2019 PSEER Funding Awarded

Posted on Monday, May 13th, 2019

Written by Admin

Photos of Dr. Dan Gillis and Erin Doherty
Dr. Dan Gillis and Erin Doherty

The PSEER Steering Committee is pleased to announce that a PSEER Research grant of $10,000 has been awarded to Dr. Dan Gillis (School of Computer Science) and Erin Doherty (Lang School of Business), to investigate "Feedback Tools to Support Student Learning" 

Congratulations to Dan and Erin! 

Project:  As software design class sizes have grown, the ability for instructors to provide timely quality feedback to students has been hindered. As a result, students are unable to use feedback formatively, which affects their learning, engagement, and satisfaction. There is a need to develop automated and semi-automated feedback tools to help students identify their errors and misconceptions without waiting for feedback from the instructional team. This project will evaluate automated and semi-automated feedback tools for software design activities with the goal of fostering engagement and reflection in students. Findings of this research will be applicable more broadly to other software design courses in the School of Computer Science, or any other course in CEPS that involves design thinking.

Dr. Daniel Gillis is an Associate Professor and Statistician in the School of Computer Science. He is the co-founder of Farm To Fork, GuelphHacks, and the Improve Life Challenge, and co-creator of the ICON Transdisciplinary Classroom. His research spans community engaged software design, ecological and public health risk assessment, transdisciplinary pedagogy, and bridging the digital divide. Most recently he has been working with the Inuit of Rigolet, Nunatsiavut, Labrador to develop mobile applications for environment and health monitoring, and to develop tools to address a lack of internet and cellular infrastructure in the Circumpolar North.

Erin Doherty is the Program Manager of the John F. Wood Centre for Business and Student Enterprise at the University of Guelph. In this role she oversees operations and programming which support over 1500 students and 50 businesses annually with both curricular and co-curricular initiatives in entrepreneurship and innovation. Erin’s current passion and research interest is in translating entrepreneurial skills and education into disciplines across campus to help students create innovative solutions to complex problems in their domain. Before joining the University, Erin taught in the School of Business at Conestoga College, was a business mentor at Innovation Guelph, and owned her own business consulting practice. She is the co-creator of the U of G's Improve Life Challenge and founder of the B Corp Bootcamp and Good Biz Guelph initiative that have helped hundreds of businesses become more sustainable.

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