Learning Enhancement is the newest Area designated in the Psychology Department. Faculty in other areas, such as Social/Personality and Behavioral Neuroscience, are united by their field of research. In the Learning Enhancement Area, the common thread uniting faculty is dedication to teaching.
The mandate of the Learning Enhancement area is to promote the teaching and learning of psychology. To this end, our primary focus is to enhance the educational experiences of undergraduate students in psychology. Our faculty members have expertise in diverse areas of psychology and teach courses in diverse subdisciplines of the field. Our approach to teaching is scholarly, grounded in current research and theory in psychology and education.
Outside of the classroom, we conduct programs that provide students – both undergraduate and graduate – with additional opportunities for educational development. Among the student programs coordinated by the Learning Enhancement area are the Psychology Tri-mentoring program and the Psychology Graduate Student Professional Development Series in Teaching and Teaching Assistance. The Tri-mentoring program matches students with alumni to enhance their professional development. The Graduate Student Professional Development Series in Teaching and Teaching Assistance provides graduate students with training in instruction and teaching assistance and, thus, indirectly enhances the quality of undergraduate education in psychology at UBC and beyond. Departmental programs initiated by our faculty include the Graduate Student Mentorship program and the Teaching Smackdown brownbag series for faculty and graduate students. In addition to these activities, members of the Learning Enhancement area act as liaisons between the Psychology Department and other units on campus (e.g., libraries, Arts ISIT, CTLT) and participate in informational events organized for undergraduate students in Psychology (e.g., Imagine Day, Careers Night).
For more information see The Learning Enhancement website.