Faculty of Environment Teaching Fellow Dialogues

The Faculty of Environment is pleased to host the Innovations in Teaching and Learning Roundtable Series facilitated by Dr. Joanna Ashworth, Faculty Teaching Fellow.  Each session begins with a presentation on tips and tools and then invites peers to share their questions and challenges. The presentations are open to all Faculty and Lecturers in the Faculty of Environment.

Incorporating Active Learning into your Teaching

April 17, 2019

Presented by Tara Holland, Lecturer, Environmental Science


Creating and implementing in-class activities: principles and practical tips

What Not To Do: Practices that should be avoided when implementing active learning

Basic instructor habits to keep students engaged

How do I help students engage productively in active learning classrooms?


Deslauriers, L., et al. (2011). Improved Learning in a Large-Enrollment Physics Class. Science 332: 862-864.

Freeman, S., et al. (2014). Active learning increases student performance in science, engineering, and mathematics. PNAS 111 (23): 8410-8415. 

Hake, R.R. (1998). Interactive-engagement versus traditional methods: A six-thousand-student survey of mechanics test data for introductory physics courses. American Journal of Physics 66 (1): 64-74.

Von Korff, J., et al. (2016). Secondary analysis of teaching methods in introductory physics: A 50 k-student study. American Journal of Physics 84 (12): 969-974.

Teaching in the Era of Reconciliation: Responding to the TRC Calls to Action

March 30, 2019

Presented by Cliff Atleo, Assistant Professor, School of Resource and Environmental Management


Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples final report (1995)

Truth and Reconciliation final report (and Calls to Action) (2015)

SFU Aboriginal Reconciliation Council “Walk This Path With Us” report (2017)

Stolen Land, Broken Promises: Researching the Indian Land Question in BC  (2005)


My Conversations with Canadians by Lee Maracle (St:lo)

The Inconvenient Indian  by Thomas King (Cherokee)

The Fourth World by George Manuel (Secwepemc) and Michael Posluns (2019 edition with new introduction by Glen Coulthard now available)

Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-Up Call by Arthur Manuel  (Ktunaxa/Secwepemc). My review here: Unsettling Canada: A review

The Reconciliation Manifesto: Recovering the Land, Rebuilding the Economy by Arthur Manuel (Ktunaxa/Secwepemc)

Indigenous Methodologies: Characteristics, Conversations and Contexts by Margaret Kovach (Cree/Saulteaux)

Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Issues in Canada  by Chelsea Vowel (Métis) 

Journal articles

“Decolonization is not a Metaphor" (2012) by Eve Tuck (Unangax) and K. Wayne Yang

“Anti-Colonial Strategies for the Recovery and Maintenance of Indigenous Knowledge” (2004) by Leanne R. Simpson (Anishinaabe)

“The Contemporary Reality of Canadian Imperialism: Settler Colonialism and the Hybrid Colonial State” (2009) by Adam Barker

“Unsettling settler colonialism: The discourse and politics of settlers, and solidarity with Indigenous nations” (2014) by Corey Snelgrove, Rita Dahmoon and Jeff Corntassel (Cherokee)

Strengthening the Writing Component of Course Work: Innovative Tips and Tools

February 20, 2019

Presented by Marnie Branfireun Environmental Science Program, Faculty of Environment, Simon Fraser University