After discovering MORE (Mental Health Online Resources for Educators), I have been taking a selection of their professional development modules (such as how to support refugee students, supporting students with anxiety, and how to support students who are perfectionists). These helped me realize that there are many experts that can support us in the broad area of child development, but that in many ways our work is the “front line” for supporting the development of people and we need to be aware of how to create inclusive environments that support their success.
In growing from my Practicum 1 goals, I’m excited to celebrate progress towards these goals:
Goal 1: Engage in educational and professional leadership, and positions to support and work to better teaching and learning in my practice and in my the larger context of my learning community:
- Helped improve the visual engagement of the Connect Charter School blog by utilizing skills to contribute to community
- Shared educational technology tools with colleagues
- Volunteered to supervise an art club
November 2016 was an exciting time as I was privileged to attend both the Open Learning Consortiums Accelerate 2016 conference, and the Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (iSoTL)’s SoTL Symposim 2016. These were great opportunities to share my work, and to learn about other great work going on across the world.
- SoTL Presentation: Exploring Undergraduate Perceptions of Learning Resources
- Existing data can inform student voice
- Learning resources need to be accessible
- Accelerate Presentation: Evaluating A Blended Degree Program through the NSSE Framework
- Students perceptions and input can form a valuable part of program development
- Learning partnerships are important to a sense of success
Our work for OLC Accelerate is also being published in the British Journal of Educational Technology (BJET)’s special edition on Learning Partnerships (a link will be added once it’s available).
Original: November 7, 2014 – Updated: September 17, 2016
I have attended in participant roles, and presenter roles, a number of practice and professional development workshops and conferences, including:
- Mount Royal University Student Research Days, 2014 (Presenter)
- IDEAS 2014 Conference (Presenter)
- Innovate West 2014 (Participant)
- Dabrowski Congress 2014 (Presenter)
- Classroom Management – ATA PD (Participant)
- Calgary Teacher’s Convention 2015 (Participant)
- Open Education Summit 2015 (Participant)
- Managing Anxiety and Worry – MRU PD (Participant)
Teachers are leaders in their communities. During my time as a student, I was elected by my peers and spent a year working full-time as the Vice-President Academic of the Students’ Association of Mount Royal University.
In this role, I was the chief correspondent with the University community on matters of an academic nature related to students. I worked closely with the University’ President, Provost, Registrar, and Deans – as well as faculty. I was the chief representative on our Academic Parliament and spent much of the year advocating for changes and implementing policy.
I was supported by a team of volunteer student advisors who greatly informed by work, and . I’m also incredibly thankful to have come to this work as an educator – with pedagogical principles to guide my work.
My primary initiatives for the year included:
- Awareness Campaigns on Student Rights
- Readmission Opportunities and Success Programs for Vulnerable Students
- A Fall Reading Week for Mental Health
- Adoption and Growth of Open Educational Resources (OERs)
- Final Reflection: New Horizons: Retirement from Student Politics
TCPS 2 Certificate, and HREB Board Member
Certification to conduct human research in Canada granted by the Research Ethics Board after successful completion of the TCPS 2 tutorial.
I was also a member of the Mount Royal University Human Research Ethics Board (HREB), where I reviewed and contributed to the development of Human Research applications as a secondary reviewer, and full-board reviewer.
- Document: TCPS 2 Certificate
Documenting learning affords us the opportunity to reflect, collaborate, and inspire others. I’ve shared my learning in a number of places where it lives on as a contribution to the learning community, and as a place for me to reflect and review growth.
I’m certified to practice standard first aid, including CPR and the use of an AED, for effective and controlled response to emergency situations.