Learning Enhancement Fund

Award Summary for 2019-2020

Enhancing professional skill development in engineering courses using micro-learning

John Donald – $31,500

To increase student engagement and enhance student learning in professional skills concepts such as ethics and leadership, which compete for attention with the technical content in the engineering curriculum, a series of micro-learning modules will be created and implemented using the University of Guelph learning management system, Courselink.  The micro-learning approach will be applied in both a large introductory engineering design class, and a smaller graduate level class in engineering leadership.  The effectiveness of micro-learning will be assessed through student surveys and focus groups.  Results of the project will inform broader application of micro-learning at the University. 

Promoting career readiness among second year students in the college of biological science

Brian Husband – $24,787

Producing science graduates in high demand in the workplace for their breadth of knowledge and skills, leadership and workplace sensibilities, and business acumen, is a strategic priority in the College of Biological Science (CBS). To advance this goal, CBS launched a blended, non-credit course for second year students (N=800-1000) that promotes self-awareness and reflection on career aspirations, provides opportunities and resources for career exploration, and engages students in career planning and self-marketing. In this proposal we will collaborate with OpenEd, Library Services, Alumni Affairs and Development, and Co-operative Education & Career Services to increase student engagement, accessibility and scalability by: 1) enhancing the online interface and learning modules with video, audio and other interactive elements; and 2) incorporating more small group activities, use of small group peer facilitators, interactions with external alumni, and recognized teaching objects for professional development in the face-to-face sessions. These outcomes will ensure the course aligns with recognized EL activities on campus.

The science library project/Le projet de bibliothèque scientifique

Tommy Mayberry - $26,641

The Science Library Project/Le projet de bibliothèque scientifique brings together public outreach, experiential learning, and cross-institutional collaborative learning between French (at the University of Guelph) and Biology (at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford) to foster in our students a greater understanding and appreciation of the scientific content within their courses (Pitt-Bradford) and the practices and processes of translation (Guelph).  Biology students at Pitt-Bradford create and self-publish children’s books based on key curricular science content, and French students at Guelph translate these books to create more linguistically accessible, inclusive, and intercultural children’s books for both Guelph and Pitt-Bradford communities.

Students-as-partners in educational development:  An open educational approach to experiential learning

Coral Murrant - $15,000

We have launched a unique “students as partners” project to develop an open e-textbook.  This project recognizes students as experts in their own learning, allowing them to contribute their voices to the larger academic conversation.  In an experiential learning (EL) experience, small cohorts of undergraduates enroll in an independent student course and are tasked with finding and evaluating open educational resources and integrating them into a larger textual resource.  Engaging students as partners ensures the outputs will be learner-centered and high-impact.  This process will take students through a simulated workplace experience that helps them develop skills in pedagogy, professionalism, research, and project management.