The University of Northern British Columbia along with the College of New Caledonia faculty are heading back to school this week, in preparation of the beginning of the fall semester. The 15th Annual UNBC and CNC Teaching and Learning conference will see more than 100 participants.
The two-day event is a partnership between both local post-secondary institutions and is an opportunity for instructors to share and facilitate ideas to use in the classroom. Events on Aug. 30 are hosted at UNBC, then Aug. 31 at CNC.
“Research shows the world of teaching and learning is always changing,” said Grace Dyck, conference organizer and Education Technology & Instructional Skills Co-ordinator at CNC. “Better engagement in the classroom makes for a better experience, and it is our hope through this conference instructors can learn new things to bring forward to their pedagogy and get focused and revved up for the year to come.”
Topics covered through the two days range from accessibility to professional satisfaction to indigenization in the classroom. A “worst lecture series” competition will also be held, with a fun look at what not to do when presenting to students.
“The Annual UNBC-CNC Teaching and Learning Conference, now in its 15th year, is an event that brings together faculty, staff and students to engage in conversations about a wide range of teaching and learning related themes,” said Dr. Heather Smith, UNBC’s Director for the Centre for Teaching and Learning and Technology, and conference organizer. “This year, drawing inspiration from our 15th year, we’re asking participants to envision what teaching and learning will look like in the next 15 years. I know, from past experience, that the conversations that will take place at the conference will inspire us all.”
Post-secondary educators at both CNC and UNBC are preparing to welcome students back to class for the academic year the week of Sept. 4.