Supporting Active Learning & Technological Innovation in Studies of Education (SALTISE) is a community of practice that brings together instructors and professional development staff from English and French educational institutions within the greater Montreal area, as well as other regions of Quebec. The key goals of SALTISE are based on the ideas of pedagogical change involving innovations in instruction and leveraging the use of educational technology to promote learning. It began as a consortium composed of science faculty and educational researchers from Montreal area educational institutions, Dawson College, John Abbott College, Vanier College and McGill University, funded by a Chantier 3 institutional grant from Quebec’s Ministry of Education, Sports and Leisure (MELS), see below for specific grant information.
As part of the initial grant SALTISE organized events and workshops that are of interest to the science education community, and extended these to other disciplines, and all who are interested in developing ways to encourage greater student engagement leading to learning. SALTISE events have hosted international and national scholars, as well as provided opportunities for local experts to share best practices in the area of active learning pedagogy and the use of technology. These activities have brought together over 500 instructors from around Quebec. Additionally, SALTISE members have presented their expanding repertoire of best practices at conferences within Quebec and Canada as well as internationally. Several members have won national and local awards for their inventiveness, design of pedagogical innovations and community building – e.g., the Shifting Minds National Award from the C21 Canada organization; Canadian Association of Physicists teaching award (2011 & 2013); the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education College Sector Educator Award 2012.
This SALTISE website describes accomplishments of the community, resources produced by its members, and its sponsored events. Enjoy the website!
SALTISE owes its start to the following:
Program: Projet Interordre – Programme de collaboration universités – colleges (Chantier 3)
Project Title: L’appel à la technologie et à l’innovation pour parfaire l’enseignement des sciences
Grant Number: 1126
Project Partners: McGill University, Dawson College, John Abbott College, and Vanier College
Funding Support:Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS)
- To promote the development of a community of practice among science instructors at both levels of education.
- To foster collaborations that will support the development, dissemination and sharing of innovative science pedagogies including the effective uses of technology and new learning environments.
- To promote sustainability of the human, pedagogical and technological resources, as well as the institutional infrastructure created through these collaborations, by establishing a Center with appropriate public presence (e.g., website).
- To disseminate best practices in science education through a mentorship model that supports peer-to-peer mutual sharing within and between educational levels.
- An infrastructure for the development of a community for improvements in science education (i.e., the Supporting Active Learning and Technological Innovations in Science Education – SALTISE initiative) as well as an Advisory Board which brings together educational researchers, instructional technologist and content specialists from different science disciples ñ i.e., the composition will be based on a Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPCK) framework.
- A suite of professional development activities to increase the number of science professors/teachers who successfully adopt new teaching and learning approaches at the CEGEP and university levels – e.g., summer workshops, conference, brown bag seminars. These initiatives will be developed and organized in collaboration with the office of Teaching and Learning Service (TLS) at McGill and their counterparts at the CEGEPS.
- A suite of technology-based tools and resources to support effective Constructivist teaching particularly in Active Learning classrooms at the CEGEP and university levels. Included in this suite is a project developed at Dawson College in collaboration with the University of Toronto (OISE) called the Distributed Active Learning and Interactive Technology Environment (DALITE).
- A peer mentorship program for science instructors both within and between levels.