The Teaching Hub, November 2021, Vol. 2.3

We want you to get excited about inclusive practices and the value of universal design!

This SSRHC insight video highlights what UDL advocates for — the idea that traditional models of education does not effectively meet the needs of all learners. When we aim for the ‘standard learner’, someone will always be left out!  

You Say Inclusive, I Say Universal

Greetings faculty members, staff, students, and the wider Fleming community. As we arrive at the mid-point of the Fall 2021 academic term, the LDS team wanted to send a warm message of gratitude to Fleming members as we turn our attention to Week 8, and further explore theme of inclusive teaching practice.  What does it mean to plan deliberately for inclusivity when designing a learning space? Week 8 will explore the ‘how’ of inclusive practice by approaching it from the perspective of universal design. 
 

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a theory and framework that  intentionally plans for all learners by embracing the idea that individual learners arrive to any learning space with variant preferences, needs, and capabilities (Rose, 2012). It was developed in the 1980s at the Centre for Applied Special Technology. As a viable theory for encouraging and measuring learning, it undergone updates and development over the past several decades, culminating in a framework that encourages multiple means of engagement, representation, and action and expression in a learning environment (CAST, n.d.). 

Image illustrates the difference between equality, equity and justice and uses height as a comparison
Courtesy of Courtesy Advancing Equity and Inclusion: A Guide for Municipalities, by City for All Women Initiative (CAWI), Ottawa

As the image and captions above illustrate, barrier free access to the built and intellectual environment doesn’t just help those who need accommodations, it creates a more inclusive and immersive environment for all!  Beyond serving as a model to reach students who are managing specific access barriers to education because of the vulnerabilities they may face, UDL challenges traditional approaches to education and learning by proposing a revolutionary idea–that all learners benefit from a more accessible learning environment (Meyers, Rose & Gordon, 2014). This an achievable goal that binds our shared intellectual community, and underpins our discussions in Week 8. 

The LDS Team, in collaboration with the VPAE’s office, faculty, and staff, invite you to learn more about UDL, including how to implement it into your teaching and learning practice, in our Teaching & Learning sessions, running from October 26 to 28. We will kick things off on Tuesday, October 26 from 9-11 a.m. with the launch of our new UDL module and a keynote presentation from Dr. Kate Snyder, Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning at Nova Scotia Community College, with an introduction from our VPAE, Dr. Stephanie Dimech. 
 
Let’s come together to share and discuss best and emerging practices for creating inclusive teaching and learning environments and consider how to support our community with the return to on-campus activities. You can access the full schedule, session descriptions, and register for individual sessions here: LDS Team Schedule.docx.
 
Can’t wait to get started? Scroll down to learn more about UDL and get a  sneak peak at some of the featured speakers and events.
 
References
  • CAST. (n.d.). CAST Timeline. Retrieved from Link to CAST  
  • Meyer, A., Rose, D. & Gordon, D. (2014). Universal Design for Learning: Theory and Practice. Retrieved from LINK
  • Rose, T. (2012). Todd Rose: Variability Matters. Retrieved from LINK
 
visual of UDL guidelines

Universal Design for Learning illustrates that learning happens across affective, recognition, and strategic networks. Source: CAST. (n.d.) Universal Design for Learning Guidelines. Retrieved from  LINK

Spotlight on Inclusive Practice: UDL for Beginners

As we will learn in Week 8, Universal Design for Learning isn’t just a theory, it is a compilation of sign posts and practices that advance the idea that planning for multiple means of representation, action, and engagement makes our learning environments more inclusive.

There isn’t one right or wrong way to implement UDL, but there is a broader need for UDL when considering the ways in which it can support an educational environment underpinned by a duty to accommodate. One of the central goals of the Accessibility for Ontarians with a Disability Act (AODA)  is a barrier free society. Universal Design for Learning supports this mandate in several ways, including the goal of removing barriers for communication and improving access to assistive technology as a standard of the learning environment, rather than an add-on. In this way, both the AODA and UDL are aligned in the idea that a barrier-free society is essential for some, but good for all!

New to UDL and want to learn more? Access these essential resources for additional information from the Center for Applied Special Technology:

CAST. (n.d.). Provide Multiple Means of Engagement. Retrieved from http://udlguidelines.cast.org/engagement

CAST. (n.d.). Provide Multiple Means of Action and Expression. Retrieved from http://udlguidelines.cast.org/action-expression

CAST. (n.d.) Provide Multiple Means of Representation. Retrieved from http://udlguidelines.cast.org/representation

Teaching & Learning Sessions: A Sneak Peak

Join us in Week 8 to learn about the challenges and promises of inclusive and culturally responsive pedagogy! In doing so you will also get to hear from experts in inclusive learning environments, including insights from:

Our UDL keynote speaker, Dr. Kate Synder, who will be introduced by our VPAE, Dr. Stephanie Dimech. Dr. Snyder is Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning at Nova Scotia Community College where she works with faculty, staff, and administration to support a culture of teaching and learning grounded in equity, excellent, and innovation. Dr. Snyder has dedicated her career to supporting students and their learning across education systems. Learn more about Dr. Synder’s research and area of expertise here: LINK 

Dr. Barbara Roberts, who will speak on our Student Experience Panel alongside Fleming students. Dr. Roberts recently retired as Executive Director of the WorkLife Office and Senior Advisor to the Provost for WorkLife at Michigan State University, where she also held an adjunct faculty appointment in the College of Education. Dr. Roberts’ expertise is in how individuals participate successfully in education environments, facilitating a climate where all individuals are respected and supported in their work and personal lives.  Her work focuses on how structures include or exclude people with disabilities, and the impact of policy and practice on inclusion. Dr. Roberts consults with colleges and universities across Canada on inclusion and accommodation. Watch Dr. Roberts give a presentation on inclusive practice here: Accommodation vs. Accessibility: A Pro-active Approach by Barbara Roberts 

