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The 2014 Faculty Conference was held on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014.

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Faculty members at Ryerson work hard to create inspiring learning opportunities for our students.  The future of teaching at Ryerson is bright and this is largely due to our dedicated faculty who reach out to our students and our community in many ways.

The theme of this year’s conference, “Teaching Without Borders” provided faculty with an opportunity to share and explore ideas on teaching development, teaching strategies, and teaching opportunities that inspire students inside and outside the classroom, and that engage our diverse student population.

The Conference theme supported many points of view and the focus is on connecting to our students through many methods.  Themes for the conference included (but not exclusively):


  • Future opportunities in teaching
  • Teaching methodologies
  • High-impact teaching practices
  • Inclusive teaching practices
  • E-learning, on-line, and hybrid teaching
  • Managing learning environments
  • Scholarship of teaching that promotes engagement
  • Learning outcomes focus in teaching
  • Teaching strategies that inspire the learners of today and tomorrow
  • Interdisciplinary opportunities and strategies
  • Community engagement



8:15AM Registration & refreshments
8:45-9:00AM Opening Greetings
9:00-10:15AM Plenary Session (ENG 103)
10:30-11:20AM Concurrent Session A [pdf]
11:30-12:20PM Concurrent Session B [pdf]
12:35-1:35PM Lunch (POD 250 and Snack Stop)
1:50-2:40PM Concurrent Session C [pdf]
2:55-3:45PM Concurrent Session D [pdf]
4:00-4:45PM Special Session: Future of Teaching at Ryerson [pdf]
4:45-6:30PM Poster Session [pdf] & Cocktail Reception (Snack Stop)


Download the complete conference program here.

**Room Change: Session D4 is now in LIB 272
(Learn how to add One Stop Course Readings yourself: Hands-on workshop)


Keynote Address: "Make big plans; aim high in hope and work" *

The keynote speaker for the 2014 Faculty Conference was Sheldon Levy, President and Vice-Chancellor of Ryerson University. His talk was on past and future innovations in teaching at Ryerson.

Sheldon Levy

Sheldon Levy is President and Vice Chancellor of Ryerson University, and has been a respected postsecondary leader and analytical visionary for the past forty years. He previously served as Vice President Finance and Strategy, University of Ontario Institute of Technology; Vice President Government and Institutional Relations, University of Toronto; President, Sheridan College; and Vice President Institutional Affairs, York University. Current appointments include: Council of Ontario Universities Executive Committee and Government & Community Relations Committee; Board of Directors, Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation; Advisory Council, Toronto Region Board of Trade; Board of Governors, Trails Youth Initiatives; and Honorary Board of Directors, Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance.

Sheldon is recognized for championing an entrepreneurial academic model with the international impact of both the Ryerson Digital Media Zone and the Centre for Urban Energy, and is dedicated to student success, distinctive programs and research, and the university’s role as city-builder. He was awarded a BSc, MA, and Doctor of Laws honoris causa by York University, and lectured in computer science and mathematics. He is on the list of “The Power 50 Most Influential in Canadian Business Today” (Canadian Business) and “The 50 Most Influential” (Toronto Life), and was chosen recipient of the 2013 Toronto Region Board of Trade Builder Award.

* The title of Sheldon's talk, "Make big plans; aim high in hope and work," is from a quote by Daniel Burnham (1846-1912).

Slides and Materials from Sessions

B3 Breaking the silent borders: Unconscious biases exposed

P34 How you instantly survive edutainment expectations applying the New IDEA method in your class


Poster Contest

This year the best poster trophy goes to Igor Karasyov, Illya Emilianov, Brian Nammari, Daniil Novikov, and Chauncey Cheng, Digital Education Strategies, Chang School, for their poster entitled “From Distance to Digital.”

To learn more about the Ryerson Faculty Conference, see our archived page for the 2013 conference.