Dear Queen's Supporter,
Here at Queen’s, we are reinventing undergraduate education in Arts and Science. New technologies, fresh approaches, and an emphasis on direct, hands-on experience, both in and outside the classroom, are helping to create a more flexible, engaging and relevant undergraduate experience.
Since arriving at Queen’s last summer to begin my post as Dean of Arts and Science, I‘ve been impressed with the high intellectual ability of our students. They are capable of so much, and I believe they will exceed our expectations through the kind of opportunities we are making available through online, blended and experiential learning.
You may already know that we have implemented blended learning, a bold move away from the traditional format of lectures, seminars and labs by using online content and small group work, to expose students in first- and second-year courses to our top-notch researchers and their cutting-edge work.
For example, students who are working with renowned Canadian poet and creative writing professor Carolyn Smart can opt for an exclusively online version of her courses. Students post and critique work online, freed from the structure of scheduled classes and seminars, working when they have time, and as inspiration strikes them.
We’re even breaking out of the classroom altogether, creating new opportunities for experiential learning. Queen’s Arts and Science students are helping unlock the mysteries of dark matter at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory.
Closer to home, they are putting their knowledge to work at the Queen’s University Biology Station (QUBS). Eric Taylor, a third-year Biology student told me about his experience with QUBS: “I learned a lot about both the natural and human history of the area, and even more about the conservation of local species. This put a lot of my education in perspective and I learned how to apply many of the practices I was taught in class. My experience at QUBS added depth to my degree, and I am very thankful for the opportunity.”
These kinds of exciting learning opportunities ensure that Queen’s continues to be a leader in undergraduate Arts and Science education.
The Innovative Learning Fund ensures that Queen’s Arts and Science undergraduates continue to get the best education possible – one that will have a lasting impact on their lives. We look to our alumni to continue the generosity of spirit that makes Queen’s such a special place.
Our students have the passion and commitment to seek to change the world. Our challenge is to sustain and build the programs that inspire our students and prepare them to make a difference. But we need your help.
Please join me and add your support with a gift to the Arts and Science Innovative Learning Fund, where every donor, every dollar, and every gift creates opportunity.
Faculty of Arts and Science