Award Summary for 2015-2016

Active and authentic learning: An interdisciplinary model for Applied Human Nutrition and Theatre Studies

Andrea Buchholz - $10,628

Simulated patients (SPs) are live medical actors who interact in real time with student clinicians in scenarios created by course instructors.  Scenarios vary widely, offering a variety of opportunities for learning, for both SPs and student clinicians.  We propose an interdisciplinary learning collaboration in which six to eight students in the School of English and Theatre Studies (SETS) who are enrolled in an experiential learning course, act as SPs for nearly 100 undergraduate Applied Human Nutrition (AHN) students enrolled in clinical nutrition courses.  This mutually-benefitting collaboration provides SETS and AHN students with learner-centered, active and high-impact educational experiences. 

Collaborative computer assisted case based learning: the use of an effective and efficient learning tool in multiple settings

Deep Khosa - $36,000

As physical resources and the availability of real-life teaching cases in a clinical education setting are placed under greater pressures, the need for an effective, alternative way to help students work through complicated clinical case-based material becomes more urgent.  Case-based learning (CBL) is an effective way for students to develop a deep understanding of complicated, intertwined medical knowledge that is necessary to train veterinary students.  This proposal aims to use the software Articulate Storyline to help students work through realistic clinical case material, with the outcome of giving all students the opportunity to use CBL as an effective learning tool. 

Development of a new series chemistry safety courses

Rob Reed and Kate Stuttaford - $43,500

This proposal addresses the legal requirement to provide safety training to all students handling hazardous materials.  On February 11, 2015 the new WHMIS 2015 legislation became law incorporating the Globally Harmonized System of labeling and Safety Data Sheets (SDS).  The creation of a new on-line series of Safety Training modules for science students is proposed.  These modules will be tailored to science students’ needs by academic level incorporating WHMIS/GHS, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Laboratory Safety, Risk Assessment, Hazard Mitigation and Due Diligence. 
These training modules will update, supplement and augment the broad based generic training presently available through Environmental Health and Safety at the University of Guelph. 

A data set library for teaching undergraduate statistics featuring University of Guelph research

Gary Umphrey - $33,760

A Guelph data library will be developed to strengthen undergraduate statistic education at the University of Guelph.  Data sets will come from University of Guelph researchers so that students see how statistical methodology is employed to draw quantitatively based conclusions in a wide variety of academic disciplines, and how statistical thinking permeates all areas of academic investigation.  An ancillary benefit of this project is that making the data available via the internet will potentially facilitate teaching at other institutions while also drawing international attention to research conducted at the University of Guelph. 

Synchronous, on-line chats to enhance active lecture engagement within large engineering lectures

Julie Vale - $9,200

Engaging students in large lectures (~400 students) is challenging, but active learning techniques are recognized as appropriate remedies.  Here, we propose assessing the use of advancing technologies around online chatting as an additional active learning approach.  Using online chatting leverages student’s virtually universal use of electronic devices (smart phones, tablets, and laptops) in the classroom.  Research questions to answer include whether a moderator is necessary, does the technology become too distracting, and will such a chat be effective across distinct instructional and course styles. This proposal seeks funds for OpenEd technical support, a research assistant, and dissemination.