West Cohort

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

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So Why SoTL?

This post is my response to the SoTL #2 Engage with SoTL activity, included in the Scholar Module of Ontario Extend.  Right from the first time I found myself in front of a classroom, I knew I needed to conduct research in education. Teaching and learning are incredibly complex activities, and as a twenty-something TA flung in front of a group of undergraduates, I was acutely aware of how little I knew about all of it. Years and multiple degrees […]

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What’s With All The Sharing?

Today I had 15 minutes with the fine folks at the University of Washington-Bothell eLearning Symposium hosted by the Office of Digital Learning, to tell them about some of the things that I do to enable the sharing of pedagogy. I’m hoping that in those 15 minutes I convinced a few to come here and read this post. Because this is an attempt at telling them why. What’s with all this sharing? Here are my slides in which I give […]

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Haida Gwai Happiness

Canada Day was celebrated in an extremely special way in 2019. After spending the early morn scouring Sandspit BC for coffee (no one should have to deal with Peggy pre-caffeine!), I trekked over to the airport to see if I would recognize BC peeps I only sporadically get the pleasure of seeing.  Before that adventure, I guess I will share a few shots of my solo meandering around Sandspit as I stretched my legs after planes, trains, and automobiles to […]

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Interviewing My Domain

Alternate title: What I did at Summer Domain Camp. A new activity for Domain Camp for 2019 was to interview your domain. Here is my response: What is your domain name and what is the story, meaning behind your choice of that as a name? My domain is procaffination.ca and it comes from the idea that I have difficulty doing anything before I have my first coffee. Instead of procrastination, I suffer from procaffination. I am also pro-coffee! I like […]

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So Long and Thanks For All of This

After nearly two years of secondment, my time as a Program Manager at eCampusOntario is coming to an end. On July 2 I return to Fleming College as a Learning Technology Specialist. Here is a rundown of experiences that I’m thankful to have gained, while in this position. I’ll keep it brief. Visits I got the chance to visit/connect with quite a few post-secondary institutions all over Ontario and beyond. And in doing so, one of the things I got […]

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Family or Grades?

Tomorrow I have a midterm exam (worth 20%). Today I found out that my son has speech and language delays (likely due to poor hearing). The only time to get parental training to help him this month is tomorrow. The timing of the midterm overlaps with the training. So, I am faced with a choice. A choice that for me is easy, but if I was in a different set of circumstances it could be really difficult.  The problem here […]

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Assessment Praxis in Reflective Work

Assessing student reflections can be challenging. #STLHE2019SAPES pic.twitter.com/yqJOu60Lqc— Laura Killam (she/her) (@NurseKillam) June 13, 2019 Challenges assessing reflection: Marking content that is highly personal Class size "How do you rubric for a heart" – Sven #STLHE2019SAPES— Laura Killam (she/her) (@NurseKillam) June 13, 2019 Marking reflections in a traditional way is challenging. Reflection is not an intuitive skill. There are several levels according to Ryan’s (2013) model. Jon recommends completion grades with marking guides. After working through an activity Sven says […]

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Teaching for Learning or Grades?

Full house … grades must be problematic. #STLHE2019SAPES pic.twitter.com/tCrj6vEfIL— Laura Killam (she/her) (@NurseKillam) June 13, 2019 What is my grade? #STLHE2019SAPES pic.twitter.com/xiT8QvRvUr— Laura Killam (she/her) (@NurseKillam) June 13, 2019 Discussion Grades not a good measure of leaning. There are so many issues with grades. Behavior is a function of people and the environment.Lewin’s Equation It is particularly challenging in programs like nursing with high GPA entrance requirements. What can we do? How can we support the creation of an environment […]

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Choice and Student Assessment

The presenters state that students generally like flexible assessment, but not everyone likes it. Depending on where they are in their program it may also be overwhelming. Students in this class made some interesting choices. There was a default option for students who did not choose a weighting option. The measured differences in grades and found that groups of four did better than other sizes of groups. Students made a choice in the first week and were unable to change […]

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Guided Inquiry in Large Classes

Stephen McNeil talked about how he has used guided inquiry in large classes even though it is designed for small classes. Key principles: There is a planned endpoint for the learning: That is where the planning starts. Students go through a cycle of exploration, concept invention, and concept adaptation. Sharing and reporting findings with other students At the end they construct a new concept Peers from higher levels of the program can help to facilitate learning Flinging ideas at students […]

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