Learning Environment Evaluation (LEE) Project

Objectives

• Evaluate effectiveness of existing University of Lethbridge teaching and learning spaces
• Inform the planning process of future spaces (new construction and renovations)
• Facilitate communication among all stakeholders
• Disseminate research findings internally and externally

Goals

LEE's primary goal aligns directly with the Academic Plan (2014) to "[a]ctively work to enhance teaching and learning environments by reviewing emerging and established best practices in relationship to the facilities we use on our campuses." (page 9)

What We Do

LEE focuses on investigating the effectiveness of teaching and learning spaces on the University of Lethbridge campus. This research will make recommendations for increased effectiveness based on stakeholder needs to inform (1) renovations to existing spaces, as well as (2) the design of new spaces. Specifically, the goal of LEE’s research is to evaluate how the physical environment affects instructors’ teaching and students’ learning. Aspects of the physical environment include, but are not limited to, classroom configuration, furniture, technology, aesthetics, lighting, and acoustics. Visit our current projects page or contact us for more information.

Who We Are

Since its inception in 2012, LEE has expanded to include a broad range of representatives and consultants. Representatives include Faculty, Facilities and Campus Planning, Information Technology Services (ITS), Registrar’s Office and Student Services (ROSS), Graduate Research Assistants, and Teaching Centre Staff. This diversity of viewpoints allows for collaboration among various stakeholders to inform the effectiveness of teaching and learning spaces.

History of LEE

LEE emerged out of several Teaching Centre initiatives, including the annual Student Learning Environment Survey (SLES) and the 2011 Classroom Inventory project culminating in an interim report, which recommended an ongoing investigation of classrooms. This report also addressed the need to consult all stakeholders, such as faculty, students, and non-academic departments. Thus, LEE was formed as an initiative of the Teaching Centre in January 2012 to undertake this task.

Representatives

Current Representatives

Hadi Kharaghani (Chair, Department of Mathematics & Computer Sciences)
Tom Perks (Faculty, Department of Sociology; Teaching Fellow)
Harold Jansen (Faculty, Department of Political Science; Board of Governors Teaching Chair)
Richelle Marynowski (Faculty, Faculty of Education; Teaching Fellow)
Kenneth Vos, (Faculty, Department of Physics & Astronomy; Teaching Fellow)
John Claassen (Facilities, Director - Campus Planning)
Samantha Steel (ROSS, Academic Scheduler)
Cal Toth (ITS Manager, Classroom Tech)
David Hinger (Director, Teaching Centre)
Bernie Wirzba (Manager, LEE Project, Teaching Centre)
Victoria Holec (Analytical Assistant, LEE Project, Teaching Centre)
Jeff Meadows (Pedagogical Advisor, LEE Project, Teaching Centre)

Past Representatives

Jan Newberry (Faculty, Department of Anthropology; former Board of Governors Teaching Chair)
Spencer Court (Associate Director, Campus Planning & Architecture)
Mike Spiteri (Classroom Infrastructure, ITS, Communication Tech)
Penny Secretan (Supervisor, ROSS Information Centre)
Jeff Oliver (Manager, ITS Systems Infrastructure)
Elham Alomari (Graduate Research Assistant, LEE Project)
Semedeton Ilo (Graduate Research Assistant, LEE Project)
Doug Orr (Teaching Development Facilitator, Teaching Centre)
Thabit Al-Omari (Graduate Research Assistant, LEE Project)
Ute Wieden-Kothe (Faculty, Department of Biochemistry; former Teaching Fellow)

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