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Open Classroom Series



How often do you get a chance to sit in on a class of an academic colleague or strike up a conversation with a peer about teaching and learning?

In this spirit of fostering peer to peer connections and reflection upon teaching and learning, we bring you the Open Classroom series. This series provides an opportunity for Laurier's teaching and learning community to experience being a student again from the perspective an experienced educator.

For winter 2015, we will arrange with several faculty from various campuses and academic disciplines to open up their classrooms for others to attend. No need to register in advance. Just show up. As a courtesy, we ask that you email the course instructor. This early connection may just be the touch point needed to strike a follow-up conversation.


Check back for regularly for updates

January Offerings

Facilitator: Leanne Hagarty Class: BU 121

Monday, January 5, 2015  11:30 am - 12:50 pm, P1025/27, Waterloo Campus 
Tuesday, January 6, 2015  11:30 am, 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm, P1025/27, Waterloo Campus

Join Leanne as she has her first class meeting with her large first year business class. Leanne welcomes you to join her for any of her other classes later in the term. Topics will include entrepreneurship, business models, marketing, etc.  Her classes are generally in lecture format. If someone is interested in a particular date, please contact Leanne (lhagarty@wlu.ca) for more details.

Facilitator: Chris Schneider Class: LY 100

Wednesday, January 14, 2015  4:00 pm - 5:20 pm, SCJ 127, Brantford Campus 

The purpose of this class is to introduce students to the basic tenets of conflict theory as a foundational perspective. This approach is then discussed as one way to articulate the disparity between formal equality under the law and the substantive inequality that exists within the social order. 

Please contact me in advance via email (cschneider@wlu.ca) if you are interested in attending one of my classes.

Facilitator: Bruce Gillespie Class: JN 407C

Wednesday, January 21, 2015  2:30 pm - 3:50 pm, DC 101, Brantford Campus 
Friday, January 23, 2015  2:30 p.m. - 3:50 p.m., DC 101, Brantford Campus

Join Bruce for a small, upper-year, seminar-style course dedicated to the study of literary journalism. Classes are largely discussion-based and, as much as possible, student-led. If you’re interested in attending on a particular date, please contact Bruce (bgillespie@wlu.ca) for more details.

Facilitator: Judy Eaton Class: PS 296

Mondays and Wednesdays  4:00 pm - 5:20 pm, CB206, Brantford Campus 

Judy welcomes visitors to her introductory course in Statistics for Psychology. In this course students learn the basics of statistical analysis, including descriptive statistics, correlation, chi-square, t-tests, and analysis of variance. The format is usually a combination of lecture, demonstrations, and hands-on practice. Feel free to bring a calculator if you want to join in (but it's not required)! If you are interested in a particular topic, please email Judy (jeaton@wlu.ca) for dates. Visitors are welcome all term, with the exception of Feb 9 to 27, which are taken up by test-related material (including test reviews and taking up the test), in addition to Reading Week. Please note that this course is divided into lecture and lab and the open class applies to the lecture portion only. Please contact Judy in advance via email (jeaton@wlu.ca) if you are interested in attending one of her classes.

Facilitator: Jane Newland Class: FR 251

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays  12:30 - 1:30 pm, DAWB 3-106, Waterloo Campus

Join Jane as she teaches a French class in the Active Learning Classroom. The class has around 35 students and gives students an intensive review of grammatical concepts through popular culture. Being in the ALC, the students now have the opportunity to work more creatively with the grammar concepts being studied. Jane's classroom is open all Winter term except the following dates: January 16 and 30, February 13 and 27, March 4, 13 and 27. If you are interested in attending Jane's class, please contact her in advance via email (jnewland@wlu.ca).
 
February Offerings

Facilitator: Allison McDonald  Class: BI 369

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 9:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m., N1057, Waterloo Campus

Join Allison as she talks to her Plant Physiology class about photosynthesis using a lecture approach combined with active learning exercises.


Facilitator: Chris Schneider Class: LY 212

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 8:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m., CB207, Brantford Campus
Friday, February 6, 2015 8:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m., CB207, Brantford Campus

These two classes will explore the role of media in the naming and negotiation of the 1994 (February 4) and 2011 (February 6) Vancouver riots. The 1994/ 2011 riot reviews blamed event planning, security, alcohol, youth, and media (in 1994) and social media (in 2011). As a bonus come find out why Professor Schneider received a death threat for his research on the 2011 riots.

Please contact me in advance via email (cschneider@wlu.ca) if you are interested in attending one of my classes.

Facilitator: Scott Ramsay  Class: BI 308

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m., BA 211, Waterloo Campus

Join Scott in his Animal Behaviour class. The topic of the day will either be predation avoidance or foraging. The instructional approach for the course is problem-based learning, using group discussion and TitanPad for collaborative authoring. Scott presented on this instructional method at the Integrated and Engaged Learning Conference last year, come and see it in action!

