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TMU Learning and Teaching Conference

See the full program - now with slide presentations!

Many presenters generously shared their presentations. They are now available on the main program page.

Coming soon: Recordings of the Keynote and Plenary sessions.

Thank you for joining us!

Thank you to all attendees, volunteers and presenters for making this year such a success. We look forward to seeing you again next year. 

This year's theme: Technology and Teaching in an Age of Disruption

This year's Learning & Teaching Conference brought together the teaching community at TMU to share knowledge and experience related to technology-enhanced teaching and to discuss the opportunities and challenges that lay ahead for teaching and learning.

Building upon what we learned over the past few years, we asked big questions about how we might navigate through a rapidly changing teaching and learning landscape, experimented with bold new approaches to pedagogy, leveraged the wealth of digital learning tools at our disposal, and made the most of our campus learning spaces to provide high-quality experiences for every student while mitigating the challenges that technologies like artificial intelligence introduce.

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Dr. Bonnie Stewart

Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Windsor

Generative Ethics - Confronting What AI Means for Higher Education

Dr. Bonnie Stewart (external link)  is an educator and social media researcher fascinated by who we are when we’re online. Associate Professor of Online Pedagogy and Workplace Learning at the University of Windsor, Bonnie explores the implications of digital networks and Generative AI for institutions and society. Bonnie was an early MOOC researcher and ethnographer of Twitter as an academic environment and currently investigates what it means to know, to learn, and to belong in a society shaped by our current information ecosystem. Bonnie is a career educator with extensive facilitation experience in higher ed, who has worked with learners and professionals on all three coasts of Canada and around the world.

Dr. Bonnie Stewart

Over a year after the public release of ChatGPT, how have universities responded to the new challenges and opportunities presented by generative artificial intelligence? This plenary session includes vice provosts from our region who have led efforts at their institutions to develop guidelines, best practices, and policies for confronting the effects of generative artificial intelligence on learning and teaching in higher education. Sean Kheraj, Vice-Provost Academic (TMU) will host and moderate a conversation with other vice provosts from York University, University of Toronto, and McMaster University to explore how each campus has managed a range of issues including teaching development, academic integrity, assessment design, ethics, and more.

Panelists

Chloë Brushwood Rose

Chloë Brushwood Rose (external link) 

Vice-Provost, Teaching & Learning
York University

Susan McCahan

Susan McCahan (external link) 

Vice-Provost, Academic Programs and Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education
University of Toronto

Kim Dej

Kim Dej (external link) 

Vice-Provost, Teaching & Learning
McMaster University
 

Moderator

Sean Kheraj

Sean Kheraj

Vice-Provost, Academic
Toronto Metropolitan University

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Cultivating Inclusive Learning Environments

  • Decolonization & Indigenous pedagogies
  • Black-focused pedagogy and addressing ABR
  • Inclusive design 
  • Student well-being

 

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Empowering Student Voice and Agency

  • Assessment strategies
  • Student-centered learning activities
  • Students as partners in learning and teaching
  • Learning through lived experiences

 

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Expanding Learning Beyond the Classroom

  • Global learning
  • Experiential learning
  • Supporting International students
  • Learning in community

 

 

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Teaching with Technology and Navigating the New Normal 

  • Blended learning approaches
  • Leveraging GenAI in teaching
  • Digital tools for student engagement
  • Incorporating digital content

This year's fully in-person conference will also include the following:

  • Passport to Possibilities Game (win a pedagogy prize pack!)
  • Light refreshments in the morning and all-day coffee station
  • Lunch with seating on the first and second floors of the DCC
  • Fun and Games Room in DCC 103
  • Quiet Room with dedicated prayer space in DCC 713
  • Annual Chang Reception, with Poster Session, and Service Spotlight on the second floor of the DCC

The Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching is committed to promoting an inclusive, meaningful, and respectful environment within the TMU Learning and Teaching Conference.

We invite all conference participants, presenters, and organizers to support building an accountable community that will work actively to ensure a welcoming environment that is inclusive, respectful, and works to disrupt, challenge, and prevent discrimination, inequity, and sexual harassment. By creating an accountable space, it is our intention to honour the diversity of lived experiences held within this conference.