Stephanie  Moeser, an expert who works with youth and young adults with mood disorders, anxiety, and ADHD, will also participate in our Student Experience Panel. Stephanie  is a registered social worker with a Bachelor of Social Work from Ryerson University and a Masters of Social Work from University of Toronto. Stephanie has a specialization in working with children, youth, and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and co-ocurring mental health concerns. She has worked in both clinical and management positions at Geneva Centre for Autism and managed a dual-diagnosis program at COTA Health in Toronto. You can access Stephanie’s website here: Link

Our lineup also includes:
 
  • A panel that explores the challenges and opportunities of the return to more on-campus instruction
  • Sessions that focus on universal design, inclusive pedagogy, and technology enhanced learning 
  • A faculty showcase that will highlight the innovative work of Fleming faculty members
  • Opportunities for social connection, networking, and reflective practice
 
What are you waiting for? You can access the full schedule and register for individual sessions here: LDS Team Schedule.docx.
 
See you there!
 
The Learning Design & Support Team
Alana, Charlene, Andrew & Amanda

We’d like to hear from you!

The Teaching Hub is a monthly collection of things educators at Fleming College might like to know about, doled out in small chunks, curated by the Learning Design & Support Team. 

We welcome ideas, feedback, and teaching & learning content suggestions here: LDSTeam@flemingcollege.ca

The Teaching Hub, October 2021, Vol. 2.2


As we approach September 30, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the Learning Design & Support Team wants to acknowledge and give thanks for the valuable role that Indigenous faculty, staff, and students play at Fleming and in the wider community. Although this is the first official date, we recognize that this date is precipitated by centuries of systemic legal and social inequality. At the heart of this is a national tragedy and shame that was inflicted upon Indigenous communities at the hands of the Canadian state and society–forced assimilation and the Residential school system. 

Fleming is committed to Truth and Reconciliation through reflecting on our past, owning our truth, and inclusion of Indigenous intellectual and cultural traditions in our curriculum and learning approaches. Fleming College has many events and initiatives leading up to the day to commemorate the occasion. You can learn more about Fleming’s commitment to the inclusion of Indigenous perspectives here: Fleming College marks National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

Truth and Reconciliation Events and Programming

Fleming College, Virtual talk by Dr. John Milloy– Monday, Sept. 27 at 3 p.m. 

    • An acknowledged expert on Canada’s residential school system, Dr. Milloy will share his experience as the director of research and special adviser for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (2008-2015). As a member of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (1991-1996), Dr. Milloy researched and produced a detailed report, which was later published as a book A National Crime: The Canadian Government and the Residential School System, 1879 to 1986. In collaboration with Student Experience and Indigenous Services, Dr. Milloy will address the Fleming community and be introduced by Fleming President Maureen Adamson, and the event will be hosted by Fleming’s Academic Chair for Indigenous Perspectives Liz Stone.  This event is co-presented by Student Experience and Indigenous Student Services. Click here to join this public event on Zoom. Meeting ID: 884 4823 2152 / Passcode: Fleming 

Indigenous Student Services at Fleming College – A Time for Reflection, Sept. 30

    • A social media campaign is planned to engage the students and community with various resources and events. The College community is invited to share pictures wearing orange shirts with the tag #MiigwechFleming

Indigenous Student Services at Fleming – Video Launch, Sept. 30 

    • Members of the Fleming community, Indigenous and settlers, come together for a conversation about what the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation means to them. The video will be released on September 30.

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, Sept. 27 – Oct. 1

      • This is a virtual event open to all Canadian schools for youth grades 5 – 12. To celebrate the success of last year’s online event, Every Child Matters, National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba is proud to present a full week of Truth and Reconciliation programming. This is a 5-day national event that will continue the conversations from Every Child Matters. Important conversations including the truths of the Indigenous treaties, First Nation, Métis and Inuit land claims, and the residential schools system. This online event will provide historical workshops, exclusive video content, and activities for students — all supported by artistic and cultural performances by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit artists.

Indigenous Perspectives: Teaching Supports

Indigenous perspectives share with learners’ aspects of Indigenous people’s knowledge, perspectives, and experiences and our shared history and experience as individuals living in Canada, through their inclusion into the learning content, design, and delivery of a course or program of study 

Indigenous perspectives use Indigenous peoples’ ways of knowing and ways of living in the world that include, among other things, ecological ways of knowing, histories, identities, cultural practices and traditions, languages, community engagement, governance, and community dynamics.   

Fleming College’s Indigenous Perspectives and Program Teams are committed to providing high quality and vocationally specific education that draws upon the CiCan Indigenous Education Protocol, the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. 

Learning Design and Support

Incorporating Indigenous perspectives into your curriculum begins with critically examining the frame of reference through which traditional curriculum and learning activities have been designed.  

Educators must then decide when, where, and how to encourage learners to explore the histories, cultures, languages, contributions, perspectives, experiences and contemporary contexts of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples while engendering knowledge, understanding and respect. 

The Learning Design and Support Website has a variety of resources to support the integration of Indigenous Perspectives into your teaching and learning practice. You can access some of them below.

Another important and new educational tool for faculty and subject-matter-experts that we want to draw attention is the Curriculum Development Handbook and the Curriculum Development Tipsheet. The handbook is a living document designed by Charlene Kloos, Curriculum Development Consultant in the LDS Team. The handbook and tip sheet each provide guidelines on best practices on competency based learning and curriculum alignment mapping. These documents support the integration of and inclusive curriculum development and design, which fits with Fleming College’s approach to accessible education. 

