The Teaching Hub: Week Five, Spring 2017


Rear View Part Two: Reflect Harder

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

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

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

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

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

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

D2L Thing of the Week: The Group ToolCapture.PNG

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

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

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

Non-D2l Tool of the Week: Google Slides

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

“Anyone with the link can comment” ~ Google Slides


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hmmm. What have I learned lately?

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

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

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Two things to Chatter about this week:

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

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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:!

image credit: “My puppy loves to look in the mirror” flickr photo by claudiadea131 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license


The Teaching Hub: Week Four, Spring 2017

teacherhub17s4Our theme this week is looking in the rear view mirror. Mirrors are good at reflecting. It’s really all that they do. We could learn a thing or two from mirrors. Well, just that one thing actually. This week, we do a lot of reflecting.

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It’s the time of year that many of us are able to squeeze in some real juicy professional development and learn some more about teaching and learning. So below you’ll find a whole bunch of reflecting.

First off, the college sponsored 20 or so faculty members to attend a creativity workshop put on by the International Center for Studies in Creativity from SUNY Buffalo. Those lucky ducks reflect here.

Secondly, Mohawk College, along with the Educational Technology Committee, held the Advancing Learning Conference. Five people from Fleming attended (and delivered 3 presentations as well). Attendees of the conference ponder their experience here.

Thirdly, Jennifer Ramsdale attended the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education in Banff, Alberta. See her reflectJenns here.

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D2L Tool 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.

 Non-d2l Tool of the Week: Nearpod

You are probably asking yourself what the heck is Nearpod? Do you have 2 1/2 minutes?

Alana recently took part in some Professional Learning sessions where Nearpod was used in BYOD (Bring your own device) programs and courses.  In BYOD courses, students are encouraged to engage with their own devices throughout the active learning ‘lecture’ or seminar. Find more information on Nearpod and how it works by clicking here.

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You can drop the needle any time you want, but dropping courses requires a little timeliness. So here is a date for students to consider:

  • June 9th, 2017

This is the final date to withdraw from courses & receive a “W” instead of an “F” designation on your Academic Record. In summary, if completing a course is not an option right now, “W” = good, “F” = bad.

There are also lots of other important dates in the Academic Schedule.

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

The Office of Sustainability website contains lots of information about all of the work that this department does. One tidbit that you may see is that there is an upcoming event exploring the convergence of sustainability and Indigenous knowledge in applying teaching and learning strategies for a sustainable future. This day-long workshop will take place on June 15, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. For more information, and to register, please click here

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

DSC_6579.jpgTo be completely honest, we were so busy collecting all our reflections this week that we didn’t have time to zone in on a great and timely thing happening for students this week. Is it Fleming Rideshare? Is it The Student Hub? Is it an exciting student club or event? Who knows? JOEL DOES. Please call Joel Willett, President of the Fleming College Student Administrative Council at ext. 1568 to ask him what exciting things the students are up to this week. Tell him that Jodie told you to call him.

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

What’s all the buzz about BYOD? What, you haven’t felt it yet?

This spring, 20 faculty are taking part in a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Pilot. They either brought their own devices AND/OR they were given a Surface Pro Tablet (which is more like a powerful laptop) and have been working together to gain an understanding of how to intentionally integrate technology into their courses and classrooms.

We had 2 full day workshop sessions on May 12 and May 19, Workshop details can be found here. During the workshop days we talked about Universal Design for Learning and how to integrate technology with the learning outcomes and the learner in mind. We experimented with individual and group activities that required them to use their devices to create and contribute their newly developing digital skills

At the beginning of the second day, the group agreed that they wanted to keep meeting (on Fridays) for the rest of the Spring development time. I think that is a good sign that folks are feeling both engaged and committed to their own learning;  with each other AND for their learners.

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The Open Faculty Patchbook is a thing that we’ve started that will ultimately (we hope) become a ‘how to teach’ open textbook for helping faculty new and old to pick up new teaching skills. If you haven’t checked in a while, or haven’t heard about it, check out the site to see some new and awesome patches, including this one by Maha Bali and Azzah Awwad  from all the way over in Cairo, Egypt!

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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:!

