Benefits to Faculty

Current faculty representatives were asked to share in their own words on the benefits and value of being in the Council on Learning and Teaching Excellence. Here are their thoughts:

Value-Add For Faculty Representatives on Council

  • opportunity to meet other faculty outside of own Faculty
  • dedicated opportunity/space to talk about teaching
  • positive and supportive from “ground up”
  • connecting with other faculty, recharging, professional development
  • breaking down walls/preconceptions between disciplines
  • making a contribution
  • engaging in learning
  • collaborating with colleagues across campus
  • great professional development and leadership opportunities
  • well-supported by the Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning (CIEL) in terms of funds and people power
  • freedom to explore new ideas

 

Purpose of the Council

  • enhances and supports teaching and learning on campus
  • creates connections across campus
  • connecting teaching faculty
  • helping “shape” the university’s direction
  • engages us in inquiry
  • influences some of the direction of the Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning
  • improves relationship with the Centre
  • moves the needle of teaching and learning engagement across campus

 

Time Requirements

  • minimal, but more based on project
  • self-determined and self-directed
  • time commitment is flexible (approximately 4 hours a month) and dependent on the interests and availability of the group members
  • changes month to month (4-5 hours/month on average)
  • some months it might be 10 hours depending on critical project points etc.
  • flexibility to engage in ways that you choose and are comfortable with
  • variable
  • 2-4 hours a month approximately

 

Council Activity  What we did!

  • stimulated the culture of teaching and learning on campus
  • connected people to engage with teaching and learning
  • were catalysts for connections
  • addressed teaching and learning “concerns”
  • Ate – good food!
  • developed positive working relationships across Faculties

 

Action Group Experience

  • face-to-face /online / email modes of communication
  • work together collaboratively
  • structure – monthly meetings, collaborate on proposed topics and delivery/planning of events
  • communicate via email