DAC Faculty member is another bright "LITE"

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Jill Tomasson Goodwin presenting in front of a room full of studentsLast week, the University of Waterloo announced the LITE Grant recipients.  The LITE Grants are intended to provide support for experimenting with and investigating innovative approaches to enhancing teaching that aim to foster deep student learning at the university.  DAC Faculty member, Jill Tomasson Goodwin and Katherine Lithgow from the Centre for Teaching Excellence received a LITE Seed grant for their project entitled “ePortfolios for Career, Reflection and Competency Integration."  Jill describes the project as:

a step in understanding whether using ePorfolios can support students reflecting in class, and then articulating outside of class, their learning to graduate school admissions or employers.

In a keynote address at the recent Integrated and Engaged Learning Conference, Dr. Robert Shea noted that students find it both challenging to integrate what they’ve learned and to articulate their knowledge or skills to employers.  This LITE seed grant will support a pilot study to track and assess students' articulation of their learning by using two graduated class cohort groups (Winter 2014 and Winter 2015) from one course, DAC 309 User Experience Design, through an online survey tool, six months after the course completion. The survey will establish how similar or different these two groups are in their articulation of their experiential learning opportunity and their ability to connect it to "communications skills" and "autonomy/ professional capacity," two UWaterloo Undergraduate Degree-Level Expectations.

Professor Jill Tomasson Goodwin has been with the department for 25 years.  During her career, she has focused on communication design, starting in the Speech Communication program, and for the last five years, in the Digital Arts Communication Specialization program.  Most recently, she has focused on the design of interviewing for insight gathering and usability testing in user experience design.