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My Metaphor

For the culminating activity of the Teacher for Learning module, we are to identify our metaphor for teaching and learning. Photo by Tomasz Filipek on Pexels.com Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime. Source Contested. When I provide feedback, I try to deliver it as a question or as a recommendation, so that I can elicit what the learner’s (or the SME’s) goal […]

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Instructors as Regurgitators?

For the penultimate activity in the Teacher for Learning module in Ontario Extend, we’ve been asked to reflect on a passage from the Faculty Patchbook. Photo by Julius Silver on Pexels.com I read most of the patches, but I found myself drawn back to Patch Twenty-Two: Dibaabiiginan– Measure It and the desire to push students past regurgitation to find their own context. Paragraph 8 resonated especially: He relayed to me that by transferring his words to paper and pen, I […]

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Grammatically Yours

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com If I were to teach a course primarily on grammar again, I would ask everyone as we are learning about the parts of speech which part of speech they are like. Are they verbs? Transitive or intransitive? Are they adjectives that describe something else? Maybe they are a conjunction and good at joining things together. Or an interjection with all the emotion.

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Online Courses and Winter Driving

Photo by Magda Ehlers on Pexels.com Winter driving is a different beast than driving in the summer, and some people feel very uncomfortable behind the wheel of the car. You need more time to stop and be more careful when you take turns. But as the days and weeks pass and you remember again how winter driving is different, it gets easier. Creating an online course seems similar, especially for people who are new to it. When you’ve been teaching […]

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Teaching and Learning is Like Making Smoothies.

Teaching and Learning is Like Making Smoothies Photo by Brenda Godinez on Unsplash This final activity in Module 1: Teacher for Learning in the eCampus Ontario Mooc is to explorer my metaphor for teaching. My metaphor for teaching and learning is smoothies. A smoothie has a solid protein base and I liken this is the content of my subject matter. When I first started preparing smoothies I stuck to to basic flavours such as banana and vanilla. Giphy.com Then as […]

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Teachers Make Mistakes and it Can be a Good Thing.

Giphy.com The next activity in eCampus Ontario extend mOOC is to search through the faculty patchbook https://facultypatchbook.wordpress.com/ and find a paragraph that resonated with me. There were so many great patches that I found it hard to settle on just one. This activity is based on the concept of Thought Vectors. I think the concept of Thought Vectors is an interesting way to describe learning. Thought Vectors can be thought of as an idea to be explored and expanded upon […]

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Do You Suffer From Expert Blind Spot?

Photo by Darwin Vegher on Unsplash This next Ontario Extend activity is find a concept in my discipline, break it into its component skills, and compare it to driving a car. Many students find learning software and managing computer files a challenge. I think it is like driving a car. Do you have everything you need?The first time you learn to drive a car you check to make sure you have the tools you need. The same goes for learning […]

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WIFM:What’s In It For Me

Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash The fourth activity in the Ontario Extend MOOC is to think about what motivates students to come to class and to engage with course material? It is easy to think: You need it for your future careerTo earn your diplomaYou will perform this task in the work world Photo by Jordan Rowland on Unsplash The truth is I am competing with many other priorities. Many of my students are parents, work many hours at their […]

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What’s in it for Me?

The Teacher for Learning module of Ontario Extend includes the activity, What’s in it for Me? This activity challenged us to brainstorm a list of WIIFM from a student perspective. Rather than just brainstorm, I went back to conversations I’d had with students regarding the reasons they’re studying. When I speak with my students, most can articulate a reason why they’re in the program they’ve chosen to pursue.  These responses are varied and cover the range of typical reasons adults […]

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The value of micro-credentials and badging

I recently attended a learning outcomes symposium organized by the Council of Ontario Universities, the organization that is responsible for the university sector affairs of the 21 major universities in our Ontario (Canada) system. The keynote speaker, Ryan Craig, from University Ventures, surprised the audience with some challenging ideas taken from his recent book, A New U: Faster + Cheaper Alternatives to College.  I was somewhat confused by the sense of fright that many of my colleagues in the audience […]

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