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Empowering Students with Liberal Education and Technology

Published January 11, 2017  |  Multidisciplinary

Gabriel Flacks Teacher, Champlain College - Campus Saint-Lambert

Enabling student empowerment by offering students access to a personalized and inquiry-based education is a hallmark of the liberal education model. When a student is invited to share their academic work with the local and global community, it helps them to devote the requisite energy, passion and creativity to their efforts, which promotes accelerated learning. Technology can be used to support the liberal education model and, further, can provided tools to teach more effectively and enhance curricula. Using Web 2.0 tools has allowed my students to bridge academic and non-academic interests, to connect to global partners and collaborators and to engage with online media in real-time.

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The Pomodoro Technique

Published February 19, 2019  |  Multidisciplinary

Andy Van Drom Editor, Profweb

When presenting my course during the first class of the semester, I used to tell my students I would rigorously respect the start and end times of our classes while scheduling breaks in a more flexible manner depending on that week’s content and activities. I’d never questioned this practice until I was stuck in a rather tedious meeting without knowing how long it would go on for. Time seemed to take on another dimension in the absence of precise markers. Realizing my students might feel the same way, I decided to look for a more effective method to organize and manage time in my classes. I found this in the Pomodoro technique.

Featured Reports

The ePortfolio

Published September 1, 2015  |  Multidisciplinary

Sophie Ringuet Educational Advisor, Cégep à distance
Séverine Parent Educational Advisor, Cégep Limoilou

This featured report is specifically about the ePorfolio. In fact, with recent advances in technology, it is now possible to create ePorfolios that offer more benefits than the traditional paper-based version. While the ePorfolio is recognized as an educational tool in line with current approaches, the fact remains that its use requires careful planning—planning that must take various points into consideration.

Articles

Teaching in an Active Learning Classroom

Published April 17, 2011  |  Multidisciplinary

Raymond Cantin Project Manager, Vitrine technologie-éducation

La Vitrine Technologie-Éducation takes you on a tour of new classrooms at McGill University. Teachers discuss how spaces and furnishings encourage student interaction and active learning.

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Active Presenter: A Complete Solution for the Production of Video Tutorials

Published September 7, 2018  |  Multidisciplinary

Caroline Demers Teacher, Cégep Garneau

I have been producing video tutorials for several years, for all the courses I teach. Over time, I have used different software (JingPro, Camtasia, Screencast-O-Matic, etc.). When I heard about Active Presenter, I watched some tutorials on the official YouTube channel. I found that this software is very complete, even in its free version, and allows me to vary my teaching styles. The channel also allowed me to learn quickly and independently and exploit many interesting features to record my videos.

Digital Tools

Wooclap: A Versatile Tool to Poll Students

Published May 10, 2019  |  Multidisciplinary

Andy Van Drom Editor, Profweb

In the ever-growing landscape of so-called audience response systems – tools and platforms allowing you to efficiently poll students in a variety of situations – Wooclap stands out because of its versatility and the fact that it was designed specifically for higher education contexts. The free version can be used with groups of up to 30 students; additional access and features are available for a monthly fee.

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Apply the Agile Innovation Method to Achieve Better Results with Group Work

Published September 23, 2019  |  Multidisciplinary

Susan MacNeil Editor, Profweb

An Agile sprint is a short period when a group of people come together, virtually or face-to-face, to collaborate on a task. Dubbed Agile Learning, this emerging learning model is being used for creative problem solving and collaboration in education. The Agile sprint can be used to streamline Project Based Learning approach for students and it is also used for curriculum development by groups of teachers.

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Creatively using polling tools to avoid taking attendance

Published September 12, 2017  |  Multidisciplinary

Andy Van Drom Editor, Profweb

Should attendance be mandatory at college? Should teachers keep track of absent students? Among colleagues, opinions widely vary and reveal the elephant that is not in the room. Can teachers avoid calling roll yet still obtain relevant learning analytics? Creative uses of existing polling apps and platforms illustrate that it is indeed possible.

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Fostering Student Retention in Distance Learning — The Results of an Appeal to All the Members of the IT REP Network

Published November 5, 2019  |  Multidisciplinary

Jean Perron Educational Advisor, Cégep régional de Lanaudière

How to foster student retention in distance learning? I asked the question to the members of the Network of ICT Respondents (IT REP Network), a community of practice that brings together the pedagogical advisors responsible for the integration of ICT in the colleges of the province of Quebec. I am sharing with you the answers that I was given.

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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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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.

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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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