Teaching Examples

Teaching Examples

The Marine Institute is full of innovative faculty members who strive to provide the best teaching and learning experience possible.

Here are some best practices happening at the Marine Institute:

Integrating Learning Guides

A seemingly simple yet overlooked way for instructors to keep everyone informed during an online course is to synthesize the detailed learning objectives into weekly learning guides. These guides outline what the student needs to do during the week in terms of content, discussion and assessments.

Our instructors use learning guides to help the students make sense of the depth of the learning outcomes and to stay on time and on task as they move through their courses.

Video Labs

By creating short laboratory videos that students watch in advance, MI instructors have found a way to improve the laboratory learning experience. These short videos demonstrate what the student will be required to do during the session and connect the in-class curriculum concepts to the practical outcomes.

Experience has taught our instructors that students who are well prepared are better able to grasp the practical components of a laboratory. The videos were found to be very beneficial and the concept is now being considered in other contexts to enhance understanding prior to performance.

Enhancing Powerpoints and Screencasting

The online presence of many of our MI courses began with lecture notes in the form of Power Point. Over time our instructors began using either PowerPoint with Impatica, Adobe Captivate or Adobe Presenter to transform their presentations to include animations, narration, and quiz features.

Each software allows the user to publish content in many formats that are SCORM compliant such as HTML5, MP3 and MP4 which launch inside of Desire 2 Learn, our learning management system. These products are now automatically scalable to any learning device such as a mobile phone, laptop, iPad, or desktop machine.

Adobe Captivate is also regarded as the industry leading screencasting software to capture your screen, mouse actions and commentary during simulations, web tours, animations, demonstrations, or within any piece of software or system.

Automatically Assessed Individualized Questions

Instructors have been steadily creating databanks of questions in an external software system called Maple T.A. to use in their courses. Maple T.A. is a powerful online testing and assessment software system designed especially for any course involving numeric problems.

During development an instructor can enter a numeric range for each variable to randomize the values used in the question, therefore every student receives the same questions with different numeric values. This feature allows the instructor the ability to provide the same assignment questions with unique numeric values for each student.

These questions are then automatically graded by the Maple T.A. system. The students can also use Maple T.A. to practice solving unique problems since the variables change each time the system is refreshed.

Performance Assessment Options

The SERT Centre has incorporated the following techniques to assess students’ performance in the Fire Protection Suite of courses:

  • Randomized Auto-corrected Individual Quizzes through Desire 2 Learn’s Question Library and Quiz Tools that present each student with a different quiz to minimize academic misconduct
  • Real-time proctored presentations/demonstrations through Blackboard Collaborate video feature
  • Self-tests through Desire 2 Learn’s Quiz Tool to allow students to see their progress/mastery in the course before having to complete weighted assessments
Eportfolios for Work Terms

The eportfolio tool inside of Desire 2 Learn is used in the School of Fisheries programs to better prepare students for their work terms. The course WKTM 1002 requires students to use the eportfolio tool to host career development related items and showcase exemplary work and skills.

Electronic portfolios not only take up little physical space, they can hold a great deal of interconnected information, graphics and media. It is a safe organized storage area and updated work can easily replace older work.

At the end of the course, the student can opt to share or display the completed eportfolio with employers during the interview process.

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate (BbC) is a tool inside of Desire2Learn that is accessed under the Online Rooms link. BbC allows the presenter to share a video and audio stream, with application sharing and whiteboard capability.

This is a great tool to use if the lecturer would like to draw something to share with students, demonstrate a specific feature of an application, or solve a numeric problem by hand. The presenter can synchronously communicate with other members of the sessions to answer questions or provide additional information.

This tool also provides method for attendees to communicate with one another via a chat. The presenter or moderator can also give control of the session to any attendee, thus allowing others to share their screen or draw on the whiteboard. Although it is primarily designed for synchronous communication, the session can also be recorded, converted and then uploaded to MyMedia inside of courses for later viewing.