West Cohort

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

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Essentials of Simulation

Increasing the use of simulation is a goal of our department. Over the next three days I am part of a group of faculty and staff that is receiving training from SIM-one. Although I have developed some online simulations in H5P, my experience with other forms of simulation is limited. It has been about 10 years since I have taught in the lab setting. However, in the future I am likely to be doing simulation during lab classes. Below are […]

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Don’t have time to exercise? Here’s a regimen everyone can squeeze in

Don't have time to exercise? Here's a regimen everyone can squeeze in For those of us who are time poor, high intensity exercise can be incorporated into our daily routines. Shutterstock Emmanuel Stamatakis, University of Sydney Have you recently carried heavy shopping bags up a few flights of stairs? Or run the last 100 metres to the station to catch your train? If you have, you may have unknowingly been doing a style of exercise called high-intensity incidental physical activity. […]

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Crowdsourcing Game Content

My students and I just finished up a unit titled No Shortage of Controversy. We had a look at fake news, confirmation bias, and filter bubbles. I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been enjoying designing the course I’m currently teaching, and this topic was one of my favourites. I found a great game called Factitious, and decided that it’d be a great kick-off to the unit. Since I crave symmetry, I knew I needed another came to close off the unit, […]

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Swelling and painful feet: how to solve the most common foot problems when you’re pregnant

Swelling and painful feet: how to solve the most common foot problems when you're pregnant Swollen and sore feet are a common pregnancy problem. Comzeal images/Shutterstock Craig Gwynne, Cardiff Metropolitan University Along with the rest of the body, being pregnant can have a huge impact on feet. More than half of expectant mothers experience some form of foot problem during pregnancy. But foot issues are often neglected, with other medical aspects of pregnancy given more attention. The good news is, […]

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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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