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Date: Tuesday, Nov 1, 2016

Time: 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Add to CalendarDon’t Leave Inclusion to Chance11/01/2016 04:00 PM11/01/2016 05:30 PMMM/DD/YYYYAmerica/VancouverHere are some statements we recently collected from VIU faculty members, who have implemented a new course design strategy for intensive “classroom connectedness”:“My students said they didn’t want to miss class so as not to let down their team mates.”“I witnessed students suddenly take a genuine interest in each other and explore their different cultures.”“One day I looked up to see a team so excited by [a group activity] that they were taking a selfie to post on social media! In almost three decades of teaching, that is a first!”As faculty members, we want all of our students to know that they belong. This is especially true when our classrooms are composed of students with diverse nationalities, backgrounds, identities and perspectives.Simple community-building and “get acquainted” activities can help, but they often do not go far enough in providing the kind of social framework that many of our students really need: those that foster a deep sense of interest in, loyalty to, and responsibility for their co-learners.So, how do we reliably create this more compelling dynamic in all of our courses?The design principle is basic:  students will learn to value their new, diverse classroom “family” when they can see clearly how their family empowers them to higher performance and greater success. The socializing process is a function of the learning process, and vice-versa.A growing number of VIU faculty members are adopting design strategies with this specific principle as the core driver. Join us for a session in which they demonstrate and explain how they have made inclusion the central, compelling catalyst for student learning.Presented by: Katarina Litva, Art and Design; Marilyn Funk, Resource Management; Jonelle Knowles, Hospitality Management and Bill Roberson, Centre for Innovation and Excellence in LearningAudience: Teaching Faculty MembersRegistration: InVIUDate: Tuesday, November 1, 4:00 - 5:30 pmLocation: Building 305, Room 444More Information: Bill.Roberson@viu.ca | Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Specialist | Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learningfalse

Here are some statements we recently collected from VIU faculty members, who have implemented a new course design strategy for intensive “classroom connectedness”:

  • “My students said they didn’t want to miss class so as not to let down their team mates.”
  • “I witnessed students suddenly take a genuine interest in each other and explore their different cultures.”
  • “One day I looked up to see a team so excited by [a group activity] that they were taking a selfie to post on social media! In almost three decades of teaching, that is a first!”

As faculty members, we want all of our students to know that they belong. This is especially true when our classrooms are composed of students with diverse nationalities, backgrounds, identities and perspectives.

Simple community-building and “get acquainted” activities can help, but they often do not go far enough in providing the kind of social framework that many of our students really need: those that foster a deep sense of interest in, loyalty to, and responsibility for their co-learners.

So, how do we reliably create this more compelling dynamic in all of our courses?

The design principle is basic:  students will learn to value their new, diverse classroom “family” when they can see clearly how their family empowers them to higher performance and greater success. The socializing process is a function of the learning process, and vice-versa.

A growing number of VIU faculty members are adopting design strategies with this specific principle as the core driver. Join us for a session in which they demonstrate and explain how they have made inclusion the central, compelling catalyst for student learning.

Presented by: Katarina Litva, Art and Design; Marilyn Funk, Resource Management; Jonelle Knowles, Hospitality Management and Bill Roberson, Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning

Audience: Teaching Faculty Members

Registration: InVIU

Date: Tuesday, November 1, 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Location: Building 305, Room 444

More Information: Bill.Roberson@viu.ca | Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Specialist | Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning

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