We will discover together how these conversations create opportunities for teaching development and better understanding of student learning at the 2017 University of Calgary Conference on Postsecondary Learning and Teaching, Creating a Learning Culture: Conversations that Matter. After the conference, it is our hope that delegates will continue the conversation to influence the collaboration, change and culture around learning and teaching.

Overall Conference Goal:

To provide an opportunity for academic staff, students, staff and post-doctoral scholars to share, critically examine and build on our collective knowledge of learning and teaching.

Key Questions

Join us to engage in purposeful and meaningful conversations that matter in learning and teaching. All members of the academic community – academic staff, staff, students and post-doctoral scholars — are invited to share their experiences, practices and research in our collective journey of exploring the how, why and when of conversations, with colleagues, students and leaders, can influence our learning and teaching culture.

Where appropriate, we encourage students as presenters and/or co-presenters. Some of the questions you might address include:

  • How do we engage students and colleagues in meaningful conversations about learning and teaching?
  • What does a ‘conversation that matters’ in the classroom look like?
  • How have conversations with students changed your teaching practices?
  • What kinds of conversations help to create a learning culture in our courses and programs?
  • How do conversations with our students about their learning experiences help them become more effective learners?
  • How do conversations impact student engagement and learning?
  • When and how do we promote conversations about learning and teaching within, among and beyond disciplines?
  • How do learning spaces, environment and technologies shape the conversations we have about learning and teaching?
  • How do conversations influence and/or strengthen the classroom, department and institutional learning cultures?
  • Who leads conversations that matter in learning and teaching?
  • Where and why do meaningful conversations about learning and teaching occur?
  • How can institutions, and individuals support purposeful and meaningful conversations to cultivate a learning culture?


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