Full conference details now available!

8:30 AM: EVENT CHECK-IN
9:30 - 10:50 AM: OPENING & KEYNOTE
10:50 AM: BREAK
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: CONCURRENT SESSIONS GROUP A
A1. Cultivating Inclusive Learning Environments A2. Empowering Student Voice and Agency A3. Expanding Learning Beyond the Classroom A4. Teaching with Technology and Navigating the New Normal
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: ADVANCING BLACK-FOCUSED PEDAGOGY AND SCHOLARSHIPS AT TMU
12:00 - 1:00 PM: LUNCH
1:00 - 2:00 PM: INSTITUTIONAL RESPONSES TO GENERATIVE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN LEARNING & TEACHING
2:10 - 3:10 PM: CONCURRENT SESSIONS GROUP B
B1. Cultivating Inclusive Learning Environments B2. Empowering Student Voice and Agency  B3. Expanding Learning Beyond the Classroom B4. Teaching with Technology and Navigating the New Normal
2:10 - 3:10 PM: LEARNING & TEACHING GRANTS SPOTLIGHT
3:20 - 4:20 PM: CONCURRENT SESSIONS GROUP C
C1. Cultivating Inclusive Learning Environments C2. Empowering Student Voice and Agency C3. Teaching with Technology and Navigating the New Normal
3:20 - 4:20 PM: INDIGENOUS SCIENCE THROUGH EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING - INTERACTIVE HIDE TANNING EXPERIENCE
3:20 - 4:20 PM: FIRST STEPS TO ADDRESSING GENERATIVE AI IN ASSESSMENTS - AN INTERACTIVE EXPLORATION
4:30 PM: CHANG RECEPTION, POSTER SESSION & SERVICE SPOTLIGHT

The Call for Proposals is now closed. 

Faculty and Contract Lecturers are invited to submit proposals to present at the 2024 Learning & Teaching Conference: Technology and Teaching in an Age of Disruption.

Successful proposals will be chosen based on their applicability to the overall theme of the conference, as well as their relation to this year’s pathways:

  1. Expanding Learning Beyond the Classroom
  2. Empowering Student Voice and Agency
  3. Teaching with Technology and Navigating the New Normal
  4. Cultivating Inclusive Learning Environments
  5. Assessing Learning in an Age of GenAI

Submission categories include concurrent sessions, and poster presentations.

Review Process

All submissions will be reviewed and evaluated according to the criteria outlined in the call for proposals. 

Please note that the programming committee may accept a submission with the stipulation that it move to a different format (for example, from a concurrent session to a poster session). In such cases, submitters will be offered the opportunity to either accept or reject this option.

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Thank you

On behalf of the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, we would like to express our gratitude to those who took part and made valuable contributions to the 2023 TMU Learning and Teaching Conference.

We truly appreciate the time and effort our presenters dedicated to sharing their knowledge with the TMU community, and we hope that all attendees, whether joining online or in-person, had a fulfilling experience. We would also like to extend our thanks to the dedicated volunteers who worked behind the scenes to make this event possible.

Thank you once again, and we look forward to seeing you at future events!

 To stay informed about our latest news and events, we encourage you to join Teachnet or follow us on Twitter (external link) 

Conference Highlights

Reimagining Teaching: May 17 - 18, 2023

The annual event brought together the teaching community at TMU to build on what we’ve learned over the past few years about creating accessible, inclusive, and engaging learning environments, and we’ll ask big questions about how we might reimagine our teaching practices moving forward: experimenting with bold new approaches to pedagogy; leveraging the wealth of digital learning tools at our disposal; and making the most of our campus learning spaces to provide high-quality experiences for every student.

