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Expanding opportunities beyond academia

At UM, we understand that an outstanding educational experience isn’t confined to a classroom, and our faculty work to provide students with opportunities to apply their conceptual knowledge in practical real-world situations in order to set them up for success beyond academics.

Our educators continue to push the boundaries of traditional teaching methods, incorporating land-based learning into more UM courses and providing more flexibility in course-related assignments to help students learn and internalize their lessons in a way that allows them to thrive academically, personally and professionally.

Experiential learning is a critical component of an equitable, diverse, inclusive learning environment. We encourage and support our faculty as they continue to innovate teaching methods and expand learning opportunities for all students, preparing them for successful careers upon graduation.

  • 818

    unique attendees at CATL workshops

  • 20

    Workshops offered with a focus on decolonizing curriculum and supporting Indigenous students

  • 3,664

    requests for technology support addressed by CATL’s learning technologies team

  • 2

    Experiential Learning Specialists were hired to lead CATL’s new Office of Experiential Learning

New ways of learning

Discover how we are innovating our teaching and helping students thrive at UM.

Message from Diane Hiebert-Murphy

  • Diane Hiebert-Murphy, Provost and Vice-President (Academic).


The pandemic has challenged us all to be flexible and open to change. UM faculty and staff continue to adapt their methods of teaching to integrate different approaches to learning and student engagement. This issue of TeachingLIFE is proof of their innovative work.

Since being appointed Provost last summer, I have been inspired by the outstanding work of our faculty and staff who bring new and creative approaches to teaching and learning. Their enthusiasm for providing students with novel learning experiences is invaluable to advancing the teaching mission of our University. Their commitment to educational innovation has made significant, meaningful impacts on our students, our community and beyond.


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Providing students with the chance to apply their conceptual knowledge in practical real-world situations is crucial to setting them up for success beyond the classroom. With the help of the Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) and Student Affairs, we are continuing to expand our experiential learning opportunities through classroom exercises, co-op programs, course-related assignments and co-curricular activities.

We recognize that being flexible in our approach to education is critical to providing a truly inclusive learning environment. In order to advance Reconciliation, we are expanding the reach of land-based learning (LBL), a method of incorporating Indigenous pedagogies into academic programs. We look forward to continuing to work with Distinguished Professor Tina Chen, the newly appointed Executive Lead for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) to advance the principles of EDI in our curricula and in UM culture.

I am proud of all the work being done within our UM community. I am excited to witness the continuing transformation of our educational processes as we set new standards for what it means to provide an inclusive and innovative learning environment for all students.

With great optimism,


View past issues


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Learning lives on

After more than a year of remote delivery, we check in on how our faculty and students have adapted – with positive outcomes.

Teacher, teach thyself – online
The faculty of Education's newest graduates find themselves learning a new, remote way of teaching while on the job.

All together, now
How incorporating Indigenous pedagogy into coursework brings a sense of community to remote learning.

Best in class
Recipients of two UM teaching awards share what it takes to make an impact in the classroom.

Pandemic performance
How a cross-faculty collaboration proves social distancing is no match for creativity.

Near, though far
Faculty of Science instructors create novel ways of engaging their students in virtual classrooms - and, in turn, become more connected to each other.

Thinking outside the box
When the pandemic temporarily closed campus facilities, Price Faculty of Engineering instructors found ways to bring their lab to their students at home.

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About CATL

The Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning provides leadership and scholarly developmental support for the growth and innovation of teaching and learning at the University of Manitoba. The Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning has six key areas of practice:

  • Faculty development and consultation
  • Curriculum development and renewal
  • Research, evaluation and iInnovation
  • Flexible learning course development and support
  • UM Learn and solutions
  • Strategic projects and programming

The Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning


ResearchLIFE is a publication of the Office of the Vice-President (Research and International). The magazine highlights the quest for knowledge that artists, engineers, scholars, scientists and students at UM explore every day.

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The Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning
University of Manitoba
65 Dafoe Road, Winnipeg, MB
R3T 2N2, Canada

(204) 474-7514