Learning Enhancement Fund (LEF)
Award Summary for 2014-2015
Measuring progression of program-level learning outcomes with online components in MCB core courses
John Dawson - $42,000
The assessment of learning outcomes (LOs) at the course and program levels provides context of learning for students and instructors and informs continuous improvement; however, measuring learning outcomes is complex. Measuring course LOs through a series of inter-dependent courses permits examination of learning progression through a program. Online assessments and activities allow measurement of course LOs; however, producing online assessments and activities requires significant up-front investment. Our aim is to develop online assessments and activities that measure course LOs for MCB core courses, allowing measurement of program LO achievement and impacting thousands of students each year as a sustainable element of the MCB core courses.
Development and implementation of ePortfolios for enhanced student learning and program outcome assessment in the School of Engineering
John Donald - $43,000
The School of Engineering (SOE) has established a curriculum improvement framework based on assessment of graduate attributes (i.e. program outcomes) defined by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB). In the 2013-14 review of program outcomes, the SOE identified that implementing student ePortfolios program wide would enhance student learning, support curriculum improvement and provide a valuable source of information for assessment of graduate attributes. This proposal outlines a 16-month project to implement and assess student ePortfolios for all SOE students. The project will involve multiple faculty members in core engineering design courses in all program years.
Undergraduate Trans-Disciplinary Innovation Program
Dan Gillis - $25,000
The Undergraduate Trans-disciplinary Innovation Program (UTIP) will bring together senior undergraduate students from across campus to address real-world challenges in a collaborative, knowledge sharing setting. Students interested in pursuing senior undergraduate research projects or theses within each unit will be presented with the opportunity to share and apply their knowledge and discipline-specific skillsets with like-minded individuals, while building innovative solutions to local, regional, and/or global issues. The UTIP will enhance the existing learning objectives of each of the unit-specific senior undergraduate research courses by exposing multidisciplinary teams of students to real-world problems, and by fostering trans-disciplinary learning and innovation.
Research enterprise and scholarly communication
Wayne Johnston - $1,000
Discovering Biodiversity introduces almost 2,000 first-year students to the challenges and rewards of field research. The proposed project involves development of a data collection app for mobile devices and an accompanying data validation utility. The result will be greatly improved efficiency of data collection, data amalgamation and data validation. Students will get more immediate access to the data for purposes of analysis but, more importantly, the project will encourage students to think more creatively both about how technology can be used and about how field research can be conducted.
Development of a kinesthetic learning space
Judi McCuaig - $26,600
In 2013 we received an LEF to fund a wildly successful transformation of CIS*1500 Introduction to Programming using Raspberry Pi’s. We propose a new LEF to augment the learning environment for CIS*1500, CIS*2500, and indeed the learning environment for many SOCS courses. This LEF will see the creation of a “Kinesthetic Learning Space” (KLS) to facilitate student experimentation with physical computing. The lab will provide a creative, DIY space where students can gather to create, invent and learn, akin to a “Makerspace”. The Raspberry Pi platform that is used in CIS*1500 and CIS*2500 encourages exploration, curiosity and experimentation which helps students develop the problem solving skills needed to be successful computer scientists. We believe that the KLS will further encourage self-directed learning through the creation of innovative physical computing devices. LEF funds are requested to fund a lab assistant and student research assistants who will develop self-training materials including a library of video clips of learners engaged in tinkering.
Creation and pedagogical impact of audiovisual materials in undergraduate anatomy education
Genevieve Newton and Lorraine Jadeski – $29,000
The aim of this project is to create high quality audiovisual materials for use in the human anatomy program which includes courses at the University of Guelph, Guelph Humber and the Anatomy Outreach Program. Although materials will be used primarily to enhance laboratory-based learning, additional fields of study can benefit (e.g. biomechanics, bioengineering, neuroscience). With this proposal, we are requesting funds for the development of the learning materials, the acquisition of production materials and tablets for presentation of materials in the laboratory. The pedagogical impact of the use of audiovisual materials will be measured comprehensively through action research.
Developing a blended introductory learning experience in Political Science
Byron Sheldrick - $40,000
This project will lead to the development of a blended/hybrid introductory Political Science (POLS) course. The objective is to create a course that combines face to face (f2f) lectures, online learning opportunities and small group workshop/tutorial program along with more specialized modules and problem-based learning opportunities for both Political Science students and students in the department’s collaborative programs, most notably Environmental Governance (EGOV), Criminal Justice and Public Policy (CJPP) and Public Management (PM).