Site Change: More Undergrad Voices!!!

I am currently revamping the site: I have decided to continue our focus on digital pedagogy, but the site will be primarily (although not solely) written by undergraduate students. I will hire undergraduate bloggers to blog about their experiences in various university classrooms, and how their profs are using digital media and tools. I will […]

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Speaking and Visibility: How Google Docs Can Create Co-Presence in Non-Arts Classrooms

I work in the Faculty of Math at the University of Waterloo. I was hired as part of a massive project to rethink communications for both native speakers of English and non-native speakers of English. This initiative came about after university administrators learned that scores for the standardized test measuring English competency (the English Language […]

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Rock, Paper, Technology

By Cheyenne Guo, a Math student (who is trying to attain wisdom and knowledge) It’s amazing how technology has influenced classroom teaching. What used to be chalk and blackboard and pens and paper has turned into screens at the front and all around the class. Students can now carry one sophisticated piece of metal that […]

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Get Your Head Out of Your Asana, We’re Still Rockin’ it Old Skool.

“So, we’ve re-imagined team communication from the ground up, in an effort to achieve our mission: ‘To help humanity thrive by enabling all teams to work together effortlessly.’” — Asana                 Are you frustrated with your professor’s inability to adapt to new technology in the classroom? Are they pointing the TV remote at the laptop […]

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Shunning Computers in the Classroom: Why Are Students Not the Authors of Their Own Digital Destiny?

The following post is an excellent submission to our general call for posts from undergraduate students. Nicole Gauvreau, a student at Bishops University in Modern Languages and International Studies, explains the frustration students feel when their access to digital tech is restricted.  We sincerely thank Nicole, and we hope you enjoy this submission. On behalf of the […]

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Is “Generation Y” an Age Away? Social Media, Distraction, and Learning

The following post is an excellent submission to our general call for posts from undergraduate students. Nicholas Ashmore, a student at Trent University’s Oshawa campus, offers insight into using digital tech in the classroom. We sincerely thank Nicholas and we hope you enjoy this submission. On behalf of the digitalcommunitas team, Dr. Sara Humphreys I […]

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Bridging the Group Learning Gap at a Commuter Campus: A Call to Action

The following post is an excellent submission to our general call for posts from undergraduate students. Pake Newell, a psychology student at Trent University’s Oshawa campus, asks faculty to consider using social media as a means to foster collaboration. We sincerely thank Pake and we hope you enjoy this submission. On behalf of the digitalcommunitas […]

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When Online Learning Works: Student Voices

The following post is by 4th year Trent University English major, Rachel Thistle. She submitted her post as part of a massive call for posts nationwide. Rachel’s post offered a different point of view regarding online education. We hope you enjoy her post and thanks to Rachel for her excellent submission.  On behalf of the […]

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Get Your Head Out Of Your Asana & Look Around: An Introduction

“Asana is a simple way to stay on top of your classes, assignments, and student club activities. Before you get started, it’s important to understand how to set up Asana.” – Asana. The Digital Communitas project, Student Voices, is actively soliciting blog posts, vlogs, and mp3 audio from post-secondary students at Canada’s universities to share […]

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Utilize Online Tools for a Better Teaching Environment

Throughout my post-secondary career, only one professor has used any kind of online media within their classes. Sure, the others used Blackboard or Desire to Learn, or some other form of Learning Management Systems (LMS), but most in a not so effective way. Most LMS are used to simply drop course documents (slides, syllabus, essay […]

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Gaming, digital futures and Curtis Bonk! | Day 2 at #DEANZ14 Conference

Originally posted on karen spencer:
Last week, I managed to attend a day of the DEANZ conference, a great opportunity to catch up with those involved in research and practice related to e-learning and distance education in the schooling and tertiary sectors. While one day couldn’t really capture the conference as a whole, there were a…

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Impossible Goals, or a Requiem for Hope: a Response to Kidcrooked

As I finish my first year of Masters Studies in sociology at Queen’s University, I have discovered I have learned many things besides the academic material from my courses. I am a Teaching Assistant for the first year introduction to sociology course; I am responsible for 2 tutorial groups, totaling 34 new post-secondary students, guiding […]

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Ramps like us, baby we were born to run

One of the most exciting facets of disability in the 21st century is the gadgets. The motorized chairs, the innovative prosthetics, the art-like ramp architecture. This innovation is torpedoing daily, as folks with disabilities enter higher economic brackets & positions of power, and as the baby boomer generation ages and moves into disability. But that […]

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