Special events

From time to time, the Centre for Educational Excellence hosts special events that address particular needs and interests of the SFU academic community. These occasions often feature external speakers with recognized expertise.

This page lists upcoming special events and provides access to resources such as slideshows and webcasts from past events.

Up next

Frankly Teaching: Race, Racism, Discrimination & Decolonial Pedagogy As If It Matters from a Teaching and Learning Stance

A presentation by Dr. Njoki Wane, University of Toronto.
Monday, August 30, 2021 | 10:30 a.m.–12:00 noon | Details and registration

Teaching at SFU: An Introduction for New Faculty

A special lunch and presentation for new SFU faculty members.
Monday, August 30, 2021 | Lunch: 12:00 noon–1:00 p.m. | Presentation: 1:00–4:00 p.m. | Details and registration

Past events

Inclusion in the Classroom Week
November 9–13, 2020 | Various times

Inclusion in the Classroom Week celebrates our diverse community and considers how the university can ensure that students and instructors from all backgrounds feel welcomed, supported and valued in learning and teaching environments. The benefits of inclusion are broad: it adds richness and perspectives to learning, builds empathy and collaboration across different groups, and provides a sense of equity and value for all. With its linguistic and cultural diversity, SFU is uniquely positioned to make inclusivity a hallmark and strength of its educational experience.

CEE’s Inclusion in the Classroom Week looks at different aspects of inclusion: from how to support the academic success of multilingual students to making room for difficult conversations and diverse opinions while maintaining a safe space for all, and from understanding the connection between relationship building and decolonization and Indigenization to applying the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in remote instruction. There will also be discussion spaces set aside for self-identified Black, Indigenous and people of colour (BIPOC) instructors and for self-identified non-BIPOC allies in anti-racism and reconciliation work.

We warmly invite you to join the conversation.

Learning and Relationships in (and Beyond) Our Courses
A presentation by Dr. Peter Felten
Wednesday, September 2, 2020 | 1:00–2:30 p.m.

About this event

Decades of research demonstrate that student-faculty and student-student interactions are primary factors in student learning in higher education. Our courses—whether face-to-face, online or something in between—can and should be relationship-rich environments that enhance learning, motivation and belonging for all students. This interactive session—based on nearly 400 interviews with students, faculty and staff from across the United States—will focus on practical, research-informed approaches to cultivate educationally powerful student-faculty and student-student relationships in our courses.

About Dr. Peter Felten

Dr. Peter Felten is professor of history, executive director of the Center for Engaged Learning, and assistant provost for teaching and learning at Elon University. In his teaching, Peter aims to help students think critically and write clearly about the connections between the lives of individual people and larger themes in history. As a scholar, he has published six books, including (with Leo Lambert) Relationship-Rich Education: How Human Connections Drive Success in College (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020) and Engaging Students as Partners in Teaching and Learning (Jossey Bass, 2014). He has served as president of ISSOTL, the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and also of the POD Network, the U.S. professional society for faculty developers. He is co-editor of the International Journal for Academic Development and a fellow of the Gardner Institute, a foundation that works to advance equity in higher education.

Questions?

E: ceeevent@sfu.ca
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