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Module 1, Act. 8 – Teaching Philosophy Metaphor

Photo by Lucas Clara on Unsplash Why do I do what I do? What do I believe? What do I want students to walk away with after taking a course that I've helped design? I think I'm going to use a metaphor of an over-prepared adventure tour guide. You know, the one with the overstuffed backpack who is prepared for everything, tries to ensure that everyone is safe and having fun, and ready to show people the ropes in a new […]

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Module 1, Act. 7 – I’m being a circle – Nugget

Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash "You may not have realized this yet, but our attempts to teach are much like our attempts to play Tetris. We have plans to maneuver students into just the right places so that they all fit nicely and then disappear. But when we play the game, they show up in all these different sizes and shapes and speeds and get jumbled up and the game is over and we reflect on what happened before trying again." (Jodie Black & Terry Greene)​​ […]

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Module 1, Act. 6 – Intro Activity

Photo by Mikael Kristenson on Unsplash Since I'm typically talking about education/technology topics with faculty in workshop scenarios, I think an appropriate introductory activity for a workshop about teaching and learning topics could be asking them to reflect on their past experiences. I think this could be useful since it would allow them to think back to their own learning and get them thinking of the student perspective.Here are a few ideas:Thinking of all of your schooling experiences, who do […]

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Module 1, Act. 5 – Backward Design – Mastery

Photo by Andres Haro on Unsplash As an instructional designer, I chat a lot with faculty who are developing courses online, or who are popping by for quick ideas (or problem-solving tips) for use in their classroom.One topic that I don't think is super understood by those who do not have a specific background in education is backward design.  Teachers do get from Point A to Point Z, but sometimes I think teachers plan their content and then think about, […]

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Module 1, Act. 4 – Workshop ‘Students as Developers’ -WIIFM?

Photo by Emily Morter on Unsplash What's in it for me?  I agree that it should be more than just a, "Because you should know it."Since I'm not currently in a typical classroom scenario, I'm going to consider how one of the faculty workshops I'll be delivering soon can be analyzed in this way... "What's in it for me" with faculty considered as our main attendees.  Workshop: Students as DevelopersThis isn't our official workshop description, but in this upcoming workshop, we […]

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Module 1, Act. 3 – TED Talks and Cornell Notes

Photo by JESHOOTS.COM on Unsplash Well, I tried the Cornell method of note-taking and I must say... At this point, it's not my favourite. I felt like I was trying so hard to document the ideas that were said, and as a result I missed some of the points that the speaker was saying. (But when I think back to my university days, I guess this was probably a reality most of the time, anyway?!)I tried two different (shorter) videos about […]

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Module 1, Act. 2 – Flexible Weighting Concept Map

Photo by Martin Reisch on Unsplash. As I'm not currently teaching in a classroom, I've chosen the topic of "Flexible Weighting" for my concept map. I will be co-presenting about this topic later this month.When it comes to assessing student work and determining the level of student understanding, there are multiple ways to do it. Flexible weighting is an "evaluation method created to try to support students' sense of ownership and level of investment and engagement with various assessment types..." […]

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Module 1, Act. 1 – Knitting a Blanket

Photo by rkit on pixabay. Learning outcomes are often misunderstood within my discipline of faculty support/instructional design. Instructors often don't understand the importance of learning outcomes at the program, course, and topic level.  ​Kelly Brennan has already shared a bit of our mapping analogy for learning outcomes, but here's another perspective. Learning outcomes, from the perspective of the instructor, should be emphasized at three levels:Program LevelCourse LevelTopic Level (weeks, topics, modules, etc.)Let's consider the act of knitting a blanket full of different […]

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Am I doing this right?

Well, I've started a blog or two before. But life gets busy and blogging has never been my biggest priority.I've decided that this new space will be the place where I'll reflect on my Ontario Extend mOOC-ing (can mOOC be a verb?!).I'm excited to embark on this journey, though also a little nervous and overwhelmed. As educators, instructional designers, faculty trainers, etc., I'm sure we all know how busy we can be in our day to day roles. I'm anticipating […]

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