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Monday, May 11 • 10:45am - 12:05pm
Transforming Student Learning Skills Through Collaborative Practice​

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How can disrupting our ways of working together enhance our ability to transform teaching practices in effective and sustainable ways? Our desire to respond effectively to the needs of learners with diverse cultural backgrounds and diverse learning needs leads us to renew our practices.  We observe that for our students to succeed, we must effectively support them in learning new disciplinary cultures (Wingate, 2018), as we use universal design principles to enhance student access to learning experiences (Boothe, Lohmann, Donnell, & Hall, 2018).  

This workshop engages participants in exploring a model developed by the Kwantlen Polytechnic School of Business, Learning Centres, and Teaching & Learning Commons where faculty are actively engaged in re-thinking teaching practices in ways that incorporate UDL while speaking the language of their discipline.


By the end of this session, participants will:
• identify learning skills “bottlenecks” that hinder academic success in particular disciplines (Middendorf & Shopkow, 2018)
• explore a model for enhancing student acquisition of core learning skills through assignment audits, skills audits, scaffolding assignments, and the strategic integration of learning modules;
• explore ways in which learning technology and the use of UDL can support the integration of key learning skills into courses; and
• consider the ways in which enhanced collaboration between teaching faculty and teaching-learning support professionals can enhance the practice of all.
Session Methods:
1. Discussion: Participants will first engage in interactive discussion, with option to participate verbally or through an e-discussion tool (e.g Poll Everywhere),
2. Case Study Sharing: Next, we will explore a model for partnership between faculty, the Learning Centre, Teaching & Learning Commons, and the tools that were designed to facilitate UDL implementation in a discipline-specific (School of Business) context. A case study will be shared that details the implementation of the model in a course and the outcome of this pilot.
3.        Engagement with Tools and Personal Application Participants can choose to engage with video, online tools, and written materials to experience the resources available.  Finally, participants will work in self-selected small groups to explore how similar approaches might be implemented through partnerships in their environment.

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Lesley McCannell

Professor, School of Business, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
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Christina Page

Learning Strategist, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Monday May 11, 2020 10:45am - 12:05pm
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