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Frost, Gail; Connolly, Maureen – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2016
In our service-learning courses, students work with real people and record and reflect on these experiences, to learn appropriate professional behavior, how to think creatively, and how to respond to changing circumstances. Many of our students are strategic learners, characterized by alertness to assessment and intention to achieve the highest…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices, Learning Processes
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Reeve, Doug; Evans, Greg; Simpson, Annie; Sacks, Robin; Olivia-Fisher, Estelle; Rottmann, Cindy; Sheridan, Patricia – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2015
In recent years engineering educators have been encouraged to blend technical and professional learning in their curricular and co-curricular programming (Engineers Canada, 2009; National Academy of Engineering [NAE], 2004). Our paper describes a multifaceted leadership learning program developed to achieve this goal by infusing reflective,…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Teaching Methods, Experiential Learning, Leadership Training
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Poling, Kirsten – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2015
Would you like to help your students adjust to university life? Perhaps you are simply interested in allowing them to feel more integrated into a department right from the start of their first year? These were the types of issues that we were hoping to address when we founded the MySci Advisors Program, a peer-mentoring group for first year…
Descriptors: Mentors, Science Instruction, College Freshmen, Program Descriptions
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Bolan, John; Bellamy, Patricia; Rolheiser, Carol; Szurmak, Joanna; Vine, Rita – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2015
In 2010, the University of Toronto's Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI) and University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) jointly launched Partnering for Academic Student Success (PASS), a partnership to foster new opportunities for collaboration between academic librarians and those involved in developing excellence in university…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Libraries, Academic Achievement, Cooperation
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Golparian, Shaya; Chan, Judy; Cassidy, Alice – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2015
In this paper, we share examples of best peer review of teaching practices, drawing on our involvement in the design and implementation of the Peer Review of Teaching program at the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology. We review the history of the Peer Review of Teaching Initiative at the University of British Columbia and explain key…
Descriptors: Peer Evaluation, Best Practices, Educational Practices, Instruction
Buchholz, Andrea; Wolstenholme, Janet – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2014
Educational Leadership in Teaching Excellence (EnLITE) is a one-year program (Sept to Aug) at the University of Guelph. It is designed to engage mid-career faculty in the theory, practice and scholarship of teaching and learning, and to establish and support a faculty community of practice which provides mentorship and leadership in teaching and…
Descriptors: Excellence in Education, Reflective Teaching, Observation, Feedback (Response)
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Gagné, Philippe; Dumont, Laurence; Brunet, Sabine; Boucher, Geneviève – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2013
In this paper, we present a step-by-step guide to implement a curricular alignment project, directed at professional development and student support, and developed in a higher education French as a second language department. We outline best practices and preliminary results from our experience and provide ways to adapt our experience to other…
Descriptors: Alignment (Education), Curriculum Development, Integrated Curriculum, Curriculum Implementation
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Ballard, Andy – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2013
The purpose of this paper is to share my experiences as the instructor of a full-time, single semester, service-learning capstone course. In this innovative course students already volunteering in the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) organization work in teams to identify community needs and address them using their business skills and knowledge…
Descriptors: Service Learning, School Community Programs, School Community Relationship, Outreach Programs
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Jukier, Rosalie – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2013
Legal education has traditionally been defined by many boundaries. Characterized by taxonomic structures and doctrinal categories, legal education is, for the most part, still seen as inextricably linked to a particular political geography and state normativity. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the pedagogical benefits of shattering…
Descriptors: Legal Education (Professions), Classification, Teaching Methods, Creativity
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Wilson, Jay – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2012
The College of Education Technology Group is a pilot program that supports teacher candidates in developing an understanding of the integration of technology. By engaging teacher candidates with local schools the program is enhancing technology-based learning in the classroom for high school students, especially those from First Nations and other…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Technology Integration
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Teeter, Christopher; Fenton, Nancy; Nicholson, Karen; Flynn, Terry; Kim, Joseph; McKay, Muriel; O'Shaughnessy, Bridget; Vajoczki, Sue – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2011
Communities of practice are becoming more widespread within higher education, yet little research has explored how these social learning networks can enhance faculty development. The focus of this paper is to describe the first-year experience of a community of practice initiative at McMaster University that was designed to engage groups of…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Social Networks
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Smit, Julie; Cavallo-Medved, Dora; Poling, Kirsten – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2011
Do you have an idea for a new activity or laboratory exercise that you would like to incorporate into your course but feel unsure as to how it will be received by your students? This was our concern when developing first-year biology labs for a biology majors' course at University of Windsor. Through a Centred on Learning Innovation Fund (CLIF)…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Course Improvement Projects, Laboratory Training, Laboratory Experiments
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Hannon, Natasha Patrito; Taraban-Gordon, Svitlana – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2010
Graduate students aspiring to become faculty members should be provided with meaningful opportunities to explore the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) and to formulate questions about student learning and effective teaching. To this end, teaching and learning centres should incorporate SoTL-oriented components within the framework of…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Scholarship, Models, Educational Development
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Shattuck, Kay – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2010
One of the dilemmas faced by today's faculty is assuring quality in online courses. As one solution to that dilemma, Quality Matters (QM), a program of MarylandOnline, built a rubric of design standards informed by existing research literature and best practices. The rubric was implemented within a faculty-centred, peer review process in which…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Instructional Design, Educational Quality, Quality Assurance
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Force, Kristin A. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2009
This essay will demonstrate that the teaching development graduate assistant (TDGA) program at the Centre for the Support of Teaching, York University, creates a chain of teaching support between the TDGA coordinator, TDGAs, teaching assistants, faculty, and undergraduate students within a heavily populated university. The importance of teaching…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Teaching Assistants, College Faculty, Undergraduate Students
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