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Tomorrow's Classroom

Our faculty conference theme - “Tomorrow’s Classroom” - provided faculty with the chance to share the theory and practice on the future of university teaching and learning, innovative new teaching styles, technologically enhanced learning, and evolving learning outcomes to engage and inspire the heterogeneity that is our twenty-first century learners.

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Keynote Address: "Fanning the Flame: Teaching with the Next Generation" 

The keynote speaker for the 2015 Faculty Conference is Bonnie M. Patterson, C.M., O.Ont., ICD.D.

Bonnie M. Patterson

Professor Bonnie M. Patterson is the President and CEO of the Council of Ontario Universities (COU), a post she has held since September 2009. She was the President and Vice-Chancellor of Trent University from 1998 to 2009. She has served previously as President of COU from 1995 to 1998, as Dean of Business at Ryerson University (then Ryerson Polytechnic Institute), and chaired and taught at Ryerson’s School of Administration and Information Management. She continues to hold her professorial position in Business Administration at Trent.

Currently, she is the Chair of the Board of The Roberta Bondar Foundation; a member of the Board of Metrolinx serving on the Human Resources & Compensation and Executive Committees; the Board of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce; and the Advisory Board for the Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation. Prof. Patterson served as one of four Canadian university presidents to the Council of the Association of Commonwealth Universities. She has served as Chair of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada; as a Director on the Board of the Peterborough Regional Health Centre for nine years, including two as its Chair; and on the Founding Board of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority.

She is a recipient of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario, and has been named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada by WXN. In 2014, she received honorary doctorates from Ryerson University and York University. She holds a B.A. and M.L.S. from the University of Western Ontario.

Special Session on Zone Learning

Randy Boyagoda, Director, Zone Learning
Christopher Evans, Vice Provost Academic
Charles Falzone, Chair, RTA School of Media
Paul Stenton, Vice Provost University Planning

Mohamed Lachemi, Provost & Vice President Academic

Annual Poster Contest

This year's trophy for best poster goes to Rob Bajko and Jaigris Hodson from Professional Communication and Deborah Fels from the Ted Rogers School of Management for "The Gamification of Two Undergraduate Multimedia and Social Media Courses."

Rob Bajko and Deborah Fels accepting their trophy:

Rob Bajko and Deborah Fels

Past Faculty Conferences

See our archived page for the 2014 conference.


Tomorrow's Classroom

There was once a time not long ago when the idea of “Sage on the Stage” or “Chalk-and-Talk” instruction almost entirely reflected teaching and learning as it pertained to university education. However, no longer can a single methodology appropriately cater to a diverse group of students whose needs constantly change with respect to the type(s) of courses they require.

Maintaining a “one-size-fits-all” model to teaching and learning must be challenged at Ryerson – where the objective of ensuring equity, diversity and inclusion across students and faculty alike faces the challenge of constantly changing class sizes, class times, technological innovation and financial constraints. Therefore, one unifying theme for this year’s LTO workshops has been to explore innovative models of teaching and learning that cater to our changing environment.

Our faculty conference theme - “Tomorrow’s Classroom” - provides faculty with the chance to share the theory and practice on the future of university teaching and learning, innovative new teaching styles, technologically enhanced learning, and evolving learning outcomes to engage and inspire the heterogeneity that is our twenty-first century learners.

“Tomorrow’s Classroom” may include many themes, which include innovative teaching and learning practices including (but not limited to) -

  1. Adapting to (or managing) changing environments
  2. Community engagement
  3. E-learning, fully on-line, and blended teaching
  4. Equity, diversity and inclusion
  5. Experiential practices
  6. Interdisciplinary strategies
  7. Learning outcomes
  8. Scholarship promoting engagement
  9. Practices most compelling in your teaching

Individuals are invited to submit proposals -

Presentation (50 minutes)
An individual or group led discussion or interactive demonstration on a topic related to the scholarship of teaching and learning, or a learning project related to the conference themes (may include an experiential learning component).

