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Etudiantes

Published December 3, 2018

Virtual Reality to Foster Real-World Empathy

Johnathan Mina Teacher, Collège LaSalle
Pascale Warmoes Teacher, Collège LaSalle

We are always on the lookout for new ideas that have the potential to translate into innovative and challenging educational strategies for our students. After experimenting with the use of smart pens for peer learning and the integration of video games to stimulate deep learning, we turned to the possibilities offered by virtual reality. This technology has allowed us to provide our students with immersive experiences that contribute to developing greater empathy for topics we discuss in our respective courses.

Multidisciplinary

Real Life Stories

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Published November 26, 2018

Grammar à la Carte — How a HyFlex Course Design Makes my Students’ Learning More Effective

Andy Van Drom Editor, Profweb

After designing the course framework for a field-specific English as a second language course in Cégep Limoilou’s Video Game Design program in 2016, I wanted to streamline the learning experience for my students. To overcome the challenges inherent to a multi-level language course, I decided to implement the HyFlex (hybrid-flexible) approach for the course’s grammar component in the fall 2018 semester. This allowed the students to choose between attending an in-person grammar workshop or reviewing and practising at home. The impacts on learning, motivation and grades have been very positive across the board.

Languages and Literature

Real Life Stories

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Published November 16, 2018

Using Moodle to Make a Philosophy Course More Engaging

Pierre Pawliw Teacher, Cégep de Sherbrooke

I have changed my way of teaching in order to improve the students’ engagement in the class when I give the Ethics and Politics course. This has led me to discover the potential of the Moodle platform, which allows me to dive deeper into the content that I teach and to vary the teaching and evaluating methods I use in class.

Multidisciplinary

Real Life Stories

Tablette

Published October 22, 2018

Creating Digital Course Notes to Make Learning Easier

Luc Tremblay Teacher, Collège Mérici

After some 15 years of teaching, I decided to create my own course notes. I used Word (with MathType) for the writing, and saved the files as PDF. I used PaintShop Pro to create the figures. I integrated clickable hyperlinks in my notes, which gives them a an added value when read in their digital format, but they can also be used in a printed format. Besides, that is what students prefer to do. My notes are online on my site, La physique à Mérici (resource in French only), and are accessible to all.

Physics

Real Life Stories

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Published October 18, 2018

A Philosophy Course Specially Designed for Students in Springboard to a DCS

Rémi Robert Teacher, Cégep de Granby

Teaching in Springboard to a DCS involves several challenges: Increasing students' sense of competence by instilling in them structuring work methods; Helping students get to know themselves better by developing critical thinking; Getting students to seriously commit to their college career.

Philosophy

Real Life Stories

Profil TIC

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Published August 30, 2018

Concept Mapping: A Great Instructional Strategy That Encourages Transfer of Knowledge and Critical Thinking

Heather Sorella Teacher, Collège LaSalle

A while back, in a marketing strategy course of the Fashion Marketing Program, I integrated a project where students would identify the problems experienced by a fashion retailer who was struggling. They then had to propose solutions, find objectives and strategies and create an action plan. It became a very linear project for the students: 2 assignments of 20 marks each. The students would get into groups of 5 and divide up the work, “You do part A, you do part B and I’ll do part C…” etc. Each student would summit their part and the assignment had very little cohesiveness. I even had to tell the students to at least assign the proofreading of the entire work to one of the members of the group and make sure they all used the same font. I could tell which of the students were doing the work.

Fashion Design

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