Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Contributed by Vinny Varghese, Communications Intern
Dr. Adrienne Sauder, the Learning Skills Strategist in the Counselling and Student Development department at King’s University College, presented a paper at the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Annual Conference. The conference was held at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS from June 20-23, 2017.
Sauder spoke about the importance of research and writing skills for undergraduate students in her presentation entitled “Examining the influence of embedded multi-modal online learning modules for supporting undergraduate student skill development.” She notes that professors find it challenging to properly prepare students and improve their writing skills during class hours while still covering the necessary course content.
Sauder believes this is where online opportunities for learning can be used to address students’ learning gaps in information literacy, writing and referencing. The presentation gave insight into the success of embedded online essential skill training in an undergraduate course and was based on a project developed in collaborationwith the Thanatology program, the Library, and The Write Place. Faculty members who want to add essential skill training through online modules into their courses should contact Dr. Sauder.
Dr. Adrienne Sauder holds a PhD in Educational Psychology/Special Education from Western University. She has been working as the Learning Skills Strategist at King’s University College for three years. Learning skills workshops are offered to King’s students weekly, for free, on a drop in basis. Students can earn a Certificate of Academic Engagement after completing a required number of sessions. Individual appointments and drop-in hours are also available to students throughout the school year.