September 2018 | View the web version of this newsletter

Is it or isn’t it? Student understandings of academic dishonesty are ambiguous

Andrew Flostrand

Beedie lecturer Andrew Flostrand recalls two students who were upset because they had paid $800 to a “tutoring” company for an exam that they were told would be used for his course, but wasn’t. “What struck me was that the students didn’t think they had done anything wrong—not something, anyway, that warranted failing the course.” Encounters like that one prompted him to survey more than 700 business students to explore “how students define cheating, how often they think it happens, and what they think should be done about it.” The results revealed a disconnect between students’ understanding of academic dishonesty and his own. Flostrand has begun implementing measures that he hopes will foster academic integrity in his classes, starting with steps to raise student awareness. “My goal is for students to have a clear compass in areas where there is currently a lot of moral ambiguity.” Read more about Flostrand’s survey results.

A new round of OER funding for courses

Many students can’t afford to buy commercial textbooks. Open educational resources (OER) offer a solution to overcome this learning barrier while also providing instructors with flexible and adaptable course material options. SFU’s OER Grants, administered by the Teaching and Learning Centre and the Library, provide up to $5,000 plus staff support to help instructors find and integrate OER into their courses. The next application deadline is October 18. Find out how to apply and read one faculty member’s account of how he came to use and appreciate OER in his classes.

What experiential learning looks like in a design course

William Odom

William Odom’s third-year Interaction Design Methods course has a 40-student waiting list, and its popularity can be attributed to the fact that it “is experiential learning from the first to last day.” Odom, an assistant professor in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology, brings in leading designers via weekly video conferences—this semester the list will include experts from LinkedIn, Google and NASA—and also sends his students out into the community to find and work with local clients. “It’s a bridge between education, the university setting and professional practice,” says Odom. “It changes the dynamics in the classroom when students understand why they need to learn key theory and methods, and their practical value in a professional setting.” Read the full article about Odom’s course in the SFU News.

Recognizing the impact of good teaching and teachers

Exceptional teaching can change lives, but it often goes unrecognized by the larger community because it takes place within the walls of a physical or virtual classroom. SFU’s Excellence in Teaching Awards offer students, alumni and faculty members the opportunity to shine a light on continuing full- and part-time faculty members who have made a difference through their teaching. Do you know someone who deserves to be celebrated? Nominate them by October 15. To view previous award recipients, visit SFU’s online Gallery of Teaching Excellence … And congratulations to some recently announced Faculty-level teaching excellence award winners: Dave Campbell and Victoria Claydon (faculty recipients) and Martin Lee and Will Ruth (graduate student recipients) in the Faculty of Science; and Shafik Bhalloo and Andrew Flostrand in the Beedie School of Business. Read more about Bhalloo and Flostrand in Ideas@Beedie.

Don’t miss these dates!

Sep 25: Learn visual communication skills at Going Visual I: Cut Through Complexity with Drawing Basics.
Sep 28: Join Brett Gilley from UBC for Teaching Large Classes: “I Have to Teach HOW Many Students?!”
Oct 1: Deadline to request a table or presentation slot for DEMOfest 2018 (Nov 21). This year’s theme is Flexible Education.
Oct 5: Attend the Sketching in Practice (SKiP) Symposium to learn about “thinking through drawing”—registration is open.
Oct 5: Deadline for grad students to submit a presentation proposal for the Spring 2019 TA/TM Day (Jan 4).
Oct 19: Deadline for grad students to apply for the Spring 2019 Certificate Program in University Teaching and Learning (Jan 11–Apr 12, 2019).

This month in pictures

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The Terry Fox Run takes place on September 28. What did Terry Fox study at SFU?

a. Communications    b. Kinesiology    c. Biology    d. History

SUBMIT YOUR ANSWER BY SEPTEMBER 28 for a chance to win a $10 Starbucks or Renaissance coffee card. The correct answer to last month's question was Sri Lanka. Congratulations to our August winner, Julia Lane of the Student Learning Commons.


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Oct 1 Submission deadline | Call for Presenters/Exhibitors: DEMOfest 2018: Flexible Education (Nov 21)
Oct 5 Submission deadline | Call for Proposals: 23rd Annual Spring TA/TM Day (Jan 4, 2019)
Oct 19 Application deadline | Spring 2019 Certificate Program in University Teaching and Learning (Jan 11–Apr 12, 2019)


Teaching Practice

In-class Observation | By appointment | Email for details

Teaching Matters Seminar Series (next session: Quizzes in Canvas) | Oct 1, 15, 29, Nov 19, 26 | Details

Effective Teaching Series (next session: Teaching Large Classes) | Sep 28, Oct 12, 26, Nov 16, 23 | Details

Instructional Skills Workshop | Oct 6–8 | Details

Teaching Dossiers for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows | Nov 6 | Details

Spring 2019 Certificate Program in University Teaching and Learning | Jan 11–Apr 12, 2019 | Details

JUST POSTED. Rethinking Course Design: A Four-day Workshop for Faculty | Apr 25–26, 29–30, 2019 | Details

Technology & Media

Canvas Training and Consultation | By appointment | Email for details

Creating and Using Graphics | By appointment | Details

Designing for the Blended Learning Experience | By appointment | Details

Drawing for Visual Communication | By appointment | Email for details

Going Visual I: Cut Through Complexity with Drawing Basics | Sep 25 | Details

Going Visual II: Convey Visual Content with Media | Oct 2 | Details

Sketching in Practice (SKiP) Symposium | Oct 5 | Details

CALL NOW OPEN. DEMOfest 2018: Flexible Education | Nov 21 | Details

Voice & Presentation Skills

Private Voice Sessions | Sep 17–Dec 3 | By appointment | Details

Breath Power, Posture and Pauses: Your Secret Allies for Public Speaking | Oct 11 | Details

Expressive Speech: Vocal Dynamism in the Classroom | Oct 25 | Details

Better Presentations: Building Confidence and Connections | Nov 8 | Details

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