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CAFE MONTHLY

Faculty Spotlight

Teresa Goff

Teresa Goff is a full-time faculty member in the School of Media, Art and Design at Durham College (DC). Teresa teaches Journalism - Mass Media Fundamentals to first- and second-year journalism students. Her courses include Critical and Opinion Writing, Writing for Broadcast, Feature Writing and Publishing. She also teaches new full-time faculty in the Curriculum Design and Development course, as part of DC’s College Teaching Certificate program.

Before starting her career at DC, Teresa worked as a media professional in radio and magazines for 20 years in Vancouver. After moving to Ontario in 2012, she began her career at DC as a faculty for the Music Business Management program and began teaching in the journalism program when it became available.

Teresa says, "That was the beginning and I am very lucky to be working with a great team of people."

Teresa has comprehensive knowledge in the field of journalism and her teaching principles are focused on internationalization, indigenization and project-based learning.

She says, "Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to develop and deliver curriculum out of DC’s global class."

Discussions with students in the global classroom with guests and post-secondary students from around the world build a global perspective that contributes to the creation of critical thinking skills that are important for future journalists and global citizens.


How Is MS Teams Different Than the Virtual Classroom in DC Connect?

When delivering your courses, are you trying to make a decision about which tool to use for optional synchronous sessions?

Microsoft Teams and Virtual Classroom are both effective tools that serve similar purposes, but they have their individual strengths.

For example, Microsoft Teams is better suited for live collaboration whereas the Virtual Classroom in DC Connect is better suited for a presentation and break-out rooms. It is up to you to choose whichever tool works best for you, your level of comfort, your content and your students! And, both of these applications are supported by Durham College.

To find out which platform might work best for you, check out our Microsoft Teams VS. Virtual Classroom comparison page.


Welcome Amanda Maknyik – Support for faculty in teaching and learning

Amanda Maknyik

Hello colleagues! My name is Amanda Maknyik, and I am the new Manager of Educational Development for Durham College, overseeing the Teaching and Learning portfolio. My home is in the CAFE, and my primary role is to support faculty in whatever ways I can – instructional approaches, assessment and evaluation strategies and development, professional development, and more. I have a Master of Education in Teaching and Learning and over 10 years of experience as a professor, lab instructor, program coordinator and academic advisor. I am an educator here to support other educators. Please do not hesitate to reach out should you have questions or are looking for support with your pedagogy. I am here to help! Contact Amanda at Amanda.Maknyik@durhamcollege.ca or on MS Teams.


Reminder: New Workshop Series Available: 'Teaching Remotely'

Do you want to learn how to support student learning remotely?

Here’s a great opportunity for you to be a part of CAFE’s "Teaching Remotely" professional development (PD) workshop series. The workshop series will be facilitated as an asynchronous series with optional synchronous elements. Faculty can choose the option that best suits their needs.

For more information about the course modules, click on https://durhamcollege.ca/cafe/teaching/teaching-remotely-workshop-series/

To enrol in the "Teaching Remotely" series, email DCConnect@durhamcollege.ca with your name and banner number.


Recording PowerPoint Presentations

Did you know you can record your PowerPoint presentations using the built-in "Record Slide Show" feature in PowerPoint 2019 This feature will capture your audio narration and time it to your slides. Then, you can save it out as a video (.mp4) and share it with your students, using a video service such as YouTube or Stream.

Commonly Asked Questions:

Why is the audio narration no longer in my PowerPoint file?

Older PowerPoint files with the extension .ppt will NOT save audio narration. Everything will appear to work fine, but once the file is closed and re-opened, the audio will be missing. Be sure to save your older .ppt file as a .pptx, to ensure your narration is not lost. For more information, visit this CAFE blog post.

How do I get captions in my PowerPoint recordings?

Captioning for recorded PowerPoint slide shows happens in the sharing step, through YouTube or Stream, not in PowerPoint. Auto captions will be generated in the video streaming service, or the video can be sent for professional captions, if needed, by emailing at CAFE@durhamcollege.ca.

Can I record animations or videos that are in my slides?

No - the "Record Slide Show" feature will not record animations or embedded video. Also, it will not record any external content, such as websites.

How should I share my PowerPoint recordings?

It is recommended that your recording be saved as a video and then shared through a video service such as YouTube. This will ensure students can access the video properly and allow for captioning.

For more information about recording PowerPoint presentations, visit How to Record Your PowerPoint Slide Show.


Experiential Learning

Launched in June 2017, TeachingCity Oshawa brings together the City of Oshawa and its education and research partners, including Durham College along with the Canadian Urban Institute, Ontario Tech University, Trent University Durham Greater Toronto Area, and the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering.

The partners address Oshawa’s urban issues through innovation, collaboration, applied research and shared experiential learning opportunities with the aim to position Oshawa as a local, national and global community of urban research and learning.

As a TeachingCity, the City and its partners focus on developing practical, scalable and sustainable solutions to urban issues; building research partnerships; coordinating experiential learning opportunities, applied research and innovative educational activities; developing new technologies; and sharing access to facilities, resources and equipment. TeachingCity recently issues calls for interested, related to two challenges:

Interested individuals can contact Amanda Brown (amanda.brown@durhamcollege.ca) for more information.


DC Connect Tip: Have you considered using Replace Strings to Personalize Student Communication?

What are Replace Strings?

Replace strings are a way for instructors to personalize communications with students. Instead of having to type pieces of information that are specific to each student, the instructor types in a generic piece of information (Example: Dear First Name). DC Connect then inserts the specific piece of information for the correct individual (Example: Dear John).

A replace string enables instructors to automatically modify course material and interactions by adding the customized details of the intended learner, such as their name. This feature will help instructors develop stronger relationships with learners, increase levels of interaction, and enhance overall learning experience. However, not all Replace Strings work with all tools.

Replace strings, also referred to as display configuration variables, are variable names enclosed in curly braces {} that are automatically substituted by the corresponding configuration variable values. For example, if you enter the text {OrgUnitID} into a document, when you view the document you will see the Organization Unit ID (ou #) of the course. Replace strings are used in all tools that use HTML Editor and are particularly useful within Course Homepage Widgets, Custom Navigation Bar Links, Navigation Bars, Mail Templates and for Grades when adding bulk feedback.

For instructions on how to use replace strings, continue reading this article.


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Coming Soon - Ontario Extend Technologist Workshop

In the month of June, the Durham College CAFE will be facilitating the eCampusOntario Ontario Extend "Technologist" module as an extension of the Teaching Remotely course. Educators often find themselves standing at the crossroads between innovative use of technology as trendy or as an evidence-based practice. The Technologist module will guide educators to select, use, and integrate technologies in a way that supports, facilitates, and enriches learning experiences.

More information about this session will be available the week of June 8, 2020. Updates will be shared through social media, the Teaching Remotely course in DC Connect, and in our blog post here. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact brandon.carson@durhamcollege.ca.


Monthly PD Opportunities

Make sure to check out our webpage in the coming week as we will continue to update you with new weekly PD sessions. The schedule will be refreshed every Friday for the following week!


As always, the CAFE is here for you with resources such as Planning to move your course to remote delivery and Achieving outcomes using educational technology.

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