 Academic Integrity

In expanding supports for Academic Integrity at Fleming, efforts are underway to develop materials to broaden the understanding of academic integrity from a variety of ethical perspectives. Last year, thanks to the work of B.J. Maracle, an Indigenous Learning Strategist at the University of Toronto, library staff modified and shared the “Seven Grandfathers In Academic Integrity<https://fleming.libguides.com/ld.php?content_id=35419200>” to connect academic integrity concepts to the Seven Grandfather teachings.

We are excited to share that Academic Integrity and Copyright Officer, Marcia Steeves, and Faculty, Ann Hines will be working together this year to bring together past experience with restorative practices and existing research in the application of restorative practices within academic integrity to bring forward restorative options for students and faculty. Restorative practices, rooted in Indigenous knowledge and practices, can provide students with the opportunity to openly accept responsibility for their actions and work to repair relationships with those that are harmed by their actions. These practices can also provide participants with experiential learning that will benefit them beyond the classroom. We look forward to sharing more as this project develops over the coming months.

Library Services

Fleming Library provides live chat help, reference appointments, workshops, and self-directed live chat help, reference appointments, workshops, and self-directed online help-guides. Contact us to book a library technologist for an in-class workshop on research skills & strategies using library resources, citations, academic integrity and more.

For Truth and Reconciliation Week, we would also like to highlight the following Library resources:

Please note that Fleming Library is participating in an Ontario College Libraries working group to address the structural biases and inappropriate language found in the Library of Congress Subject Headings. This initiative addresses The CFLA Truth and Reconciliation Committee Report and Recommendations 5th recommendation for libraries to decolonize access and classification.  As this work continues, we have posted a notice in the catalogue of our commitment to update records with appropriate language.  

Additional Resources

Professional Development Opportunities

Facilitated Ontario Extend Sessions: September 20 – December 11 

    • This Fall we are continuing to offer all six Extend modules as FREE English language facilitated courses with optional synchronous and asynchronous check-ins delivered in the Brightspace Learning Management System. Our flexible delivery schedule offers multiple opportunities to engage with the Extend program with no sign-up required to attend any of these facilitated sessions – you can mix and match as you please! You have the option of attending any of the following module focused sessions:   View the full schedule and register today

We’d like to hear from you!

The Teaching Hub is a weekly collection of things educators at Fleming College might like to know about, doled out in small chunks, curated by the Learning Design & Support Team. 

In the remaining issues of 2021, The Teaching Hub will focus on pedagogical approaches to equity, diversity, and inclusion. We welcome ideas, feedback, and teaching & learning content suggestions here: LDSTeam@flemingcollege.ca 

The Teaching Hub, September 2021, vol. 2.1

multi-coloured chalk and dust arranged like a rainbow

Welcome Back!

A hearty welcome and warm hello to Fleming faculty, staff, students, and members of the wider community!
 

The start of a new academic year arrives with a range of emotions from faculty and students–excitement, anxiety and, for some, the promise of a fresh start in  a new academic year. However you may, or may not, feel about entering another school year, The Teaching Hub is here to support you in your teaching and learning practice, including Brightspace (D2L), Webex, MSTeams, Respondus, Office365, TurnItIn, Video Streaming, and WordPress.

This month’s edition of the Hub will provide general staffing and accessibility updates, direct and refresh faulty on the resources, services, and tools offered to them, and give a preview of fresh things to come in 2021 – 2022 editions of The Hub.

In this issue:

  • LDST Staff and Schedule Updates
  • LDST Resources and Tools at a Glance
  • Tech Updates: ReadSpeaker
  • What’s New with Accessible Education Services

LDST Staff and Schedule Updates

The Learning Design and Support Team has some new faces! In the Spring, the Team welcomed the addition of Charlene Kloos as a Curriculum Development Consultant, and Andrew Wells and Amanda Robinson as Teaching & Learning Specialists. 

Week 1 is barreling towards us! In advance of the semester start, the LDSTeam is here to help, and wants to direct toward our expanding scheduled for August 30 – Friday September 3. You can access sessions descriptions here:  LDS Schedule

Please note that as of publishing, the Student Experience Panel link has not been set up, please check the LDS schedule above for room link closer to the session. 

Monday
August 30

Tuesday
August 31

Wednesday 
September 1

Thursday
September 2

Friday
September 3

8:00 

9:00 

Teaching & Learning
Boot Camp

Learning Technology
Drop-In

Learning Technology
Drop-In

10:00 

Academic
Integrity Process Overview

Receiving
a Sexual Violence Disclosure from a Student: The Role of Faculty and other
Fleming Employees

(10:00 – 11:30) 

11:00 

Teaching &
Learning Drop-in

Library
Services: Streaming Video in the Classroom

Teaching &
Learning Drop-in

12:00 

1:00 

Student Experience Panel 
(1:00 – 2:30 p.m.)* 

Supporting
The Mental Health Of LGBTQ+ Students During Uncertain Times

2:00 

Learning Technology
Drop-In

3:00 

Learning Technology
Drop-In

Learning Technology
Drop-In

Learning Technology
Drop-In

4:00 

5:00 

Teaching &
Learning Boot Camp

6:00 

*Note – at time of publishing, the Student Experience Panel has already happened. A recording is available here: Student Experience Panel Recording

LDS Resources and Tools at a Glance

 
Teaching and learning in the post-secondary system can sometimes feel isolating and overwhelming, especially during those crunch times at the start and end of term, or during intense periods of course development and assessment. The LDS is here to help. We have a group of staff who can direct you to internal and external resources to support you in solving tech problems and help you to use technology meaningfully in your teaching practice. On the LDS Team Website you will find resources on the following topics:
 
  • Designing for Accessibility
  • Course Design & Content Development
  • Learning Outcomes and Assessment
  • Classroom Management and Engagement Techniques
  • Teaching Practice & Professional Development
  • Integrating Technology Meaningfully into your Teaching Practice
Faculty can also access a full compliment of tech support resources, including those designed to support you in your professional development as an educator.
 

