Inspiring minds beyond the classroom
High quality teaching prepares students for successful careers after graduation and develops engaged citizens who contribute to our world.
We encourage faculty to be innovative in their teaching, and to embrace environments that provide the best learning experience for students, whether in the classroom, in the lab, out in the community, in nature, or online. This flexible approach helps our students thrive academically, personally, and professionally.
The recent shift to remote delivery has allowed our educators to further push the boundaries of traditional teaching methods in ways that are deeply resonating with students who tell us they feel more engaged and connected to their studies than ever before. Explore our site to discover how teaching and learning continue to thrive at UM.
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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.
Message from Janice Ristock
The last 15 months of the pandemic have brought into sharp focus the dedicated and creative work of faculty and staff in support of teaching, learning, and student engagement. This issue of TeachingLIFE is a testament to that remarkable work.
When I began as Provost in 2016 one of my goals was to enhance and accelerate our institutional commitment to teaching and learning excellence to be on par with our commitment to research excellence. Now that my term is coming to an end, upon reflection I am delighted to share that we have been able to move forward many exciting new initiatives in teaching and learning.
Nowhere more than during these past few months have we seen the strong benefits of providing students with flexible learning opportunities. Even before the pandemic began, we have seen more and more interdisciplinary opportunities at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and significant growth in coop programs across faculties. Many of our learning spaces on our campuses were renovated, all with greater Wi-Fi capacity, and we are also turning our attention to creating more informal learning spaces for students. The Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning has provided outstanding remote teaching support during COVID while continuing to advance flexible learning and innovative teaching development opportunities.
We have been implementing the recommendations of the 2018 Experiential Learning Task Force that include highlighting and tracking the broad range of EL experiences available to students. I have also witnessed a deep commitment to Indigenous achievement and reconciliation as can be seen in the many projects supported by the Indigenous initiatives fund that include ways of incorporating Indigenous knowledge into the curriculum.
For the first time at UM, we have also advanced the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Program to now support the appointment of Teaching Fellows and Teaching Scholars. These positions are much like research chairs and will create pedagogical advancements and new synergies around teaching and learning. We have a new typology for non-credit courses that will allow us to better create and support life-long learning opportunities. Finally, we have worked to do more to recognize and celebrate outstanding teaching with awards and events, as well as through this publication.
Of course, all of this work is facilitated by the outstanding team of Vice Provosts and Deans that I have had the privilege of working with. So while my term is coming to an end and while we prepare ourselves for a post-COVID reality, I am heartened by all the work that is moving forward. My time as Provost has confirmed without a doubt that students and instructors are the heart of our University. I am so proud of our entire University community that works to ensure that our students are able to thrive in all the academic programs that we offer.
With much appreciation,
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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
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.