Week Seven, Winter 2020

Engaging Teaching

Teaching tips & more!

PD Week

If you’re interested in a little bit of professional development in order to squeeze some more engagement out of your teaching & learning environments, the “Reconnect” Fleming Faculty & Staff PD Week (next week!) has some offerings for you! Check out things like The Contract Faculty Experience, UDL: Sharing Practices and more in the “Reconnect” PD Week Information page here. Scroll down a little to see links to the schedule, session details and registration.

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PD Week

If you’re interested in a little bit of professional development on using technology to enable learning the “Reconnect” Fleming Faculty & Staff PD Week (next week!) has some offerings for you! Check out things like Ontario Extend, Using Intelligent Agents in D2L, Wikipedia Edit-a-thon and more in the “Reconnect” PD Week Information page here. Scroll down a little to see links to the schedule, session details and registration.

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Stuff to tell your students!

PD Week

Remind your students not to come here next week and then feast your eyes on the the “Reconnect” PD Week Information page here for approximately one million different opportunities to develop your profession.

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PD Week

If you’re interested in a little bit of professional development on how the college works the “Reconnect” Fleming Faculty & Staff PD Week (next week!) has some offerings for you! Check out things like the College Accommodations Committee Modules, Strategic Mandate Agreement 3 (it’s a trilogy!) and more in the “Reconnect” PD Week Information page here!

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Hmmm. Can’t Think of Any PD …..

Oh yeah, PD WEEK! I think we mentioned it already. There is a half-fortnight of professional development opportunities in the works. There are so many Fleming folks prepping a lovely little session for you next week and they can’t wait to see you at their sessions. Here is “Reconnect” PD Week Information page here . You should go to all of them!

Nicolas Cage GIF of The Week

Three weeks in and no one has told us to stop yet. So your Nicolas Cage GIF of the week is him pointing you towards the “Reconnect” PD Week Information page here!

Get In Touch

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Week Six, Winter 2020

Engaging Teaching

Teaching tips & more!

Extending an Invitation

Ontario Extend is a resource designed to help empower educators to create engaging technology-enabled learning experiences for their learners. This May and June, concurrent with Academic Renewal, we will facilitate a group of Fleming educators through the program. Participants will receive a digital badge for every module they complete, and the Empowered Educator micro-credential if all modules are completed. We are in the beginning stages of organizing and would just like to collect names of anyone interested in joining us for all or part of the experience. It will take approximately 3 hours/week from the beginning of May to mid-June. Pop your name in here if you are interested!

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A Gateway to D2L

When new students and faculty join us in our lovely Fleming College community they may be asking themselves “What the heck is D2L?” Good question! We’ve tried to distill the answer to that question by including a simple “who, what, when, where, why, how” of D2L itself and a few of its most useful tools in the Fleming College TechBank. If you go to either the D2L for Students or D2L for Faculty categories, you’ll see that overview (which provides links to tutorials etc if needed). It’s not quite fully fleshed out yet, so we’d love to hear your feedback on how to make it better.

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Stuff to tell your students!

For Pete’s Sake

Tell your students they’re invited to Fleming Night at the @PetesOHLhockey on Feb. 13! Tickets are on sale now at the Sutherland and Frost campus stores for $10. If you’re unable to visit these campus stores, please contact studentexperience@flemingcollege.ca and they will help. Go Pete’s Go! Get more goals than that other team!

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You Got a New Way To Walk

Have a listen to this while you ingest the following information: During the Fleming College Faculty & Staff PD Week (Feb 24-28), Monday to Thursday at noon you will get the chance(s) to join in on the Fleming Colleagues Walk & Roll meet-ups at Sutherland! It is a delightful experience. Head to the Transportation Lounge at noon to join!

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Kawartha Teaching and Technology Conference

It’s close to home and only $50! You’re not going to get a much better chance to attend an educational technology conference this year than the Kawartha Teaching & Technology Conference! Held at Trent on Thursday, March 5th. Sessions, keynotes, workshops and panel discussions will be organized within three broad topic areas:

  • Leveraging Technology for Inclusionary Practice
  • On the Horizon – Emerging Tools & Strategies for Teaching and Learning
  • Implications of Cybersecurity and Privacy on Teaching and Learning

Hope to see you there!

