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Add comment December 7th, 2015

Designing4Engagement Workshops - Dec 16th & 17th

CTL presents the workshops
Designing4Engagement: Design Thinking in various Contexts
Wednesday December 16th and Thursday December 17th

“Not everyone can make decisions for the system they exist within”, however, Design Thinking can engage more people, more often, more efficiently.

This human-centred, creative process is based on iterative sequences of prototyping, testing and refinement. Problem Solving that works.

Workshops can be taken individually or why not attend both?

Register today at the CTL Calendar

Add comment December 4th, 2015

New Online Faculty PD offerings

Six new online modules for professional development are now available as Open Offerings on eLearn.
These multimedia interactive learning modules were developed as part of the College Educators Development Program, and we are pleased to now make them to all faculty.

The Modules are:

  • Creating a Positive Learning Environment
  • Integrating Technology
  • Introduction to Assessment
  • Lesson Planning and Active Learning
  • Outcomes-Based Education
  • The Teaching Professional

The modules have been designed to allow you to enter and exit the modules as needed to provide “just-in-time” development. Readings, tutorial videos, reflections and hands on activities will help you build the skills needed to help you and your students be more successful. Each module takes 5-6 hours to complete.

Here is a clip from the introduction video of the “Outcomes-Based Education” module.

To enroll in the modules, go to “Open Offerings” in the eLearn Navbar, select ‘CEDP Modules’ and you’re enrolled. Just select the module you want to start with.

Add comment November 4th, 2015

MTCU Proposals for Online Course Development

Third time may be the charm. Once again, the Ministry has put out a call for proposals. Want to collaborate on designing a new online course for province-wide delivery? Inspired to develop an online module to be shared across the province? There is one week left to submit a proposal.

Worry not - you don’t have to go it alone! There will be opportunities to collaborate on the course or module development. Please consult the information previously circulated (and included here for your convenience) to know how to frame your exciting offering. If you have questions or concerns with the initial proposal to your Associate Dean or Manager, feel free to contact Dan McKerrall.

Good luck!

Here is the previously circulate information:

Call for Proposals

Submission Form

Sample Proposal

1 comment October 16th, 2015

Workshop: The Art of Creative and Innovative Teaching

Want to be more creative in your classes?

IAHS Monday 28th Sept. 2-4pm Rm 145

The Art of Creative and Innovative Teaching provides a fun overview of creativity as it applies to the art of teaching by exploring types of creativity, the impact of creative climates, champions and killers to our profession and how you can insert creativity into your activities. Current research on creativity in schools will be referenced.

Check out the CTL Calendar and join us for a workshop!

Add comment September 21st, 2015

What’s Your Superpower?

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While recently exploring a lynda.com course on Conflict Resolution, I naturally went down the rabbit hole and started chasing links and supplemental information.

I came across and interesting blog, themuse, and the article, “The one question all successful people can answer immediately”. At first, I did expect something a tad more profound, but realized the question was actually very keen and probing.

If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?

Serial entrepreneur, Tina Roth Eisenberg, says that all the most successful people she’s met have been able to answer this question immediately: John Maeda, who led the MIT Media Lab and Rhode Island School of Design, responded with “curiosity.” Maria Popova, who curates the popular Brain Pickings blog by reading 12-15 books a week, said “doggedness.” Eisenberg’s own superpower? Enthusiasm.

Knowing your superpower means you know yourself well enough to have a focus, and that’s the same competitive advantage that makes you so great at what you do. It’s the quality you’re most proud of, the one thing that makes you stand out, and what gives you an edge over everyone else.

So, if you haven’t ever considered what your superpower might be, do!

Enter your superpower here at the Answer Garden.

2 comments September 11th, 2015

Successful Semester Start: Part 2

Digital skills and citizenship

Even if they are not directly addressed in your courses’ learning outcomes, digital citizenship and digital skills are often core to your courses. Students arrive with a variety of experiences with technology and many need to boost their skills to be successful in your courses, college, and in the workplace. Mohawk College has two, new resources to meet students’ (and potentially your!) development needs.

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The Digital Skills Toolkit was developed as an open, in-house resource to train on foundational computer skills and competencies. It is an open offering in eLearn@Mohawk and available via the Collaboratory. The main concepts are also supported through f2f training compliments of the Tech Bar. Make sure to highlight this resource to students who lack basic computer skills - so integral to success at college and in the workplace.

Departments from across the college have combined forces to bring you lynda.com. This online repository of high-quality videos offers scaffolded training on hundreds of technology and educational technology topics. lynda.com’s modular, accessible content satisfies your students’ “point of need” learning and allows for that wonderful serendipitous discovery as well! College departments are collaborating to bring your students playlists (curated videos) on a number of high need topics, but feel free to create your own or challenge students to create them for their peers. Access this wonderful resource at www.mohawkcollege.ca/lynda using  your college email and password.

Feel free to use lynda.com for your professional and personal development needs as well! From its courses on Instructional Design and the Neuroscience of Learning to Digital Photography and Photoshop, you can learn anything, anytime, anywhere.

Feel free to contact your CTL or Library with any questions or concerns.

Graphic source: Daily Genius

Add comment September 1st, 2015

Successful Semester Start: Part 1

You CTL is collaborating to share quick tips and information that will jumpstart a successful semester start. Whether it’s a few truths to put you in the proper frame of mind compliments of Beloit College’s annual Mindset List, a short article to share, or a course checklist, these should be posts of interest to new and seasoned instructors. Enjoy!

