Pre-Symposium Workshops

2018 Symposium on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Pre-Symposium Workshops

Getting SoTL Started (half day)
Michelle Yeo, PhD and Karen Manarin, PhD
Mount Royal University
Thursday, November 8, 2018
9 a.m. - noon

Do you feel like there is a lot of interest and potential in SoTL at your institution, but no organized effort or programs to bring people together? Are you thinking about how to help them get started, learn about resources available, or support them in sharing their great work? Is there confusion about research ethics related to SoTL, and does this create a barrier? This full-day workshop is aimed towards educational developers in formal roles, SoTL enthusiasts in leadership positions, as well as informal SoTL leaders who wish to galvanize SoTL energy on their campus. We will share our own experience and lessons learned, and participants will begin to map out a plan to “get SoTL started” where they work.

Getting to the Heart of Matters: An Introduction to Individual and Group Interviewing Skills for Researchers (half day)
Sonya L. Jakubec RN, PhD and Genevieve Currie RN, MN
Mount Royal University
Thursday, November 8, 2018
9 a.m. - noon

The heartbeat of your research discoveries resides in what your participants have to say, their experiences, knowledge of the everyday or understanding of educational concerns. Your skills as an interviewer can serve to unlock data that may be hidden from view. You are the pacemaker for the integrity and quality of this heartbeat. In this workshop we will share and practice tools, techniques and examples of individual and group interviewing approaches from diverse methodologies. Unlocking quality, trustworthy data is an act of respect for your participants and your knowledge making process. Through the following objectives, this workshop will build your skills for the interview process and help you get to the heart of matters for your qualitative discoveries:
  1. Choosing the right tools when planning your qualitative interviews
  2. Rigorous and relational techniques for individual and group interviews with diverse participants
  3. Addressing common pitfalls and challenges – keeping the quality in your qualitative discoveries

Let's Start at the Beginning: Training and Supporting Undergraduate Research Assistants for Qualitative Research Work (half day)
Sonya L. Jakubec RN, PhD and Genevieve Currie RN, MN
Mount Royal University
Thursday, November 8, 2018
1 - 4 p.m.

While pursuing unanswered questions and generating new knowledge, faculty researchers and scholars can guide, prepare and inspire the next generation of researchers who will shape the future of knowledge development. In order to attract and motivate undergraduate students as current and future researchers, faculty members must open the space for students to join their research community, while providing the necessary tools to guide and inspire research. Many positive outcomes can arise when students and faculty members work together on research activities or projects that are led by the faculty member. Through stories and case examples, in this workshop you will define the roles and responsibilities of research assistants for qualitative research work and will address the following:
  1. Recruiting and selecting student researchers (volunteers and employees)
  2. Setting students and faculty up for success with training and successful working relationships
  3. Involving students in knowledge mobilization activities

Asking the Right Questions: Using Surveys in SoTL (half day)
April McGrath PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology
Mount Royal University
Thursday, November 8, 2018
1 - 4 p.m.

Surveys are an incredibly popular tool to gather data about people’s behavior, attitudes, knowledge, and characteristics. Given the wide variety of data you could collect about teaching and learning through surveys, you may want to use surveys in your SoTL work. In this workshop, we will consider the purpose of surveys in SoTL and the types of outcomes a scholar can expect from using this method. We will review some established questionnaires and discuss the principles of good question writing. We will also discuss different question types, response options, and issues to be aware of when collecting self-reported responses. Participants can expect a mix of facilitator presentation and exercises. This workshop will serve as an introduction to using surveys in SoTL; conference attendees with training or experience in survey delivery would benefit from attending an alternative workshop.