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- ItemOpen AccessFostering Student Success in Online Courses(Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, 2023) Aparicio-Ting, Fabiola; Arcellana-Panlilio, Mayi; Bensler, Heather; Brown, Barbara; Clancy, Tracey; Dyjur, Patti; Radford, Scott; Redwood, Chene; Roberts, Verena; Sabbaghan, Soroush; Schroeder, Meadow; Summers, Mindi; Tézli, Annette; Wilks, Leighton; Wright, AlysiaThe pandemic had a disruptive impact on teaching and learning in higher education. For many, the transition to online learning presented enormous challenges, individually and collectively. Many of us sought immediate strategies to support student learning and success in an online context. We experienced many successes and failures along the way. This Guide provides an inspiring collection of scholarly reflections and approaches to supporting meaningful course learning opportunities for students and postsecondary educators, in online environments. The guide contains nine chapters contributed by members of the Teaching Academy from across disciplines involved in undergraduate and/or graduate instruction, writing solo or with collaborators, to highlight an aspect of their teaching that leverages the online environment to enhance student learning. Each of these chapters offers sage, pragmatic descriptions of course contexts, design considerations, and implementation, for online assessments (Chapter 1, 4), for innovative learning activities (Chapter 2, 6), for flexible course design (Chapter 5, 7), for engaging large classes (Chapter 8), for facilitating group work (Chapter 9), and for intentionally addressing the need for students to flourish (Chapter 3). Importantly, for the reader, each chapter shares the wisdom of practice of the author/s, discussing implications of use and giving concrete recommendations for those who are thinking of applying similar strategies.
- ItemOpen AccessIncorporating Universal Design for Learning in Disciplinary Contexts in Higher Education(University of Calgary, 2021) Abegglen, Sandra; Aparicio-Ting, Fabiola; Arcellana-Panlilio, Mayi; Behjat, Laleh; Brown, Barbara; Clancy, Tracy; DesJardine, Patricia; Din, Cari; Ferreira, Carla; Hughson, E. Anne; Kassan, Anusha; Klinke, Chelsea; Kurz, Ebba; Neuhaus, Fabian; Pletnyova, Ganna (Anna); Paul, Robyn Mae; Peschl, Houston; Peschl, Rosalynn; Squance, Rod; Dyjur, PattiUniversal Design for Learning (UDL) is a set of principles that can be used to guide course design and delivery with the goal of enhancing the learning for the greatest number of students. Incorporating UDL in higher education is complex, varied and nuanced work that instructors are doing to meet the learning needs of students in their classes. In this guide we illuminate different ways in which UDL principles have been implemented across disciplines and in different ways to enhance student learning. Each chapter offers a case of how UDL has been incorporated into learning experiences in higher education. Our goal is to provide discipline-based examples of courses that illustrate how UDL can be incorporated into a higher education context. Along the way, we hope you will be inspired by the work of others. We wish you great success in your journey to teach courses that are increasingly accessible and inclusive!
- ItemOpen AccessThe Mentorship Guide for Teaching and Learning(Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, 2019) Barrette-Ng, Isabelle H.; Nowell, Lorelli; Anderson, Sarah J.; Arcellana-Panlilio, Mayi; Brown, Barbara; Chalhoub, Serge; Clancy, Tracey L.; Desjardine, Patricia; Dorland, AnneMarie; Dyjur, Patti; Mueller, Katherine; Reid, Leslie; Squance, Rod T.; Towers, Jo; Wilcox, GabrielleRooted in evidence, this guide will provide you with a unique perspective on supporting mentoring relationships for teaching and learning development. You will explore mentoring relationships, assessing readiness for mentorship, initiating mentorship, developing and sustaining mentoring relationships and mentoring transitions while ultimately improving student learning. You will also reflect on your mentoring relationships as you work through a series of guided questions and practical worksheets. Research on academic mentorship often measures success in terms of mentee research productivity (Feldman, Arean, Marshall, Lovett & O’Sullivan, 2010; Kalet, Fletcher, Ferdman & Bicknell, 2006; Sambunjak, Straus & Marušić, 2006). Teaching mentorship produces different measures of success, including the development of reflective practice and, most importantly, improvements in student learning. Although there are many resources for mentorship in academia (Johnson, 2015; Straus & Sackett, 2014), none of them aim specifically at supporting mentorship for teaching and learning development. Mentorship in teaching and learning differs from research mentorship in terms of aims, approaches and measures of success, which is why we offer this resource.
- ItemOpen AccessA Guide for Undergraduate Research at UCalgary(University of Calgary, 2022-01) Flanagan, Kyla; Braun, Rachel; Cantin, Ariane; Loy, Kara; Summers, MindiUndergraduate research activities are meaningful Experiential Learning (EL) opportunities where students “learn by doing” and develop research and transferable skills. High-quality research experiences intentionally evoke students’ curiosity, engage students in the discovery process, ensure opportunities to disseminate findings, and extend learning through critical reflection. With thoughtful design and mentorship, undergraduate research immerses students deeply in a topic while encouraging students to take risks, develop as people and professionals, and build resiliency by overcoming inevitable challenges that arise in research. Research is a meaningful way to engage students as partners in inquiry, inviting them to become creators and contributors of discovery and knowledge. Our intended audience for this guide is instructors designing curricular undergraduate research experiences or research mentors supporting undergraduate research experiences in an apprenticeship model during curricular or non-curricular undergraduate research experiences. We have written this guide with an awareness of the disciplinary differences in research and student diversity while still providing meaningful guidance and direction for the research process. We hope you will use this guide to design research-based courses or develop support for one-on-one mentorship of research experiences. We may use the terms “instructors” and “research mentors” interchangeably throughout or use one title or the other to signal curricular or non-curricular research experiences. Graduate Teaching Assistants supporting undergraduates conducting research will also find value in this guide. Finally, undergraduate students undertaking a research project may also find this guide beneficial in understanding the research process and designing their investigation.
- ItemOpen AccessMobilizing Open Educational Practices in Higher Education: A Plenary Discussion(2022-10-26) Wright, Alysia; Brown, Barbara; Roberts, Verena; Hurrell, Christie; Anselmo, LoreleiThe need for accessible, inclusive, and dynamic learning materials has become increasingly important for students and educators engaged in various modes of distance learning. In this plenary, four post-secondary educators from multiple disciplines discuss the Open Pedagogy Talks, a series of lightning talks focusing on open educational practices, pedagogy, and resources. The purpose of these talks was to create an accessible, virtual space for educators and students to engage in conversations about open educational practices (OEPs) and bring more awareness to opportunities to mobilize OEPs in diverse educational contexts. Using the Talks as a case study, panelists will share their strategies for mobilizing OEPS in different settings, learning contexts, and partnerships. Specifically, they focus on the importance of educator/student partnerships in advancing the use of OEPs in higher education to impact student learning by highlighting strategies for supporting these partnerships in OEP activities and initiatives. As a multi-institutional partnership, the Open Pedagogy Talks were designed to embrace the complexity and opportunity that OEPs bring to distance and in-person education. To mobilize OEPs in higher education, it is imperative that educators and students collaborate on initiatives that make OEPs more visible, accessible, and recognizable in diverse contexts. These interrelated considerations form a cyclical framework that can be taken up by staff, students, faculty, and other advocates and adapted for diverse contexts and needs. The panelists will discuss how they employed this model when they contributed to the development of the Open Pedagogy Talks, the lessons that they learned throughout the process, and strategies for increasing collaborations between students and educators in various settings.
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