Student Learning Services

For Faculty

Information that's tailored just for you!

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.

SLS is offering its services online.
  • Learning Strategists are meeting with students online using Google Meet. The system for booking appointment has not changed.
  • The Peer Learning Program is moving online for Fall 2020. 
  • The MAPS Peer Mentorship Program is also moving online for the fall semester.
  • Academic Success Workshops are being offered as live webinars in Fall 2020.

Important Dates

July 1: Mentee applications for MAPS Peer Mentorship Program open.
July 1: Mentor and mentee applications for Harry G. Schaefer Mentorship Program open.
August 15: Registration for Peer Learning Program opens.
September 23: Registration for Peer Learning Program closes.
September 30: Mentee applications for MAPS Peer Mentorship Program close.
October 18: Mentor and mentee applications for Harry G. Schaefer Mentorship Program open.

Learning Strategists

  • Show this slide in class. When instructors recommend our services, it makes a significant difference to student uptake.
  • 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.
  • Consider offering an incentive for participation in a defined number of Academic Success Workshops or one-on-one appointments. We are happy to brainstorm options with you! Incentives instructors have used in the past include
    • a few bonus marks (e.g., 2 workshops for 1.5% each),
    • favourable consideration in case a student finishes the semester on the cusp of a higher letter grade, and
    • the opportunity to resubmit an assignment.
  • What is new for Fall 2020?
    • One-on-one appointments will be online.
    • Workshops will be offered in a live webinar format.
    • Topics have been adapted to focus on remote learning.
    • Webinars will run for 75 minutes since it takes longer to cover content virtually.
    • Registration is required.
    • Participation will be limited to 30 students in order to maximize opportunities for meaningful interaction.
    • Proof of participation will not be provided via stamps on a workshop passport (since workshops are virtual). Instead, students will fill out a reflection form (designed to take approx. 15 min. to complete) after the webinar. When a student submits their form, they will automatically receive a copy of their answers via email. They can forward this email to you as proof of participation.
  • Adapt or co-develop customized student handouts or in-class activities to model effective academic skills. 
  • Learning Strategists can work with your students during a synchronous session or develop asynchronous resources customized for your course.
  • 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.

Topics include:

  • Solutions to Students' Referencing Challenges: How You Can Help
  • Analyzing Writing Assignments: What Are We Really Asking Students to Do?
  • Providing Effective Feedback to Guide Student Writing
  • Keeping Current with APA
  • MLA Refresher

Workshop registration is through ADC.

 

Peer Learning Program - Course Specific Support

The Peer Learning Program continues online in Fall 2020!

Students looking for support from a Learning Peer can regisister for help starting on the first day of class each semester.
  • 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.

Our Learning Peers are:
  • 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.

The Peer Learning Program continues online in Fall 2020!

During the fall and winter semesters, students can register with the PLP to be matched (whenever possible) with a trained peer for regular, weekly sessions (1 hour/week minimum) in their course of choice. Students usually work in small groups to review and practice course content while learning effective study habits.

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.

Mentorship Programs

Students in their last year or second-to-last year of studies can connect with professionals in their field or prospective graduate program of study to discuss future aspirations and options, develop new skills, and gain insight. The program is available to students from all credit and some occupational programs and aims to be a transformative experience for participants - students and mentors alike.

The program runs from January to June. Mentee (student) and mentor applications are open from June 1 to mid-October each year.

For more information, visit
mru.ca/mentorship.
The Mentors: Academic and Personal Success (MAPS) Peer Mentorship Program provides peer-to-peer mentorship experiences for first-year credit students at Mount Royal University. Recognizing the importance of supporting students as they transition into university, this program empowers both the mentor and mentee to establish relationships and hone their academic skills through education, culture, community and wellness.

The program runs from September to April. Mentee (student) applications are open May 1 to mid-September each year and Peer Mentor applications are open February 1 to mid-March each year (for the following academic year).

For more information, visit
mru.ca/peermentorship.

 

Meet the SLS team!

 

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