Saturday, February 22, 2014

ETC - Hybrid Showcase

In October of 2012 I was asked to produce a five minute video showcasing Website Development the blended learning course that I developed for Small Business and Entrepreneurship students at Algonquin College. This short clip not only demonstrates the communication strategy applied to this course, but one may also observe the layout and presentation for the delivery of this video.

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy is a blend of an apprenticeship perspective complimented by cognitive and constructivist theory. I value open communication and this includes presenting clear expectations and delivering feedback in a fair and timely manner. I warmly embrace the use of technology in order to flip the class room, empowering students to learn at their own pace through and allow the classroom to be an environment in which learners may interact face to face with their peers, the material and myself.
I strive to provide fair and practical evaluation that measure both recall and transfer skills in an effort to assess meaningful learning and I remain sensitive to the limitations of the learner experiencing cognitive overload due to lack of prior knowledge or difficulties faced due to language. By aspiring to maintain a learning environment that minimizes these instances of cognitive overload, I endeavor to provide learners the ability to self pace, dig deeper and manage lessons through the online classroom. What’s more, I aim to soon deliver lessons in a true PSI format where the lessons delivered online are robust, engaging and allow learners to personalize their studies in order to best prepare for each and every one for their careers.
For the full theory of practice paper please feel free to download and review the attached:  Theory of Practice Paper - MEd Assignment

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Quizlet - Study Tool

Quizlet is a tool I have used for my students in several of my courses. It is simply a pairing of terms and definitions that can be arranged in a variety of learning games which help students remember these pairings. The following short video provides an overview of how to work with Quizlet as a study tool.

The tool is a great way to get students thinking about the terms associated with a topic, especially if we are going into a chapter or area that has a unique vocabulary associated with it.  I find sharing something like this BEFORE the unit begins helps to ensure that the readings "stick" a bit more since they have an opportunity to become familiar with the terms.

Below is an example of a deck I created for faculty teaching in an Office Administration - Medical program at Algonquin College.

Overall, Quizlet is great for basic terms, and definitions.  Helping students make connections between acronyms and their definitions. And building up their ability to spell new terms and test their recognition of the Acronyms.