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UnTeach: Engage Your Students for Lasting Impact

August 25 @ 8:00 am 3:30 pm

Highly successful teachers are agents of deep change. They can permanently alter the way students think, act, and view the world. Teaching is transformational in this way when faculty enact the original purpose that led them to a teaching profession in the first place.  

This two-day course introduces VIU faculty members to Un-Teaching. Un-Teaching begins at a place deeper than methods and techniques and goes beyond discipline, content, level of learning or area of expertise. It helps us get rid of practices we have inherited and habits we have picked up that obstruct the path to our core purpose. Un-Teaching can re-fuel us to inspire students to change the world by tapping into the compelling forces that have led us to see teaching as the best (or perhaps only) way to make the kind of mark on the world that truly matters to us.  

Faculty are invited to revisit their teaching mission and re-invigorate their practices by tightening the connection between “why” we teach and “how” we teach. Although many of our teaching choices are also informed by “what” we teach, a far greater influence on students comes from our sense of purpose. This session is an opportunity to examine our purpose for teaching with our faculty peers, and to reflect on the pedagogical choices we have made to further that purpose. 

Our goal for this project is to make more visible, conscious and consequential the many choices available to us when we interact with students, when we design experiences for learning, and when we seek to influence student thinking and behaviour through feedback and evaluation. 

We invite you to join us for any of the following reasons:

  1. You’re looking for ways to increase the impact of your courses; or  
  2. You’d like to have partners in focused conversations about the things we value most in our work and life; or  
  3. You believe your students are capable of achieving more than they currently are; or
  4. You’re looking for ways to re-energize yourself as a professional educator 

Dates: Wednesday, August 25 AND Friday, August 27, 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

Registration: https://inviu.viu.ca/Training/view.cfm?MenuID=10&section=course_view&CategoryID=23&ID=2324&sessiondate=2021-08-25

Questions: ciel@viu.ca | Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning