Are you ready for the first week of fall classes?
I’m looking forward to the students, the excitement, the energy, the traffic (well, maybe not the traffic). In Brock University A-Z Learning Services, we are preparing for our student staff training, student orientation activities, and at-risk student success programming.
Brock University, Matheson Learning Commons
We’re also busy connecting with our Brock professors to plan support interventions. Here at Brock, students seek out our services (e.g., workshops and drop-in support). However, we also deliver skill development workshops in lectures and offer Academic-Zone online access, as requested by professors. Academic-Zone can be implemented immediately and provides professors with a means to assess and support students’ foundational writing, grammar, and numeracy skills. How? All modules have pre- and post-quizzes and corresponding learning modules. Professors tell us the module they want and the date for the quiz (often before course assignments). Then we give them an academic-zone access code for student registration. Students test online and can explore the modules at their own leisure—to prepare for the post-quiz or as a support resource when completing assignments. Students can also seek additional support through their professor, teaching assistant, or campus services.
Through Academic-Zone, we’ve built strong service and faculty partnerships.
• Are you a professor who has implemented Academic-Zone in your course? What has been your experience? What are your strategies?
• Are you a student staff professional using Academic-Zone in your service or as a support resource for your faculty? What is your story? Do you feel that students benefit from these partnerships?
• Not an Academic-Zone user? Share your own strategies, challenges, or successes as an instructor or service provider. How do you engage and support students?
Sharing implementation successes and challenges will help all of us in our work.