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2012 Symposium on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

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Registration is now open. To Register click here.

New to this year’s Symposium is a poster session which will provide yet another important venue for going public with scholarship of teaching and learning.

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We are pleased to announce a Call for Proposals (CFP) for the 2012 Symposium on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

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The 2012 Symposium on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning website can be accessed at isotlsymposium.mtroyal.ca.

The Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning recently announced it has received a $1 Million gift from Nexen Inc (press release) to the newly named Nexen Scholars Program.

In November 2011 the Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning announced the selection of the 2012 Nexen Scholars.

Pre-Symposium Workshops

2012 Workshops

Prior to the Symposium Opening Reception and Banquet on Thursday, November 8 2012, the Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning will be sponsoring a series of Pre-Symposium Workshops. These workshops are designed to be hands-on, collaborative, and practical, focusing on three areas of import for those engaged in and supportive of the scholarship of teaching and learning.

All workshops will run from 1:00-4:00 pm on Thursday, November 8 in the Banff Park Lodge (the Symposium venue). Separate registration is required for these workshops. Those attending both the 2012 Symposium and the Pre-Symposium Workshops can register at a reduced rate. Space is limited so early registration is recommended.

2012 Workshops

#1 - Scholarship of Teaching and Learning & Faculty Development: A Collaborative Conversation

Facilitators: Marg Wilson (Norquest College) and Richard A. Gale (Mount Royal University)


Across Canada and the world, faculty developers have taken on the responsibility for fostering, supporting, and promoting scholarship of teaching and learning among faculty members within colleges, institutes, and universities. And while there are natural connections between professional development's mandate to support the improvement of teaching/learning, and the scholarship of teaching and learning, the practical realities of working with faculty pursuing such a research agenda are often opaque and frequently daunting. This collaborative and conversational workshop will focus on concrete resources and strategies, but will also grapple with the philosophical challenges of scholarship of teaching and learning and faculty development.

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Marg Wilson is Head of Faculty Development at NorQuest College and Chair of the Alberta Network of Professional and Organizational Developers (ANPOD). Richard A. Gale is Director of the Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at Mount Royal University.

To register for this Pre-Symposium Workshop click here.

Casting a Wider Net, Fishing in New (Data) Streams: Finding the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Wherever it Might be Hiding.

Facilitator: Margy MacMillan (Mount Royal University)

Embarking on the scholarship of teaching and learning may mean familiarizing yourself with new areas of academic literature. Find out how to expand your searches, find relevant articles, theses, and other sources, and learn about Mendeley, a useful tool to organize and share what you find. In this session an experienced searcher will guide you on an expedition into new information environments. Pith helmets not required, but please bring a device that connects to the net and play along. If you wish, stay for a consultation on your specific needs after the session.

Please note that because this session will make use of online materials, participants are asked to bring their own laptops to the session. Wireless access codes will be provided.

2012 Workshops

Margy MacMillan is a Mount Royal University Librarian and a 2012 Nexen Scholar.

To register for this Pre-Symposium Workshop click here.

Workshop #3 - Qualitative Methods of Data Collection & Analysis in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Facilitator: Deb Bennett (Mount Royal University)

This hands on collaborative workshop features a journey through the often-unfamiliar world of qualitative methods, focusing on definitions and examples as well as practical classroom research applications. Some of the questions addressed include what do we mean by the trustworthiness of data, how should we view the idea of rigor, and a variety of other issues particularly relevant to the scholarship of teaching and learning. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their research interests, share methods of data collection, and compare analysis approaches.

2012 Workshops

Deb Bennett is Coordinator of the University Entrance Option (UEO) and a 2009 Nexen Scholar.

To register for this Pre-Symposium Workshop click here.

For more information please contact the Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at 403.440.5503 or sotlinstitute@mtroyal.ca