TFTL: Terms of Reference & Membership

Recently the Learning and Instructional Development Centre (LIDC) underwent an external review. Not only will the recommendations resulting from the review prove useful in setting future directions for the operations of the LIDC but, more broadly, they can be used to frame SFU's approach and plans in the strategically important areas of teaching and learning.

Central to the recommendations was a call for the development of a vision and strategic plan for teaching and learning at SFU as a way of aligning University priorities and coordinating the activities of the LIDC, academic departments and Faculties, and other support units. The reviewers emphasized the need to encourage the full participation of faculty members in developing such a vision and conceptualizing the attendant support systems for teaching and learning. Hence, a Task Force on Teaching and Learning (TFTL) is being established to carry out this task, with broad representation from the various stakeholders as identified below.

 Membership  Members' Site (protected)

  • Associate VP, Academic (Chair) – Bill Krane
  • 6 faculty representatives (one from each Faculty)
    • FAS – Chantal Gibson
    • FASS – Dennis Krebs
    • FBA – Maureen Fizzell / Colleen Collins
    • FOE – Michelle Nilson
    • FHS – Nicole Berry
    • FSC – Petra Menz
  • Dean, Graduate Studies (or designate) – George Agnes / Wade Parkhouse
  • Chair, SCUTL (or designate) – Stephen Spector
  • Director, LIDC (or designate) – Bill Glackman
  • Director, Institute for the Study of Teaching and Learning in the Disciplines – Cheryl Amundsen
  • Director, University Curriculum (or designate) – Sarah Dench
  • University Librarian (or designate) – Lynn Copeland
  • Dean, Continuing Studies (or designate) – Joan Collinge
  • Senior Director, Student Learning and Retention – Nancy Johnston
  • Chief Information Officer (or designate) – Frances Atkinson
  • Undergraduate Student Rep – Reema Jayakar for Fall 2008 (Kevin Harding for Summer 2008)
  • Graduate Student Rep – Lorna Boschman

Support for the Task Force

  • Stephanie Chu – Special Projects Advisor to the Associate VP, Academic
  • Gwen English – Executive Secretary to the Associate VP, Academic

Terms of Reference:

  1. Develop a comprehensive vision statement on teaching and learning for SFU which focuses on the aspirations of students, faculty, instructors, teaching assistants, tutor markers, educational staff and the administration, recognizes the diversity of pedagogies employed at SFU, and contemplates the use of a variety of teaching and learning technologies.
  2. Research and evaluate models of support and assessment for teaching and learning that will serve the needs of SFU students, faculty, instructors, teaching assistants, and tutor markers in a coherent and cost effective manner by emphasizing consistency of support and ease of use, and avoiding the duplication of services.
  3. Identify mechanisms to encourage faculty and instructor involvement and innovation in educational development programs and teaching and learning initiatives.
  4. Suggest an administrative structure which will foster interaction and collaboration among teaching and learning support units and ensures that their strategic planning activities are coordinated and integrated.
  5. Develop a strategic planning process for addressing university teaching and learning infrastructure needs.
  6. Propose a process for change and a timeline for the implementation of the TFTL recommendations.

Possible Working Groups

Educational Development
Teaching and Learning Support and Innovation
Technical Services


Reports to the VP Academic (recommendations to be completed by June 30, 2009)

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