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Video Feedback: Time-Saver or Time-Waster?

This post has been de-prioritised for about a month now as. I was about to just scrap the idea since the 9x9x25 challenge is technically over but students kept thanking me for using video to mark their work so I decided that I had to share. The feedback quoted in this post was all unsolicited – numerous additional students have thanked me in various ways for trying something new: Video feedback for written work. IO-Images / Pixabay Thank you for this video […]

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Unintended Learning From the IASR Training Module – OHRC and AODA

Today I am working on mandatory training even though I am swamped with marking and course prep for next term. These days I am so focused on course design and gamification as I am developing a quest-based approach for the course I am taking next term. Because of this focus, I notice course design elements around me. What I noticed about this course is that they allowed us to choose our path through the course (somewhat) and showed completion through a status bar. The […]

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This Badge of Wrangler of Writing

I cast my 9x9x25 vote for Terry Greene and pin upon him this badge of Wrangler of Writing. Perhaps it can go by his other notable badges. Particularly, the True Friend badge from the infamous Talky Tina. He used his true friendship techniques to wrangle a group of us together to share some ideas. He managed to do so humanly and digitally, and led us there by his own example as a sharing open author. Terry has wrangled writing before. […]

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Plugging into hyflex

9X9X25 In the summer before starting my new career as a HyFlex professor, I searched for HyFlex faculty across North America and the name Dr. Brian Beatty caught my eye. I looked him up on LinkedIn and sent him the following message: “I’m reaching out from Ontario, Canada in hopes you may be willing to provide me with some guidance for a brand new post-grad certificate program I’ll be teaching using the HyFlex model. Link to program description: http://catalog.cambriancollege.ca/chsn/#text I’d […]

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Bursting at the seams with gratitude

9X9X25 I imagine myself reading this 20 to 30 some years down the road and reminiscing about my first years of teaching. My first semester as a full-time faculty in a brand-new program is coming to a close soon. I remember back in August, a seasoned faculty told me that I’ll blink and it’ll be Christmas. Well, she was right. In Positive Psychology, the state of flow is described as being in a time warp, where time speeds up or […]

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KitchenAids, Cookies, and the LMS

We have a wonderful cobalt blue KitchenAid mixer. It is well used. And it is well loved. It matches the hand towels in the kitchen, the antique blue vases and glasses, some of the art on the walls and our dinner ware. It matches the matting on some framed pieces of art in the kitchen. But mostly I love it because it makes cookies. Or I should say my wife and daughters make me cookies with it. I know that […]

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Life is a Balance

9x9x25 Post #8 This week’s post is not really teaching related. It’s about balance. Balancing our work life and home life so that we can bring the best of ourselves to our teaching. Sometimes we get so busy with our teaching; prepping, marking, answering emails, lesson plans, helping students etc. that we don’t take time for ourselves.  I am guilty of doing this. Taking the time to do something that we enjoy and makes us happy, keeps us balanced. I’ve […]

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Test Tube Teaching

9X9X25 This semester I dabbled in low stakes testing. After an enlightening presentation by James M. Lang this past summer, I was inspired to see whether lowering the stakes might help prevent cheating. I’m happy to report that it has been successful! For any of my avid readers, I’m sure you remember vividly how I have 10 positivity experiments for a total of 5% each and 8 quizzes for a total of 5% each. Throughout all of the experiments and quizzes, many […]

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Go to Class or Study? 9x9x25 Post #7

So, what am I going to reflect on this week? Good Question. Last week, all was fairly quiet in my teaching world. One class spent the week doing review for their test next week. The other class was quiet, but only because it had very poor attendance.  The students were quick to tell me that they had two tests that day and because of that, many of the students were not attending so they could study.  I thanked them for […]

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The Gingerbread Campus

9X9X25-ing I am learning balance. When I first started my full-time career as a professor, I mourned Fridays and longed for Monday’s. All I wanted to do was work, which probably sounds like, well, work, but as my mom described “it’s play time for you.” Never before had I felt the level of passion, autonomy and creativity that I have over the last three months. It’s like every date is a trip to the candy store. In fact I may […]

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