Preliminary results of student survey point up improved participation

Every three years, the University invites students in their first and final years to take part in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), where students share their perceptions of what’s happening in and out of class, what engages them, what works — and what needs work.

In Spring 2017, they responded in unprecedented numbers, owing to the joint efforts of faculty, staff, and the students themselves: about 59 per cent of eligible students participated, more than double the participation rate in 2014.

Overall data from the survey is now undergoing analysis. Some preliminary findings include:

  • 79 per cent of first-year students rated their overall educational experience at the University as “good” or “excellent” – a significant increase over 2014 respondents. Responses from fourth-year students held steady.
  • 80 per cent of fourth-year and 50 per cent of first-year students reported participating in at least one high-impact practice — specific activities associated with deep involvement in learning and the development of strong campus relationships. Of particular note were the high rates of involvement in service learning: the proportion of fourth-year students reporting involvement in this activity was 11 per cent higher than Ontario universities generally.
  • Both first- and fourth-year students reported more frequent collaboration with peers than in previous NSSE surveys, at rates comparable to or above the Ontario provincial average.
  • Student-faculty interactions — meaningful discussion and work with faculty outside of class — continued to be a significant Windsor strength compared to other Ontario universities.
  • Students identified classroom upgrades and repairs as an important priority.
  • Significant numbers of first-year students reported struggles with time management, learning course materials, and finding help with school work, but final-year students reported confidence in their skills, from writing and critical thinking to research and technology use.

“There is much to do to understand what students are telling us and to respond to their feedback effectively,” says provost Douglas Kneale. “NSSE is a truly rich source of information about what students are doing and experiencing, and we are looking forward to digging into this information and working to make improvements based on what students have told us.”

As a first step, deans and department heads convened in November to explore the results — both at the institutional and the faculty level — and discuss possible next steps. A summary data report, as well as reporting on current and planned initiatives, will be available on the University website once the data analysis has been completed and as projects unfold.

Angélica Nascimento de Oliveira wearing trapper hatAngélica Nascimento de Oliveira says the Lancer trapper hat is warm enough for a Canadian winter.

Hat-and-mitts combo carries campus discount

Now that the wintry weather is here, the Campus Bookstore is offering savings to warm your head, your hands, and your heart.

Buy the Lancer faux-fur trapper hat and knitted mittens, both designed in Canada by Bardown, and save $5 off the set.

The hat boasts warm flaps that snuggle under your chin, and the mitts are lined in warm fleece and have the Lancer shield on the backs and spell “Lancers” on the palms.

Get ’em while it’s cold — this special offer runs through the end of the semester.

Jonathan dos Santos Pereira wearing Lancer trapper hat
Jonathan dos Santos Pereira loves the idea of a hat and mitts combination to ward off the winter weather.

Office of Open Learning launches 12 Apps of Christmas

The Office of Open Learning has launched a “12 Apps of Christmas” series to highlight some of the many technology tools that can help make learning more productive.

Based on a project from Regent’s University London and the Dublin Institute of Technology, and also picked up by BC Campus, the 12 Apps of Christmas will highlight one app or web-based tool every weekday until December 22.

“There are so many technology tools out there that people can be overwhelmed trying to find something that works for their needs,” says Nick Baker, director of the Office of Open Learning. “We wanted to do something to help people find and explore new tools, and have a little bit of fun along the way!”

The list of apps and tools ranges from one created by students in FAHSS to help them transition to university, to open textbooks, virtual reality, reference management and sharing, audio and video editors and capture tools, and even an audience response tool.

All the highlighted tools are free or open source.

The daily apps will be highlighted on the Office of Open Learning’s blog [http://cleo.uwindsor.ca/openlearning/], via Twitter at @UWinOpenLearn, or via Facebook @UWindsor.OfficeOfOpenLearning.

For more information, or to suggest an app, contact the Office of Open Learning by email at openlearning@uwindsor.ca or by phone 519-253-3000, ext. 2008.

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Accounts Payable announces deadlines for cheques and customs deliveries before holiday break

The Accounts Payable department reminds the campus community that invoices and cheque requisitions requiring payment issued prior to the holiday break should be received in the Accounts Payable office by the end of day on Thursday, December 14. The final payment run of the year will be Wednesday, December 20.

The Customs department requires placement of all orders so that freight arrives at the warehouse either prior to Tuesday, December 19, or after January 2, 2018, to ensure it does not sit at the warehouse during the holiday break. Note: all perishable goods must be delivered to the warehouse by Monday, December 18, in order for them to reach campus before the holiday break.