Arts Pedagogy Research and Innovation Laboratory

APRIL's 2015/2016 Pedagogy Panels

Join us on Friday January 15th at 2:30 in the Centre for Teaching and Learning's fancy new collaborative learning space in Cameron B-12 for the first of three panels co-hosted by APRIL and CTL. These panels will focus on innovative teaching practices in the Arts. Experiential learning provides powerful, engaging opportunities for students, but comes with some teaching challenges. In this first panel, learn how three Faculty of Arts instructors have used project-based learning, gamified learning, and simulations, among other experiential strategies, to provoke deep student learning. Light refreshments will be served , along with some great insights, ideas and lessons-learned. Please RSVP/register via CTL here!

Panel Participants:

  • Dr. Sourayan Mookerjee (Sociology) uses in-depth simulations of pipeline controversies to engage students in his Sociology 345 Cultural Studies class.
  • Dr. Bonnie Sadler Takash (Art and Design) will share how she and her colleagues use inquiry-based learning and community partnerships to create authentic learning tasks for students.
  • Dr. Jana Grekul (Sociology) will discuss the challenges and successes she experienced as an instructor when she transformed her traditional 4th year criminology seminar into a project-based class.

Alternatives to the Research Paper

Most of us wrote a lot of research papers as undergraduates. These foundations served us well for future graduate studies. But what about all of those students today who aren't bound for graduate school? Read the Teach! the APRIL Blog to learn some strategies for re-tooling research papers into research-based assignments that can engage all kinds of learners.

Internationalizing Your Classroom

Our classes are increasingly diverse -- filled with students from across the globe. How do we adjust our pedagogy to enhance students' learning -- and learning from one another? This year, APRIL will be working closely with International Student Services, researching internationalized classrooms from the perspectives of both instructors and students. Interested in sitting on our advisory group, sharing your experiences in an interview, or joining the APRIL Internationalization Working Group? Contact Laura for details. 

Sapere Aude: Close Reading in a Large Sociology Lecture

Professor Richard Westerman bypasses textbooks and gets 60 2nd year students engaging the original texts of classical sociological theorists. Find out how he gets his students reading -- and learning to "think for themselves."

Music and Musicians Bring Sociology to Life

Assistant Professor Ken Caine brings live music into class to make social problems more meaningful to students. Find out how Ken uses songs lyrics, and face-to-face engagement with local musicians to awaken students' sociological imagination.

"Performing" the Lecture

Learn how professor Eve-Marie Morin brought lessons learned from her near-career as a classical pianist to engage students in a large first year philosophy class.