West Cohort

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

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Pins and needles are usually harmless, but it’s best not to ignore them

Pins and needles are usually harmless, but it's best not to ignore them Studio GL/Shutterstock Adam Taylor, Lancaster University Everyone has experienced it: that tingling, prickling feeling you get in your limbs when you’ve been sitting or lying in one position for too long. Medical people call it parathesia, but to the rest of us, it’s “pins and needles”. And here’s how it works. Our bodies contain miles of nerves and blood vessels. Most people know that nerves carry messages […]

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Oh CRAAP, it’s a Test!

This post is responding to the “Holy CRAAP” activity in the Curator module of Ontario Extend.  I found and discussed a series of Indigenization Guides earlier in this module, and now I’m applying the CRAAP test to evaluate the efficacy of the resources. Currency: They’re current! Relevance: One of my favourite elements of these guides is that they’re customized for specific target audiences, so the relevance is quite high for a multitude of stakeholders. Accuracy: These Guides have been well […]

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OER FTW

This post is responding to the “Find Your Fit” activity found in the Curator module of Ontario Extend.   Last week was Open Education Week, and we went gangbusters with our outreach efforts, both on campus and in the community. It was exciting, and exhausting. I could write thousands of joyful words about faculty interest in and adoption of OER. I feel like last year we started a conversation about Open Education. This year it’s starting to happen. It’s fabulous. […]

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Stayin’ Alive

This post is in response to the “Consider This” activity found in the Curator module of Ontario Extend.    I’ve always tried to find interesting, thematically connected images to anchor my online course design to. For example, the top bit of my College Communications course looks like: Here’s a Basic Math course I designed for our Academic Upgrading program, which includes both a landing image and tile images to complement each topic: Needless to say, I see value in incorporating […]

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I’m Did the Extend mOOC Work We Ask of Participants

Among the great lessons I got from my mentor Barbara Ganley was the idea of doing the same assignments assigned to, and along side, your students. In teaching writing at Middlebury College, she completed (and blogged, and syndicated blogs in 2001) the essays she assigned to her students. This too was an ethos I picked up in my early ds106 teaching at University of Mary Washington in parallel with Jim Groom and Martha Burtis. You may not be able to […]

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What makes joints pop and crack?

What makes joints pop and crack and is it a sign of disease? MossStudio/Shutterstock Rebecca Shepherd, Lancaster University and Adam Taylor, Lancaster University Joints emit a variety of noises, including popping, snapping, catching, clicking, grinding, grating and clunking. The technical term for these noises is “crepitus”, from the Latin “to rattle”. People of all ages can experience crepitus, although it becomes more common with old age. So what causes crepitus? Air bubbles forming in the joint spaces are the most […]

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Time

Today I was able to participate in a discussion about improving our use of time in our teaching. Creating incentives for students to review the syllabus and policies such as adaptive release of content in Moodle, quizzing, gamification or Kahoot were some strategies that have worked for educators. Saving time by using documents, surveys and calendars that sync across devices removes the need for duplication of efforts. Connecting with the students in a group chat format on a platform they […]

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Essentials of Simulation Day 3

When debriefing after a simulation the facilitators advocate for use of the PEARLS debriefing tool. A framework like this helps to ensure a familiar process as well as a safe and supportive environment for learning. In addition, the advocacy inquiry approach to debriefing helps the facilitator come from a genuinely curious stance. geralt / Pixabay Some key take-aways from the discussion include Check to see if learners are ready for feedbackAllow the learner to provide comments before the observerFocus on […]

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Essentials of Simulation Day 2: Debriefing and Briefing

Today the discussion around simulation continued. We began by reflecting on our wish-list and availability of current resources. While Cambrian has access to wonderful resources we still have quite a wish-list of technology and human resource support. Image by martinnlp90 on Pixabay Without knowing it we often combine different modalities of simulation to address student needs. Combining online simulations with in-person approaches seems to happen naturally. Success and Challenges Debriefing is critical to the success of simulations. There are a […]

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Technologist to the Rescue!

Since as far back as I can remember I have embraced technology in my teaching – working from the problem to the potential solution. Over the past year, I have been working through the technologist module of the Ontario Extend website in depth – sometimes intentionally sometimes instinctively.  The Challenge Both my learners and I are challenged by an overwhelming and problematic course. It is a first-year course with a reputation – Students are expected to have difficulty passing. I have been repeatedly been told […]

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