SALTISE Community NewletterDecember 2015, Vol. 3 Issue 6
Dear Member, As 2015 draws to a close we take this opportunity to thank you for being part of the SALTISE Community. It’s been a great year where we have reached several important milestones, many we owe to you. Your participation in the SALTISE annual conference, hosted at John Abbott College, made it the best yet with over 36 presentations and over 250 people in attendance. Your applications to the SALTISE Mini-Grant Program have set a new record with over 23 proposals – the Selection Committee has been hard at work with so many wonderful projects. Stay tuned for future newsletters where we will announce these awards and keep you updated on their progress. In the meantime, this newsletter looks back on 2015 and showcases some of SALTISE’s main events, accomplishments of our Community members, and a few of the initiatives we launched this year. We look forward to keeping you informed to upcoming news and announcements. Thank you again for being part of this incredible Community and look forward to working with you as we begin our planning for 2016.
Wishing you and yours a Happy Holiday Season and the best for the New Year!
Community Gatherings 2015 provided many opportunities for colleagues to get together to share emerging practices. Of particular interest were the meetings organized by Dawson’s Active Learning Community (DALC). Twice each month the DALC hosted invited speakers and special events focused on discipline-related activities and techniques and sharing of new technologies.March
The DALC hosted Dr. Martha Mullally, a Biologist with a passion for science education. Martha talked about her post-doctoral experiences at the Carl Weiman Science Education Initiative, University of British Columbia, where she supported and facilitated teaching team with the adoption and implementation of evidence-based teaching in large, undergraduate science classrooms.April Interested in Flipped Classrooms? Kevin Lenton (Vanier), Michael Dugdale (John Abbott) and Sameer Batnagar (Dawson) talked about flipped classroom approach and featured new technologies they are working on. Our research group also published a paper on Fiipped Classrooms titled “FlipJitt: Just in Time to Flip Your Classroom”. The paper was translated into French for Pédagogie collégiale; “Zut! J’ai Renversé ma Pédagogie…”. The paper’s on Flipped Classrooms can be downloaded here:
English: FlipJitt:Just in Time to Flip Your Classroom
French: Zut! J’ai Renversé ma Pédagogie… September
Kathy Morrison and Leigh Shapiro (Dawson) showcased Dawson’s new low-tech active learning classroom.October
The DALC hosted Sam Bruzzese who reviewed the use of the Socrative App.
McGill’s Teaching and Learning Services (TLS) hosted the DALC with presentations from Professors Lawrence Chen, Junko Shimoyama and Dr. Maria Oruela-Laverde.
Here are a few snapshots of these meetings.
Conference Presentations Members of the SALTISE community participated in local, national and international conference in 2015. Some highlights are featured below.
Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Conference, Gothenburg (Sweden)
SALTISE members were part of two teams of PAREA (Programme d’aide à la recherche sur l’enseignement et l’apprentissage) funded researchers who attended the CSCL Conference in Gothenburg (Sweden). Liz Charles, Chris Whittaker, Michael Dugdale and Jonathan Guillemette formed one team, and Silvia d’Apollonia and Murray Bronet formed the other. Together the teams had four presentations and played a major role at the pre-conference workshop on innovations in learning spaces – Orchestrated Collaborative Classroom Workshop. Papers from the workshop can be obtained from:http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-1411/
The CSCL conference teams. Front row, Liz Charles, Silvia d’Apollonia, Jonathan Guillemette; back row, Michael Dugdale, Murray Bronet, Chris Whittaker.
National Forum on Active Learning Classrooms, at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Our colleague Adam Finkelstein, from McGill University, was a major presenter at the 3rd Biennial National Forum on Active Learning Classrooms, at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis). http://cceevents.umn.edu/national-forum-on-active-learning-classrooms
Active learning classrooms at the University of Minnesota.
Building the Network
Members of the SALTISE community had the opportunity to meet with colleagues in other institutions to share experiences, emerging practices and information on designing classroom spaces. These meetings were of particular interest because these institutions are at the beginning stages of developing their Active Learning communities of practice. (Marianopolis 9Dec), éts (Sept), LaSalle College (Jan), O’Sullivan College) – Chris – will be speaking at Vanier’s upcmoning Ped day
Inter-Institutional & Community Research Grant
SALTISE members have won a major grant that brings together three of our colleges (Dawson, John Abbott and Vanier) and one of Montreal’s great universities (Université de Montréal) with community partners such as The Study and technology partners SMART Technologies, Visual Classrooms and Studio Code. The grant’s principles meet in September and starting an ambitious project.
Grant team. Front, Liz Charles (Dawson) & Cresencia Fong (SMART); middle, Michael Dugdale (John Abbott), Silvia d’Apollonia (Dawson), Leslie Scheider (Visual Classrooms), Edward Tse (SMART), Amalia Liogas (The Study); back, Rob Cassidy (Dawson), Kevin Lenton (Vanier), Giancarlo Brotto (SMART).
2015 SALTISE Conference
The 4th Annual Conference “Inspiring Change, Leveraging Evidence: New models for designing instruction” was a great success with record attendance. Our keynotes Professor Mary Pat Wenderoth and Dr. Liz Losh were a great success. Recall that Professor Wenderoth is a co-author of the first large meta-analysis on active learning (Freeman, et al., 2014) that can be downloaded for free at http://www.pnas.org/content/111/23/8410.abstract.
Our post-conference survey reports included comments like: “Keep up the good work. This was my second SALTISE conference. I especially appreciated that efforts were made to be more inclusive of non-science based subject matters.” And, “I think the diversity of the (conference) program was excellent and appreciated the interactive session that I attended. I like panel discussions as they gave an opportunity for everyone to be involved.”
Clearly, the SALTISE ideals of bringing educational researchers and practitioners together is meeting a need. With each conference we are getting to know each other better; and, SALTISE, as a community of practice, is the better for these opportunities to share and learn from each other.
Mark your calendars –
2016 SALTISE Conference in June 2016!
We are in the midst of a complete re-design of our SALTISE website. Look for new features such as community member profiles and databases of research papers as well as activities. We will be sending information and asking for your collaboration. Stay tuned!If you are interested in writing blogs posts, taking photographs or just sending in good ideas, please contact us. We’d love to have your contributions to the website.
DALITE – the asynchronous Peer Instruction platform developed by our research group is in the news. HarvardX has adopted DALITE and used it in a Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) called Justice. MITx will be adopting DALITE in a Physics MOOC this coming JanuaryDALITE is still growing at the prototype level. It has now been rewritten as an open standard LTI component, meaning that it can be used inside Moodle, BlackBoard, Open edX and many other Learning Management Systems (LMS). The group is currently working on making it easier to configure through these LMS.
We estimate that a more user friendly version of the
DALITE platform should be available to all instructors in the Fall 2016 semester.
Limited-Term Appointments in
Chemistry, Computer Science,
Earth Science, or Physics
The University of Western Ontario invites applications for two full-time Limited-Term faculty appointments at the rank of Lecturer or Assistant Professor, depending on qualifications and experience, to participate in the development and delivery of a new program: Western Integrated Science. The appointments are expected to be effective July 1, 2016, or earlier. Each of the successful candidates will be appointed in one of the following departments: Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, or Physics & Astronomy. The initial appointments will be up to five years in duration and may be renewable.
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