Centre for Teaching Excellence

2022 Teaching and Learning Symposium

Capilano University’s 2022 Teaching & Learning Symposium
Community-engaged Teaching and Learning (CeTL)

May 3 – 6, 2022


Community-engaged teaching and learning (CeTL) is just what it sounds like: teaching and learning that is focused upon, takes place in, and partners with communities. Whether it is in your classroom, program area, Capilano University, or the greater community, at the core of CeTL is building and reinforcing community!
Supporting this key initiative of Capilano University’s 10-year Academic Plan, Illuminating 2030, the Centre for Teaching Excellence is proud to announce that CeTL will be the theme for this year’s 2022 Teaching and Learning Symposium, taking place in-person at our main North Vancouver campus from Tues May 3 – Fri May 6, 2022. 
CeTL, an experiential approach to teaching and learning, invites the community into the classroom allowing learners to work on authentic problems, questions, or issues presented by or relevant to community partners.
This year’s Symposium will allow participants to learn from the many variations of the CeTL model that thrive in Capilano University classrooms and the wider community, from experiential learning activities, work-integrated and practice-based learning, to imagining new and stronger relationships within and beyond the classroom.
Keynote: Ruth Simons
Community Engaged Teaching and Learning: An Aspirational Journey
Tuesday, May 3
9:00 am – 10:30 am

Ruth Simons, Lead of the Howe Sound Biosphere Region Initiative Society responsible for the Átl’ka7tsem/Howe Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve

Ruth has been a dedicated volunteer in Howe Sound for ten years following a term as a Village of Lions Bay Council member (2008-2011). Prior to 2008, she was in the travel insurance industry as a business owner and CEO. She has been advocating for a holistic comprehensive land and marine use plan for the region since 2012. Ruth has been the Coordinator of the Howe Sound Community Forums for the past 8 years and leading the Howe Sound Biosphere Region Initiative since its start in 2016 through to its successful designation by UNESCO in 2021. A lifelong resident of the region, she is happiest in nature often seen either on the trails or the water.



Symposium 2022 Schedule

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Capilano University is named after Chief Joe Capilano, an important leader of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation of the Coast Salish people. We respectfully acknowledge that our campuses are located on the unceded sovereign Indigenous Nations of Lil’wat, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm(Musqueam), Shíshálh (Sechelt), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh(Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh).


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