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August 27, 2019

Aleksandra Zecevic
Aleksandra Zecevic, professor, School of Health Studies, International Brightspace Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning, 2015

Western’s global and community-engaged learning initiatives teach students to exercise social, political and environmental responsibility at home and abroad. Our faculty members have been recognized with the highest number of 3M National Teaching Fellowships in Ontario, and our Centre for Teaching and Learning is recognized internationally for its evidence-based faculty development approach and intercultural teaching programs.

When Health Studies professor Aleksandra Zecevic walks into her classroom, she has one thing in mind – serve the needs of her students. In her classroom, she doesn’t stand and teach, rather she challenges the students to learn the content and teach each other.

“Teaching is a business of changing people’s lives. In my Aging Body course, students work in teams to create a Mobile Aging Simulation Lab to evoke empathy and explore the effects of aging on health and function. Students first teach each other and then engage community members. My international course on Aging Globally involves students in cross-Atlantic interdisciplinary collaboration to explore health systems in Canada, Sweden and Norway.”

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