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2013 Symposium on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

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June 1, 2013
2013 Symposium
The Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at Mount Royal University is pleased to announce its fourth annual Symposium on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, being held in Banff, Alberta Canada from November 7 - 9, 2013.

Pre-Symposium Workshops

2012 Workshops

Prior to the Symposium Opening Reception and Banquet on Thursday, November 7, 2013 the Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning will be sponsoring a series of Pre-Symposium Workshops. These workshops are designed to be hands-on, collaborative, and practical.

Workshops will run from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 7, 2013 in the Banff Park Lodge. Separate registration is required for workshops. Those attending both the 2013 Symposium and the Pre-Symposium Workshops will be offered a reduced conference registration rate. Space is limited so early registration is recommended.

Workshop #1 - Qualitative Methods of Data Collection & Analysis in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Facilitator: Deb Bennett (Mount Royal University)

Deb Bennett

This hands on collaborative workshop features a journey through the often-unfamiliar world of qualitative methods, focusing on definitions and examples as well as practical classroom research applications. Some of the questions addressed include what do we mean by the trustworthiness of data, how should we view the idea of rigor, and a variety of other issues particularly relevant to the scholarship of teaching and learning. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their research interests, share methods of data collection, and compare analysis approaches.

Deb is Coordinator of the University Entrance Option (UEO) at Mount Royal University and a 2009 Nexen Scholar, and facilitates the Nexen Scholars Program at MRU.

Workshop #2 – Ethical considerations for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Facilitators: Michelle Yeo and Janice Miller-Young (Mount Royal University)

Michelle Yeo     Janice Miller-Young

This will be a working session about the particular ethical circumstances surrounding systematic scholarly inquiry in the classroom. It will include discussion of ethical principles in human research and ethics review board procedures, as well as working through case studies. This session will be of value to scholars who are new to SoTL inquiry, social science methodologies, and/or human research, as well as faculty developers who are facilitating SoTL at their institutions. Session facilitated by former MRU HREB chairs Michelle Yeo and Janice Miller-Young.

Michelle is an Associate Professor at Mount Royal University. She works in the Academic Development Centre as a Faculty Development Consultant in the areas of Curriculum and Assessment. Michelle has a PhD in Language and Literacy, an MA in Early Childhood Education, and a B.Ed in Early Childhood Education. Areas of expertise include curriculum theory, assessment practices, educational research, qualitative and interpretive research methodologies, and research ethics. She has been a member of Mount Royal's Human Research Ethics Board (HREB) since 2008, and served as chair of the HREB from 2010-2012. Michelle currently conducts research in the areas of new faculty experience and disciplinary assessment practices.

Janice was appointed the Director of Mount Royal University’s Institute for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in July 2013. An engineer by training with a PhD in biomechanics, she has been a faculty member at Mount Royal in the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Engineering since 2002. With an interest in teaching in learning, she has also served part-time for the Academic Development Centre, and has facilitated several cohorts of SoTL scholars at Mount Royal. She sat on MRU’s Human Research Ethics Board from 2009 to 2013 and chaired the Board in the 2012-13 academic year, and recently co-authored a paper on ethics and SoTL.

For more information please contact the Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at 403.440.5503 or sotlinstitute@mtroyal.ca