Proposal Title

What’s truly working and what needs to be changed?

Session Type

Presentation

Room

P&A 150

Start Date

5-7-2017 2:25 PM

Keywords

international students, diverse classrooms, challenges, survey instrument, teaching methods

Primary Threads

Teaching and Learning Science

Abstract

Universities have witnessed an enormous thrust in enrollment of International students in Canada and North America. In this session, we will look at the challenges which diversity brings to our classrooms. Some of the best working teaching practices and challenges in diverse classrooms adopted by instructors in various fields will be shared through guided questions, polling to discussions. I will draw on our experience with survey conducted at the Master of Medical Biotechnology (MMB) Program, catering mainly international graduate students at the Department of Chemistry/ Biochemistry, University of Windsor. Participants will learn by hearing what practices have worked for us, and gather difficulties faced ranging from unfamiliarity with active learning methods to assessment methods to issues related to plagiarism.

Elements of Engagement

This session will explore diversity in our classrooms using guiding questions, polling, and discussion among participants.

# Introduction: After introducing Master of Medical Biotechnology (MMB) program with mainly international students.

# Diversity and Challenges: Challenges faced in these diverse classrooms with increasing international students with be discussed using guided question. (5-7minutes) Optional: The various challenges will be listed on the white board / flip chart for wider audience, if available.

# Diversity and Best Practices: Mobile platforms will be encouraged to gather participant’s thoughts on best teaching and learning practices in these highly diverse classes through real-time polling. (5-7minutes)

# Survey Results: Highlights of our survey results conducted at the Master of Medical Biotechnology (MMB) Program, catering mainly International students at the Department of Chemistry/ Biochemistry, will be shared. Participants will learn by hearing from experiences what practices worked for us, and gather difficulties faced ranging from unfamiliarity with Western pedagogical methods to assessment methods to issues related to plagiarism. Participants from this session will be encouraged to think in introducing more choices and flexibility while planning their support resources and course curriculum that respects all kinds of our diverse learners. (5-7 minutes)

# Exit Activity (Time permitting, could be dropped): Participants will be asked to write any one strategy they would like to take away from this session on an index card provided applicable for diverse classes to professional international programs. (2 minutes)

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Jul 5th, 2:25 PM

What’s truly working and what needs to be changed?

P&A 150

Universities have witnessed an enormous thrust in enrollment of International students in Canada and North America. In this session, we will look at the challenges which diversity brings to our classrooms. Some of the best working teaching practices and challenges in diverse classrooms adopted by instructors in various fields will be shared through guided questions, polling to discussions. I will draw on our experience with survey conducted at the Master of Medical Biotechnology (MMB) Program, catering mainly international graduate students at the Department of Chemistry/ Biochemistry, University of Windsor. Participants will learn by hearing what practices have worked for us, and gather difficulties faced ranging from unfamiliarity with active learning methods to assessment methods to issues related to plagiarism.