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The Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) facilitates academic professional development (PD) with emphasis on the quality of the student learning experience and support for those experiences both in and outside the classroom. This includes support for the program development and review process. Focus is on internal and external PD that leads to improved student learning through improved teaching and learning practices, systems, and support.

HOURS OF OPERATION  |  Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Room M350, Barrie Campus

The Georgian CTL Team

CTL priorities

  • Facilitate skill development for the effective use of technology for teaching and learning
  • Create instructional resources for teaching and learning
  • Encourage and facilitate discussion about professional teaching practice at the postsecondary level through workshops, mentoring, online learning, and open dialogue materials for faculty on topics related to assessment, teaching strategies, and teaching with technology
  • Provide and support technological resources to enhance teaching and learning (e.g., scanners, development software, digital camera, web links) and print resources (e.g., books, journals) to enhance teaching and learning
  • Develop skills in academic areas for making and implementing informed curriculum delivery choices
  • Implement a model for new faculty orientation and development
  • Provide support and facilitate continuous improvement in college curriculum

New faculty orientation

Orientation for all new full- and part-time faculty members takes place Thursday, April 23, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Blackboard orientation for new faculty members is Friday, April 24, 10 to 11:30 a.m. To register for orientation and Blackboard workshops, contact Deb Moore by Friday, April 17 at ext. 5153. Stay tuned for more information and welcome to Georgian College!


Pedagoggles are short documents that examine (goggle) some aspect of teaching practice (pedagogy). They are designed to be read over lunch and provide ideas that can be immediately implemented in courses. Each pedagoggle contains the following sections:

  • Lens on Learning Theory (less than a half-page of theoretical context or framework)
  • Reflection on Practice (questions to ask about your teaching practice)
  • Expanding your Toolkit (more than one page of practical teaching ideas and strategies)

Focus on Teaching Conference

Excellence in teaching and engaging students in learning is both challenging and exciting. This annual conference focuses on how to build significant capacity for teaching and learning excellence by providing a forum to:

  • Celebrate the work of teachers in a fun, engaging, and rewarding way
  • Dialogue with colleagues from across disciplines
  • Engage in informed and constructive conversations related to the complexities of teaching and learning
  • Share strategies and insights that increase teaching and learning effectiveness

8:30 a.m.:

  • Registration, coffee and tea, Alumni Hall

9 to 10:45 a.m.:

  • Opening, keynote speaker and awards, Alumni Hall

10:45 a.m. to noon:

  • Tech Café, refreshments and human library, Rooms K318, K320, K322 and K324

Noon to 1 p.m.:

  • Buffet lunch, The Last Class

1:15  to 2:15 p.m., Concurrent sessions A:

  • A1: The Heart of A Teacher: Identity and Integrity in Teaching, Room K203
  • A2: Challenges in Online Learning: Moving Forward, Room K220A
  • A3: PBL: Teaching the Brooms to Dance is not a Linear Process, Room B124
  • A4: Presentation Innovation: Slide Design and Storytelling, Room K220B
  • A5: Addressing the Needs of the Emotional Brain in the Classroom, Room K222A
  • A6: Team Projects in the Classroom: From Daunting to Doable, Room K224A
  • A7: Supporting Academic Success through a First-Year Experience Course, Room K226A
  • A8: Fostering Industry Connections: Putting Students in the Path of Opportunity, Room K224B
  • A9: In the Nursing Lab: Using Simulations to Prepare Students for Real Life, Room M213
  • A10: Demystifying Community Service Learning: What is it and to do, Room K226B
  • A11: Integrating Audio-Visual Technology in the Classroom, Room K218B
  • A12: Streamline Grading Using Blackboard Assignments, Room B225
  • A13: 30% by 2020: Online Course Development Workshop Experiences, Room K209
  • A14: Alternative Assessments to Improve Student Engagement, Room K218A
  • A15: “All the World’s a Stage”: Using Role Play for Learning, Room K222B

2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Concurrent sessions B:

