West Cohort

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

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Extreme Quilting

I signed up to guest post for the OER20 Conference‘s blog in the lead up to the event running in early April in London. When an association focused on learning technology decides to have the theme “The Care in Openness” you just have to perk up, take notice, get in there and try to help hype that awesomeness. I also got a little weird with it because I tried to turn a blog post into a live radio event. Head […]

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Why not try Something New with H5P

This Tuesday I am preparing to try a new teaching strategy in class this week. In the past students have been shy to role play in a large group (70). When thinking about my options for facilitating class this week I decided to try H5P in class. Typically, I use it for out of class activities, but at the last TESS conference they talked about some options to make use of it in class. The activity below uses branching logic. […]

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Post Haste: Tuesday Time Saving Teaching Tip

Everyone is so busy at this time of year (me included). When my files are unorganized because I haven’t had the time to create my folder structure I waste a lot of time looking for information (ironic). No more! I am solving that problem by using a program I have been using to organize video editing files to speed up my course organization. Using a similar folder structure and allowing Post Haste to copy and rename all my templates will […]

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Bridging the job readiness gap: virtual tools for a new campus-to-workplace pathway

Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash Broad access to the full range of dynamic liberal arts and science programming is the hallmark of an evolving Ontario high education system. But linking this education to the meaningful employment of learners has proved more elusive than building educational excellence. For many recent graduates, a gap continues to exist between what they learned in school, and opportunities to apply that knowledge in a professional work environment. A 2015 study found that 4 in 10 Canadian university […]

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Quick Marking Tip: Be Nice!

It is marking season. I don’t have a lot of time to blog because I have a lot of literature reviews to mark. Marking literature reviews is time-consuming but enjoyable. I also set daily goals. Because I love progress.— Laura Killam (she/her) (@NurseKillam) December 3, 2019 I am behind schedule and have not been meeting my daily goals because I underestimated how long they would take to grade (on average 2 hours each). I decided to blog today anyways because […]

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A Shinier DS106 Assignment Bank Theme

I’ve been deep in the code tunnels rebuilding and adding to maybe my most complex WordPress theme, the one that let’s anyone build something like the original DS106 Assignment Bank. My blog machine spits out a long list of posts on this effort, and indicates it goes back to August 2013, so while it pre-dates SPLOTs, it’s in the mix there because it set the stage for all the theme work that followed. Martha Burtis crafted the first bank (my […]

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Thanks Milan – Lessons Learned at #OEGlobal19

It’s too soon and I’m still a little jet lagged to have truly processed this last week, so at this time I’m just going go with a lessons learned list as an initial reflection of the experience that was the Open Education Global Conference in Milan. Lesson 1. Nominate yourself for stuff. It can get you a trip to Italy if it works out. Lesson 2. If you have a child under two, take them. They fly for free and […]

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Three Activities To Improve Exam Readiness

Today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip is the first one directed at my colleagues instead of my students. Before my last class, I went to the literature to look for ways to improve student readiness for exams and decrease test anxiety. One article, in particular, was quite thought-provoking (Poorman, Mastorovich, & Gerwick, 2019). In class, we talked about the hierarchy of evidence and I shared that although the article is low on the pyramid I can still use it to inform my […]

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Resolution Phase: End of Term Sadness and Hope

The term is drawing to a close. As the learning guide in my courses, I can see that we are almost through the phases of the therapeutic nurse-client relationship (Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, 2002). Moving into the term I decided that I would do what was pedagogically sound for student learning and not worry about being judged by others. I drew on various sources of professional development and adopted an inclusive approach to teaching. Student feedback, critical reflection on […]

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NCLEX Prep Strategies in Non-Practice Courses

I have been asked to summarize what I have done this term to help my students prepare for the NCLEX at a faculty meeting on Wednesday. Typically the theoretical courses that I teach may not be not seen as predictive of NCLEX success. For a class like research, in particular, it may be more challenging to see the connection. However, all courses in a nursing program help to prepare students with critical thinking skills. Several strategies were implemented in both […]

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