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About the Author

Andy Van Drom has been teaching English as a second language and linguistics since 2005, first at Université Laval and since 2012 at Cégep Limoilou. After pursuing doctoral studies in linguistics, he is now working part-time on a master's degree in college pedagogy with Performa. Andy has also published three teaching methods with Pearson ERPI and has developed several open educational resources in electronic format. His strong interest in techno-pedagogical tools and active learning strategies led him to work at Profweb, where he has been an editor since 2017. In 2019, he received the AQPC Honourable Mention and the EF Excellence Award in Language Teaching.

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Published May 23, 2019

Harnessing the Power of IA to Help Students Become Better Readers with Quillionz

Andy Van Drom Editor, Profweb

Effective and critical reading is a key skill in any field. Even if you do not explicitly teach reading strategies and skills, chances are your students have to engage with written content in a multitude of ways (course notes, mandatory readings, research, etc.). In order to get the most out of the documents they are asked to read, students often need guidance to identify important information and to understand why it is useful. In an educational context where time is often a luxury for students and teachers alike, Quillionz, a platform using the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to generate comprehension questions from a text, can efficiently help you provide such guidance.

Multidisciplinary

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Published November 19, 2018

Schoology: an LMS that Truly Connects You with Your Students

Andy Van Drom Editor, Profweb

In the digital era, learning management systems (LMS) have become a central part of our educational practices. Whether you send an electronic message to a student, post grades online, share a homework assignment in the cloud, or set up a web-based activity, chances are you use an LMS to accomplish this. With such a variety of tasks on offer, clearly no two learning management systems are the same. Schoology is an LMS with a strong emphasis on communication and collaboration, making it particularly useful for use with non-traditional course formats (active or flipped approaches, blended learning, distance teaching, etc.).

Multidisciplinary

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Published November 1, 2018

Hubert.ai Chats with Your Students to Obtain Course Feedback

Andy Van Drom Editor, Profweb

While obtaining student feedback has been an integral part of my teaching practices from the very beginning, it was never a truly satisfying or enjoyable activity. Over the years, I experimented with different ways of obtaining feedback, most of which were either very labour-intensive (open-ended questions) or overly formalised (multiple-choice questions or ratings). The advancement of artificial intelligence (AI) has reached a point where chatbots can now handle text-based conversations and analyze them. This term, I am experimenting with Hubert.ai, a platform that harnesses the power of AI to obtain meaningful feedback through chat sessions with my students. So far, this has proven to be an effective and engaging format for everyone involved.

Multidisciplinary

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Published September 6, 2018

Quill.org Adds Personalized Writing Support to any Course

Andy Van Drom Editor, Profweb

Writing is a quintessential cross-curricular skill for students in technical as well as pre-university programs; college students turn in written work in most, if not all, of their courses. In order to acquire, consolidate and perfect their writing skills, students need sustained support and practice across courses. In reality, this does not always prove to be possible because of the amount of field-specific content to cover, as well as the time required to provide students with meaningful feedback on their writing. Quill.org alleviates some of these pain points by setting students up with a personalized program of learning and practice activities based on an automated diagnostic and their teacher’s recommendations.

Multidisciplinary

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Published May 29, 2018

Facilitate Team Meetings and Presentations in the Cloud With Mastermind Manager

Andy Van Drom Editor, Profweb

In today’s online ecosystem, free cloud-based video chat platforms abound (e.g., Skype, Zoom, Join.me, and Mumble). While none of these have been specifically designed with education settings in mind, some platforms offer useful features for teachers. If you supervise students in a distance learning context or use a project-based learning approach in your courses, you may wish to have a closer look at Mastermind Manager, which offers interesting functionalities for team work and structured discussions.

Multidisciplinary

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Published April 27, 2018

From the French Side: Focus on Active Learning and Distance Teaching

Susan MacNeil Editor, Profweb
Andy Van Drom Editor, Profweb

As another term – and academic year – draws to a close, we wish to present you with a selection of the articles and real-life stories prepared by our francophone colleagues between October 2017 and April 2018. These contributions clearly reflect 2 approaches currently at the center of many a teacher’s interests and practices: active learning and distance teaching.

Multidisciplinary

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