Faculty and Student Learning Services (SLS) work together for student success in a number of ways. Below you will find tools for raising student awareness of the services available to them in SLS, ideas for encouraging students to take advantage of these services, and information on collaborating with Learning Strategists.
Add information about SLS to your course outline/syllabus.
Important Dates for Fall 2018/Winter 2019
- January 4 – Peer Learning Program registration form opens
- January 6 – Deadline to apply for a MAPS peer mentor
- January 15 – Academic Success workshops resume *Please let us know if your students will get extra credit for attending*
- January 25 –Deadline to register for help with the Peer Learning Program
SLS News - The Numbers to Date
- 335 students are working with Learning Peers
- Over 90 students attended the first APA Referencing workshop
- 156 first year students have applied to work with a MAPS Mentor
- Show this slide in class.
- On your Blackboard site, include this link to our studying, writing and referencing resources.
- Brochures are also available, contact SLS@mtroyal.ca or visit our office (EL 2100) for more details
- Consider offering a small percentage of your course grade (max. 5%) for attendance at a defined number of Academic Success Workshops. Contact us to request a set of workshop passports to hand out during class.
- Remember, all of our workshops are free, and students do not need to pre-register. Topics include
- academic reading, writing and referencing,
- math learning,
- class presentations,
- learning and test-taking strategies, and
- time management.
- Encourage students who would benefit from one-on-one support to book appointments with a Learning Strategist. Students can book up to two 30-minute appointments per week - for free.
- Incorporate Essay-Zone, an interactive online essay writing tutorial, into your courses.
- Adapt or co-develop customized student handouts or in-class activities to model effective academic skills.
- Co-create program- or department-specific referencing materials. (Prior projects include NURS APA referencing and formatting guides, a HUMN Chicago referencing guide, and an online APA tutorial with PSYC.)
- Discuss how students might interpret your assignment instructions or test questions.
- Discuss how to embed writing or learning strategies into multi-section, core course curriculum.
- Solutions to Students' Referencing Challenges: How You Can Help
- Analyzing Writing Assignments: What Are We Really Asking Students to Do?
- Essay-Zone - How to Use It with Your Students
- Developing Confident Academic Writers and Strategic Learning: Using the Passport Program with Your Students
- Keeping Current with APA
- MLA Refresher
Workshop registration is through ADC.
Download this summary of Learning Strategist support.
Peer Learning Program - Course Specific Support
- Encourage students to register early for the best chance of getting help.
- Help them understand the program better by showing this short video in class.
- On your Blackboard site, include a link to the online registration at mru.ca/PLP.
- Show this slide in class.
- Wondering if we have Learning Peers for your course? Contact us directly at PLP@mtroyal.ca.
Do you know a strong student who would make a great Learning Peer? Suggest that they add their name to our list at mru.ca/PLP.
- Current MRU students in a credit program with a B+ or higher in the course(s) they support.
- Friendly, respectful and professional leaders with strong interpersonal communication skills.
- Facilitators of active learning who complete at least ten hours of certified training.
Do you know students who would make excellent Learning Peers?
Recruitment takes place in March of each year, but students can add their name to our contact list at any time (mru.ca/PLP). Successful applicants begin facilitating sessions the following semester, after attending training.
Student Learning Services’ Peer Learning Program (PLP) provides peer support to help students achieve their academic goals by becoming more effective self-directed learners. It also offers Learning Peers (LPs) a volunteer leadership opportunity that enables them to participate in an on-campus community while building skills necessary for success in their future careers.
Learn more at mru.ca/PLP.
Download this summary of the Peer Learning Program.
For more information, visit mru.ca/mentorship.
For more information, visit mru.ca/peermentorship.