  • B1: Take Better Pictures with your Smartphone, Room K220B
  • B2: Organize Yourself and Your Data Using Evernote, Room K222B
  • B3: Green Screen like a Weatherperson to Enhance your Online Presentations, Room K218B
  • B4: Active Learning for the Lecture-Style Classroom, Room K219
  • B5: Link Your Bb Course Shell to Rich Library Resources, Room K110
  • B6: Moving Collaborative Learning from In-class to Online, Room K220A
  • B7: From the Front (On)Line: Experiences of Online Teachers, Room K209
  • B8: The Marshmallow Challenge: Lessons in Group Work, Room K218A
  • B9: Photo Essays: An Alternative to the Written Assignment,  Room K224A
  • B10: New Flexible Copyright for the Online Classroom, Room K222A
  • B11: Second Life: 3D Virtual Technology in the Classroom, Room B212
  • B12: Forum Theatre: An Active Tool for Exploring Challenging Interpersonal Situations, Room K326
  • B13: Planning for Engagement in the First Few Classes, Room K226A
  • B14: Reflection on Practice: Strategies for Helping Students think like Professionals, Room K224B
  • B15: Demystifying the Blackboard Grade Centre, Room B225
  • B16: Essential Employability Skills: Bridging the Gap,  Room K226B

3:45 to 5 p.m.:

  • Library Commons and Academic Success Centre Open House, Library Commons

Ruthanne KrantCourage and Connectedness: Celebrating 50 Years of College Learning in Ontario

Celebrate five decades of college teaching and learning with an interactive presentation by Ruthanne Krant. Her keynote address promises to blend humour, anecdotes and reflections in recognition of teaching success at Georgian. It will also acknowledge challenges specific to teaching and ask questions about the future of learning. Ruthanne will address the following questions:

  • How have teaching and learning changed over the last five decades?
  • What do the “best” college teachers do to stay current in their disciplines while continually engaging and challenging students?
  • How have strategies and approaches to learning evolved?
  • How can today’s college teachers prepare for the future?
  • How will teaching techniques and tools change in the future?

Georgian students are taught by dedicated full- and part-time teachers who have the courage and commitment to deliver high quality learning experiences in a rapidly changing world.

Since the inception of the Ontario college system in 1965, teachers and learners have achieved personal and professional goals that have transformed individuals, families, communities and organizations. Based on her more than 30 years of college-level teaching experience and the works of educators like Parker J. Palmer (The Courage to Teach®) and Ken Bain (What the Best College Teachers Do), Ruthanne promises to deliver ideas that will rejuvenate and confirm our collective commitment to teaching.

Born in Meaford, Ontario, Ruthanne has lived and breathed education all her life – she was born during recess at a one-room school house where her father was a teacher. After graduating from Sault College’s Developmental Services Worker program in 1975, Ruthanne worked in the field for 10 years. During this time, she supervised student field placements and represented her employer on several central region college program advisory committees. During this time, Ruthanne continued her postsecondary education as a part-time student, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Wilfred Laurier University and a Master of Education from the University of Toronto.

Ruthanne started teaching part-time at Sheridan College in 1982 and was hired full-time at Georgian College in 1985. During her 28 years at Georgian, she has held numerous roles, including:

  • Program Supervisor, Health and Human Studies
  • Director, Human Resources Development
  • Academic Director, Business and Computer Studies
  • Program Co-ordinator, Human Resources Studies

Ruthanne is the recipient of the Centre for Teaching and Learning Award for Teaching Excellence and Georgian’s Board of Governors Award of Excellence in Administration.

Ruthanne enjoys her semi-retired life with family and friends while remaining involved in Georgian’s Teaching and Training Adults program and delivering workplace training through Continuing Education and Workforce Development and International Education.

Individual recipients (2014)

  • Tamara Fisher-Cullen: English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
  • Anne-Marie McAllister: Health Sciences and Student Success
  • Scott McCrindle: Computer Studies
  • Avinash Thadani: Health Sciences
  • Katherine Wallis: Director of Library and Learning Resources

Team Award 2014: Community Service Learning team, Orillia

  • Suzanne Addison-Toor, Joshua Barath, Karen Bell, Jill Dunlop

2013 recipients

  • Michele Baron: Health Sciences
  • Ross Bigelow: Computer Studies
  • Jill Esmonde: Liberal Studies
  • Martha MacEachern: Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation
  • Susan Stott-Hood: Liberal Studies, Orillia Campus
  • Kim Stubbs: Bear Essentials

