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Using technology in a way that strengthens learning

Using technology in a way that strengthens learning

| 30/08/2017 | 0 Comments

Online learning has been a hot topic in recent years. Some have seen it as a panacea in its potential to make post-secondary education accessible to everyone. Others, including some administrators, have seen in it an excellent means to cut costs in a time of government under-funding. As Ontario’s public colleges turn 50, it’s an […]

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What is a SWF? Some SWF Rules.

| 19/06/2017

SWF = Standard Workload Formula, a means of measuring assigned workload for FT faculty Timeline: SWF to be delivered no later than 6 weeks prior to assigned workload period (excluding vacation) Delivery must follow: 1. Discussion of workload between manager + faculty member, and 2. Discussion of evaluation factors for each course with all faculty […]

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If your SWF doesn’t capture or reflect your total actual workload

| 19/06/2017

If your SWF doesn’t capture or reflect your total actual workload: 1. If within 5 days of receipt, check box marked “SWF Referred to Workload Monitoring Group”, sign, keep a photocopy and e-mail Frank Yee at fyee@opseu560.org. 2. Otherwise, a) inform manager of inaccuracy, b) request a written response within 7 days, then contact Workload […]

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Possible reasons why a SWF might need correction

| 19/06/2017

Incomplete list of possible reasons why a SWF might need correction, to measure actual workload (from Art. 11.02 C2): Special-needs students, technological demands, need to develop curriculum, degree-level courses, student research demands, lab setup, hybrid or online teaching needs, faculty research expectations.

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Faculty Member Facing HRTO Complaint over Accommodations

Faculty Member Facing HRTO Complaint over Accommodations

| 19/06/2017

Faculty Member Facing HRTO Complaint over Accommodations There are none who are more committed to students’ access to quality education than our members. Yet, as a cautionary tale we sadly recount the circumstances that find one of our number answering to a discrimination charge before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HTRO).  If nothing else, […]

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The Stakes of This Round of Bargaining: $20/hour Teachers Proposed at Mohawk College

| 19/06/2017

The Stakes of This Round of Bargaining: $20/hour Teachers Proposed at Mohawk College   Mohawk College in Hamilton features a summer program taught in conjunction with a Quebec CEGEP.  Traditionally, Mohawk has staffed similar programs with Mohawk employees who were members of our provincewide CAAT-A bargaining unit. However, this spring, Mohawk informed its faculty union […]

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College Denies that Accommodating Special Needs Students Requires Additional SWF Time

| 18/06/2017

College Denies that Accommodating Special Needs Students Requires Additional SWF Time Recent Ontario legislation and guidelines from the Ontario Human Rights Commission underscore the legal importance of accommodating students with special needs. For this reason, it was shocking and disturbing to hear the College formally deny that students with special needs had, in fact, special […]

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Drop-In SWF Clinic — 4 Campuses Next Week!

Drop-In SWF Clinic — 4 Campuses Next Week!

| 21/05/2017

Are you working unpaid overtime? Are you being given enough time to meet the grading needs of your courses and students? How much time are you being directed by your manager to spend preparing your classes? Is Seneca College management respecting your work enough to give you the time needed to do it well? For […]

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Colleges: Priorities at 50

Colleges: Priorities at 50

| 01/05/2017

Ontario’s public college system turns 50 this year. As Ontario celebrates that milestone, OPSEU’s College Faculty bargaining team looks at the priorities of college presidents, and proposes a different path, one that invests in students and faculty first.  

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Pension for Contract Faculty

| 17/01/2017

OPSEU members in either CAAT Academic or CAAT Support who are not employed on a regular full-time basis can now join the CAAT Pension Plan when they are hired, or at any time following their date of hire. Joining the CAAT Pension Plan can help you build a stable, predictable retirement income while you work. […]

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Attend a Drop-In SWF Clinic at Your Campus

Attend a Drop-In SWF Clinic at Your Campus

| 04/11/2016

Ensuring that your SWF is correct and complete is the best way for Full-Time professors to ensure that they have enough time to provide quality education to their students. Your Union members of Seneca’s Workload Monitoring Group will be reviewing SWFs and answering workload questions at the following locations: S@Y – Friday Nov 18 – […]

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Called to Account

| 27/05/2016

When management chooses to attack the union and its representatives rather than do the right thing by its workers, they will ultimately be called to account. https://opseu.org/news/grievance-board-blasts-jail-management-misconduct In a stinging rebuke of both their conduct and motives, Herlich raked senior MCSCS management over the coals for their “conspiracy to target the grievor and teach him […]

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Retirement Planning Sessions

| 04/05/2016

Three representatives from the CAAT Pension Plan, Mohamed Kaba, Kristin Biefer and John Cappelletti, will be visiting Seneca College to deliver the following presentations for Plan members: Retirement Planning Date: Monday, May 16, 2016 Time: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Location: Newnham Campus, Room: A3505, Building A Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 Time: 9:00 a.m. […]

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Member Discounts

Member Discounts

| 28/04/2016

Did you know that membership in OPSEU entitles you to receive discounts at various merchants? From car insurance to mobile phones and venue admissions, you can save money by shopping “Team OPSEU”. For a list of current discount offers, see https://opseu.org/information/shop-opseu-enterprises-member-discount-programs or click the Member Discount link in the right hand column below.

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Benefits You Newsletter

Benefits You Newsletter

| 22/02/2016

The Joint Insurance Committee has just released the January 2016 version of “Benefits You” with information about your benefits. In particular, it has a couple of answers to questions Partial-Load Faculty may have.

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