Experiential Learning

The Experiential Learning (EL) Lunch & Learn Series is facilitated by on-campus experts to share our collective knowledge and to discuss EL approaches across disciplines. Light lunch is provided.

Incorporating self-reflection in undergraduate research courses

The Experiential Learning (EL) Lunch & Learn Series is facilitated by on-campus experts to share our collective knowledge and to discuss EL approaches across disciplines. Light lunch is provided.

Date: Monday, July 15, 2019
Time: 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Locations: TI Studio F (TI 250)
Facilitators: Dr. John F. Dawson

In this session, join visiting scholar, Dr. John F. Dawson (Director, College of Biological Science, University of Guelph) as he discusses how to integrate self-reflection in undergraduate research courses. In the Province of Ontario, for a learning opportunity to be considered experiential, six elements must be incorporated, according to the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (ministry of Teaching, Colleges and Universities). Of these six, the element of student self-reflection on learning is commonly missing from University science courses. To fill this gap in experiential learning elements, students identified the skills that employers are reported as seeking and then reflected on their development and practice of those skills in a senior undergraduate research course in the molecular life sciences. The benefit for instructors is robust feedback regarding the impact of research courses. On the other hand, students generate concrete examples and stories of how they developed employability skills through the research course that they can then use in future interviews with prospective employers.

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Instructor use and perceptions of student evaluations of teaching

This workshop will take participants through the story of the creation of the BioEd Research Hub and the proposal for multiple facets to measure teaching effectiveness, including SETS. The development of the research proposal and the nature of the research team will be addressed, along with the core concepts of the research question addressed and the results obtained.

Date: Monday, July 15, 2019
Time: 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Locations: TI Studio F (TI 250)
Facilitators: Dr. John F. Dawson

The BioEd Research Hub is a group in the College of Biological Science (CBS) at the University of Guelph active in the scholarship of teaching and learning. They have a long-term research program studying and piloting measures of teaching effectiveness as a means of improving student learning, including maximizing feedback from Student Evaluations of Teaching (SET). These evaluations are intended to provide meaningful and insightful feedback about teaching effectiveness to instructors, yet there is limited knowledge regarding how instructors use SETs for formative development.

To address this gap in knowledge, they used focus groups to develop a survey to determine how faculty perceive SET feedback, how SET feedback informs their teaching practice, and how SET feedback might be improved. The resulting survey was administered in one college at the University to generate a pilot dataset. That dataset informed a refined survey that was administered to across the University.

The results of the University-wide survey will be presented, focusing on differences observed based on discipline and instructor rank, with time set aside to discuss the context of SETs at Calgary and comparisons between Universities.