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Active History Museum Theme

This week Carly Ciufo and I launched the ActiveHistory.ca museum theme week.  This week was designed to encourage conversation between museum professionals and historians, while highlighting the labour of museum professionals. It was a pleasure to work with Carly as …

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Instructors as Regurgitators?

For the penultimate activity in the Teacher for Learning module in Ontario Extend, we’ve been asked to reflect on a passage from the Faculty Patchbook. Photo by Julius Silver on Pexels.com I read most of the patches, but I found myself drawn back to Patch Twenty-Two: Dibaabiiginan– Measure It and the desire to push students past regurgitation to find their own context. Paragraph 8 resonated especially: He relayed to me that by transferring his words to paper and pen, I […]

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Build a longer table (of collaboration) 

I’m a believer when it comes to collaboration. It’s one of the reasons I actively seek collaborative experiences such as ExtendmOOC.  A year or so ago, I completed the image below as part of an early round of the Collaborator module. I was thinking of who would be at my table from a work perspective. To be honest, it was one of the first things I did with Ontario Extend and I loved it in part because of the metaphor […]

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Putting Play Back into PD

I am off the the Online Learning Consortium Innovate Conference in Denver later this month. My presentation for the event is about adding a bit more “play” into the process of faculty development. Over the years, I have attended enough presentations about the hows and whys of academic technology and teaching pedagogy to know that even the best session, with tons of “audience” participations, get a bit dry. So, my amazing colleagues and I have created some good strategies, and […]

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Week 11, Winter 2019

This week’s Teaching Hub focuses on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) – how it differs from traditional education, how technology can be used to support UDL, and where to learn more. It also includes information on supporting our diverse learners, some upcoming professional learning opportunities and, oh yes, academic appeals. Read on for more! Don’t forget to save the Date: Spring Teaching and Learning Day – Reflect and Connect Our Spring Teaching and Learning Day will be held at the […]

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My Collaborative Dining Table

The first activity of the Collaborator Module in the Ontario Extend mOOC is to reflect upon the process and people involved in a professional collaboration project. Inspired by the creative Prezi presentation by fellow extender Melanie Jones, I decided to make a PowToon of my reflection https://www.powtoon.com/online-presentation/g5MN1zwLmJH/?mode=movie# . Photo by Ian Schneider on Unsplash In this module we are thinking about communities of practice. Meaning groups of people who exchange information to solve problems and improve what they do (Bates, […]

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Module 4 Activities: Collaboration

Setting the table: Program Coordinator – This was me.  I am currently in a temporary position.  Former Program Coordinator – She started the review and is in a position to assist and mentor.  Tons of knowledge and very helpful.Program Chair – This is the head of the department I work in.  He oversaw the entire review.  Provided guidance and mentorship.  Assisted in planning meetings.Instructional Faculty – This group provided feedback on the specific courses that they teach within the program.  […]

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Grammatically Yours

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com If I were to teach a course primarily on grammar again, I would ask everyone as we are learning about the parts of speech which part of speech they are like. Are they verbs? Transitive or intransitive? Are they adjectives that describe something else? Maybe they are a conjunction and good at joining things together. Or an interjection with all the emotion.

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Online Courses and Winter Driving

Photo by Magda Ehlers on Pexels.com Winter driving is a different beast than driving in the summer, and some people feel very uncomfortable behind the wheel of the car. You need more time to stop and be more careful when you take turns. But as the days and weeks pass and you remember again how winter driving is different, it gets easier. Creating an online course seems similar, especially for people who are new to it. When you’ve been teaching […]

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Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 48: Reimbursement Culture

In this episode I discuss reimbursement culture, the unacknowledged costs of academic travel, and the burden of out of pocket travel. I would love to hear about your experiences and suggestions for tackling reimbursement culture. Leave a comment or send me a message on Twitter. Mentioned in this episode:-Pamela L. Gay, “The unacknowledged costs of … Continue reading Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 48: Reimbursement Culture

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