East Cohort

Below are all syndicated blog posts from the East Ontario Cohort. See also the list of active blogs.

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What’s in it for Me?

The Teacher for Learning module of Ontario Extend includes the activity, What’s in it for Me? This activity challenged us to brainstorm a list of WIIFM from a student perspective. Rather than just brainstorm, I went back to conversations I’d had with students regarding the reasons they’re studying. When I speak with my students, most can articulate a reason why they’re in the program they’ve chosen to pursue.  These responses are varied and cover the range of typical reasons adults […]

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Reflective Practice Using Course Feedback Results

We get into post-secondary teaching because we want our students to learn our industry, trade, field or discipline. We want to pass on our knowledge and experience to the next generation in the workforce. In order to do this effectively, we need to be reflective practitioners; we need to be able to be honest with ourselves about what is working in our teaching practice and what isn’t. I received last semester’s course feedback from my Dean over the weekend. I […]

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5 Reasons You Need to Gather Feedback During the Semester (and How to Do It)

Feedback from students help to inform your teaching practice. At the end of every semester students are given the opportunity to provide feedback on their course experience; however, it would be beneficial for you to gather ongoing formative feedback during the semester. Gathering formative feedback: Gives you an idea of students’ perceptions on the effectiveness of your learning activities Demonstrates that you are responsive to your students’ concerns in a timely manner, thus building a positive feedback experience for studentsAllows […]

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Carry On, Carry On

Today in #ExtendmOOC, it is finally time to really get down to business. Module One is launched! The week we spent getting to know each other in Module Zero has been just a wonderful, fun time seeing educators from all over the place, geographically and discipline-wise, get to know each other a bit. There have been just a boatload of responses from participants sharing where they are and what they do and what they hope to get out of this […]

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Ontario Extend mOOC: the soft opening

Yes, life gets curse-like interesting when after mocking something you end up using it. But here we go, the edX hosted mOOC (medium sized Open Online Course) I’ve been working on is getting its first visits. The making of this remains to be blogged (can everything ever be all blogged?), but I assembled a short promo video mixing together an animation by the talented artists at eCampus Ontario, with voices and videos from past participants. Again, we are taking the […]

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Pick Your Fav!

This is an informal poll of current Ontario post-secondary people and what they might like to see covering their free textbooks. That’s right ~ free! eCampusOntario has worked hard to bring you a robust library of open textbooks ready-to-use in colleges and universities, but also open for adaptation and customization to suit the needs of particular courses. Check them out here: https://openlibrary.ecampusontario.ca/Register your preference for a cover look using the quick poll. Help even more by providing some comments on […]

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Come As You Are

Take your time. Hurry up. Choice is yours. Don’t be late.Kurt Cobain It’s almost time to come in. The Ontario Extend mOOC opens next week. Well, the lobby will be open. We will be hanging out in Module Zero, getting to know each other a bit and chatting about what to expect over the next 12 weeks. Your starting point is wherever you are right now. Come as you are. Ontario Extend will help you fill up several pedagogical buckets. […]

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The value of micro-credentials and badging

I recently attended a learning outcomes symposium organized by the Council of Ontario Universities, the organization that is responsible for the university sector affairs of the 21 major universities in our Ontario (Canada) system. The keynote speaker, Ryan Craig, from University Ventures, surprised the audience with some challenging ideas taken from his recent book, A New U: Faster + Cheaper Alternatives to College.  I was somewhat confused by the sense of fright that many of my colleagues in the audience […]

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The Obligatory New Year’s Resolution Blog Post

At this time of year, many people are thinking about the resolutions they are going to make. As an educator, I usually make my resolutions twice a year: once for January (typical time to make a resolution) and again for September when the academic year starts. If a goal is worth having, it’s worth blocking out the time in your day-to-day life necessary to achieve it.—– Jill Koenig, Certified Goals Coach This is what I need to do more of. […]

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