About the Teaching and Learning Centre

The TLC team—well, some of us.

Who we are

We are an integrated team of professionals with expertise in educational development, instructional design, learning technology, educational media, voice and presentation skills, applied research in teaching and learning, rich program offerings and more.

What we do

We support the work of faculty members, instructional staff (including sessional instructors, teaching assistants and tutor-markers), academic units and the university in developing and delivering effective and engaging student learning experiences. We do this in a variety of ways:

  • By fostering an institutional culture that values and celebrates teaching and learning
  • By promoting an environment that embraces experimentation, innovation and risk-taking
  • By nurturing a teaching community whose members feel connected and supported in their work
  • By building the capacity of individuals and academic units to excel in their teaching roles
  • By collaborating with clients and partners to implement teaching and learning–related solutions

Our impact: Three examples

Our work is fundamentally collaborative. That means our success is linked to the success of the instructors and academic units we work with. Here are several examples of how we have supported SFU’s teaching and learning community to foster greater student learning and richer learning experiences.

Curriculum design

The TLC worked with Kevin Oldknow (mechatronic systems engineering) and the planning team to develop the curriculum for SFU’s ground-breaking Sustainable Energy Engineering (SEE) program.

Read about the process.

Teaching practice

Teaching assistant Mirjam Gollmitzer (communication) approached teaching differently after taking the Certificate Program in University Teaching and Learning.

Read about her experience.

Capacity building

Videos can be a great educational tool. But what if you’ve never made one? The TLC helped Lisa Higashi (Beedie) develop the skills she needed.

Read about her project.

Selected current priorities

Educational goals

Ideally, defining and assessing educational goals is about “thoughtful pedagogy.” The TLC works with departments to make the process efficient and useful.

Learn more.

Valuing teaching

What are the best ways to evaluate teaching? How can good teachers be recognized and rewarded? The TLC is an active participant in this conversation.

Learn more.

Decolonization and Indigenization

The TLC has taken a leading role in responding to the recommendations of the SFU Aboriginal Reconciliation Council.

Learn more.

Graduate students

Graduate students represent the future of teaching and learning. The TLC has programs and workshops to help them prepare for their teaching roles.

Learn more.

Learn more by reading

We regularly produce internal reports and documents on TLC and SFU institutional priorities to help guide our planning and decision-making. Whenever appropriate, we share these reports with the wider academic community. Below are selected recent reports.