The ISoTL team highlights faculty and staff’s commitment to engaging in evidence-based practices, evaluation, and knowledge-sharing. The following list includes a diverse selection of publications from SoTL practitioners at UBC.
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|Author(s)||Title||Venue||Year||Faculty & Department|
|Malhotra, Nisha||Experimenting with Facebook in the College Classroom [...]|
In a fourth year undergraduate research methods class 99% of the students were Facebook users, routinely checking for updates, 10 to 20 times a day. Thus, a facebook page seemed like a natural addition to this seminar course, which requires the budding researchers to discuss and review literature, data, and regression analysis. A Facebook group resembles an online café with walls to the rest of the online community, allowing students to (a) chat in real-time, (b) discuss in virtual-time, and (c) share materials through straightforward file upload. Facebook groups can be open (public), closed (require administrator approval for joining and only members can read the posts), or secret (only members can see the group, who’s in it, and what what’s being posted). As for the benefits of a Facebook group, not only did I see better online interactions and face-to-face discussions, but also an easy way to receive continuous feedback from the students.
|Faculty Focus (Blog post)||2013||School of Economics|
|Stang, Jared B.; Roll, Ido||Interactions between teaching assistants and students boost engagement in physics labs. [...]|
Through in-class observations of teaching assistants (TAs) and students in the lab sections of a large introductory physics course, we study which TA behaviors can be used to predict student engagement and, in turn, how this engagement relates to learning. We find that the frequency of TA–student interactions, especially those initiated by the TAs, is a positive and significant predictor of student engagement. Interestingly, the length of interactions is not significantly correlated with student engagement. In addition, we find that student engagement was a better predictor of post-test performance than pre-test scores. These results shed light on the manner in which students learn how to conduct inquiry and suggest that, by proactively engaging students, TAs may have a positive effect on student engagement, and therefore learning, in the lab.
|Physics Review Special Topics Physics Education Research||2014||Science | Physics & Astronomy|
|Holmes, Natasha; Wieman, Carl E.; Bonn, Douglas D.||Teaching critical thinking [...]|
Understanding and thinking critically about scientific evidence is a crucial skill in the modern world. We present a simple learning framework that employs cycles of decisions about making and acting on quantitative comparisons between datasets or data and models. his structure led to significant and sustained improvement in students’ critical thinking behaviors, compared with a control group, with effects far beyond that of statistical significance.
|Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences||2015||Science | Physics & Astronomy|
|Addison, Christopher; Charbonneau, James; Dubois, Patrick||A Novel Card Sort Activity to Measure Interdisciplinary Thinking [...] |
There is a distinct lack of research in areas of interdisciplinary learning, making the evaluation of interdisciplinary learning difficult. Card sorting has previously been used to distinguish expert and novice thinking in physics, biology and chemistry. We have extended this work to develop a novel card sorting tool that measures interdisciplinary thinking based on the manner in which problem cards are sorted. Our card sorting tool has now been offered to students (n > 500) in a general first-year science experience and in our interdisciplinary program. Based on the results, participating in an interdisciplinary science program showed a statistically significant greater ability to identify the underlying interdisciplinary linkages between these problems, suggesting enhanced interdisciplinary cognition relative to those in a general first-year science.
|ISSOTL||2017||Science | Chemistry|
|Potter, Tiffany; Englund, Letitia; Charbonneau, James; MacLean, Mark T.; Newell, Jonathan; Roll, Ido||
ComPAIR: A New Online Tool Using Adaptive Comparative Judgement to Support Learning with Peer Feedback [...]
Peer feedback is a useful strategy in teaching and learning, but its effectiveness particularly in introductory courses can be limited by the relative newness of students to both the body of knowledge upon which they are being asked to provide feedback and the skill set involved in providing good feedback. Students perceived this novel comparative approach increased their facility with course content, their ability assess their own work, and their capacity to provide feedback on the work of others in a collaborative learning environment.
|Teaching & Learning Inquiry||2017||Arts | English Language & Literatures|
|Addison, Chris; Moosvi, Firas; Roberson, Nathan; Charbonneau, James.||InlerLAS||Conference at the Interface of Discipline-Based Education Research in STEM and Psychological Sciences; St. Louis, USA||2018||Science | Chemistry|
|Briseño-Garzón, Adriana; Han, Andrea; Birol, Gulnur||Researching Institutional Change: A Longitudinal Study on Faculty Teaching Practices||International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Annual Conference; Bergen, Norway,||2018||VP Academic | Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology|
|Carey, K., Grain, Kari; Dubois, Patrick; Roberson, Nathan; Moosvi, Firas; Moghtader, Bruce; Semenec, Paulina; Varao-Sousa, Trish; Ho, Simon; Nguyen Kn, Trihn; Roll, Ido; Briseño-Garzón, Adriana||Graduate Students as SoTL Specialists: Facilitating Faculty-Student Collaborations in a Large University.||International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Annual Conference; Bergen, Norway||2018||VP Academic | Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology|
|Crowley, Chris; Chen, Hailan; Cervera, M. G||A team-based collaboration used for the development of transnational online distance education courses.||International Journal of E-Learning & Distance Education||2018||VP Academic | Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology|
|Krzic, Maja; Yates, Thomas T.; Basiliko, Nathan; Pare, Maxime C.; Diochon, Amanda; Swallowf, Mathew||Introductory soil courses: a frontier of soil science education in Canada [...]|
As the focus of soil science education in Canada and elsewhere has shifted towards non-soil science majors, it is important to understand if and how this has affected the scope of introductory soil science courses. The objectives of this study were to inventory Canadian post-secondary units that offer introductory soil science courses and to document attributes of instructors, students, and teaching approaches in these courses. We surveyed 58% of the instructors of introductory soil science courses across Canada. Several follow-up studies are needed to evaluate teaching methods used in the upper level soil science courses, student’s perceptions of teaching in soil science, and instructors’ knowledge of resources available for online and/or blended learning.
