9X9X25 Challenge

Below are all syndicated blog posts from the 9X9X25 Writing Challenge. See also the list of active blogs.

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Exam Design: Promoting Integrity Through Trust and Flexibility

I spent a lot of time thinking about how to design my exam after a mid-semester pivot to online learning due to COVID-19. In the end, my exams this term are open book with no time limit. They have a due date but are open for a week or more. I am even open to extending it. Students can go in and out of the exam as many times as they want. I also provided them with a downloadable copy […]

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These COVID Times

With the sudden switch to online, I knew I wanted to simplify, simplify simplify, and stripped down what remained of my three courses to the very essence of what still needed to get done.More about that later, At the heart of this was connection with students to make sure they are all okay. My very first video to them, almost as soon as this happened was to encourage journal writing and creativity as a way to explore feelings and help […]

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Best Laid Plans…

Nine weeks into the semester and the universe threw down the gauntlet. COVID-19. To be fair, anyone with an awareness of global affairs saw the signs as first China, then Europe fell victim to the pandemic virus. In fact, I did an inquiry project into COVID-19 in my communications class because it seemed super relevant for the nursing students, and because I wanted to quell some of the conspiracies, and because well, the whole concept of finding credible source material […]

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Working from Home Unlocked my Super Power

Preparing for the Poverty Challenge has been a lesson in adaptability and perseverance. This blog post begins with a quick summary of what I mean by “Poverty Challenge,” followed by a snapshot of the roller coaster it has been to prepare for, finishing off with the impromptu contingency plan that taught me that being a teacher means you’ve got superpowers. What I mean by the Poverty Challenge… Public Health Sudbury hosted an experiential learning activity for community members to experience […]

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Pivot Perils: Think Before Requiring Video

Welcome to the new normal: Online learning in a hurry. Que the spam about tech solutions to your problem. Some are rushing in to lecture capture as a way to engage learners. In my opinion that is not the best option. The problem with lecture capture: Audience retention. First of all, long lectures are best for synchronous learning. I have gotten really good feedback about using them when teaching online. Assuming that asynchronous learners will enjoy listening to us for […]

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Online Pivot: Clarity is Key

One thing I have been working on this term is clearly directing students to key content in my Moodle shell. I have had success with using obvious, clear, consistent, and concise instructions. The goal is for students to find what they need as quickly as possible. Every week is numbered with a clear topic identified. In each section, the content has been consistently organized according to five sections. Weekly topic sections in Moodle. I think that this signalling is even […]

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Spicing Up Your Remote Work with Zoom and OBS

Seems like everybody I know is now working remotely due to the virtual worldwide lockdown in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Lots of folks that have little to no experience with it. And that’s okay! We’re all in this together. At this point, simple ettiquite and knowing how to mute your microphone should be considered passable skills. That said, if you are comfortable with working remotely and want to do something a bit more interesting than just, “Hey, look! […]

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Code on Bonus Day with @gdg

I am not really sure what I am about to get myself into here, but past GDG events have been fun. Nick is going to teach us about Firebase. Here we go @gdg … pic.twitter.com/dR7M2EIJ1Y— Laura Killam (she/her) (@NurseKillam) February 29, 2020 We talked about a lot of the possibilities, which honestly I need more time to explore. I was most interested in the possibilities for working with web building as well as Google docs to update multiple documents at […]

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Adventures in Coordinating

I was–I AM–delighted to accept the challenge of coordinating the General Arts and Sciences program on the Cornwall campus. With my mentor and friend Julie to guide me (before she retires in June), I have been learning the ins and outs of a program that is both simple and so very complex. January passed in a blur. I wasn’t sure I could keep up with the constant changing schedules and course changes of so many students. But I did it. […]

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The Challenges of a Poverty Challenge

My colleague and I plan to host a “Poverty Challenge” for our students. My students, from the Community and Health Services Navigation (CHSN) program will play the role of service providers. My colleague’s students, from the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (BScN), will play the role of clients. We will be drawing from the original Poverty Challenge Toolkit as well as resources from Public Health Sudbury’s modified Poverty Challenge which they graciously provided us access to.  The learning objectives […]

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