Teaching and Learning

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The Faculty of Arts and Science is committed to providing students with a stimulating and challenging learning experience within a research-intensive educational environment.

Learning occurs in a variety of contexts—including traditional and non-traditional lectures, seminars, tutorials, labs, field work and online—using a range of delivery methods. The Faculty has a dynamic curriculum that evolves as disciplines and subjects develop and advance. The exemplary quality of its programs is ensured through the Queen’s Quality Assurance Process. Faculty members are dedicated to fostering intellectual growth and to motivating and inspiring students to meet the high academic standards for which Arts and Science is renowned.

The Queen’s Library plays a central role in supporting teaching and learning through its resources and services. Academic support for course design and delivery is provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning, while student learning is supported by a range of services offered through the Queen’s Learning Commons.

As the pedagogical focus has shifted in recent years from teaching to learning, instructors have increasingly incorporated active learning strategies to engage students and to facilitate collaboration and interaction. Many classes involve group activities, discussion and peer learning, and clickers are used in large lectures to enable student feedback and interaction. The University’s 2011 Academic Plan, endorses this approach by recommending inquiry-based learning, one of several learning strategies that enable active learning. Other active learning strategies include, for example, case-based learning, lab-based learning and team-based learning.

The Faculty encourages innovations in course design that use evidence-based practices to promote active learning and to enhance student engagement (see Course Redesign).

Educational technology is viewed as a tool to enhance teaching and learning in a meaningful way, to facilitate learning, and to provide students with greater access and flexibility in meeting educational goals. Currently technology is integrated into Arts and Science courses to supplement in-class teaching—for example Moodle course websites house enrichment materials, videotaped lectures and communication tools—and to complement face-to-face learning in blended courses. Educational technology is also used to offer fully online courses, which take advantage of recent technological advances to offer students an interactive learning experience in an online environment.

Read an article from The Chronicle of Higher Education on innovations in teaching and learning.