If you don’t find the support item you are looking for, you can submit an LDS Project Form: here.

New to Teaching at Fleming?

In addition to the teaching and learning resources and support outlined above, new faculty are encouraged to access and review the Contract Faculty Experience. These modules are designed to support you in your first term teaching at Fleming College. You can access the full suite of training here: New Contract Faculty Experience

Professional Development Opportunities

LDS Team was recently sent this free professional development for educators. Courses begin on August 30, 2021. Here is an excerpt from the program description:

“As part of OECM’s ongoing commitment to pursue innovative and creative solutions that foster an exceptional customer experience, we are delighted to provide Ontario’s K-12 and post-secondary educators with exclusive access to this new PL program. These interactive and diverse, application-based virtual webinars, courses and small-group collaborations are free to access and attend and are facilitated by accomplished education leaders. The sessions are organized in three pathways: Social and Emotional Learning, Equity and Inclusion, and Achieving Excellence and are designed to support Ontario’s K-12 and post-secondary educators as they reflect on and prepare to address the complex, unique challenges brought about by COVID-19.”

You can register here: OECM and Dell Technologies FREE Learning Program

Tech Updates: Readspeaker

The LDS Team is happy to announce the addition of Readspeaker to our D2L Learning Management landscape. Readspeaker is an accessibility feature in D2L that enables our learners to listen to their course content on D2L, both HTML pages and documents. This helpful technology is already available to students in Brightspace (D2L). 

You can learn more about Readspeaker implementation in D2L by following this link: Readspeaker in D2L

What’s New with Accessible Education Services

The following section includes important updates from Fleming’s Accessible Education Services. Thank you to Audrey Healy for compiling this important information for The Hub.

Staffing Updates 

  • Accessibility Counsellors Anita Arnold has left us to work as a professor in the Social Service Worker program. We are in the process of hiring someone to replace her.
  • Reta Wright, Tim Piper and Audrey Healy are meeting with all the Sutherland students with disabilities.
  • Melissa McQuaid is meeting with the Frost students with disabilities.

Faculty Drop-in Sessions

Each of our accessibility counsellors have blocked time each week for faculty drop-ins. Faculty are encouraged to book drop-ins, which are designed to improve connections, support information sharing, and to address general questions. General questions can be directed to the next available drop-on time; Faculty who have questions about a specific student may choose that student’s counsellor’s drop-in times.

Each Monday, we will send an email letting faculty know the drop-in schedule for the week (like LDS does). If the drop-in times don’t work for you, you are welcome as always to email the counsellor to book a specific time. Each counsellor is aligned with one or two schools to help foster stronger connections between counsellors and faculty.

Below you will find a list of staff specific assignments for each school:

  • Reta Wright – General Arts and Science  Health & Wellness
  • Audrey Healy – Business and Justice & Community Development
  • Tim Piper – Trades & Tech
  • Melissa McQuaid – Natural Resources/Frost and Haliburton School of Art &

Drop-in Schedule 

Here is the schedule for this week and next:

 

M – Aug. 30

T – Aug. 31

W – Sept. 1

Th – Sept. 2

F – Sept. 3

Week 0

 

 

Audrey – Justice & Comm Dev and Business

9:00 – 11: 00 a.m.

Tim – Trades & Tech, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

 

Melissa – SENRS and HSAD, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

 

Reta – GAS and H&W

 

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

 

M – Sept. 6

T – Sept. 7

W – Sept. 8

Th – Sept. 9

F – Sept. 10

Week 1

 

Audrey – Justice & Comm Dev and Business

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 

 

Reta – GAS and H&W,

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

 

Tim – Trades & Tech, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

 

Melissa – SENRS and HSAD, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

 

 

Letters of Accommodation 

As we approach the start of term, faculty should expect to receive emails on September 10, advising them of student accommodations. Faculty are advised that once the timetables are available to students, you can access your students’ letters, meaning that don’t have to wait for the email. Faculty can view accommodation letters for individual students on on the Accessible Education Online Services website.

In Spring 2021, AES sent a survey to faculty asking for feedback on the Letters of Accommodation process. We have spent the summer making changes to the Letters based on your feedback, and changes are forthcoming. This process is part of a larger project than we had hoped because it involves re-programming our database. 

AES will continue to work on this over the fall semester with the hope of having the new and improved Letters of Accommodation available for the winter semester. 

User’s Guide to Accommodations & Accessible Education Services

Many of you provided us with feedback on the Faculty Guide. We heard you. The guide has a new title: User’s Guide to Accommodations & Accessible Education Services. It’s been edited it so that it now only includes information about accommodations. It is written to be a guide for both faculty and students with disabilities. Your students’ Letters of Accommodations have links to the User’s Guide. You can view it any time you would like on the Faculty Resources page of the Accessible Education Services website. 

Some of the other updates include:

  • Almost every accommodation included in the User’s Guide has suggestions for Universal Design for Learning (thanks to Amanda Robinson in Learning Design & Support services for her work on this part of the Guide!). 
  • Faculty told us that they found the old version hard to navigate. AES has added a table of contents in the new guide. Users can scroll through the table to find the accommodation you are looking for and once you find it, just click on it. The table is hyperlinked to the corresponding page in the Guidehttps://www.readspeaker.com/learning-old/learning-management-systems/brightspace/

That’s all for now! Our next issue of The Teaching Hub in September/October will highlight:

  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Truth and Reconciliation
  • Engagement Strategies for Online Delivery
 
That’s all for now! Thanks for stopping by.
 

