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Published September 12, 2017

Creatively using polling tools to avoid taking attendance

Andy Van Drom Editor, Profweb

Should attendance be mandatory at college? Should teachers keep track of absent students? Among colleagues, opinions widely vary and reveal the elephant that is not in the room. Can teachers avoid calling roll yet still obtain relevant learning analytics? Creative uses of existing polling apps and platforms illustrate that it is indeed possible.

Multidisciplinary

Articles

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Published September 3, 2019

Finding Free Stock Photos For Your Teaching Materials

Andy Van Drom Editor, Profweb

In today’s Instagram age, my students expect visually appealing learning materials. Whether I am designing a Powerpoint presentation, preparing an online quiz, adding content to a learning management system (LMS) such as Moodle or Omnivox, or creating an Open Educational Resource (OER), I find myself frequently looking for high-quality images to integrate in these materials. Free stock photo websites make finding such images a breeze, while also ensuring I respect copyright and usage rights.

Multidisciplinary

Digital Tools

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Published May 10, 2019

Wooclap: A Versatile Tool to Poll Students

Andy Van Drom Editor, Profweb

In the ever-growing landscape of so-called audience response systems – tools and platforms allowing you to efficiently poll students in a variety of situations – Wooclap stands out because of its versatility and the fact that it was designed specifically for higher education contexts. The free version can be used with groups of up to 30 students; additional access and features are available for a monthly fee.

Multidisciplinary

Featured Reports

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Published October 17, 2019

Digital Tools to Support an Inclusive Pedagogical Practice

Andréanne Turgeon Editor, Profweb
Andy Van Drom Editor, Profweb

This featured report aims to explore the features and possible uses of certain digital tools that can make learning accessible to all students as part of an inclusive pedagogical practice. Following the principles of universal design for learning (UDL), the tools presented, which are free or already part of the technological environment of college teachers, offer students a variety of means of representation, action, expression and engagement.

Multidisciplinary

Digital Tools

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Published March 1, 2019

Flipgrid: A Video-Based Discussion Forum

Andy Van Drom Editor, Profweb

Flipgrid is a free Microsoft-owned platform that allows teachers to create “grids” to facilitate video discussions. As on a regular electronic discussion forum, teachers can add questions or discussion prompts (called topics). Students can then post their video responses, which are organized in a tiled grid structure, and consult their peers’ responses. Each grid can hold an unlimited number of topics and each topic can hold an unlimited number of responses, giving teachers great flexibility on how to use the tool.

Multidisciplinary

Real Life Stories

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Published February 19, 2019

The Pomodoro Technique

Andy Van Drom Editor, Profweb

When presenting my course during the first class of the semester, I used to tell my students I would rigorously respect the start and end times of our classes while scheduling breaks in a more flexible manner depending on that week’s content and activities. I’d never questioned this practice until I was stuck in a rather tedious meeting without knowing how long it would go on for. Time seemed to take on another dimension in the absence of precise markers. Realizing my students might feel the same way, I decided to look for a more effective method to organize and manage time in my classes. I found this in the Pomodoro technique.

Multidisciplinary

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