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Wednesday, June 22 • 11:15 - 12:15
CON01.16b - Measuring institutional culture around supports for teaching and learning at Bishop's University: Results from the Teaching and Learning Centre Initiative (TLCI) needs and beliefs assessment

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This session will present the qualitative and quantitative results of a needs and beliefs assessment conducted at Bishop's University, designed to study the impact of a newly introduced teaching and learning centre initiative on the institutional culture. According to Roxå and Mårtensson, there is “an established link between teachers’ conceptions about teaching and learning, and the quality outcome of student learning” (2009, p. 547). If a faculty member feels supported by their institution and has a strong network of colleagues with whom to share ideas, they will likely be more engaged in the teaching and learning process. The more engaged professors are, the more likely students are to be engaged as well (Brüssow & Wilkinson, 2009). Furthermore, there is a strong relationship between pedagogical training and development for university teachers and students’ learning outcomes (e.g., Gibbs & Coffey, 2004; Roxå & Mårtensson, 2012).

As a small, primarily undergraduate university, quality teaching and student success are at the core of our institutional mission. However, we had hitherto been informal in our approach to pedagogical development. In establishing a Teaching and Learning Center Initiative, we sought to formalize support around inspired and innovative pedagogy within the classroom and beyond, in research, scholarship, and creative activity.

The following research questions will be addressed:

1) What needs and beliefs do full-time and contract faculty, and academic librarians at Bishop's University have regarding teaching and learning?

2) What is the existing institutional culture around supports for teaching and learning at Bishop's University?

3) What pedagogical development activities and resources are valued within this culture?

Participants will also be encouraged to engage in personal reflection and small group discussion on the institutional culture around teaching and learning at their home institutions.

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Corinne Haigh

Associate Professor, Bishop's University
Dr. Corinne Haigh is an associate professor in the School of Education, Bishop’s University. She has served as Chair of the Bishop’s University Teaching and Learning Centre and is studying how institutional culture affects learning outcomes in undergraduate education. Her disciplinary... Read More →
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Jessica Riddell

Associate Professor, Bishop\'s University
Jessica Riddell is an Associate Professor of Medieval and Renaissance literature. She received the William and Nancy Turner Award for Teaching Excellence and is a 3M NTF (2015). A founding member of the Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC) at Bishop’s, she is acting chair of the TLC... Read More →

Wednesday June 22, 2016 11:15 - 12:15 EDT
Weldon Library 121 (Teaching Support Centre) Western University