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Real Life Stories

Published February 24, 2017

Free and Open Source Software: Much More Than Touch Screens - Useful and Responsible Computing

Kurt Vignola Teacher, Cégep de Rimouski

I’ve been using Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) for more than 10 years now. In the beginning, the fact that I could use the software for free was what I found interesting. As time went on, I grew to appreciate their user-friendliness and their interoperability. My use of FOSS has now taken on a symbolic value: a refusal of hyper-consumerism, rejecting any restraints on the free flow of ideas caused by copyright laws and opposing the commercialisation of education.

History

Real Life Stories

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Published February 9, 2017

Migrating to Excel in Quantitative Methods Courses with On-line Training Videos

Vicki Beaupré-Odorico Teacher, Cégep John Abbott College

For about 7 years I have been teaching Quantitative Methods in Social Science Research, a required course for Social Science Students that involves statistical analysis. With the rising cost of maintaining our software license agreement with a statistical package provider, the Methods sub-committee at our college decided to replace our prior solution with a more economical one, which required us to retool and retrain both faculty and students. We rose to the challenge and recently added a customizable on-line training video series that allows us to focus our valuable class time on teaching statistics and quantitative methodology - putting them into practice, rather than software training.

Social Sciences and Technologies

Real Life Stories

Published February 6, 2017

Experiential Learning and Digital Storytelling: A Powerful Duo

Ryan W. Moon Editor, Profweb

Experiential learning is a means of moving from theory to application which allows for a fair amount of student discovery and serendipity to take place. Digital storytelling is a way for students to record, report or even be evaluated on their learning using modern technologies. The millennials, who are sometimes referred to as Generation C (and have a penchant for Creating, Collaborating and Communicating) seem enthusiastic about using mobile devices and technology. When students share what they learn through multimedia, they can even transport us to remote First Nations communities, providing us insight on places that we may never have the privilege to visit within our lifetimes. The result of combining their experiential learning with digital storytelling is most inspiring!

Multidisciplinary

Articles

Published February 20, 2017

Contributions on Free and Open Source Software

Ryan W. Moon Editor, Profweb
Andréanne Turgeon Editor, Profweb

Free and open source software (FOSS) provides an interesting alternative to commercially-available products. With continued pressure for colleges to find new ways to respect their budget parameters and increased privacy concerns related to what information our software is collecting and communicating to the multinational corporations that create most of our software, it is important that the free and open source movement continue to thrive so that we have alternative means for us to use our technology.

Multidisciplinary

Articles

Vte publication

Published February 20, 2017

Going Back to the Source with Linux

Christophe Reverd Learning Technology Advisor, Vitrine technologie-éducation

Even if the exact date of its birth isn’t quite clear, one thing is for sure: Linux, the much-lauded free and open source operating system turned 25 in 2016. La Vitrine technologie-éducation (VTÉ) jumped at the opportunity to go back to the source and provide an update on the installation process and the use of Linux in 2 personal use contexts.

Multidisciplinary

Articles

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Published February 20, 2017

Strategies and Tools for the Dreaded Oral Presentation!

Angie Stevens Editor, Profweb

Oral presentations are widely used across college disciplines with most students having at least one oral presentation each semester. Many students are not comfortable doing this task, luckily there are strategies and alternatives that can be implemented to help students succeed. After discussions with several colleagues in the network, I have confirmed my theory that using a combination of tools and strategies can bring about positive results when it comes to oral presentations.

Multidisciplinary

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Published January 26, 2017

G Suite For Education: Collaboration-Based Pedagogy

Kurt Vignola Teacher, Cégep de Rimouski
Maxime Ross Learning Technology Advisor, Cégep de Rimouski
Michel Ouellet Teacher, Cégep de Rimouski
Lyly Lessard Teacher, Cégep de Rimouski

In November of 2015, Maxime Ross, a Techno-pedagogical Advisor at the Cégep de Rimouski, published an In-depth report on Profweb entitled Le projet Chromebook et le déploiement des outils Google pour l’Éducation. In this report, he presented the main steps that led to the introduction of Google Classroom and Chromebook laptops to a cohort of students in the Arts and Sciences program (AS). This first experiment aimed to explore Google's cloud-based tools, to verify their pedagogical use and to justify their deployment to the entire Cégep de Rimouski college community. So where are things now, a year later?

Multidisciplinary

Featured Reports

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Published December 8, 2015

Digital Presentations

Profweb Editorial team, Profweb

For many teachers, their first foray towards integrating Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) into their pedagogical practice comes through the use of digital presentation software (such as Microsoft PowerPoint) as a visual support for their lectures. Nowadays, these digital slideshows are undoubtedly the most common technology in college-level classrooms. This tool has become the norm and teachers who do not use it are becoming few and far between. Presentation software such as PowerPoint, Apple Keynote, LibreOffice Impress and Prezi all have interesting features (with the last two being freely available over the Internet). That said, they also contain shortcomings and traps that should be avoided. This in-depth report presents various uses of presentation software in class along with tips and advice for using slideshows within an educational context.

Multidisciplinary

Featured Reports

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Published November 3, 2015

Google Apps (and Education)

Guillaume Vachon Web integrator, Profweb

In this Featured Report, you will discover the Google Applications suite. We provide an overview of the free applications that are available within the different Google Apps suites (including the Education option), as well as some examples of educational uses from the college network, covering various types of teaching tasks.

Multidisciplinary