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Wednesday, June 22 • 14:45 - 15:35
CON03.06 - You've been EduCATEd! Building Community, Supporting SoTL Scholars and Scholarship

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In the Fall of 2015, the Teaching Commons at York University launched a new course with a specific focus on SoTL in an effort to promote pedagogic research across the institution, contribute to the enhancement of the student experience, and to make visible the ways in which university teachers can research their own classroom activities. EduCATE, the Education, Curriculum, And Teaching Excellence course, includes university teachers representing a variety of disciplines, who are each engaging in a SoTL project.

In this session panellists share reflections of EduCATE and the community that they have forged within the course context. Each speaker will describe their SoTL projects, insights they have gleaned as a result of their participation, and how the course has helped them in doing this research. The presenters direct analytic attention to SoTL in their varying teaching contexts: a) information literacy from the perspective of students, teachers and librarians to learn how prepared grade twelve students are for the demands of university-level research; b) the effectiveness of slide-design on student learning and retention; c) how motivation assessments in the classroom can be used to improve course design; d) student centered curriculum in critical thinking classes and their effect on course planning and pedagogy, and; e) the use of social media in the classroom as tools to promote critical thinking. The combined use of qualitative and quantitative research methods enable important insights into varying teaching and learning processes that often remain invisible to students, administrators, and others outside of the classroom.

By the end of this session participants will gain fresh insights into doing and supporting SoTL research having listened to presentations by participants in EduCATE. Additionally, participants will have opportunities to engage in discussion of key themes and dialogue about supporting SoTL in respective institutions.


Linda Carozza

Linda Carozza teaches in the Philosophy Department at York University. Her teaching and research interests include Argumentation Theory, Critical Thinking, Personality Theory, Restorative Justice, and Feminist Theory. More recently she has been reviewing Critical Thinking from the... Read More →

Jessica Flake

Jessica is a postdoctoral fellow in the Psychology department at York University. Her main area of research is in quantitative methods but is keen to study student motivation and motivation assessment tools in gatekeeper courses.

Mandy Frake-Mistak

York University
Mandy Frake-Mistak (Session Organizer/Chair): Educational developer with the Teaching Commons at York University. With a research background in the political economy of HE, and as an ISW Trainer and Facilitator, she leads faculty courses/workshops on teaching and SoTL, and co-leads... Read More →

Kalina Grewal

Kalina Grewal is the Anthropology, Sociology & Gender Studies Librarian at York University Libraries. She is currently doing research on how the library can build relationships with its larger communities and how aware high school students are of information literacy concepts.

Additional Authors

Bridget Cauthery

Bridget teaches in the Dance Department at York University and in the Theatre School at Ryerson University. She has presented internationally at conferences and is well published. In 2014 Bridget won the inaugural e-learning teaching award in the School of Arts, Media, Performance... Read More →

Justin Podur

Justin Podur is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. His main areas of teaching and research are GIS, mathematical modeling , forest fires, landscape ecology , urban wildlife ecology, and political conflicts.

Wednesday June 22, 2016 14:45 - 15:35 EDT
UCC 59