ViewPointAcademic provides evidence that “changing faster is good”
In the most recent issue of the ViewPointAcademic newsletter, Jon Driver, Vice-President, Academic, and Provost, argues that “changing faster is good” in times like the present. The issue features stories that demonstrate the positive impact of “faster change driven by faculty members, students and support staff” at SFU. For example, an article on the university’s Teaching and Learning Development Grants program highlights faculty investigations of teaching and learning approaches that could provide more effective student learning experiences, including a unique project by Anders Knudby, an assistant professor of geography who uses helicopter drones to teach his students about the collection of remote sensing data. Other articles profile Graduate Studies’ new Advanced Professional Engagement and Exploration (APEX) certificate program and the Teaching and Learning Centre, which supports faculty members in the development and delivery of innovative student experiences. Several stories focus on recent initiatives such as the Teaching and Course Evaluation project, which is seeking a more flexible, valid and useful approach to conducting student evaluations of instructors and courses; new support measures for English as an additional language (EAL) students; the recently implemented educational goals development process; and the continuing implementation of the Canvas learning management system. To read the full stories, visit the web page for the November 2013 issue of ViewPointAcademic.