Nicolas Cage GIF of The Week

On the FlemingLDS Twitter account we ran a poll to see what you think is missing from the Teaching Hub. The winning answer? Nicolas Cage GIFs. So here you go. You will see a Nicolas Cage GIF every week until you tell us to stop. You can make it stop by leaving a heartfelt plea to do so in the comments below. Incidentally, you are always welcome to chat with us in the comments!

Get In Touch

Contact us at ext. 1216, ldsteam@flemingcollege.ca, or visit department.flemingcollege.ca/ldsTweet @fleminglds

Week Five, Winter 2020

Engaging Teaching

Teaching tips & more!

Going Organic

Once or twice in the history of the world, it may be possible that one or two course-based online discussions have been a tad robotic and boring. However, it turns out that having organic online discussions is possible! And guess what? It’s not a technological fix, it’s a human one. Check out this article to learn more.

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Click That Subscribe Button

As suggested by Alana Callan in The (Virtual) Teacher’s Lounge, it is a great idea subscribe to BrightSpace Tutorials on YouTube, and to use those videos as your go-to resource for how to do D2L stuff. Also, join the Virtual Teacher’s Lounge (it’s a Microsoft Teams team) so you can get awesome tips and seek advice like this at its source! Maybe you’ll even see your tip reported here, to the masses!

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Free Tech!

Fleming Student Administrative Council likes to let students know about things that students should know, and free technology is no exception. You can shoot this link to your students to let them know what’s available.

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Your Change Makes Change

When eating baked goods can help the Fleming team get to the Enactus Regional pitch competition in Mississauga, everyone wins. Well, except for all the other teams that go to the competition. Bring some change in to the main foyer at Sutherland on February 6th from 11-2 for the Enactus Fundraiser – Bake Sale & Candy Grams (Yummy!).

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A Taste of What’s to Come

From February 24th-28th (a.k.a. Reading Week), various dedicated professionals at Fleming College are offering up an assortment of professional development options for you throughout the entire week! Plans are still being finalized, but stay tuned for PD on things like the College Accommodation Committee Modules, Badging and Ontario Extend, Cisco/WebEx Collaboration Tools, Indigenous Perspectives Designation Policy and Procedure, Energizing your classroom, the Contract Faculty Experience, and much, much more!

Nicolas Cage GIF of The Week

On the FlemingLDS Twitter account we ran a poll to see what you think is missing from the Teaching Hub. The winning answer? Nicolas Cage GIFs. So here you go. You will see a Nicolas Cage GIF every week until you tell us to stop. You can make it stop by leaving a heartfelt plea to do so in the comments below. Incidentally, you are always welcome to chat with us in the comments!

Get In Touch

Contact us at ext. 1216, ldsteam@flemingcollege.ca, or visit department.flemingcollege.ca/ldsTweet @fleminglds

Week Four, Winter 2020

Engaging Teaching

Teaching tips & more!

Culturally Responsive Teaching

In reading this article it’s great to find out that by working toward providing learning experiences in a UDL-y way (Universal Design for Learning) it will also likely make you a more culturally responsive teacher. That’s like a Buy-One-Get-One Free deal!

Simply providing choice for students in terms of the input of information, or their own output, is a step toward a culturally responsive classroom, as is inherent in the guiding principles of UDL.

Gwen Bass, PhD, and Michael Lawrence-Riddell

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The Tech Bank

It’s still a work in progress, but like the seemingly as-yet unfinished Death Star in Return of the Jedi, this thing is operational. The Fleming Digital Learning Technologies Inventory, aka the Tech Bank, is a space to get a quick and dirty run-down of which learning technologies are available to us (faculty and students), and to get a sense of how and why one might want to use it. Have a look at the Faculty category to see what’s there, and let us know what’s missing and/or how to make it as useful as possible!

