Teaching Fellows 2018-2021
Fergal O’Hagan, faculty in the Department of Psychology since 2008, will focus on improving the student learning experience in upper year undergraduate psychology statistics through the development, implementation, and evaluation of an active, problem-based learning approach focusing on real-world data problems. Psychology students need to be able to work with data in their upper year studies and in employment settings, yet statistics is a particular struggle for many students. Students often experience anxiety and fear and fail to see the relevance of statistical knowledge and skills. In his Fellowship, O’Hagan aims to improve the students’ overall motivation and ability to approach data problems by helping students develop understanding and technical skills through active, problem-based learning strategies that use problems relevant to contemporary issues in Psychology.
Theresa Stotesbury, a Senior Lecturer cross-appointed to Chemistry and Forensic Science, will focus on investigating the efficacy of implementing augmented reality technologies into her forensic chemistry classroom. Her research in experiential learning is situated at the interface between the fundamental (chemistry) and the applied (forensic science) and she hopes to learn how chemical knowledge and the environment can affect decision making in the laboratory and at the crime scene. She will create and evaluate laboratories housed in augmented reality where students will experience “real-world” forensic scenarios (drugs, post-blast, arson) without obvious health and safety concerns. These scenarios will provide students with an opportunity to explore how fundamental concepts in chemistry are useful and directly applicable to the practical aspects of crime scene investigation. Stotesbury values innovative and interdisciplinary research projects, and anticipates that her work will provide alternative solutions and accessible content to students at Trent University.