Photo credit “Reflecting” flickr photo by hedera.baltica shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license

The Teaching Hub: Week Three Spring 2017

Week 3 Spring 2017 Edition

Last week, the LDS Team was literally spread all over this great country of ours… Jenn was in Alberta, and the rest of us were spread out between Rice Lake and Lake Ontario,  running workshops, presenting, and learning…

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

Photo Credit

If you’re looking for a template to help self-assess learning outcomes, try this Scoring Guide to Assess the Quality of Intended Outcome Statements from the awesome Ruth Stiehl, author of The OUTCOME Primer: Envisioning Learning Outcomes. Last week, Katrina Van Osch-Saxon, faculty member from SENRS, gave it a whirl and she said: “I have read a few learning outcomes and thought “Huh, what does that even mean?” So after creating new L.O.s for my course, I used the Scoring Guide (passed along by the pedagogical whisperer) and I think EVERYONE should have this and use it!  I like easy, and the Scoring Guide made it simple to evaluate all of the new outcomes I created for my course.  It makes you really think about what you are teaching, and what the expectations are for the students, which is the point, right?!”

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D2L Thing of the Week: Grades

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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.

Faculty D2L Level Two is now available…

d2llevel2In this mastery-level course you will:

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

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


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Academic Integrity – What do you do if you find evidence of cheating or plagiarism in your classroom?

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Academic integrity in teaching, learning, and research is fundamental to a learning organization. There is an expectation that all faculty, staff, and students adhere to a high standard and that violations (such as cheating and plagiarism) should have serious consequences, but how do we evaluate academic integrity?

Currently, breaches of Academic Integrity at Fleming College are based on a four-strikes-and-you’re-out policy. Breaches of academic integrity are reported by faculty, in writing, to the Registrar. The details are contained in the Academic Regulations Policy 2-201. A new policy is currently in the works and we will update you when that policy is implemented.

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The Tutoring & Academic Skills Centre: An Origin Story

Many years ago (2 or 3 to be exact), there was a Fleming College department known as Learning Support Services, and then it became The Learning Centre. Eventually, we all realized that we use the word “learning” too much around here. So much so, that it got watered down and no one knows what any of it really means. I mean, like, we’re all learning here, right? It’s a school! We all learned a lesson from that (except for the Learning Design & Support Team; they didn’t get the memo).

Amid all of this drama, was a group of people helping students directly with what they really need. They are the unsung heroes of the college. And now they have a name to suit their hero status: the Tutoring & Academic Skills Centre (If we want, they can be colloquially known as the T.A.S.C. Force). Check out one of our heroes describe their services, and here is the T.A.S.C Force website.

See the Services for Students section next for more information on what they do for students and how you can refer students to them.

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

Tutoring. One-on-one or small group help in an area in which the student needs help. A service for students doesn’t get much better than that. But wait, there’s more!

  • It’s free (Michael does accept bribes, though);
  • It’s for everybody;
  • There are one-on-one, or small-group sessions;
  • Drop-in sessions occur for Math, Writing, Test Prep & Success Strategies; and
  • There is additional support for students registered with Accessible Education Services.

So, should your students maybe know about this service? Ummmm, yeah!

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

In summary, if you tell your students about the T.A.S.C. Force, they will probably think you are a super cool teacher who cares about their success in your course.

carrito-de-la-compra-300pxProfessional Development

As mentioned above, most of our LDS Team was away at conferences last week. Terry and Alana attended the Advancing Learning Conference.

On the first day of the conference, Terry co-presented with Dennis Vanderspek on the COMM 201 and COMM 202 redesign and their shift to being more open by including blogging as a major focus of student learning. If you are curious about the resources were shared in this presentation, here is the resource Terry created. Terry finished off the conference by sharing and showcasing the Faculty Patchbook; he even engaged a few new contributors to the open textbook project: Yay, Terry! Here is the slide deck Terry created for his presentation.

Alana attended the conference on Thursday (Day 2) and shared the story of this blog. Her session was entitled, Just in Time Learning, a brief history of a faculty development blog; you can check out her slide deck here.

We’ll feature where our other team members were and what they shared and learned next week..

So, how was your week?

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Looking for more information? Visit the LDS Team website, give us a call at extension 1216, follow us on Twitter @FlemingLDS, or send us an email:

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. 

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…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

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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.

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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.

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

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Looking for more information? Visit the LDS Team website, give us a call at extension 1216, follow us on Twitter @FlemingLDS, or send us an email:

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!

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

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

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

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

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


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D2L Thing of the Week

 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

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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.

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

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

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

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Looking for more information? Visit the LDS Team website, give us a call at extension 1216, follow us on Twitter @FlemingLDS, or send us an email:

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

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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

Luau & Learn!luau.PNG

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.

Chattering-teeth-300px Chatter

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!

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:!