Embedded Supports Project

Embedded Supports Project

To facilitate student learning in the classroom and beyond, CTLI is spearheading a collaborative project between Student Advising, the Learning Café, the Buchanan Library, the Learning Experience Design team, and faculty members.  

Embedded specialists—librarians, academic strategists and academic advisors—provide resources, host discussions, send timely email reminders, and provide other student supports from within course modules of the learning management system (LMS). 

Overview

As demonstrated by an extensive literature review, student support services work best when they’re integrated into learning environments (Dadgar et al., 2013). 

Embedded specialists are uniquely poised to both proactively engage with students and respond promptly to student queries. They bring a wealth of expertise in information literacy and research, writing and study skills, and academic advising. In collaboration with faculty, embedded specialists determine how to best support student learning in a specific class and help students integrate into a wider campus learning community. 

Timeline

Read through the timeline by clicking on each point.
2008 - 2021
Spring 2020
Summer 2021
Fall 2021
Winter 2022
And Beyond . . .
Initial interest and implementation of embedded librarianship at Lethbridge College.
Learning Café begins to also embed strategists within courses as a response to instructor demand due to COVID-19.
Working team formation:  Embedded Supports Project. Development of resources to support framework. Development of Embedded Supports Framework. Faculty outreach and cooperation. Working team finalizes strategists into LMS.
Launch of Lethbridge College Embedded supports project pilot. Implementation of Embedded supports project pilot.
Evaluation and suggestions for expanded supports.

Deliverables

  • Embedded Supports Framework
  • Embedded supports template for Canvas
  • Pilot report on framework effectiveness

Alignments

Glossary

Embedded support specialists: Librarians, academic strategists, and academic advisors who are included in Canvas course to provide relevant and timely help to students.

Engagement

We believe that meaningful stakeholder engagement is essential to any good initiative. Below is a list of engaged stakeholders. (Classification based on CTLI engagement framework and IAP2 Public Participation Spectrum)

Our promise: We will keep you informed about the project and decisions that are made.

 

  • LC faculty
  • Associate deans
  • Students
  • CTLI

Our promise: We will consult with you to ensure your viewpoint is heard and considered when making decisions. We will communicate how this input and feedback influenced the decisions made.

 

  • Students (survey)

Our promise: We will work directly with you to ensure your viewpoints and concerns are reflected in the decisions made.

 

  • Media specialists (Michael Bandstra)

Our promise: We will partner directly with you throughout the project and decision making process. We will create joint solutions or recommendations.

 

  • Faculty (Connie Lyon, Julie Diemert, Kirsten Fantazir)
  • Learning Café (Jude Bialik, Diane Fjordbotten, Andrew Derksen)
  • Buchanan Library (Darel Bennedbaek, Ina Baczuk, Constance Sheriff)
  • Academic Advising (Greg Gibos, Deanna Gonnelly)

Our promise: We will abide by the decisions you make.

 

  • CTLI leaders
  • Associate deans

Project Lead: Tatiana Kloster & Ina Baczuk

Quotes from Faculty

Relevant Statistics/Graphs/Charts

LC data (Student Success Inventory, 2021)

  • 27% are receptive towards academic assistance
  • 37% are receptive towards career guidance
  • 26% predicted academic difficulty

References

Dadgar, M., Nodine, T., Bracco, K. R., and Venezia, A. (2013). Integrating student supports and academics [PDF file]. WestEd. https://www.wested.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/1370976401resource12962-3.pdf 

Student Success Inventory. (2021). Summary and Planning Report for Lethbridge College.