Faculty Resources

Collaboration helps increase the success of our Brock students. In addition to our student opt-in services, we visit lectures upon request to deliver customized workshops (on-campus or online). We provide asynchronous resources to add to your course Sakai site. Faculty and staff can refer a student to meet 1:1 with one of our Learning Specialists. We also track student participation for instructors wishing to award participation grades or incentives.

Learn more about ways to collaborate below.

A simple way to increase students’ awareness and likelihood to participate in support resources is to include service information in your course syllabus.  Feel free to include (and edit) the sample blurbs below.   

A Z LEARNING SERVICES  
A-Z Learning Services offers free workshops, drop-in help, and online academic resources. Tutoring by upper-year Brock students is also available on a pay-per-hour basis. Currently all services are delivered online. Visit http://brocku.ca/student-life-success/learning-services/ for more information.     

BU101
BU101 is an 8-hr free, non-credit, asynchronous online academic skills program to build your technology, scheduling, notetaking, and studying skills. Additional lessons help you prepare for university science, math, statistics, and academic writing. Click here to join BU101.

Faculty can request one or a combination of the services below to support their students.
BU101 academic prep and Academic-Zone skill tutorials are online asynchronous options that offer tracking and assessment.
Order-a-Workshops are tailored workshops that can be delivered in lecture by our Learning Specialist team (on campus or online synchronously or asynchronously).

1. BU101

BU101 is a comprehensive academic prep program available from a joinable link on Sakai. Full completion or partial completion of BU101 lessons is available. Lessons combines video, tutorials, activities, and links to additional resources.
Click here to preview BU101.
Please email learning@brocku.ca to request BU101 tracking for your course or complete the service request form at the bottom of this webpage.

2. ACADEMIC-ZONE

Academic-Zone is a collection of individual learning tutorials that can be linked to your course Sakai site OR available from a joinable link on Sakai. Tutorials include essay writing, academic integrity, lab reports, math prep, statistics prep, time management, and grammar.
Click here to preview Academic Zone tutorials.
Please email learning@brocku.ca to request Academic-Zone for your course or complete the service request form at the bottom of this webpage.

3. CUSTOMIZED ORDER-A-WORKSHOPS

Faculty can request a workshop delivered by our Learning Skills Specialist team. We can deliver on campus in-person or online synchronously, or we can create a recorded workshop to be available asynchronously.
Availability depends on required development time, service capacity, and scheduling. Please submit order-a-workshop requests before the beginning of term, if possible.
Maximum delivery time is 1 hour per workshop per course. Requests for more extensive delivery may be accommodated but may involve cost recovery measures.
Click here to request a workshop
Commonly Requested Workshop Topics:

  • Writing Reflections
    Referencing (APA, MLA etc.)
    Quoting and Paraphrasing
    Specific Essay Formats (Research, Persuasive, Reflective etc.)
    Annotated Bibliographies
    Literature Reviews
    Research Proposals
    Summaries
    Exam and Study Strategies
    Excel Basics
    Poster Presentations
    Critical Thinking
    Increasing Concentration
    Collaborating Effectively

Click here to download the full list of topics!

We employ over 60 high-achieving Brock students per year. Our positions include tutoring, workshop facilitation, drop-in peer mentor, and administration.

High-achieving students gain leadership skills and solidify foundational discipline concepts by supporting other students.
Brock students using our services benefit from strong peer mentorship.

Working together, we can improve student success and increase student retention. We invite Brock faculty and staff to partner with us in the planning and delivery of our services.  

  • Workshop topics and development suggestions 
  • Assignment recommendations for the Drop-In 
  • Drop-In schedule recommendations (e.g., timing and focus areas) 
  • Annual large-scale events (e.g., November’s Night Against Procrastination, September andJanuary’s Resilience and Opportunity Conference for students on probation) 
  • Exam review sessions 
  • Class visits (e.g., service information or workshops) 

Because we work with over 5,000 Brock students per year, a large percentage of our efforts focuses on service delivery. However, research also plays a vital role for our service as it helps to inform our program choices and helps us to better understand our Brock student population. 

In addition to conducting research to inform our services, we welcome research partnerships with faculties. Our team comes from a diverse set of academic backgrounds. In addition, our strong outreach, support interventions, and data collection systems provide opportunities for research in partnership with faculties 

A-Z Learning Services Publications: 

Learning Skills Services, Brock University, in association with Higher Education Strategy Associates. (2011). An Evaluation of the Impact of Learning Skill Services on Student Academic Success at Brock University. Toronto: Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. 

 The Student Development Centre, Brock University, in association with Higher Education Strategy Associates (2011). An evaluation of the Online Writing Skills: Workshop/Essay-Zone at Brock University. Toronto: Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario.  

 Brock University Student Development Centre (2011). An Evaluation of the “Alternative to Academic Suspension Program” at Brock University. Toronto: Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. 

 Professional Staff Publications and Contributions: 

Lane, Laura. (2019). Facebooking for feminism: Social network sites as feminist learning spacesFaculty of Education, Brock University. 

Woloshyn, V., Taber, N., and Lane, L. (2013). Discourses of masculinity and femininity in The Hunger Games: “scarred,” “Bloody,” and “Stunning.” International Journal of Social Science Studies1 (1)150-160. 

Lane, Laura. (2011). Experiences with cultural capital in education: Exploring the educational life stories offirst-generation postsecondary students, Faculty of Education, Brock University. 

Academic Integrity Tutorial Preview 

Explore a preview of our asynchronous academic integrity tutorial below. This tutorial is available as part of BU101 or as a separate resource to add to your course Sakai site. The full version of this tutorial is available on Sakai.  

Click here for more information on this and other asynchronous supports.  

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