Wednesday, February 21 from 9am-4:30pm in TSC 2.02, Trent University, Peterborough
We are thrilled to host our Trent Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Symposium over winter reading week this year. This internal, in-person event for Trent faculty on the theme of Teaching and Learning from One Another will showcase the SoTL work of our Trent Teaching Fellows and Wickerson Foundation Fund recipients. This event is also a celebration of 5 years of funding from the Wickerson Foundation that has supported Trent faculty's incorporation of UDL principles into their classrooms. Our goal is to learn about the work of faculty engaged in teaching and learning research and build engagement with the scholarship of teaching and learning at Trent. Presentations will explore alternative assessments; creating inclusive and barrier-free learning environments and experiences; and approaches to student wellbeing and success. This event is free and will include a catered lunch.
Please register by Feb. 14, 2024. Register here for the in-person symposium.
*Please note that the event will be entirely in-person, with the exception of the Keynote which will be presented remotely and livestreamed. Anyone is welcome to register via Zoom to attend just the Keynote presentation.*
8:30-9:00am - Registration
9:00-9:30am – Opening Remarks
9:30-10:15am – Keynote Address: Learning from Ourselves, Dr. Melissa Hills. Virtual presenter for streaming via Zoom as well as in-person attendees). Register for just the keynote livestream here. In-person attendees do not need to register for the livestream.
10:15-10:30am – Coffee Break and Networking
10:30am-11:45am – Teaching Outside the Box: Presentations by Wickerson Foundation Fund Recipients.
11:45am-12:45pm – Lunch in the Student Centre Event Space
12:45-2:30pm – SoTL Opportunities and Challenges: Presentations by Trent Teaching Fellows.
2:30-2:45pm – Coffee Break and Networking
2:45-4:00pm – Student Wellbeing: Presentations by Wickerson Foundation Fund Recipients.
4:00pm – Closing Remarks
About Our Keynote Speaker
Dr. Melissa Hills is a Molecular Biologist and Associate Professor at MacEwan University, an undergraduate university in Edmonton, Alberta. She believes equitable access to higher education is a human right and values Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as a means to respect students’ diverse identities, abilities, experiences, and circumstances. Melissa is actively engaged in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, which she uses to interrogate her teaching practices, amplify student voices, and advance international discourse on student-centered pedagogy. Her past and present projects have explored topics such as UDL in the lab, flexible deadlines, team-based learning, and bridges and barriers to UDL implementation faculty experience.
Connecting to the theme of Trent University's SoTL Symposium, "Teaching and Learning from One Another," Dr. Melissa Hills will kickstart the day by encouraging reflection on our learning strengths and experiences. We will consider how our learner identities can shape our teaching practices. Dr. Hills will draw from her personal experiences, detailing how her learner identity informed her course deadline policies and how experience as an educator and exposure to student perspectives prompted a reevaluation of her practices. Through the lens of a SoTL project, she will discuss how this journey facilitated a deeper comprehension of student learning experiences and underscored the value of incorporating structured flexibility in deadlines and assessment practices more broadly. These practices align with the goal of Universal Design for Learning to design courses that better meet the needs of diverse learners.