Proposal Abstract

Two years ago, four instructors from different disciplines, all teaching in General Education at Mount Royal University in Calgary, were curious about students' reading abilities across the curriculum. So we designed and executed a collaborative SoTL project examining critical reading in foundation courses across the four transdisciplinary areas of our GNED provision. In this session, attendees will learn about the (often shocking) conclusions emerging from our research, along with the challenges and opportunities of executing a collaborative SoTL project across various courses. The objective of the presentation is primarily to provoke questions and discussion about what exactly we want from our students when we require them to read, and whether those expectations can be demonstrated through academic tasks like producing a research paper. We also want to share our experience in collaborating on a SoTL project, and to highlight particular challenges and opportunities we faced.

Location

Room 115

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

 
Mar 27th, 11:00 AM Mar 27th, 11:45 AM

Critical Reading in General Education: What? So What? Now What?

Room 115

Two years ago, four instructors from different disciplines, all teaching in General Education at Mount Royal University in Calgary, were curious about students' reading abilities across the curriculum. So we designed and executed a collaborative SoTL project examining critical reading in foundation courses across the four transdisciplinary areas of our GNED provision. In this session, attendees will learn about the (often shocking) conclusions emerging from our research, along with the challenges and opportunities of executing a collaborative SoTL project across various courses. The objective of the presentation is primarily to provoke questions and discussion about what exactly we want from our students when we require them to read, and whether those expectations can be demonstrated through academic tasks like producing a research paper. We also want to share our experience in collaborating on a SoTL project, and to highlight particular challenges and opportunities we faced.