Working in the Hub

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Technologist to the Rescue!

Since as far back as I can remember I have embraced technology in my teaching – working from the problem to the potential solution. Over the past year, I have been working through the technologist module of the Ontario Extend website in depth – sometimes intentionally sometimes instinctively.  The Challenge Both my learners and I are challenged by an overwhelming and problematic course. It is a first-year course with a reputation – Students are expected to have difficulty passing. I have been repeatedly been told […]

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Engaging Learners: Tips from Class with @ProfvocateMel

Last week I had the pleasure of watching Mel teach class. In this post I will share several things I noticed her doing that may be useful for mindful incorporation into others’ classes. These simple yet effective strategies can go a long way towards building an engaged community of learners. If you would like to share something that you are doing in your class like this please let me know. We don’t always blog about it, but Mel and I […]

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Janu-Rollercoaster: Failing Forward

January is almost a blur. As I reflect on the last month the best analogy is a roller-coaster. Sharing my ups and downs will hopefully help someone out there feel comfortable sharing their journey with me. Great value can be obtained from talking one another through it all. Meet Laura Killam, Innovation ChampionShe problem-solves new ways to approach classroom challenges with faculty, shares cool things that are happening in the classrooms and more!Reach out to Laura through Twitter or email: […]

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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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I would like to become known as a curator, please @OntarioExtend

On this fine fall day, I would like to curate some content to demonstrate that I meet the Ontario Extend curator badge criteria. This post will attempt to be sassy and fun. Oh, and I might as well use it for the 9x9x25 challenge since I am falling behind on those posts. GDJ / Pixabay √ Defined content curation. Here is a curated definition found using the OER Commons: Curation: the process of selecting, organizing, and sharing high-quality teaching and […]

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Nearpodding Accessibility @Nearpod @Ontarioextend

As the Innovation Champion at the Cambrian Teaching and Learning Innovation Hub, I have been tasked with exploring the use of Nearpod for teaching across the Cambrian Community. Quite a few educators love using it, simply because it promotes student engagement and opens some pretty neat opportunities. Accessibility In preparation for supporting faculty who are using Nearpod I reached out to find out how accessible it is. They emailed me a quite detailed Voluntary Product Accessibility Template, which I am unsure if I […]

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@Nearpod for educators in the @Cambrianhub

Level-Up-Button Today I am exploring Nearpod in a little more depth than I have before in preparation for our Showcase today at 2:30. Last week I dug into it to see what it can do and found out that they have a Nearpod Teacher Resouces page with some tutorials, as well as pre-built lessons to play with. However, as I should have expected I am more of a play with the tool learner. Hey Laura. I use it in my classes all the time. […]

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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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