Moderating a panel of student advocates at TESS 2019 was an honor. The student experience is where our focus as educators really needs to be. These students are trying to make a difference and calling for online education to feel like an interactive human experience. Please listen.
David Porter encourages us to consider the context that we work in as we listen to Donna Lancos this morning. She talked about digital machines. The opening question was around if we need to choose between innovation and providing students with the basics. "Let’s give ourselves room to try new things while also maintaining things that have enduring value and stop thinking about it as a competitive zero-sum game." @bfister — Dr. Donna Lanclos (@DonnaLanclos) October 9, 2019 @DonnaLanclos don’t […]
On Tuesday (Nov 19), we will be experimenting with H5P and Pressbooks. I was wondering if H5P content would easily embed into a Grav blog page. I was sure that an iframe could easily be added here. I created a timeline component in H5P.org which you can see on this blog post.
Clients can tell if you truly care. Enthusiasm, among other things, is what fuels innovation in nursing education (Schell, 2006). When you care deeply about the success of your learners it motivates you to do your best to meet their needs. Energy and a love for the subject matter, as well as teaching, is part of being a successful teacher (Rossetti & Fox, 2009). Promoting this enthusiasm among learners by encouraging interest and enjoyment in the topic is a strategy […]
The final piece of this module was a two-page written assignment exploring Pratt and Collins (2000-2020) Teaching Perspectives Inventory (TPI). I was able to determine that my dominant perspectives are Developmental and Apprenticeship, my fall back perspectives are Transmission and Nurturing, and my recessive perspective is Social Reform (Pratt & Collins, 2000-2020). However, given that my current teaching practice is not the traditional classroom/semester model, I found Pratt and Collins explanations of the perspectives limited and I turned to Bates […]
I use this learning activity when I lead workshops on educational technology. Actually, this is a version of a learning activity I created when I taught Computer Studies courses (more on that later). This activity is a lot of fun. In the header image of this post, you'll notice a timeline behind me on the blackboard. Let me explain the setup and the activty Before the learners arrive, I draw a timeline on the blackboard. In the version above, the […]
Open waters in Georgian Bay plus winds from the Northwest equals squalls around Georgian College. We might have to move our regular Friday morning (9 to noon) session with our new full-time faculty to the virtual world. I've been prepping to facilitate our Friday morning session through Zoom tomorrow. This will be the largest group I've facilitated in Zoom. Now, thankfully, my colleague, Amy, led them through a Contingency Planning session last Friday and they did it in Zoom. So […]
It is important that clients can read written materials that nurses provide. We have spent a lot of time in class talking about the importance of readability of materials, health literacy, as well as e-health literacy. When you are creating materials you know that generally speaking, readability should be at a sixth to eighth-grade level. You are now equipped to assess the usefulness, design, understandability, and actionability of various sources using appropriate tools. Accessibility However, I am not confident that […]
The Cambrian Teaching and Learning Innovation Hub encourages faculty to share how one small change in how we approach teaching makes learning more impactful. This term one these meaningful changes I made was very small and easy: Adding Bitmojis. Great idea Bitmoji. The Challenge This semester I was teaching a group of students who were entering the term scared for a variety of reasons. I had a hunch that they were scared, but the results of my adapted learner preferences […]
Good morning, This Tuesday I was tempted to send you an email simply saying “take breaks” as the Tuesday teaching tip. It may have been a way to show you that I was taking my own advice. Instead, I decided to take this opportunity to extend our discussion around cheating and trust. Cheat day Bitmoji Cheating is a concept that is highly influenced by context and culture. For that reason, we as educators should be defining it in relation to […]