LSAC Pacific Regional Conference

  • 05 Dec 2014
  • Justice Institute of British Columbia (New West Campus)

Address: 715 McBride Boulevard , New Westminster, BC V3L 5T4 Canada (Free Parking)

Aim to the Future


8:30 - 9:00 Registration, coffee and muffins
9:00 - 9:15 Welcome
9:30 - 10:30 Session 1 – International Peer Coaching
10:30 - 10:45 Coffee Break
10:50 - 11:50 Session 2 – Organizing and Delivering a Transition Program
12:00 - 12:30 Business meeting
12:30 - 1:15 Lunch and Networking
1:15 - 2:15 Session 3 - Strategies for Supporting Academic Success: Two Models from Douglas College
2:15 - 3:15 Session 4 – Panel Discussion: The past, present, and future of shared resources and support
3:15 - 3:30 Closing remarks
3:30 - 5:00 Campus Tour and Optional Event (to be determined)

Session Descriptions

Session 1 International Student’s Integration Project   
Laura Aguilera, Learning Strategist, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Sun Yue, Advanced Level Peer Tutor,  Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Components and outcomes of an International Students’ Integration Project focusing on four areas of student support and skill development such as Advising, Tutoring, Learning and Communication will be presented at this session. This program was designed as a strategy to support the success of international partnership students to meet the requirements of each of their academic programs and complete their studies within the expected time frame.  The evaluation of the program through student participation and satisfaction are presented in the session. Overall this program provided a valuable and positive opportunity for the international students attending KPU.

Session 2 Organizing and Delivering a Transition Program
Marti Alger, Learning Strategist, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Lyn Benn, Director, Student Development, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

This presentation will look at the three day transition program (It’s About U) offered for the first time in Fall 2014 at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. We believe it is the first of its kind in British Columbia. Research tells us that new arrivals to university face predictable difficulties and adjustments to university life. We know that the earlier students connect with their university support system, the more likely they are to experience academic success. A simple tour around campus and some fun social activities are not enough to support students as they make this life-changing transition. We developed It’s About U by looking at some desired outcomes and then planning three exciting and challenging days that would help scaffold the transition for first year students. Come and hear the story behind our program and get motivated to do more about transition planning at your university or college. 

Session 3 Strategies for Supporting Academic success: Two Models from Douglas College
Cecil Klassen, Learning Centre Faculty, Douglas College
Holly Salmon, Learning Centre Coordinator, Douglas College
Peter Wilkins, The Training Group, Douglas College

This presentation will discuss two models for helping students improve their learning and study skills that are currently used at Douglas College: the Learning Centre's peer-tutor model and the Training Group's adaptation of a workplace essential skills model. Each of these models provides external scaffolding for the work that students do in their regular classes: the Learning Centre's includes both just-in time and regularly scheduled collaborative peer-led tutorial sessions that integrate essential academic skills with course-related material; and the Training Group's is a transposition of workplace skills enhancement into the academic context. After tracing the evolution of each of these models, this presentation will describe how each model addresses learning/study skill development, how the tutors/coaches are trained, and what operational support is required to make this model succeed. The presentation will provide the opportunity to discuss directions and visions learning specialists have for academic support services at their institutions. 

Session 4 Panel Discussion: The past, present, and future of shared resources and support
Panelists: Brenda Koller (UNBC), Peter Walsh (JIBC), Cecil Klassen (Douglas College)

BC Campus has launched Write Away online learning lab as a provincial project. Can learning support be next? What would that look like? What new practices and strategies might we need?


Please see JIBC website for information on local hotels: 

Inn at the Quay
900 Quayside Drive
New Westminster, BC, V3M 6G1
Tel: 604.520.1776
Toll-free: 1.800.663.2001
Fax: 604.520.5645

Campus Parking Details 

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