April 15, 2015
For Immediate Release
WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University’s Office of the Associate Vice-President: Teaching and Learning has named Ken Maly Laurier’s new Teaching Fellow for 2015. Maly is an associate professor in the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and is currently serving as the associate dean: priorities and planning.
"Dr. Maly joined Laurier in 2006 and has been actively involved in teaching, research and educational leadership ever since," said Pat Rogers, associate vice-president: teaching and learning. "Ken is an exceptional teacher and scholar and I am very pleased he is being recognized for his outstanding contributions."
The Laurier Teaching Fellowship program honours faculty members who have demonstrated exceptional contributions to teaching and learning and who have established an exemplary record of achievement in educational leadership. The community of Laurier Teaching Fellows embodies the highest ideals of teaching excellence and leadership and works to promote the success of all students at Laurier.
“I am honoured to receive a Laurier Teaching Fellowship,” said Maly. “The Teaching Fellowship provides me with an opportunity to explore some of my own new teaching initiatives and more broadly to contribute to promoting high-impact teaching practices at Laurier. I think the Fellowship Program demonstrates the value that Laurier places on teaching and learning.”
During his fellowship, Maly will conduct two projects that are aimed at improving student success in chemistry courses from the beginning of their studies at Laurier and beyond.
The first project is focused on a preparatory course for general chemistry. One of the challenges that many students face in their first year of university is acquiring the skills they need to succeed in their courses. Maly will produce an online module in fundamental concepts in chemistry. These are concepts that students should be familiar with from high school, which will help them in their first year of general chemistry.
In Maly’s second project, he will continue to explore active learning strategies and will focus on facilitating and promoting the use of active learning at Laurier, particularly in the Faculty of Science. The use of active learning strategies has been shown to increase student engagement and improve learning outcomes. Maly has already restructured several of his courses to include active learning in the classroom where activities are incorporated into the lectures.
As a way to engage with students outside of class – especially those who are most in need of assistance – Maly has also developed a plan to create virtual office hours using online meeting software such as Adobe Connect. The virtual office hours will provide students with an opportunity to engage with instructors online using a platform with more capability than email or a simple online chat – one that allows presentation and annotation of materials as well as discussion.
Maly received the Wilfrid Laurier University Award for Teaching Excellence in 2014.
Previous Laurier Teaching Fellows include: Gavin Brockett, Deena Mandell, Eileen Wood, Steve MacNeil and Mercedes Rowinsky-Geurts.
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