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Week 3, Spring 2019

 Engaging Teaching There’s a New “Patch” in the Open Faculty Patchbook! Going Back to Basics is the 28th patch in The Open Faculty Patchbook, a publication to which several Fleming faculty members have contributed, which aims to help faculty members “patch pedagogy together, for each other.” If you’re not familiar with the Patchbook, it’s a collection of stories and strategies from fellow teachers from around the world. This latest patch, by Bettina Brockerhoff-Macdonald, looks at the importance of evaluating online […]

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Week 2, Spring 2019

 Engaging Teaching Learner-Centred Teaching: 10 Ideas for Getting Started Photo by Mikael Kristenson on Unsplash This article from Faculty Focus offers 10 ideas, grouped into three strategies, to incorporate some (more) learner-centred teaching into your courses. The strategies are Creating the climate for learning; Let the students summarize; and Lessons learned from the first exam. It might spark a new technique for you, or confirm what you’re already doing. Have ideas you use that you would add to this list? Let us know; […]

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Week 1, Spring 2019

 Engaging Teaching Mindfulness in the Classroom At last week’s Teaching & Learning Day, we had a session from Fred Wood on using meditation in the classroom. If you missed his session, or want to hear the perspective of another faculty member who has tried using meditation, check out Mindfulness in the Classroom from Faculty Focus. How do students feel about mindfulness activities in the classroom? According to Erica Kosal, who tried these techniques in her biology class, “At first, most […]

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Week 0, Spring 2019

 Engaging Teaching Reminder: Spring Teaching & Learning Day Tomorrow! via Giphy.com Tomorrow’s the day! Our Spring 2019 Teaching & Learning Day starts at 9:00 a.m. in the Whetung Theatre. Join us starting at 8:30 for sign-in, coffee, and treats! For more details, see the Spring 2019 Teaching & Learning Day Schedule. Questions? Contact us. We look forward to seeing you there!    Learning Technology D2L Thing of the Week: Faculty D2L Levels 1 & 2 and Beyond! There’s always more […]

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Week 16, Winter 2019

 Engaging Teaching It’s Week 16. Classes are over, and marks are soon due. We know it’s a busy time, but you can do it! We believe in you! And this week’s edition has a few upcoming events to look forward to, on the other side of all that marking!     REMINDER: Teaching & Learning Day Registration Please RSVP for our Spring Teaching & Learning Day by tomorrow! Spring 2019 Teaching & Learning Day Date: Tuesday, April 30th Location: Sutherland […]

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Week 15, Winter 2019

 Engaging Teaching Spring Teaching & Learning Day Registration via Giphy.com Please click here to RSVP for our Spring Teaching & Learning Day! Date: Tuesday, April 30th Location: Sutherland Campus (plus some optional off-campus excursions) Registration starts: 8:30 a.m. Breakfast snacks & lunch will be provided. For more details, see the Spring 2019 Teaching & Learning Day Schedule. Questions? Contact us. We look forward to seeing you there!    Learning Technology D2L Thing of the Week: Subscription Training Service Are you […]

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Week 14, Winter 2019

 Engaging Teaching Strategies for Creating a Safe and Supportive Classroom   via Giphy.com In Strategies for Creating a Safe & Supportive Classroom, Mary Ann Raybuck discusses the impact of trauma on a student’s life and behaviours. She suggests that “by reframing student behaviors such as apathy, perfectionism, lack of motivation, aggression, and emotionality as possible symptoms of trauma, it allows us to defer to compassion rather than judgment and reactivity.”   The article includes some suggestions for how to help […]

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Week 13, Winter 2019

 Engaging Teaching Teaching the Skill of Learning to Learn STOCKPHOTO.COM/PATPITCHAYA As we get closer to exam time, have you ever wondered how to support students in improving their study skills? Yes, you could refer them to our awesome Learning Strategies department, but is there anything else you can do? In “Teaching the Skill of Learning to Learn,” Ulrich Boser highlights the importance of helping students to acquire “the skill of learning,” and offers some suggestions for what you can do […]

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Week 12, Winter 2019

 Engaging Teaching “Everybody With Me?” and Other Not-So-Helpful Questions via Giphy.com In “‘Everybody with me?’ and other not-so-helpful questions” from Faculty Focus, Pete Watkins explores the issues with vague question prompts, including students (and faculty members!) that suffer from “overconfidence bias,” and offers some alternatives to help make sure your students are on track. His suggestions include Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs), which we also happen to love: “The best alternative to the vague ‘any questions?’ prompt is to use a […]

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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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