TEACHING AND LEARNING AT SFU 2012 Update

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TEACHING AND LEARNING AT SFU 2012 Update. Jon Driver Vice-President, Academic. Looking back. 20102013 Academic Plan emphasizes high-quality student experience and the role of teaching and learning Highlights Diversify pedagogy Develop learning outcomes Link to research - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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<p>Slide 1</p> <p>TEACHING AND LEARNING AT SFU2012 UpdateJon DriverVice-President, Academic1Looking back20102013 Academic Plan emphasizes high-quality student experience and the role of teaching and learningHighlightsDiversify pedagogyDevelop learning outcomesLink to researchEncourage experiential learningWhat have we done so far?Released final report by Task Force on Teaching and LearningBegan restructuring Teaching and Learning CentreInitiated research grants in teaching practiceProduced preliminary report on experiential learningWorked with VPR to increase undergraduate research supportExpanded Undergraduate Semester in Dialogue programPressuresCaps on funded enrollments and tuition increasesReaching capacity for international undergraduatesQuestions regarding value of undergraduate educationMore choice in post-secondary education in BCAccreditationResults from student surveysWhats next?20132016 Academic Plan consultationImplementation of new initiatives:Accreditation and learning outcomesTeaching and course evaluationsLearning management systems (WebCT) reviewEnglish as an additional language initiativeExperiential learningUndergraduate Semester in Dialogue programClassroom upgrades and virtual campusTeaching and Learning Centre programsTeaching and learning and accreditationWhy accreditation?External assessment of adherence to best-practice standards will increase accountability to stakeholdersProcess will benefit students by establishing clearer benchmarks/standards for assessing learning outcomesRelevanceAccreditation requires regular monitoring, assessment, and evaluation of the education students receiveLearning Outcomes and Assessment approach provides formal process for ongoing evaluation and improvement of programs, enabling joint work by faculty, students, and administrators to advance SFUs missionCurrent statusSFU is currently an applicant, soon to be a candidate; accreditation in 2015Learning outcomes and assessment (LOA) approachAim of LOA approach is to improve student learning experience by clarifying purpose of courses and programsSeeks to increase accountability, contribute to curriculum review and improvementGuided by LOA Working Group (Paul Budra, Chair)Terms of reference:Draft principles to guide establishment of LOA (for Senate discussion)Indentify academic units now using LOA approachReview best practices for adopting LOARecommend best approach and timeframe for LOA implementation across curriculumIdentify ways to support faculty in use of LOA practicesWorking Group will report to VPA by end of summer 2012Teaching and Course Evaluation (TCE) ProjectPrimary goals of project are to support teaching and enhance student learning through effective and responsible use of evaluation data and information at SFUProject will recommend a replacement for SFUs TCE form on the basis ofThe growing body of research on effective, appropriate, and responsible use of student evaluation of teachingFeedback from SFU communityConsultation with other institutionsObjectives includeReplacing SFUs instrument and processes for student evaluation of instructors and coursesEngaging SFU community throughout projectDeveloping a best-practices guide on interpretation and use of data</p> <p>8TCE consultations and scheduleOpportunities will includeOpen-forum discussion sessions on each campusMeetings at the Faculty and/or departmental levelFocus groupsInput via social mediaSurveysDetailed project schedule is under developmentIf a decision is made to implement an online evaluation system, more time will be needed to plan and coordinate</p> <p>9WebCT Replacement ProjectBackground: SFU has used WebCT as its institutional learning management system since 2001. In December 2012 Blackboard Inc., the provider of WebCT, will end maintenance supportProject objectives:Find a solution for the majority of faculty, staff, and student users to replace essential functionality and position SFU to take advantage of emerging trendsEnsure that all constituents are prepared for the transitionEnsure that ongoing maintenance and support for the implemented solution are adequate and effective10WebCT consultations OverviewIndividual consultations, focus groups, and open forums have been designed to achieve qualitative and practical understanding ofWhat people want to doWhat they are actually doing and howWhat they believe their support needs to beThemes: architecture, administrative/managerial and teaching and learning, learner engagement, learner-driven, integrationPhase 1: Evaluation (September 2011 to May 2012)Complete one-on-one interviews with faculty, students, and staffComplete analysis of student and TSSU surveysTest and evaluate short-listed productsFinalize needs analysis/functional requirements documentPrepare cost estimates11WebCT project plan OverviewPhase 