|Canadian Journal of Soil Science||2018||Forestry; Land & Food Systems | Forest & Conservation Sciences; Applied Biology|
|Smith, K., Li, D., Birol, G., Welsh, A., Hambler, P., & Jung, D.||Piloting an academic scholars program to foster student engagement and sense of belonging in a first year science course||International Conference on Educational Sciences, Antalya, Turkey.||2018||Science | Microbiology & Immunology|
|Webb, Andrea; Welsh, Ashley||"This might be uncomfortable": Learning to support SoTL scholars||International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Annual Conference; Bergen, Norway||2018||Education | Curriculum & Pedagogy|
|Lightfoot, J., Riccardi, D., Lam, M., Lyon, K., Roberson, N.||Exploring Linguistic Complexity in Multiple Choice Questions: Evening the Playing Field for EAL Students.||American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) Annual Conference; Chicago, USA||2018||Vantage College | AEP|
|Clarkston, B.E. and Jennings, L.||Using Herbarium Specimen, Including Macroalgae, to Enhance Learning Experiences for First-Year Biology Students||Phycological Society of America meeting.||2018||Science | Botany|
|Clarkston, B.E. and Jennings, L.||Partnering with the Beaty Biodiversity Museum to enhance learning experiences for first-year students in the University of British Columbia’s Biology Program.||Digital Data in Biodiversity Research Conference||2018||Science | Botany|
|D'Onofrio, Christine; Semenec, Paulina|| Students as Emerging Artists in Society [...]|
How do students who have participated in a community partnership with professionals in the creative arts sector and art institutions articulate their role as emerging artists in society? In this paper we are interested in exploring how students etch out a space for their own practice within an existing art community, and some of the challenges in doing so. Drawing on interview data as well as student creative work and reflections from two university level visual arts courses in which students participated in arts-based community partnerships, we highlight students’ negotiations with becoming artists in society as a messy and complex process. In particular, we explore how notions of uncertainty and unknowing (Atkinson, 2013) are integral to the configuration of the artist. Finally, we explore the potentials of experiential learning and its academic contextualization in the classroom and how it informs students’ thinking in the visual arts and their future role as professional artists.
|Thirteenth International Conference on The Arts in Society||2018||Arts | Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory|
|Addison, Chris; Charbonneau, James; Bett, Nolan; Chen, Deborah; Moghtader, Bruce; Roberson, Nathan||Using self-reflection activities to aid students' progress through university learning||Western Conference on Science Education||2019||Science | Chemistry|
|Banack, Hartley||An Analysis of Curriculum and Pedagogy Through a Consideration of Outdoor Learning Perceptions and Practices in UBC Education Courses – Initial Patterns [...]
This presentation shares initial findings from a research project exploring teacher education perceptions of outdoor learning and times spent outdoors through a required methodology course and a long practicum experience. This project takes a critical inquiry/ social justice stance around the marginalization of outdoors, requesting legitimatacy and necessity by highlight the benefits of time spent outdoors and outdoor learning around 1) health/wellbeing, 2) more-than-human wellbeing, and 3) experiential learning that profoundly sticks. Ultimately, it aims to change and inform educational praxis to both emphasize and include more time spent outdoors and outdoor learning. Moreover, the project invites educators to consider more profoundly their decisions around "where" learning experiences occur.
|Physical and Health Education National Conference; Montreal, QC||2019||Education | Curriculum & Pedagogy|
|Bartolic, Silvia||Quantitative Arts: Improving Student Attitudes Towards Quantitative Research Methods [...]
Many students in the Faculty of Arts in departments often fear quantitative methods and try to avoid courses that require any level of math. Students also report that methods courses are boring, leading to poor attendance and low achievement (Onwuegbuzie, 2010). We believe hands on time with data and data analysis software through labs and individual research projects will increase student learning (Wei, 2005). Further, a fundamental notion of inquiry guided learning in Sociology suggests that students should think and act like Sociologists (Atkinson & Hunt, 2008). This presentation tests in practice the idea that experiential learning and practice increase learning (Tishkovskaya & Lancaster, 2012). We believe this approach will engage students in learning quantitative techniques and will alleviate their fears in these courses.
|Lily Conference - Anaheim: Teaching for Active and Engaged Learning; Anaheim, CA||2019||Arts | Sociology|
|Briseño-Garzón, Adriana; Han, Andrea; Birol, Gulnur||Longitudinal Changes in Teaching Practices and Perceptions of Educational Leadership Stream Faculty at a Large Canadian Research-Intensive Institution.||Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education Conference||2019||VP Academic | Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology|
|Charbonneau, James; Addison, Christopher; Roberson, Nathan; Dubois, Patrick; Moosvi, Firas||Measuring interdisciplinary thinking in first year science students [...]|
One of the key goals of any interdisciplinary program is to break down the siloed thinking that confines ideas to specific disciplines. While there is increasing interest in interdisciplinary science programs, there is a lack of documented research in interdisciplinary teaching and learning. Preliminary data from a large-scale evaluation of interdisciplinary thinking using two instruments, an attitude survey (N = 1600) and a card sort (N = 150) in the three options for first-year science at UBC: Choose Your Timetable, Coordinated Science, and Science One. We will introduce a theoretical framework for evaluating interdisciplinarity, then show how attitudes towards interdisciplinarity and how the way students categorize textbook questions from disciplines change (or don't) after one year of instruction.