Facilitator: Judy Eaton Class: PS 296


Mondays and Wednesdays  4:00 pm - 5:20 pm, CB206, Brantford Campus 


Judy welcomes visitors to her introductory course in Statistics for Psychology. In this course students learn the basics of statistical analysis, including descriptive statistics, correlation, chi-square, t-tests, and analysis of variance. The format is usually a combination of lecture, demonstrations, and hands-on practice. Feel free to bring a calculator if you want to join in (but it's not required)! If you are interested in a particular topic, please email Judy (
jeaton@wlu.ca) for dates. Visitors are welcome all term, with the exception of Feb 9 to 27, which are taken up by test-related material (including test reviews and taking up the test), in addition to Reading Week. Please note that this course is divided into lecture and lab and the open class applies to the lecture portion only. Please contact Judy in advance via email (jeaton@wlu.ca) if you are interested in attending one of her classes.

Facilitator: Jane Newland Class: FR 251


Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays  12:30 - 1:30 pm, DAWB 3-106, Waterloo Campus


Join Jane as she teaches a French class in the Active Learning Classroom. The class has around 35 students and gives students an intensive review of grammatical concepts through popular culture. Being in the ALC, the students now have the opportunity to work more creatively with the grammar concepts being studied. Jane's classroom is open all Winter term except the following dates: January 16 and 30, February 13 and 27, March 4, 13 and 27. If you are interested in attending Jane's class, please contact her in advance via email (
jnewland@wlu.ca).


 
March Offerings

Facilitator: Louise Dawe and Debbie Chaves  Class: CH 390

Thursday, March 5, 2015  11:30 a.m. - 12:50 pm, BA113, Waterloo Campus

This class will focus on answering the question “What is open access publishing?”, and will be delivered from the perspective of a university reference/collections librarian (Dr. Debbie Chaves) and a Chemistry & Biochemistry faculty member (Dr. Louise Dawe). It will include a discussion on the advantages, disadvantages and challenges in the area of open access publishing for researchers, academic institutions, and the general public. The class will be presented as a mixture of lecture and examples, followed by peer group examination of a case study will be used to achieve learning outcomes.


Facilitator: Shane Bauman Class: MA129

Monday, March 23, 2015  9:30 - 10:20 am, BA201, Waterloo Campus

Join Shane as he introduces antiderivatives to his introductory calculus class. This is a large class (approximately 300 students). Although Shane is very traditional in his approach, he always strives to keep his classes interactive and engages the students through the use of clickers.

Facilitator: Kimberly Ellis-Hale  Class: SY 216

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 8:30 - 9:50 am, CC-101, Waterloo Campus

Join Kimberly as her SY 216 (Aging and Society) class present their poster projects focusing on an area within the Sociology of Aging that relate to their Community Service-Learning experience. 

Facilitator: Alex Latta Class: UU 101

Thursday, March 26, 2015 3:00 - 6:30 am, Concourse, Waterloo Campus

Join Alex as his UU 101 (Perspective on Sustainability) class present their semester-long group projects to develop sustainability strategies in the form of a poster session. These projects were developed in collaboration with Laurier's Sustainability Office. Interested in getting involved? Faculty and Staff are invited to participate as judges. Contact Alex (alatta@wlu.ca) if you would like to participate.

Facilitator: Judy Eaton Class: PS 296

Mondays and Wednesdays  4:00 pm - 5:20 pm, CB206, Brantford Campus

Judy welcomes visitors to her introductory course in Statistics for Psychology. In this course students learn the basics of statistical analysis, including descriptive statistics, correlation, chi-square, t-tests, and analysis of variance. The format is usually a combination of lecture, demonstrations, and hands-on practice. Feel free to bring a calculator if you want to join in (but it's not required)! If you are interested in a particular topic, please email Judy (jeaton@wlu.ca) for dates. Visitors are welcome all term, with the exception of Feb 9 to 27, which are taken up by test-related material (including test reviews and taking up the test), in addition to Reading Week. Please note that this course is divided into lecture and lab and the open class applies to the lecture portion only. Please contact Judy in advance via email (jeaton@wlu.ca) if you are interested in attending one of her classes.

Facilitator: Jane Newland Class: FR 251

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays  12:30 - 1:30 pm, DAWB 3-106, Waterloo Campus 

Join Jane as she teaches a French class in the Active Learning Classroom. The class has around 35 students and gives students an intensive review of grammatical concepts through popular culture. Being in the ALC, the students now have the opportunity to work more creatively with the grammar concepts being studied. Jane's classroom is open all Winter term except the following dates: January 16 and 30, February 13 and 27, March 4, 13 and 27. If you are interested in attending Jane's class, please contact her in advance via email (jnewland@wlu.ca).

 
April Offerings

Facilitator: Jane Newland  Class: FR 251

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays  12:30 - 1:30 pm, DAWB 3-106, Waterloo Campus 

Join Jane as she teaches a French class in the Active Learning Classroom. The class has around 35 students and gives students an intensive review of grammatical concepts through popular culture. Being in the ALC, the students now have the opportunity to work more creatively with the grammar concepts being studied. Jane's classroom is open all Winter term except the following dates: January 16 and 30, February 13 and 27, March 4, 13 and 27. If you are interested in attending Jane's class, please contact her in advance via email (jnewland@wlu.ca).