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Planning to modify a program, or to design a new one? Discover the process here.

In addition to your department head, chair or director, and your immediate colleagues, Dalhousie has many qualified staff who can provide you with guidance and support for academic innovation and development, including those in the following units:

Helpful resources

New guide helps researchers assess student outcomes in PSE
Researching Teaching and Student Outcomes in Postsecondary Education: A Guide
is a new resource produced by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario in collaboration with McMaster University. The free, 40-page guide provides researchers and evaluators with an accessible introduction to the methods and techniques used in research on student outcomes of postsecondary education.

Collaboration at work

At the heart of academic innovation is support and collaboration. Successful innovation is often the result of joint efforts between instructors, department heads, the Centre for Learning and Teaching, Dalhousie libraries, Services for Students and more. Here are just a few examples of what collaboration for innovation might look like:

  • An English professor wishing to apply a successful method from a graduate seminar to a large undergraduate class may require more TA and marker support, and may wish to seek guidance from colleagues in the expanded Centre for Learning and Teaching, where instructional designers now work alongside educational developers.

  • An engineering professor, already successful in integrating design ideas into engineering economics, may wish to provide additional support to students through video clips and new online tutorials. These two class features may require collaboration with colleagues elsewhere on campus. In addition, the professor may wish to share the video clips beyone the Dalhousie community as a means of both outreach and recruitment.

  • A biology professor engaged in interdisciplinary research with colleagues in Brazil may wish to introduce a new co-delivered class for science students in both countries involving new types of experiential learning, requiring special training for teaching assistants.

  • A group of senior undergraduates may have ideas about ways to support first-year students’ success, building on the success of existing peer mentoring. Their ideas might require collaboration with deans, department heads, student services and more.