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Your Own Terms and Conditions

From 5-6 pm on January 28th in room 253A (at Frost Campus), there is a free workshop for students to help work toward living your life on your own terms:

The STOP PUSHING MY BUTTONS! Workshop will help participants move away from reaction, defensiveness and blame towards understanding the power behind thoughts and feelings. Learn how to identify and deactivate your buttons with strategic tools and techniques.

It may take more than one hour to achieve this, so we’re thinking there may be some post-workshop stuff to do. Students can register at Health Services Rm 254 (at Frost).

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Policies & Procedures

In some instances, for some people, once in an occasional blue, waning moon, it can be a trifle dry to read up on policies and procedures. But some say they are an important part of running a tight ship, so we have a few here at Fleming. When you’re ready you can find them here. Let us know which is your favourite!

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Virtual Lunch n’ Learns from Ed-Tech Ontario

The ETC is a committee of ed-tech enthusiasts from all of Ontario’s colleges. One of the things that they do is run a series of webinars throughout the semester. And the new calendar is out! First up, on February 5th is a webinar entitled Listen Up: Podcasts as the new “Textbook” hosted by Audrey Wubbenhorst of Humber College. See the whole list here. Sounds intriguing!

Get In Touch

Contact us at ext. 1216, ldsteam@flemingcollege.ca, or visit department.flemingcollege.ca/ldsTweet @fleminglds

Week Three, Winter 2020

Engaging Teaching

Teaching tips & more!

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Contrary to some beliefs, Wikipedia’s quite a reliable source of information (check out the myth busting section in this slide deck) and guess who can make it even better? This coming Open Education Week (March 2-6), think about joining us as we join a bunch of other colleges and unis in Ontario in a Wikepedia-Edit-a-thon. The overarching goal is to help reduce the gender gap on Wikipedia. It should be an engaging learning experience for all of us. Pop your name in here if you’re interested in learning more.

Learning Technology

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Tech Talk & Tacos Take Two

We will be hosting a lunch time virtual get-together every week: 12-1230 on Tuesdays in our WebEx Digital Meeting Room. This week, we will have a look at WebEx itself (so meta!). We can show everyone how it works, how we can use it, and how you might want to use it in your teaching or for your own learning. Email Terry for a calendar invite, if you’d like one.

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Stuff to tell your students!

Clubbin’

Students can get all their clubbing needs met on Tuesday, January 21st from 11-1 in the main foyer at Sutherland during Club Craze, hosted by the Student Administrative Council. And we don’t mean late-night-party clubbing; we mean student interest clubs! Clubs can be joined or new ones can be started! Maybe someone will start a Clubbin’ Club for late-night dancing enthusiasts.

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There’s an App for… Us?

That’s right! There is a Fleming mobile app. It functions much like the myCampus portal, but instead of looking it up in a browser on your phone, you simply open the app! Saves you a few clicks! Find it on Google Play or on your iPhone.

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Professional Learning Opportunities

Winter 2020 Professional Development Week

The Learning Design & Support and Employee Success and Organizational Development teams are partnering to bring you an exciting week of professional development during Winter Week 8. Please feed us your ideas for how best to do this by filling out this survey. In doing you will not be entered in a contest to win anything, but we will give a slight nod of appreciation when we pass you in the hallways.

Get In Touch

Contact us at ext. 1216, ldsteam@flemingcollege.ca, or visit department.flemingcollege.ca/ldsTweet @fleminglds

Week Two, Winter 2020

Engaging Teaching

Teaching tips & more!

Give it Five Minutes

In this article, James M. Lang offers up some advice for using the first 5 minutes of class to shift everyone’s attention from the latest hot goss to, you know, course stuff. Next week, we’ll try to find an article on what to do in the second five minutes of class!

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Tech Talk & Tacos

Starting this week, and every week until we forget to keep doing it, we will be hosting a lunch time virtual get-together right dab in the middle of the week: 12-1 on Wednesdays in our Webex Digital Meeting Room. This week, we will have a look at Microsoft Teams, and specifically, the (newly renamed) Teacher’s Lounge Team that now has 40 members and growing! We can show everyone how it works, how we can use it, and how you might want to use it in your teaching. Contact Terry if you need any help getting set up.

