Inspiring Students to Achieve Success: A Shifting Paradigm to Support Student Learning
The Student Learning Centre at UOIT is inspiring students to achieve success by offering comprehensive programs and service options that are collaborative and meet the needs of our students. Historically, the Student Learning Centre focused support for students in two ways - the one-on-one appointment in writing, ESL, math, physics and study skills as well as focused workshops. With the growing need of support from our diverse student population it became necessary to offer alternatives to the one-on-one appointment and focused workshops, and expand our reach through peer supports, learning communities, and academic skills development programming. Students benefit from collaborative learning environments and peer-to-peer interactions, and as a result, a shift in our services assists both students and our small team’s ability to manage the support demands.
This webinar will provide an overview of our service model, including how we collaborate, prioritize and plan our programming; what student populations we focus on; and how we solicit feedback and assess student learning. You will also learn about the changes we have made to the Student Learning Centre at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. How we, the Student Learning Centre, teamed up with academic advisors, professors, and campus partners to develop innovative supports for students. You will hear about the evolution of new approaches to our service model and how we have expanded our reach. Such concepts as the Writing Room, Math Study Hall, Physics Space, and Drop-ins will be highlighted, along with our peer learning programs and the summer academic transition program.
- Differentiate between the Student Learning Centre’s past and present service model
- Understand key components of collaboration and partnerships
- Demonstrate the learning strategies and methods used in workshops, learning communities, peer supports, and academic skills programs
- Identify assessment tools used to evaluate student learning and engagement
About Our Presenters:
Krista Elliot, Manager, Student Learning Student Life; University of Ontario Institute of Technology.
Krista Elliott has worked at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology for the past 15 years. As the Manager of Student Learning for the past seven years, her goal is to inspire and empower students to achieve success. She takes a transformational approach to leadership and has a passion for learning and capacity strengthening. She carries a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Psychology degree from Trent University and a Master of Arts in Education degree from the Central Michigan University. Aside from work, she keeps busy by teaming up with her husband to raise their three young children (1 daughter and 2 sons).
Candace Chard, Peer Learning Coordinator, Student Learning Student Life; University of Ontario Institute of Technology.
Candace Chard is the Peer Learning Coordinator at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). Candace promotes the academic and professional development of students at UOIT by working in close collaboration with students, faculty and staff across the university to coordinate and promote the development of effective peer learning programs and study skills development among students.
Candace is accountable for the development, coordination, promotion and ongoing assessment of the Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) and the Peer Tutoring programs. In addition, Candace promotes student development through individualized study skills support and workshops in a variety of areas such as time management, study strategies, note-taking, exam preparation and exam writing skills. As the Peer Learning Coordinator, Candace values fostering a positive student experience that promotes student persistence and success. Candace trains, mentors and supervises a wonderful group of Peer Tutors and PASS Leaders. Candace loves seeing her students grow and become more confident as well as helping her students become better, stronger student leaders.