Beloit College’s Mindset List
We have edited the longer list down to our favourite fifteen, but you can access the list in its entirety here.

New Mohawk students arrive from work, high school, university, and beyond. We remain open to all their experiences and perspectives. However, the majority of students still come from high school directly and the list may assist.

Students heading into their first year of college this year are mostly 18 and were born in 1997.

Among those who have never been alive in their lifetimes are Princess Diana, Notorious B.I.G., Jacques Cousteau, and Mother Teresa.

Since they have been on the planet:

1. Hybrid automobiles have always been mass produced.

2. Google has always been there, in its founding words, “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible.”

3. They have never licked a postage stamp.

4. Email has become the new “formal” communication, while texts and tweets remain enclaves for the casual.

6. Hong Kong has always been under Chinese rule.

7. They have grown up treating Wi-Fi as an entitlement.

9. The announcement of someone being the “first woman” to hold a position has only impressed their parents.

10. Charlton Heston is recognized for waving a rifle over his head as much as for waving his staff over the Red Sea.

14. Cell phones have become so ubiquitous in class that teachers don’t know which students are using them to take notes and which ones are planning a party.

17. If you say “around the turn of the century,” they may well ask you, “which one?”

18. They have avidly joined Harry Potter, Ron, and Hermione as they built their reading skills through all seven volumes.

27. Teachers have always had to insist that term papers employ sources in addition to those found online.

30. Surgeons have always used “super glue” in the operating room.

43. Humans have always had implanted radio frequency ID chips—slightly larger than a grain of rice.

44. TV has always been in such high definition that they could see the pores of actors and the grimaces of quarterbacks.

Add comment August 30th, 2015

Accessibility Awareness and Presentation Tools

Mohawk College educators demonstrate their commitment to and support of academic excellence in many ways – constantly innovating and using new platforms to engage students.

New programs like Slideshare and Prezi are becoming popular alternatives to PowerPoint. While these program are inspiring students to think outside of the box and are encouraging greater creativity, it is important to look at the impact these tools have on the broader student population.

These programs are presenting information in new and exciting ways, but have not yet been developed to ensure all users can share the same experience. The use of Slideshare and Prezi in the classroom may become a barrier to students who rely on adaptive tools, such as screen readers for the visually impaired.

Mohawk College is committed to creating an environment that is barrier free and exceeds standards of accessibility in our facilities, services and in the classroom. Creating an inclusive campus for all ensures that everyone can participate.

Should you require further information about how you can make your classroom or lab a barrier free learning environment, please contact Janice Fennell (ext. 2356) or Greg Gagnon (ext. 3554) or visit our website “Accessibility in the Classroom and Workplace”.

Add comment May 25th, 2015

Enabling Virtual Learners By Design Part 5: Usable Technology

Continuing our occasional series looking at Jennifer Hoffman’s blog posts “Enabling Virtual Learners By Design” Part 5 looks at designing and using usable technology.

The goal for effective online learning is to make the technological interface as transparent and permeable as possible; allowing learners to interact with teachers, peers, content and learning activities at least as effectively as in face-to-face settings. Hoffman points out that what is probably the most obvious obstacle to effective online and virtual learning is the technology - specifically software, hardware and bandwidth.

Mastering the Technology

“The first obstacle seems easy to remedy: make sure that each learner’s set up works.”

Programs typically send out hardware and software specifications to learners. Hoffman suggests that, while these may be useful for the technical support contact, they generally don’t mean much to the users.

To assist the end user, offer tips on how to test the software or system to see whether it meets the minimum requirements. For example, if a sound card and speakers are required, link them to a website that has sound so they can test their sound capabilities.

She also suggests a set of questions they can use to communicate with the help desk:

  • Is my machine equipped with a sound card that allows for audio-in and audio-out? (You’d be surprised!)
  • Is this BYOD?
  • What is the bandwidth requirement?
  • What plug-ins are needed?
  • What browser version am I using?
  • Are there any firewall issues (for instance, if VoIP is used) and/or website access restrictions)?
  • Do I need an internet microphone?

Prepare the Learners
The next step is to ensure the learners can use the technology so as to make collaboration as effortless as possible. Providing orientation and opportunities to do practice exercises help learners acclimate to the new virtual learning space. Also, establishing ground rules for expectations and good practices; how often they should be logging in, completing online tasks before face-to-face or synchronous sessions etc.
Descriptions of the roles and functions of various components are helpful; for example, when to use email or a discussion board, or differences between synchronous and asynchonous interactions.

Tone Down the Bells and Whistles
Another thing that can be done to help make the technology as transparent as possible, is to resist the temptation to use all the bells and whistles.
Hoffman says make sure that any tools used support the learning objectives rather than flaunting the technology. In other words, if you include something because it’s ‘cool’ rather that because it’s useful, you should take it out. This is especially true of features that use a lot of bandwidth as many learners still have limited access to that particular resource.

But no matter how popular the latest tool or technology, keep in mind that our mission is to build well designed programs that effectively meet… objectives.

Other posts in the series can be found at these links
Part 1 - It’s not about the Technology
Part 2 - The Secret Sauce
Part 3 - Cooperation, Coordination, Collaboration
Part 4 - Creating a Blend

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