Steven Gedies (Faculty, Donald J. Smith School of Building Technology) was selected as the recipient of the SoTL Poster Award for his poster titled “Empower Learners and Enhance their Communication Skills”
Phase 1 (Development) of a 2 Phase Research and Innovation project displayed the creation of five innovative teaching activities, for faculty within the construction sector to empower learners, enhance their communication skills, and help foster an effective learning environment.
The teaching activities displayed were designed to encourage active participation in speaking, listening, (Card Task, Toolbox Talk), comprehension (Instructional Video Series), and written (Weekly Lab Workbook), skills through experiential learning, reflective practice, and narrative inquiry.
It is proposed that when subject specialists “uncover” these activities, holistic student engagement will occur and real or perceived learning barriers will be minimized.
The award recipient was announced during the STLHE Award Ceremony at the annual STLHE conference held in London, ON this past June. The SoTL Poster Award is sponsored by the STLHE.