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Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning presents Community Café for Instructors

Open invitation to all instructors to participate in strategic teaching and learning event on May 8
May 4, 2017
Nancy Chick, academic director of the Taylor Institute

Nancy Chick, academic director of the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning and university chair in teaching and learning, invites all instructors to participate in the Community Café for Instructors on May 8 from 2 to 3 p.m. Photo by Joni Miltenburg. 

Graphic Recordings

Graphic recordings from the Community Café for Students held in early April. Artwork by Sam Hester 

Community Café for Instructors will be hosted by the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning on Monday, May 8 from 2 to 3 p.m. in the forum of the Taylor Institute building, located on the northwest side of MacHall.

Participating instructors will engage in a facilitated discussion around their ideas, experiences and recommendations on teaching and learning at the University of Calgary. An instructor, in this context, means anyone who teaches on campus. Nancy Chick, academic director of the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning and university chair in teaching and learning, notes “our campus has a variety of teaching and learning initiatives, plans and frameworks that inform our work at the Taylor Institute, but we wanted to reach out directly to the teachers and learners themselves.”

Participants will be asked to envision what their ideal teaching and learning environments look like, what challenges and opportunities have occurred as a result of changes to teaching and learning culture and what they would recommend to further enrich the quality and breadth of teaching and learning at the University of Calgary.

The data collected from the Community Café — in addition to data retrieved fro m surveys, focus groups and interviews — will help inform the Taylor Institute Community Report, to be released at the end of the year, which will “outline specifically what we’ve learned from the process, as well as how we plan to move forward in a way that is responsive to our specific context,” says Chick.

The Community Café for Instructors is the second Community Café hosted by the Taylor Institute. The first Community Café, held in early April, was open to students.

“Our building is at the heart of campus, and we need to make sure we always remember that — we’re embedded in the teaching and learning here. Classes are held in our learning studios, and students study in every nook and cranny here. The buzz of this activity energizes us, but we need to also hear the stories of teaching and learning. We need to hear instructors and students talk about their experiences, their points of pride, and their challenges,” states Chick. 

The Community Café for Instructors will be held on Monday, May 8 from 2 to 3 p.m. No registration required. Snacks and refreshments will be provided and all participants will be entered into a draw to win an iPad. 

About the Taylor Institute

The Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning is dedicated to better understanding and improving student learning. It promotes building and sharing teaching and learning expertise; integrating technologies to enhance learning; and conducting research to improve student learning.

There are three branches of the Taylor Institute:

  • The Office of Academic Director which provides leadership and visioning for the Taylor Institute, and supports the scholarship of teaching and learning.
  • The Educational Development Unit supports the teaching development of instructors and graduate students, curriculum development, course and instructional design, and integration of learning technologies.
  • The College of Discovery, Creativity and Innovation provides undergraduate students with opportunities for inquiry-based learning, undergraduate research and experiential learning.

The Taylor Institute building is the first in Canada that is dedicated solely to improving post-secondary learning and teaching and was made possible by a $40-million donation from the Taylor Family Foundation.

 

 

  

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