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Real Life Stories

Published September 2, 2014

Unlocking Research Everywhere

Nicole Haché Professional librarian, Champlain College - Campus Saint-Lambert

The library at Champlain Saint-Lambert has an amazing support from our campus director, Don Shewan. Knowing there were grants available, he came to me a couple of years ago looking for a project idea from the library. I came up with the idea to develop more information literacy tools and videos. Given the impact that we had with our students’ academic successes from that project, I can now expect a phone call asking, “Do you have a project?” whenever funds are available. I therefore need to keep scanning the blogosphere and twittersphere for trends in academic librarianship. This keeps ideas with respect to different technology related projects that could help not only our students but also other colleges and libraries within the province simmering on the back burner.

Multidisciplinary

Real Life Stories

Published August 29, 2014

Using Moodle and Other Educational Technology to Reach More Students

Giel Hofmann Teacher, Collège Édouard-Montpetit

I’m interested in Ed-Tech because students expect it more and more. The language of technology is becoming the language of this generation, and it is something that allows me to extend my teaching beyond the classroom. As well, the increasing presence of Moodle in our colleges means that building a Moodle course as a way to reach students more effectively is becoming increasingly unavoidable.

English (Second Language)

Real Life Stories

Hybrid class box

Published August 25, 2014

Meeting Students Where They’re At!

Becky George Teacher, Northland College
Kelly La Venture Teacher, Bemidji State University

Kelly La Venture and Becki George of Northland College Wisconsin presented a workshop on hybrid instruction at the recent Canadian International Conference on Education (CICE) at Cape Breton University in Sydney, Nova Scotia from June 16-19, 2014. After their workshop, in conversation with Profweb’s Norm Spatz, they elaborated on their motivation for creating and teaching hybrid classes. Kelly’s and Becki’s remarks are testimonials that providing flexible learning approaches builds contentment among students – helping Quebec college students master ICT profile skills.

Multidisciplinary

Real Life Stories

Socrative

Published June 9, 2014

Socrative: An Online Alternative to Clickers

Lissiene Neiva Teacher, Vanier College

Socrative is an online alternative to clickers. Lissiene Neiva presents an account of her use of this resource explaining a number of advantages as well as its limits.

Biology

Real Life Stories

Published May 19, 2014

Creativity as a Tool for Learning Science

Jailson Farias De Lima Teacher, Vanier College

Deeply rooted in rationality, the Sciences have historically been placed in opposition to the Arts, a field in which creativity is recognized as playing a key role. The false dichotomy that “artists are not analytical and scientists are not creative” was engraved in the foundations of our educational system, but information technology is being used to break down these barriers. A number of my cross-disciplinary courses use asynchronous communication to give students a better understanding of both sides of these polarities.

Chemistry

Real Life Stories

Mirror read

Published May 7, 2014

Learner-based Teaching

Shelagh Robinson Teacher, Dawson College

In an earlier Profweb story, Simple Technologies Transform Our Brains, Shelagh Robinson related her fascination with mirror reading, and its usefulness illustrating the plurality between the right and left hemispheres of the brain. The title alluded to the fact that one of the most useful tools for presenting mirror reading was a simple overhead projector, and transparencies to reverse images. Thanks to the efforts of two cégep graduates, this is no longer true. Mirror reading is now a concept that is accessible to psychology students both in class and outside of it.

Psychology

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