Are you a member of the Fleming College teaching and learning community who wants to contribute to the Hub, have an event or professional opportunity to highlight? Let us know! Email your ideas, suggestions, and comments to amanda.robinson@flemingcollege.ca 

 

Teaching Hub Radio, Episode 4

Teaching Hub Radio a weekly blast of all things pedagogical from the Fleming College Learning Design & Support Team

The Teaching Hub has been converted in to a radio show. Here’s how it works: We reach out to individuals to contribute both a topic for the various Teaching Hub categories and a song to play on the radio. The radio show plays on VoicEd Radio, which has a full SOCAN license, giving us the opportunity to choose any song we want to hear. This week’s picks come from faculty, staff, and students from across the college. Next time it could be you! Let us know if you want to be part of it. Have a listen at noon on Mondays on voiced.ca or to the podcast version here.

Engaging Teaching – Teaching Tips & More!

Susan Brown, Professor in Carpentry and Coordinator of Health & Safety for the School of Trades and Technology. Susan shares her ideas for keeping students engaged remotely, including using Kahoot via Webex, and the absolutely fabulous, wise, and extremely smart advice to seek the help of the Fleming College Learning Design & Support

Susan then told the story of her song pick from the James Barker Band and how Fleming College Trades and Tech students renovated his tour bus!

Learning Technology – Using the technology without it using us.

For Learning Technology this week, Alana Callan returned to tell us about some new ed-tech tool integrations into our D2L space. You can now launch Webex Meetings, Webex Teams, Webex Training (which includes breakout rooms) and (very soon) create H5P interactive elements right in your course page.

Alana also shared her love for East Coast music, choosing a song from the very East Coast-esque Matt Mays.

Trickle Down – Stuff to tell your students!

Zoe King of the Fleming Women’s Basketball Team, recent grad of Business Administration, and President of SAC, shared her experience on the Student Panel Discussion during the Virtual Teaching & Learning Week in which 5 students shared their stories of learning in the pandemic.

Zoe’s song choice will have us all thinking “why you not here with me?”

Keeping it Professional – Professional Learning Opportunities

Mandy Rochon joined us to chat more about the Virtual Teaching & Learning Week (still ongoing!) which has included sessions on various learning technologies and practices, including Mandy’s session on MS Teams. Have look at the recordings of past sessions here and the schedule for upcoming sessions here (the ‘week’ continues until Wednesday!)

Then the Good Lovelies returned to the show at Mandy’s request!

Bonus Request!

The Online Learning Consortium wrapped up their Ideate Virtual Conference this past week. During that conference, Terry Greene offered a session discussing ways in which you can leave space for students to make room for themselves in your online learning environments. And he would love to hear your thoughts on that! You can hear all the contributions so far here (please check them out. There are some fabulous ideas). And please let us know how you do this yourself by recording your thoughts here!

And then the Fugees channel Online Learning in 2020 with their song Ready or Not.

Teaching Hub Radio, Episode 3

Teaching Hub Radio a weekly blast of all things pedagogical from the Fleming College Learnign Design & Support Team

Breaking news! The Teaching Hub has been converted in to a radio show. We will continue to publish the blog post as a repository of the resources that we mention, but the radio show is where all the fun happens. Here’s how it works. We reach out to individuals to contribute both a topic for the various Teaching Hub categories and a song to play on the radio. The radio show plays on VoicEd Radio, which has a full SOCAN license, giving us the opportunity to choose any song we want to hear. This week’s picks come from faculty, staff, and students from across the college. Next time it could be you! Let us know if you want to be part of it. Have a listen to the radio version here, or keep on reading!

Engaging Teaching – Teaching Tips & More!

Angela Pind, Academic Chair for the School of General Arts & Sciences, joined us to offer up some engaging teaching advice. Angela re-iterated that this is still emergency pedagogy and to try to maintain a big picture focus on your course outcomes and assessments. She suggested that everyone take advantage of trusted colleagues to bounce ideas off and to talk through that big picture.

And then Angela came in with an extra bonus suggestion to look to Open Educational Resources for some freely available awesomeness to add to your courses. Hey, there are some you can check out right here: The eCampusOntario Open Library! NICE.

And then, to top it all off, Angela led us out with some classic Corey Hart.

Learning Technology – Using the technology without it using us.

As Never Surrender’s epic saxophone solo faded away, we welcomed Tom Jenkins, faculty in GAS, to join us to chat about learning technology. Tom coordinates first semester communications courses which covers a large breadth of college programs. This responsibility gives Tom the opportunity to use the word co-terminously to great advantage. Tom discussed the COMM team’s use of blogging via WordPress, and the advantages of having that in place in advance of our current situation has for us in terms of digital literacy and fluency for faculty and students.

Tom then left us with a chilled out little number from Jason Collett.

Trickle Down – Stuff to tell your students!

At the best of times, we are often too far removed from what’s going on in the lives of students, so it was extra refreshing to hear from Chloe Craig of Fleming Student Administrative Council’s Board of Directors. Chloe told us about the daily activities that SAC are offering up for students and they all like sound life-affirming awesomeness. The programming includes daily fitness sessions, cooking shows, dinner dance parties, Kahoots and live concerts! What? They are rocking it!

And for a song, Chloe took us to the East Coast for some Great Big Sea with Good People.

