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Published October 5, 2015

Teaching Through Simulation with Second Life

Ryan W. Moon Editor, Profweb
Greg De Luca Educational Advisor, Champlain College - Campus Saint-Lambert

As an educator, I often feel that there is a disconnect between the classroom and the workplace, especially in the case of ACS/AEC programs. Are we adequately training our adult clientele who is already in the workforce? What if we could provide a virtual simulation that mimics real situations they will encounter so they can immediately apply their knowledge?


Real Life Stories

Published September 22, 2015

Active Learning Classrooms in Service of French Lit

Étienne Bourdages Teacher, Collège Ahuntsic

Just prior to the student strike in 2012, the administration at our college presented an active learning classroom implementation project codenamed CLAAC (for Classe d’apprentissage actif). This initiative was part of a vast reasearch project that brought a few colleges from Quebec together with the Université de Montréal. I’ve been teaching French literature for about 8 years and was interested in experimenting with some new ways of presenting my class. I was already interested in integrating ICTs into my teaching, but I was more or less traditional in my approach. So when the opportunity arose, I jumped at the chance to get involved.

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Real Life Stories

Published September 11, 2015

Moodle Revisited for Better User Experience and Accessibility

Jean-Sébastien Brouard Learning Technology Advisor, École nationale de police de Québec

During the winter semester of 2015, Quebec’s Police Academy (École nationale de police du Québec - ENPQ) reimagined its Moodle learning management system with the objective of improving the user experience for its 49,000 users. As IT-REPs (ICT Educational Advisors), my colleague Jean-François Dragon and I went back to the drawing board to look through our entire learning environment with the goal of improving:


Real Life Stories

Published August 24, 2015

Videos, Google Forms and the Flipped Classroom

Emmanuelle Goulet Teacher, Cégep du Vieux Montréal

It was a bit of a fluke that I integrated the flipped classroom approach into my pedagogy during the winter of 2012. In the beginning, it was a solution to ensure that classes would start up again after the student strike. Since then I have been using this method by choice and for the pleasure of the experience of flipping some of my classes. With the right tools and the support of the ICT Education Advisor from my college, the transition to a flipped classroom went very well.


Real Life Stories

Published May 25, 2015

Dance and the iPad: In Step Together

Jessika Vigneault Educational Advisor, Cégep de Saint-Laurent
Mélanie Martin Teacher, Cégep de Saint-Laurent
Caroline Cotton Teacher, Cégep de Saint-Laurent

ICTs have always had a certain attractiveness for teaching students how to dance. The Dance program at the Cégep de Saint-Laurent has used technological advances in the past and is continuing the tradition by integrating iPads into the practice of teaching. Marc-André Laflamme, an Editor for the French Side of Profweb interviewed Jessika, Mélanie and Caroline. He gathered and summarized their thoughts into this Real Life Story on the use of mobile tablets in the Dance program.


Real Life Stories


Published April 13, 2015

Immediate Feedback to Students Using the Branching Feature of Google Forms

Kevin Lenton Teacher, Vanier College

As a basic instructional principle, learners need feedback, and to receive maximum benefit from feedback, it should be supplied as soon as possible after an assessment or ideally after each question. I recently experimented with Google Forms to find a way to provide this immediate feedback.


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