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Small Stretch #9: Mark It… Fun?

In the ninth small stretch of the mOOC, we are asked to think about an assignment we either delivered or were given where we greatly enjoyed the feedback process. As a student, I recall an assignment back in teacher’s college where we had to find a children’s book that we enjoyed, and bring that into class to share like a show-and-tell. I chose the book Where Once There Was a Wood by Denise Fleming. It’s a book about the various […]

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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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Small Stretch #8: The Worst Possible Outcome

In the eighth small stretch of the mOOC, participants are asked to come up with the worst possible learning outcome. Here’s my attempt at making students feel terrible about their future: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to identify and evaluate their life’s purpose on a rubric ranging from poor to excellent. Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash

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Module 2: Learner Challenge Bank

In the third activity for module 2, we are asked to add a “learner challenge” to a Learner Challenge Bank that has been created using Padlet. In the image above, I took a screenshot of the learner challenge that I added which was: Needing additional supports outside of class time (ex: practice questions with demo & immediate feedback) I added two comments in response to how I’ve seen and worked with faculty who faced this challenge and overcame it in […]

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Empathy Map

This was a tough one to do as I am constantly getting feedback from my students and having recently completed their KPI’s, I think the students might be “all surveyed out.” I posted a three question survey to try to get their input but am not getting much in the way of response (understandably!). I created to following Empathy Map using some of the feedback I have gotten in the past as well as feedback from this year. https://docs.google.com/drawings/d/166-a5osyO8ynHki5xDYB_gUqdOxdZms310NCHd0MzAw/edit?usp=sharing

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Solving Challenges With Technology

This next activity is to “identify a challenge that could be solved with the purposeful use of technology” (eCampus Ontario, 2019). We started by filling in an empathy map. I considered my Student’s Appraisal of Teaching (SATs), one minute papers, and verbal feedback that I receive regularly from my students. eCampus Ontario Extend mOOC empathy map One of the biggest challenges my students have is how overwhelmed they become due to outside commitments. Many of my students are single parents, […]

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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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Ontario Extend mOOC – Module 2 Stretches

The #ExtendmOOC I’m currently participating in has ‘stretches’ built into it.  These stretches often pose a question, require some creative thinking, and are quick fun activities,  The stretches are made available throughout each module and are considered extras.  I’ve really enjoyed these activities – partially because a lot of them have involved memes, gifs, and images.  Here are my responses to the module 2 stretch challenges: Think of animated GIFs as a way to demonstrate a process, how to assemble […]

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Module 2: Design an Empathy Map

For the second activity in module 2, we are asked to consider design thinking while designing an empathy map. My empathy map is of my mom, Eilene. My mom went back to school after raising three children to adulthood. She always wanted to get an education, but didn’t have the opportunity to when she was younger. As a mature student, she brought several decades of experience raising children and being a work-from-home mom (she supports my dad, who is self-employed […]

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