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Yeo, Michelle; Boman, Jennifer; Mooney, Julie A.; Phillipson, Andrea; dos Santos, Luciana da Rosa; Smith, Erika E. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2019
This paper describes the development of a three-phase approach our team of educational developers finds useful in curriculum projects in our Teaching and Learning Centre. Informed by the literature on the importance of flexibility and iteration (Knight, 2001; Wolf, 2007) and an orientation towards Appreciative Inquiry (Srivastra & Cooperrider,…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Vignettes, Teaching Methods, Higher Education
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Hondzel, Catharine Dishke; Churchley, John; Lidster, Susan – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2019
The reasons why students persist in their post-secondary learning are complex. This paper proposes a model for the development of K-16 partnerships that promote student success through the transition from secondary school to post-secondary, supported by teachers, faculty members, and educational developers. This model proposes that each of the…
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education
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Kay, D. William; O'Brien, Chad; Day, Russell – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2019
This short paper outlines the design and development of a multi-phase, cross-institution Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) program that was conceived by educational developers from five higher educational institutions in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The initiative is grounded in the belief that implementing the ISW program in the Halifax Regional…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Workshops, Communities of Practice, Teaching Skills
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Popovic, Celia; Mistak, Mandy Frake; Jeppesen, Alison; Korpan, Cynthia; Sheffield, Suzanne; Weyers, Mark – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2018
Educational developers in universities and colleges design, develop, and deliver courses and programs for professors and teaching assistants (TAs) to support teaching and learning in postsecondary institutions. These courses and programs, however, are often not accredited, so the Educational Developers Caucus (EDC) created a working group to…
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Faculty Development, Foreign Countries, College Faculty
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Ahmad, Arshad; Stockley, Denise; Smith, Ron; Hastings-Truelove, Amber – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2017
In 2016 the 3M National Teaching Fellowship reached a milestone in celebrating the 30th anniversary of the first fellowship in 1986. The fellowship is the premier award of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and each year up to 10 fellows are announced. Thus far, there has not been a systematic review or evaluation of the…
Descriptors: Questionnaires, Fellowships, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation
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Groen, Jovan F. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2017
Stemming from increased levels of participation and diversity of the student base and from growing scrutiny on the quality of university degrees, governments have begun establishing mechanisms to monitor and support quality in higher education. Faced with administrative quality assurance structures, academics often complain that little is…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Quality Assurance, Educational Quality, Benchmarking
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Poole, Heather; Khan, Ayesha; Agnew, Michael – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2017
More and more Canadian post-secondary institutions are introducing a fall break into their term calendars. In 2015, a full week fall break was introduced at our university in order to enhance academic performance and improve mental health amongst students. Our interdisciplinary team surveyed undergraduate students at our university about their…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Undergraduate Students
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Barnfield, Anne M. C. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2017
We often assume that students will simply understand specific ethical requirements as they progress, but in reality this does not happen. Students need instruction in ethics. With adherence to the TriCouncil's ethics policy now mandatory for university research with human participants, understanding of ethics is a necessity. We need students to be…
Descriptors: Ethics, Teaching Methods, Reading Assignments, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
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Gillis, Daniel; Nelson, Jessica; Driscoll, Brianna; Hodgins, Kelly; Fraser, Evan; Jacobs, Shoshanah – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2017
Transcending disciplinary boundaries is becoming increasingly important for devising solutions to the world's most pressing issues, such as climate change and food insecurity. Institutions of higher education often present challenges to teaching students how to work and innovate on transdisciplinary teams. We first define transdisciplinarity and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Interdisciplinary Approach, Web Sites, Higher Education
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Beres, Jacqueline L.; Dixon, Jess C. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2016
Although previous studies have offered empirical and anecdotal support for academic mentoring, there are still considerable gaps in understanding the specific actions or components that are present in these relationships. Research has shown that academic faculty mentors provide all of Kram's (1988) mentoring functions to their graduate student…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Higher Education, Mentors, Friendship
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Manarin, Karen; McGrath, April; Carey, Miriam – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2016
This article describes a model for supporting undergraduate research that can be adapted for very different classroom contexts; we implemented this model in a first-year general education composition class, a second-year Psychology class and a fourth-year English literature seminar. We examine student work created for each class as well as…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, Undergraduate Students, Higher Education, Student Attitudes
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Didicher, Nicky – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2016
This practice-sharing piece outlines two main approaches to flexible summative assessment schemes, including for each approach one example from my practice and another from a published study. The bento approach offers the same assessments to all students but a variety of grade weighting schemes, allowing students to change weighting during the…
Descriptors: Summative Evaluation, Grading, Weighted Scores, Evaluation Methods
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McAlister, Martha – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2016
Communities of practice are emerging as an innovative approach to faculty development. While collaborative learning is becoming popular in the classroom, autonomy and individualism continue to dominate the culture of higher education for faculty. However, as we begin to recognize that old solutions to new problems are no longer effective, there is…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Communities of Practice, Faculty Development, Cooperative Learning
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Briseño-Garzón, Adriana; Han, Andrea; Birol, Gülnur; Bates, Simon; Whitehead, Lorne – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2016
In October 2014, the University of British Columbia Vancouver campus (UBCV) ran a campus-wide survey to establish baseline information on teaching practices and attitudes among faculty, to measure the impact of existing teaching and learning initiatives and to identify the conditions leading to change in practices and attitudes around teaching.…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Effectiveness, Higher Education, Research Universities
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Samson, Patricia L. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2015
Creative Problem-Solving (CPS) can be a transformative teaching methodology that supports a dialogical learning atmosphere that can transcend the traditional classroom and inspire excellence in students by linking real life experiences with the curriculum. It supports a sense of inquiry that incorporates both experiential learning and the…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Learning Strategies, Active Learning, Student Motivation
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