Ève Pouliot’s University Education Nationally Rewarded

EDUCATION. Born in Beauceville and a professor at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC) in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Ève Pouliot has won three awards in recent months for the quality and uniqueness of her teaching.

On 11 May she won the Prix Guy-Rocher, awarded by the Minister of Higher Education, Danielle McCann. Beauceronne, 44, was awarded a $10,000 scholarship for this award, which highlighted the teaching excellence at colleges and universities in Quebec.

A week earlier, she received the 3M National Teaching Excellence Award 2022. This award is Canada’s highest award for excellence in educational leadership and teaching at the postsecondary level.

“To be honest, I was very shocked when I heard the news. I didn’t understand at all about winning these prizes. They usually reward an entire teaching career and I never thought I would win if I’m halfway there now,” says the one who completed all her secondary and university studies in Beauce.

“Usually for the national prize, if we sign up, it takes more than one try before we win. Several candidates receive a lot of feedback to make adjustments and try their luck the following year,” she adds, also indicating that she is very happy with winning these awards.

It should be noted that this is a first candidacy for M.me Pouliot for these two prizes. These nominations were submitted and suggested by Dominic Bizot, director of UQAC’s social work education program. It would therefore like to thank Mr Bizot, without whom all these achievements would not have been possible.

Learn differently

Ève Pouliot, a pioneer of her time, initiated hybrid modality education, alternating online and face-to-face classes even before the pandemic. With this teaching method, she won the “Award for excellence in teaching, achievement component” of the Université du Québec network in 2021. This pedagogical approach was extraordinary when she launched the whole thing in 2013.

“From a distance, my students received a more conventional lecture. Then they came to class at important moments. They had the opportunity to experiment in a more concrete way with their know-how by using intervention techniques during scenarios or group discussions,” explains the one who has been teaching youth interventions, social deviation, research methodology and family intervention for more than 15 years.

More recently, de Beaucevilloise established a very special way of teaching, the inverted class. This teaching method invites students to listen to various videos in the form of TV series. In it they discover characters and see the theory being applied in practice. In the classroom, everything feeds the discussions and enriches the exchanges.

“Like most college professors, I had no teacher training when I arrived. I think it is important to offer interesting courses that promote learning pleasure and are available to everyone. When I left school, I gave courses with often complex theory. That’s why I tried to bring a new creative approach to my teaching that would remind me of my good years in school,” she concludes.

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