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Curation: Module 3 application #ExtendmOOC

Starting with the Requirements: Defined content curation. Explored Creative Commons Licenses and compared them to Copyright. Used Boolean operators and limiters to refine searches. Explored repositories to curate content that meet specific learning goals. Used the CRAAP test to evaluate OER. Reflected on using OER when designing, developing and revising courses or workshops Evidence as below:  1. Screenshot of post 2. Screenshot of post 3. I always use Boolean Operators to search images and find sources….the advantages of a focused […]

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Technologist – Application for Module 2 Ontario ExtendmOOC

The criteria for this are as follows: Reflecting on their digital literacy for teaching. Identifying of a learner challenge. Mind-mapping and selecting an educational technology to help address this challenge. Developing, obtaining feedback and refining a prototype of a technology creation. Connecting the technology to their curriculum. Sharing their technology creation. Reflecting on the design thinking approach used to create a technology-enabled solution for a learning challenge. I have to admit I struggled with this module. Once I found the […]

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Podcast: A creative exploration of diversity 

I have two classes of 1st semester communications students. Multiple programs, diverse backgrounds. Many international students. It’s not the first time I’ve had this mix and I was keen to find a way to better integrate students so they were less culturally isolated. I also used to teach a cultural communications course and was interested in the idea of promoting cultural diversity and inclusivity among the student body. But how? We started by introducing ourselves and the meanings of our […]

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Design Thinking

Below is a design thinking process I went through with students to help solve an issue they are facing. This is part of #extendMOOC Technologist module. We went old school for our solution but are looking to support it with student-created video.  Some hiccups uploading Paper design process to WordPress.  Empathize ◦ International students struggling with paraphrasing and citation • “Can’t do it” – Manpreet • “Confusing” – Harmandeep • “When do I use inverted commas?” – Navjot • “I […]

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Digital Literacy across the curriculum

Part of ExtendmOOC… module 2.  Digital literacy. What do we mean by that? In communications class, I tell students it’s about navigating multiple channels. No longer do I “just” teach reading and writing… the way in which we gather and present information is fast-paced and multi-modal. Text. Reports. Yes. Also: Video, podcast, weblinks, online portals, visual, oral, gifs, social media… Sometimes all together. Oh, and it needs to be shareable, not static.  A few has back, realizing all this, I […]

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Out-of-Office Hours 2019-02-06 19:30:56

I made this for fun as part of an #ExtendmOOC Stretch…creating my teaching philosophy in a bun (why a bun is a question I still have but I’m learning to live with ignorance) …and someone was kind enough to ask me to elaborate. I was happy to because it gave me an opportunity to articulate what I do mean.  Open classrooms for me is about doors being open, employing #OER, being available to students (I have off campus and extended office […]

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Teacher for Learning – Application for module 1 badge 

Identified a concept that is often misunderstood in my discipline and created an analogy to help make sense of it (Prior knowledge) See previous Blog Post  Created a concept map of a syllabus for a course I teach (Organization) Practiced my note taking skills (Organization) Explanation in discussion board re Paper and Cornel system   Brainstormed a list of “What’s in it for me?” from a student perspective (Motivation) Identified a concept in my discipline that is like driving a […]

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Misunderstood: Bricks in a Wall

This is part of the #ExtendMooc I’m participating in with e-campus Ontario.  Sometimes I think students believe I make them incorporate evidence and cite it to torture them. Not true. The analogy I use is to explain that building on other people’s experiences/breakthroughs is like building blocks – and that the writer’s job is like the cement between the bricks of an idea, making connections, pulling it together, and adding layers of depth and understanding.  Oh, and just for fun, […]

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Admirals Don’t Fly 

I’ve been thinking about leadership recently. This came about in part because I’ve been working with the sea cadets and am considering reactivating my commission to serve as an officer again with the reserves. And that, in part, is due to my missing having a leadership role. It’s something I always loved about my military officer training and the jobs I had with maritime command and fleet school. I love my job….I mean really love it. And I enjoy being […]

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Torn

Between doing work over the holidays…and not  Between feeling like I’m ahead…and knowing I’m really behind Between feeling obliged to prepping 5 courses during a short winter break…and recognizing the untenable nature of doing so  It is possible to be both a good educator, a “count on me” employee who “gets things done”…and be a good parent, mom, wife. But not always simultaneously.  And right now, in this moment, I’m choosing Option 2.

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