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Breakthroughs with Breakout Room Recording in ESL during the Pandemic

Published August 30, 2020  |  Multidisciplinary

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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Zoom vs Teams: a Choice to Make?

Published August 24, 2020  |  Multidisciplinary

Andy Van Drom Editor, Profweb

In the Winter 2020 semester, as teachers started moving classes online for emergency remote teaching, Zoom became a household name. In response, over the past few months Microsoft has expanded the possibilities of its Teams platform, part of the Microsoft 365 suite of tools. Which platform is best-suited for synchronous videoconferencing-based classes, whether part of an online-only or hybrid teaching strategy? And is it necessary to choose between one or the other? This article explores a few considerations and answers.

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Profweb Podcast #3: Rethinking Final Evaluations with Google Quiz

Published June 2, 2020  |  Multidisciplinary

Ryan W. Moon Editor, Profweb

In March and April 2020, teachers made the transition to alternative methods of teaching in order to help their students complete the Winter 2020 semester. Part of the complexity of this transition included a reflection upon the question of evaluating students fairly with the many logistical and technological constraints they had to endure.

Featured Reports

Digital Slideshows in Class

Published May 19, 2020  |  Multidisciplinary

Profweb Editorial team, Profweb

For many teachers, their first foray towards integrating Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) into their pedagogical practice comes through the use of digital presentation software (such as Microsoft PowerPoint) as a visual support for their lectures. Nowadays, these digital slideshows are undoubtedly the most common technology in college-level classrooms. This tool has become the norm and teachers who do not use it are becoming few and far between. Presentation software such as PowerPoint, Apple Keynote, LibreOffice Impress and Prezi all have interesting features (with the last two being freely available over the Internet). That said, they also contain shortcomings and traps that should be avoided. This in-depth report presents various uses of presentation software in class along with tips and advice for using slideshows within an educational context.

Digital Tools

Discord: An Efficient Communication Tool for Pedagogical Purposes

Published May 8, 2020  |  Multidisciplinary

Simon Côté-Massicotte Teacher, Cégep Limoilou

When the lockdown began, what now seems like years ago, I, like so many other teachers, had to figure out a way to continue giving my course as seamlessly as possible. Since my literature courses were heavily reliant on student interactions and regular exchanges, my first focus was to find a flexible, efficient, and reliable communication tool. After seeing the success of the Discord server created by my colleagues in the Video Game Design program at Limoilou, I decided to experiment with the program and it proved to be exactly what I was looking for.

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Experimenting with Hybrid Teaching in a Dedicated Room - Preliminary Conclusions of a Project From LaSalle College Financed as Part of the Digital Action Plan

Published April 30, 2020  |  Multidisciplinary

Catherine Rhéaume Editor, Profweb

In the fall of 2019, 3 teachers from LaSalle College experimented with hybrid teaching in a new classroom set up for that purpose.The college drew preliminary conclusions from the experiment. I will present to you some of the key elements of those conclusions.

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Managing On-line Meetings Like a Pro

Published April 20, 2020  |  Multidisciplinary

Ryan W. Moon Editor, Profweb

In response to the unprecedented events that have put “a pause” on the Winter 2020 semester, there is a renewed interest in exploring various options for on-line meetings. Having facilitated many on-line meetings in the last 20 years, I have learned some tricks and habits to help my meetings move more smoothly that I would like to share with you.

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What Could Evaluation Look like for your Suddenly-Online Course? Part 1- Traditional Evaluations

Published April 10, 2020  |  Multidisciplinary

Susan MacNeil Editor, Profweb

Are you looking at your course plan wondering how you are going to adapt the assessments that remain to your new ‘suddenly-online course’? Or maybe you would like to know what you can do to make sure students are not plagiarizing or cheating on quizzes and exams when you are not there to supervise? Finally, can you keep the evaluations you had planned or do you need new ones? There are a lot of questions and I could not answer all of them in only one article.

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Netquiz Web+, online questionnaires

Published April 6, 2020  |  Multidisciplinary

Catherine Rhéaume Editor, Profweb
Guillaume Vachon Web integrator, Profweb

This text will help you to familiarize yourself with Netquiz Web+, a tool that allows you to create and publish formative or summative questionnaires online. The information contained in this tool page is largely taken from the online help site for Netquiz Web+. Each of the tool's functionalities is detailed there.

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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.

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Featured Reports

Published September 3, 2018

Active Learning

Jean Desjardins Educational Advisor, Cégep du Vieux Montréal
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.

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Published November 3, 2015

Teachers’ Use of ICTs: What Do Students Think?

Laura King Teacher, Cégep André-Laurendeau

In the context of a research project funded by the “Fonds de Recherche du Québec sur la société et la culture” (FRQRSC), 311 students from Dawson College and Cégep André-Laurendeau were surveyed online, in French or English, about their teachers’ practices in the use of ICTs and cyber-learning. This survey allowed the researchers to collect data on the teachers’ use of technology as well as the students’ level of satisfaction regarding this use.

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