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Stuff to tell your students!

There’s Help

Guess what? We have no idea most of the time what our students are going through in their day-to-day lives. But we do want them to succeed, so it behooves us to let them know what help is available to them. Here’s a key piece of that help: good2talk.ca “Good2Talk is a free, confidential helpline providing professional counselling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions, and well-being to post-secondary students in Ontario, 24/7/365.” Let your students know it’s there for them when they need it.

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Free Stuff from IT!

Adobe Creative Cloud is full of powerful software for making cool stuff with your computer. And you can have it all for free at home, thanks to IT Services! Head to this page for directions on how to get it. Then it’s just a matter of figuring out how to use Photoshop and all that other cool stuff. Simple, right?

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New Contract Faculty Experience

The new Contract Faculty Experience program includes four hours of online learning designed to support folks as they become familiar with their roles and responsibilities at Fleming College. Find it here: https://wpflemingcollege.com/cfex/. If you haven’t guessed by the name, the target audience for the experience is new contract faculty, but all are welcome to pop in for a refresher on a thing or two.

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Week One, Winter 2020

Engaging Teaching

Teaching tips & more!

A Lovely Swarm of Pedagogy Goodness

Let’s just ease into the new term with a simple way to share warm teaching thoughts. In just four words, many educators have been able to share wonderful teaching philosophies to the Twitter hashtag #4wordpedagogy. Have a scroll through some of the submissions and, if you’re feeling generous, pop yours into the comments at the bottom of the page.

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Join the Team

We would like the Teaching Hub to be more of an actual hub by making it easier to include everyone in the ongoing conversation about teaching and learning at Fleming, so we created a space (in Microsoft Teams) for us all to have an ongoing discussion. Click this link to join the Digital Learning at Fleming Teams Channel and see the beginnings of the conversation. You can go there to find advice, support, help, and maybe even a partner in crime or two for your next project!

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Getting Involved in Getting Involved

Q. How many opportunities do your students have to get involved in Student Life at Fleming?

A: A lot. Get involved in your students’ getting involved by nudging your students towards the Student Life tab in the portal.

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Support

Picture this scenario: You’re sitting in your office trying to come up with an icebreaker activity for your upcoming first class and are just plain stumped because you’ve already put so much mental effort into the rest of your lesson plan. Well, let us remind you that the ‘S’ in the LDS Team name stands for SUPPORT, and we have phones and computers that we are sitting by waiting for you to call (ext. 1216) or email (ldsteam@flemingcollege.ca). Or, you can join the aforementioned Microsoft Team and then we’ll respond saying you should try the “most boring thing about me” icebreaker because it is low stakes and hilarious.

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Professional Learning Opportunities

Nope

Professional Learning opportunities the same week you are launching all your new winter term courses? No, thank you! We’ll hit you up with some light learning opportunities next week. Have a great semester start!

Get In Touch

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Week Sixteen, Fall 2019

Engaging Teaching

Teaching tips & more!

Video Tutorial

See below for a video demonstration of what we recommend you do this week, rather than think about your pedagogy. You do not need to view the entire 2 hours.

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Let’s Talk About Tech, Baby

We would like to introduce a space for us all to have an ongoing discussion about how we go about our teaching and learning with technology here at Fleming College. This will be a glorious space that sidesteps your email inbox and all look to each other for quick help and advice. Click this link to join the Digital Learning at Fleming Teams Channel and see the beginnings of the conversation. You can read more about the potential of Microsoft Teams for collaboration here. (we can use the space to talk about non-techy stuff , too!)

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Holiday Closure

We all know it. This is not news. But let’s just revel in the fact that the college is closing for the holidays. You are not invited to be on College campuses between December 23 and January 1st. Stay away. Go somewhere else. See you next year.

