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Friday, June 24 • 09:00 - 09:50
CON10.09 - Empowering Graduate Student Research: Reflections on Collaborative Learning Module Development and Learner Motivation

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With the increase in various forms of online learning, it is increasingly important to consider the role of student motivation in virtual learning environments. Learning modules that motivate online learners utilize recent research literature as well as the knowledge and talents of many different experts (librarians, instructional designers, faculty, etc.) in collaboration.

Student2Scholar is a suite of 10 fully online, self-paced modules supporting graduate student academic literacies (e.g. scholarly communication; online persona; academic integrity) and research skills (e.g. building research plans; evaluating information; citation and data management). Student2Scholar modules use a range of tools--such as badging, certificates, surveys, and other interactives--to motivate students to complete activities that strengthen their research capabilities. By deepening academic literacies, these modules empower students as they become scholars within their fields.

This highly interactive session features 1) a roundtable discussion by a diverse module development team; 2) a guided exploration of strategies used to motivate and empower learners within a suite of Ontario Online Initiative-funded learning modules; and, 3) a discussion about motivating students in self-paced online learning environments. The primary goal of the session is to share strategies for motivating graduate researchers and novice scholars through the power of interactive online learning.

By the end of the session, participants will:
  • Identify factors that motivate students in self-paced online environments;
  • Understand research and practices for designing motivating online learning;
  • Explore examples of online learning that are designed to learners and enhance their capacities to learn; and,
  • Create a shared list of strategies for motivating online learners.


Melanie-Anne Atkins

Melanie-Anne Atkins is a PhD candidate in Applied Psychology at Western University's Faculty of Education. Her research and professional interests include mental health and wellness, student engagement and retention, knowledge mobilization, curriculum development, and instructional... Read More →
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Colleen Burgess

Research & Instructional Services Librarian, Western University
Colleen Burgess is a Research and Instructional Services Librarian at The D.B Weldon Library at the University of Western Ontario. Colleen serves as a board member for the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL) and as a former English Department Head at an... Read More →

Cory Laverty

Queen's University
Dr. Cory Laverty is Teaching and Learning Specialist and Librarian at Queen’s University’s Centre for Teaching and Learning. Her research interests are in the development and assessment of information literacy curricula, learning support for faculty and librarians, and undergraduate... Read More →
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Christena McKillop

Director, Education Library, Western University
Christena McKillop is the Director of the Education Library at Western University. Christena is an academic librarian who actively supports graduate students at the Faculty of Education to learn how to effectively access research and academic resources for success in their programs... Read More →
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Melanie Mills

Director, Library & Learning Services, Huron University College
Melanie Mills is the Director of Library & Learning Services at Huron University College, an Affiliate of Western University, where she has worked in various roles and libraries over her twenty-year career. Melanie currently serves as VP and President-Elect of the Ontario Library... Read More →

Elan Paulson

Elan Paulson (PhD, Western) is Director of the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership in the Faculty of Education at Western University.

Caroline Whippey

Director of Library Services, Brescia University College

Friday June 24, 2016 09:00 - 09:50 EDT
UCC 63