Entente Canada-Québec (ECQ)

2017-2018 Entente Canada-Québec (ECQ) Awards

Chris Larnder

Project title: College physics labs using accelerometers
Description of project:
Currently in its 2nd year of funding through the ECQ, Chris has been developing a new set of laboratory activities in which students learn about physics and digital technology by working with accelerometers. These devices have recently become a standard element within our society’s rapidly-evolving digital communications ecosystem, supporting a wide variety of new features and technologies that affect the lives of our students on a daily basis. Some of the labs include spinning students’ cell phones on a turntable!

Liliya Nikolova, PhD

Project title: Exploring active pedagogy and encouraging student engagement using tablets equipped with projectors
Description of project:
The ideal active leaning format of our engineering classes would be when students work in teams of 4; each teams drawing schematics, making calculations, and using diverse information (graphs, data sheets, etc.). Such a format works well in a specialized active learning room where students have access to SMART Boards- John Abbott College has only one such a classroom. We suggest an alternative to a achieving an active learning environment. An alternative, that would allow our students to benefit from an active leaning environment, is to provide each team of students with a tablet equipped with an integrated projector, such as a LEVENO Yoga Tab 3 Pro. This tablet/projector would allow each team of students to enter data, analyze results, and have rapid access to supporting documents; but more importantly it would project the students’ work on a surface such a wall; enabling teams to instantaneously and visually share their work with other student teams and the teacher. Our aim is that by offering our students this integrated device, we would improve students’ classroom experience, promote deeper learning, boost students’ critical thinking, provide faster feedback from teacher, and increase academic success. We propose to test these integrated devices in the classroom with our student teams and to choose, test, and develop the best on-line platform(s) that would provide the best vehicle for a re-design of the in-class learning activities.

Tara Walker and Mary Rupnik

Project title: Sandbox Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship Centre
Description of project:
The Sandbox is a student-centric extra-curricular project focused on developing innovation and social entrepreneurship at John Abbott College. The mission is to engage students from all disciplines in a problem-solving process for real-world problems where students participate in non-credit activities, develop projects and gain experience. Through the Sandbox students develop many skills including leadership, problem-solving, entrepreneurship, project management, peer coaching, public speaking while fostering innovation, growing creativity and building engagement with our school, the community and the world. The Sandbox enriches students’ college experience and provides an opportunity for advanced, independent and non-traditional learners alike to directly apply classroom learning to projects that the students themselves create and develop. The Sandbox is a space to work together, be creative and play with ideas while benefiting from tech and knowledge resources, mentorship, showcasing opportunities and relationships with the external community.
In line with the Ministry objectives, the Sandbox connects learning opportunities with cross-disciplinary collaborations to develop student skills in this era of fast and profound change.