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3D-print Technology for Smartphone-based Physics Experiments

Published January 28, 2019  |  Physics

Chris Isaac Larnder Teacher, Cégep John Abbott College

I’m not that great at building things, which, I guess, is why I ended up being a physicist and not an engineer. As previously reported on Profweb, I have been running accelerometer experiments with smartphones to help my students learn physics concepts through digital-era equivalents of “real world” examples. With the help of students, we developed 3D-printed equipment to make these experiments more accessible to our growing network of teachers outside of our college.

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4Mat, a Teaching Strategy Compatible with the Brain

Published February 2, 2017  |  Multidisciplinary

Mélissa Philippe Project Manager, PEEC

You have probably heard about the Universal Design of Learning (UDL). It supposes that the human brain functions roughly the same way from one person to another, but that each person learns differently. This model therefore suggests to vary and differ pedagogical strategies in order to reach all types of learners.

In this article, I will present a model to you that is seemingly similar, that I was able to experiment with in the context of developing professional competencies. It is the model 4Mat (Four Matters), developed 30 years ago, and that aims at offering learning activities and a pedagogical sequence that takes the 4 main learning styles into account. The model 4Mat, as with UDL, can be applied to all learners, regardless of their age, because it is established from neuroscientific studies that define the role of each area of the brain in the process of learning.

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A Choreography of Team Teaching Technology

Published April 27, 2014  |  Physical Education

Geneviève Raymond-Parent Teacher, Cégep John Abbott College

Geneviève Raymond-Parent teaches physical education at John Abbott College. Having recently discovered Virtual Team Teaching and with a Millenial’s familiarity with technology, she is bringing the world into her classrooms in Nutrition and Dance.

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A Decision Tree to Choose The Best Online "Test" type Tool

Published April 30, 2020  |  Multidisciplinary

Martin Pelletier Educational Advisor, Cégep régional de Lanaudière - Terrebonne

Distance education brings challenges and adjustments for both teachers and students. Distance learning also means online assessments, and it is easy to get lost in the multitude of digital tools and online platforms that offer options for creating online tests. To help you choose the digital tool that best suits your pedagogical needs, I have created a decision tree on the topic.

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A Fourth Moodle Day Full of Activity

Published May 19, 2015  |  Multidisciplinary

François Lizotte Coordinator, Plateforme collégiale DECclic

The fourth edition of Moodle Day, which can now be considered a kind of annual tradition was made possible by a grant from the Entente Canada-Québec (and the dynamic nature of the Moodle community). The event, which was held at Dawson College on Friday, May 15th, gathered about forty Moodle users (Teachers, Education Advisors and Developers).

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A Hybrid Classroom for Flexibility in Education — A Project From LaSalle College Financed as Part of the Digital Action Plan

Published October 3, 2019  |  Multidisciplinary

Catherine Rhéaume Editor, Profweb

As part of its Digital Action Plan (DAP), the MEES (ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur) called for innovative projects linked to the use of digital technologies in higher education. Both of LaSalle College’s project proposals were funded. One of these is the development of a classroom dedicated to hybrid courses.

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A Lightboard Studio to Record Professional-Looking Educative Videos Simply and Rapidly

Published February 16, 2020  |  Chemistry

Caroline Cormier Teacher, Cégep André-Laurendeau

Do you know Lightboard studios? They are video recording studios where teachers record themselves through a pane of glass on which they write. An application then inverts the picture so that even if the teacher is writing from their left to their right, the text can be read clearly in the video. As a bonus: a clever lighting system makes the fluorescent ink used look even more impactful.

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A Mixed Media Approach for a Distance Education Course in Philosophy

Published September 29, 2014  |  Philosophy

Bernard Vallée Project Manager, Cégep à distance

The purpose of this story is to highlight some of the technological and pedagogical principles (videos, interactive exercises, forums, comic strips) that have underpinned the development of a distance education course in Philosophy. Let’s begin with a few characteristics of Cégep à distance’s model.

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A New Online Resource to Address Student Difficulties with English Exit Exam

Published November 18, 2016  |  English (Language and Literature)

Angie Stevens Editor, Profweb

A new resource has been added to the Learning Centre of the CCDMD, which focuses on English-language improvement. This additional tool aims at preparing students for the English Exit Exam (EEE). It is practical and interactive, addressing notions that cause difficulty for students, which are Techniques and Devices. Considering the importance of the exam, a certain degree of preparation is required to ensure success. The Learning Centre of CCDMD offers several different resources, including a tool for Writing Thesis Statements, which was the subject of a Profweb article. Paulette Cake, Project Manager for the CCDMD, directed me to the CCDMD Learning Centre to learn more about the exam and the resources that are available.

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

Published October 18, 2018  |  Philosophy

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.

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Published August 24, 2014

Meeting Students Where They’re At!

Becki George Teacher, Northland College
Kelly La Venture Teacher, Bemidji State University

Kelly La Venture and Becki George of Northland College Wisconsin presented a workshop on hybrid instruction at the recent Canadian International Conference on Education (CICE) at Cape Breton University in Sydney, Nova Scotia from June 16-19, 2014. After their workshop, in conversation with Profweb’s Norm Spatz, they elaborated on their motivation for creating and teaching hybrid classes. Kelly’s and Becki’s remarks are testimonials that providing flexible learning approaches builds contentment among students – helping Quebec college students master ICT profile skills.

Multidisciplinary

Articles

Published January 18, 2018

3 Platforms to Create Video-Based Tasks that Actively Engage Students

Andy Van Drom Editor, Profweb

In 2018, cell phones, tablets and computers combined with free applications or software give us the ability to create high quality video and broadcast it within moments. The internet gives us access to vast free video resources. Yet in spite of these technological innovations, students still consume digital media mostly passively in classroom settings. Three free online platforms allow you to create different types of video-based tasks that engage your students more actively.

Multidisciplinary

Featured Reports

Published September 3, 2018

Active Learning

Jean Desjardins Learning Technology Advisor, Collège Sainte-Anne
Isabelle Senécal Director of Teaching, of Pedagogical Innovation and of International Development, Collège Sainte-Anne

The active learning methods have in common of placing the students in the middle of the learning process. Their teachers can then also think about giving them a role in the planning of the evaluation. Active learning is inspired by real-life contexts that are meaningful for the students, which can increase their level of motivation for the tasks that are suggested to them. It encourages durable learnings rather than using only their short-term memory.

Multidisciplinary

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