A Waterloo Learning Innovation and Teaching Enhancement (LITE) grant has been approved for Renison's Alice Schmidt Hanbidge (Assistant Professor, School of Social Work) and Waterloo's Judi Jewinski (Special Advisor to the Vice-President). The grant is valued at $15,924 over the next two years.
Their project, "Enhancing Written Communication in Social Work," aims to address gaps in writing skills that have been identified by BSW practicum supervisors and faculty. This project provides teaching enhancement for faculty and a learning initiative for students. It will develop tools and strategies for improving BSW student writing that will be adopted by faculty and sessional instructors.
Information gathering from faculty and students (e.g. environmental scan, student papers) to establish the current needs and resources will be combined with the collaborative development of evidence-based evaluative tools and strategies (e.g. rubrics, writing workshop) to integrate into BSW courses.
As a result of this project, students will be better equipped for professional practice. Initially the effects of this project will impact BSW faculty and students and we expect this innovative approach to language learning and this type of formative evaluation will be easily transferable to other disciplines across the university.