In the past several years, postsecondary education has undergone a remarkable change in the ways in which we teach and learn, through endless adaptations, pivots and shifts. Moving rapidly to an online environment meant fundamentally changing how we design courses, assess student learning and how to teach, while also changing how students learn and engage with their programs.
As the world moves into varying stages of healing and recovery, we have an opportunity to focus on what we have learned as a community, shifting from technology-centred to learning-centred approaches that are intentional and transformational. We see a stronger focus on the student learning experience, further integration of technology, and blended and online learning environments as emerging trends. Perhaps most importantly, it is an opportunity to build sustainable change that takes postsecondary education well into the future.
The 2023 University of Calgary Conference on Postsecondary Learning and Teaching invites faculty, instructors, administrators, librarians, staff, students and postdoctoral scholars to explore our collective transformations in postsecondary institutions and the scholarship, approaches, practices and issues surrounding it.
This year’s conference will explore multiple aspects of our collective transformation experienced since the spring of 2020.
The following guiding questions are provided for further inspiration:
- What were the risks, experiments and failures/successes experienced when we suddenly pivoted to online/blended learning? How are we engaging in research, scholarship and inquiry to document and communicate these learnings?
- What does quality online and blended learning look like, including our teaching and assessment practices? How do we continue to ensure we centre student learning experiences moving forward?
- How can we create more equitable, diverse, inclusive and accessible learning environments and spaces? How have collective social movements informed and transformed our teaching and learning practices and experiences?
- How have our approaches to fostering experiential and work-integrated learning shifted based on our experiences during the global pandemic?
- How will our learning spaces and technologies continue to change based on what we have learned over the pandemic?
- How has the pandemic impacted how we think about mental health and well-being for educators and students? What future transformations are needed?
- What transformations are needed to address truth and reconciliation, and to advance Indigenous ways of knowing, being, doing and connecting in postsecondary education? What might this look like as we continue to consider new teaching modalities and approaches?
- What informal/formal educational leadership practices and approaches are needed to adapt to the future needs of teaching and learning in postsecondary education to create sustainable change moving forward?