Forging a new educational path

Forging a new educational path

By Communications Staff

September 2, 2016


This year’s successful applications for the Centre for Teaching and Learning’s grants programs have been announced, including the first Educational Leadership Initiative grant.

The three grant programs – Educational Research, Teaching and Learning Enhancement and Educational Leadership Initiative – provide support for the ongoing drive to improve and enhance teaching and learning at Queen’s University.

“We are very excited to offer these opportunities,” says Peter Wolf, Associate Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning) and Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning. “They help engaged educators to further meet the learning needs of our students.”

New this year, the Educational Leadership Initiative is aimed at supporting Queen’s students, faculty, librarians and staff who want to forge a new educational path.

“We are very excited to offer these opportunities. They help engaged educators to further meet the learning needs of our students.”

–Peter Wolf, Associate Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning) and Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning

The inaugural winners of the grant are Claire Davies (Mechanical and Materials Engineering) and Elizabeth Delarosa (Mechanical and Materials Engineering), and Catherine Donnelly (Rehabilitation Therapy) and Susanne Murphy (Rehabilitation Therapy) for their project which seeks to apply the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative’s framework to an academic environment.

As students within the rehabilitation sciences and engineering programs often collaborate, the proposed initiative will enable them to gain a deeper understanding of their respective roles and spark innovation to address reported social challenges by learning how to form valuable partnerships.

Two Educational Research grants – one each for faculty and students – have been awarded with the aim of encouraging and supporting evidence-based studies of teaching and learning as well as the sharing of the findings and results. The recipients are:

  • Faculty – Les Mackenzie (Biomedical and Molecular Sciences) – Designing effective multiple-choice questions for assessing higher-order cognitive skills
  • Students – Cassandra Kuyvenhoven and Peter Graham, Environmental Studies – Exploring the experiential dimension of sustainability courses

A total of seven Teaching and Learning Enhancement grants have been awarded in support of innovative projects that focus on aspects of teaching in higher education. The recipients are:

  • Aaron Franks, (Cultural Studies, Centre for Indigenous Research Creation); and Lindsay Morcom (Education, Aboriginal Teacher Education) – Gendered and Colonial Violence: Beyond ‘Awareness Raising’ and toward experiential education using applied drama and collaborative materials development
  • Jennifer Hardwick (Languages, Literatures and Cultures - Indigenous Studies Program)  –Community-Supported Learning in LLCu 295: Indigenous Digital Media
  • Joshua Marshall (Mining Engineering, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering); Heshan Fernando (Ph.D. Candidate), Mechanical and Materials Engineering; Scott Nokleby (Mining Engineering) – Just-In-Time Tutorials: Anytime, Anywhere
  • Laurent Seroude (Biology) and Taylor Barwell (Biology) – Lab a la carte: A Multimedia Platform for Hands On Training
  • Ken Rose (Biomedical and Molecular Sciences) – The acquisition and evaluation of high level skills acquired (or not acquired) using a novel version of the ‘flipped’ class
  • Stefanie von Hlatky (Political Studies) – The Interactive Conflict Simulation Initiative (ICSI)
  • Jennifer Tomasone (Kinesiology and Health Studies), Amy Latimer-Cheung (Kinesiology and Health Studies), Amarah Epp-Stobbe, MSc Candidate; Grant Bradley, R. Kin., St. Lawrence College; Michelle McCalpin (Kinesiology and Health Studies); and Chris Hall, B.Ed., Revved Up Program Coordinator – A Flipped Classroom Approach to Fostering Competency-based Learning Outcomes in an Experiential Learning Course

Further details on each of the projects can be viewed here.

To learn more about the grant programs visit the grants section of the Centre for Teaching and Learning website.