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Finding Free Stock Photos For Your Teaching Materials

Published September 3, 2019  |  Multidisciplinary

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.

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

Published April 27, 2018  |  Multidisciplinary

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.

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AddICTive Tools for Evaluation: Clickers

Published January 23, 2017  |  Multidisciplinary

Andréanne Turgeon Editor, Profweb
Huguette Dupont Educational Advisor, Cégep de Granby

Do red pens give you a headache? Does correcting formative tests for acquired knowledge make you dizzy? Are you looking for ways to save time…or trees? Are you looking for change? In this fifth part of our series of articles that accompany our In-depth Report on Evaluation and Digital Feedback, we present clickers and other instant response tools.

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Help Students Understand and Recall Concepts with Sketchnoting

Published April 11, 2019  |  Multidisciplinary

Susan MacNeil Editor, Profweb

A former colleague of mine was a doodler, drawing figures and squiggles through our department meetings. She assured her colleagues that even though it looked like she wasn’t paying attention, nothing could be further from the truth. Doodling while listening helped her focus she assured us.

Real Life Stories

Teaching with Interactive Videos Thanks to Edpuzzle

Published March 2, 2018  |  Multidisciplinary

Basile Tchize Teacher, Cégep de Saint-Laurent

To diversify my teaching strategies, I use online videos. These explain concepts in a smart way through images and simple demonstrations that facilitate understanding. I use these videos in a flipped classroom approach or as part of a self-directed learning approach. Although I find the content of the videos relevant, I am not always satisfied with the students’ level of engagement. I was introduced to the Edpuzzle platform, which really meets my needs. Here’s why.

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An Inexpensive Approach to Making Video Tutorials

Published October 3, 2017  |  Multidisciplinary

Ryan W. Moon Editor, Profweb

Short, concise video tutorials can be an effective way to explain theory or demonstrate a concept. Students can watch the video as many times as they need and the video can serve as a refresher material for students prior to evaluations. The cost to produce a video has diminished with the arrival of a number of free software tools and services that are provided for free to users. What follows is a proposition for a short workflow to create video tutorials using open source software and free services.

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Immersive Digital ‘Pre-labs’ with Panoramic 360 Degree Pedagogical Videos

Published June 5, 2019  |  Multidisciplinary

Ryan W. Moon Editor, Profweb

The digital frontier affords many opportunities for approaching educational and institutional constraints with creative solutions. Roger Maclean at John Abbott College has started to address certain organizational challenges to teaching by using panoramic 360 degree videos to allow students to immerse themselves in a virtual environment for learning. I recently sat down with Roger, who assures me that the barriers to entry have never been fewer than now for teachers to try out 360 degree immersive video technology.

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Distance Education at the Service of Student Athletes: The point of view of Keven Bouchard

Published October 5, 2016  |  Multidisciplinary

Paul Landry Teacher, Polyvalente W.-A.-Losier (Nouveau-Brunswick)

During the winter 2016 semester, I spoke with 2 teachers from the Cegep de Baie-Comeau who had experimented with distance education to support a student athlete with this college studies, while based in a different Canadian province. Their account was the subject of a recent Profweb publication.

Real Life Stories

A Collaborative Program-based Approach Supported by Technology

Published April 11, 2017  |  Multidisciplinary

Mélanie Langlois-Sabourin Teacher, Cégep de l'Outaouais
Denis Lavoie Teacher, Cégep de l'Outaouais

While he was the person responsible for the course Integrated Placement (Stage d’intégration), offered as part of the 5th semester in the Electrotechnology program, Denis noticed that students had some training gaps in communication, even though this was included within the program objectives. In their placement term reports, the students had to describe 3 problematic situations. Communication skills were a recurring theme. To counteract this difficulty, Denis started integrating some communication theory into his course in order to better prepare his students.

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From Gamification to Transmedia Storytelling

Published November 30, 2015  |  Multidisciplinary

Jean Desjardins Educational Advisor, Cégep du Vieux Montréal

On March 11, 2015, during a REFAD professional development workshop, Olivier Alfieri, a multimedia project manager at the CFORP, gave an insightful conference on how to help students learn to create “transmedia” storytelling in class.

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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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