Teaching and Learning

Students as Researchers: Getting Students to Ask Better Questions, More Often

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Submitted by Stephanie Didsbury on August 29, 2017 - 10:43am

Asking questions is what our brains were made to do. The thrill of discovering the answer to a good question is what excites us about our disciplines – especially if they are our own questions we are answering.

But what about our students? We ask them to answer questions all the time, but how do we get them generating their own questions, and make them more enthusiastic about their learning in the process?

Equity and Equality: Working with Students with Disabilities

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Submitted by Stephanie Didsbury on July 12, 2017 - 1:32pm

Equity and equality—is there a difference in the classroom?

Join Disability Services and CIEL for a collaborative, educational session about ensuring that students with disabilities have the same chances to succeed as those without disabilities. We will discuss protocol and ways to address issues of attendance and unexpected issues.

Through discussion of case studies, you will come away with a deeper understanding of what your role is—and what it isn’t—as an instructor teaching students with diverse learning needs.

Key Practices that Ensure Effective Group Work

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Submitted by Stephanie Didsbury on July 10, 2017 - 3:04pm

In theory, we know that five students working together should be smarter and more productive than one working alone. We also know that many of the students in our classes could potentially become great friends. In practice, though, it’s different, and results are highly variable. The reason is that there are specific, known forces of friction and alienation at work when we put students in groups and ask them to work together. What are these forces? And how do we reduce them so that our classrooms can tap into our students’ natural inclination to learn together?

The Non-Disposable Assignment: Enhancing Personalised Learning

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Submitted by Stephanie Didsbury on July 10, 2017 - 1:43pm

  • Do you want to offer students an opportunity to bring their passions, personal interests, and individual strengths into their coursework?

  • How can we design assessment which students feel connected to, value, and are proud to share with their peers?

  • Are you interested in learning how to create a non-disposable assignment for your students?

Key Practices that Ensure Effective Group Work

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Submitted by Stephanie Didsbury on July 7, 2017 - 1:52pm

In theory, we know that five students working together should be smarter and more productive than one working alone. We also know that many of the students in our classes could potentially become great friends. In practice, though, it’s different, and results are highly variable. The reason is that there are specific, known forces of friction and alienation at work when we put students in groups and ask them to work together. What are these forces? And how do we reduce them so that our classrooms can tap into our students’ natural inclination to learn together?

Get Ready for the Future: A “Thinkshop” for VIU Faculty on Responding to or Initiating Change

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Submitted by Stephanie Didsbury on July 6, 2017 - 3:53pm

Disruptive change—through demographic shifts, technology and media, or new pedagogies—is the new norm in post-secondary education. We have the option of letting it happen to us, so someone else will make the critical decisions that frame our future. Most of us, however, will want to assume an active role, however small or grand, to instill our own values and priorities in the emerging new patterns of our collective work as an institution.

Six Strategies from the Science of Learning: Helping Students Be Successful

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Submitted by Stephanie Didsbury on July 6, 2017 - 3:39pm

Dual Coding, Interleaving, Retrieval Practice, Spaced Practice, Elaboration and Concrete Examples

Come to this session to learn how to help your students learn – more effectively! Ideas for faculty members, as well as for students will be shared, experienced and supporting materials provided.

Audience | VIU Campus Community

Date | Monday, September 11, 12:00- 1:30

Six Strategies from the Science of Learning: Helping Students Be Successful

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Submitted by Stephanie Didsbury on July 6, 2017 - 3:38pm

Dual Coding, Interleaving, Retrieval Practice, Spaced Practice, Elaboration and Concrete Examples

Come to this session to learn how to help your students learn – more effectively! Ideas for faculty members, as well as for students will be shared, experienced and supporting materials provided.

Audience | VIU Campus Community

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