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Published September 23, 2020 a Repository for English Conversation Activities

Susan MacNeil Editor, Profweb

Teaching conversational English may seem like an easy endeavor but coming up with good conversation starters and being able to keep the conversation going are among the most challenging aspects of teaching ESL.

English (Second Language)



Published September 16, 2020

Creating a virtual community one minute at a time

Camille Arpin Editor, Profweb

With the precipitous closure of CEGEPs due to COVID-19, many activities that make CEGEPs stimulating living environments and showcase student talent were cancelled. Gilbert Forest, a socio-cultural facilitator at Cégep André-Laurendeau, and its student services teamed up with the Théâtre Desjardins (a performance hall located inside Cégep André-Laurendeau) and la Brigade Liseurs Publics [in French] (the Public Readers Brigade) to create and maintain a Facebook page, La Minute Cultur.AL [in French], to connect with the students and break the isolation caused by the confinement. I spoke with Gilbert Forest to learn more about this unifying project.




Published September 14, 2020

Fighting “Zoom Fatigue” While Making Your Classes More Efficient

Catherine Rhéaume Editor, Profweb

In these times of physical distancing, are you suffering from “Zoom Fatigue”? Has the abundance of video conferences on your schedule led you to put yourself in the shoes of your students and ask yourself how they experienced a complete, full-time semester of remote learning? If synchronous video conferences definitely have a place in college education, each teacher can ask themselves what moments really need to be experienced live in a video conference and which ones can be executed otherwise.



Etudiant distance

Published September 7, 2020

Creating a sense of presence in synchronous online courses

Catherine Rhéaume Editor, Profweb

In an online course, many students may experience a sense of anonymity. How do you encourage them to participate, to interact? In February and March 2019, I attended 2 online activities on the same theme. Here I discuss what I learned from these activities in terms of creating a positive classroom climate that encourages student participation.


Real Life Stories


Published September 2, 2020

Physical education: a mobile application validates and stimulates physical activity outside the classroom

Rachel Surprenant Teacher, Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu

Can free mobile applications such as Runkeeper and Runtastic help ensure that students in  the 103 Physical Education class are engaging in the physical activity they are supposed to outside of class? This is what I believe after testing it with my students and studying the topic for my master's essay [in French]. By also asking my students to send me pictures of themselves while they do their physical activity, I get authentic results and, most importantly, I make the course more motivating for the students.

Physical Education

Real Life Stories


Published August 30, 2020

Breakthroughs with Breakout Room Recording in ESL during the Pandemic

Ryan W. Moon Editor, Profweb

Profweb Editorial team alumnus and retired teacher Norm Spatz was called back to the classroom during the Winter 2020 semester. Like many other teachers, his class was thrown a curveball by the worldwide health emergency. When the semester resumed, Norm retooled for distance delivery by using his course website and started recording breakout room activities to get his English as a Second Language students talking again. I sat down with Norm prior to the Autumn 2020 semester to hear more about his experience.



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  • 2Oct2020

    Université Laval | Leading the Future of Higher Ed — Planning for Sustainability On-line Symposium


    From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Following the publication of the white paper: Disruption in and by Centres of Teaching and Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic — Leading the Future of Higher Education, the Université Laval is organizing a free on-line symposium in collaboration with Concordia Research Chair in Maker Culture, and moderated by Dr. Ann-Louise Davidson, Concordia University. The objective of the symposium is to discuss concrete present and future steps given the uncertainty imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 12Oct2020

    UNESCO's Mobile Learning Week 2020


    The online edition of Mobile Learning Week 2020 will be held from 12 to 15 October 2020. In this opportunity, the MLW is devoted to the theme of Beyond Disruption: Technology Enabled Learning Futures. MLW 2020 is set against the backdrop of COVID-19 education disruption and response, and will shine a light on prospects for technology-enabled futures of learning.

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