Efforts to look deeper into classroom learning styles and farther into the cosmos have been lauded with a Fellowship in Teaching Innovation, the Western Centre for Teaching and Learning announced today.
Since 2002, the fellowship has supported undergraduate and professional school teaching at the university. Fellow receive $10,000 that can be used to develop teaching innovation projects through the purchase of release-time, support for graduate students or the acquisition of technology.
This year’s Centre for Teaching and Learning Fellowship in Teaching Innovation award winners are:
Aleksandra Zecevic and Tara Mantler
Despite the presence of engaged learning in classrooms for almost a decade, neither professors nor administrators truly know the impact it has on post-graduation career paths – until now. Western School of Health Studies professors Aleksandra Zecevic and Tara Mantler are exploring the impact of engaged-learning courses on the skill development of their students and how, if at all, it helps prepare them for their future careers.
Robert Cockcroft, Physics and Astronomy
Robert Cockcroft understands the importance of exploring the intersection between Indigenous and Western astronomy, particularly as it relates to naked-eye observations of the night sky. Through the development of an new Indigenous astronomy course, the first such course offered at a Canadian university, the Physics and Astronomy professor hopes to use it as gateway to learn more about Indigenous culture, history and the process of decolonization and reconciliation.