The two-day event (held virtually and in-person) welcomed:

 50 speakers

  30+ volunteers, moderators, and tech checkers

  250+ attendees (faculty, contract lecturers, staff, graduate students, and alumni)

Curated programming included:

 Keynotes by Maria Crabtree & Dr. George Sefa Dei

 Nine special sessions

 Interactive social activities

 A sensory-friendly quiet room

 An in-person lunch and reception (sponsored by the Chang School)

The team working behind-the-scenes included:

 The conference planning committee, composed of members from the six resource areas in the Teaching Centre

 Volunteers, moderators, and tech support (staff, graduate students, and career boost students)

 FMD, Media Services, the Chang School, TMU Eats, TorontoMet Today, and TMU Superstars 

Conference Portal

Our team created a custom portal to enhance the experience of participants attending the conference, whether they were joining virtually or in-person.

Registrants

Attendees were provided with the flexibility to participate in the conference either virtually on day 1, in-person on day 2, or attend both days. Of our registrants:

29% planned to attended virtually

11% planned to attended in-person

60% planned to attended both

Participant feedback:

"I had a great time at LTC2023! I attended a session in every available time-slot, and I enjoyed every presentation. The sessions were well-moderated, and the themes were thought out. I never felt rushed by the timing of the day. The poster session and reception to close was wonderful as well."

Conference Participant

Attending the in-person day of the conference was a shock in the best way possible. I was blown away by the level of organization (I was greeted at the door when entering ENG!), the attention to detail (e.g., the signage in the lobby on upcoming sessions), and the support staff (e.g., the tech support in every session room). I was also shocked by the investment in the conference: the floral displays, the incredible lunch, and the drinks and hors d'oeuvres to end the day. I know conferences are about dissemination of knowledge and not food per se, but it always brightens the experience! My only suggestion would be to provide larger boards for poster presenters to attach their work. Otherwise, an absolutely fantastic conference!

Conference Participant

It was such a fulfilling day to be able to get to know so many people from across campus that I never would have had the opportunity to interact with otherwise. Everyone on the volunteer team this year was so kind, supportive, and resourceful. I have experience working at other events like this and I have never been treated with the respect, care, and kindness that I was treated with on the day of this conference. This is such a wonderful team of organizers and everyone should be incredibly proud of themselves. I really have to say that the way we were prepared and treated is SO instrumental to the functioning of a successful conference. We had both the tools and the support necessary to get the job done not only successfully but exceptionally!

Conference Volunteer

Emerging and Imagining: Futures for Learning and Teaching - May 19, 2022

The past two years were marked by disruption. The challenges we faced have also revealed myriad opportunities to move past the status quo and transform learning and teaching.

As we look forward to the next chapter for our institution, we invited our community to imagine the possible futures that can emerge for a student experience grounded in our values. 

The one-day hybrid event welcomed:

  1 keynote speaker

  68 presentations

  500+ attendees

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Keynote Speaker

Dr. Vanessa Andreotti provided the keynote address with an overview of her work Gesturing Towards Decolonial Futures Art/Research Collective (GTDF) of which she is a founding member, based at UBC. She showcased educational tools that build our collective capacity and stamina to hold space for difficult conversations about wicked social and global challenges without feeling immobilized or demanding immediate quick fixes. Wicked challenges are characterized by hyper-complexity, uncertainty and interlocked problems with no possibility for easy solutions.

Watch a recording of Dr. Andreotti’s Keynote address (external link, opens in new window) , or download the slides (external link) 

 Participant feedback

This diversity in participation demonstrated that accessibility efforts put forth by the Teaching Centre were well-used by presenters and attendees alike. 

Of our participants:

65% attended online

25% attended in-person

10% attended both

“The Keynote was outstanding. I really would love to be able to work with some of her ideas with students. It really is what they need right now.

Conference Participant

“This was the first HyFlex conference I've attended and also the first in-person event I've attended in over 2 years. I really thought the day-of organization was fantastic. You had a great number of volunteers/moderators and it seemed you thought of everything. Truly impressive - well done!!”

Conference Participant

“I know the effort put in to make this happen must have been great indeed, and it really made for a seamless experience of community in all our modes (whether virtual or in-person).”

Conference Participant

“Thank you - the virtual option to attend was fantastic, and I hope can be retained at future meetings. The two formats really made it accessible for everyone to participate….Congratulations to the team!”

Conference Participant