Creating space for transformative conversations

Honeycomb Project

Inspiring interdisciplinary, community-based & experiential learning at SFU


SFU’s 2010-2013 Academic Plan encourages student learning that expands the traditional classroom into local, national, and international communities. It focuses on experiential learning that develops skills in group work, analysis, and communication, is relevant to the broader community, engages with the public and integrates teaching and research with real world issues.

The intentions of the SFU Honeycomb Project are to:

  • Inspire faculty learning and innovation related to interdisciplinary, community based & experiential learning
  • Create more engaging curriculum for SFU that integrates the concepts of community, experience, sustainability, reflection and action
  • Introduce and reinforce these concepts throughout students' educational experiences at SFU
  • Empower students with the tools they can take into future leadership roles in their own communities
  • Engage with communities at various levels – campus, city, region, province, national and international

Why Honeycomb?

Honeycomb is among nature’s most collaborative enterprises, constructed by thousands of bees that each secrete simple flakes of wax and together form them into a highly complicated and robust structure. It is the venue upon which bees exchange information, communicating their experiences inside and outside the hive, creating awareness of their own community and the external environment.

Honeycomb embodies the ideas of collaboration, experience and learning that characterize the project.


Format: The Honeycomb program uses both half-day and retreat formats and seeks to include a diverse mix of faculty members from each of SFU’s Faculties. Participating faculty members share teaching experiences and outline a new or existing course for which they would like to develop interdisciplinary curriculum.

Outcomes: Honeycomb programs enable faculty members to integrate interdisciplinary and collaborative learning into one or more of their courses.

For more detail and description of past programs, we invite you to download the 2011 report. If you are interested in reading feedback from past participants, please click here.

How to Apply

Workshops for the 2012/2013 academic year have not yet been announced. Please watch for an announcement in late 2012 or early 2013.

Project Team Contact Information

The Honeycomb project is led and facilitated by Janet Moore (Assistant Professor, SFU Centre for Dialogue) and Mark Winston (Academic Director and Fellow, SFU Centre for Dialogue). Administrative support is provided by Linda Bannister.

Linda Bannister (registration and administration)
Office Assistant, SFU Centre for Dialogue

Janet Moore
Assistant Professor, SFU Centre for Dialogue
University Teaching Fellow, SFU Faculty of Environment

Mark L. Winston, FRSC
Academic Director and Fellow, Centre for Dialogue