Faculty creating "Conversations that Matter"
The Royal Roads community will be well-represented at the upcoming University of Calgary Conference on Postsecondary Learning and Teaching, May 2 -3. The theme for the conference is “Creating a Learning Culture: Conversations that Matter.” Here’s a snapshot of some of the ways that Royal Roads faculty will be involved in the conference, cultivating conversations related to teaching and learning in online and blended environments:
- Eva Malisius, from the School of Humanitarian Studies, will be leading a “conversation café” workshop with the goal to cultivate conversation and share ideas about non-traditional assessment in online and blended learning environments. Eva’s session will include a showcase of some of the non-traditional assessment practices in action in online and blended learning environments at Royal Roads, and is looking for input from faculty and associate faculty. Are you using a non-traditional form of assessment in one of your online or blended courses? Email Eva with your ideas.
- Moira McDonald, from the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, will be running an interactive session about building belonging in classrooms with international students or domestic and international students. The goal of Moira’s session will be to illustrate how classroom belonging can inform many aspects of the university experience. This includes academic success using technology, social engagement, and internships that matter.
- Rebecca Wilson-Mah, from the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, and Jennifer Walinga, from the School of Communication and Culture, will co-present on Communities of Practice (CoP). They will present three examples of CoPs that have emerged at Royal Roads on case writing, program head roles, and women in leadership. The goal of their presentation is to identify and promote ways that CoP’s can cultivate collaborative learning among faculty and staff using blended and online technologies in a university setting.
- Dr. Marnie Jull, from the School of Humanitarian Studies, will present on "When Conflict is the Teacher," which will explore how engaging with conflict can be a means to support transformative learning. Marnie’s presentation will focus on how teachers and learners can develop their conflict skills to foster collaboration in online, blended, and face-to-face learning communities.