Any organization is only as strong as its team members and a college is no different. I have taken an active role participating in several special projects that have made a difference to students and benefited the college.
2013- Present: Hybrid Learning Initiative (HLI)
St. Lawrence College is taking an active approach to the idea of hybrid course delivery (a combination of face-to-face class time and online), and formed a tri-campus team to focus on course (re)design that will allow some full time academic courses to be converted into a Hybrid format. The faculty involved are in various stages of this conversion, and with the collaboration and input of an interdisciplinary team, hope to field test hybrid components with a view to offering a formal hybrid course by Fall, 2014.
2012-Present: Communication Across the Curriculum
In collaboration with, and with the support of, Advisory Committees, Administration, and Faculty at our campus, our communications team developed and implemented what we call Communication Across the Curriculum. This initiative is aimed at helping students develop the essential reading, writing and professional communication skills they will need to excel in their chosen field. Through the creation of a new course aimed at helping at-risk students and giving them a strong foundation to succeed at college, streamlining of all our communication courses across the programs to ensure important concepts are introduced and reinforced, and working to have those concepts applied in other courses, we are working towards a comprehensive communications strategy.
2011- Present: Grammar Clinic
Prior to the Communication Across the Curriculum initiative, the Grammar Clinic was established to support students who needed help with writing projects, and specifically with grammar and editing. Once a week for two hours, students were able to drop in for assistance with any written project. The Grammar Clinic is also a place to brush up on skills such as proper referencing and citation, and to discuss ways to improve written work on a small or large scale.
Creating pathways between post-secondary institutions in Ontario has been a priority of the current government. In the past year, I have identified, researched, assessed and pursued over 21 new pathway opportunities for students graduating from various tri-campus programs, and followed up on other existing pathways. As a result, there are now clear provincial, national, and international opportunities for any of our graduates wishing to further pursue their education.
2012: Teaching Naked
After reading the book by José Bowen, a small group of faculty undertook the implementation of some of the principles we learned about as part of our ongoing efforts to keep students engaged and motivated in the classroom. We shared our experiences with other faculty and are trying to establish brown-bag lunch discussions for informal opportunities to learn from each other.