The Centre for Teaching, Learning and Academic Excellence 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 Teaching, Learning and Academic Excellence team:

Workshops this week

  • 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

Excellence in teaching and engaging students in learning is both challenging and exciting. The Focus on Teaching Conference was held Tuesday, May 3, 2016 and focused 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

In addition to our traditional Breakout Sessions, this year we offered Lightning Round rooms during the morning portion of the day. Lightning Round rooms were grouped according to presentation theme and were comprised of three presenters. Themes included assessment strategies, educational technology, active and experiential learning strategies, and best practices for online and hybrid teaching and learning.  If you are interested in presenting a lightning round topic in 2017, please contact Greg Rodrigo, ext. 1775. If you would like to submit a proposal for a traditional 60-minute breakout session, please visit the Session Proposal section below for more information.

9 to 10:30 a.m.

  • Senior Leadership Team Update – Georgian Theatre

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

  • Lightning Round Sessions – M Building

11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

  • Lunch & Changemaker Poster Session – M Building

12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

  • Breakout Sessions – M Building

2:00 p.m.  to 3:30 p.m.

  • Teaching Excellence Awards and Closing Keynote – Georgian Theatre

Lionel Laroche 2016We are excited to announce our keynote for Focus on Teaching 2016!

Over the past 18 years, Lionel Laroche has provided cross-cultural competency training and coaching services to over 60,000 people in 17 countries. Lionel specializes in helping professionals and organizations overcome the challenges they experience initially when operating in culturally unfamiliar environments and turn cultural differences into a source of creativity and innovation. Lionel has presented to students, staff and faculty members at many universities in Canada, the US, and overseas; his presentations are usually described as informative, thought-provoking and practical. Lionel is the author of over 100 publications examining the impact of cultural differences on organizations and of three books:

  • Danger and Opportunity: Bridging Cultural Diversity for Competitive Advantage
  • Recruiting, Retaining and Promoting Culturally Different Employees
  • Managing Cultural Diversity in Technical Professions

Born in France, Lionel obtained his “Diplôme d’Ingénieur Polytechnicien” from the Ecole Polytechnique de Paris, France and his Ph. D. in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California, USA.

Session proposal outline

Please use this online Session Proposal form to submit your topic for consideration. Submissions will be accepted until 4 p.m. Monday, April 11, 2016.

Please feel free to refer to our Session planning support documents which 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 CTLAE 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)

Do you know someone who is deserving of a Teaching Excellence Award?

The Georgian College community presents Teaching Excellence Awards at its annual teaching and learning conference. 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 can now be completed by using this online form and should include the following three sections:

  • 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.

Individual recipients (2016)

  • Michael Agema: Hospitality Tourism and Recreation
  • Amy Goruk: Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Academic Excellence
  • Samantha Sullivan Sauer: Engineering and Environmental Technologies

Individual recipients (2015)

  • Terry Heittola: Liberal Arts
  • Sarah Hunter: Library and Academic Success
  • Alanda Theriault: General Arts and Sciences, UPC
  • Deb Witmer: Health Wellness and Sciences
  • Jaret Wright: Design and Visual Arts

2015 Team Award: Community Service Learning, Barrie

  • Brandy Mullen, Thea Jones

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Alan McGee: Canadian Automotive Institute
  • Harpreet Kaur: Computer Technology, Chandigarh Campus

Orientation for all new faculty members (full-time and part-time) takes place Wednesday, Jan. 4, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Blackboard orientation for new faculty members is Thursday, Jan. 5, 10 to 11:30 a.m. To register for orientation and Blackboard workshops, contact Deb Moore by Monday, Jan. 2. 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)

This calendar is for reference only. If you would like to attend a workshop please visit Halogen to sign up. Sign up for workshops is necessary to ensure you receive important communications about your workshops.

About us

Welcome to Georgian College’s Centre for Teaching, Learning and Academic Excellence. 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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