Learning Enhancement Fund (LEF)

Funded Projects

Learning Enhancement Fund 2011/2012

Development of a cross functional product development program and annual product show
Art Hill

We propose to synchronize three existing product development courses (NUTR*3390, FOOD*4700, and an existing interdisciplinary product development course currently offered through CME) to allow independent lectures, integrated tutorials, and creation of interdisciplinary product development teams. The synchronized courses will culminate with an annual product development show adjudicated by academic and industry product development specialists. LEF funding will be used to hire a part time MSc level person to integrate the material, develop learning strategies and outcomes for the product development projects, and secure sponsorships for the projects.

PJ’s Restaurant, moving towards a more sustainable future!
Bruce McAdams
Award - $15,200

This proposal outlines a plan to use the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management’s student run restaurant (PJ’s Restaurant in the Atrium) as a vehicle for student learning and research in aspects of environmental, economic and social sustainability.  Currently run in a ‘conventional’ manner, PJ’s employs a minimal amount of ‘sustainable practices’ in its daily operation.  Courses currently taught using PJ’s as a working restaurant laboratory do not cover any aspects of sustainability.  It is proposed that during the 2011/2012 school year HTM and Nutrition students taking HOSP3090 will participate in the following: (a) An evaluation of PJ’s current operation in regards to all aspects of sustainability (b) Benchmarking of current practices through the measurement of energy consumption and waste (c) Development of new curriculum for HTM3090 that would embed aspects of sustainability for future students (d)  Implementation of new ‘sustainable ’practices to transform PJ’s to a ‘model of sustainability.”

Enhancing acquisition of essential skills through supplementation with online videos
Irene Moore
Award - $10,000

This proposal enhances the education provided to veterinary technology students in both the regular and alternative delivery programs by providing complimentary audiovisual material to supplement the acquisition of essential skills.  The Veterinary Technology program at the Ridgetown Campus is unique in North America as it is the only one that has accreditation by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians.  All graduates of accredited programs must have documented that they have acquired a number of essential skills.  A number of these skills can be demonstrated in several courses.  To ensure consistency in both teaching and assessing these skills, standard operating procedures have been developed in a written format.  We feel that by digitally recording these procedures and having them available to students when they are both on and off campus, we will improve the performance of the students when these skills are being assessed.  Moreover, we will be conserving both instructor time as well as animal use.

Intercampus synchronous delivery of diploma level courses using technology mediated means
Claude Naud and Art Schaafsma
Award - $35,000

This pilot project will for the first time synchronize the delivery of highly specialized diploma courses remotely between multiple regional campuses, mediated by technology to give access to the most qualified instruction to students at regional campuses.  Associate diploma students are among the most challenging cohorts of post-secondary learners to teach by remote access.  This includes a high expectation for technically competent instructors, a strong desire towards real world experiential learning opportunities and also a tradition of hands on learning.  As a result, limited distance education and learning has been incorporated into the associate diploma programs.  This proposed project will be our initial attempt at multi-location course delivery which will serve as a benchmark for other possible distance models across our campuses.

This pilot and its associated infrastructure will also inform the potential to offer similar opportunities at the undergraduate (BBRM) and graduate (allowing more graduate students to conduct their research activities at regional campuses) levels.  Courses with the same curriculum are delivered independently at different regional campuses.  In several cases the best qualified subject matter instructor, who also has a research and KTT program closely related to the course being delivered is located at only one of the campuses.  Typically, the other campuses are left with hiring local individuals contractually, potentially leaving students at those campuses at a comparative disadvantage.  Furthermore there are a number of duplicate elective courses offered across campuses frequently with low subscription that could be consolidated through remote delivery.  By this consolidation of resources and remote access to the most qualified instructors the associate diploma program can continue to offer a diverse selection of high quality and well subscribed electives. 

CAD Club
John Phillips
Award - $5,000

 CAD (computer aided design) Club is proposed.  The purpose of this endeavour is to engage highly motivated students across disciplines and connect them with cutting edge CAD and related facilities on campus.  Undergraduate and graduate students from engineering, fine arts, veterinary medicine, landscape architecture, physics and other units will be recruited to the club.  The club members will have access to new and existing facilities in the School of Engineering and the new Fine Arts Haptic Lab.  By creating a community of CAD literate users, researchers will also benefit by having access to highly skilled students to help them answer specific R&D questions. 

Developing models for the use of e-portfolios in the fine and performing arts and in the humanities
Ann Wilson
Award - $35,000

The E-portfolio is an established pedagogical tool that has promising applications within the College of Arts.  This project, a collaboration between the College of Arts and Teaching Support Services, will hire a resource person with expertise in the use of e-portfolios as a pedagogical tool.  The resource person will work with units in the College of Arts to develop models for the effective use of e-portfolios as a learning tool in courses and to encourage faculty to use e-portfolios to support student learning.  The College of Arts’ demonstrated curricular strengths in literacy and visual learning make it an ideal site for a more comprehensive adoption of pedagogically-focused e-portfolios.  The intent of the project, through the development of models for the effective use of e-portfolios in courses, is threefold:

  1. to help students to understand the relations between courses within their majors or minors;
  2. to devise measures of student learning both within individual courses and within the curricula of various programs;
  3. and to help students to consolidate their learning actively with a tool that supports the recognition by students of what they have learned in a particular course in terms of content, methodologies and learning skills and how these aspects of learning translate to other courses and beyond the classroom.


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