2: Selection (June to November 2012)Procurement processPlan implementation phase (including technical and support resources, budget, hardware procurement if required, major steps)Phase 3: Implementation (from December 2012; launch summer 2013)Detailed implementation planningImplementation of new systemTraining and change managementImplementation of support infrastructure (technical and functional)Retirement of WebCT Vista12English as an additional language (EAL) initiative Review and follow-upFrom September 2010 to June 2011, committee reviewed EAL issues at SFU, including admissions, supports, and services to EAL studentsProportion of EAL students at SFU is increasing. Are they prepared for successful study? What are the impacts of a multilingual classroom on teaching and learning? Is SFU providing sufficient support?Report and recommendations sent to Senate in December 2011Report and VPA proposals for next steps posted for public comment until February 15, 2012 (ealrpt@sfu.ca)Next: Steering committee for improved coordination and ongoing development of services. How can SFU take better advantage of our multicultural strengths?</p> <p>13Experiential Education (EE) ProjectSurveying all SFU Faculties to identify credit-bearing EE courses (undergrad and grad)Began with F.aculty of Environment and FASS; now working with all other FacultiesDefinition of experiential education: the strategic, active engagement of students in opportunities to learn through doing, and reflection on those activities, which empowers students to apply theoretical knowledge to practical endeavours in a multitude of settings, inside and outside of the classroom1500+ courses with EE elements identified, engaging in six broad practices: reflection, field-based, creative-based, community-based, directed studies, collaborative Growing culture of EE curriculum at SFU, building on foundation of long-established co-op programResults will be used to improve support to faculty, identify EE opportunities for students, and continue to grow EE at SFU14Undergraduate Semester in DialogueExpanding to includeExisting university-wide modelCity Studio: collaboration with six post-secondary institutions and municipalities (currently City of Vancouver)Capstone courses within departments/FacultiesHoneycomb: faculty retreat, Interdisciplinary Learning and Collaboration (apply by March 2, 2012)15Physical and audiovisual (AV) renovations of classrooms20102011: $280K for AV in Burnaby classroomsBasic AV installed in 31 AQ5000 rooms, six AQ4000 rooms, Mall Theatre; lecture hall audio stabilized20112012: $2.04M for renovations and AVAV in 25 HC rooms, four WW rooms, 45 BBY rooms, ImagesRenovations to AQ5000, EDU 761820122013: $2.4M for renovations and AVRenovations and AV in 13 RCB rooms, five old-FIC rooms, Images ventilation, AQ3149-50, SSCB 9200-201</p> <p>16Virtual campus infrastructure Year 1 pilotObjective: Develop and implement five pilots of virtual delivery modelsIncorporate current technologies (video conferencing, teleconferencing, etc.) to ensure optimal benefit in a teaching and learning or other theme situation, supporting information sharing and collaboration Examples: Distributed grad seminar (EDUC)Multi-campus undergrad course (FCAT)To-the-desktop lifelong learning (LL)Virtual library research services (Library)Multi-campus committee meetings (VPA)Aim is to have pilots adopted by interested parties beyond pilot phaseFour additional models to be piloted in 2013201417Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC) 2011 overviewImmersion of Educational Consultants in Faculties with short- and longer-term goals and initiatives appreciation of Deans, Associate Deans, faculty members, and educational staff for their support and involvementLaunch of new initiatives (programming foci); faculty-only ISW; piloting of new learning technology and communications roles; conversations on teaching; recognition of Teaching Excellence award recipients; T&amp;L News, etc.Improved communications, human resources processes, fiscal responsibility, and permanent directorship thanks to Lifelong Learning Return to Office of the VPA to better support Academic Plan and serve Faculties in development of discipline-specific goalsDevelopment and funding of small and large research projects in collaboration with Institute for the Study of Teaching and Learning in the Disciplines</p> <p>18Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC) 2012 previewCompletion of strategic planExpected completion of reorganization and restructuring by fall 2012Piloting of Faculty Associates program to second faculty members to work with TLC on programs of broader interest (e.g., faculty mentorship, teaching dossiers, university teaching and learning program for faculty, communities of practice)Further recognition of teaching excellenceReinstatement of Symposium on Teaching and Learning and Course Design Workshop for FacultySignificant improvements to learning technology consultation and supportIncreased responsiveness to and anticipation of institutional directions; Faculty priorities in communities of practice; synergies between teaching, learning, and research; and academic, professional, and curriculum development Input on all initiatives will be sought and welcomed19</p>