2022 Symposium on Teaching and Learning

2022 Symposium on Teaching and Learning at SFU: (Re)connecting Through Conversation

May 19, 2022 | 10:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. | Online and in-person

The 2022 Symposium on Teaching and Learning is an event for members of the SFU academic community. 

If you are an SFU faculty member, instructor, student, staff member or administrator, you are welcome to join us as your schedule allows. There is no charge to attend, but advance registration is recommended.



10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. | Online

Designing for difference

Chantal Gibson, university lecturer, School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University

Teaching is creative practice. In this session, 3M Teaching Fellowship recipient and artist Chantal Gibson will present examples and artefacts from her teaching practice and engage participants in conversation about designing learning and classroom experiences for difference.

About the speaker

Chantal Gibson is an award-winning writer-artist-educator living on the ancestral lands of the Coast Salish Peoples. Recipient of the 2021 3M National Teaching Fellowship and the 2016 SFU Excellence in Teaching Award, Chantal has been a member of the SFU community since 2002. She teaches written and visual communication courses in the School of Interactive Art & Technology (SIAT).

Working in the overlap between literary and visual art, her work confronts colonialism head on, imagining the BIPOC voices silenced in the spaces and omissions left by cultural and institutional erasure. Her visual art has been exhibited at the ROM, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Open Space Victoria, the MacKenzie Art Gallery, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Vancouver Museum of Anthropology, and the Senate of Canada.

Her debut book of poetry, How She Read (Caitlin Press, 2019) explores the representation of Black women in Canadian history, art, literature. It won the 2020 Pat Lowther Memorial Award and the 2020 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for the 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize. Her follow-up collection, with/holding (Caitlin Press, 2021) brings a critical lens to the representation and reproduction of Blackness across digital media.

Website: chantalgibson.com

12:00 noon–1:30 p.m. | In person | EDB 7608

Teaching Café

Light refreshments will be served. 

Connect with colleagues from different departments in an informal conversation about teaching, resilience and instructor well-being. The goal of this session is to create space for you to share how you navigated the “teaching road of trials” during the pandemic, what strategies helped you take care of your well-being, and what CEE can do to support you as you continue your teaching journey, whether on campus or online.  

We would like to extend a special invitation to new faculty members who joined SFU during the pandemic and who are attending the Symposium for the first time. 

1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m. | Online

Building Relationships in the Classroom and Beyond: How to Consider Equity and Care in Community-Engaged Teaching and Learning

Paola Ardiles, senior lecturer, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University

Join us for an afternoon ‘fireside chat’ with award winning SFU Health Sciences instructor Paola Ardiles. This informal conversation will include questions from the moderator (and audience) around her effective use of equity-centred design, challenges which have arisen from this approach and the iterative and experimental nature of her teaching practice. Central to this are the students whom she helps to feel seen and cared for in her innovative classroom. Bring your questions and curiosity in preparation for an engaging and enlightening discussion.

About the speaker

Paola Ardiles (she/her) winner of the 2022 West Coast Teaching Excellence Award (BC Teaching and Learning Council) is a practitioner scholar focusing on building innovative, collaborative, and inter-sectoral approaches in health promotion policy, practice, research and education. Paola’s passion is to create partnerships and facilitate dialogue in order to foster the development of practical and creative upstream solutions to tackle complex public health challenges.

Since 2015, Ardiles has been developing and teaching participatory and community-based experiential courses (HSC 855: Health Promotion in Practice; HSC 449-Community and Health Service; HSC 495: Applied Health Science Project; HSC 897: MPH Capstone) including the co-design of the Health Change Lab, in collaboration with SFU RADIUS and the Beedie School of Business, City of Surrey, Fraser Health and many community-based organizations.
In 2021, Ardiles was recognized as a long-standing faculty champion for the SFU Healthy Campus, supporting the creation of an inclusive and safe learning environment that promotes student and community wellbeing. Recently in her role as the Faculty Teaching Fellow, Paola co-led various research projects to strengthen community-engaged learning and teaching at SFU, as well as the co-development of an anti-racism capacity building initiative for faculty and staff. Currently, Ardiles is an Associate with the SFU’s Wosk Centre for Dialogue and the Co-chair of Participedia Teaching Training & Mentoring Committee, a global network focused on public participation & democratic innovations.

Videos from the 2021 Symposium

The Journey Toward Blended Design and Delivery: A Tale of Two Pedagogies

May 19, 2021 | Watch the webcast recording (Mediasite)

Supporting Learner Resilience and Mental Health Directly Within the Curriculum

May 19, 2021 | Watch the webcast recording (Mediasite)

Online and Blended Learning in Post-Pandemic Settings

May 20, 2021 | Watch the webcast recording (Mediasite)

Academic Integrity: Lessons Learned from the Pandemic

May 20, 2021 | Watch the webcast recording (Mediasite)

What Is the Right “Blend,” Anyway?

May 20, 2021 | Watch the webcast recording (Mediasite)