|Western Conference on Science Education||2019||Science | Physics & Astronomy|
|Chowrira, Sunita. G.; Smith, Karen M; Dubois, Patrick J.; Roll, Ido||DIY productive failure: boosting performance in a large undergraduate biology course [...]|
Students in first-year university courses often focus on mimicking application of taught procedures and fail to gain adequate conceptual understanding. One potential approach to support meaningful learning is Productive Failure (PF). In PF, the conventional instruction process is reversed so that learners attempt to solve challenging problems ahead of receiving explicit instruction. While students often fail to produce satisfactory solutions (hence “Failure”), these attempts help learners encode key features and learn better from subsequent instruction (hence “Productive”). Effectiveness of PF was shown mainly in the context of statistical and intuitive concepts, and lessons that are designed and taught by learning scientists. We describe a quasi-experiment that evaluates the impact of PF in a large-enrollment introductory university-level biology course...
|npj Science of Learning||2019||Science | Botany|
|James, Suzanne||Plagiarism Revisited: A Culture- and Genre-Sensitive Approach to Academic “Dishonesty” [...]|
For instructors in North American universities and colleges, dealing with plagiarism has become frustratingly common. Value-laden terms such as “integrity,” “honesty,” “theft” and “respect” frequently appear in institutional statements and policies. Yet many of us have encountered students who seem “honestly” confused by our expectations and assumptions about plagiarism. Approaching plagiarism from a cultural perspective is one means of avoiding appeals to a supposedly shared moral code of academic integrity. A more nuanced and sensitive approach to plagiarism involves deconstructing our assumptions about the practice and finding less moralistic ways to familiarize our students with western expectations of academic accountability, with notions of originality, and with claims about what constitutes common knowledge.
|College English Association Conference: Vision/Revision; New Orleans, LA||2019||Arts | English Language & Literatures|
|Jarus, Tal||Against the odds: Experiences of Canadian Medical Learners with Disabilities [...]|
Medical learners have unique accommodations needs given their diverse and ever-changing learning environments, direct contact with patient-care, and systemic stigma. Policy analysis showed great variance in the policies available for medical learners across the country. Only 5 out of the 14 programs have formal disability offices within the medical school, while others have more ad-hoc approaches. Data from the interviews corroborated this gap in services. Participants identified barriers related to 1) bureaucracy, 2) navigating the system, 3) power dynamics, and 4) perceptions of disability in medicine. The main recommendations are to 1) change attitudes and focused engagement and recruitment of students with disabilities, 2) streamline the delivery of services, and 3) develop capacity among educators and administrators.
|Canadian Conference on Medical Education; Niagara Falls, ON||2019||Medicine | Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy|
|Kazama, Misuzu; Kim, Bosung; Moghtader, Bruce||Integrating peer feedback to support foreign language learners’ oral proficiency [...]|
In 2016 and 2017 Winter term II, we integrated peer feedback into a job interview assignment in a second-year Beginning Japanese course. Students posted their job interview practice video onto the Collaborative Learning Annotation System (CLAS), and provided feedback onto the timeline of a video of their peers using the annotation feature in CLAS. The preliminary data analysis support that students can benefit from formative peer feedback on oral proficiency. Our presentation will focus on various strategies used to prepare foreign language contexts (L2) students for the peer feedback activity, the technology used for the implementation, and student perception towards the use of peer feedback on the preparation of a speaking test.
|Canadian Network for Innovation in Education; Vancouver, BC||2019||Arts | Asian Studies|
|Klegeris, Andis; Dubois, Patrick J.; Code, Warren J.; Bradshaw, Heather D.||Non-linear improvement in generic problem-solving skills of university students: a longitudinal study [...] |
Problem solving has been characterized as one of the “employability skills” due to the high demand for such abilities in a modern workplace. Most universities do not monitor progress of the generic problem-solving skills (PSS) of their students due to a lack of available assessment tools. We used previously reported 15-minute tests to measure the generic PSS of students over the first three years of university. We observed a non-linear increase in PSS test scores with a significant growth during the first three months of Year 1, a similar increase over the next 21 months, then no change during the first three months of Year 3. Moreover, the plateau we observe in the third year indicates that proactive steps by universities and individual instructors are required to advance this important skill set in upper-year students.
|Higher Education Research & Development||2019||Science | Biology|
|Krbavac, Marie; Rosado, Josefina; Kim, Bosung||Creating Impactful Online Learning Environments: Incorporating UDL, Accessibility and Wellbeing Principles into Your Online Courses and Materials||Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education||2019||VP Academic | Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology|
|Krzic, Maja||Augmented Reality Brings the Role of Topography in Soil Formation to Life [...]|
In most post-secondary introductory soil science courses, students learn about the broadest soil classification categories (or soil orders). Since topics of soil formation and classification are of direct importance for land use and management, it is essential that our future land managers have a solid understanding of soil formation factors. To enhance students’ learning on this important topic in the introductory soil science course at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada we are developing the Soil TopARgraphy app. With AR, different soil orders are shown within one real-life terrain across different parts of topography. The objective of this project is to develop a phone app to allow students to learn about the effects of topography on formation of different soil types through an immersive and visual AR terrain.
|Canadian Network for Innovation in Education; Vancouver BC||2019||Forestry; Land & Food Systems | Forest & Conservation Sciences; Applied Biology|
|Lavalle, Suzie||Pedagogy and evaluation of experiential learning [...]|
Experiential learning in ecology is a cornerstone for building competencies and skills, but requires special consideration by instructors. In this workshop we will discuss and design learning objectives and evaluation techniques across the spectrum of experiential learning in the natural sciences. Through a series of examples and audience participation, examine best practices for experiential learning in a variety of contexts. Participants should be prepared to discuss their experiences and questions with others.
|Ecological Society of America Annual General Meeting; Louisville, KY||2019||Forestry } Forest & Conversation Sciences|
|McPhee, Siobhán||Critical Geographies of Education: Why bother with Educational Technologies? [...]
