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:

  • 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 will be held on Thursday, May 4, 2017.

We are excited to announce that the 2017 conference theme is Universal Design for Learning (UDL).  UDL is internationally recognized as an effective tool for designing and implementing inclusive learning environments.  The conference will open with the Teaching awards presentation and  Keynote speaker.  We will be announcing our keynote details soon so stay tuned! The afternoon will have breakout sessions and back by popular demand, lightning learning sessions. Please explore the tabs below below for the full conference schedule and further information about submitting proposals!

The goals of the Focus on Teaching Conference are 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

We are inspired by the generosity of past presenters and we look forward to your submissions for this year’s conference. Our teaching and learning community is enriched by your willingness to share your expertise and experiences.

If you have any questions or would like further information please contact Kelly Fox, ext. 1092.

8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m: Registration – Georgian Theatre

9 a.m. to 9:15 a.m: Welcome and opening remarks – Georgian Theatre

9:15 a.m. to 10 a.m: Awards and certificates presentation – Georgian Theatre

10 a.m. to 10:15 a.m: Break

10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m: Keynote speaker – Georgian Theatre

11:30 a.m to 1 p.m: Lunch – M Building


1:15 p.m.  to 2:15 p.m: Concurrent sessions – M Building 

2:15 p.m.  to 2:30 p.m: Break

2:30 p.m.  to 3:30 p.m: Lightning learning sessions – M Building


1:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m: KAIROS Blanket exercise – Gym

Stay tuned! More information is coming soon!

The 60-minute interactive breakout session can focus on things such as the following:

  • sharing effective practices used in courses or programs
  • brainstorming ideas related to a particular aspect of teaching practice
  • exploring innovations (both technology and non-technology based) that can be used to support teaching and learning
  • sharing what you have learned through research into some aspect of teaching or learning
  • facilitating a discussion around relevant teaching and learning issues

The 60-minute lightning learning sessions focus on a theme ( i.e. active learning strategies).  In each of the rooms, there will be 3 presenter tables. Attendees will start at a table when they arrive and make their way around the room. Presenters will have 20 minutes with each group.  Here are some ideas for themes in the Lightning Round rooms:

  • Active Learning Strategies
  • Case-Based Learning
  • Digital Tools for Assessment
  • Hybrid Learning – Lessons Learned
  • Online Learning – Lessons Learned
  • Innovative Online Assignments

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 a convenient  online form (link below) 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.

Past Teaching Excellence Award Recipients

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 Thursday, April 27, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Blackboard orientation for new faculty members is Friday, April 28, 10 to 11:30 a.m. To register for orientation and Blackboard workshops, contact Deb Moore by Friday, April 21. 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)

Workshops this week

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.

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