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Thursday, June 19 • 10:30am - 11:20am
CON4.07 – Enhancing a Culture of Teaching and Learning at a ‘Teaching-Focused’ University (Room A227)

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The purpose of this workshop is to share current research on academic development initiatives and to engage participants in discussion about effective strategies to bring about institutional change that will promote a culture of teaching and learning in higher education.

Recent research supports the need to re-conceptualize the work of academic development (Boud & Brew, 2013; Salter, 2013).  In addition, changes in approaches to how we measure the success of academic development initiatives is called for to ensure a scholarly approach is taken to the work of academic development units (Stefani, 2010).  In this workshop, participants will be asked to critically reflect on changes in approaches to teaching and learning, and changes in approaches to academic development, at their institutions, and how these changes impact support for faculty and for the support units.

Two “teaching focused” institutions in British Columbia are carefully ‘rethinking’ how activities of their learning and teaching centres can be better aligned with both the missions of the respective institutions and the changing landscape in higher education.  Leaders from these two institutions will share innovative approaches that are being initiated to build upon past work at the respective institutions to enhance a culture of a renewed ‘teaching and learning community’ with an ultimate goal of enhancing the quality of student learning experiences. 

With government mandates to focus on teaching as part of their mission, how do such institutions provide leadership for others while attempting to redesign how the culture of learning and teaching is promoted, supported and communicated across campus?

Participants will be asked for their feedback on these approaches and engage in conversation about changes happening provincially and nationally. How are we ensuring our centres are aligned with institutional missions? How are we ensuring faculty are aware of these changes and how do we share with them the rationale for a new model for supporting them? How are we promoting and sharing innovation and new learning methodologies with students, administration and the community? What do these activities look like? How are we moving teachers to think of themselves more as learners and undertake rich inquiry questions into their practice and into how student learning can be improved? How can faculty be moved to lead from within and change the culture through their own initiatives and activities? How are we measuring the success of our initiatives? How can we share and learn from each other?

During this session, participants will be made aware of changes happening in other institutions and share some changes in their own institution. They will also have the opportunity to share ideas as to how they are approaching the changes and have considered next steps for their own practice.

Thursday June 19, 2014 10:30am - 11:20am EDT
A227 Duncan McArthur Hall, 511 Union Street Queen's University Kingston ON Canada

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