The growing deployment of emerging educational technologies among higher education institutions, and within geography departments, raises many questions. When used in teaching and learning, digital technologies are a powerful pedagogical framing for engaging students in place, across near and distant spaces, and through time - key concepts in geographical education. Teachers, students, technology and the learning environment are in effect supporting pillars and players to facilitate active learning, which will enable and empower the learner. When attempting to incorporate educational technologies into the geography classroom the use needs to be more directed, working towards a particular pedagogical goal as technology for the sake of technology may act as a confounding agent towards student learning.
|Annual American Geographers Conference; Washington, DC||2019||Arts | Geography|
|Riccard, Daniel; Lightfoot, Jennifer; Lam, Mark; Lyon, Katherine; Roberson, Nathan; & Lolliot, Simon||Investigating the effects of reducing linguistic complexity on EAL student comprehension in first-year undergraduate assessments [...]|
Academic writing across disciplines is often linguistically complex, characterized by abstract ideas densely packed into nominal groups (Biber & Gray, 2010; Halliday & Martin, 1993; McCabe & Gallagher, 2008), along with infrequent lexis and content requiring specific cultural knowledge. This linguistic complexity presents a significant comprehension challenge, contributing to an increase in the performance gap between English as an additional language (EAL) students and their non-EAL peers (Abedi & Gándara, 2006). This study presents the outcome of a collaborative project between Psychology, Sociology, and EAP instructors teaching within a pathway program at a Canadian university combining first-year university courses with language-linked EAP courses. One key outcome of this collaboration has been greater awareness of the comprehension challenges that assessments pose for students, particularly in the case of multiple choice question (MCQ) exams. To investigate the effects of linguistic complexity, the research team analyzed whether unpacking MCQs by reducing the linguistic complexity in test questions improves comprehension for EAL students. Our findings indicate that EAL students are more likely to score higher on unpacked assessment questions, highlighting the importance of reducing the complexity of language in assessments to provide linguistic space for novice students to demonstrate their knowledge of disciplinary content
|Journal of English for Academic Purposes||2019||Arts | Vantage|
|Roberts, Rose; Mooney, Julie; Otero, Liz; Lew, Janey||Indigenization and Internationalization in Higher Education in Canada: Synergies, Distinctions, and Local Institutional Contexts [...] |
Indigenization and internationalization initiatives at Canadian postsecondary institutions occur in parallel and may sometimes be complementary. At the University of Saskatchewan and UBC, these educational and organizational projects share some common ground, while maintaining unique and important distinctions. Moreover, as educational and organization developers, our experience with them is that they are expressed, operationalized, and practiced in regionally and locally specific ways that are determined by institutional and Indigenous community-based factors.
|Learning at Intercultural Intersections Conference; Kamloops, BC||2019||Indigenous Engagement and Education (USask) & Indigenous Initiatives (UBC)|
|Roll, Ido; O’Brien, Heather||The many flavours of productive engagement||Learning Analytics Summer Institute, Vancouver, BC.||2019||VP Academic | Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology|
|Sens, Allen; Yedlin, Matthew; Myers, Jason||Reflections from the “Flipped” Frontline: Enhancing Student Learning in an Interdisciplinary Course
on Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control [...] |
Our paper contributes to the growing literature on the effectiveness of the flipped classroom as a means of enhancing the student learning experience and achieving course learning outcomes, with a special emphasis on the effectiveness of the flipped classroom in an interdisciplinary course setting. Our paper describes how our course employs a fully flipped pedagogy, with learning materials based online and class time devoted to learning activities conducted in permanent student groups. To assess the student experience in the course, we conducted surveys of the students enrolled in our course and examined course analytics and metrics. Our experience suggests the flipped model is largely successful in enhancing the student experience in an interdisciplinary course setting.
|CPSA Annual Conference||2019||Arts | Political Science|
|Stewart, Jaclyn||Validity and Reliability of a Concept Test to Measure Students’ Abilities to Qualitatively Rank Acid and Base Strength [...] |
Many organic chemistry learners have difficulty ranking the relative strengths of acids and bases using conceptual understanding. Identifying misconceptions during learning can help educators improve curriculum and instruction, and help students guide their studying. Previous studies have recognized several mental models, or problem-solving approaches, that contribute to acid-base misconceptions; however, these models are insufficient at pinpointing the specific sources of knowledge gaps underlying the students’ mistakes. To this end, we developed a 15-item, multi-tiered and adaptive multiple-choice concept test using misconceptions we identified with think-aloud protocols. The test identifies how students compare pairs of acids and drills down to uncover their specific ways of thinking about core concepts.
