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A Shinier DS106 Assignment Bank Theme

I’ve been deep in the code tunnels rebuilding and adding to maybe my most complex WordPress theme, the one that let’s anyone build something like the original DS106 Assignment Bank. My blog machine spits out a long list of posts on this effort, and indicates it goes back to August 2013, so while it pre-dates SPLOTs, it’s in the mix there because it set the stage for all the theme work that followed. Martha Burtis crafted the first bank (my […]

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Thanks Milan – Lessons Learned at #OEGlobal19

It’s too soon and I’m still a little jet lagged to have truly processed this last week, so at this time I’m just going go with a lessons learned list as an initial reflection of the experience that was the Open Education Global Conference in Milan. Lesson 1. Nominate yourself for stuff. It can get you a trip to Italy if it works out. Lesson 2. If you have a child under two, take them. They fly for free and […]

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Teach-Coordinate-Create #Focus2020

My mind is often spinning. In a good way—brimming with ideas and thoughts and plans and initiatives and imagination and possibility. Never is this more true than at the end of a conference when I’ve engaged with and intersected with people equally as passionate about education as I am. The challenge is what to do with all that. At the time, in the midst of it it all, it’s easy to feel like everything is possible. But in the wake […]

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Three Activities To Improve Exam Readiness

Today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip is the first one directed at my colleagues instead of my students. Before my last class, I went to the literature to look for ways to improve student readiness for exams and decrease test anxiety. One article, in particular, was quite thought-provoking (Poorman, Mastorovich, & Gerwick, 2019). In class, we talked about the hierarchy of evidence and I shared that although the article is low on the pyramid I can still use it to inform my […]

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The Tale of Incorporating Volunteering, Student Choice & Field Placement Preparation into an Assignment

Once upon a time there was a teacher named Profvocate Mel who had an idea to incorporate volunteering into an assignment. She gave the students choice, with one non-volunteering option as it did not feel right to force them into it, especially as it would likely become “volun-told-ing.” Profvocate Mel worried about the students who chose to volunteer and whether there would be enough opportunities for them across the city. Would they have time to get a criminal record check? […]

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Higher Education Summit 2019

I’m excited for the higher education summit. I’ve been to many conferences but there’s something special about this one. This year marks my third year coming here to Toronto with the St. Lawrence College Board of Governors, and I have to say, I have taken away something of value every single year. In 2017, it was Daniel Pink who resonated. He spoke about motivation, carving out “islands of autonomy”… both practices which have influenced my teaching since. That year I […]

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Resolution Phase: End of Term Sadness and Hope

The term is drawing to a close. As the learning guide in my courses, I can see that we are almost through the phases of the therapeutic nurse-client relationship (Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, 2002). Moving into the term I decided that I would do what was pedagogically sound for student learning and not worry about being judged by others. I drew on various sources of professional development and adopted an inclusive approach to teaching. Student feedback, critical reflection on […]

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NCLEX Prep Strategies in Non-Practice Courses

I have been asked to summarize what I have done this term to help my students prepare for the NCLEX at a faculty meeting on Wednesday. Typically the theoretical courses that I teach may not be not seen as predictive of NCLEX success. For a class like research, in particular, it may be more challenging to see the connection. However, all courses in a nursing program help to prepare students with critical thinking skills. Several strategies were implemented in both […]

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TESS2019 and Experimenter Badge

I attended both days of TESS2019 earlier this week. On the first day, I presented on an experiment from my most recent delivery of COMM1085: two uses of a checklist in Brightspace/D2L/eConestoga that were designed to incorporate more UDL into the course. On the second day, I participated in a workshop to explore the Experimenter mindset using H5P. I was electrified… (boo! literal image…) Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com I used the platform provided to apply for my Experimenter badge […]

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