SALTISE Community NewsletterDecember 2016, Vol. 4 Issue 5
Dear Member , As 2016 draws to a close we take this opportunity to thank you for being part of the SALTISE Community. It’s been another great year and we owe much of this to your continued support and commitment.This newsletter looks back on 2016 and showcases some of SALTISE’s main events, Community members’ accomplishments, and a few of the initiatives we launched this year. We look forward to keeping you informed on upcoming news and announcements. And, hope you will join us for locally sponsored events but most of all on June 5th for our 2017 SALTISE Conference. So, save the date! Thank you again for being part of this incredible Community and look forward to working with you as we begin our planning for 2017.
Wishing you and yours a Happy Holiday Season and all the best for the New Year!
The SALTISE team
If you are interested in volunteering for any of the SALTISE committees, or learning more about our sponsored events, please contact us. We welcome your involvement.
Community Gatherings 2016 provided many opportunities for colleagues to get together to share emerging practices. Of particular note are the meetings organized by Dawson’s Active Learning Community (DALC), which hosted 6 events in their “invited speakers series” along with many other special presentations. These events focused on discipline-related AL activities and techniques, and the sharing of new technologies. In the process, attracting new members and expanding our peer-to-peer mentoring. If you’d like to join them for one of these Friday gatherings, check out our calendar of events on our new SALTISE website.
Here is a sampling of the events they hosted.March Working Effectively In-Class and Outside-of-Class: Leveraging software and tablet technologies to support student engagement – Adamo Petosa and Selma Hamdani (both from Dawson College) showcased new software platforms that facilitate individual accountability within group work, while allowing instructors to set up exercises that can be started outside the classroom and continuing within. April Shifting Paradigms in Science Education: What Successful Biology Professors Tell Us About Changing Assessments and Motivating Student Engagement – Claire Trottier (McGill) and Edward Awad (Vanier) talked about their successes in making changes in their teaching and their students’ approach to learning. Claire described several initiatives including peer review in a medium-large class and “performance based assessments” in lab courses that can promote students’ self-regulation. Edward discussed the challenges of motivating students to engage in class (and in the lab) and how he has used the flipped classroom approach.Integrating Online Tools & Platforms in Language Teaching Using AL Pedagogy –Chantale Giguère (Dawson), Prisca Fenoglio and Sarah Anthony (both from McGill) showcased how we can foster active learning through the strategic use of Web 2.0 tools (such as Etherpad and Google+) and synchronous online teaching platforms (such as VIA).
Motivating Students with an Aim to Fostering Deep Learning– a Psychology Professor’s experience – Jens Pruessner (McGill) shared his teaching experience and how he has made the shift to active learning in his teaching.
October Assessments as Learning: How can feedback increase students’ learning – Chris Whittaker (Dawson) led this session in which we explored a few active learning assessment strategies; Immediate Feedback Assessment Technique (IF-AT) scratch cards, Peerceptiv (peer assessment tool), and 2-Stage group testing technique. November Leveraging professional learning communities through collaborative design, representation, and reflection – Alain Breuleux (McGill) led an interactive workshop on professional development which offered tools and opportunities to reflect on our teaching, which can support the refinement of our AL practices.
Conference Presentations This year, many members of SALTISE represented our community at conferences held at the local, national and international levels, all presentations being well received by these varied audiences. SALTISE, as a community, is making a positive impact on AL research and practice, and on the advancement of knowledge about implementing pedagogical change.
International conferences: International Society of the Learning Sciences – ISLS – Conference (Singapore), European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning – EC-TEL Conference (Lyon, France), Open ED-x Conference (San Francisco), Association canadienne-française pour l’avancement des sciences – ACFAS – (Montreal)
National conferences: Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education – STLHE – Conference (London, ON)
Local conferences: ARC (Montreal), AQPC (Quebec)For more information on these presentations, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
2016 SALTISE Conference
Again we thank our host, UQAM, for their generous support with our 5th Annual conference. But we are not resting on this success as our SALTISE 2017 Conference Committee is already planning our next conference, hoping to make it even better. If you wish to join us in this planning or have suggestions for the conference, please contact us at email@example.com.
Building the Network
Along with the success of the 5th Annual Conference, members of the SALTISE community have supported numerous pedagogical day events and invited talks at our sister colleges: Champlain College, Dawson College, Vanier College, John Abbott College, Marianopolis College; as well as the APOP conference on Blended Learning, the REPTIC Conference and others.
We are in the midst of a complete re-design of our SALTISE website. Launch date is scheduled for March 2017!
BETA TESTERS NEEDED for new software – GoGRASP
GoGRASP – Group Response and Ambient Student Participation System – this application, developed by the SALTISE research team, supports instructors manage real time group work in an effective manner.We are looking for teachers willing to beta test GoGRASP in their classroom. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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