Keeping it Professional – Professional Learning Opportunities

Teaching & Learning Specialist Mary Overholt returns to Teaching Hub Radio with a preview of the Teaching & Learning Week (aka Teaching & Learning a-pa-looza) which begins this Wednesday and runs through the following Wednesday (even though that is not technically a week). See the draft schedule here while you listen to a song from Amelia Curran.

Bonus Request!

This week we had our first guest from outside of Fleming College, and that guest is an absolute legend of educational technology, Alan Levine! Alan is collecting stories, from around the world, of learning to share just how the heck we are all managing our emergency pedagogy. It’s called Extraordinary Stories of Open and Online in the COVID-19 Era and he would love to hear from us. Head to https://splot.ca/extraordinary/ to share your story. It’s quick and painless and takes just a few minutes. You could probably have it done before Alan’s song from The Who finishes.

Teaching Hub Radio, Episode 2

Teaching Hub Radio a weekly blast of all things pedagogical from the Fleming College Learnign Design & Support Team

Breaking news! The Teaching Hub has been converted in to a radio show. We will continue to publish the blog post as a repository of the resources we mention, but the radio show is where all the fun happens. Here’s how it works. We reach out to individuals to contribute both a topic for the various Teaching Hub categories and a song to play on the radio. The radio show plays on VoicEd Radio, which has a full SOCAN license, giving us the opportunity to choose any song we want to hear. This week’s picks come from faculty, staff, and students from across the college. Next time it could be you! Let us know if you want to be part of it. Have a listen to the radio version here, or keep on reading!

Engaging Teaching – Teaching Tips & More!

Liz Stone, Academic Chair of Indigenous Studies in the School of General Arts & Sciences, shared her thoughts on how some of the tenets of Indigenous Pedagogy can and do translate into an online environment. She shared three main ways that you can work to embed Indigenous Pedagogy into your learning environments with quality and authenticity. First, maintain real-time inter-connectedness. That means face or voice time with students and with each other. Second, tell the stories of how your profession is dealing with the pandemic to try to maintain a connection to experiential learning. And finally, show yourself as a lifelong learner. Try not to be so much the sage on the stage; Be the guide on the side and show that you are still learning yourself.

And then Liz picked a killer song to represent how she got to where she is today. You’ll have to listen to the the episode hear what it is!

Learning Technology – Using the technology without it using us.

Katrina Van Osch-Saxon , faculty in Urban Forestry at Frost Campus, joined us to tell us about her experience with learning technology during the pandemic. You can imagine that her program is not a great fit for online learning, so the need to go online was a bit daunting at first. They turned to Webex to keep things going and… it worked! They were able to not only continue to deliver their content but also hold a celebratory ceremony for students and their families. Have a listen to hear more (and to hear the pretty little ditty that Katrina chose).

Trickle Down – Stuff to tell your students!

Cory Campbell, Student Engagement Coordinator and Kristen Roberts, Student Experience Assistant, joined us to chat about the Fleming Mobile app. The Fleming Peer Mentorship Program has been using the app to keep students up to date with events and to provide any guidance that they can offer. Students can also use it to keep in touch with each other. Something that could be extra useful right now! The two of them also picked a legendary Canadian ditty in honour of our neighbors in Bobcaygeon.

Keeping it Professional – Professional Learning Opportunities

And finally, on the professional learning side of things, Terry Greene offered up some advice from one of his heroes, Robin DeRosa from the Plymouth State University’s Open CoLab. The Rule of Twos: Keeping it Simple As You Go Remote for COVID-19. And Terry picks a song to help us slide through the pandemic with good posture.

And that’s it for this week’s Hub post! Check in with our weekly support schedule here to know when you can pop in to see us. Or email ldsteam@flemingcollege.ca any time.

The Teaching Hub, Now-We’re-On-The-Radio Edition

Teaching Hub Radio a weekly blast of all things pedagogical from the Fleming College Learnign Design & Support Team

Breaking news! The Teaching Hub has been renovated and expanded. It is now a two-mode experience: blog post and radio show! Here’s how it works. We reach out to individuals to contribute both a topic for the various Teaching Hub categories and a song to play on the radio. The radio show plays on VoicEd Radio, which has a full SOCAN license, giving us the opportunity to choose any song we want to hear! This week’s picks all come from members of the Learning Design & Support Team. Next time it could be you! Let us know if you want to be part of it. Have a listen to the radio version here, or keep on reading!

Engaging Teaching – Teaching Tips & More!

Marcia Luke, Contract Faculty and Teaching and Learning Specialist in the Learning Design & Support Team, made the pick for Engaging Teaching this week. Marcia’s chose an article from Faculty Focus, which has some advice to help you help struggling students get through these online experiences that they didn’t sign up for and her song pick reflects our collective desire to see each other IRL again!

Learning Technology – Using the technology without it using us.

Alana Callan, Digital Learning Designer from the LDS Team, brings us the Learning Technology pick of the week and she wanted you to know about the Educational Technology Committee, a collection of folks working in the Learning Technology field at Ontario Colleges and all the work that they are doing to support us as we work to support you. A lovely reminder there are humans out there ready to help, not just technology tools. And for a song, Alana chose Lennie Gallant’s If These Walls Could Talk, a glimpse in to how she’s feeling working from home!

Trickle Down – Stuff to tell your students!

Mary Overholt, Teaching and Learning Specialist (aka Pedagogical Therapist) in the LDS Team, wanted to make sure that you know about the Student Emergency Fund, which is a place for folks who still have jobs to give a little to help those students reeling with the changes that have come upon them. See this page and take special note of the green GIVE button on the right hand side. And Mary’s pick of song also reflects the situation we are in, Donovan Woods’ On The Nights You Stay Home.

