Learning and Teaching Coordinating Committee

In 2009, the Task Force on Teaching and Learning (TFTL) envisioned the implementation of a viable teaching and learning support system that enables communication and collaboration, and recognizes and respects the many important roles which contribute to effective teaching and learning at SFU.

Key components of phase I of the teaching and learning support system and their interactions are:

  • The VPA’s Committee on Teaching and Learning (VACTL) which includes University Teaching Fellows (UTFs)
  • The Learning and Teaching Coordinating Committee (LTCC)
  • The Instructional Development Group (IDG)

    Details on VACTL and the IDG may be found on their respective webpages.


Resulting from a recommendation by the Learning Technologies Steering Committee (LTSC) in 2002, the Learning Technologies Coordinating Committee (LTCC) was formed in 2003. Chaired by the Associate VP Academic, membership consisted of heads (or their representatives) of support units: IT Services, Library, Student Services, LIDC, and CODE.

Over the years, the group coordinated the effective use of teaching and learning technology resources.  In 2009, The Task Force on Teaching and Learning recommended broadening the scope of teaching and Learning support beyond learning technologies as wel as ensuring membership for all major support units and from the three campuses.

The LTCC became the Learning and Teaching Coordinating Committee (LTCC). In 2014 LTCC evolved again to continue its existing functions, but adding responsibility for the evolution of the Canvas learning management system. Its membership was broadened to include more academic members, a primary stakeholder group for Canvas.

Its original mandate:

The Committee's initial focus should be to examine the diversity of software platforms supported, investigate the need for a formalized production model for course delivery, and recommend an organizational structure that addresses the distinct requirements for information technology, applications support, and expertise in the use of TETL [Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning] – LTSC (2002).


The Task Force on Teaching and Learning recommended broadening the scope of teaching and learning support beyond learning technologies as well as ensuring membership for all major support units and from the three campuses. The LTCC’s evolution would better support the proposed teaching and learning support system. Spring 2010: Resulting from an initiative related to IT governance, the LTCC has a second mandate: "to fulfill the bulk of the governance portfolio as it applies to teaching and learning."

Therefore, as of November 25, 2009, the LTCC has become the Learning and Teaching Coordinating Committee (LTCC) and includes all heads of major support units and campus representatives. As of January 2010, it also includes Faculty representatives: two UTFs from VACTL. This group parallels the University Teaching Fellows though it would discuss specific operational matters (in contrast to teachers’ matters) to do with teaching and learning support.


1) The LTCC identifies and prioritizes operational matters, separate from VACTL. As well as communicating with administrative heads from other support units, members serve as a bi-directional communication conduit between VACTL and support staff. Thus, LTCC members are responsible for bringing forward issues and ideas from their respective units and the IDG (see below) to the LTCC and VACTL. The LTCC would also address initiatives stemming from VACTL that require operationalizing by support staff. The formation of cross-departmental project teams and discussions of resource allocation occur within LTCC. Priorities and projects are assigned to the IDG when appropriate. LTCC members meet monthly.

2) In terms of IT governance, the LTCC will:

  • Review IT support for teaching and learning, and recommend strategic directions,
  • Sponsor projects and task forces as appropriate, including the negotiation of fnancial and human resources (in consultation with and under the oversight of IT Strategies), and,
  • Consult with students and teachers to track their use, preferences, and fashions for technology as it supports teaching and learning.


For comments or queries about this committee, contact teachlearn-info@sfu.ca

Role Representative or Designate
Associate VP, Academic (Chair) Gord Myers
Centre for Online and Distance Education, Director Brian Naicker
Gradute Studies, Associate Dean Mary Ellen Kelm
Institute for the Study of Teaching and Learning in the Disciplines, Director Cheryl Amundsen
Director, Client Services (IT Services) Patrick Wong
Director, Teaching and Learning Centre Stephanie Chu
Library and Student Learning Commons, Associate University Librarian and Director Elaine Fairey
Student Services, Senior Director Student Learning and Retention Nancy Johnston
Surrey Campus Director, Administrative Services
Jane Hawkins
Vancouver Campus Executive Director Laurie Anderson
Faculty Representative FCAT Martin Laba
Faculty Representative FASS Panayiotis Pappas
Faculty Representative Beedie (until March 2015) Michael Johnson
Faculty Representative FAS (until March 2016) Michael Sjoerdsma
Faculty Representative FS (until March 2017) Jamie Mulholland


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