Digital Literacies: It’s Complicated!

My first activity in the Digital Literacies of Teaching module through eCampus Ontario extend mOOC is to consider what the concepts of digital literacies means to me. I say concepts and not definition because I have had to expand my thinking about digital literacy. Prior to the readings for this activity, I would have said…

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…

Teachers Make Mistakes And It Can be A Good Thing.

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…

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…

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…

Spark Curiosity: Cornell Notes

Spark Curiosity Today I am having a cup of Rooibos tea my nephew sent me from Germany. There are hints of berries and the tea is pink. I am curious to know what is in it but the ingredients are listed in German. There has been a new trend of students coming to class without…

Mind Mapping

Mind Mapping for Relaxation and Memory One of my favourite relaxation activities is to sit down with a cup of rooibos tea and colour. So, I was pretty excited to jump into this next activity and use the sketch pad on my Surface Pro to draw out "in colour" a mind map. While I have…

Paying The Bill

The first activity in the Ontario Extend MOOC is to identify a concept that is often misunderstood and think of an analogy to help it make sense to students. In the program that I teach there is no math prerequisite. When I introduce the health-care billing cycle some of my students are quite anxious because…

My Cup is Ready

My TEAching cup is empty because I am ready to learn something new. I am very excited to start the eCampus Ontario Extend MOOC and share my learning with you.  I will not forgot my long-established teaching pedagogy but use it to reflect on my new learning. It is time to try out new flavours…