Martin Luther University College — where about 300 Laurier students take their electives each term — has invested $75,000 to upgrade classrooms so students will have a high-quality experience whether they participate in person or online. Venues for this type of blended instruction are also known as HyFlex classrooms.
Working with Laurier’s ICT staff, multiple microphones have been installed in classroom ceilings so students learning remotely can hear classmates clearly during discussions. New cameras also provide remote learners with views of their instructors and new document cameras provide images to remote learners.
Martin Luther University College is launching three new research centres in 2021.
The Centre for Spirituality and Media, led by Associate Professional Faculty Member Sherry Coman, explores the ways in which people engage in their spirituality through media. As COVID-19 has driven more group worship and individual spiritual practices to online platforms, the centre’s research and activities are timely.
The Centre for Earth Consciousness and Gender Justice, led by Associate Professor Mary (Joy) Philip, will explore care for the Earth and gender justice issues individually and in ways they intersect.
The Centre for Spirituality, Disability, and Care led by Associate Professional Faculty Member Laura MacGregor, will work toward the goal of creating more diverse and inclusive faith communities. One of MacGregor’s first projects was the creation of a Certificate in Disability and Christian Faith. The certificate allows professionals working with faith communities to explore the intersection among disability, spirituality, mental health and caregiving.