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Interim President's Friday Message

Updated on Jan 29
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Hybrid courses provide additional options for students

Recent messages to campus have featured efforts to enhance students’ learning experience both in courses offered remotely, and in those offered face-to-face. This week, I want to highlight the Faculty of Kinesiology & Health Studies’ development of hybrid courses that simultaneously engage two groups of students – one group learning in person, and one learning remotely.

This term, the Faculty is offering four hybrid courses that allow students to choose either an in-person or a remote option for the same course. One of these courses is KIN 101 (Academic Discourse and Writing), taught by Dr Catherine Hart.

Catherine’s experience teaching KIN 101 in different formats has helped her determine how best to deliver her hybrid course:

I have previously instructed this course in the face-to-face format on campus and then, most recently, by remote delivery in the Fall 2020 term. In past face-to-face settings, I invited students to engage in class discussions and in a variety of class activities. With all students in the classroom it was quite easy for students to turn to each other and share their work or have groups work together and then share with the class. In moving to a completely remote delivery model, new strategies were necessary to make it possible for students to engage with each other and have meaningful opportunities for participation.
The new hybrid delivery model that we are using this term changes delivery of the class yet again. It requires consideration of strategies for creating engaging learning experiences both remotely and in the classroom. Having offered the course both in person and remotely in the past has helped me strategize and plan for how students can participate during class regardless of where they are. I now have a combination of teaching strategies so that students, whether participating remotely or in person with physical distancing, can interact with each other to have meaningful learning experiences.
This term, in a single KIN 101 hybrid course we have a small number of students attending in person, and almost four times that many connecting remotely from several different provinces and territories in Canada and countries including India and Bangladesh. This presents many possibilities for students to attend in person if possible but also not be prevented from taking the class if they are unable to physically be in the classroom because of their location.

Clinical instructor Sara Butchart is teaching another of the Faculty’s hybrid courses – KIN 350 (Fitness Appraisal and Exercise Leadership).

As Sara notes, delivering one course both in-person and remotely involves complex health and safety and technical considerations:

One of the main course objectives in KIN 350 is for students to take theoretical knowledge and turn it into practical application. Over the term, students will learn practical skills in small groups and gain experience working with a “client” in their “bubble.” For this to occur, diligent work was done alongside the Health, Safety, and Wellness team to provide a safe and successful learning experience for all.

Because it is a hybrid course, students are able to register for an in-person or remote learning experience for both lectures and labs. With the help of the new smart classroom in the Centre for Kinesiology and Health Studies, I am able to instruct the remote students efficiently and effectively via video meetings and group chats. Lectures and labs are delivered simultaneously for both groups, allowing the students to interact with peers who are on-campus as well as ones who are remote.

Thank you to Catherine, Sara, and your Faculty of Kinesiology & Health Studies colleagues for leading the way in providing these learning options for students.

Revised Safe Disclosure Policy

As part of the regular review and updating of University policies, the Board of Governors has approved an updated Safe Disclosure Policy for students, faculty, staff, and others closely affiliated with the institution.

By offering a safe, confidential, and anonymous means for reporting good-faith allegations of wrongdoing, this revised “whistleblower” policy is in line with the commitment to well-being and belonging made in our 2020-2025 Strategic Plan, kahkiyaw kiwâhkômâkaninawak.

The Safe Disclosure Policy is not intended to replace policies and reporting mechanisms that exist for other types of wrongdoing such as student misconduct, discrimination, workplace violence or harassment, sexual violence, or health and safety violations.

Rather, it is to report issues including fraud, financial irregularities, or wrongdoing that may not be addressed by existing policy.

To report wrongdoing, individuals are encouraged to use the Safe Disclosure Report template available as part of the policy. Reports should be in writing, and can be anonymous. They can be sent in person to the Office of Internal Audit, by mail to the University’s Internal Auditor at Room 510.2 of the Administration-Humanities Building, or by email to safe.disclosure@uregina.ca.

This safe disclosure communication channel is intended to be used for good-faith allegations of wrongdoing, and should not be used to communicate non-credible complaints or malicious reports. Please note also that the University will not tolerate retaliation against anyone who reports wrongdoing.

I want to thank the Office of Internal Audit for its work on this policy, and for its commitment to safe disclosure at our University.

 

The passing of community icon Theresa Stevenson

This week many across the province and indeed the country were saddened by the passing of Theresa Stevenson, who with her husband Robert founded the Chili for Children lunch program approximately four decades ago at Regina’s Albert-Scott Community Centre.

Now based out of the mâmawêyatitân centre and operated by Theresa and Robert’s son Greg Stevenson, Chili for Children provides approximately 800 hot and healthy lunches for children several times each week. Over the years, Theresa and her family have helped nourish countless children in Regina and area, many of whom have gone on to graduate from our University and give back to the community in their own way. You can hear both Theresa and Greg speak here.

In recognition of its lasting impact on our community, Chili for Children received the 2018-19 University of Regina President’s Community Award, with Greg accepting the award on Theresa’s behalf. Among her many other provincial and national honours, Theresa received the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, was recognized with a National Aboriginal Achievement (now Indspire) Award, and was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada.

Above all, Theresa cared deeply about children and community. Her legacy of kindness lives on in those whose lives she touched.

Sincerely,

 

Thomas Chase

Interim President and Vice-Chancellor