A poster describing a topic, innovation or research related to the conference themes.



Information and guidelines for presenters

The call for proposals is now closed, please contact if you have any questions.


  1. Submissions are peer reviewed by faculty reviewers.
  2. Submission information, guidelines and the submission form are at -
  3. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words.
  4. The criteria for submission review and selection include -
    • Clarity and coherence of submission
    • Clarity of objectives and learning outcomes
    • Contribution to scholarship and/or innovative educational practice
    • Presentation approach and the level of participant engagement
    • Relevance and usefulness to the intended audience
    • Relevance to the conference theme
  5. All proposals must be submitted by April 6th, 2015, 4pm.
  6. Please direct questions to John Paul Foxe, Manager, Learning and Teaching at


Author Guidelines

All abstracts must be submitted electronically to the Learning and Teaching Office via the on-line submission process. Please follow all submission guidelines.

Contact Information

The first author/presenter will be considered the contact for all further communications. It is up to this author to inform co-presenters of abstract submission outcomes. The first author must provide their full name, institutional position, institution, department, email address (required) and telephone number. This author must also indicate the number of co-presenters who are going to present or are listed as authors on the session. For each co-presenter, their name and department must be provided. You may provide information for up to 10 co-presenters.

Session Description

Indicate whether you are submitting a poster, or presentation. You will be required to place your abstract in the space provided. The maximum number of words for this abstract is 250.

  • For the poster session, abstracts should indicate the purpose of the session, methods to be used in the session, expected outcomes of the session and what the participants should learn from the session.
  • For the concurrent sessions, abstracts should indicate the purpose of the poster, methods used in developing concepts or research, outcomes and conclusions.


Available technology is the standard presentation technology found in the classroom. We regret that we cannot take personal AV orders beyond the technology in the PTEC classrooms. Please be sure to bring your presentation on a memory stick, for easy access to the technology. Presentation technology will not be provided for the poster session.


Your submission will be peer reviewed by two independent reviewers. Outcomes of this review will be emailed to the first author/presenter. We regret that we can only email the first presenter and thus the first presenter should inform all co-presenters of the outcomes.

Concurrent Sessions

  1. All rooms are equipped with full PT podiums. If you are using a Mac laptop and would like to connect it to the podium, please bring your own adapter.
  2. Please bring your markers with you, we will have markers on site if needed.
  3. Volunteer moderators (graduate students) will be available for your session - they will do the introductions of those who are presenting also will act as a time keeper.
  4. If you wish to have your session evaluated by those attending, please bring your own evaluation forms with you.
  5. The concurrent sessions are 50 minutes only, please manage the timing of your presentation.

Poster Session

The Ryerson Faculty Conference Committee warmly invites all in attendance to the Poster Presentations and Cocktail Reception.

This session will give everyone attending the conference the opportunity to meet you and see your posters. Here's the basic information you need to plan your submission.

Display tables will be rectangular and have enough space to display two Posters Tables will generally be shared by two presenters. We will provide 36" x 48" presentation boards, which fold into three panel sections these can be seen here.

For guidance in preparing your poster, download our handout on Creating an Academic Poster [pdf].

For more information, check out Creating Effective Poster Presentations.

Be innovative. Look for a different approach to the poster presentation while staying within the spirit of the conference theme. Use text sparingly and consider more graphic and visual forms of communication. If you wish to provide a more detailed text, consider a handout, electronic mailing list, or other forms of extension.

Be interactive. Explore ways beyond the traditional 'conversation at the table' to involve participants in active learning and promote interaction with your poster. Identify learning outcomes and plan interactions that will foster the achievement of those outcomes. Some possibilities from recent conferences include interactive "draw-on" posters, encouraging additions by sticky-note, including puzzles or participant challenges to your poster.

All posters presented at the conference will be considered for The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education Poster Competition and will be eligible to receive The G. Raymond Chang Trophy.