Friday, February 08, 2013

Stats really can be fun...

I attended the Richard Wiggers talk this morning (February 8th), and I have to say that I was most pleasantly surprised by the presentation. The outline describing the presentation led me to the Tim Horton's line-up for a second dose prior to the 10 am start, but as Dr. Wiggers began by describing the research that his organization (HEQCO) has undertaken, it became evident that we were all going to learn a lot from what he had to say - even if the statistics and research primarily focused on Ontario PSE institutions - the information was easily transferable to our province. On top of the compelling Canadian research we were able to learn about, Wiggers entertained us with a laid back style, mixed with some of his personal experiences that left me grinning on more than a few occasions.

There were many great takeaways from the talk this morning. One idea born out of the talk that I plan to undertake is to find out more information about the "kind" of students we currently interact with in Science. In turn, I hope to find out who the students are that we need to do a better job of reaching, informing, and helping.

This is another example of our Vice-Provost (Students) bringing in an excellent speaker to the U of M and inviting the Advisor Exchange to take part. If you attended the talk this morning, I would encourage you to send Susan a note of thanks for once again including us in another excellent PD opportunity.

What did you think about the talk? Are you going to take any action as a result of what you heard? Please share here...

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