TLC contributions

The Teaching and Learning Centre's work has contributed to, and been recognized by, teaching and learning communities at SFU and beyond.

Involvement at SFU, 2010–present

Committees, councils and working groups

Academic Integrity Committee, 2011–2012; 2014–present

  • Michael Lockett, Member, 2014–present
  • Kathryn Ricketts, Member, 2011–2012 

Advanced Professional Engagement & Exploration (APEX) Steering Committee, 2013–2016

  • Stephanie Chu, Facilitator, 2013–2016
  • Sarah Louise Turner, Facilitator, 2014–2015

Associate VP, Academic, Search Committee, 2011–2012

  • Stephanie Chu, Staff representative, 2011–2012

Beedie Teaching and Learning Committee (formerly BTL Group), 2014–present

  • Barb Berry, Advisor, 2014–present
  • David Rubeli, Advisor, 2014–present

Communication Initiative Action Committee, Beedie School of Business, 2012–present

  • David Rubeli, Advisor, 2012–present

Copyright Advisory Committee, 2012–2016

  • Stephanie Chu, Member, 2012–2016

Educational Systems Stewardship Committee, 2016–present

  • Chris Groeneboer, Member, 2016–present
  • Stephanie Chu, Member, 2016

Experiential Learning Advisory Committee, 2011–2016

  • Stephanie Chu, Member, 2011–2016

Experiential Learning Community of Practice, 2014­–present

  • Vivian Neal, Member, 2014–present

Instructional Development Group, 2009–present

  • Lynda Williams, TLC representative, 2012–present
  • David Rubeli, TLC representative, 2009–2011

Learning and Teaching Coordinating Committee, 2011–2015

  • Stephanie Chu, Member, 2011–2015

Learning Environments @SFU (formerly Canvas Director’s Committee), 2013–2016

  • Stephanie Chu, Chair, 2013–2016

Learning Outcomes and Assessment Working Group, 2011–2012

  • Chris Groeneboer, Member, 2011–2012

Physics Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, 2012–present

  • Daria Ahrensmeier, Member, 2012–present

Senate Committee on University Teaching and Learning (SCUTL), 2010–present

  • Chris Groeneboer, Secretary, 2016–present
  • Stephanie Chu, Secretary, 2010–2016

SFU Surrey Campus Coordinating Committee, 2010–present

  • Chris Groeneboer, Member, 2016–present
  • Stephanie Chu, Member, 2010–2016

SFU Sustainability, 2010–2015

  • Jason Toal, Sustainability ambassador, 2014–2015
  • Vivian Neal, Member, Advisory committee, 2010–2013

SFU Vancouver Campus Coordinating Committee, 2010–present

  • Mark Bachmann, Member, 2015–present
  • Stephanie Chu, Member, 2010–2016

Task Force on Flexible Education, 2014–2015

  • Stephanie Chu, Member, Committee & Executive Team, 2014–2015

VPA's Advisory Committee on Teaching and Learning, 2010–2011

  • Stephanie Chu, Member, 2010–2011

Events and conferences

EdMedia West, 2012

  • Cindy Xin, Organizer, 2012

Leaning into Learning (Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology), 2013–2014

  • Jason Toal, Graphic recorder, 2014
  • Sarah Louise Turner, Co-developer and facilitator, 2014
  • Kathryn Rickets, Co-developer and facilitator, 2013

SFU Academic Summer Camp for Aboriginal Students, 2016

  • Sarah Louise Turner, Facilitator, 2016

SFU Educator Talks, 2015–2016

  • Promotional and logistical support, 2015–2016

Teaching Matters Seminar Series (Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in the Mathematical and Computational Sciences), 2014–2016

  • Cindy Xin, Co-developer and co-organizer, 2014–2016

Institutional projects and initiatives

Educational Goals and Assessment, 2013–2014

Following the SFU Senate’s June 2013 approval of a plan to have academic units articulate program-level educational goals into their external review processes, the TLC developed an Educational Goals and Assessment support website and hosted workshops and symposia about educational goal development for the academic community.

  • Chris Groeneboer, Process advisor, 2013–2014
  • Daniel Ahadi, Applied researcher and workshop organizer, 2013–2014
  • Danny Lee, Systems consultant (website), 2013
  • Jason Toal, Interaction consultant (website), 2013
  • Shantala Singh, Graphic designer (website), 2013

The TLC has continued to provide ongoing support to academic units at SFU since the Educational Goals and Assessment rollout phase ended. Our Educational Consultants currently act as the main resource for departments and instructors needing to define and implement educational goals.

Healthy Campus Community, 2010–present 

“SFU’s Healthy Campus Community (HCC) initiative was launched in 2010 with the intention of taking a systemic, campus-wide approach to create conditions that enhance health and well-being. It represents a strategic shift in how health promotion is practiced at SFU. It is based on the World Health Organization (WHO) Healthy University Framework which involves working collaboratively to create campus environments that positively influence the health and well-being of students, staff and faculty.” (Source: HCC website “About” page)

  • Barb Berry, Consultant, 2010–present
  • Sarah Louise Turner, Consultant, 2015–present
  • David Rubeli, Consultant, 2012–2014

Well-being in Learning Environments, 2014–present

In partnership with SFU Health Promotion, the TLC worked on a Healthy Campus Community initiative program to help instructors integrate practices that encourage student and instructor well-being in the classroom — and to share those practices with other instructors. More than 100 faculty members and instructors are currently part of the Well-being in Learning Environments initiative, which won a Best Practices in College Health Award from the American College Health Association in 2015.

