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Putting Play Back into PD

I am off the the Online Learning Consortium Innovate Conference in Denver later this month. My presentation for the event is about adding a bit more “play” into the process of faculty development. Over the years, I have attended enough presentations about the hows and whys of academic technology and teaching pedagogy to know that even the best session, with tons of “audience” participations, get a bit dry. So, my amazing colleagues and I have created some good strategies, and […]

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My Collaborative Dining Table

The first activity of the Collaborator Module in the Ontario Extend mOOC is to reflect upon the process and people involved in a professional collaboration project. Inspired by the creative Prezi presentation by fellow extender Melanie Jones, I decided to make a PowToon of my reflection https://www.powtoon.com/online-presentation/g5MN1zwLmJH/?mode=movie# . Photo by Ian Schneider on Unsplash In this module we are thinking about communities of practice. Meaning groups of people who exchange information to solve problems and improve what they do (Bates, […]

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Module 4 Activities: Collaboration

Setting the table: Program Coordinator – This was me.  I am currently in a temporary position.  Former Program Coordinator – She started the review and is in a position to assist and mentor.  Tons of knowledge and very helpful.Program Chair – This is the head of the department I work in.  He oversaw the entire review.  Provided guidance and mentorship.  Assisted in planning meetings.Instructional Faculty – This group provided feedback on the specific courses that they teach within the program.  […]

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Grammatically Yours

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com If I were to teach a course primarily on grammar again, I would ask everyone as we are learning about the parts of speech which part of speech they are like. Are they verbs? Transitive or intransitive? Are they adjectives that describe something else? Maybe they are a conjunction and good at joining things together. Or an interjection with all the emotion.

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Online Courses and Winter Driving

Photo by Magda Ehlers on Pexels.com Winter driving is a different beast than driving in the summer, and some people feel very uncomfortable behind the wheel of the car. You need more time to stop and be more careful when you take turns. But as the days and weeks pass and you remember again how winter driving is different, it gets easier. Creating an online course seems similar, especially for people who are new to it. When you’ve been teaching […]

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Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 48: Reimbursement Culture

In this episode I discuss reimbursement culture, the unacknowledged costs of academic travel, and the burden of out of pocket travel. I would love to hear about your experiences and suggestions for tackling reimbursement culture. Leave a comment or send me a message on Twitter. Mentioned in this episode:-Pamela L. Gay, “The unacknowledged costs of … Continue reading Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 48: Reimbursement Culture

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Module 2, Act. 2 – Empathy Map

Photo by Josh Calabrese on Unsplash I really liked the activity of creating an empathy map. It was useful to help bring the perspective of my audience to the front of my mind. I think when you work in an ID role and are so familiar with the process, the terminology, and the end goal of your course design process, that it can be easy to get wrapped up in your own tasks. It's useful to take a step back […]

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eCampusOntario Open Education Fellow

I am thrilled to share the news that have been selected as one of five eCampus Ontario Open Education Fellows for 2019-2020. The OE Fellowship program provides a small cohort of professionals with the opportunity to engage in open education advocacy and scholarship. The OE Fellows program has the following goals: Promote awareness and increase … Continue reading eCampusOntario Open Education Fellow

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Module 4: The Collaborative Dining Table

In the first activity of Module 4, the Collaborator Module, we are asked to think about the projects or ideas we collaborated on with others and then choose one to draw it out like a dinner table. At the centre of the table, we are to write out the modes of communication we used for that project For this activity, I focused on the development of the Cambrian College Teaching & Learning Innovation Hub website, which I undertook last spring, […]

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