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Tamara Kelly

Tamara Kelly

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Tamara Kelly
Full Professor

Department

Biology

Contact

Office Location Lumbers 311
Phone Number (416) 736 - 2100 ext. 22972

Teaching Interests

I hold a teaching focused position, and am primarily interested in what teaching strategies help students to learn and how best we can assess student learning. How does how we present material impact student learning? What sorts of activities in and out of the classroom engage students and have the most impact on learning? How do we know when/what students have learned?

Currently I am the project lead for the Integrated Science Program, a first year opportunity to experience Math, Physics, Chemistry and Biology all in one classroom.

I use a variety of evidence-based practices and techniques in my teaching including: learning outcomes, pre-class readings/videos and associated quizzes, just-in-time teaching, collaborative learning through clicker questions using Peer Instruction, two-stage tutorials, two-stage exams. In my upper year course, I use a team-based approach to guide students in developing skills in critical analysis, written and oral communication, and effective team work.

I am also involved in initiatives to help fellow faculty members, particularly those new to teaching, develop their teaching skills.

Specialties

Active learning techniques for teaching large courses
Collaborative (2-stage) exams
Faculty teaching development
Pedagogical (teaching) techniques
Peer editing & review in undergraduate classes

Post Doc Training

Post Doc Degree: Science Teaching and Learning Fellow, Carl Wieman
School: University of British Columbia
Year: 2008

Editorial Boards

Journal: Pearson Education Canada
Role: Biology Editorial Advisory Board
Year: 2009 - 2014

Journal: Biology, Exploring the Diversity of Life 2e Cdn
Role: Editorial Advisory Board
Year: 2010-2012

Degrees

Degree: PhD
School: McGill University
Year: 2005

Awards

Award: OCUFA Teaching Award
Year: 2013-2014

Award: President's University-Wide Teaching Award
Year: 2014

Award: Faculty of Science Excellence in Teaching Award (Senior tenure-stream)
Year: 2013

Award: Faculty of Science Excellence in Teaching Award (Junior tenure-stream)
Year: 2011

Publications

Journal: WCSE Discussions on University Science Teaching
Author: Wilson P, White P, Smith K, Kelly T
Year: 2019
URL: https://ojs.lib.uwo.ca/index.php/wcsedust/article/view/8041/6584
Title: Team Teaching as an agent for change
Source: Journal Article

Journal: Transformative Dialogues
Author: Rawle R, Kelly TLJ, Kajiura L, Noel T, Wilson PJ, Smit J, Boivin J, Keenleyside WJ, Montpetit CJ *all authors contributed equally
Year: 2016
URL: http://www.kpu.ca/sites/default/files/Transformative%20Dialogues/TD.9.1.12._Rawle_etal_Impact_of_oCUBE.pdf
Title: The impact of oCUBE: a community of practice for biology educators.
Source: Journal Article

Author: Noel TC & Kelly TLJ
Year: 2015
Publisher: Nelson Education Ltd.
Title: Teaching for Effective Learning: An Instructor’s Guide to accompany Biology: Exploring the Diversity of Life 1e/2e/3e Canadian
Source: Book

Journal: Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching
Volume: 7
Author: Kajiura L, Smit J, Montpetit C, Kelly T, Waugh J, Rawle F, Clark J, Neumann M, French M *all authors contributed equally
URL: https://celt.uwindsor.ca/index.php/CELT/article/view/3990
Title: Knowledge mobilization across boundaries with the use of novel organizational structures, conferencing strategies, and technological tools: The Ontario Consortium of Undergraduate Biology Educators (oCUBE) model
Source: Journal Article

Collaborations

Type: Academic
Name: President, Open Consortium of Undergraduate Biology Educators
Institution: www.ocube.ca

Technical Expertise

Active learning techniques for teaching large
Collaborative (2-stage) exams
Faculty teaching development
Pedagogical (teaching) techniques
Peer editing & review in undergraduate class

Research Areas

Discipline Based Educational Research, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

UN Goals

Climate Action, Gender Equality, Good Health and Well-being, Peace Justice and Strong Institutions, Quality Education
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