Teaching and Learning Show ‘n’ Share (Jan 2017), VIU, Nanaimo, B.C.

Using Infographics and Stories to Assess Student Understanding

Co-presented with Lisa Lewis

Presentation Abstract

Looking for ways to reinforce and expand their students’ understanding of the concepts within Biology 067, Lisa and Charlene decided to incorporate infographics and stories into three major projects in the course. In this session, Lisa and Charlene will describe these three projects, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each, and share student feedback on the projects.

iiE: Knowledge, Learning and Creativity from Multiple Perspectives (Oct 2016), Nanaimo, B.C.

Supporting Student Learning: Learning How to Learn

Presentation Abstract

It is often assumed that students attending post-secondary institutions have the skills necessary for successful learning. However, strategies that may have served them well in secondary education do not always transfer to successful learning in an environment that requires self-regulation. In fact, many of their strategies encourage surface learning (memorization) of concepts, making it difficult to apply their knowledge to new learning environments.

Anatomy and physiology, considered a gateway course for first year students, presents many challenges for learning. The large amount of science vocabulary and the need to make connections between concepts can quickly overwhelm students new to the post-secondary environment, especially if they lack the tools for deep learning. To help support students in their learning, a new course, “Elements of Anatomy and Physiology: Techniques to be Successful in Health Sciences”, was developed by the Faculty of Academic and Career Preparation (VIU). While most courses are designed around what students need to learn (content), this course was designed around how to learn (strategies). Students are introduced to strategies, encouraged to apply them within concurrent courses, and then reflect upon the benefits or challenges of using each strategy.

This workshop will take participants through the course development process, the strategies included in the course and the rationale for their inclusion. Participants will also be invited to actively engage with several the learning strategies to explore how they may be able to incorporate them into their own classrooms. The workshop will close with a discussion of the challenges and successes students experience working with the strategies. Participants will be encouraged to share their observations of learning strategy gaps within their own classrooms and how they have supported the students.

VIU Teaching and Learning Conference (May 2016), Nanaimo, B.C.

Supporting Student Learning: Learning How to Learn

Presentation Abstract

Learning strategies that may have served students well in secondary education do not always transfer well to an environment that requires self-regulation. In fact, many strategies encourage surface learning (memorization) of concepts—especially in University courses requiring large amounts of disciplinary vocabulary—making it difficult to apply knowledge to new learning environments. This workshop introduces participants to a new course designed around learning strategies for student success. An overview of the course will set the stage for a hands-on exploration of strategies participants can introduce to their students to support their own learning.

Master of Education Research Conference (March 2016), VIU, Nanaimo, B.C.

Teaching Learning Strategies for Student Success

Presentation

Rethinking Course Design

 

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VIU Teaching and Learning Symposium (May 2015), Nanaimo, B.C.

Student Collaboration: The Power of Digital Mind-maps

Co-presented with Lisa Lewis

Presentation Abstract

Mind-maps are a great way to review, retain and organize information, make connections between concepts, and brainstorm ideas.  Many digital mind-mapping websites available to create individually or collaboratively generated maps. This presentation will demonstrate a few of these sites as well as their capabilities, requirements, collaborative learning possibilities, potential risks and possible activities.

Digital Learning Conference, Burnaby, B.C. (April 2015)

Student Collaboration: Harnessing the power of digital mind-maps

Co-presented with Lisa Lewis

Presentation abstract:

Mind-maps are a great way to review, retain and organize information, make connections between concepts, and brainstorm ideas. Many digital mind-mapping websites are available to create individually or collaboratively generated maps. This presentation will demonstrate a few of these sites as well as their capabilities, requirements, collaborative learning possibilities, potential risks and possible activities.

Delegates will come away with a resource (handout) with variety of digital mind-mapping websites. The session will include program capabilities, technical requirements, and potential privacy risks as well as examples of lesson ideas and activities.

For my thoughts on the conference, read my blog post