Week Twelve, Fall 2019

Engaging Teaching

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Give it 3 Seconds

An article entitled “Increase Student Learning in Only 3 Seconds” sounds like some serious click bait, but it worked on us! Take 3 seconds to click that link, and then like 3 more minutes to read the article because it really does sound like a small change that can make a big difference!

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H5P

You may think that H5P sounds like a cross between steak sauce and a printer, but you would be absolutely wrong. It’s actually an open-source tool that allows you to make your course materials (or any online content) more engaging in a fairly simple way. H5P interactions can be added to WordPress pages like this, or in your D2L course. You can try it right here in this true/false question loaded with creator bias:

Have a look-see at all the different types of content you could play around with here. The possibilities are endless! If you’re interested in finding out more about how we could use H5P in our courses, let us know! Contact details are below.

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Stuff to tell your students!

Enacting some change

You’ve probably seen the Enactus logo on t-shirts and walls around the college, and maybe you’re not sure what it is. Simply put, it’s an organization that helps students use their entrepreneurial skills to enact some positive change in the world. Sounds like a good plan! Check out the Paper Planet Project that Fleming students are working on!

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Skating Party!

At President Maureen Adamson’s recent Listening Tour get-together at Sutherland, we heard tell of an upcoming announcement for a holiday skating party for staff and family! We have no details as to when and where yet, but we are guessing it’s somewhere with ice and it’ll be before Christmas. Stay tuned!

Keeping it Professional

Professional Learning Opportunities

TESS on VoicEd Radio

This week, eCampusOntario is holding their annual get-together known as TESS (Technology + Education Seminar and Showcase). Even if you are not heading to the conference, you will have an opportunity to listen to the goings on through the magic of microphones and the Internet. #TESS2019 attendees will be interviewed on VoicEd Radio throughout the two days and all recordings will be available. Check out the show page here.

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Week Eleven, Fall 2019

Engaging Teaching

Teaching tips & more!

UDL Navigators

Did you know that Jodie Black of the LDS Team is one half of the authoring team behind UDL Navigators in Higher Education with Eric J. Moore? We believe that they each wrote one word at a time and passed it back and forth for 5 years, which is one of the reasons it is a skinny book, otherwise they would have never finished. A huge bonus for us here at Fleming is that you can visit Jodie directly and ask her for UDL advice and at the same time get her to sign your copy.

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Headsets and Webcams

It shouldn’t be about tools first in educational technology, but sometimes having that tool kit sitting around comes in handy and opens new doors without you noticing. For example, there are endless opportunities for live, connected, professional development being offered online in the form of webinars and other virtual get-togethers. But a barrier for you may just be that you do not have a headset, microphone, and web cam in order to join a virtual meeting from your desk. But guess what? If you go down to your friendly neighborhood IT desk, they’ll just give you headsets and webcams! They are loaded with them.

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Stuff to tell your students!

Random Acts of Green

Following in the tradition of random acts of kindness and random acts of pizza, we now have Random Acts of Green, thanks to local climate change advocate Jessica Corrrea. Come and find out how to be random in the best way possible on Wednesday, November 13th in the Steele Centre at noon.

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Got $20 and some time?

You likely have the former. Maybe not the latter. Even so, you should know that if you are an employee here, you can take one of our courses for 20 bucks! Check out the details here and the course catalogue to see what interests you as another peak to climb in your professional learning journey.

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Professional Learning Opportunities

Let’s put U in UDL!

If you’re interested in Universal Design for Learning (UDL), check out this UDL in Higher Education (un)Conference! It’s taking place at Mohawk College on April 30 and May 1, 2020. Highlights include an interactive keynote session with UDL leader Allison Posey about the brain, emotions, and learning, and participant-generated agendas to share and learn about what matters most to you. Discounts are available until December 20th, and groups of 4 or more receive an additional discount. Contact Jodie Black at jodie.black@flemingcollege.ca for more information.

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Week Ten, Fall 2019

Engaging Teaching

Teaching tips & more!

Vulnerability in the Classroom

It takes courage to be open and vulnerable with your students, but as you can see in this article, it pays off in the form of deeper connections with your students. It seems to be a theme that it is not very easy being an engaging teacher, so we will take all the help we can get. Speaking of vulnerability, check out the latest piece of the Open Faculty Patchbook: Vulnerability and Self Care.

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Digital Discourse

The Internet has enabled approximately 10,000 different ways to connect with other humans. Now, we are guessing the best way to communicate with your students is not via a smart fridge, but other than that, we are not sure what you think is an effective way to keep an open discourse with your class. Whether it be in D2L or not, what do you use? Let us know in this survey.

