We are pleased to announce the launch of the SALTISE Mini-Grants Program for 2016 . The mission of SALTISE is built into its name: Supporting Active Learning and Technological Innovations in the Studies of Education. To achieve its mission, SALTISE has brought back one of its most successful initiatives and will be awarding: Eight (8) mini-grants to candidates from the post-secondary sectors in Quebec (faculty and professionals are eligible). The aim of the SALTISE mini-grant program is to support efforts that promote student-centered active learning at the post-secondary level. Grants will be awarded to projects that build or sustain on-going groups (or individuals looking to build a group) producing activities and technological innovations that promote active learning. The outcome of the ideal project will see students improve their learning through participation in a learning activity or through the use of a learning tool.Mini-grants will be funded to a maximum of $2,000 each. Candidates must be ready to start their projects in the upcoming semester – Winter 2016. All projects must be completed no later than June 1st, 2016.
Below are reflections from past mini-grant award recipients.
GREG DELUCA Champlain College The SALTISE mini-grant was instrumental in providing the necessary funding to build and study an online 3D learning environment. Without the grant, this project would not have been possible. While the goal was to build an authentic, immersive simulation on SecondLife for Special Care Counselling students, the project has now gone beyond this simple pilot study to generate interest from the nursing department at Champlain College. Currently, the simulation space on SecondLife is being considered as a viable option for running simulations for nursing students. One of the biggest lessons to emerge from this project was not necessarily the implications for motivation and immersion in teaching and learning, but more importantly, that the use of technology and games in education is highly attractive to contemporary students as technology has become a pervasive part of their lives. By encouraging the use of technology in education, we encourage out students.
YANN BROUILLETTE Dawson College The continuation of the CHEM CURIOUS Chemical Experiment Video project was a success with the completion of 7 new videos available on the CHEM CURIOUS YouTube channel. This time, the videos are shorter (1 to 2 minutes maximum) and all show a clip from a movie before replicating the extraordinary effect using chemistry in the lab. Of course, we wished that time and resources would have allowed for more videos… but we plan on making 5 extra ones by the end of the summer.You can have a look at all of them by watching the following CHEM CURIOUS playlist on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=109C-GuK5tM&list=PLu0O4zSZ74I7xbH_tuRFMCVH_tNDdyQBJ
CAROLINE CORMIER et VÉRONIQUE TURCOTTE Cégep André Laurendeau La classe inversée est une relative nouveauté dans le domaine de l’enseignement des sciences. Nous voulions faire nos propres vidéos pour l’enseignement en classe inversée de certains concepts difficiles du cours de chimie générale. La subvention de SALTISE nous a permis de faire ces vidéos beaucoup plus aisément que si nous avions été laissées à nous-mêmes: en effet, nous avons pu nous adjoindre les services d’un professionnel de la vidéo, qui nous a aidé avec le tournage et le montage de nos vidéos. Assez rapidement, nous avons réalisé qu’il était beaucoup plus efficace de nous présenter au tournage avec un scénario détaillé de ce que nous voulions filmer. Ainsi, il a été pertinent de découper nos vidéos en séquences numérotées, que nous filmions parfois dans le désordre, mais qui pouvaient être facilement montées grâce justement à leur numérotation. Nos réunions “pré-tournage” nous ont pris certes quelques heures, mais cela nous a permis de tourner des vidéos de meilleure qualité. Nos objectifs pédagogiques étaient clairement atteints avec un maximum de concision, des exercices étaient prévus à l’avance, des séquences de laboratoire pouvaient être insérées, etc.Nous avions l’objectif de faire 10 capsules, et cet objectif a été atteint (vidéos au https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLokpFtkY5yS1IXcdlicMGj2rjlCug4bWv). L’un dans l’autre, ce projet a été un grand succès!
CAROLINE VIGER John Abbott College At John Abbott College’s Physics department, we used our mini grant to buy student whiteboards. Our goal was to make students model proper learning behaviour for other students. We had begun experimenting with Masonite boards taped to the walls, and getting real boards was a great opportunity to get my colleagues to share their ideas and activities: problems, mind-mapping, mini-competitions… When my colleagues saw the new boards proudly installed on the walls of the classroom, the question they asked is “Why aren’t there more?” The lesson is: once your colleagues begin active learning, they do not turn back.One of the best things about getting a SALTISE grant was participating at theSALTISE conference on June 2nd. With colleagues from Mathematics, Chemistry, and Biology we presented different activities that dry-erase student whiteboards. We played a curve sketching game, had a resistor combination competition, completed a jigsaw activity for multi-step chemistry problems, and assembled the phases of mitosis. I had heard of the neat activities my colleagues had developed, but trying them out first hand, and seeing others try the activities was eye opening. The conference participants were enthusiastic about trying activities outside their comfort zone. I think a good time was had by all. In fact, I plan to try a jigsaw activity when I teach Electricity and Magnetism in the fall. I’d like to thank Alice McLeod, Sean Hughes and Roxane Millette for a great session, and I’d like to thank Saltise for making participation in the conference a condition of the mini-grant.
The testimonials presented in this newsletter are applicable to the individuals depicted only and may not be representative of the experience of others. The testimonials are not paid.
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