The Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE) has announced the latest recipients of the Learning Innovation and Teaching Enhancement (LITE) Seed Grants. Waterloo physicists received funding for their project on collaborative group work in introductory science courses.
The University of Waterloo’s LITE Grants fund projects investigating innovative approaches to enhancing teaching and fostering deep student learning at Waterloo.
Their grant "Connecting Collaborative Group Work and EDI Goals in Introductory Science Courses" will help Waterloo students make better use of existing collaborative group work opportunities for deep learning and practice building inclusive, equitable groups. To facilitate course improvement, and support a broader equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) effort within our department, we will develop materials that integrate key content from an EDI bystander-intervention workshop with instruction on best-practices in collaborative group work.
The result will create materials that are general enough so that the learned skills and behaviours can be transferred into other environments including teaching labs, research experiences and co-op positions. Instructor materials will be developed to help others facilitate effective groups. We will use these materials in two courses this Fall with a reflective practice component. We will measure student attitudes toward group work and reflective practice, as well as self-efficacy and EDI knowledge and climate in the course, before and after instruction.
The other five LITE Seed grants recipients receiving funding were:
- Elena Neiterman, Jennifer Yessis, Natalie Chow, Josh Edmondstone, Zara Rafferty - Capturing student and instructor insights from the pandemic to develop guidelines on best teaching practices for post-pandemic course design and delivery in the Faculty of Health: A community-based approach
- Stacy Denton, Barb Bloemhof - Pedagogical Partnerships in the Arts First Classroom
- Mariam Mufti, Wayne Chang, Katherine Lithgow, Tracy Hilpert, Narveen Jandu, Elena Neiterman, Mary Robinson, Steffanie Scott, Diane Williams, Brendan Wylie-Toal, Jennifer Yessis - Creating, testing, and assessing a toolkit to help instructors integrate the Student-Led Independently Created Courses (SLICCs) framework
- Steffanie Scott - Learning from the Land: Developing Capacity for Place-Based Learning at the University of Waterloo
- Mathieu Feagan, Marta Berbes, Elizabeth Cook, Mercy Borbor-Cordova, Maria Del Pilar Cornejo-Rodriguez, Nancy Grimm - Pedagogies for the Anthropocene: How can Self-Assessment Help Build Capacity for Transdisciplinary Teams-Based Approaches?
Seed Grants support small-scale teaching and learning investigations or activities to develop your instructional skills with funding of up to $7,500. Funded by the Office of the Associate Vice President, Academic, and administered by CTE, LITE Grants are awarded annually through LITE Seed Grants.