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