Building Connections: Well-being and Teaching event, 2016

In March 2016, the TLC and SFU Health Promotion collaboratively hosted Building Connections: Well-being and Teaching — a drop-in event that brought together faculty, instructors, and teaching assistants from diverse SFU departments to share ideas for creating well-being in learning environments.

Presentation topics varied greatly, ranging from “Inclusivity: Anti-Oppressive Course Design and Lesson Planning” (Jennifer Thomas, FASS) to “Staying Engaged at Work: Strategies for Maintaining Balance amidst Academic Pressures” (Lieke Brummelhuis, Beedie), and much more.

The TLC and SFU Health Promotion will co-host Building Connections: Well-being and Teaching again in 2017.

Student Evaluation of Teaching and Courses (SETC) project, 2014–present

Teaching and Course Evaluation project, 2012–2014

TLC staff members made up a large percentage of the project team for the major University initiative to review and improve the paper-based system for conducting course evaluations. From 2012 to 2014, TLC staff helped plan and conduct an extensive community consultation process, developed and implemented the communications strategy for the initiative, and helped write the final report. Since December 2014, TLC staff have again been heavily represented on the project team to implement a new online course evaluation system. Administration of the SETC system now resides in the TLC.

Project partners: Institutional Research and Planning; IT Services

TLC staff currently involved:

  • Kiran Bisra, Manager, Assessment and course evaluation, 2016-present; Member, SETC Working Group, 2014–present. (Previously: Data analyst and consultant, Consultation Phase Final Report, 2013)
  • Mark Bachmann, Communications lead, 2012–present
  • Daria Ahrensmeier, Member, SETC Working Group, 2015–present
  • Juanitta Dare, Course evaluation systems specialist, 2016–present
  • Milan Singh, TLC liaison, 2016–present

TLC staff previously involved:

  • Chris Groeneboer, Process advisor, 2012–2016
  • Daniel Ahadi, TLC liaison, 2013–2015
  • Vea Banana, Project support, 2013–2014
Please visit the SETC website for more information. 

Task Force on Flexible Education, 2014–2015

In response to changing student demographics as well as to opportunities arising from new educational technologies, the University established a high-level task force to recommend steps for creating educational programs and environments that would respond to the needs and circumstances of future students. The TLC was represented on the task force committee, played a major role in conducting consultations with the academic community, and managed communications activities for the initiative. In fall 2015, TLC staff helped organize and evaluate several pilot projects arising from the task force recommendations, including a digital textbook initiative in the Physics department and investigation of a digital delivery platform/concept based on an SFU Bookstore initiative.

  • Mark Bachmann, Communications lead, Project team, 2014–2015
  • Stephanie Chu, Member, Task force team, 2014–2015

Please visit the Task Force on Flexible Education website for more information. 

Canvas Implementation Project, 2013–2014

WebCT Replacement Project, 2011–2013

Canvas Implementation Project, 2013–2014

TLC staff played leading roles in the university-wide initiative to implement a new learning management system (Canvas). In particular, TLC learning technology specialists worked with hundreds of faculty members to migrate thousands of courses to the new LMS and produced extensive support documentation. TLC Communications maintained the project/support website and communications activities for the initiative.

  • Chris Groeneboer, Member, Canvas Directors Team, 2013–2014
  • Lynda Williams, Functional lead, 2013–2014
  • Mark Bachmann, Communications lead, 2013–2014

TLC learning technology specialists remain the main Canvas support resource for instructors and faculties today, both through administering a direct-service support hotline and working with instructors and faculties who use Canvas in their courses.

WebCT Replacement Project, 2011–2013

Before selecting the Canvas learning management system (LMS), the University conducted a wide-ranging community consultation involving 250 direct contacts (interviews, forums, etc.) and a student survey that garnered 6,700 responses. TLC staff played a core role in planning and conducting this process, and helped enshrine the notion that the search for a new LMS "was not simply a technical problem to be solved by analyzing functions and specifications of available systems [but] an opportunity to define and implement a vision for the future of teaching and learning at the University” (Source: Canvas Support website, “The story of Canvas”)

  • Lynda Williams, Functional lead, 2011–2013
  • Mark Bachmann, Communications lead, 2011–2013
  • Stephanie Chu, MemberCanvas Directors Team, 2011–2013


Faculty of Applied Sciences, 2014

  • Vivian Neal, Sessional instructor, Mechatronics Systems Engineering, 2014

Faculty of Education, 2008–present

  • Cindy Xin, Adjunct professor, 2008–present
  • Stephanie Chu, Adjunct professor, 2009–2016
  • Kathryn Ricketts, Associate member

Faculty of Science, 2013–present

  • Daria Ahrensmeier, Associate member, Department of Physics, 2013–present