Campsites RSS feed

That is an RSS feed. It collects posts from a bunch of sites and lists them here. More specifically, this RSS feed is a collection of posts by Fleming College faculty using their own free WordPress sites to reflect and share ideas about their teaching. We are calling them #flemingcampsites. A literal camp site is a place to settle in, put your stuff and then sit around the campfire, sharing and reflecting. Your digital campsite can do something much like that. You can share and reflect on your teaching and learning in an open place. This RSS feed helps you to easily visit the other campsites and join other campfires. Here are three things of varying levels of commitment that you can do with this:

  1. Check out a post or two from your peers by clicking on them. You will make them very happy by doing so.
  2. Start your own #flemingcampsite (email us for help)
  3. Add the same RSS feed to your site (email us for help with that, too).

If you already have a site, let us know the URL if you’d like it added to the feed. We will send out occasional prompts for what you may or may not want to put in those sites. Here’s the first prompt: What’s on your summer reading list?

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

Last week, we used Padlets to get your thoughts on things. For example, in the College Department section, we asked “Which college department comes to mind as one that does not get enough credit for all that they do for students and teachers at Fleming?”

The victorious, most-mentioned department was IT Support! Think about it, all these amazing things that we can do with all our devices and all they want to hear about from us are the problems that come up. We recommend heading down to the IT Helpdesk and telling them about a few things that have gone right. For example, you could say

“Oh hi there! This morning when I tried to send an email to a group of colleagues, I was able to attach a number of files of different types and send it to them so that they received it instantly. I thought you would like to know.”


Ruler-300px Policies & Procedures

Last week, we used Padlets to get your thoughts on things. For example, in the Policy & Procedures section, we asked “What is, in your humble opinion, the most important policy at Fleming College?” The answer?

Hmm… Academic Regs and Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Yup. That’s probably right. Find them here.

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

Last week, we used Padlets to get your thoughts on things. For example, in the Services for Students section, we asked “What is a service provided for students here at Fleming that not enough people know about?” The answer?

Support staff, going about their everyday work, chat with students, cheer them up, encourage them, sometimes just ask “how’s your day?” to invite someone out of their loneliness.


The two members of the LDS Team who are support staff themselves say “Yeah! Totally! Support staff are the best!”

carrito-de-la-compra-300pxProfessional Development

Remember up higher in this post when we talked about #flemingcampsites? That is your PD suggestion for this week! Invariably, the most popular, effective and exciting things we share on the Teaching Hub are the things that you, the faculty, share and do and write about. The #flemingcampsites are a vehicle to increase that sharing. A lot. It’ll give us all more access to each other’s teaching ideas. That mountain we all have to climb just got a lot shorter. So again, here are three suggestions:

  1. Check out the other #flemingcampsites
  2. Consider getting your own! (email us for help)
  3. Write a post about your summer reading list.

Chattering-teeth-300px Chatter

Have a look at the other Padlet responses from last week’s Hub Specifically, check out all of the great engaging teaching tips some anonymous hero left in the very first Padlet. The index card participation idea especially is intriguing.

Also, here’s another little piece of summer reading: The Open Faculty Patchbook. The newest patch by Helen Bajorek-MacDonald and Susan Hyndman called The Feedback Loop de Loop. Awesome stuff!

Have a great summer! See you in the Fall 2017 Week Zero Edition.


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The Teaching Hub: Week Seven, Spring 2017

teacherhub17s7It’s the Your Turn Edition! Every section will include a Padlet in which you can type your ideas. Just double click in the ‘padlet’ areas and type your thoughts. Your ideas will help us formulate what we cover in future Teaching Hubs!

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

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The Teaching Hub: Week Six, Spring 2017

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

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

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

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

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

D2L Thing of the Week: Discussion Tool


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

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

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

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

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

Non-D2l Tool of the Week: Communication Tools

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

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

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

Department: Convocation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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