Mar 26
The Learning Just Keeps Coming

Today's post gathers some first-hand experience of online teaching from instructors in the Math, Science and Communication department. Just about every one of us is a beginner in this new online teaching context, and we're learning something every day: Whether the experience is more or less positive, we are learning!

Smooth sailing

“My students have been amazing at getting organized. When I held my first Level 4 plumbing group, they had already discovered WebEx on LEARN and were hosting conferences among themselves!" Danny Hutchinson, math instructor

​“I had my LEARN discussion board up last Friday and my plumbing Level 3 students had already posted some good responses, so I'm hopeful this is going to work well." Patricia K Culleton-Koebel, communication instructor 

Learning on the fly

“A group of my plumbing students from my 9am class joined me in my 10am class for roofers. It seems that if I am online, anyone who has been invited can join. That's not necessarily a problem, but it's good to know. I ended up having a second class with the students from plumbing because no roofers answered the invitation to join me. It will take a day or two for students to figure things out. Don't expect everything to work perfectly right away!" David Bakke, math instructor

“I realized I put my WebEx classes on Hawaii time :) But I've changed that now!" Arlene Petkau, communication instructor

Successful workaround

“Several students have told me that they have only a phone to work with, no computers. So, I am being creative and accepting emailed photos of handwritten or texted work." Cindy Benoit, communication instructor 

Being kind to ourselves and others

“It's important to remember that we're going for compassion and creativity, not perfection in this new normal! Just seeing some students online and connecting with them online will make it a good day. It's all so new for all of us – instructors and students alike. Be kind to yourselves and your students." Amanda Le Rougetel, communication coordinator/instructor

“The win of the day is that we're alive and well. Take care everyone and thanks for being great colleagues." Mona Abu-Ghoush, communication and LTC instructor

What successes, workarounds or important lessons have you learned so far in our world of alternative delivery methods?

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Thanks for sharing this for...

Thanks for sharing this formative feedback Amanda - It's great to see how resourceful everyone is!
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  • Lorri Anne McLeod
 on 3/26/2020 10:52 AM

I recorded a 20 minute vide...

I recorded a 20 minute video using the college's screenshare program Mediasite, only to find that the audio was not working for some reason.  Oops.  I posted it anyway to my lesson, maybe someone can lipread :)
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  • Aubrey S Doerksen
 on 3/26/2020 11:21 AM

Aubrey: Great attitude to t...

Aubrey: Great attitude to take about all that work you did! I wonder what feedback the students will give you...:)
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  • Amanda Le Rougetel
 on 3/26/2020 3:10 PM

Aubrey, I'm not familiar wi...

Aubrey, I'm not familiar with Mediasite. Is it a screen capture program like Shannon introduced us to last week called Screencast-o-matic? Where do we access that tool? Thanks!
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  • Janine Carmichael
 on 3/26/2020 3:44 PM

Well Amanda, I have not hea...

Well Amanda, I have not heard anything yet from the students about the video, either they didn't watch it or it was still ok to convey something :) 
Yes Janine, I actually downloaded Screencast-o-matic last week and used it a few times, then saw yesterday in the staff news (hardly have time to read it the last few days) about the Mediasite tool through eTV.  If I can get the audio working, it seems like it will be a better quality recording with a few more options, and it will upload to your own page on a college site for easier sharing.  I'm still trying to figure all of this out, so for now, the easiest path forward wins, whatever that may be.  https://www.rrc.ca/etv/mediasite-desktop-recorder-resources/
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  • Aubrey S Doerksen
 on 3/26/2020 3:57 PM

Aubrey: I'd say you're a to...

Aubrey: I'd say you're a total STAR for persevering in your own learning. You go!
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  • Amanda Le Rougetel
 on 3/26/2020 5:30 PM

Thank you for sharing Aubre...

Thank you for sharing Aubrey. I'll definitely check it out!
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  • Janine Carmichael
 on 3/26/2020 6:28 PM