Highlights from STLHE 2015

SoTL CTSIFrom June 16-19, many U of T faculty and staff, including members of the CTSI team, participated in #STLHE2015. The Society for Teaching & Learning in Higher Education’s annual conference – this year’s theme was “Achieving Harmony: Tuning into Practice” – was co-hosted by the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University. There were two keynote presenters:

  • Dr Marsha Lovett, Carnegie Mellon, Applying Principles of Learning to Teaching – With or Without Technology¬†
  • Dr. Dee Fink, 5 High Impact Teaching Practices

Dr. Marsha Lovett, Director, Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation, Carnegie Mellon University

A highlight to the event is the presentation of 3M Teaching & Student Fellowships. This year, Steve Joordens, Psychology, UTSC, was awarded a Teaching Fellowship and two students – Karen Young, Psychology and Health Studies, UTSC, and Wali Shah, Sociology – won Student Fellowships.

“All of us from the University of Toronto felt a tremendous sense of pride when Professor Steve Joordens, Psychology Department, was presented with one of 10 3M National Teaching Fellow awards, and two U of T students received 3M National Student Fellowships: Karen Young, 3rd Year Psychology and Health Studies, U of T Scarborough and Wali Shah, 2nd year BA Sociology, U of T Mississauga. These awards honour the important contributions to teaching, learning and leadership that these award recipients have made.”
Carol Rolheiser, Director, CTSI, and Professor, Curriculum, Teaching & Learning (OISE)

3M Fellowship Recipients

Steve Joordens, Psychology, UTSC, and Karen Young, Psychology and Health Studies, UTSC

For Erin Macnab, CTSI, Programs Coordinator, this was her first opportunity to attend a faculty and educational developers conference of this size and scale:

“Attending STLHE for the first time was an eye-opening experience. It was so valuable to me to see the range of work being done across Canada in teaching and learning. I’ve come away from the conference with a huge number of ideas for programming and resources for CTSI. It was wonderful to also see the hard work of our 3M Student and National Teaching Fellows recognized – a great acknowledgement of the incredible work being done here at U of T!”
Erin Macnab, Programs Coordinator, CTSI

STLHE 2015

Steve Joordens, Psychology, UTSC, and Carol Rolheiser, Director, CTSI

Over the next few weeks we will continue to share photos and insights on the STLHE conference. Please check back in for more information and/or share your stories if you attended.