Collaboration helps increase the success of our Brock students. Below are common ways we partner with faculty and staff. Please reach out with your ideas or questions. We look forward to working with you!
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 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. Join BU101: brocku.ca/bu4u/brocku-101
All faculty requested in-lecture workshops will be delivered online, either synchronously or asynchronously, until further notice.
Despite the online format, we still offer faculty the opportunity to request the workshop topic, date, and timing, and we can tailor the content to fit your course. Please allow lead time for tailoring.
In response to Covid-19 and the University’s movement to online delivery, faculty can request a tailored synchronous or asynchronous skills A-Z Learning Services workshop to support students in their class. We are combining our traditional synchronous online modules with our in-person tailored workshop approach to offer a rich online blend of supports.
- Request access and tracking of existing learning modules through BU101 and Academic Zone.
- Request a tailored workshop to be delivered synchronously (via Microsoft Teams) or asynchronously (recorded mp4).
- Request a customized Sakai lesson page that can combine learning modules, workshops, and activities*.
*Availability depends on development time required and service capacity.*
BU101 AND ACADEMIC ZONE
Request tracking of existing online supports: BU101 or Academic Zone modules. Let us know the lesson or modules you’d like tracked and we will confirm participation.
BU101 is a comprehensive prep program available from a joinable link on Sakai. We can track full completion or partial completion of BU101 lessons. Each lesson combines video, learning modules, activities, and links to additional resources.
- Planning Your Term
- Tech Skills, Seminars, and Assignments
- Note Taking and Exam Prep
- Academic Integrity
- Academic Writing
- Science Prep
- Math and Statistics Prep
Academic Zone are individual learning modules that can be linked to your course Sakai site OR available from a joinable link on Sakai. We can track full completion of an Academic Zone module.
- Essay Writing
- Lab Reports
- Time Management
- Academic integrity
REQUEST A CUSTOMIZED WORKSHOP
We are continuing to offer tailored support for your course. For topics not covered in BU101 or Academic Zone or for customized combinations of these offerings, you can request a synchronous or recorded workshop delivered by our Learning Skills Specialist team or a customized Sakai lesson page for your course.
*Customization depends on development time required and service capacity.*
Click here to complete the Customized Workshop Request Form.
Commonly Customized Workshop Topics:
- Writing Reflections
- Referencing (APA, MLA etc.)
- Quoting and Paraphrasing
- Specific Essay Formats (Research, Persuasive, Reflective etc.)
- Annotated Bibliographies
- Literature Reviews
- Research Proposals
- Exam and Study Strategies
- Excel Basics
- Poster Presentations
- Critical Thinking
- Increasing Concentration
- Collaborating Effectively
PDF ONLINE RESOURCES
Please direct students to our pdf resources or connect with us to make recommendations. When not busy helping learners, our student tutors help us build this repository.
Click here to see our student resource offerings.
Request Tracking of Student Participation
Faculty and staff can request tracking of student participation in regular A-Z Learning Services supports such as regularly scheduled student-delivered workshops as advertised on Experience BU or a 1:1 consultation with a Learning Skills Specialist.
Click here to complete the Student Participation Tracking Request Form.
Note: Please obtain permission from students to track their participation, in accordance with the Freedom of Information Protection of Privacy Act.
Refer a Student
Feel free to refer students who you feel would benefit from a 1:1 consultation with one of our Learning Skills Specialist team.
Click here to complete the Student Referral Form.
Click here to submit a Student SWAC Referral Request. (SWAC department use only.)
If you are uncertain about which service to recommend, please connect with us or direct the student to visit the Student Success Centre, TH 129, or to email email@example.com.
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.
Feel free to refer a student for a position within our service by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
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)
Contact us today.
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.
Professional Staff Publications and Contributions:
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 Studies, 1 (1), 150-160.
Explore a preview of our online modules below. Full versions of modules are available on Sakai. See information on our online workshops and resources from menu above.