|ACS National Meeting & Exposition; Orlando, FL||2019||Science | Chemistry|
|Tembrevilla, Gerald; Milner-Bolotin, Maria|| Engaging physics teacher-candidates in the production of science demonstration videos [...] |
This paper describes how future physics teachers' involvement in annual Family Math and Science Day—a public outreach event at the University of British Columbia, Canada—has a potential to transform them as physics demonstration experts and amateur video producers. These science demonstration videos serve as teaching and learning resources not only for their own coursework, practicum, and post-graduation, but also as a useful resource for their peers and other educators. The production of demonstration videos was framed around studies that support physics and general science teacher-candidates' engagement in hands-on science, science communication, and deliberate use of technology to promote active learning.
|Physics Education||2019||VP Academic | Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology|
|Verwoord, Roselynn||What does it mean to teach? An arts-based exploration with pre-service teachers [...]|
Please see full abstract on page 474. Context/Relationship to Literature: Teacher education is a “significant site of adult learning” (Butterwick, 2014). Teacher education can be a place where neo-liberal ideas about learning and how to be in the world are perpetuated. Alternatively, it can also be a place where an existential view of learning is explored – a view that embraces possibility and has the potential to facilitate children to ‘come into the world.’ My research explores pre-service teachers’ beliefs about what it means to teach and draws on Hannah Arendt’s concept of natality, which can be defined as “the capacity for new beginnings” (Bernauer, 1987, p. viii) and the ‘coming of children’ which is connected to birth (beginning)...
|Canadian Association for Study of Adult Education Conference||2019||Education | Educational Studies|
|Vigna, John||Toward a Digital Pedagogy in the Creative Writing Workshop [...]
Digitizing the creative writing classroom offers an untapped pedagogical opportunity to help writers at all levels flourish. What if we blended them both into one course? I’ll discuss the highs and lows of redesigning a bricks and mortar class to a blended workshop format. We’ll consider how to integrate the best in creative writing pedagogy and innovative learning technology for interactive blended learning. And how we can help students cultivate foundational tools in craft, technique, and critical analysis while challenging them toward deeper understanding and more thoughtful application of the concepts learned through more face-to-face engagement in person.
|European Association of Creative Writing Programmes; Barcelona, Spain||2019||Arts | Creative Writing|
|Webb, Andrea S; Welsh, Ashley J||Phenomenology as a methodology for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning research [...]|
The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is a rich forum where scholars from different fields and philosophical orientations find space to share their research on teaching and learning in higher education. Within this paper, we will share our individual and collective experiences of why we perceive phenomenology as a methodology well-suited for a broad range of SoTL purposes. Phenomenology is a research approach that focuses on describing the common meaning of the lived experience of several individuals about a particular phenomenon. We will discuss how phenomenology informed our own SoTL research projects, exploring the experiences of faculty and undergraduates in higher education. We will highlight the challenges and affordances that emerged from our use of this methodology. Phenomenology has motivated us to tell our stories...
|Teaching & Learning Inquiry||2019||Education | Curriculum & Pedagogy|
|Zeng, Michelle, Shrestha, Anil; Chen, Hailan; Wang, Guangyu; Crowley, Chris||Forestry education in action: Team-based approach delivering collaborative learning for large online repurposed OER courses [...]|
Global challenges such as climate change, forest degradation and illegal logging are having a major environmental, economic, and social impact around the world. Global access to relevant open education resources is extremely important to address these challenges and improve sustainable forest management practices. Under this context, since 2014 the University of British Columbia (UBC) Faculty of Forestry has led a multinational, multi-university collaborative forestry online program to develop a series of self-directed online courses in sustainable forest management (SFM) for global learners as open educational resources (OER). As the only SFM online program of its kind, it provides world-class forestry education resources created and supported by leading professors and experts from internationally recognized universities...
|World Conference on Online Learning||2019||Forestry | Executive Office of the Asia Pacific Forestry Education Coordination Mechanism|
|Walker, Kristen, A.||Reducing Classroom Anxiety Through a Student-Generated Model of Participation. [...]|
University courses designed to contain in-class discussion often involve measurements of participation; however, issues arise in how to objectively and effectively assess participation. Lack of transparency and clarity on participation criteria and marking can cause student anxiety. This project aims to assess the impact of a student-created participation model in reducing anxiety related to participation. Workshops were conducted with 4th-year undergraduate students at a Canadian research-intensive university. A participation model was constructed and subsequently implemented in upper-level undergraduate courses that emphasize discussion. Results from in-class surveys demonstrated a significant decrease in student anxiety related to participation after model implementation.
|International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference||2019||Faculty of Land and Food Systems|
|Malhotra, Nisha||Implementing Active Learning and Student-Centered Pedagogy in Large Classes [...]|
Active learning places the student at the center of a lecture’s objective and its outcome. Students in these lectures are not only engaged in learning but are also involved in cognitive processes such as comprehension and evaluation. These processes then translate into (a) improved and deeper learning, (b) better grades, and (c) lower failure rates. Given this growing evidence, it would be beneficial to incorporate these active learning strategies into the classroom. There are wide-ranging theories of active and deep learning, and just as many applications of this kind of learning. Reducing the vast number of theories down to adaptable elements requires answers to questions such as: How much class time should be devoted to active learning and participation? Should this be at the expense of course content? One strategy would be to use a blended learning approach: modifying the course structure, introducing online videos for review, and changing how the content was delivered in class. The article summarizes the approach, its application in a large classroom, and students' experience and feedback.