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Developing Resiliency

Who doesn’t need some more resiliency in their lives? An opportunity to work on the ability to overcome fear of failure and deal with setbacks happens at 3 p.m. on November 4th at Sutherland (hey, that’s today). Students can register at fleming.mywconline.com on The Learning Strategies Schedule or email Michael Fleming to find out more.

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Appropriate Use Policy

“This policy provides a framework for the appropriate use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) services/resources/equipment and facilities at Fleming College.” A quick scouring of the entire policy shows that ITS takes no stance on whether those grilled cheese bags constitute appropriate use of a toaster, but there’s a lot of good information in there otherwise.

Keeping It Professional

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A Critical Examination

What is the Value of Subject-Specialist Pedagogy in College Teaching? We’re not sure yet but it sounds like Dr. Kevin Orr from the University of Huddersfield has something to say about it! The Centre for Academic Excellence at Niagara College is hosting a live session with Dr. Orr on Nov. 7th at 3:30 p.m. You can access the livestreaming session here. Want to have a viewing party together? Let us know!

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Week Nine, Fall 2019

Engaging Teaching

Teaching tips & more!

Can it be done?

This article is a wonderful example of how taking small steps in a new direction can result in a beautiful transformation of learning experiences. Petra Menz went from wondering if it’s even possible to Indigenize her math course to weaving indigenous ways of learning right into and throughout it. What a beautiful journey!

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Let’s Get Digital

Last week at the keynote for the Fall Teaching & Learning Day, a number of potential digital learning initiatives were proposed and discussed. If you missed it, or missed the opportunity to complete the survey to let us know which ones you are interested in, you can get all that right here. Let us know where you want to go with this digital stuff!

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Stuff to tell your students!

Time To Smash

Not sure what kind of smashing you’re thinking of, but on October 30th there will be some Super Smash Bros Nintendo action in the Steele Centre Pub. Let your students know. It’s a great way to let off some steam. Details are here. Go take a look for yourself; it’s hilarious to watch people battle. I call Mario!

Inner Workings

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Going Through Withdrawal

A quick reminder that next week (Friday, Nov. 8th) will be the final date for students to withdraw from classes and still get that “W” on their transcript. We are looking into the possibility of changing the “W” to a shrug emoji on transcripts: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. See the academic schedule for more details.

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Sharing Your Professional Learning

This week may or may not be International Share Your Recent Professional Learning Week. Who’s to say? Just in case it really is, why don’t you go ahead and let us know about some recent professional learning you have been a part of. You can do that by commenting on this post. We’d love to know what you’ve been learning about!

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Week Eight, Fall 2019

Engaging Teaching

Teaching tips & more!

Learning Community – Voice & Choice

This article from Faculty Focus gives some suggestions for creating a mutually respectful community of learners. Spoiler alert: It’s not easy! But working toward accountability all around will more than likely lead to a comfortable, supportive, and inclusive environment. That sounds like something worth heading toward.

Learning Technology

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Live Captioning

One way to increase accessibility and be a UDL hero is to live caption your presentations and lectures. Offering the option to read what’s being said live can increase student access to the content that you are trying to explain. But is the technology ready yet? You have a chance to see it in action at Tuesday’s Fall Teaching & Learning Day. Terry will try out the live captioning tool on Google Slides during the keynote. Let’s see if it works!

Trickle Down

Stuff to tell your students!

A Bad Week for Trickle Down ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

This is not a great week for the idea behind Trickle Down. You won’t even see your students, so how are you supposed to tell them about this stuff? If you do happen to run into one of your students, tell them there are a whole whack of drop-in sports happening during the break week on the events calendar! Do the sports!

Inner Workings

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A Great Week For Inner Workings ツ

Tuesday’s Fall Teaching & Learning Day will offer up a few different sessions that expressly describe some of the Fleming College inner workings. The day includes an Academic Plan Update, Next Steps for Quality Assurance, How Faculty Can Get Involved in Applied Research, the Revised Faculty Development Process, the Strategic Mandate Agreement, and more! We hope you signed up and we can’t wait to see you there!

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Fall Teaching & Learning Follow Up

Well we’ve already mentioned Tuesday’s Fall Teaching & Learning Day twice in this Hub, so it’d be silly to say it again. So let’s just mention that week eight also has a Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday with which we could talk about some of the ideas that come up on Tuesday, and make some plans. Want to chat? Let us know! Contact details are ↓.

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Week Seven, Fall 2019

Engaging Teaching

Teaching tips & more!

Hacking Online Discussion

“One of the ironies of online discussion is that it is effective in spite of itself” (Moon, 2019). Maybe the biggest difference between face-to-face and online discussions is that online, everyone gets the time they need to formulate their thoughts. So instead of thinking of a great response two days later in the shower, we all get the time to make that great point in the discussion itself: Great for introverts and extroverts alike. Here’s a great article on how to “hack” online discussions for everyone’s benefit.