Keeping it Professional – Professional Learning Opportunities

Deborah Leal, Digital Learning Designer from the LDS Team, brings us this week’s PD offering. In the interest of time and flexibility, rather than suggesting a webinar to attend, Deborah thought it’d be a nice little bit of learning for you to read this article on managing the sustainability of this online in a hurry model. Maybe you could print it and read it while you walk in circles in your back yard while also enjoying Deb’s choice of song: Land of Confusion from Genesis.

And that’s it for this week’s Hub post! Check in with our weekly support schedule here to know when you can pop in to see us. Or email ldsteam@flemingcollege.ca any time. On your way out, have a listen to Terry Greene’s song pick. In light of these strange times, Wicked and Weird, by Buck 65.

The Teaching Hub, In-This-Together Edition

This issue of The Teaching Hub is all about how, though we are apart, we are all in this together. In some ways, now that we are digital people, we are even closer than before. After all, we are available to be in each other’s space at the click of a link! And we’re taking advantage of that, big time. So let’s head through the regular Teaching Hub categories to get a sense of how things are going and just how the heck we are keeping the learning going.

Engaging Teaching 

Teaching Tips & More!

A Pedagogy of Poultry

Our personal and professional spaces have become one for the time being. Our simple advice is to embrace that a little bit. People are isolated, and a little glimpse into the lives of those on the other side of the screen will help to humanize the experience. Case in point: Professor David Vasey brought Butterball the Chicken to meet us in one of the Webex practice rooms, and it was the absolute highlight of an otherwise exhausting week. So, go ahead and introduce your chickens, show off your Lego collections, play your guitar, or otherwise share a little bit of yourselves with your students and maybe learn a bit more about them, too. You may even get re-tweeted by the official Webex Twitter account. Does it get any better than that? Yes it does, but hey, it’s something.

Learning Technology 

Using the technology without it using us.  

In the last issue of The Teaching Hub, we set out some suggestions for how to prepare to teach online in a hurry. Things have moved rather quickly since then, and we are hoping that some of you would be up for sharing an update with us. Whether you’re using Webex, Teams, D2L, email, or Morse code (or probably some kind of combo package), we’d love to know how things are going. We’d also love to hear your voice and see your face. To that end, we’d like to try Flipgrid to collect short video responses. If you’re willing, head to this link (password is TeachingHub), and click the green + button to record a short video telling us about your instructional continuity plan and how it is going (some prompts are provided below). Hope to see you there!

Instructional Continuity Updates What’s worked well? 
What will you change? 
What barriers have you hit? 
What’s your biggest concern? 
What have you enjoyed?

Inner Workings 

Helping you navigate the inner workings of the college 

This section is reserved for various college departments to report in on what they can do to help the academic experience go smoothly. Who better to hear from in that regard right now than ITS? Here’s a brief report from Barry Knight, Manager ITS Customer Service:

ITS is encouraged by the transition that faculty and students have made to online classroom delivery. While we’ve had a few hiccups along the way and appreciate everyone’s patience as we all adjust to the new environment, only a few issues have come up. Last week the college hosted 4153 Webex meetings with only 99 ITS Service tickets created. ITS will continue to work with LDS to identify and evaluate additional tools to support online program delivery both in the short term and on an ongoing basis. Faculty and students can still reach our support line by calling 705-749-5530 x4111 Opt #1 or by emailing itsupport@flemingcollege.ca. We are staffed Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm. The ITS team is set up to take your calls and triage most issues remotely.

We are pretty sure there has been absolutely heroic and epic behind-the-scenes work done by ITS to keep things going. Bravo IT, and keep it up!

Trickle Down 

Stuff to tell your students!

We are absolutely not surprised to hear heart-warming reports of students acting as impromptu tech support in Webex sessions and elsewhere. No one signed up for this, and seeing everyone pitch in to help is what keeps us going.

That being said, we are in the thick of things now and we should make sure that we let our students know what’s out there for support. See the list below for a taste of what supports are out there:

  • IT Support for help with tech issues;
  • Library for help with research and much, much more ;
  • Tutoring for help with course work;
  • Learning Strategy Advisors for help with study skills;
  • Accessible Education Services for help with accessibility and accommodations; and
  • Counselling for help with all the other stuff in life.

The list goes on and on. Everyone is doing their all to help. Please make sure to remind students that all of these resources and more can be found here: https://flemingcollege.ca/covid19/students

Make sure they know we are there for them. 

Keeping it Professional 

Professional Learning Opportunities 

We don’t know about you, but we’re a little overwhelmed with the reams of resources being shared to help us keep the learning going online. Much of it is excellent, but you can have too much of a good thing. Being told there is a six-week online course to prepare you for teaching online, unless it comes with a time machine, does not help us too much right here, right now. So, for “PD” at this time, what we offer you is a listening ear. The Learning Design & Support Team is maintaining a weekly schedule of access to our rooms where we await you. Come on in and let us know what’s going on and we will help as best as we can!

Finally, we’ll leave you with a nice little read suggested in the Virtual Teacher’s Lounge by Tanya Pye: Why You Should Ignore All That Corona Virus-Inspired Productivity Pressure.

We can do this! Reach out to the Learning Design and Support Team 705-749-5530, Ext 1216, ldsteam@flemingcollege.ca. Join our MS Team, The Virtual Teacher’s Lounge 

Special Edition, Winter 2020

The Teaching Hub, Instructional Preparedness Edition

The Instructional Preparedness Edition 

This issue of the Teaching Hub is dedicated to preparing ourselves to deliver some of our teaching to students in an alternative format. The goal of this preparedness is to be ready to continue delivering our curriculum during a full or partial quarantine due to COVID-19’s impact on faculty, students, or others who are not able to attend classes the way originally planned. We will focus on Webex as a central tool that can fill many (but not all) of our needs, as we continue to do what we do in D2L. We have organized some opportunities for you and your students to get comfortable with Webex, should the need arise to use it.   

