Centre for Teaching Excellence



2019 Symposium: Learning Transformation

With an emphasis on experiential place-based learning, the 2019 Symposium: Learning Transformation is focused on the transformation of our approaches and practice to teaching and learning. Participants and presenters from K-12 and post-secondary are invited to attend.

There will be both pre and post-conference events offered!
Childcare will be available for the 2019 Symposium and the pre-conference event. However, childcare will not be provided for the post-conference event as it falls on a Saturday.
Visiting a small northern community is an experience you won’t want to miss.

Risky Teaching: How our students’ success depends on our willingness to fail

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jay Roberts, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Professor of Education at Earlham College

As educators, we are often socialized into a system that fears failure and seeks to avoid uncertainty. Yet, the world we live in and the one our students will inherit is full of complex, unscripted problems where the answers are not immediately known and the consequences matter. How might we best prepare students for such a future? What teaching and learning methodologies should be in our toolbox? What new knowledge, skills, and aptitudes must we acquire? In this address, we will explore the transformative power and potential of risky teaching— in its various forms and methodologies. Using examples from across the K-16 educational sector, we will consider how we can take more risks as teachers and, as a consequence, experience learning transformation.

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 territories of the Lil’wat, Musqueam, Sechelt (shíshálh), Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.


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