Arts Pedagogy Research and Innovation Laboratory

APRIL's 2015/2016 Pedagogy Panels

April 15th: Teaching and Reaching International Students

Join us on Friday April 15th 3:00 - 4:30 for the last of CTL and APRIL's 2015/2016 Pedagogy Panels. The event will be held in Cameron B-12

The “internationalized classroom” describes a classroom in which everyone contributes meaningfully. International students, host (domestic) students and the course instructor(s) have opportunities to learn from each other’s cultures and experiences. However, even if this sounds like a good idea, it can be challenging to put into practice.

Gain insights and instructional ideas from three professors in the Faculty of Arts who use a variety of strategies to engage international students and strengthen intercultural learning in their undergraduate classrooms.

Dr. Natalie Kononenko (Kule Chair in Ukrainian Ethnography) puts her students’ English language learning and cultural backgrounds to work on authentic digital projects. Dr. Kononenko will discuss her students’ contributions to  China Alive. In MLCS 399, Folklore and the Internet, Natalie’s students contribute content to this colourful site, which teaches elementary school students about China’s history, culture, and modern day society.

Michele Fleiger (MFA) has over 25 years of experience teaching theatre. Why are international students drawn to her Drama 247, Introduction to Oral Communication class? Michele will share strategies she has used to empower domestic and international students alike to communicate more confidently with their voices and their bodies.

Orly Laen-Netzer is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English and Film Studies. Learn how Ms. Netzer expands Canadian literature in her junior English seminar into cross-cultural dialogues that gets both domestic and international students to share and think critically about literature and their own lives.

Coffee, tea and treats will be served!

Register via the Centre for Teaching and Learning here.

Internationalizing Your Classroom: Study Update

Our classes are increasingly diverse -- filled with students from across the globe. How do we adjust our pedagogy to enhance students' learning -- and learning from one another? This academic year, APRIL is researching the ways in which instructors are adapting their teaching strategies to support international learners. Research findings will be disseminated in Spring, 2016.

Sapere Aude: Close Reading in a Large Sociology Lecture

Professor Richard Westerman bypasses textbooks and gets 60 2nd year students engaging the original texts of classical sociological theorists. Find out how he gets his students reading -- and learning to "think for themselves."

Music and Musicians Bring Sociology to Life

Assistant Professor Ken Caine brings live music into class to make social problems more meaningful to students. Find out how Ken uses songs lyrics, and face-to-face engagement with local musicians to awaken students' sociological imagination.

"Performing" the Lecture

Learn how professor Eve-Marie Morin brought lessons learned from her near-career as a classical pianist to engage students in a large first year philosophy class.