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Senate task force seeks input about online learning


The Senate Academic Planning Task Force (SAPTF) is conducting a series of surveys on specific topics related to online learning.

“The short surveys are intended to engage the university community on this important issue and, ultimately, help inform and shape the recommendations we put forward for Senate’s consideration,” says Chris Moyes, chair of the SAPTF and a professor in the Department of Biology.

The first of three surveys, which is now open, asks members of the academic community to discuss the successes and challenges they have experienced using online learning in their courses. The second survey will focus on issues of quality control while the final questionnaire will ask participants for their opinions about long-term planning for online learning at Queen’s.

In addition to the surveys, the seven-member task force is inviting guests to their meetings who have a particular interest or expertise in the various online learning topics and themes. The task force plans to hold a town hall meeting in March to give the Queen’s community an opportunity to comment on its draft report. The task force will submit its final report with recommendations before the May meeting of Senate.

The SAPTF will examine a new issue every academic year as part of the ongoing cycle of implementing and monitoring the Academic Plan. The work of the task force is complemented by other initiatives across campus including the Student Learning Experience (SLE) task force and the Bay View Alliance, a research network that Queen’s recently joined to examine and evaluate new methods for supporting and advancing innovative teaching methods.

Visit the SAPTF website and follow the links to take the survey.

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