TLS Catalysts: A Conversation Series on Teaching
Upcoming TLS Catalysts
There are no upcoming TLS sessions.
Past TLS Catalysts
November 6, 2013 - 12:00pmTelus Centre 217/219
October 24, 2013 - 12:00pmEdmonton Clinic Health Academy ECHA L1-430
September 24, 2013 - 2:30pmTelus Centre Rooms 217/219
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This is a monthly series of conversations with UofA teaching award winners on their trials and triumphs in teaching. Led by the award winners themselves, the series is meant to provide a forum for celebration, conversation and reflection about teaching practices. Everyone is welcome to come and learn from some of our best teachers.
CTL Catalysts: A Conversation Series on Teaching | "Undergraduate Research: Not just a summer job!"
Undergraduate research and creative activities are far more than a summer experience. Undergraduate research includes learning about the latest research in lectures, learning the "tools" of the discipline in labs and seminars, engaging with inquiry-based classes, and addressing real world problems in class projects. In this panel, instructors and students discuss the benefits of class-based undergraduate research as well as provide tips for developing and supporting engaging undergraduate research and creative activities experiences.
The discussion will be hosted by Connie Varnhagen (Academic Director, Undergraduate Research Initiative) and features Bonnie Sadler Takach (Design Studies), Martin Zuidhof (Agriculture, Food & Nutritional Science), Erinn Backer (Agriculture, Food & Nutritional Science) and Kim vanderHelm (Art and Design).
Bonnie Sadler Takach
Associate Professor, Art & Design (Visual Communication Design)
Bonnie Sadler Takach has been a faculty member in Art & Design since 2002, teaching design practice, theory and research. She has more than 25 years of professional experience designing educational media, information design, and social communications for public- and private-sector clients. This combines with advanced study in applied developmental science (instructional technology) to inform her current work, which links human-centred design, education and health. She integrates research and service into teaching, using discovery-based learning approaches and participatory methods to engage students in collaborative, design projects that connect across learning levels, disciplines, and communities. She was co-recipient of a Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund grant for “Community Design Projects: DesignAid,” which explored alternative approaches in design education and moved students beyond the classroom to work on social projects. She co-organized the Festival of Teaching at the University of Alberta in 2012–13. She has collaborated on cross-disciplinary, cross-cultural and transnational design projects involving students and communities in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and North America.
Dr. Martin Zuidhof
Agriculture, Food & Nutritional Science
Martin worked as a research scientist with Alberta Agriculture from 1993 to 2008, and joined the University of Alberta as an Associate Professor in 2009. He is an award-winning teacher and researcher. His teaching portfolio includes Animal Science 200, where students engage in inquiry-based learning on quirky questions they did not know they had about animal agriculture. He also engages students with practical issues faced in livestock production in his Applied Poultry Research and capstone classes for Animal Science and Animal Health majors.
Martin’s favorite questions have long been “So what?” and “Now what?” Martin’s research program is all about finding innovative ways to improve efficiency in poultry systems. His interests lie in understanding interactions of individual chickens with their environment, including their feed. Martin and his research team have recently developed a precision system that may very well revolutionize commercial broiler breeder feeding before he retires! PLEASE ask him about it!!
4th Year Visual Communications Design Major
Kim vanderHelm is in her fourth year as a Visual Communications Design major in the Bachelor of Design program at the University of Alberta. She is interested in how design can make a positive impact in the world around her. She has participated in design research in and out of classes. She was recently involved in researching how design can be utilized to create effective and provocative visual messages around the important issue of elder care in Alberta.