Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal

OFFICE OF THE

Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)

OFFICE OF THE

Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)

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Teaching and Learning Action Plan


Higher education has been evolving rapidly in reaction to changing student demographics, increased enrolments, the demand for student mobility, the desire for a variety of graduate and professional credentials, and the need to identify effective means to assess student learning and drive pedagogical innovation. In response to these demands, the 2014 Teaching and Learning Action Plan (PDF, 589 KB) was designed to help guide the university in maintaining its vision of providing a transformative student learning experience.

The plan, developed by the Provost's Advisory Task Force on the Student Learning Experience, provides 15 actionable recommendations aimed at developing a culture of evidence-based practice in teaching and learning. Aligned with the Academic Plan and the Strategic Framework, the plan outlines mechanisms for improvement or expansion in the following areas:

  • student engagement
  • the development of transferable academic skills
  • assessment of student learning
  • data-driven decision-making around curriculum development and student support
  • experiential and entrepreneurial learning, and
  • eLearning

The recommendations build upon the key recommendations in the Student Learning Experience Pillar of the Senate Academic Planning Task Force’s Academic Plan, specifically that Queen’s emphasize the development of fundamental academic skills, continue to develop an inquiry-based model of learning, and expand Queen’s Learning Commons to appropriately support student learning.

As a whole, the plan is intended to provide direction for both collective and individual innovation and improvement initiatives at the university, guide the development of strong support services for faculty, staff and students, and inform decision-making with regard to all aspects of teaching and learning at Queen’s.