West Cohort

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

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Finding Middle Ground

The online course I’m currently teaching is the only space I get to test out the pedagogical strategies I’m learning about in my EdD, on Twitter, and in conversation with my colleagues in an autonomous manner. It often feels like a playground, allowing theory to inform my practice (praxis). However, I’m not autonomous in this space. I’m working collaboratively with my students, and sometimes my pedagogical approach pushes them outside of their comfort zones. Not Ungrading, But Not the Norm […]

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Empathy Online – It IS Possible!

Nurturing is an integral component of my teaching philosophy, and as I’ve evolved my online teaching practice, I’ve incorporated strategies that align with this ethos. For example, I spend a lot of time in the first few weeks of the course getting to know my students. I ask them about their learning preferences, their goals, their confidence levels. I had great success anchoring my survey to the Universal Design for Learning framework this semester, and I’m still referring back to that […]

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Engaging Learners: Tips from Class with @ProfvocateMel

Last week I had the pleasure of watching Mel teach class. In this post I will share several things I noticed her doing that may be useful for mindful incorporation into others’ classes. These simple yet effective strategies can go a long way towards building an engaged community of learners. If you would like to share something that you are doing in your class like this please let me know. We don’t always blog about it, but Mel and I […]

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Massage Therapy for Seniors

Massage therapy has a growing body of evidence supporting its effectiveness in reducing pain and improving health-related quality of life in a variety of health conditions. Here is an infographic from the Registered Massage Therapists' Association of Ontario (RMTAO), with accompanying links to research below. More to ExploreBahrami et al. (2018). Aromatherapy massage versus reflexology on female elderly with acute coronary syndrome. Nurs Crit Care.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28573820Bruckenthal et al. (2016). Complementary and Integrative Therapies for Persistent Pain Management in Older Adults: A […]

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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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I Asked, They Answered, Now I Ponder

I’m currently delivering a fully online version of SSC 1002: Thinking, Reasoning, Relating. It’s a General Education course intended to provide students with opportunities to enhance their critical thinking skills, and it’s brand new to me, so I’m having a lot of fun planning, designing, and delivering the course. My greatest professional joy is to teach, and it’s been really refreshing to break out of my typical English Communications deliveries and teach something new. I kicked off Week One with […]

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Super Bowl: Why you don’t need an MRI to detect concussion

Super Bowl: Why you don't need an MRI to detect concussion New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) and Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Uchenna Nwosu (42) collide during an NFL divisional playoff football game, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Jeff F Dunn, University of Calgary In the run up to the 2019 Super Bowl in Atlanta, the NFL has announced a significant drop in concussions as a result of several safety-related rule changes. Concussion, though, […]

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Ten books to help people understand the human body and its complexity

Ten books to help people understand the human body and its complexity Here is a curated selection of books exploring the relationship between the mind and the body.A Guide to Better Movement: The Science and Practice of Moving With More Skill And Less Pain. Todd R. HargroveBehave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst. Robert M. SapolskyEndure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance. Alex HutchinsonNeurocomic: A Comic About the Brain. Hana RosThe Brain That Changes […]

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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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