Portfolio of Disruptive Innovators at UNB

The bi-campus steering committee was formed in Feb 2013, to advance university understanding regarding disruptive forces in higher education, and to promote collaboration and discussion around the advances, and potential issues and opportunities.

Roxanne Reeves - Peer Reviewing in the Online Classroom

Roxanne Reeves says that by using peer review, her students not only improve their personal writing skills, but they also learn the value of social networks and the advantages of using a pair of ‘fresh-eyes’.  More>>

Dion Durnford - Two-Stage Exams

Dion Durnford's first year biology classes use 'two-stage exams' to turn traditional exam spaces into places of active learning.  More»

Janice Lawrence - Wikis for Collaborative Student Writing

The students in Janice Lawrence’s third year Virology class collectively work to create a bank of online definitions using a kind of website called ‘wikis,’ teaching them the value of collaborative work.  More»

Bryan Crawford - Recording Lectures with Screencasting

Bryan Crawford used the free software Doceri to create video recordings of his interactive Cell Biology lessons in order to give students who need it the ability to revisit a lecture.  More»

Jeff Clements - Engaging Students with Social Media

Many students appreciate the idea of embracing social media in higher education because it is convenient for them to access information through an outlet that they are familiar with.  More»

Lauren Cruikshank - Games in the Classroom

With some pedagogical thought and planning, games have the potential to powerfully support learning objectives and to invite students to experience and express course concepts in rich, interactive ways.  More»

Andrea Belczewski - Using Student Technology   

For classes that are being taught from a distance, incorporating students' own technological devices can make for an enriching learning experience.  More»

Ann Sherman - Online Learning Invites Student Access

Online programs can help provide accessible options to students, helping them to engage with the material and learn in meaningful ways.  More»

Martin Wielemaker - Flipped Classroom Using Video Vignettes

While many professors break up lectures with short discussions and activities, Martin Wielemaker chose to flip the entire concept around.  More»

Karen Furlong - Mobile App Helps Learning

Nursing students can now dispense with the large pharmaceutical reference texts, and simply reach for their phone or table to learn about the wide array of drugs and treatments that are commonly administered to patients.  More»

Sasha Mullally - Digitized Journal Dissemination

Acadiensis (Journal of Atlantic Canadian History) goes digital, now delivering new and archived issues in digital format, reaching over 5,000 users a month. The financial model has been turned upside down - Mullally says “if you’re going to be funded through the taxpayer purse, you should be giving back freely to the Canadian polity.”  More» 

Paul-Emile Chiasson - iPads for TESL

UNB students training for ESL teaching were given a unique experience, exploring how iPads can be used in ESL language learning contexts.  The TESL students identified language-learning apps, rated them, and determined how they fit with the student's academic level.  More» 

UNB Online - Health & Safety Program 100% Online

To meet the growing demand of working professionals in industry, UNB has developed a series of certificates and diploma programs that engage learners to gain critical career skills at their own pace, at their own time, reaching students in 15 countries around the world.  More»

Nicole O'Byrne - Law School Gamification Approach

How does a lawyer detect the real story behind a witness's testimony?  Using a high-speed game using clicker technology, recognizing micro-expressions (a “break” in someone hiding their true feelings) can now be learned in law school before getting to the courtroom where it may take years of experience to become skilled at detecting them in court.  More»