Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) at DC

We are pleased to share that the following projects, representing 5 academic schools, have been approved for the 2021-2022 academic year:

Dale Button & Samantha Button, JES

"Educator adaptability and the rapid transition to online education: Lessons from COVID-19"

This study aims to investigate traits, factors and conditions that may impact educator adaptability to the transition to online learning. The results may highlight PD opportunities for faculty or colleges to promote educator adaptability as education progresses in the online environment.

Morgan Chapman & Lynne Kennette, IS

"Students’ perceptions of ineffective teaching behaviours"

This study aims to provide a clear understanding of students’ perceptions of ineffective teaching behaviours. The results will bring the Canadian lens to existing research and may complement the literature that focuses on what to do to be an effective teacher by highlighting specific behaviours that may be harmful to student learning and success.

Sarah Drexler & Mary Helen Leddy, HCS

"Impact of a shaping procedure on student utilization of APA 7th edition referencing"

This project involves the evaluation of the effectiveness of a shaping procedure (a behaviour analytic teaching method) on students’ ability to implement correct use of, and confidence with, American Psychological Association (APA) 7th edition referencing procedures. If the teaching approach is effective, the number of APA errors on submitted work (specifically – annotated bibliography) would decrease, improving the quality of student work.

Howard Umrah & Hussam Jawad, BITM

"The impact of delivery pattern on the teaching and learning process: A case study of Durham College"

The project aims to compare outcomes and engagement with students in a traditional 3 hour in-class block to those of a 2+1 hour (online + in-class) block. The results may provide information for consideration when making decisions around delivery modes and patterns for various courses.

Erin Dancey & Michael Williams-Bell, HCS

"The effect of a blended learning approach (virtual lab delivery) on motivation, self-directed learning readiness, academic success and retention"

This study aims to build on research conducted on standard online and blended learning models by investigating the effect of blended learning specifically in a virtual lab environment. As part of this, the study will assess student readiness for self-directed learning and the impact on motivation, which may help to determine evidence-based practices to increase capacity in these traits in students and improve academic success, and consequently student retention.

Danielle Harder, MAD

"TikTok as a tool: Closing the gap between student journalists and the political process using a popular social media app"

The primary objective of this study is to assess the impact of using social media content creation to facilitate students’ understanding of the workings of city council, in order to improve efficacy and confidence in covering issues related to political decision making, as journalists. The results of this study may demonstrate the impact of using social media platforms as an instructional tool to teach the modern student demographic difficult concepts in a familiar way.