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End-of-term reflection

At the start of this project, Christa and I thought we would devote our final three blogs to Echo360. It’s a platform designed to enhance student engagement by incorporating interactive elements, such as quizzes and discussion boards, into lectures. You can also use it to livestream lectures or post them for later viewing — it even provides captions! I’ll talk a bit about Echo360 and my plans for it in my last post, but I first wanted to share some […]

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9X9X25 Challenge, Extender Blogs

End-of-term reflection

At the start of this project, Christa and I thought we would devote our final three blogs to Echo360. It’s a platform designed to enhance student engagement by incorporating interactive elements, such as quizzes and discussion boards, into lectures. You can also use it to livestream lectures or post them for later viewing — it even provides captions! I’ll talk a bit about Echo360 and my plans for it in my last post, but I first wanted to share some […]

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Teams for collaboration

It’s hard for people to get together — everyone’s busy and schedules don’t always align. This is especially true for students, many of whom juggle full course loads with jobs, clubs and volunteer work. Even if students have time to meet up, they don’t always have space. Many of the meeting rooms open to Science students here at McMaster are booked days in advance, I’m told. Other spaces are too noisy for productive group work. Collaboration is a central focus […]

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Teams for collaboration

It’s hard for people to get together — everyone’s busy and schedules don’t always align. This is especially true for students, many of whom juggle full course loads with jobs, clubs and volunteer work. Even if students have time to meet up, they don’t always have space. Many of the meeting rooms open to Science students here at McMaster are booked days in advance, I’m told. Other spaces are too noisy for productive group work. Collaboration is a central focus […]

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Teams for communication

When I started teaching 10 months ago, I asked my students how they communicate with each other. Where do they go to chat with their peers about tests or assignments? How do they coordinate group work? Their answer surprised me: Facebook Messenger. I can’t get anything done with Facebook open, and I know I’m not alone. There must be a better platform for these scholarly discussions, I thought. And there is. Every person with a McMaster University email address has […]

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Teams for communication

When I started teaching 10 months ago, I asked my students how they communicate with each other. Where do they go to chat with their peers about tests or assignments? How do they coordinate group work? Their answer surprised me: Facebook Messenger. I can’t get anything done with Facebook open, and I know I’m not alone. There must be a better platform for these scholarly discussions, I thought. And there is. Every person with a McMaster University email address has […]

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Flipgrid for critical thinking

What do Flipgrid and Frankenstein have in common? They both capitalize on contemporary culture and technology to tell a great story. Stick with us on this. Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein centres on a young scientist who is selfishly determined to bring back the dead. In my fourth-year science communication course, we explore how the novel reflects the cultural anxieties around science and technology of its time. For instance, scientists were exploring the therapeutic potential of electricity and grave robbers […]

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9X9X25 Challenge, Extender Blogs

Flipgrid for critical thinking

What do Flipgrid and Frankenstein have in common? They both capitalize on contemporary culture and technology to tell a great story. Stick with us on this. Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein centres on a young scientist who is selfishly determined to bring back the dead. In my fourth-year science communication course, we explore how the novel reflects the cultural anxieties around science and technology of its time. For instance, scientists were exploring the therapeutic potential of electricity and grave robbers […]

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Flipgrid for collaboration

Communication is a two-way street: We talk and then we listen. The listening part let’s us make sure we’re understood. I’m trying to bring more listening into my classroom. In my science communication courses, I ask students to explain complex concepts in terms anyone can understand. I know one of the best ways for them to hone their science communication skills is to get plenty of feedback. It’s also important for them to see how other students tackle the same […]

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9X9X25 Challenge, Extender Blogs

Flipgrid for collaboration

Communication is a two-way street: We talk and then we listen. The listening part let’s us make sure we’re understood. I’m trying to bring more listening into my classroom. In my science communication courses, I ask students to explain complex concepts in terms anyone can understand. I know one of the best ways for them to hone their science communication skills is to get plenty of feedback. It’s also important for them to see how other students tackle the same […]

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