COESP Conference Travel Awardees 2017

COESP Conference Travel Awardees 2017

Western Conference on Science Education, London, Ontario

July 4-7, 2017

Tina Hobbins, PhD student, HHNS

Seminar: Hobbins, J., and Ritchie, K. Measuring Students' Approach to Learning and Development of Higher Order Thinking Skills in a Large University Class.

    Throughout my graduate studies I have developed a strong passion for the SoTL field with my continued involvement in initiatives and research focused on improving undergraduate education, while also supporting and promoting the value of teaching. Through these initiatives I have developed a unique and multi-faceted understanding of the learning experience from both the student and instructor perspectives, and I feel that attending this conference would be a great opportunity for me to not only continue to explore this field, but to further develop personally and professionally as well. This will be my first talk at a conference outside of Guelph as a primary researcher, and I am looking forward to the prospect of sharing my research on teaching and assessing higher order thinking skills in large university classes, while also having the opportunity to develop valuable communication and facilitation skills in a professional setting. 


Dr. Colin DeMill, IB

Poster: DeMill, C. and Latta, L. Students' perceptions of the value of an anonymous peer review activity.

I have recently completed a project investigating students' perceptions of a peer review activity in BIOL2400 with Lenore Latta (Library) as part of the Inquire certificate offered through open learning. I would love to have the opportunity to share our results with the SoTL community outside of the University of Guelph. It would also be great to make further connections with the SoTL community. I have greatly enjoyed learning how to conduct research in teaching and look forward to presenting my results at a SoTL conference for the first time.


Natasha Cook, MSc student, HHNS

Seminar: Cook, N, and Ritchie, K. The Prevalence of High Impact Practices in Biological Science majors at a Large Comprehensive University.

I am a recent graduate from the Human Health Nutritional Sciences (HHNS) coursework program. I worked with Kerry Ritchie on surveying the prevalence of George Kuh's ten high impact practices in CBS majors. I am looking to get more experience presenting so I have submitted an abstract for a presentation for WCSE this summer.  


Dr. Wendy Keenleyside, MCB

Seminar: Keenleyside, Wendy J., Tanya Noel and White, Peter J.T. Videos in STEM courses: a 21st century tool in higher education

Workshop: Keenleyside, Wendy J., Tanya Noel and White, Peter J.T. Videos in STEM courses: A hands-on workshop for creating instructional videos

This will be my second time attending WCSE and my second time presenting.  Last year I attended the American Society for Microbiology Conference on Undergraduate Education (ASMCUE) in North Bethesda, MD ( 


Dr. Steffen Graether, MCB
Dr. Shoshanah Jacobs, IB

Seminar: Graether, SP and Jacobs, SR. Large universities classes: A 100+ year-old problem.

WCSE naturally represents an opportunity to meet with like-minded instructors with whom I can discuss best evidence-based teaching practices and provide motivation for getting my colleagues to think more about teaching. Longer term, attending WCSE will allow us to network with those colleagues with an eye towards potential future external graduate examiners, should the University of Guelph decide to support teaching-focused gradaute students.

This symposium will present some of the work of cognitive scientists who are studying learning. They will filter their research and develop sessions on 'best practices'. These workshops will help me mold my teaching further and allow me to encourage students to use evidence-based learning approaches. And, hopefully, to appreciate my commitment to evidence-based teaching. I will learn about different approaches to research, the use of effective control groups, and data analysis. 


Marissa Dahari, MCB

oCube UnConference, Port Carling, Muskoka, Ontario

May 23-26, 2017