Extender Blogs

Syndication of all blog writing from Ontario Extend participants into one place; each link takes you to the original post. See the list of all blogs

9X9X25 Challenge, Extender Blogs

My Student’s Blog

I’ve talked a lot about my Positive Psych course the past few months. The last day of class was a work period for their final assignment — a reflection about their experience — during which we listened to our playlist from throughout the semester. As the last few students got up to leave, I found myself almost getting choked up. The song that just so happened to be playing in those final moments of our time together was “We’re Here […]

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9X9X25 Challenge, Extender Blogs, North Cohort, West Cohort

Open-Assessment: It’s Just Good Pedagogy #OER a reflection on OE Fellows Webinar 5: Introduction to Open Educational Practice #OEP from @eCampusOntario

As I reflect on the past term one of the big changes for me was how consciously open and flexible the course was in many ways. The course website was open and students had the choice of how they wanted to meet the learning outcomes. Not only were they involved in defining what the project would be they could choose how they shared their work. Rubrics in the course were also co-created. They defined how they wanted to participate, which ended up […]

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Grading – Half Empty or Half Full?

Tis the season it seems. Grading is on the minds of students as well as instructors I work with. This is not going to be a post about the merits or grading, or going gradeless, or better workflow, etc. Instead I need to reflect on a comment an instructor recently said while we were talking about giving feedback (and eventually grading). Sidenote: I am currently working with this instructor on using a single-point rubric to provide space for narrative and […]

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9X9X25 Challenge, Extender Blogs, West Cohort

Planning the next tutor leadership day

On Thursday, December 20, 2018, we will be having our Fall Tutor Leadership day, a part day professional development seminar with two goals: continue to build a community for tutors and address emerging challenges tutors are facing in their practice. I am frantically trying to finish a pressbook with the tutors’ blogs for the OntarioExtend 9x9x25 challenge to use at the Leadership day and have decided to remove some of the suggestions about how to use the guide. I am […]

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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, East Cohort, eCampus Ontario, Extender Blogs, West Cohort

The Proverbial Why Blog Post (and is it a Howitzer?)

Blogging about blogging is a repeated trope inside this blog and I’d bet commonly elsewhere. Why do it again? It seems appropriate for my last (and consistently late, but one of the things about blogging is making your own rules) of nine posts for the Ontario Extend 9x9x25 challenge. I actually realized I was more than a few short, so resorted to back tagging 2 previously written ones from early October. Sue me (and c.f previous parenthetical on rules). After […]

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Expanding our Online Learning Toolkit with WordPress

In most post-secondary institutions online courses are developed and delivered through a Learning Management System (LMS). It seems as though this has always been the way. And even though times have changed, technology has changed and even approaches to online teaching and learning have changed the LMS stays more or less the same. Over the last several years in our institution we have seen a shift in what learners are expecting and what the sectors provide courses for want to […]

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Intercultural Competence – Mindsets and looking at the self

Intercultural competence, cultural competence, and global competencies – if you have not heard these terms in the last few years, you may be in a bubble.  And that is ok, because bubbles are safe; however, faculty in higher education have a fairly new and very important responsibility on their hands, and it is only going to increase in coming years. The Institute for the Future published a study in 2011 outlining what the Top 10 Work skills for the future […]

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9X9X25 Challenge, Extender Blogs, North Cohort, West Cohort

Video Feedback: Time-Saver or Time-Waster?

This post has been de-prioritised for about a month now as. I was about to just scrap the idea since the 9x9x25 challenge is technically over but students kept thanking me for using video to mark their work so I decided that I had to share. The feedback quoted in this post was all unsolicited – numerous additional students have thanked me in various ways for trying something new: Video feedback for written work. IO-Images / Pixabay Thank you for this video […]

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9X9X25 Challenge, Extender Blogs, West Cohort

UDL guided exam: Choose Your Own Adventure

Do you remember reading Choose Your Own Adventure books?  They were my favorite. I loved making the story my own.  And then in high school, I was always happy to find a a textbook with a student-made adventure written inside to help pass the time. With this as my inspiration and with UDL to guide the way, I delivered a choose-your-own-adventure styled exam this semester. Based upon the results and student feedback, I’ll do it again. UDL Guided Exam Structure […]

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