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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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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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Blackboard 9 or Taylorism in the 21st Century

Fasten your seatbelts: I am critically analyzing aspects of Blackboard 9. I tried to think through the positives as I use Blackboard 9 as my digital classroom. I am not convinced that universities should implement platforms like this without student and faculty collaboration prior to implementation. Overall, Blackboard 9 is not as collaborative or as […]

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