Learning Technology

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D2L Discussions

One of the only tools within D2L that allows students to connect with each other (what an idea!) is the Discussion tool. If the article above inspired you to take some more discussion online (or even to continue face-to-face discussions online), have a look at the tipsheets for how to set things up here!

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Stuff to tell your students!

Free Soup and More!

You may never before have had the opportunity to score this trifecta of awesomeness: rubbing shoulders with local legend and UFC fighter Cody “The Crippler” Crowley, eating free soup, and learning a little more about mental health. Cody has partnered with the CICE program for this event happening on October the 16th. Tell your students! No word yet on if the free soup comes with crackers. Here’s a look at the event poster for all the details.

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An Integral Service

If you’re interested in a more human response to academic integrity rather than opting for some kind of digital Judge Dredd, head on over to Marcia Steeves’ “Putting Integrity into the Classroom” session at our Fall Teaching & Learning Day to learn about how the library is partnering with programs to reduce academic integrity infractions without relying on judgmental software. See below for registration details.

Keeping It Professional

Professional learning opportunities!

Fall Teaching & Learning Day

Registration for the event (being held Oct. 22) closes on Tuesday, Oct. 16th! The more of us who are there connecting and learning from each other, the more we can all move forward together as we work toward a new Academic Plan. There will be coffee, tea, snacks, lunch and even a few sessions about current and upcoming Academic Excellence initiatives. Register here!

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Week Six, Fall 2019

Engaging Teaching

Teaching tips & more!

Learning The Language

In this article, Matthew R. Kay writes a low key genius take on the benefits of staying open and interested in your students’ lives. “Just as software requires frequent updates, so too does our familiarity with students’ cultures and shifting identities”.

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Technology-Enabled Seminar & SWEEPSTAKES

A couple of weeks ago we mentioned that eCampusOntario was hosting the Technology-Enabled Seminar and Showcase “where we celebrate our members’ achievements in online and tech enabled teaching and learning” on November 18 and 19 in Toronto. This year’s theme is “Leveling up Online Learning for Ontario”. Ignoring the irony of hosting this kind of event in-person, if you would like to attend this event with us, we have 2 free tickets! Want to come? Phone our hotline to answer the skill testing question and maybe you will win them! Lines are open at 9 a.m. at ext 1069

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Indigenous Student Services

Our friends in Indigenous Student Services are so friendly that they host and support the Neechee Community Calendar! (Neechee means “friend” in Anishinaabemowin). It’s a calendar for any partner in the Indigenous community to share details for upcoming events. What a great spot to learn about all the Indigenous partners and the events they hold in Nogojiwanong (Peterborough and the surrounding area)! They also make sure to post news about all their events on their Facebook page.

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Stuff to tell your students!

Hmmmm…

What should we recommend to you to nudge your students about this week? Anything important coming up? Can’t think of anyth… OH YEAH! LET’S GET READY TO VOTE! If you want you can shoot this link to your students to let them know how to make sure they’re ready to cast their ballots. There’s even a voting booth at the Sutherland campus where students (and you!) can vote. It’s open Monday through Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Keeping It Professional

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Fall Teaching & Learning Day

With a keynote budget lower than the temperature, we had to scrape the bottom of the barrel to get some local weirdo to keynote this year’s Fall Teaching & learning Day, but other than that we should have a great day together to chat about where we are and where we are going, pedagogically, at Fleming. Come and help push us forward. Find out more here.

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Week Five, Fall 2019

Engaging Teaching

Teaching tips & more!

Ibuprofen-free Proffin’

Head on over to this article to hear tell of a late homework policy that bypasses the need for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Have you tried any of your own strategies for dealing with late work that doesn’t cause any undue stress on you or your students? Let us know how you do it!

Learning Technology

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OER you ready for this?

Through the wonders of technology, digital things like e-books, learning modules, videos, podcasts and more can be copied for virtually zero cost. Because of that, sometimes people are in the position to release some of these things as Open Educational Resources. Please view this video to see how these resources become free. Just kidding. But here is a HUGE collection of OER right here.

Inner Workings

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Peer Mentorship

There are five types of peer mentorship groups at Fleming. Can you guess what they are? Or you can click on this link to see for yourself. Next, can you guess the 9 great reasons why this is such a great service for students? Click here to see if you guessed right. Can you guess the email address you should send a message to if you want to know more? If you guessed studentexperience@flemingcollege.ca, you’re right!

