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Afternoon Tea with Seniors: A Model of Community Engagement Teaching

Published February 7, 2019  |  English (Second Language)

Susan MacNeil Editor, Profweb

This community engaged teaching activity, funded by the Entente Canada-Québec relative à l’enseignement dans la langue de la minorité et à l’enseignement des langues secondes provided students learning English as a second language (ESL) the opportunity to interact with native speakers while integrating meaningful community service and the use of technology to collaborate at a distance. Students and teachers from 4 colleges collaborated around shared goals. The teachers developed projects that would allow the students to apply course content to real world contexts in their community.

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Seesaw: Makes the Digital Portfolio Child’s Play

Published January 17, 2019  |  Multidisciplinary

Catherine Rhéaume Editor, Profweb

Seesaw is a portfolio creation tool. Seesaw’s simplicity of use makes it stand out from the crowd. It is very popular with primary school teachers. Students can save content of all sorts (texts, images, videos, etc.) The content can be kept private, can be shared with specific individuals, or made public. How can this tool be used at the college level?

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Need Some Motivation Right About Now? Try Out Some Suggestions From The French Side’s Fall 2018 Publications

Published December 5, 2018  |  Multidisciplinary

Susan MacNeil Editor, Profweb

Let’s face it; sometimes you need a break from marking. After the last few 50-60-hour weeks where you have marked too much and slept too little, take some time to unwind. In my position as Profweb editor, I don’t think I can recommend a glass of wine in a cosy chair beside the fireplace. I can however suggest a few fabulous activities, to take your mind off marking, based on articles that have appeared in the French Edition of Profweb in the fall of 2018.

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Virtual Reality to Foster Real-World Empathy

Published December 3, 2018  |  Multidisciplinary

Johnathan Mina Teacher, Collège LaSalle
Pascale Warmoes Teacher, Collège LaSalle

We are always on the lookout for new ideas that have the potential to translate into innovative and challenging educational strategies for our students. After experimenting with the use of smart pens for peer learning and the integration of video games to stimulate deep learning, we turned to the possibilities offered by virtual reality. This technology has allowed us to provide our students with immersive experiences that contribute to developing greater empathy for topics we discuss in our respective courses.

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Open Educational Resources (OERs) — An Interview with Pascale Blanc from La Vitrine technologie-éducation

Published November 5, 2018  |  Multidisciplinary

Catherine Rhéaume Editor, Profweb

Would you like to share an educational resource that you have created with an open licence? Would you be ready to allow others to modify the resource or not? How about letting people use the resource for commercial gains? To help you decide, I recently interviewed Pascale Blanc, the Coordinator at VTÉ (Vitrine technologie-éducation) who also serves as a board member for the ADTE (Association pour le développement technologique en éducation).

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Instagram: A Social Media Tool for The College Classroom

Published October 25, 2018  |  Multidisciplinary

Susan MacNeil Editor, Profweb

A picture is worth a thousand words as the old saying goes, but with more than 400 million users, half of which are under 30, the photo sharing platform Instagram can be worth a lot more than a thousand words if you are a teacher. Instagram is the mobile app that allows users to share the pictures or videos they have taken. In class, Instagram offers a visual alternative to students who are often overloaded with texts. In an anatomy class for example, isn’t it easier for student students to learn about the structure of a bone from a picture rather than a long description?

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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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Quebec Colleges on Target: Horizon Report 2018

Published October 1, 2018  |  Multidisciplinary

Ryan W. Moon Editor, Profweb

Now in its 16th year, the 2018 Higher Education edition of the Horizon Report is finally out. The Horizon Report is "a reference and technology planning guide for educators, higher education leaders, administrators, policymakers, and technologists." Each year, the report explores trends, emerging technologies and challenges to the adoption of education technology. When reading this year’s report, you will discover a considerable amount of Canadian content with examples of innovative approaches from across the country. A number of these developments will resonate with the Quebec college network, since we have a number of innovative initiatives of our own.

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Virtual Reality in the Classroom: What are the Possibilities at College?

Published September 26, 2018  |  Multidisciplinary

Andréanne Turgeon Editor, Profweb
Andy Van Drom Editor, Profweb

In recent years, we have observed a growing interest in the college network for the educational potential of virtual reality. In 2014, the Vitrine technologie-éducation presented a virtual laboratory on the topic, before organizing exploratory activities for college IT-reps in 2016 and 2017. However, we had little feedback on the actual use of this technology by teachers.

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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.

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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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.

Multidisciplinary

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