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Monday, November 6 • 11:10 - 12:00
Analysis of UFV Student Learning Patterns: Ratio of Instructor-Directed (In-Class) to Independent (Out-of-Class) Time Spent on Learning Activities

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While notable research has examined how students spend their time outside of class, little of that research has focused on Canadian institutions, nor has it compared how the reported time spent varies according to the discipline or delivery method of specific courses. This session will highlight the key findings of a study of over 50 classes at the University of the Fraser Valley. The study asked students in a wide variety of courses and faculties to report on how much time they spent outside of class doing work for the course, and on how that time breaks down into various learning activities. The faculty members teaching these courses were also surveyed and asked to report on their expectations for student out-of-class work.

We will provide a full summary of the findings, including comparisons of time spent by program/faculty (e.g., Arts vs. Sciences), by delivery format (e.g., online vs. face-to-face), and by student year. Trends in the activity breakdown as reported by students will also be shared, as will differences between faculty expectations and student reports of time spent.

Participants will engage with the findings to discuss implications for pedagogy, program and course development, and potential policy changes at their own institutions. Key discussion questions include the following:
• How are the patterns in student reporting of time to complete various activities significant to curriculum development and pedagogy?
• How can the results of this study inform discussions about assigning course credits?
• What are possible implications for online, blended, and face-to-face course design?

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Samantha Pattridge

Department Head, Associate Professor, University of the Fraser Valley

Monday November 6, 2017 11:10 - 12:00 PST
Breakout Room 1500