Technicians/Contract Lecturers Micheal Moore and Susanne Walford, along with Contract Lecturer Nancy Serediak, attended the first ever Summer Institute hosted by Lakehead University's Teaching Commons. Over the course of three days, participants partook in conversation, activities, and reflections to enhance and diversify their approaches to student based learning. Meeting a myriad of faculty, staff, and lecturers from across campus was a great opportunity to share strategies and struggles in the classroom and beyond. Topics ranging from active learning, inquiry-based learning, experiential learning, incorporating Indigenous content, incorporating high and low tech, setting the tone in the classroom, and contemplative pedagogy were covered by knowledgeable people from the Teaching Commons and experienced invited guests.
Thanks to the enthusiasm and breadth of knowledge provided by instructors during this event, our heads are overflowing with ideas and resources which will enhance the learner-centered student experience this fall. Also, many thanks to the Dean's who provided both breakfast AND lunch over the three days. Faculty and staff from the department are encouraged to peruse the myriad of resources available on the Teaching Commons web site and partake in any number of workshops they offer throughout the year.