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Professional Learning Opportunities

Boot Camp/Get It Together

After the new year, when you return all rested and content from your relaxing holiday break, the cold hard truth will hit you that you have work to do to get ready for the Winter semester! Let the Learning Design & Support Team help you! See here for details on our week zero (Jan. 2 and 3) offerings of the Teaching & Learning Bootcamp and Get It Together sessions at Frost and Sutherland.

Get In Touch

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Week Fifteen, Fall 2019

Engaging Teaching

Teaching tips & more!

Holiday Reading

The time is almost nigh in which you get the chance to catch up on some reading. Whether it’s about business or pleasure, what are you looking forward to reading over the holidays? Add yours to our group holiday reading list by clicking this link and then the + sign.

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Tool Parade

Students in the University of Windsor Faculty of Education are building a cool website where they evaluate educational technology platforms and share the results. Especially appreciated is the consideration of not just usability, but privacy as well. They’ve even included last week’s learning tech suggestion PhET Simulation if you’d like an in-depth analysis of that tool along with the others. Stay tuned to their page for more in the future! Follow along to their Twitter hashtag as well.

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Stuff to tell your students!

Monday Matinee

Your students might need a reason to give their brains a little passive entertainment time and here is just such an opportunity: Monday Matinee Movie in the Pub! It’s put on by SAC from 2-4 every Monday afternoon in the Steele Centre. With two weeks to go until holiday break, we assume the next two movies are Home Alone and Home Alone 2.

UPDATE: we guessed wrong. It’s Elf.

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Entering Grades in Evolve

You have until noon on Tuesday the 17th to get your grades into their final resting place of Evolve. Here’s how:

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Professional Learning Opportunities

Not this week

We hereby refuse to offer you any more professional learning opportunities this week. Instead, use whatever extra head space you have this week to think about what shopping you still have to do, which must-see holiday movies you have yet to get to, or where to put that dang elf on the shelf tomorrow.

Get In Touch

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Week Fourteen, Fall 2019

Engaging Teaching

Teaching tips & more!

Open Up

This edition of The Teaching Hub is a day late because the author had the onerous task of attending the Open Education Global Conference last week. So why not use this week’s hub as a way to report back on what happened at the conference? Okay!

First off, what’s open education? As per usual in academia, its definition can be hotly debated, but in general, there are two parts: First are open educational resources (OER), which are learning materials free to access, keep, share, revise, and build upon. The other side of the coin is open educational practices, which are teaching and learning practices enabled by the open sharing of… teaching and learning practices! To be concise, open education is sharing.

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Go fetch some of these PhET simulations

On day two of the conference there was a keynote that highlighted a fabulous set of the aforementioned Open Educational Resources. Awardwinning ones at that! The talk was entitled “Advancing Science and Math Education Worldwide through OER: Lessons Learned from PhET Interactive Simulations“. They have a set of 153 freely available simulations that can help students master concepts and ideas in all kinds of science and math topics in a safe environment. For free. FREE! Each of them take PhET about 600 hours to create. Here’s a short video about the simulations if you’d like to see more.

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Stuff to tell your students!

Open Education Influencers

Your students might get warm fuzzies knowing that the Open Education Conference kicked off with a keynote by students discussing how Open Education has helped them and how they have helped influence the growth of Open Educational Practices at their own institutions. It was entitled “Students: Storytellers and Creators of Their Own Open Futures.” You can read their entire script here. They shared it because, you know, open education!

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UNESCO Recommendation

This section is usually reserved for college-level inner workings, but today we share a new inner working for the whole world. UNESCO has a few different levels at which they can influence what goes on around the planet. Their top level is a ‘convention’ like the Geneva ones, but only one step down from there is a UNESCO recommendation. And just in time for the conference, UNESCO adopted the Recommendation on Open Educational Resources as a key step in achieving UN Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education for all. Seems like a pretty big deal!

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Virtually Connect to More of the Open Education Global Conference

If you’d like to see and hear a little more about what people were talking about at the conference, you can watch people talk about just that on this recording of a Virtually Connecting meeting from the conference. Also have a look at just how comfy lecture hall seats can be. If you watch this during lunch, you can call it a self-made lunch ‘n’ learn and add it to your professional learning journal!

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