Brock-Canada Games Teaching Spotlights

The Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games provides an exciting opportunity for teaching and learning innovation at Brock University. There are a variety of ways to incorporate the Canada Games content into courses across Brock University’s Faculties and Departments and this creative implementation fosters unique learning opportunities for students.

In the lead up to the 2022 Canada Summer Games, we will be posting a series of articles, Q&As, profiles and other material on curricular innovation and student experiential education related to the Games. The series will highlight instructors campus-wide who are utilizing the Games to facilitate sustainable course innovation in a variety of ways. They hope to generate both further interest from students, as well as help generate ideas for colleagues to incorporate the Games in their courses.  We are excited to highlight the creative, innovative, and student-focused curricular offerings across many of Brock University’s faculties.

Kyle Rich

Assistant Professor, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Faculty of Applied Health Sciences

Assistant Professor of Recreation and Leisure Studies Kyle Rich’s research looks at the impact of policy, community, and inclusion and exclusion on experiences in sport, recreation and physical activity programming. His research has examined a variety of local, regional and national programs and how they are implemented in both urban and rural contexts. Rich is interested in using community-based and participatory research methodologies in order to help community organizers understand and address local issues in efforts to improve community health.

Interactive Arts and Science Student Team

Centre for Digital Humanities
Faculty of Humanities

As part of an Interactive Arts and Science (IASC) experiential learning course, Brock students are creating a looping visual presentation that will highlight the evolution of Canada Games medals of the past while also setting the stage for the reveal of the new medal design for the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games.

Laura Cousens

Associate Professor, Sport Management
Faculty of Applied Health Sciences

Cousens sees the Niagara 2022 Canada Games as a chance to expand the diversity of volunteer opportunities available for students and to volunteer with Canada Games staff to provide unique pre-game planning opportunities in the areas of spectator engagement and social media.

Kai-Yu Wang

Professor, Marketing
Goodman School of Business

Brock University Professor of Marketing Kai-Yu Wang has been actively integrating experiential education into all the undergraduate and graduate level courses he teaches in the Goodman School of Business. His students have completed service-learning projects with more than 80 local organizations.

Kate Cassidy

Assistant Professor, Communications, Popular Culture and Film
Faculty of Social Sciences

With the 2022 Canada Games set to be hosted in Niagara, Assistant Professor of Business Communication Kate Cassidy saw a unique opportunity to involve Business Communication students.

Math 1P98 Course Team

Math 1P98 Service Course Committee
Faculty of Mathematics & Science

The case study projects have been designed by Master of Statistics graduate Jenny Tieu (BEd ’17, BSc ’17, MSc ’19) under the supervision of Levay and will focus on athletes’ performance, and economic and community aspects of the Games.

Teresa Russo

Part-time Instructor, Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Faculty of Humanities

Teresa Russo is enthusiastic about the many opportunities for students to engage with the community, regional councillors and other stakeholders during the Canada Summer Games next year in Niagara.

Jean Ntakirutimana

Associate Professor, Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Faculty of Humanities

Ntakirutimana, who has been teaching linguistics for more than three decades, is integrating the Games in his upcoming Documentation and Terminology course.

Elizabeth Vlossak

Associate Professor, History
Faculty of Humanities

Associate Professor of History Elizabeth Vlossak sees the Canada Summer Games as an incredible opportunity.

Dawn Zinga

Professor, Child and Youth Studies
Faculty of Social Sciences

Child and Youth Studies Professor Dawn Zinga teaches CHYS 2V91, Children and Youth in Sports Contexts, an online course paired with an experiential learning component.