2017 University of Calgary Conference on Postsecondary Learning and Teaching

Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning

May 2, 2017 – May 3, 2017

Creating a Learning Culture:  Conversations that Matter

Conversations are the foundation of human relationships. A meaningful conversation – or a conversation that matters – can transcend culture and inspire us to explore, discuss and share. It is also the heart of teaching and learning. Palmer (2007) provides us guidelines to consider intentional conversations with colleagues to create a shared understanding of a teaching community. Likewise, Roxa & Mårtensson (2009) and Roxa, Mårtensson & Alveteg (2011) introduce us to the world of private, intellectual, and trustful conversations among a network of colleagues that can create and change learning culture.  A model to include student voices in the teaching and learning conversation is explored by Werder, Ware, Thomas & Skogsbert (2010). What conversations do you have about teaching and learning? About creating a learning culture?

We will discover together how these conversations create opportunities for teaching development and better understanding of student learning at the 2017 University of Calgary Conference on Postsecondary Learning and Teaching, Creating a Learning Culture: Conversations that Matter. After the conference, it is our hope that delegates will continue the conversation to influence the collaboration, change and culture around learning and teaching.

Overall Conference Goal:

To provide an opportunity for academic staff, students, staff and post-doctoral scholars to share, critically examine and build on our collective knowledge of learning and teaching.

2017 Keynote Speakers:

Opening Plenary
Dawn Johnson, Jennifer Lock, Leslie Reid, Associate Deans Teaching and Learning, University of Calgary

Keynote Speaker
Katarina Mårtensson, Lund University, Sweden


Palmer, P. (2007). The courage to teach guide for reflection and renewal. San Francisco CA: Jossey-Bass.
Roxa, T., & Mårtensson, K. (2009).  Significant conversations and significant networks – exploring the backstage of the teaching arena. Studies in Higher Education, 34(5), 547-559.
Roxa. T., Mårtensson, K., & Alveteg, M. (2011) Understanding and influencing teaching and learning culture at university: a network approach. Higher Education, 62, 99-111.
Werder, C., Ware, L., Thomas C., & Skogsbert, E. (2010). Students in parlor talk on teaching and learning conversational scholarship. In C. Werder, & M. Otis, (Eds), Engaging student voices in the study of teaching and learning (16-31).  Sterling VA: Stylus Publishing.



Full Conference Website

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Posted: 2017-02-03

Call for Proposals


The Call for Proposals opens December 6, 2016 and closes on February 3, 23:00 MST. The deadline for Proposals will not be extended.

Please use the Call for Proposals Guide available at http://ucalgary.ca/taylorinstitute/2017-call-proposals-guide


Posted: 2016-11-15
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