Visualizing inclusion to support equity in student group learning

TitleVisualizing inclusion to support equity in student group learning
Duration3 Years
Project Summary

Group work is a valuable tool for enriching student learning, but its use can also be “riddled with social inequities” (Patterson 2019). Instructors often have well honed strategies for supporting students in groups, but in large classes it can be difficult to monitor group dynamics and to identify groups that need additional help. With SOTL Seed and Skylight Development Grant funding, we developed and piloted a tool that elicits feedback from students and depicts their responses visually such that instructors can spot and intervene with imperiled groups. The goal of this Small TLEF proposal is to enhance the current visualization prototype to meet the needs of more diverse classroom contexts. Within the tool, we will provide a validated set of questions on a Check-in instrument for student feedback and support materials for instructors to customize these for their specific classroom contexts.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2020/2021
Year 1: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorElisa Baniassad
Year 1: Funded Amount24,241
Year 1: Team Members

Elisa Baniassad, Senior Instructor, Computer Science, Faculty of Science


Alice Campbell, Skylight Science Education Specialist, Computer Science, Faculty of Science
Ashley Welsh, Faculty Liaison (Science), Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT), and the Science Centre for Learning and Teaching Expertise and Services (Skylight)
Noureddine Elouazizi, Strategist, Teaching and Learning Technologies, CTLT and Skylight

Student Team Members:

Braxton Hall, Undergraduate Student, Computer Science
Nico Ritschel, PhD Student, Computer Science


Toni Schmader, Professor, Psychology, Faculty of Arts / Canada Research Chair in Social Psychology
Naoko Hawkins, Educational Strategist, Student Diversity Initiative, Equity and Inclusion Office
Patty Hambler, Director, UBC Health Promotion and Education
Gülnur Birol, Director, Skylight
Marianne Schroeder, Senior Associate Director, Teaching and Learning Technologies, CTLT
Firas Moosvi, Teaching and Learning Fellow, Master of Data Science, Computer Science, Faculty of Science