Pedagogy in Action: The Student Experience

January 17, 2018


Participants will experience learning from the student perspective—participating in learning activities and achieving learning objectives—to enrich their own practice as educators and Vanier community members.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • How do we engage students to foster learning?
  • What techniques are teachers from different disciplines/departments using to help students in our programs achieve learning objectives?
  • How do lesson planning and assessment strategies contribute to student success in a given program or discipline?


8:15-8:30 am: Welcome coffee (F-500)
8:30-9:15 am: Opening remarks and Vanier Academic Voices magazine launch (F-500)
9:15-9:30 am: Travel to workshop 1
9:30-10:45 am: Workshop 1
10:45-11:15 am: Snack and coffee break (Jake’s Mall)
11:15 am-12:30 pm: Workshop 2
12:30-2:00 pm: Lunch (Jake’s Mall)

Workshop Descriptions

Workshop Session 1 – 9:30 am-10:45 am

1.1 Fitness Appraisal –  Experience of a Physical Education Student: Knowledge for a Lifetime
Presenters: Marie Gribbon, Amanda Horton, Shawna Lambert, Linda Schapman, Peter Woodward
Discipline/Department: Physical Education
Description: Participants will be able to test their levels of cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength and endurance, balance, agility, flexibility and body composition as all physical education students experience each semester. Information will be included on the interpretation of results and how they can impact your lifestyle.
Location: Gym A/B/C and palestre

1.2 Microbiology: A Cultured Environment
Presenter: Claire Sergeant
Discipline/Department: Biology
Description: Microbes are all around us; contrary to what many of us believe, most of them are completely harmless. In the Microbiology laboratory, identification of bacteria and fungi is most often carried out using culture media and/or microscopy. In this session, we will take participants through the same activities performed by students during the first Microbiology laboratory session of each semester. Participants will take samples by swabbing various surfaces in the immediate environment, inoculate them onto culture media, and microscopically examine stained smears of cultured organisms. We will integrate these activities with a discussion about general laboratory safety and training, as well as some mythbusting about the germs around us.
Location: N-415

1.3 The Kobayashi Maru and Ethics Too!
Presenters: Jennifer Mitchell
Discipline/Department: Humanities
Description: In my Sci-Fi and Ethics course, I have my students run a mock scenario of being a starship captain making choices in a no win situation. Then in class we discuss the choices they made to analyse the complexity of making ethical decisions. In this workshop you will run the Kobayashi Maru scenario from Star Trek and participate in a discussion of your choices. At the end we will also look at how you can use Moodle to create tailored scenarios for your courses.
Location: N-515

1.4 Teaching the Why and the How: Dispelling Conditioned Myths about Personal Finance
Presenter: Michel Bauer
Discipline/Department: Commerce
Description: It’s not so much what you teach that matters; it’s the why and how that makes the difference. The engaged learner needs to know that you have an interesting story to share, and that s/he is welcome to participate in the debate. Getting out of conditioned “myth mode” and into proper research and evaluation is of importance in all areas of life, but it is especially crucial and alarmingly infrequent in the realm of personal finance. In this workshop, participants will engage in short, small-group discussions aimed at brainstorming on a given quotation (MBQ), and then they will be called upon to challenge their preconceived notions about personal finance. This workshop aims to be personally as well as professionally enriching to participants.
Location: N-531

*FULL* 1.5 Code Blue – Resuscitation Simulation
Presenters: Patricia McClurg, Nathalie Seguin
Discipline/Department: Respiratory and Anesthesia Technology and Nursing
Description: Join the Nursing and Respiratory faculty for a simulated “Code Blue” experience.  During this workshop you will be immersed into the role of a student learning various skills required to resuscitate a patient during a cardiac arrest.
Location: D-412 and simulation labs

1.6 Incorporating Critical Masculinities in the Classroom
Presenter: Maggie Kathwaroon
Discipline/Department: Humanities
Description: How do you engage students in a thoughtful and critical examination of contemporary masculinity? Recent social, cultural and political developments make an examination of the “rules of manhood” a key discussion to have with students to help them unpack unexamined assumptions about the construction and performance of masculinity. With this new perspective, students are better able to imagine alternative masculinities and recognize their unique gender expression. In this simulated class, participants will explore a critical question – do all men possess “male privilege?” – through the lens of a key reading from scholar Michael Kimmel and a student’s thoughtful challenge to Kimmel’s key argument. Note that participants will be asked to read a short essay prior to the workshop.
Location: N-236

