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Tomorrow's Classroom

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


Registration is now closed

Early bird deadline is April 20th, 2015.
Registration closes May 15, 2015.


8:15AM Registration & refreshments (ENG-103)
8:45-9:00AM Opening Greetings (ENG-103)
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 (Upper Gym, Kerr Hall)
1:50-2:40PM Concurrent Session C [pdf]
2:55-3:45PM Concurrent Session D [pdf]
4:00-4:45PM Special Session on Zone Learning (LIB-72)
4:45-6:30PM Poster Session & Cocktail Reception [pdf] (POD-250)


 Download the complete conference program here. [pdf]

 Download the program-at-glance here. [pdf]

Session Updates:

A1 in ENG 103 cancelled.

D10 in POD 370 cancelled.

A4, B4, C4, and D4 sessions have been moved from KHS 251 to KHW 371.

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.


To learn more about the Ryerson Faculty Conference, see our archived page for the 2014 conference.