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OneNote: Office 365’s Virtual Notebook

Published April 7, 2017  |  Multidisciplinary

Angie Stevens Editor, Profweb

Having had access to the Office 365 suite of applications for a few years now, I have slowly been exploring the potential uses of these tools. This semester I found myself searching for a way to organize and centralize information for the various projects and committees and I am involved in. A colleague at Champlain-St. Lawrence presented OneNote in a pedagogical activity in early March 2017, so I decided to give it a try. It is beginning to replace the paper notebook I usually carry with me to meetings, committee work, and interviews, giving me a virtual place to store and organize notes from daily life.

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42: A School Where You Learn By Yourself (with others)

Published August 10, 2017  |  Multidisciplinary

Laurence Saint-Cyr Proulx Intern and Research Officer at the Living Lab en innovation ouverte, Cégep de Rivière-du-Loup

Have you ever imagined what a school might be like without teachers? No one to tell you when to start, what to write down or when to stop. A school where students progress according to their own pace and motivation, where they will be the principal actor in their development? It might seem like some sort of unrealistic utopia, but the École 42 is hedging its bets on their surprising educational program.

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The 2017 AQPC Symposium, at the Dawn of Celebrating 50 Years of the College Network

Published May 2, 2017  |  Multidisciplinary

Benoit Bolduc AQPC Symposia Coordinator, AQPC
Mélissa Fontaine AQPC Symposia Coordinator, AQPC

After 49 years have gone by, the College Network is about to begin its 50th year. The AQPC Symposium will be the first grand event of this anniversary, and once again it will bear witness to the vitality and the riches of the pedagogical culture in the Quebec College Network. In total, 128 presentations spread over 3 days and close to 1500 participants expected. You should be part of these numbers!

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Finalists of the World of Images Intercollegiate Photo Contest Share their Insights on Photography

Published May 9, 2017  |  Multidisciplinary

Angie Stevens Editor, Profweb

The CCDMD (Collegial Centre for Educational Materials Development) hosts the annual World of Images Intercollegiate Photo Contestfor students. This year marked the 6th edition of the contest, which is open to all students in the CEGEP network. The finalists of the contest had their photographs put on display at Collège de Maisonneuve from May 1 to May 5, 2017, and on May 3rd, the award ceremony and official opening of the exhibition took place.

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Doing PD Differently: A Conversation with Avi Spector from the RÉCIT Network

Published September 13, 2017  |  Multidisciplinary

Ryan W. Moon Editor, Profweb

The fall is upon us and many IT-REPs and REPTICs in the college network are back in the swing of things, supporting individual teachers who are trying new approaches and technologies in their classrooms. Many have also begun preparing for upcoming ped days - thinking about how to provide professional development (PD) opportunities for faculty that will have a positive impact on their respective college. I recently had the opportunity to meet with Avi Spector from Quebec’s RÉCIT network and asked him about his approach to working with teachers. The approach he is currently using can be an inspiration for us all.

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Using readability analysis to make students stronger writers

Published September 25, 2017  |  Multidisciplinary

Andy Van Drom Editor, Profweb

Communication is one of 5 common competencies developed throughout CEGEP education. College students turn in written work in most, if not all, of their courses. Thus, to hone their writing skills, they need sustained support across classes. Training students on the concept of readability may help them become more mindful and effective readers and writers.

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Microsoft Announces Stream - A Hosting Option for Your Pedagogical Videos

Published November 2, 2017  |  Multidisciplinary

Ryan W. Moon Editor, Profweb
Andy Van Drom Editor, Profweb

In June 2017, Microsoft announced the general availability of a video hosting service called Stream in its Office 365 ecosystem. Given that a number of teachers, staff and students in the Quebec college network have subscriptions to this ecosystem, new possibilities are available for teaching and learning.

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10 Reasons to Use a Grammar Checker with College Students

Published March 23, 2018  |  Multidisciplinary

Nicholas Walker Teacher, Collège Ahuntsic

When students went on strike in 2012, a colleague and I used the extra time to launch a free online grammar checker website for our English Second Language college students. Now, after 6 years of development, the Virtual Writing Tutor is in its third incarnation. To see some of its evolution, see earlie stories about the development of this grammar checker published on Profweb in 2013. Better-looking, more powerful, and more accurate than ever before, it has attracted the interest of researchers and has corrected the writing of nearly a million learners from 211 countries. Here are 10 reasons why ESL teachers should consider using the Virtual Writing Tutor grammar checker with their college ESL students.

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Learning Together in a Changing World – 38th Annual AQPC Symposium

Published April 5, 2018  |  Multidisciplinary

Mélissa Fontaine AQPC Symposia Coordinator, AQPC

The program [in French] of the 2018 AQPC (Association québécoise de pédagogie collégiale) Symposium is now online. A summary program is also available in English. Register here! Over 135 talks will be presented on the occasion of the AQPC symposium, held from June 6 to June 8 at the Saint-Hyacinthe Convention Center. More than 40 conference talks will focus on the use of technology in college teaching.

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Share With Your Colleagues And It Will End Up Coming Back To You

Published April 16, 2018  |  Multidisciplinary

Susan MacNeil Editor, Profweb

More and more teachers are now asking how they can use different types of technologies to enhance their teaching and learning. They also use the Internet as a tool for professional development and curricular ideas; however, one of the most challenging parts about being a teacher is really finding those resources that are up to date and engage the students. The amount of information available online today is overwhelming.

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Real Life Stories

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.

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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 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.

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