*FULL* 1.7 Universal Design and Small Group Activities: Getting Students Engaged in the Classroom
Presenters: Elana Cooperberg and Tamara Brown
Discipline/Department: Universal Design for Learning Task Force
Description:  Applying Universal Design to group activities in the classroom is the focus of the workshop. Teachers will get a chance to put UDL strategies to the test by participating in small group activities that are transferable to most classroom environments. Understanding UDL principles and reflecting on the accessibility of the UDL activities will be a part of the workshop.
Location: N-326

Workshop Session 2 – 11:15 am-12:30 pm

2.1 An AHT Skill: From Syringe to Injection
Presenters: Nancy Paquin, Shara McKellar, Deana Fratino, Amanda Scholefield, Leora Morris
Discipline/Department: Animal Health Technology
Description: Participants will take part in a typical lab for our AHT students. They will learn the basic skills of how to safely manipulate a syringe, how to accurately read a syringe and finally how to perform a proper subcutaneous injection. Please be advised that at the end of the session, participants will be able to try their newly acquired skills on real animal cadavers.
Location: N-458

*FULL* 2.2 Backward Design: Begin with the End in Mind
Presenter: David Hoida
Discipline/Department: Pedagogical Support and Innovation
Description:  How do you create a meaningful learning experience? How do you use your devis to engage students? Backward design is a philosophy and a framework that keeps your key objectives in mind to inspire the design of learning activities. In this workshop, you will use backward design to analyze a competency and build a learning activity  that will maximize accessibility, engagement, and student success.
Location: N-515

*FULL* 2.3 Follow the Light!
Presenters: Mina Yazdanpanah and Allan Insleay
Discipline/Department: Industrial Electronics Technology
Description: Participants in this workshop learn to make a light follower. In groups of two, they will learn to assemble an electrical circuit and the mechanical parts required to build the gadget. Then, using a controller device (Arduino), they will control the light follower’s movement. Participants will observe how the combination of software and hardware provides a closed loop control that follows light precisely.
Location: D-343 and D-345

*FULL* 2.4 The Use of Role-Play as a Teaching Method
Presenter: Christine Lavoie
Discipline/Department: Psychology
Description: Role-play is an action method that more fully engages students and moves us toward the goal of a more accessible learning environment for all. In this workshop students will receive an introduction to the role-play technique, a warm-up and immediate immersion into the technique via an active listening exercise. This exercise has wide applications not only in educational settings, particularly the social sciences, but also in one’s personal life to help build better relationships. In fact, it is one that I use in both my Psychology of Relationships and Psychology of Health and Happiness classes. Finally, we will have an opportunity to debrief and reflect, as time allows.
Location: B-325

2.5 Introduction to 3D Modeling Using Revit
Presenter: Saul Aronovitch
Discipline/Department: Architectural Technology
Description: This workshop is about understanding the Architectural industry of today and how Building Information Modeling is used to communicate design.  Using Autodesk Revit, together we will model a small design project touching on aspects such as creating plans, elevations, sections, and a 3D model.  Last but not least we will look at some visualization tools within the software to extract quick renderings as well as a solar study.  So let’s get started!
Location: N-319

2.6 “Drawing Analysis”: Understanding Imagery in Poetry
Presenter: Spiridoula Photopoulos
Discipline/Department: English
Description: One of the many objectives of an English 101 course is to introduce students to various literary devices.  Imagery is one of the literary devices students have some difficulty grasping since it involves looking at descriptive, written passages that relate to their five senses.  These descriptive passages need to be visualized and felt in order to be understood.  One way to help students understand imagery in literary works, especially in poetry, is to get them to visually represent imagery through the art of drawing.  This workshop will allow participants to do and experience a “Drawing Analysis” activity that will help them visualize, understand, and feel a selected poem.  The ultimate goal, after the drawings are created, is to use them to determine the theme of the selected poem.
Location: D-506

2.7 Intro to Gender and Worldviews
Presenter: Caroline Chwojka
Discipline/Department: Humanities
Description:  In this workshop, participants will be introduced to rudimentary concepts related to gender and LGBTTIQ. The learning objective will be to learn the appropriate terminology in the form of a group activity. By the end of the activity, the participants should be able to distinguishing between gender and sex; gender identity and sexual orientation and identify other related concepts.
Location: N-236

2.8 Branding and Its Role in Perceived Quality and Purchase Intentions
Presenters: Anastasia Mavidis & Peter Vogopoulos
Discipline/Department: Commerce and Business Administration
Description: Attendees will participate in an food branding experiment to determine whether branding plays a role in perception of quality and purchase intentions. This workshop has a dual focus: students apply the notions of perception and branding from the Consumer Behaviour course to conduct experimental research in the Marketing Research course.
Location: N-531


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