2012 recipients

  • Bonnie Lee Clarke: Registrar’s Office
  • Joy Martin: Library Commons
  • Barry Weese: Health Sciences
  • Lydia Crawford: Human Services and Community Safety, Orillia Campus

2011 recipients

  • Catherine Dewhurst: Canadian Automotive Institute
  • Kath Gradwell: Community Studies, Orillia Campus
  • Jack LeSage: Health Sciences
  • Lianne Smith-Stow: Canadian Automotive Institute
  • Catherine Wareham: Community Studies, Owen Sound Campus
  • Kathryn Weatherall: Health Sciences

2010 recipients

  • Bryan Hunt: Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation
  • Debra Morrow: Community Studies
  • Susan MacNeal: Health Sciences
  • Anthony Borgo: Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation

2009 recipients

  • Steve Miller: Police Foundations and General Education, Owen Sound Campus
  • Joan Morgan: Community Studies
  • Jeff Walther: Canadian Automotive Institute

2008 recipients

  • Terry Bell: Police Foundations, Owen Sound Campus
  • Karen Halliday: Library Commons
  • Nancy Noldy-Maclean: University Partnership Centre
  • Ruthanne Krant: Business and Management Studies
  • Rob Theriault: Health Sciences
  • Ruth Yole: Environmental Studies

2007 recipients

  • Dianne Corrigan: Engineering Technology – Environmental
  • Ron Manning: Media Services
  • Mary O’Farrell-Bowers: Liberal Arts
  • Greg Rodrigo: Computer Studies
  • Jean Warbucks: Health Sciences – Opticianry

2006 recipients

  • Norm Smith: University Partnership Centre
  • Trudy Bergere: University Partnership Centre
  • Christina Meredith: Career and Student Success
  • William Mackenzie: Liberal Arts
  • Sandy Lee-Smokal: Liberal Arts

2005 recipients

  • Vicki Sutherland (Macmillan): Library Commons
  • Alan McGee: Canadian Automotive Institute
  • Harpreet Kaur: Computer Technology, Chandigarh Campus

The Georgian College community presented teaching excellence awards at its annual Teaching and Learning Conference, held Tuesday, April 29, 2014. The awards are designed to recognize people or teams that have:

  • Demonstrated a commitment to excellence in teaching practice or the exemplary support of teachers and teaching excellence
  • Impacted the larger teaching and learning community at Georgian College through sharing of practice

The commitment to excellence can be in any of the following categories of teaching practice:

  • Innovative Teaching Strategies
  • Education Technology
  • Active Learning
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Curriculum Innovation

All college professors, librarians, and counsellors (full- and part-time) are eligible for these awards. The nominator must be Georgian College faculty, administration, or support staff member.

How do I nominate someone for an award?

Nominators must be Georgian College faculty, support staff or administrators. Nomination submissions should include the following three sections (as outlined in the application form):

  • Nominee information
  • Description of the practice and evidence of the award criteria
  • Supporting evidence of excellence and its impact on the larger teaching and learning community at Georgian College with quotes from three different people

Awards are presented each year at the Focus on Teaching Conference. All award winners must be available to receive their awards at the conference.

Session proposal outline

Download and complete the Session proposal outline. Email the completed form to Annique Boelryk. Session planning support documents contain ideas to help plan interactive and engaging sessions. A session proposal should include the following:

  • Presenter name(s) and contact info (phone, email)
  • Session topic or proposed title (titles can be refined at a later date)
  • A short description (100 words) of the proposed session for the conference program (should offer a clear and concise description that will help participants select a session; the CTL team is happy to assist you with this)

The description should include:

  • Learner-centred objectives for the session (e.g., through participation in this session, participants will have the opportunity to…)
  • Interactive strategies you plan to use in the session to involve participants (e.g., small group discussion, brainstorming, problem-solving, etc. – see Session Planning Support Document for ideas)

About CTL

Welcome to Georgian College’s Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL). We encourage and facilitate discussion around professional teaching practice at the postsecondary level through workshops, mentoring, online learning and open dialogue. Check out our workshops, resources and blogs.


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