We have some good news to share! We would like to congratulate Dr. Simon Beaudry for being awarded the University of Ottawa Chair in University Teaching for his project “Building Autonomous Learners by Fostering Academic Resilience in Adverse Learning Contexts”
You will find below a short description of this project:
We know it: extensive research has demonstrated time and again that excellent professors create optimal learning environments by supporting students’ basic psychological needs. However, what happens when professors don’t have the energy, the motivation, or even the possibility to make the learning environment optimal? The overarching goal of this program of research is to address the difficulties faced by students who find themselves in such adverse learning contexts where their psychological needs are unmet. Using a theoretical and practical rationale from Self-Determination Theory (SDT; Deci & Ryan, 1985; Ryan & Deci, 2017), this project aims to develop tools that will build autonomous learners able to thrive in various learning contexts. Moving away from hard to implement professor-focused interventions, this program will instead orient the spotlight toward catalysing academic resilience so that students may learn to help themselves.