|Faculty Focus (Blog post)||2019||School of Economics|
|Kanji, Zul; Lin, Diana; Karan, Jelena|| Assessing Dental Hygiene Students’ Readiness for Interprofessional Learning and Collaborative Practice. [...]|
Purpose: The need for Interprofessional Education (IPE) has been well documented and communicated by many prominent governmental bodies and health organizations. However, more longitudinal outcomes research is needed to demonstrate the impact of IPE on students’ attitudes and behaviours. This study assessed dental hygiene students’ readiness for IPE and collaborative practice at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Methods: A modified Readiness for Interprofessional Learning Scale (RIPLS) survey was conducted on 23 (96% response rate) second-year dental hygiene students prior to commencing the university’s newly integrated 4-week IPE curriculum and immediately following its completion approximately 1 month later. A focus group comprising five students then explored learning experiences and impact on attitudes about collaborative practice in greater depth. Curriculum content included professionalism, ethical practice, Indigenous cultural safety, and resiliency. Results: Attitudinal shifts were observed in three of the RIPLS measures suggesting that students found greater clarity regarding their professional roles and became more receptive to learning clinical problem-solving skills with other disciplines. No statistically significant differences surfaced between the pre-attitudinal and post-attitudinal RIPLS measures. The focus group revealed three prominent themes: greater role clarification, recognition of similarities in knowledge and practice with other professions, and cultivation of professional identity, collegiality, and respect. Conclusion: Students found greater clarity about professional roles and developed an enhanced appreciation for working with other health professions after completing the university’s month-long integrated IPE curriculum.
|American Dental Education Association Annual Session & Exhibition||2020||Faculty of Dentistry|
|D'Onofrio, Christine|| Students as Emerging Artists in Society [...]|
This session experiential learning pedagogies in the visual art classroom; how it informs students’ thinking, attitudes and values in their future role as professional artists. How do students who have participated in a community partnership with professionals in the creative arts sector and institutions articulate their role as emerging artists in society? Drawing on student creative work and reflections as well as interview data from two years of upper-level visual arts courses, students respond to their experience in arts-based community partnerships. The outcome is a rich portrait of students’ negotiations with becoming artists in society as a messy and complex process. In particular, I explore how uncertainty and unknowing are integral to the configuration of the artist, and activate life-long critical thinking skills. At the end of this session, participants will be able to: - Connect fundamentals of artists’ practice-based research methods with experiential learning outcomes, and make meaning of experience through the transfer of intuition to intellect - Identify and pursue valuable reflective strategies for students to activate engaged learning partnerships into critical and transformative learning experiences - Be more comfortable in the pedagogy of unknown; both as a teacher who cannot fully anticipate outcomes of engaged learning experiences, and for students for whom values, purpose and negotiations as professional meaning-makers is constantly evolving
|Lilly Conference - Austin||2020||Arts | Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory|
|Pearson, Marion||Humanizing Patient Case Scenarios Using the Humanities [...]|
In this presentation, we describe the design, implementation and evaluation of a health humanities initiative aimed at enhancing studentsâ€™ ability to provide patient-centred care. Project: To deepen students' understanding of patients' illness experience, humanities elements were embedded in case scenarios deployed in PY1 skills labs. Original paintings were added to a lower back pain case scenario and an autobiographical essay was added to a glaucoma case scenario, with associated questions incorporated into facilitators' guides for the case discussions. Most students felt these embellishments were valuable, contributing to their understanding of the patientsâ€™ concerns and their ability to empathize. A few students had strong negative reactions, finding the embellishments unengaging, artificial, and/or a poor alternative to interacting with actual patients. Students marginally preferred the essay to the paintings, and suggested other media, including poetry, music and video for future cases. Pharmacist facilitators indicated that students were reasonably engaged in discussions of the embellishments and that session flow was unaffected. Presentation Goals: 1) to share health humanities resources and approaches to incorporating humanities elements into patient case scenarios 2) to describe benefits and challenges of integrating humanities into a pharmacy curriculum 3) to demonstrate a scholarly approach to an educational innovation Relevance to pharmacy education: Hippocrates said â€œIt's more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has.â€ However, patient case scenarios used in clinical learning activities typically focus on biomedical details and do not provide a holistic picture of the individual. Further, didactic curricula provide little contact with actual patients and students rarely have personal experience of the conditions and therapies they are learning about. Nevertheless, students are expected to demonstrate empathy and to provide pharmaceutical care responsive to patients' individual needs. Integration of the humanities into the pharmacy curriculum is a potential strategy to bridge these gaps. Summary: To enhance students' appreciation of patients as unique individuals with differing illness experiences, artistic and literary works were incorporated into case scenarios. Student and instructor reactions to these novel elements will be presented, along with future plans for health humanities in the pharmacy curriculum.