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D2L Tricks & Treats

Speaking of those lovely people doing peer mentorship that we mentioned above, they’ve joined forces with the also lovely people at the Library to offer a student focused D2L workshop. Some students may not think it is such a treat to navigate their D2L course pages so this may be a great opportunity for them to gain some tricks. It’s Oct 2 and 4 in the Sutherland Library room C1220.6 from 12-1.

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On The Road Again

The Fleming-lead Open Faculty Patchbook has posted a new piece! This one comes from Joe Murphy, Director of the Center for Innovative Pedagogy at Kenyon College in Ohio. Thanks, Joe!

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Week Four, Fall 2019

Engaging Teaching

Teaching tips & more!

Have you taught online yet?

Kevin Gannon, a professor with a custom paint job, makes the claim here that teaching online will make you a better teaching in any setting. “teaching online — and doing it well — demands the type of critically reflective practice that can transform you into a better teacher overall. What has your experience been? Have you had the chance to teach online yet? If not, would you like to give it a shot? If you’d like to chat about it, let us know!

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Team Up

When your students leave here and get a job, they’ll probably leave behind a lot of the technology they experience here and never see it again: D2L, clickers, the myCampus Portal, Evolve. But not Office 365! That’s going to be there wherever they go. So here’s one way to give your students some more authentic experience working with technology: set up a Microsoft Teams (chat-based workspace) page for your program or course and invite students to use it for general communication focused on your program. It could be a great way for your students to help each other make connections and stay on top of things. Let us know if you want to try it out. We can help!

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A Date to Remember

Doesn’t it always seem that the important dates on the Academic Calendar come at us faster than you’d expect? They kind of have that “objects in the mirror are closer than they appear” thing going on. So, when you log in to the Fleming College Portal and look to the bottom right, you’ll see that the Final Date to Withdraw from courses less than eight weeks in duration (in first seven weeks) and receive a ‘W’ designation on Academic Record is coming up quickly!

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Layers of Counsel

We hereby counsel you to counsel your students to seek Fleming’s Counselling and Accessible Education Services. Counsellors are available to assist students with personal wellness, disability, and academic concerns. Students can drop in or call to make an appointment with the Fleming team.  In the event of a crisis, or for after-hours support, students can contact Good2Talk at 1-866-925-5454 or good2talk.ca.

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TESS but not of the d’Urbervilles

If you are in the market for something to do on November 18th and 19th that is focused on technology-enabled learning and is being held at the Globe & Mail Centre in Toronto, may we suggest that eCampusOntario’s Technology Enabled Seminar & Showcase might scratch that particular itch very well? We will have some people going from our department. Want to join us? On the way we can discuss the ache of modernism.

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Week Three, Fall 2019

Engaging Teaching

Teaching tips & more!

Get in the Action

It turns out active learning is more meaningful than passive learning. This is probably not a surprise, but it’s good to know that there is evidence to support the claim. Where? Here. “Deep learning is hard work” so the more you and your students engage in the idea that participating in the learning process helps, the better! Now that we have that figured out, do you think this means you learn better if you do squats while you study?

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What’s the News?

As far as learning technology at Fleming goes, the News tool within D2L is about as in your face as it gets. It’s positioned right where students are most likely to look first upon entering your course page. It is at times like these that we should remember that with a modicum of power comes a modicum of responsibility. Keep those news items fresh and students will keep paying attention to them! Here’s how to use the tool.

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Student Rights & Responsibilities

The Fleming College Student Rights & Responsibilities site does not explicitly state whether or not students will need to fight for their right to party, but if they choose to do so, you can direct them to the complaint form as a first step. Seriously though, if any issues arise, students are not alone as you can see in the SR&R complaint process flowchart. Please be sure to direct issues through these channels if you can.

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Dirty Bingo?

If that headline didn’t convince you to read this blurb, nothing will. It’s Fleming College Pride Week and there are a whole whack of awesome events happening. It all begins with a kick-off event on Monday, September 16th in the Main Foyer of Sutherland. Come for the drag show, stay for the service fair! Also, at 3 pm you can join College President Maureen Adamson in raising of the Pride Flag. See all the awesome event details here. Dirty Bingo is on Thursday.

Keeping It Professional

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Retroactive Award Offer

The Learning Design & Support Team, along with many Fleming staff, students, and faculty, recently won the Open Education Consortium award for Open Pedagogy, to be handed out at the Open Education Global Conference. We are definitely telling you this to brag about the accomplishment, but we’re also offering you the opportunity to retroactively get in on this award winning-ness. The Open Faculty Patchbook, and The Open Learner Patchbooks are ongoing projects. If you want to share a little piece of your teaching or learning story that we can add to this community quilt, get in touch with Terry, and you too will be an award winning contributor!

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