Large Scale Successes: Winning Strategies for Big Classes

Posted on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

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The Physical Science & Engineering Education Research Centre Steering Committee will host a panel discussion at the upcoming Teaching & Learning Innovations Conference. Following the theme of the conference - Enhancing Teaching and Learning: The Evolution of the Lecture - the PSEER led discussion will focus on “Large Scale Successes: Winning Strategies for Big Classes”. Panellists will discuss their personal strategies for successful teaching and learning in large classes including approaches to andragogy and strategies for personal learning. The conversation will also consider the next big challenges in education and engagement of large undergraduate classes. 

The panel will take place from 8:45 am until 10:00 am on May 3rd, and will feature

  • Dr. Mattew Demers (Department of Mathematics & Statistics, and School of Engineering)

    Dr. Matt Demers earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics in 2012 and was hired jointly by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and the School of Engineering, in 2013. He was granted a Learning Enhancement Fund award jointly with Dr. Kim Herder with the goal of updating first-year calculus courses at the University of Guelph.  Since then, he has made a point of speaking with other instructors and professors in other disciplines to ensure that mathematics courses are better serving a wide variety of students in STEM disciplines.  He has been awarded "Professor of the Year" for five consecutive years by the Engineering student body, and in 2016, he was awarded a "Distinguished Professor" award for Innovation in Teaching by the UGFA.
  • Dr. Kim Herder (Department of Mathematics & Statistics, and School of Engineering)

    Dr. Kim Herder is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics (cross-appointed in the School of Engineering). She has been awarded an LEF grant with Dr. Matt Demers, and has been awarded the UGFA Distinguised Professor Award for Innovation in Teaching. Dr. Herder teaches several entry-level mathematics and statistics courses, and works to bridge gaps that might exist between high school and university. 
  • Dr. Stacey Scott (School of Computer Science)

    Dr. Scott is an Associate Professor in Computer Science at the University of Guelph and Adjunct Associate Professor in Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo. She is also a Member of Waterloo's Games Institute. Her background is in human-computer interaction, computer-supported collaboration, and computer science. Her research focuses on developing technologies that enhance human-human interaction in computer-supported work and casual environments. She specializes in the design of digital tabletop computer systems for a wide variety of application domains, including tabletop gaming, military command and control, and emergency response.
  • Patrick Houlding (3rd year student, President of SOCIS, School of Computer Science)

    Patrick is a 3rd-year student in the School of Computer Science at the University of Guelph. He is the President of the Society of Computing and Informational Sciences (SOCIS), was involved in creating the Guelph Hacks for Mental Health Hackathon earlier this year, and runs the Guelph Coding Community. Patrick works alongside professors and students alike to help create a better sense of community at the school.
  • Maame Apenteng (3rd year student, School of Computer Science)

    Maame Apenteng has been an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in the School of Computer Science at the University of Guelph for three semesters. She is graduating with a Bachelor's of Computing. She loves helping people, and has volunteered as a tutor. Her hobbies include writing fiction and reading, and her favourite computer programming language is C#.


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