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Wednesday, December 9

11:00am EST

Using Discourses of Community to Achieve Curricular Change: A Case Study of Cross-campus Initiatives at OCAD University
Focusing on examples of cross-campus curricular initiatives at OCAD University, this short paper will consider how to engage faculty through discourses of community to develop and advance curricula change. The session will begin with a brief overview of change initiatives in the postsecondary context, examining in particular how the discourse of “academic freedom” can be widened from the individual instructor or course to include consideration of the needs and concerns of multiple discourse communities—institutional, pedagogical, disciplinary, professional, societal—in the development of course and program-level curricula. The session will focus primarily on examples at OCAD University and the successes and challenges that were faced in the development and implementation of cross-campus quality enhancement initiatives, including a university-wide Writing Across the Curriculum initiative. The session will include the demonstration of strategies and tools used in professional learning contexts that employed approaches based on the language of and positioning within communities of teaching and learning. Participants will be invited to use and adapt these strategies to their own context and share their own approaches and tools.


Cary DiPietro

Senior Educational Developer, OCAD University
Dr. Cary DiPietro is a Senior Educational Developer in the Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre and writing specialist who leads curriculum development for OCAD University’s Writing Across the Curriculum Initiative. He also developed an Academic Integrity Resource Development... Read More →

Wednesday December 9, 2015 11:00am - 11:30am EST
Meeting Room D

11:30am EST

Providing Support for Business Statistics Course: Collaboration Between Faculty and Library Services Professionals

Applied Statistics for Business is taught as a required course in the second year of the DeGroote School of Business. The course provides an introduction to the application of statistical analysis in managerial decision-making. One major component of the student evaluation is a semester long project, in which students are required to work in groups to perform statistical analysis on real-world data sets.

The students from this class began approaching the Data Specialist and Business Librarian with high-level questions related to their project, while some could be answered with the help of traditional resources and others through highly specialized data sets. Nearly every group came to the library seeking help for their project. It became apparent that a unique collaboration between the library services professionals and the faculty member should be established to build resources and to provide support for this group project.

Thousand, Villa and Nevin (2006) identified this process of collaboration in teaching and learning between faculty and library professionals as consultative and stop-in support. Assessing needs for any modifications to existing supports or curriculum are currently evaluated. During the presentation, after discussing both the formal and informal structure of our collaboration, its benefits and challenges, the audiences will be encouraged to share their experience of such collaborations. Continuous improvements that were made to the original collaboration model will also be highlighted.


Thousand, J.S., Villa, R.A., & Nevin, A.I. (2006). Many faces of collaborative planning and teaching. Theory into Practice45 (3), 239-248. doi: 10.1207/s15430421tip4503_6


Fouzia Baki

McMaster University

Vivek Jadon

McMaster University

Ines Perkovic

McMaster University

Wednesday December 9, 2015 11:30am - 12:00pm EST
Meeting Room D