Engaging Teaching 

Teaching Tips & More!

As we plan and prepare for instructional continuity, we are confident of one thing: we will see our faculty, students and staff shine as we work towards the end of the term. And we are not alone. There are many other institutions sharing their thoughts and plans, just like we are doing here. You’ll see a collection of these resources at the end of this post. But first, let’s turn to some advice from the Director of the Digital Pedagogy Lab, Sean Michael Morris, someone who has thought more than most about how to keep the human connection alive in teaching from a distance.  

Online doesn’t mean you need to change how you teach. You are still just as human, and so are the students on the other side of your screen. Email, text messages, phone calls—these are all ways to sustain a human connection.”  

Learning Technology 

Using the technology without it using us.  

“Look for simple solutions. Don’t complicate distant learning suddenly with unnecessary tools or expectations. Use reliable, familiar tools, so that teaching can remain the core of your work.” 

This is great advice from Sean. As we mentioned above, we’d suggest that the most familiar and reliable tool that we all have to make much of this happen is Webex (and of course we continue doing what we already do in D2L and other tools). 

Webex is a space that you can use to meet with your students and deliver some instruction at the same time, in the same (digital) space. It can be recorded for those who can’t join at the time. It can create captioning and transcripts. And best of all you don’t have to have a camera on you at all! We can discuss all this (and any other tools you may need to use) to keep connected and sharing when we get together in Webex over the next few weeks (see the schedule next) 

Inner Workings 

Helping you navigate the inner workings of the college 

Over the next few weeks, we’d like to offer an opportunity for you to get more familiar with these tools, and to make sure that you have what you need to succeed. We’re offering facilitated opportunities for you to learn about and practice with WebEx, Starting on Monday, March 16th at 10 a.m. See details here. If you need a webcam/mic, head down to your school office, The LDS hallway, or the IT Help Desk and grab one. And we’re always ready to chat with you in our own MS Team, the (Virtual) Teacher’s Lounge. Come on in, sit down and let’s chat. Here’s the invite link

Trickle Down 

Stuff to tell your students!

We don’t want our students left to figure out their end of things on their own, either. To that end, we suggest that after you get comfortable in webex with us, schedule a time for your students to experience a WebEx room with you. The meeting need not have any curriculum attached, just a chance to make sure things work. This could be a nice test run to get everyone feeling ready to learn in a new setting. As another option, the library will offer a chance to experience a webex for students on Tuesday March 17th between 10 and 1 to let students know about the excellent remote help they have to offer. We will update this post with a link to that room as we can.

Keeping it Professional 

Professional Learning Opportunities 

If you want to dig in further, we’ve collected some fantastic resources from around the globe by people who want to help ease the transition:  

We can do this! Remember, this is just about preparedness. Reach out to the Learning Design and Support Team if you want to chat! Phone 705-749-5530, Ext 1216 and email ldsteam@flemingcollege.ca. And we strongly encourage you to join our MS Team, The Virtual Teacher’s Lounge as a place where all of us can discuss this stuff and support each other. 

Week Ten, Winter 2020

Engaging Teaching

Teaching tips & more!

Professional Learning Networks

The professional learning network (PLN) is the working professional’s version of crowd surfing at a Busta Rhymes concert in 1998. In other words, it’s pretty awesome. A healthy network of colleagues can lift you up and carry you through what you need to get through. Want to see how you can help develop your own network of colleagues that can help lift you up and carry you to new heights? Check out the Ontario Extend’s Collaborator module.

Learning Technology

Using the technology without it using us.

Techno Connections

Speaking of PLNs, you can use some technology to enhance and expand the reach of your network. For example, do you want to connect with your educator peers at Fleming? Use Microsoft Teams to chat with each other (specifically, this one: the Virtual Teacher’s Lounge). Or if you want to connect with people in your field of expertise, maybe there is a healthy group of your peers there on Twitter or LinkedIn. Wherever they are, get in there and muck it up with them!

Trickle Down

Stuff to tell your students!

PLNs are for Everyone

Usually in this section we suggest an event coming up to tell your students about. But in a stunning turn of events, we found out that communication works both ways so hey, maybe you could ask them something for us? We’d like to know what they use to stay connected with each other outside of class and build their own networks. Is it Discord? Slack? Something they haven’t told us about? What is it? Maybe that conversation will go something like this.

Inner Workings

Helping you navigate the inner workings of the college

Let’s flip the script on this section, too. We normally want to tell you a bit about how the college works, but this week we want you to tell us something. What ways do you have to stay connected and build a professional learning network in your day-to-day job? You could let us know in the Teacher’s Lounge, by emailing us (hub@flemingcollege.ca), commenting below, or tweeting us (@FlemingLDS)

Keeping it Professional

Professional Learning Opportunities

PLN Renewal Time

If you want to join 30+ of your peers in an opportunity to grow your PLN, the Ontario Extend professional learning opportunity is still collecting names. If you’re interested, join us in May/June as we explore empowering ourselves as teachers, collaborators, curators, experimenters, technologists and scholars. Check out the details and add your name to the form here. Everyone (full-time, part-time, no-time) is welcome to join us for as much of it as you want!

Nicolas Cage GIF of The Week

We’ve been trying really hard to get you to ask us to stop posting a Nicolas Cage GIF of the week. Unsuccessfully. Maybe this one will do it. You can make this stop by emailing us at hub@flemingcollege.ca with the heading “Just Stop It”.

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