Welcome to the February 2021 issue of 'Innovatus'

Welcome to the February 2021 edition of ‘Innovatus,’ a special issue of YFile devoted to teaching and learning innovation at York University. It offers compelling and accessible feature-length stories about York University’s commitment to excellence in teaching, learning, internationalization and the student experience.

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Dean's letter: Going digital has not shut doors

In his letter to the community, Dean JJ McMurtry writes about how the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies has embraced the power and potential of online learning. New experiential learning opportunities, enhanced online engagement and a powerful Toolkit for Student Success are some of the innovations taking place during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Gaming is serious business for LA&PS students 

Steve Gennaro, an instructor in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, is pushing the boundaries in pedagogy and creating learning spaces in a gamified, non-linear and choose-your-own-adventure format. His students are responding with phenomenal work, passion for the subject material and are active agents in their own learning journey.

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University 101 pilot a success

Time management was only one of the many academic and life skills taught in this Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies’ University 101 pilot program, which made its debut in fall 2020 term. Each week, lectures focused on a different topic that increased the students’ understanding of what university requires.

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