Professor credits Centre for Teaching and Learning for teaching improvements
Diane Beauchemin has refined her teaching strategies significantly after taking courses offered at the Centre for Teaching Learning.
“I discovered a jewel in a Focus on Foundations course called the readiness assurance process that I have been using ever since,” says Dr. Beauchemin, a professor in the Department of Chemistry. “I have noticed a big difference in marks in my courses. They have consistently been higher and I don’t plan to return to my old methods.”
Students are exposed to the same material repeatedly and are able to discuss their answers with their peers and work through their errors immediately. They evaluate their learning in teams throughout the course, rather than at mid and end of terms. They complete weekly quizzes on their own, then in groups, and finally the entire class reviews answers together.
Other strategies included in the Focus on Foundations course suggest using a variety of ways to engage students in class. Unique alternatives such as BINGO and Jeopardy games contribute to a diverse learning process. Students can lead the discussion by reviewing what they remember from Dr. Beauchemin’s lectures.
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