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Why We Really Should Care About Infographics

Monday April 14, 2014 - Susan Regan - Cégep John Abbott College In a class in Advertising, Susan Regan decided to assign a part of the theory to each student, making them responsible for teaching it by creating an infographic of their topic. In addition to her goal of visually communicating information, she sharpened her students’ visual literacy.

Wikis, Clickers and Online Quizzes - Safe Places to Fail

Monday March 31, 2014 - Michael Lautman - Cégep John Abbott College How do you learn if you don’t do something wrong? If you’re a research scientist, 95% of the things you do are wrong. You celebrate those tiny little bits that you get right. Technology provides opportunities for students to learn from their mistakes safely. The true wisdom for the teacher is discovering what students don’t know in order to guide them to knowledge.

A Virtual Visit Strategy

Monday March 17, 2014 - Lisa Yachnin - Vanier College There is nothing like actually visiting a construction site to bring things to life for an Architectural Technology student, but this is not always possible. A memo about mobile video conferencing, an assignment for a course on renovation techniques, and a distant site were catalysts for a dynamic strategy for presenting information about residential construction.

Foodservice French and English: a lexicon for hospitality students

Monday March 03, 2014 - Diana Bruno - Institut de tourisme et d'hôtellerie du Québec Students being trained in Quebec to work in the foodservice sector of the hospitality industry need to know the relevant technical terminology in both French and English. As the result of a project proposal to the CCDMD, Diana Bruno is producing a ‘one-stop shopping’ resource that will give students, and hospitality teachers and professionals, the answers they're looking for in one place.

Linking Creative Commons and Open Source Material to WeBWorK

Monday February 24, 2014 - Evgenij Kritchevski - Vanier College Introduced to WeBWorK in 2007 as a teaching assistant studying at McGill University and using it ever since, Eugene Kritchevski felt that it was time to do some experiments with it to take a good thing and make it better. He has been modifying WeBWorK problems to add links to relevant resources.

Using Portal to Explore Plato's Allegory of the Cave

Monday February 17, 2014 - Johnathan Mina - Collège LaSalle For the last three years, one of the main tools that Johnathan Mina has used in his Humanities course is a video game called Portal. Although some would call this risky, the results are there: student motivation and academic achievement are inching noticeably upwards in his courses.

Changing Attitudes Changes Everything

Monday February 10, 2014 - Catherine Soleil - Dawson College - Laure Galipeau - Dawson College - Effie Konstantinopoulos - Dawson College Using universal design, the basic level courses in French as a Second Language at Dawson College, have revised planning and strategies while respecting the course specification. Focusing on students who suffer from dyslexia and dysgraphia, these new strategies have been applied to all, reducing individual difficulties as well as the difficulties of individual accommodation. Part of this change involves incorporating ICT into universal design.

Books Are Information Technology!

Monday January 27, 2014 - Pierre Dussol - Cégep John Abbott College Pierre Dussol's students were not producing AutoCad drawings for the theatre that were good enough to build scenery from. He decided to produce a manual in the form of a book because most times his students have only one screen in a lab, and he wanted to provide something tangible for them to consult while they drafted.

Gaming in a Second Language Classroom

Monday January 13, 2014 - Avery Rueb - Vanier College Oral interaction is not easy for second language learners to master. Avery Rueb is addressing the lack of fun and easy-to-set-up exercises to help students develop this skill by developping a game for iOS, Android and browsers in both English and French.

We’re making a list and checking it twice!

Monday December 16, 2013 - Murray Bronet - Cégep John Abbott College - Petra Turkewitsch - Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles As part of a collaborative laboratory course, the authors are creating an online cooperative science platform between students in the Gaspé and students at John Abbott. In order to test the use of both Google Docs and Moodle forums for writing an on-line collaborative lab report, a colleague was asked to conduct a two-week pilot study of the platforms.
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