Presentation Type

Speed Presentation

Location

OM 3612

Start Date

19-2-2019 1:45 PM

End Date

19-2-2019 2:00 PM

Proposal Abstract

The results of the recent Canadian University Survey Consortium (CUSC) survey indicate that, compared to equivalent institutions, TRU students lack a feeling of connection to the campus; thus, growing and nurturing a sense of belonging within our increasingly diverse student body is vital. How does one create or facilitate connection or belonging to places and spaces of learning? Teaching and learning do not always take place in the traditional way within a classroom; in fact, sometimes the best “learning” takes place in unique and unanticipated ways. TRU’s Writer & Storyteller Alicia Ashcroft uses Faculty of Student Development’s Student Life and Writing Centre videos to not only create opportunities for individualized learning and relationship-building with students outside the classroom, but to contribute to a sense of belonging through both the viewing and the making of the videos. In terms of viewing, the videos employ physical, self-deprecating, and observational humour and the superiority theory strategically: the bumbling character of “the ridiculous Ms. Alicia Ashcroft” allows students to gain confidence to reach out and connect (“well, at least I could do this better than her!”), emphasizes that learning often occurs through making mistakes, and de-stigmatizes accessing supports. There is also an element of assess before access: the visual accessibility of spaces, people, events, or services allows students to feel a connection and establish expectations prior to seeking out a service. Creating the videos facilitates a sense of ownership, autonomy and recognition within student participants – all key elements of nurturing a sense of belonging.

Statement

Sometimes the best teaching and learning takes place in unique and unanticipated ways. Faculty of Student Development’s Student Life and Writing Centre videos create opportunities for individualized learning and relationship-building with students outside the classroom, and contribute to a sense of belonging through both the viewing and the making of the videos.

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Feb 19th, 1:45 PM Feb 19th, 2:00 PM

Multimodal Adventures in Teaching: Individualized Learning, Relationship-building, and Nurturing a Sense of Belonging through FSD’s Student Life and Writing Centre videos

OM 3612

The results of the recent Canadian University Survey Consortium (CUSC) survey indicate that, compared to equivalent institutions, TRU students lack a feeling of connection to the campus; thus, growing and nurturing a sense of belonging within our increasingly diverse student body is vital. How does one create or facilitate connection or belonging to places and spaces of learning? Teaching and learning do not always take place in the traditional way within a classroom; in fact, sometimes the best “learning” takes place in unique and unanticipated ways. TRU’s Writer & Storyteller Alicia Ashcroft uses Faculty of Student Development’s Student Life and Writing Centre videos to not only create opportunities for individualized learning and relationship-building with students outside the classroom, but to contribute to a sense of belonging through both the viewing and the making of the videos. In terms of viewing, the videos employ physical, self-deprecating, and observational humour and the superiority theory strategically: the bumbling character of “the ridiculous Ms. Alicia Ashcroft” allows students to gain confidence to reach out and connect (“well, at least I could do this better than her!”), emphasizes that learning often occurs through making mistakes, and de-stigmatizes accessing supports. There is also an element of assess before access: the visual accessibility of spaces, people, events, or services allows students to feel a connection and establish expectations prior to seeking out a service. Creating the videos facilitates a sense of ownership, autonomy and recognition within student participants – all key elements of nurturing a sense of belonging.

 

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