Author: meg wilson

trials and tribulations: my experience with Practice Teaching

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At this time last year, I was registered in the Languages of the Media as an undergraduate student. Just one year later, I was tasked with leading the class. For just under three hours that evening, I was more or less on my own, faced with a sea of 200 undergraduates for their second class of the semester. *record scratch* *freeze frame* “Yup, that’s me. You’re probably wondering how I ended up in this situation.” I […]

TPI: the ~teaching perspectives inventory~

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The figure above depicts my results from the Teaching Perspectives Inventory, a test which can be used to determine which traits or perspectives are dominant within a teaching professional’s practice. My dominant perspective (though, as the website says, all teachers embody all five) is clear at a quick glance. I scored 43 out of a possible 45 in the Nurturing category, with my beliefs about this perspective coming in at only one point higher than […]

a final letter to mark

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It’s a Monday, my day off, at about nine a.m., when I say these words out loud to my roommate: “My weird gay dad almost died.” This has happened many times, actually. He has what seems like an infinite number of lives, definitely not capped at nine like a feline. I worry. I worry too much, not because of him, but because by all accounts, it appears that the world wants to swallow him whole. […]

privacy stories

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As most of you know, I’ve been working as a student researcher studying young adults and digital privacy under the supervision of Mark for the past year. Our research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. In January, this organization challenged students to create a three-minute-long transmedia story detailing a research project at their school, in order to show the impact that humanities research has on the lives of Canadians. […]

wikiplay: connectivism

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Using blogs as classroom tools allow students to form a different sort of relationship with the material as well as with each other. I believe providing online spaces, like Wiki or WordPress, changes the way in which students are aware of one another, and this, in turn, affects the way we connect and learn from each other. This system created new routes of communication and collaboration for students. By allowing users to see the work […]

hub: an innovation in online learning

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Hub is a collaborative project between Tyler, Bruno, Matthew and I. Hub is an idea for an online learning portal that does more than CourseLink and gets students more bang for their buck. As this infographic discusses, there are many things that our group brainstormed that could be incorporated into a new system. A perk for administrators is that exams could be facilitated through this system which could hugely reduce academic misconduct in online courses. […]

good green transit

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Working together with Rochelle, Atia and Sopulu, we created this reimagined version of the GTA/Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph transit system. I have created this infographic as an example of our marketing for the project. As we discussed in our group, our marketing strategy would be implemented through social media across university campuses. We use bright colours and relatable language in order to entice customers, in the style of Tangerine Bank. We also discussed ways to incentivize the card […]