Big ideas and Major Takeaways!

I always love writing these posts at the end of Alec’s courses because it is amazing to see and reflect on the amount of growth that has happened over the course. This course was extremely challenging for me as I am currently on maternity leave (and my 9 month old is a stage 5 clinger… … Continue reading Big ideas and Major Takeaways!

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Moderating Online Environments for Students

Our reading this week from Tony Bates said that student Interactions in an online environment “need to be well organized by the teacher, and the teacher needs to provide the necessary support to enable the development of ideas and the construction of new knowledge for the students.”   For the course I am designing, the method… Continue reading Moderating Online Environments for Students

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Minimizing Cheating in Online Classes

Cheating in online classes is a constant concern for instructors and instructional designers.  A couple of years ago, I attended a fascinating presentation by Dr. David Rettinger, who is the president of International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI).  As stated on the ICAI website, “The International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI) cultivates integrity cultures in academic … Continue reading Minimizing Cheating in Online Classes

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Primary Literacy & Coding

This week I decided to take a look at primary literacy and coding. To be honest, this wasn’t even on my radar prior to this course. I have always had a keen interest in primary literacy, which is why I became a Teacher Librarian, and coding was something I dabbled in (if you could even … Continue reading Primary Literacy & Coding

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Screencastify: Simple But Effective

I reviewed Screencastify for the content creation tool this week.  Please see the video I created below that reviews the software.  I really liked how the software was simple to use, free and has different display options, such as desktop, tab (with the option of an embedded webcam) or webcam only.  The things that I … Continue reading Screencastify: Simple But Effective

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Design of online courses using UR courses (Moodle)

Nataly and I decided on a course that can be beneficial for our department and us. The main purpose of the course is to prepare Sessional and Faculty instructors to effectively plan and manage their class in UR courses (Moodle). We will create instructional documents and videos on how to use various technology tools that … Continue reading Design of online courses using UR courses (Moodle)

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