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Educators to share innovative teaching methods


Lindsay Davidson is concluding her term as the Chair in Teaching and Learning by co-sponsoring a symposium that supports her main objective when she took the position in 2008.

“As the chair, I really wanted to bring together people across campus and disciplines so they could share their innovative and active-learning techniques,” says Dr. Davidson, an associate professor in the Department of Surgery who hosted a similar event in 2009.

Wednesday’s Adventures in Active Learning symposium is a “swap shop” where teachers and educational developers gather in small groups to have informal conversations about the learning methods they use in their teaching. There will also be demonstrations of simulation-based teaching and an expert-led conversation about new ideas for educational space planning.

Dr. Davidson believes networks formed at the symposium will ensure discussions about active learning continue in the future, which is essential as the university implements the Queen’s University Academic Plan 2011. The student learning experience – with an emphasis on inquiry and active learning – is one of the four main pillars of the plan that was recently endorsed by Senate.

Participants can attend two of the 24 sessions. Some of the highlights among the diverse topics include:
• James Fraser (Physics) on “Just in Time Teaching”;
• Heather Murray (School of Medicine) on building research capacity in undergraduate medicine;
• Jennifer Hosek (Languages, Literatures and Culture) on how geographically-distant students can use a web tool to learn from each other.

Participants can win one of 11 educational books at the reception following the symposium. Queen’s community members are invited to submit descriptions of their own innovative teaching methods at the symposium or by email. These will be featured at a future symposium and all submissions will be entered into a draw in January for an iPad2.

Participants are asked to pre-register for the symposium which takes place on December 7 from 4:15 pm to 6:30 pm at the new School of Medicine building.

Adventures in Active Learning.

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