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Ryerson Learning and Teaching Conference

Ryerson Learning and Teaching Conference

 Online May 19-20, 2021

A virtual event for Ryerson faculty, instructors, graduate students and staff.

Thank you

On behalf of the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, we'd like to thank the Ryerson community for attending and contributing to the Ryerson Learning and Teaching Conference that took place May 19-20, 2021. We are grateful for the time and effort our presenters took to share their knowledge and we hope attendees enjoyed the online experience. 

If you missed a session, the schedule on the conference portal has been updated, external link to include recordings of the keynote & student panel event, alongside provided concurrent, roundtable and poster session slides.

If you attended the conference, we kindly ask that you fill out a short feedback survey., external link We thank you in advance for your comments and suggestions and we assure you that each will be given consideration so that future offerings will be even more of a success. 

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We look forward to seeing you at future events!
Ryerson Learning & Teaching Conference Programme Committee 

About the conference

Day 1: May 19, 2021

Time

Event

9:00 AM RUMindful Workshop
Growing Mindfulness and Meditation at Ryerson University
10:00 AM Opening & Keynote by Dr. Maha Bali
Connecting Equity and Care in our Teaching: Beyond the Pandemic
11:15 AM

Break

Water Cooler Keynote Debrief
Art Break by the Ryerson School of Performance

11:30 AM Choose Your Own Adventure Session A
Concurrent Sessions, Round Table Discussions & Poster Presentations
12:30 AM

Lunch & Fun with Freestyle Social

Art Break by the Ryerson School of Performance

1:00 PM

Special Session 1 (Workshop)
Building Community Online with Equity and Care by Dr. Maha Bali

Choose Your Own Adventure Session B
Concurrent Sessions, Round Table Discussions & Poster Presentations

2:00 PM End of Day Events
Day One Takeaways & Games in Gathertown

Day 2: May 20, 2021

Time

Event

9:00 AM Kickoff Events
10:00 AM Opening & Panel Event
What do the black squares in my Zoom class think? Exploring the Remote Learning Student Experience
11:15 AM

Break

Water Cooler Panel Debrief
Art Break by the Ryerson School of Performance

11:30 AM Choose Your Own Adventure Session C
Concurrent Sessions, Round Table Discussions & Poster Presentations
12:30 AM

Lunch & Fun with the Teaching Centre Staff

Art Break by the Ryerson School of Performance

1:00 PM

Special Session 2 (Workshop)
From the Blanket Exercise to Rebirthed Teachings: A relational approach to deepening our learning

Choose Your Own Adventure Session D
Concurrent Sessions, Round Table Discussions & Poster Presentations

2:00 PM End of Day Events
Day Two Takeaways & Games in Gathertown

Accessibilty 

ASL and captioning will be provided by AI Media for the following sessioins: Opening and Keynote by Dr. Maha Bali, Special Session led by Dr. Maha Bali, Opening and Student Panel, and Special Session: From the Blanket Exercise to Rebirthed Teachings. For all other sessions automatic live captioning will be made available in Zoom. 

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Maha Bali (Ryerson Learning and Teaching Conference)

Connecting Equity and Care in our Teaching: Beyond the Pandemic

This keynote will explore the different dimensions and levels of social justice and care, and explore case studies of instances in education where one or the other is absent. Participants will be encouraged to share their own stories and cases of equity without care, care without equity, and appreciate cases of care and equity enacted together. We will discuss possible post-pandemic practices for working with students as partners in the process of emphasizing and embodying equity and care.

Dr. Maha Bali is Associate Professor of Practice at the Center for Learning and Teaching at the American University in Cairo. She has a PhD in Education from the University of Sheffield, UK. She is co-founder of virtuallyconnecting.org, external link (a grassroots movement that challenges academic gatekeeping at conferences) and co-facilitator of Equity Unbound, external link (an equity-focused, open, connected intercultural learning curriculum, which has also branched into academic community activities Continuity with Care and Socially Just Academia). She writes and speaks frequently about social justice, critical pedagogy, and open and online education. She blogs regularly on Reflecting Allowed: Maha Bali’s blog about education, external link, opens in new window and tweets @bali_maha, external link

Our keynote is open to the public! If you are external to Ryerson please visit our external keynote registration form, external link

Partners in Learning

Partners in Learning

Our theme, Partners in Learning, has taken on new meaning after a year of learning to learn and teach apart. More than ever, we have come to appreciate the essential value of partnership, collaboration, and community in teaching and learning. This academic year has not only presented us with opportunities to explore new ways to create engaging student experiences, it has also challenged us to question historic approaches to teaching, to interrogate our core beliefs about pedagogy, and to be accountable to the ways in which we ensure all students are included. Through the theme of Partners in Learning, we invite you to join us as we share our experiences of learning and teaching as we strive towards creating an equitable, socially-just, and intellectually inspiring student experience.

Creative and Flexible Approaches to Learning and Teaching

Creative and Flexible Approaches to Learning and Teaching

  1. Integrating technology enhanced learning experiences into your teaching
  2. Constructing or implementing innovative tools to support student learning and engagement
  3. Supporting student agency in the pace, place, or mode of instruction
  4. Building student choice into assessment strategies and the evaluation of learning
  5. Designing flexibility in course content or forms of engagement
Centering Inclusion

Centering Inclusion

  1. Reducing barriers to learning, providing supports for every student to be successful
  2. Applying principles of Universal Design for Learning 
  3. Creating an inclusive curriculum
  4. Incorporating anti-racist pedagogy into course content 
  5. Advancing Indigenous knowledges, perspectives, and experiences in teaching and learning
Students as Partners

Students as Partners 

  1. Students as co-creators of knowledge
  2. Peer and interdisciplinary learning
  3. Incorporating student perspectives and experiences
  4. Engaging students in scholarly activity
  5. Incorporating student feedback
Connecting the Student Experience Inside and Outside the Classroom

Connecting the Student Experience Inside and Outside the Classroom

  1. Providing students with unique opportunities to engage in experiential or hands-on learning opportunities that address real-world issues
  2. Integrating meaningful experiential learning approaches into your teaching 
  3. Developing new ways of evaluating and assessing experiential learning
Remote Learning and Teaching *Special Roundtable Topic

Remote Learning and Teaching

*Special Roundtable Topic

  1. What have the challenges and accomplishments been in remote teaching? 
  2. How have they and how have they not addressed flexible learning? How might this inform the future of the educational experience at Ryerson?
Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent Sessions

20 Minutes

An individual or group led presentation, discussion, or interactive demonstration of a teaching project or innovation related to the conference theme. 

Round Table Discussions

Round Table Discussions

Three 15-min Rotations

A discussion about a novel or emerging teaching idea related to the conference theme. This format is especially recommended for receiving feedback, soliciting opinions, or asking questions about an idea, insight, or new project. See Special Roundtable Stream topic: Remote learning and teaching.

Poster Session “Gallery of Greatness”

Poster Session “Gallery of Greatness” 

A digital poster is a virtual presentation of a research or topic that will be posted in a gallery during the conference.  This format is Ideal to promote a project, share practices and present research results.  The posters could be a conventional fixed poster (e.g. brief abstract and graphics) or a set of Google/PowerPoint (2-3 slides).

Stay Connected

The Ryerson Learning and Teaching Conference is organized by the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching. For conference updates:

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