McGill University, Montreal, QC
Professor Lawrence Chen is the Academic Lead of the ELATE (Enhancing Learning and Teaching in Engineering) program and Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He helped in the launching of ELATE and has championed the implementation of active learning strategies in the McGill Engineering context. Professor Chen leads ELATE’s Coffee-and- Chat initiative, which is a bi-weekly informal get-together to share and foster the use of evidence-based teaching strategies among engineering instructors. He has a strong interest in the use of reflective writing as a tool to enhance self-regulation learning skills. He is committed to provide students with the best learning experience in both technical and non-technical engineering courses. Professor Chen was awarded in 2015 with the SALTISE Best Practices & Pedagogical Innovators Award and in 2021 he received the Principal’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching Award in Teaching from McGill University.
Since 2013 and after more than 12 years of conventional ‘stand-and-deliver’ lecturing, Lawrence has committed to changing his approach to teaching. He has been investigating and implementing new approaches and activities aimed at increasing student engagement and improving overall student learning experiences in technical as well as non-technical engineering courses. He is also examining methods to assess quantitatively the impact of these changes on student learning. Finally, he is working on establishing a community of practice in the Faculty of Engineering for all those interested in exploring and using new pedagogies in their teaching.
SALTISE Innovator Best Practices & Pedagogical InnovatorsSALTISE Conference 2015