Teaching and Learning Events

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Past events

Teaching Matters! Kick-off event

Tuesday, September 7, 2021
12:00 pm Atlantic - Zoom

Keynote: "Manifesto for the Future: My Hopes for the Post-Pandemic University" with Brenna Clarke Gray.
The pandemic has made urgently clear that the inequities of race, gender, class, ability, and sexuality that are baked into our experience of post-secondary education cannot be allowed to continue. And yet many additional violences have been done to our students over the last year, most notably through the rise — and normalization — of surveillance capitalist solutions in education. Leaning heavily on ethic of care thinking and a desire to find hope in this very dark time, this talk invites all participants to come and think together, plan a resistance, and ultimately imagine a better future for all of us. The keynote will be followed by a 45-minute workshop taking participants through a guided reflection drawing on ideas from the keynote and experiences of teaching and learning during the pandemic.

Brenna Clarke Gray (she/her/hers) is the coordinator of educational technologies at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia. Her research interests include the history and future of open tenure processes, the role of care and care work in the practice of educational technology, and scholarly podcasting. Prior to her transition to faculty support, she spent nine years as a community college English professor and comics scholar. Brenna has published extensively on Canadian comics and representations of Canada in mainstream American comic books. She holds a PhD in Canadian literature from the University of New Brunswick. Outside of the academy’s walls, Brenna co-hosts Hazel & Katniss & Harry & Starr, a podcast about young adult literature and film adaptation, and pretends at the role of a public intellectual on her Twitter, @brennacgray.

View the keynote presentation 
View the slides from the keynote 

Teaching Community Conference

The E-Learning Office and Experiential Education Office hosted the 4th UPEI Teaching Community Conference on May 4, 2021. The UPEI Teaching Community Conference is a conference for UPEI faculty and staff to present on their teaching and how they support teaching here at UPEI. The theme for the 2021 conference was pedagogies of care.

The 2021 keynote presentation was Pedagogies of Care & Equity for Students and Teachers by Dr. Maha Bali. Recordings of the keynote, synchronous webinar presentations, and asynchronous video presentations are available on the conference site. More information and recordings can be found at upei.ca/teachingcommunityconference


Furthering Digital Accessibility: Exploring Pathways to Reaching Full Awareness

Presenter: Harriette L. Spiegel, PhD
Date: April 26, 2021
Time: 12:00 pm

Abstract: This presentation introduces the author’s interest in the topic, quickly pols the audience on their knowledge of Digital Accessibility, provides background information on statistics and legislation, and then presents basic Digital Accessibility Guidelines regarding alt text, headings, meaningful links, tables and PowerPoint. If time allows, a basic “inaccessible” document is provided for the audience to practice with in applying the guidelines. References and resources are provided.


Panel Discussion Focused on Teaching Dossiers

This online workshop occurred on February 12, 2021 and the recording is now available.


If you are applying for tenure or promotion in the upcoming year or two, you may be interested in reviewing this panel discussion focusing on the teaching dossier. Guest panelists include: Dr. Ron MacDonald (Education), Dr. Marva Sweeney-Nixon (Science), and Dr. Aitazaz Farooque (Engineering). These distinguished faculty members have been acknowledged for their outstanding teaching dossiers and have a wealth of experience on the URC. 

The first half of the panel discussion will pose questions to the panel experts and the second half will provide a forum for participants to ask their own questions. 

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Faculty Development Summer Institute

Typically held off-campus in July, the Faculty Development Summer Institute is organized by the Faculty Development Office. More information coming soon. 

Let's Talk Teaching Day

Let's Talk Teaching is an annual learning event that gives faculty and sessionals a chance to connect before classes start in September and to share ideas related to teaching. With the changes brought on by the global pandemic and a desire to continue the tradition of Let’s Talk Teaching we’ve organized a Let’s Talk Teaching Online series that includes synchronous sessions that will begin on August 25 and continue throughout the fall semester.

Note: All sessions will be recorded.

Title: Re-designing Courses and Class Resources for Online Delivery
Panel Speakers: Andrew Carrothers, Business; Patrice Drake, Nursing; Jonathan Hayes, Education; Jason Hogan, E-Learning Office
Moderator: Christina Murray
Date: August 25, 2020 – 10:00 am–12:00 pm
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Title: Assessment and Academic Integrity
Panel Speakers: Charlene VanLeeuwen, Chair of Faculty of Science Alternative Assessment Committee; Jennifer Taylor, Chair of Faculty of Science Academic Integrity Committee; Keri McCaffrey, Chair of the Robertson Library Academic Integrity Portal Working Group
Moderator: Nola Etkin
Date: September 1, 2020 – 10:30 am–12:30 pm
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Title: Accessibility and Teaching Online
Panel Speakers: Christina Perry, Education; Kathy Snow, Education; Nicole Garland Wadden, Accessibility Services
Moderator: Ron MacDonald
Date: September 2, 2020 – 10:30 am–12:30 pm
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Title: Sharefest: Lessons Learned and Success Stories
Moderator: Donald Moses, Robertson Library
Presenters/Topic: Julie Dennison / Derailing Conventional Thinking; Charlene VanLeeuwen / Designing a fluid, online course welcome package; Philip Smith / peerScholar; David Hickey / Teaching Online with the Neighbour's Dog: Outdoor Podcasts and the Joys of Ambient Sound; Tim Carroll / The Learning Conversation; Bill Montelpare / Interactive Open Textbooks
Date: September 3, 2020 – 10:30 am–12:30 pm
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Teaching Community Conference

The E-Learning Office is hosting the 3rd UPEI Teaching Community Conference on May 5, 2020. This is a conference for UPEI faculty and staff to present on their teaching and how they support teaching here at UPEI.

The conference will be held online featuring a keynote presentation by Dr. Bonnie Stewart and Dave Cormier, synchronous webinar presentations, and asynchronous video presentations. More information and registration can be found at upei.ca/teachingcommunityconference

Time to Write

If you have difficulty carving out uninterrupted time for writing, if you struggle with motivating yourself to write, or if you would simply like the supportive collaboration of a writing retreat, consider Time to Write, UPEI's faculty writers retreat. This year's retreat takes place May 16-20, 2020 off-campus at Stanley Bridge Resort.  Cost to participants is $200, which includes four nights accommodation, meals and snacks. This program is supported by Research Services and to review requirements for participation and to register visit their information page.