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Employability Skills: Are we failing our students?

This is my 9th post for the 9x9x25 Challenge! The article by Joe Friesen, “One in four Ontario postsecondary students lacks basic literacy, numeracy skills, studies say” posted November 27th in The Globe and Mail claims that post-secondary students have weak skills in literacy, numeracy, problem solving and critical thinking.  The Ministry of Colleges, Training and Universities (MTCU) includes 11 Essential Employability Skills (EES) that are to be taught in all college programs in Ontario. These skills include: communication, numeracy, critical […]

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Cultivating my PLN Garden

I have always loved learning from my colleagues and other educators. I loved attending PD Day activities with my school board. I love going to conferences and participating in workshops or webinars. I love taking courses and learning new things. Look up lifelong learner in the dictionary and you’ll see my name!  However, when I first signed up for Twitter, I didn’t “get it”. I almost abandoned it altogether, but I started following some of the educators that I really […]

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The Value of Collaborative Project Planning

The Project – May/June PD Blitz One of the major projects I was a part of last year was our Teaching and Learning Innovation Hub‘s May/June PD blitz. To give you some context, up until a year or so ago we didn’t have a formal teaching and learning centre at our college; we were just a few people in different departments across the college that collaborated together to support faculty. We officially came together as the Hub team in August […]

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The Value of Field Trips in Higher Ed.

This is my 8th post for 9x9x25. On Thursday, I went with Community and Justice Service (CJSP) students on a field trip to Beaver Creek Institution – a minimum and medium security correctional facility in Gravenhurst, ON. Every year, the CJSP coordinator organized three visits for different correctional facilities in Ontario so students in the program are able to see one division of the correctional field these students can enter into after graduation. The students visit a minimum security adventure […]

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Seeing My Students Soar

This is my seventh post for the 9x9x25 Challenge. This evening while I was waiting at the airport to board my plane to Toronto for TESS 2018, I ran into one of my former students. I taught her when she was in high school and knew she was destined for great things – she is bright, positive, driven, and headstrong. When she told me that she just started working on her Masters degree in Psychology at OISE, I felt a […]

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It’s Alive!! (OE Experimenter Module Reflection)

This is my reflection for the module ‘Experimenter‘ for Ontario Extend. I completed these three daily extends (although they weren’t necessarily in the list on the OE Experimenter module): Do you or does someone you know teach a course that requires a textbook? Have you made sure that there isn’t a nice, high quality, free, open option just sitting there in our Open Textbook Library? Go have a look and report your findings to us. If you are not teaching a course […]

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Turn Feedback in FeedForward

This is post #6 for the 9x9x25 Challenge! Why are we so afraid of feedback?! We shouldn’t see feedback as a negative or damaging thing; feedback is meant to help us reflect and grow as educators. In fact, we shouldn’t be waiting until the end of our courses to seek out student feedback. There are a number of reason why we should seek out student feedback early and consistently throughout the semester: Seeking feedback increases student engagement in your course, […]

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The Future of PD for Faculty

Photo by Mikes Photos on Pexels.com Traditional faculty PD is dead. Or at least it should be! You, as faculty, have a lot going on during the academic year that makes it challenging for you to be able to attend some (or any) of the wonderful PD opportunities put on by your teaching and learning centres. The idea of a one size fits all PD schedule just doesn’t work! Like any adult learner, faculty want what they want and they […]

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