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About the Conference on Postsecondary Learning and Teaching

Since 2013, the University of Calgary Conference on Postsecondary Learning and Teaching is hosted annually at the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for faculty, students, postdoctoral scholars, librarians and staff to share, critically examine and build on our collective knowledge of teaching and learning.    

The core two-day conference is held in early May (between semesters). A pre-conference was added to the program starting in 2019. In 2017, Papers on Postsecondary Learning and Teaching (PPLT), the open-access journal for the Conference on Postsecondary Learning and Teaching was launched. In 2021, the conference was held online for the first time due to COVID.

Past conference themes

2013 Collaborating for Learning Conference in Higher Education  

May 15 & 16  
Keynote: Gary Poole, University of British Columbia  
Panel: Susan Barker, UCalgary, Moderator, Student Panel   

2014 Assessment: Motivating, Evaluating and Supporting Learning  

May 13 & 14  
Keynote: David Green, Seattle University, United States  
Panel: Cheryl Jeffs, UCalgary, Moderator, Student & Faculty Panel  

2015  Design for Learning: Fostering Deep Learning, Engagement and Critical Thinking  

May 12 & 13  
Keynote: L Dee Fink, Dee Fink and Associates, United States  
Panel:  Cheryl Jeffs, UCalgary, Moderator, Student & Faculty Panel  

2016 Exploring Creativity in Postsecondary Learning and Teaching  

May 10 & 11   
Keynote: Jos Boys, United Kingdom  
Keynote: Robert Kelly, UCalgary  

 

2017 Creating a Learning Culture: Conversations that Matter  

May 2 & 3  
Keynote: Katrina Martensson, Lund University, Sweden  
Plenary: Dawn Johnston, Jennifer Lock, Leslie Reid, UCalgary  

2018 Students as Creators, Drivers, Innovators and Collaborators   

May 1 & 2  
Keynote: Isabelle Barrett-Ng and SAGES students, UCalgary  
Keynote: Beth Marquis, McMaster University   

2019 Exploring Experiential Learning   

April 29 - May 1  
Pre-conference:  Patti Clayton, University of North Carolina Greenboro
Keynote: Norah McRae, University of Waterloo 
Keynote: Jeff Dunn, University of Calgary & Dennis Cahill, The Loose Moose Theatre Company    

2021 Mentorship in Higher Education  

May 3 - 5  
Pre-conference: Laura Lunsford, University of North Carolina Wilmington
Keynote: Laura Lunsford, University of North Carolina Wilmington  
Keynote: Lorelli Nowell, UCalgary