|Canadian Pharmacy Education and Research Conference||2020||Pharmaceutical Sciences|
|Hingston, Patricia||Food Science Curriculum Renewal: Scaffolding Student Learning and Enhancing Industry Preparedness [...]|
The food sector is a dynamic environment that is currently driven by changing consumer product preferences, an emphasis on sustainability, and the development of new technologies. Correspondingly, one of the largest challenges facing undergraduate Food Science programs is keeping course content and instructional methods current amidst this rapidly evolving industry. To maximize the relevancy of the University of British Columbia's Undergraduate Food Science program, a curriculum renewal project was undertaken. Specifically, the project aimed to identify key learning experiences for graduates, align the program's content with industry needs, and check for content overlaps, gaps and progression throughout the program. Methods Customized surveys were developed for and distributed to Food Science faculty, senior students, alumni, and industry members. Respondents' feedback was coded and analyzed using NVivo qualitative data analysis software. Program-level coverage, proficiency, and assessment of IFT Essential Learning Outcomes (ELOs) were evaluated using curriculum maps built from course syllabi, lecture materials, and instructors' self-reports. Results Co-op placements and hands-on experience solving real industry problems were the two most frequent key learning experiences recommended by survey respondents. The importance of industry exposure, career option awareness, and laboratory experience with an emphasis on product development were other recurrent themes. Industry experts felt food science graduates would benefit from a stronger background in project management, food market analysis, changing governing agency guidelines, and professional skills. While the importance of specific IFT ELOs will vary across sectors, industry members rated food safety, critical thinking, teamwork, and integrity as most important. Curriculum map analysis revealed strengths in our program's coverage of IFT ELOs both for taught and assessed content, and in progression of ELO depth of proficiency throughout the program. The map also allowed us to identify where alignment between course learning objectives, instructional methods and assessment techniques can be improved. The results from this study can assist other programs to understand current industry needs, emphasize content of most importance to industry, initiate collaboration on cross-institutional courses, and inform their own curriculum renewal plans.
|Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting||2020||LFS | Food, Nutrition and Health|
|Huh, Woonghee Tim||Exploring the Value of Student Work in Co-Creation in Teaching and Learning[...]|
We consider a utility-based customer choice model where the customer may purchase multiple products and even possibly multiple units of each product. We study the firm's optimal pricing problem, and present an algorithm to find the optimal prices.
|2020 Production and Operations Management (POMS) Annual Conference||2020||Sauder School of Business|
|Huh, Woonghee Tim||A Three-Party Case Study: Exploring the Value of Student Work in Co-Creation in Teaching and Learning[...]|
In the context of a large first-year business course, we explore the value of student contributors, the former students from this course, working with faculty to improve the learning experience of the students who are enrolled in the course. By studying the roles, impacts, benefits, and challenges of the student contributorsâ€™ involvement in creating videos and practice problems (supplemental resources) intended to augment the teaching process of the faculty and learning process of the student learners, we contribute to the understanding of this three-party experience. Our case study includes qualitative data from interviews and open-ended survey questions, as well as quantitative data from survey questions and resource-engagement analytics. We find that, as student contributors can provide unique perspectives, greater inclusivity, and diverse approaches to teaching, there are benefits to the instructors, the student contributors, and the student learners in this three-party arrangement.
|Production and Operations Management (POM) Society Annual Conference 2020||2020||Sauder School of Business|
|Clarkston, Bridgette||Is it feasible to allow hundreds of inexperienced undergraduate students to contribute to curation projects at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, with benefits to everyone involved? [...]|
The Beaty Biodiversity Museum (BBM) is home to the University of British Columbia's biological collections, including the largest collection of vascular plants in Canada (~225,000 specimens) and one of the world's largest collections of Pacific Northwest seaweeds (~90,000 specimens). These collections include substantial representation of Salish Sea watershed plant species and Salish Sea seaweed species and are a wealth of potential for teaching and research projects. Yet, most UBC Biology Program courses do not use the Museum as a teaching resource or use only the public displays. This project focuses on first-year and second-year students and seeks to integrate research collections into large-enrollment courses in order to introduce students to coastal British Columbia biodiversity while also contributing to museum inventory and digital transcription projects. The questions discussed here are: 1) how are first-year students' knowledge, interests and perceptions of biological diversity impacted by interacting with research collections? and 2) how much of an impact, and of what quality, can student participation have for BBM initiatives? For the first question, student responses to written questions in two courses were collected via a survey given prior to and after students completed a 2-hour activity using BBM specimens. Preliminary results suggest that students benefited from interacting with authentic research collections of local species. For the second question, the number of specimens recorded or digitally-transcribed by students was recorded. These data will be discussed along with recommendations for how to incorporate student participation into biodiversity projects while maintaining high-quality data collection.
|Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference||2020||Science | Botany|
|Ives, Joss||Exploratory Factor Analysis of a survey on group-exam experiences [...]|
We report on an exploratory study in which we investigate the factor structure of an in-development survey on student experiences during group exams and subsequently examine how these factors can be modelled using performance and self-reported performance measures, while focusing on the role of group familiarity because it is a measure we felt we could bolster through future intervention. We ran an Exploratory Factor Analysis on a suite of survey items that sought to investigate aspects of their group-exam experience, such as participation equity, the prevalence of productive group-work behaviours, and their personal experiences within the group. After stepwise item removal took us from an item pool of twenty-one down to fourteen, our Exploratory Factor Analysis saw a four-factor structure emerge as the preferred option, consistent with the dominant areas of focus of our underlying survey design. The four factors that emerged---presence of under-contributors, presence of dominators, productive group-work behaviours and personal experience---and the items that were removed as part of the factor analysis process indicate directions for future item development. These results suggest that our survey could be sensitive to the impact of interventions designed to improve overall student experience in group exams by targeting improvements in sense of academic familiarity with their groupmates, participation equity or productive group-work behaviours.
