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Collaboration

Published May 16, 2017

Reading Reflections and Supportive Student Communities with Visual Classrooms

Phoebe Jackson Teacher, Cégep John Abbott College

Physics can be a challenging subject for students, which is why it is essential that they build strong foundations through reading and writing. Even if they do not fully understand the concepts they are reading, it is important to get the learning process started before they come to class. It’s also important to create a positive environment for learning where students are not afraid to take chances or make mistakes. To these ends, I have been experimenting with a technology that has helped to create such a supportive environment for my students.

Physics

Real Life Stories

Nuna never alone en

Published May 16, 2017

Using Videogames to Engage Students in Deeper Learning Experiences

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

According to the Entertainment Software Association of Canada (ESAC), videogames are played by 54% of the Canadian population and the average “gamer” spends 11 hours per week playing videogames. Knowing that our CEGEP students are part of these statistics, we decided to experiment with using videogames in the classroom in hopes that the act of playing games that are related to course subject matter, would bring students to a greater level of understanding through an emotional experience.

Multidisciplinary

Real Life Stories

Whiteboards

Published May 5, 2017

Engaging Students in an Active Learning Classroom with the iPad and Apple TV

Nadine Korte Teacher, Champlain College - Campus Saint-Lambert

Motivating students in Quantitative Methods and History classes can be a challenge, especially when a class begins at 8 a.m. Keeping students engaged is also a challenge, with their attachment to smartphones and social media. I see this attachment as a positive opportunity to harness with my students, and to show them how they can use this technology as a tool for learning. Over the past few semesters I have addressed student motivation and engagement by integrating the use of my iPad along with their devices using a problem-based learning approach. Along the way, I discovered strategies to overcome student shyness and to help students take pride in the work they produce.

Multidisciplinary

Real Life Stories

Active learning cegep jonquiere

Published May 1, 2017

Virtual Language Exchanges: Making Connections with Mixxer

Lisa Deguire Teacher, Cégep de Jonquière

For the past few years I have been experimenting with online collaboration with other teachers in the college network as part of my English as a Second Language courses. Last year, we were fortunate to have obtained a grant from the Entente Québec-Canada that permitted myself and some colleagues to familiarize ourselves with synchronous and asynchronous communication pedagogy, which became the subject of a Real Life Story on Profweb. Although I learned a lot through this experience, I felt that we could still make some gains in the efficiency of my use of our active learning lab and that we had yet to exploit all the possibilities these labs and Google tools could offer to both teachers and learners.

English (Second Language)

Real Life Stories

Running

Published April 13, 2017

Physical Education and the Flipped Classroom: A Custom Training Program Thanks to Moodle

Renaud Despaties-Witty Teacher, ITA - Campus Saint-Hyacinthe
Laura Mercier Teacher, ITA - Campus Saint-Hyacinthe

At the turn of the century, seeing obesity, cardiovascular illnesses and type II diabetes rates that were skyrocketing within the population, the ITA (Institut de technologie agroalimentaire) decided to take on the issue of physical inactivity that was, and still is, affecting our society. We decided to focus the physical education courses which are mandatory for the DCS/DEC on adopting healthy life habits - more specifically focusing on regular physical activity (3 workout sessions per week).

Physical Education

Real Life Stories

Groupe ordinateur

Published April 11, 2017

A Collaborative Program-based Approach Supported by Technology

Mélanie Langlois-Sabourin Teacher, Cégep de l'Outaouais
Denis Lavoie Teacher, Cégep de l'Outaouais

While he was the person responsible for the course Integrated Placement (Stage d’intégration), offered as part of the 5th semester in the Electrotechnology program, Denis noticed that students had some training gaps in communication, even though this was included within the program objectives. In their placement term reports, the students had to describe 3 problematic situations. Communication skills were a recurring theme. To counteract this difficulty, Denis started integrating some communication theory into his course in order to better prepare his students.

Multidisciplinary

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