Innovation

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Laura is an Experimenter – Time for a Badge @ontarioextend #oextend

I am an experimenter at heart. Explore this blog or my twitter feed and you will likely see me trying something new weekly (if not daily sometimes). Trying new things in an effort to continually grow and improve is just part of who I am. I call it being innovative. PIRO4D / Pixabay Just last Friday, for example, I taught using Padlet as my main anchor point for the first time. Yes, it isn’t that new of an idea, but […]

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Will you accept the challenge? Calling all #9x9x25 video creators!

Yesterday two key things happened: I made a challenge and accepted it. The Presentation Jeff, Jess, and I hosted a professional development double-dip that turned into more of a unique presentation to faculty than we thought. In preparation for Online Learning 2018, we piloted a 15 minute Easy DIY Video Success Strategies session for faculty. After the session, we sought faculty feedback and re-designed the session. It was a happy coincidence that this session was also a perfect follow up for […]

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The process of Co-created Rubrics in #BSN4416

It was an exciting day when the three rubrics for BSN4416 were finally finalised. Several discussions with students occurred over the first few weeks of the course. Hopefully, the ability to influence the course gave them a sense of agency in their learning. It surprised me how valuable this process was. Yes, it was time-consuming. I argue that it was worth it – Read on. You can watch the recorded parts of the process here if you want to see how […]

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Should we hold hands?

Today, for my 9x9x25 challenge post for Ontario Extend I am questioning how much I should be holding my students’ hands. My students are taking a fourth year research course with me in which I am negotiating grades with them. Due dates are flexible, classes are online and recorded, attendance is optional, the rubrics were co-created and they can do pretty much whatever they want for a final project as long as they meet the course outcomes. They can even choose […]

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Botched Badging? #BSN4416

I am doing something that feels weird in BSN4416, which will be the focus of this post for the 9x9x25 Ontario Extend Challenge. To be honest, I have no idea why I am doing it. Ok, I do know why – because the students said they wanted it. Since they said they wanted it I am adding a badging system to the course. I think they said it sounded like fun. However, normally if you ask me why I am doing something […]

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Open Media: Using audio and video as part of open teaching practice with @Cambrian_Jess @hj_dewaard and @eCampusOntario #OEFellow

Today I was excited to be part of the first of five webinars by eCampusOntario’s Open Fellows. It was exciting to see so many people engaged in the chat! They were so engaged I couldn’t keep up. We hope that we have inspired our audience to give audio or video a try in their teaching. We all believe that the use of audio or video helps to meet the needs of learners, makes you seem human and helps to build […]

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Can students really create a rubric? #BSN4416

Today I started the process of getting students to co-construct rubrics with me. One question faculty ask when they hear about my gradeless plan is if the students have the skill set to make their own rubrics. Here are my preliminary thoughts. My Experience At the beginning of our online live session, there were some silences as I asked for their suggestions for the rubric. I used survey responses (there were only 2), the rubric for rubrics and the course objectives […]

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Feelings about going “gradeless” in Week 1 of #BSN4416

As Cambrian’s Innovation Champion I have been given an amazing opportunity to try new things with my students. In short, I am teaching openly on this website (while still offering students the Moodle option) and negotiating their grades. My first online class was quite different than I imagined. I think my students left feeling a little confused. Someone commented that it was hard to follow and I am not quite sure if that was because of the open website being new […]

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Reflections on my Experience in the DYOC @QMProgram course vs. #makingsense18 #QualityLearning

Taking an online course has been an eye-opening experience for me as an educator – it really helped me empathise with my students. While I have limited online teaching experience, I have never really taken a full course online using the technologies I teach with. It feels like a long time since I have been a student. Most of my education was in-person. However, I did grade 11 through the virtual school (to stay home with my baby) and took some […]

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Cheating Strategies for Educators from @LangOnCourse at @CambrianCollege

Self-proclaimed cheating expert, Dr. James Lang spoke to educators today at Cambrian College about the cheating problem in academia. If you are hoping to find his recommended technological solution to solve this problem you won’t find that here. Instead, he suggests that we address the environmental factors within our locus of control that encourage or enable cheating. Really enjoyed this session by @langoncourse as well. Very insightful. Inspired curiosity and gave me hope knowing there are things individuals and @cambriancollege can do […]

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