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Achieving Harmony: Tuning into Practice
Thursday, June 18 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
RTD.43 - Teaching and learning councils: Engaging faculty in changing institutional teaching practices

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Post-secondary institutions aim to provide high-quality education through a commitment to student success, community engagement and associated scholarship. Individual faculty members’ primary role in creating quality educational experiences is traditionally accomplished through their individual teaching and committee activities. Although faculty members can play a critical role in producing a harmonious institutional approach to defining and operationalizing quality post-secondary education (Fullan, 2007), they rarely have opportunities to do so. One such opportunity can be created through an institutional teaching and learning council, which provides an innovative way for faculty to work with colleagues beyond their own Faculty, advance teaching practice, support student success across the university and create and implement original educational initiatives (Katz, Earl, & Jafaar, 2009). This session reports on experiences in two Canadian universities who have recently established teaching and learning councils to help advance a culture of scholarly teaching and empower faculty members to affect institutional change in teaching practices (Warhust, 2006). Through a roundtable discussion, the processes used in these two institutions will be summarized and participants will share their own experiences in engaging faculty at the institutional level. By the end of the session, participants should be able to identify effective structures and processes for facilitating institutional level faculty engagement in enhancing teaching and learning and overcoming challenges to such participation.

Fullan, M. (2007). The new meaning of educational change. New York, NY: Teachers College Press. 

Katz, S., Earl, L. & Ben Jaafar, S. (2009). Building and connecting learning communities: The power of networks for school improvement. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Warhurst, R. P. (2006). “We Really Felt Part of Something”: Participatory learning among peers within a university teaching-development community of practice. International Journal of Academic Development, 11(2), 111 – 122. doi: 10.1080/13601440600924462

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Liesel Knaack

Director, Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning, Vancouver Island University
Liesel is the director of the Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning at VIU. The centre supports faculty and students with learning technologies, pedagogical design, online learning and scholarly teaching and learning. Liesel was formerly a K-12 teacher and Associate Professor... Read More →


Thursday June 18, 2015 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Mackenzie Room

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