Working in the Hub

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Ranga Venkatachary and Kanthi Jayasundera: Assessment Best Practices in Online (& Blended Learning) Why consider assessment first?

Starting with a story of how assessment was reframed #CNIE2019 pic.twitter.com/Nvt8GWgUFW— Laura Killam (she/her) (@NurseKillam) May 23, 2019 Assessment is something I am actively working at getting better at. Assessment that is meaningful, and in my opinion, not focused on a numerical grade. In this session the presenters disused key questions: Key questions to ask oneself about assessment #CNIE2019 pic.twitter.com/MxzXibiqIg— Laura Killam (she/her) (@NurseKillam) May 23, 2019 For me the biggest ones are “What is the impact of immediate feedback?” […]

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Top Ten Negotiated Grading Lessons: Failing Forward

Sidney and I are presenting on our experience with negotiated grading at the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE) 2019 conference. In the true spirit of innovation we are trying something new for this jam-packed interactive session. The first few slides of the presentation will be delivered using Mentimeter to encourage audience participation and allow for inclusive design (people have multiple ways to ask questions). Mentimeter Voting Link: https://www.menti.com/rtbarp6f1c Mentimeter Slides: Since we wanted the audience to direct the […]

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Finally! Setting up a Moodle Gamification Gradebook

Gamification has the potential to increase student motivation and engagement in a course. Katherine and I have been exploring ways to make it better over the course of several terms. One of the ways, which is explored in this post, is setting up an accurate gradebook for calculating student points. Last year it was not possible – now it is (Thanks Rob!). If you are from Cambrian but not sure how to create badges please reach out to Rob or […]

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Creating Screen Capture Videos

Today in the Hub we are doing exactly what the title of this post says: Creating screen capture videos. Jeff and I will provide a quick overview of tips for getting started then participants will be encouraged to make a quick video. We have suggested one of these two options: A welcome video to help them meet Cambrian’s new LMS minimum standards. A video showing student where to find information in their Moodle shell. Welcome Video Sample Outline Welcome to […]

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The Level-Up Moodle Plugin

What I am Exploring Next in Gamification There is a level-up plugin for Moodle that I found one day by exploring this Twitter feed. I don’t know how to use it yet. Cambrian already has it installed, but if you are from somewhere else you can ask for it. If you want to experiment with me follow these steps: 1) make sure your editing is on; 2) Under “Add A block” you can add it yourself. I really have no […]

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The Importance of Empathy and Diversity

Today we discussed the importance of empathy and diversity in the Hub. Here are a few key-points. Be Self-Aware Ask yourself why you need to know. Before asking, ask yourself why you need to know someone's characteristics. @CarlaJ007 pic.twitter.com/uP6t9XrLIN— Laura Killam (she/her) (@NurseKillam) May 13, 2019 Consequences There are real-world consequences for being racist or prejudiced – like getting fired. Stand up Against Racism. How to approach racist comments. @CarlaJ007 says make sure you feel safe while doing this. pic.twitter.com/dt83kTr0WU— […]

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Excel + Outlook: Using advanced tools to find out what you’re actually spending time on

Analyzing where I spend my time helps me reflect on where I can be more efficient and identify where support is needed in the future. I needed a way to better accomplish this analysis – and Yahel (one of Sidney Shapiro’s students in Data Analytics) built for it for me in a way that could be useful for others. For this to work you need an updated version of Excel and Outlook. Working with Yahel has been extremely positive in […]

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Improving Efficiency Using Outlook

This year I worked strategically at improving how I manage my time. Like a few others I have spoken to on campus I now rely on my Outlook Calendar to help me plan when I am going to do certain tasks. Learning to make better use of Outlook’s features has really helped. Outlook offers a lot of tools that I recommend getting familiar with to save time. It is worth exploring the features that work for you. Great wording! I […]

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Make a First Aid Kit for your Mental Health

Faculty mental health is a topic of increased discussion on social media as well as around campuses across Ontario. Mel presented the idea of having a mental health first aid kit just as you would have one for physical injuries. Like a physical injury first aid kit this mental health first aid kit is a first step towards health. We may need additional steps. Image by Peggy und Marco Lachmann-Anke from Pixabay A physical kit may include: A pipe cleaner […]

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Writing Workshop

Today in the Hub we are hosting a writing workshop. The atmosphere is relaxed and supportive. Each participant has a project (or several) that they are working on at their own pace. As the facilitator, I brought some books that may be of interest and prepared a few slides to share with tips of success. The focus is on writing and sharing ideas about what works to help us write better. Everyone is welcome to come and go as they […]

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