University of British Columbia
University of Saskatchewan
A Research Action Cluster focused on learning outcomes began to take shape in 2012 with a workshop at Queen’s University to explore the role of pedagogical support units in stimulating improvement. This event led to a formal proposal to begin a research action cluster, with leadership from Queen’s, which was approved and launched with a workshop in fall 2013 attended by 6 campuses and members of the BVA Hub. This RAC was characterized by an evolving focus in which participants explored a variety of issues related to the role of Centers for Teaching and Learning: most notably, the role of centers in promoting best practices for teaching transferrable cognitive skills; how such centers can work with departments around curriculum development; and (more recently) the assessment of student learning outcomes. The RAC has generated a number of products and outcomes from this work including:
A published paper
Bens, S., Kolomitro, K.,& Han, A. (Accepted). Curriculum Development: Enabling and Limiting Factors. International Journal for Academic Development.