West Cohort

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

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Squall Season – shall we meet virtually?

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 […]

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Can They Read It?

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 […]

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Bit by Bitmojis: An Unexpected Outcome

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 […]

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Trust and Cheating: Tuesday Teaching Tip

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 […]

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Metacognition and Mindfulness: Tuesday Teaching Tip for Nursing Students

Nurse educators work in a variety of contexts. Our role is not simply to deliver content. We need to also equip our learners with the tools to be successful in achieving their goals. This week you are engaged in reflecting on health literacy as one of those tools. However, metacognitive skills are just as important for learning. What is Metacognition? Be Mindful Retention of information is an important consideration in any learning environment. Stress and anxiety are enemies of retention […]

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Dreaming is Free

Press play, then start reading. When I was asked to keynote the Fleming College Fall Teaching & Learning Day, I thought it’d be a great chance to heed some advice from Blondie (Dreaming is free, after all) and drop a bunch of ideas for digital learning initiatives that we could do and see which ones that we can breath some life into. Each of these ideas are inspired by some open, networked and/or connectivist learning experiences that are already out […]

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Ken Steele Speaker Session: Innovative Futures: Higher Education Trends towards 2040

I am excited to get to her Ken talk about innovation today in person. I’m looking forward to presenting on “ #HigherEd Trends Towards 2040” in the eDome at @CambrianCollege #Sudbury this morning! #imagineCambrian @CollegesOntario #OntarioColleges #Futuring #cdnPSE #CambrianCollege pic.twitter.com/DwNLXAB5c9— Ken Steele (@kensteele) October 11, 2019 I really love his strategy for knowing when to collect responses – he says he treats it like popcorn. When the responses stop coming in he knows he may burn it and moves on. […]

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Irene learns about teaching – Part 1b

So, how do I know if I am connecting and motivating my students. THRIVES, the course I am using as a focus for these reflections, is a course in our LMS designed to introduce students to the culture of the college and present a model of successful student skills, behaviours and attitudes that new student can follow. Given that THRIVES is a non-mandatory course and, unfortunately at the moment, has little opportunity for student to instructor communication and no opportunity […]

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Just Roll with it: Tuesday Teaching Tip

This Thursday, third-year students are using simulation to teach first-year students. We have spent time in class talking about the need to assess learning needs, plan teaching strategies, and evaluate the effectiveness of their teaching. My number one tip for students walking into the role of a teacher is to learn to be flexible and work with (or roll with) whatever is happening. Below is what I told them to plan for. Plan Last week you planned for the facilitated […]

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Irene learns about teaching: Part 1a

Who’s your model? Think back to a teacher you admire and consider their motivational, interpersonal and intellectual skills. I know what I am supposed to say – good teachers motivate their learners, have highly rated interpersonal skills and are content experts. This question is leading to a recognition that teaching is more than just an expert who imparts facts and walks out of the room. However, my favorite teachers were a pair of kinda grumpy old men. My favorite teachers […]

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