|American Association of Physics Teachers Summer Meeting and Physics Education Research Conference||2020||Science | Physics and Astronomy|
|Valley, Will||Towards an equity competency model for sustainable food systems education programs [...]|
Addressing social inequities has been recognized as foundational to transforming food systems. Activists and scholars have critiqued food movements as lacking an orientation towards addressing issues of social justice. To address issues of inequity, sustainable food systems education (SFSE) programs will have to increase studentsâ€™ equity-related capabilities. Our first objective in this paper is to determine the extent to which SFSE programs in the USA and Canada address equity. We identified 108 programs and reviewed their public facing documents for an explicit focus on equity. We found that roughly 80% of universities with SFSE programs do not provide evidence that they explicitly include equity in their curricula. Our second objective is to propose an equity competency model based on literature from multiple fields and perspectives. This entails dimensions related to knowledge of self; knowledge of others and oneâ€™s interactions with them; knowledge of systems of oppression and inequities; and the drive to embrace and create strategies and tactics for dismantling racism and other forms of inequity. Integrating our equity competency model into SFSE curricula can support the development of future professionals capable of dismantling inequity in the food system. We understand that to integrate an equity competency in our curricula will require commitment to build will and skill not only of our students, but our faculty, and entire university communities.
|Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene||2020||LFS | Applied Biology|
|Oliver, David||Development of a peer-reviewed open-access undergraduate research journal [...]|
Dissemination of results is a fundamental aspect of the scientific process and requires an avenue for publication that is specifically designed to suit the nature of the research being communicated. Undergraduate research journals provide a unique forum for students to report scientific findings and ideas while learning about the complete scientific process. We have developed a peer-reviewed, open-access, international undergraduate research journal that is linked to a course-based undergraduate research experience. We reflect on lessons learned and recommend effective approaches for the implementation and operation of a successful undergraduate research journal.
|Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education||2020||Science | Microbiology and Immuniology|
|Cho, Sunah; Werker, Gregory R.; Liu, Arkie Yaxi; Moghtader, Bruce ; Huh, Woonghee Tim||A Three-Party Case Study: Exploring the Value of Student Work in Co-Creation in Teaching and Learning [...]|
In the context of a large first-year business course, we explore the value of student contributors, the former students from this course, working with faculty to improve the learning experience of the students enrolled in the course. By describing our study of the roles, impacts, benefits, and challenges of the student contributors’ involvement in creating supplemental resources, such as videos and practice problems, intended to augment the teaching process of the faculty and the learning process of the student learners, we contribute to the understanding of this three-party experience. Our study included interviews, survey questions, and resource-engagement analytics. We found that because student contributors can provide unique perspectives, greater inclusivity, and diverse approaches to teaching, there are benefits to the instructors, the student contributors, and the student learners.
|Teaching and Learning Inquiry||2020||Sauder School of Business|
|Allison, Kelly; Nightbird, Marie||Peer Feedback for Meaningful Student Learning of Communication Skills on Online Teaching||Mount Royal Teaching and Learning Conference: Teaching in Practice Based Professions||2021||School of Social Work|
|Woongee Tim Huh||Exploring the Value of Student Work in Co-Creation in Teaching and Learning [...]|
In the context of a large first-year business course, we explore the value of student contributors, the former students from this course, working with faculty to improve the learning experience of the students who are enrolled in the course. By studying the roles, impacts, benefits, and challenges of the student contributors' involvement in creating videos and practice problems (supplemental resources) intended to augment the teaching process of the faculty and learning process of the student learners, we contribute to the understanding of this three-party experience. Our case study includes qualitative data from interviews and open-ended survey questions, as well as quantitative data from survey questions and resource-engagement analytics. We find that, as student contributors can provide unique perspectives, greater inclusivity, and diverse approaches to teaching, there are benefits to the instructors, the student contributors, and the student learners in this three-party arrangement.
|Production and Operations Management Society POMS 31st Online Conference||2021||Sauder School of Business|
|Robinson, Oral||Facilitating Peer Learning & Mentorship through Liberating Structures [...]|
Students-led learning involving peer tutoring, collaborative projects, cooperative learning and peer assessment is an important way of fostering mentorship within the classroom (Topping, 2005). The benefits of these pedagogical strategies include enhanced leadership skills, sharing of knowledge, ideas and experience between the participants and improved academic performance (Boud, 2001). However, large class sizes, short teaching times and inflexible lecture spaces constrain our abilities to engage in effective peer learning during teaching sessions. Liberating Structures is a recent innovation that promises to mitigate these challenges by offering a collection of strategies to structure interaction, liberate course content, foster creativity, spark individual brilliance and tap into collective wisdom (Lipmanowicz & McCandless, 2014). The key advantage of Liberating Structures is that it requires that all participants engage in the creation of solutions, which promotes inclusive academic communities. The proposed workshop provides hands-on experience using liberating structure activities with suggestions on how they can promote in-class collaboration, mentorship and full engagement of students. Workshop participants will practice the activities, participate in peer learning and peer mentorship in this lively, interactive session. The presentation will also draw on data from a survey of students in a large upper-level Sociology course at University of British Columbia where students were instructed using liberating structures. The benefits identified by students include that it promoted deep and reflective learning, agency in the learning process and friendships beyond the classroom.
|Taylor Institute 2021 Conference on Postsecondary Learning and Teaching||2021||Arts | Sociology|
|Graves, Jonathan||Course-Based Versus Field Undergraduate Research Experiences [...]|
This paper compares undergraduate course-based research experiences to field-based research experiences to understand the relationship between these different forms of experiential learning. I study undergraduate research experiences across an economics department at a large Canadian research university. Statistical analysis indicates there are not large differences between field- and course-based experiences. The main differences favour course-based instruction, with course-based experiences associated with more independent thinking and relevant task engagement. Overall, I conclude curriculum designers should focus attention on proper course-based curriculum design rather than simply trying to adapt “research-like” experiences into the classroom.
|Teaching & Learning Inquiry||2021||School of Economics|
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