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Planning Learning with Technology


Peggy Hinan from Durham College and Faith Ratchford from Fleming College developed this tip sheet with information for teachers developing blended (hybrid) courses. TIPS for Faculty Designing a Blended Learning Course (.pdf)

This video is designed to provide faculty with some useful tips on how to engage students on Hybrid Courses.  It was created by Angela Adu (Durham Regional Police Learning Centre), Shauna Longmuir (Fleming College) and Diana Collis (Fleming College)

The Professors' Resource page at Algonquin College provides resources for teachers developing courses in online environments. 

While written to guide the development of online courses, this manual developed by Janet Honsberger and Maureen Wideman for the Faculty Cyber Connections Program, contains useful tips and strategies that can be applied to the design of blended courses. 

Jennifer Rishor from Fleming College has developed a tool to help identify courses suitable for online learning.  This Word document poses ten questions for faculty considering development of an online course to explore.

A study to identify key competency areas that lead to success in online instruction and to develop a framework that supports professional development and self-assessment was completed by Heather Farmer from Sheridan College and Jennifer Ramsdale from Fleming College. Teaching Competencies for the Online Environment was published in the Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology

Kim Bosch and Jun Xia from Algonquin and Joy St. John from St. Lawrence have created an interactive flowchart for those having trouble getting started on bringing online tools into their curriculum. This tool allows course planners looking to "hybridize" their courses (even just a little bit) with various options on integrating online learning into learning activities, learning resource materials, and learning assessment. The flowchart is an interactive PDF, with clickable links that will bring you to information pages and videos about the various tools. 

More tips for those designing a hybrid or blended learning course were developed by Meredith Piley and Janice-Lee Foxon from Fleming College.

A useful resource for faculty planning hybrid courses was developed by Sandra Gibbons from Algonquin, Dan Somers from St. Lawrence and Helen Bajorek-Macdonald from Fleming. This resource provides a brief overview of hybrid courses, identifies factors to consider and outlines three different digital tools (POWTOW, WIDEO and MOOULY).

Contact North has assembled a list of useful digital tools that can be used to support learning in online environments.

Useful resources designed to support faculty engaged in planning and teaching online was developed by the eCampus Ontario project.

Social Media in the Classroom. Michelle Grimes from Loyalist College, and Paula Ogg from Sheridan College have developed this useful resource that explores authentic uses of social media in teaching and learning. It presents a collection of five possible uses of social media: communication, reflection, collaboration, research, and reporting. Most of the examples come from Media Studies at Loyalist, yet there are endless possibilities for enhancing the curriculum with different kinds of social media tools across all disciplines.

Mobile in the Classroom - There Should be an App for That! Jayne Van Dusen and Debra Clendinneng from Algonquin College created a PowerPoint presentation to look like an app but of course the PPT functions in the normal fashion, except that the links on the side bar and bottom do link appropriately. This is a very useful resource for teachers sorting out the best way to incorporate the use of mobile devices into their classrooms and curricula.

Kirstin Parry from Fleming College and Phil Howlett from Loyalist College used a Twitter Assignment both to engage learners in active and authentic learning experiences and to assess their achievement of course outcomes.  This Twitter assignment could be adapted for use in other program areas. 

Evaluating Online courses. Nagwa Abou El-Naga from Sheridan College has developed this handy tool to collect feedback from learners participating in online courses.

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