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Dalhousie Conference on University Teaching and Learning

Exploring Change and Resilience in University Teaching and Learning

April 27 and 28, 2016

Rowe Management Building

Dalhousie University

Halifax, Nova Scotia


The Centre for Learning and Teaching at Dalhousie is pleased to be celebrating the 20th  Annual Dalhousie Conference on University Teaching and Learning (DCUTL) on April 27th and 28th, 2016.

This year’s conference theme is “Exploring Change and Resilience in University Teaching and Learning”.  Despite large-scale innovations in teaching and learning and a significant increase in research about improving teaching and learning in higher education over the past decades, there have been repeated calls for action due to the lack of systemic change and innovation.  Zundel and Deane (2010) note that “to create the [teaching and learning] environment in which large-scale innovation takes place, … constraints need to be removed, reformed or at least appropriately mitigated to facilitate change and flexibility.”

The 20th Anniversary of the Dalhousie Conference on University Teaching and Learning, will encourage dialogue about the purposes, enablers and constraints of change, the needs of students in contemporary society, and the resilience of students, teachers and administrators in the challenging contexts of change.  Our hope is to spark conversation and to facilitate the sharing of lessons learned, via evidence-based practices that embrace change and resilience.

We invite proposals for papers, workshops, panels, and interactive sessions.  Individual or group submissions are welcome, and joint submissions with students are highly encouraged.

The Conference theme supports many subthemes including (but not limited to):

  • Academic Innovation: How are we supporting innovation in teaching and learning?  What are the constraints and enablers of change and innovation? What innovations are having an impact on improving student outcomes in higher education? Why are we pursuing innovation and change?
  • 21st Century Graduate Attributes: What are the attributes needed for student success in the 21st Century (e.g. data literacy, creativity, entrepreneurship)? How are our programs and teaching practices evolving to develop these attributes?
  • Student and Faculty Resilience: The impetus for change is all around us, but change can be challenging for students and faculty.  How are we supporting student and faculty resilience within the context of change?
  • Institutional Change: Given the changing societal expectations across all university sectors, how are universities/colleges using institutional data to inform change and innovation to ensure institutional resilience?

Call for Proposals