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Ryerson Learning & Teaching Conference: May 16, 2019

Learning Together: Collaboration & Community at the Centre

Each year at the Learning and Teaching Conference, we come together to share practices, experiences, and insights about learning and teaching. This year our theme is Learning Together: Collaboration and Community at the Centre and we are excited to celebrate our learning community. At Ryerson, learning is a collaboration between students, faculty, instructors, and staff. We work together, creating and sharing knowledge, connecting learning inside and outside the classroom, learning in the community and on campus. Our theme recognizes all the ways we put learning at the centre of everything we do.


Registration for the Learning & Teaching Conference is now open!


Portrait of Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani

Keynote Address by Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani

Serving Equity, Innovation and Success through Open Pedagogy

Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani is the Associate Vice-Provost for Open Education and a Psychology Instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia.

He is an internationally-known advocate for open education whose research and practice focuses on student-centered pedagogies and the scholarship of teaching and learning. 

Rajiv is a co-founder of the Open Pedagogy Notebook, an Associate Editor of Psychology Learning and Teaching and an Ambassador for the Center for Open Science

Rajiv is a recipient of the Robert E. Knox Master Teacher Award from the University of British Columbia, the Dean of Arts Teaching Excellence award at KPU, and the award for Excellence in Open Education from BCcampus.

His books include A Compendium of Scales for Use in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (2015) and Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science (2017).

You can find him online at @thatpsychprof or  


Conference Schedule 

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM Keynote
10:30 AM - 11:20 AM Session A
11:30 AM - 12:20 PM
Session B
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch
1:45 PM - 2:35 PM Session C
2:45 PM - 3:35 PM Session D
3:45 PM - 4:30 PM Special Session
4:30 PM Poster Session

Submissions are now closed! [Update] Applications are now under review, and selected submissions will be notified by April 16, 2019.


This year’s theme, Learning Together: Collaboration & Community at the Centre, invites proposals for 20-minute concurrent sessions, 15-minute round table discussions, and posters in one of four streams that highlight excellence in our teaching and learning community.

These streams are:

Flexible Teaching and Learning
  1. Providing student agency in the pace, place, or mode of instruction
  2. Building student choice into assessment strategies and the evaluation of learning
  3. Designing flexibility in course content or forms of engagement
Including Diverse Learners
  1. Reducing barriers to learning, providing supports for every student to be successful
  2. Applying principles of Universal Design for Learning in your classroom
  3. Building a culturally diverse curriculum
  4. Creating a culture of empathy, respect, approachability, authenticity
  5. Indigenizing education

Connecting the Student Experience Inside and Outside of the Classroom


  1. Providing students with opportunities to complete internships, community-based learning experiences, capstone projects and other high impact activities
  2. Integrating experiential learning opportunities into your teaching, including, but not limited to case studies, simulations, field trips, debates, or serious games
  3. Integrating students lived experience and existing knowledge into the curriculum
  4. Encouraging students to reflect on their learning and experiences
Technology in Teaching
  1. Integrating technology enhanced learning experiences into your teaching
  2. Using flipped, blended, or online teaching formats to enhance your course
  3. Constructing or implementing innovative tools to support student learning and engagement

Faculty, instructors, graduate students and staff are invited to submit proposals for:

  • Concurrent sessions (20 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.
  • Round table discussions (three 15 minute rotations) - A casual discussion with 8-10 people on a topic related to the conference theme. This format is especially recommended for receiving feedback, soliciting opinions, or asking questions about a project or topic.
  • Poster session (to be displayed at the cocktail reception from 5:00-6:30 pm) - A poster describing a topic, innovation or research related to the conference themes.

Please Note:

  1. Submissions are peer reviewed by faculty reviewers and learning and teaching staff.
  2. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words.
  3. 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

Please direct all questions to:


Past Faculty Conferences

See our archived page for the 2018 conference.


Please follow all submission guidelines:


  • 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.


  • 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 concurrent 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 round table discussions, abstract should indicate the purpose of the discussion, expected outcomes, and the type of feedback expected to be received. 
    • For the poster 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.


  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.
  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. Please manage the timing of your presentation, presentations will be running consecutively.


The Ryerson Learning & Teaching 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 poster:

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.  
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.

The 2018 trophy for Best Poster was awarded to Mariam Hashemi Wong, MA, CPF, for Neuro-diversity for Educators.

Submissions are now CLOSED! Thank you those who applied. [Update] Applications are now under review, and selected submissions will be notified by April 16, 2019.