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Friday 3 September 2021

Blast from the Past

Here is an example of a mortgage blog article originally published at
CIBC Shores Up Its Subprime Mortgages
BY Theresa McCuaig
3 October, 2008
HAMILTON — The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) is the Canadian bank that suffered the most as a result of the U.S. subprime mortgage fiasco, because it not only lent to subprime applicants, but also got involved in toxic derivatives and poor bond insurance. CIBC has had to write down $6.8 billion so far this year. Consequently, it had to raise $2.9 billion in capital this year to stay afloat.
However, the bank’s CEO, Gerry McCaughey, has been able to keep CIBC’s performance well within regulatory guidelines. Today, CIBC and Cerberus Capital Management, a private U.S. equity company, struck a $1.05 billion deal to prevent problems with CIBC’s subprime mortgages. The subprime mortgages total $1.075 billion. CIBC does not want to sell off these weak mortgages, as the consensus is they could still be profitable in the not-too-distant future.
The Cerberus deal is one example of how Canadian banks have anticipated the American mortgage downturn and taken the initiative to prevent a similar crisis here. The Toronto Stock Exchange seems to like Mr. McCaughey’s forethought: This morning, CIBC’s stock rose $2.08 per share, to $59.90. If you hold your mortgage through CIBC, you can breathe a sigh of relief this afternoon.

Sunday 15 August 2021

Pear Deck for Permies

Click the links to view an interactive, student-paced lesson made in Pear Deck and Google Slides for elementary students who are learning to build a Permaculture food garden:
Web view:
Student view: Go to and enter the code xjqzav to join.
File view for teachers:
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Thursday 15 July 2021

Articulate Storyline and Word Tutorial Sample

Here is an example of how I used Articulate Storyline and Peep 360 to create a quick-and-dirty software tutorial. It shows how to merge cells in a Word table:

Monday 12 July 2021

Should I Stop the Test?

This is an example of an interactive branching scenario authored in Articulate Storyline:

It is useful for teaching Medical Assistants to decide whether or not to move forward with a Glucose Tolerance Test when the fasting patient presents to the lab with high blood sugar.

Friday 9 July 2021

Designer-by-Assignment: Help for the Subject Matter Expert

Many senior workers have been recruited as online teachers during the pandemic -- with no budget, no Instructional Design software, and very limited time to produce e-learning for junior staff. If you are a Subject Matter Expert with no Instructional Design skills, then watch this preview of a free PowerPoint template that can scaffold your teaching and save you a lot of time:

The PowerPoint template is available on OER Commons or for direct download here:
Save it under a different name as a .ppt file to edit it for your own work.

You are free to:
Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material
Under the following terms:
Attribution — You must give appropriate credit to its author, Theresa McCuaig, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
NonCommercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes.
ShareAlike — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.

Thursday 1 July 2021

Respondeat Superior: Patient Confidentiality and Protection

Here is an Articulate Storyline 360 example of micro-learning for the workplace.
The .zip file is available for download if you would like to reuse it under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.!AtE2Z4WMz4udnwkS8R7NP_8O4yjl?e=dBBsAf Enjoy!