The Flipped Classroom: Using Podcasts to Enhance Class Time – Magna Webinar

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SIAST Instructors had the opportunity to attend a webinar on February 21st  facilitated by Charles Morgan, Chair of Mathematics Department at Lock Haven University.  The webinar spoke about Professor Morgan’s experiences in using podcasts for the past three years in his math/statistics classes at the University.  He noted that although he did not make them compulsory that 90% of his students used the podcasts to brush up on the mechanics.  While he didn’t go into making podcasts other than noting one could use Microsoft Expression Encoder software which can be downloaded for free.

Watch the webinar until February 28th by appointment contact Pat at 659-4364 or .  Kelsey campus location only!

If you would like to see a podcast to see if it is relevant, you might go to the Khan Academy .  This non-profit organization became known for explaining mathematics concepts in an easy format.  Check it out it now as Khan Academy covers a vast range of subjects.

If you want technical information regarding Podcasting contact Wayne Udey 765-1537 or .




Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

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Garry speaking about Recogniton of Prior Learning

On February 15th, Garry Ayotte spoke about the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process to faculty.  He discussed that adults gain skills and knowledge through work and educational experiences.  The RPL process is a way of recognizing this knowledge in a formal way.  He noted that SIAST recognizes prior learning through two process: transfer credit and prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR).  The transfer credit process is for educational experiences that you have had within the past five years where a course or courses cover 80% of the FCP course material.  It is up to the RPL candidate to find the relevant course outlines and write a letter showing that their prior education covers the FCP Course.  In the PLAR process, the candidate must gather their life experiences and/or teaching materials together to cover the FCP course.

For further information on the RPL process you may contact Garry or access the Recognition of Prior Learning Guide at the ILDC Channel on My SIAST or you can click on this link: RPL Guide .

You can listen to the session podcast here: RPL Podcast

Personal Professional Development Plan (PPDP)

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Garry speaking about PPDP

Garry Ayotte, Faculty Development Advisor, FCP, speaking about PPDP

Garry Ayotte, Faculty Development Advisor, discussed the Professional Portfolio on February 15, 2012.  He discussed that a professional portfolio is a record of achievement over time and not simply the highest level of achievement.  Garry noted that individuals are free to  include what they believe represents their professional and personal preferences and experiences.

Garry noted that on page 3 of the PPDP Guide there are four purposes outlined as to what a professional portfolio is about:

– framework for self-assessment and self-evaluation

-framework for collaborative self-assement and self-evaluation

-record and display of professional goals, growth and achievement

– foundation for career-long, self-directed process of professional development.

For more information on what is required in the Portfolio, you can speak to Garry or access the PPDP portfolio at the ILDC Channel on My SIAST. or Click on PPDP booklet to get to the pdf version.

To listen to the podcast of the session click on this link:  PPDP podcast

Stressed out . . . Students

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Wayne Stadnyk presenting Stressed out . . . Students session.

The Stressed out . . . Students session was held on February 9th, 2012 presented by Wayne Stadnyk, Educational Counsellor, Student Development. Wayne discussed that as an instructor you are on the front line and you might notice that something is not quite right with one of your students.  OR you might have a student who gets emotionally upset in your office.  OR you might have a student that is a danger to themselves or to others.  He discussed what you might do to help your student.

During the discussion Earl Golding suggested that people check out the “Pink Bat Solution” from Simple Truths however they need to see the Perception movie first from You Tube. Take the time to see to check it out.

You can listen to the Stressed Out Podcast.

You can view the handout here.


If you wish to check your knowledge about suicide and suicide myths check out this Myths and Facts quiz, which was part of the presentation.

Responses to questions asked on the Evaluation Sheets:

–          How much should I do as an instructor before I have over stepped my scope of practice.  Clearer information on my role as an instructor.

When dealing with any concern a student brings forward it is our responsibility to address the issue(s) and if it is beyond our ability to handle then a referral is the next step. I don’t believe there is any ethical protocols that suggests instructors would be overstepping their “scope of practice”.

–          Other than identifying when to intervene and when we do have concerns that the individual may hurt others before themselves? Are there different traits or indicators?

I am not aware of any specific traits or indicators. A Google search may help.

–          More info on how “some stress can be positive useful and good” and how we can verbalize this to students.

I did make a brief reference to healthy stressors. Stress only becomes destructive when an individual allows the stress to escalate. Educating our students on how to control stress by taking action in stressful circumstances is the best way to manage the stress one is experiencing at that moment. Assuring students that everyone experiences stress but how one responds to stressful circumstances will determine whether one is in control or not (positive mental health).

Plagiarism and SIAST

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Kelly Burke, Kelsey, SIAST Librarian

Plagiarism is an issue that students and instructors alike must contend with in academic institutions.  The SIAST Policy On Student Conduct offers a brief definition of the term.  However many people don’t fully understand what actually constitutes the act of plagiarism.  This session provided  an opportunity for faculty to learn more about the issue of plagiarism and how to recognize it in scholarly works.  The session was presented by Kelly Burke SIAST Kelsey Campus Librarian.

Listen to Plagiarism podcast.

Plagiarism Power Point

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Red Flags: Ideas for Supporting New Online Students

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What problems and solutions do new online students face? What are educational institutions currently doing to assist new online students? What current resources and initiatives does SIAST offer for supporting new online students?

This session by Laurie Brand, Instructional Designer, Learning Technologies, SIAST includes examples of research, problems and solutions for assisting new online students.

Listen to the podcast.

Online Podcast

View the Power Point presentation.

Anxiety in the Classroom

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The Instructional and Leadership Development Centre in cooperation with Student Development presented a session entitled, “Anxiety in the Classroom” on January 25, 2012.  The session was presented by Sasha Forsyth, Educational Counsellor, Student Development, SIAST and Donna Foulds, Instructor, Learning Services, Student Development.

The session was to provide information on anxiety in the classroom, focusing on test anxiety.  The symptoms of anxiety and how anxiety impacts students and staff were discussed.

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Audio File

The slides from the session are linked, with five slides at the end for additional information.

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