Queen's University

Back-to-school story ideas

2011-09-20

Here are some back-to-school story ideas from Queen’s University:

Learning strategies for students transitioning from high school to post secondary
Learning Strategies Development professionals Linda Williams, Elspeth Christie and Amanda Kesek are available to talk about learning strategies that can help transitioning students adapt to the altered expectations and new challenges of either undergraduate or postgraduate university education. The support offered by learning strategies professionals includes the development of core academic skills, such as note-making and exam preparation; thinking skills, such as concentration, memory, critical thinking and problem-solving; and self-management skills, such as time management, organization, and motivation.
"We're here to help students be the best they can be," explains Linda Williams, Learning Strategies Program Coordinator at Queen’s University. "That involves working with students to develop their academic skills and build academic confidence."

Social media in the classroom
Film and Media Studies professor Sidneyeve Matrix is an expert in digital culture and communication and says this fall more professors are taking advantage of social media tools for teaching.
“Facebook, Flickr, Foursquare, YouTube, Twitter, and even text messaging are all being leveraged to connect with GenY students who are adept at digital communication. Connecting the classroom to culture at large, sharing real-time news updates and supporting collaborative coursework are all reasons digitally fluent faculty are incorporating the social web,” says Dr. Matrix.

Assisting students with disabilities
“The number of students with disabilities who will attend post-secondary institutions over the next several years is expected to increase,” says Michele Chittenden, Coordinator, Library Services for Students with Disabilities/Research and Instruction Librarian/Diversity Specialist, Adaptive Technology Centre.
The Adaptive Technology Centre in the Stauffer Library at Queen’s is recognized as a national role model in the provision of services to students with disabilities. Other universities visit the centre to replicate its services, and the centre is used as a recruiting tool to attract prospective students.
Hundreds of students with learning, physical and psychiatric disabilities visit the centre to use cutting-edge assistive software, Braille, large print and audio textbooks, digital recorders and note-taking devices.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.ca or Christina Archibald at 613-533-2877 or Christina.Archibald@queensu.ca at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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