Director’s Corner – May 2017

By Nancy Chick, Academic Director of the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning 

Welcome to my first Director’s Corner.  To complement the stories, highlights, and important dates below, I’ll provide a snapshot into the conversations we’re having at the Taylor Institute. As illustrated by our recent conference theme, we believe that conversations matter, not just in maintaining the human connections but also in effecting change. The proverbial pebble in the pond, a significant conversation can ripple out from one group to another, change the conversations across a larger context, and influence how people think and what they do.  In fact, one of the Taylor Institute’s foundational principles is grounded in Torgny Roxå and Katarina Mårtensson’s (2009) research on the impact of informal, informed conversations with colleagues we trust. (We were thrilled that Katarina was the closing keynote of this conference.)

Our conversations also spill into and out of our blog, TI Connections. For instance, Natasha Kenny and I reflected on what we hear from instructors about teaching in the Taylor Institute. Sociology instructor Kiara Mikita described how she transformed her course’s final projects after talking with Taylor Institute colleagues.  Brent Snider and Victoria Reid from Haskayne looked back on their teaching “unconference” supported by the Taylor Institute. And Galicia Blackman from Werklund shared her thinking about a potential SoTL project looking at international graduate students’ supervision experiences.

We invite you to join our conversations by submitting a blog post for TI Connections. What are you thinking about, reading, struggling with, or celebrating in your teaching and learning contexts?  

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