A Sort of Table of Contents

Here’s a breakdown of the patches that you are about to read.

1. The Overpatch: Learning in a Cohort

by Fleming College President, Dr. Tony Tilly

This is the big picture patch, which focuses on cohort learning in the college system. This patch is like a nice throw blanket  to put over top of our community quilt to keep us cozy.

2. We’re Only Making Plans For Learning

by Jodie Black and Terry Greene, Fleming College

Teaching is like Tetris, obviously, so use some Universal Design for Learning principles in your lesson planning to help meet the needs of all the variability in your learners.

3. Roam If You Want To

By Ryan Hill, Fleming College

Early on in your course, you may want to take the time to ‘roam around the known’ with your learners. In other words, dig in to and share the collective backgrounds of your learners to see what is already known about what we want to learn.


4. Check, Check 1-2 – Checking in With Students

by Mary Overholt, Fleming College

Classroom Assessment Techniques. Also known as checking in that we’re understanding each other while we are learning.

5. We have to Go Deeper

By Joanna Hodge and Laura Gibson, Fleming College

Joanna discovered early in her teaching career that ‘chalk and talk’, a.k.a. delivering all your content through lecture, just doesn’t cut it. Here she provides an example of a way to help students to deeper understanding by creating their own reference manual and Laura describes why it is so awesome.

6. The Shift Keys – Shifting Your Design of Assessments

by Maha Bali and Azzah Awwad, American University in Cairo, Egypt

The way you remember being tested and assessed in your own education probably could have been better. More authentic. More real. Here are some tips for how to do so.

7. Sheets Ain’t Cheats

By Katrina Van Osch Saxon, Fleming College

Cheat sheets have a bad rap. It’s even implied right in the name  that cheat sheets are cheating. This patch is here to tell you that that isn’t true at all and to make an impassioned plea to let your students use them.

8. So… Whatcha Thinking About?

by Jennifer Ramsdale, Fleming College

Finding out what students are thinking and how they are understanding things is oh so helpful. Here are some ways to elicit and interpret student thinking.

9. Adjusting On The Fly

By Terry Greene and Jodie Black, Fleming College

This skill is the basic footwork of pedagogy. It keeps you light on your feet and ready for anything. Okay, not anything. Ready for lots of things, though. There is really not much to it but thinking ahead and planning for changes to your plans as you go.

10. Here’s My Interpretation – Interpreting Student Work in Laboratory Assessments

by Kari Draker- Fortis, Fleming College

Set in a science lab, Kari writes about her experience in truly considering what it was she was asking students to do in labs and how that affected student preparedness, engagement and effort.

11. Why is This Important?

by Kisha G. Tracy, Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts

Sometimes (or most of the all the time) you may need to ‘hook’ your students on your topic. A bit of a sales pitch on the importance of your topic can really help. This patch shares one fine way to do so.

12. Bigfoot and Blind Spots – Respecting Students

By George Fogarasi, Fleming College

Respect, a no-brainer in daily life, is more complex in a classroom. George writes words that get us thinking about giving and getting respect.

13. Partner Up – What We Learned from Co-Teaching

By Maha Bali, Hoda Mostafa and Sherif Osman of The American University in Cairo

Often the course you are teaching is not just yours. Guess what? There are amazing benefits and some challenges to sharing students and resources with other teachers. This patch fills you in on those details.

14. The Greater Good – Group Work

by Maxine Mann, Fleming College

Why are you really doing group work? To save yourself some marking or because it truly is the path to achieving course outcomes? If you’re going to do it, do it right. Here are some guidelines.

15. The Feedback Loop de Loop – Feedback as a Success Strategy

By Helen Bajorek-MacDonald and Susan Hyndman, Fleming College

How might we better encourage our students to accept feedback not as a static representation through a ‘grade’, but as an evolving conversation between instructor and student about the student’s work and ways in which a student might advance their skills – over time? Read this patch to find out.

16. On The Map – Mapping the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals to Learning Outcomes

By Jenni Hayman, eCampus Ontario

One of the best ideas ever in learning is to connect the work that students do to real world issues or goals or applications. So how about connecting your learning outcomes to the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals? Good idea!

17. The “Pertnear”

by Tom Mikel, Fleming College

As this is nearly the last patch of this, the first Patchbook we are “pertnear’ finished (i.e. ‘pretty near’ finished). So how about a patch about how it’s okay to make mistakes. Okay!

18. Just Listen – Empathy and Science Pedagogy

by Chuck Pearson, Tusculum College

Chuck Pearson puts himself into his student’s shoes so well here that you’ll wonder if he even owns any of his own.

19. Lost and Found – Course Designs that Map it Out

by Helen DeWaard, Lakehead University, Orillia

This patch simultaneously ties these patches all together and gets us started thinking about course design. If you are fairly new to teaching, you may not have had the chance to do much course design yet. By reading this patch now, you’ll have less mountain to climb and an easier time finding your way to the top.

20. We’re Total Pro – Professional Learning

by Alana Callan, Fleming College

Alana takes all that we’ve talked about and pushes us into the realm of professional learning. What are you going to do next to improve your teaching and learning? How are you going to plan it out and how are you going to share what you’ve learned? This patch includes some ideas for doing that, obviously.

21. In Sync – Thoughts On Sync Video Conversations

By Autumm Caines, Capital University in Columbus Ohio

This patch is a preview of another iteration of The Open Faculty Patchbook, which will focus on professional learning. Online video chatting is a great way to connect with and learn from people anywhere. Autumm gives us tips on how to do it right.

22. Be Kind Online -Strategies to Promote Productive Online Student Behaviours

By Jessica O’ Reilly, Cambrian College

Learning online is different than in person. Who knew? Here are some tips to set the online stage apart from the in-class classroom. A preview of a future Patchbook on Digital Pedagogy.

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