DCUTL 2019 Program

All sessions will take place in the Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building, at Dalhousie University, unless stated otherwise.

DCUTL Full Program (pdf)

Full Program with Session Descriptions

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Science Teaching Workshop: Making Space for Questioning
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Lunch will be provided.
Cost: $20
Registration Required.

Join us for a full-day workshop where we practice, share, and develop strategies for active learning through questioning in our science classrooms. While giving you the opportunity to work with examples from your own and others’ university science teaching, we’ll explore how asking and answering questions can help our students build their confidence and independence, as well as develop a deeper understanding of science.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

8:30 to 9:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Rowe Atrium

9:00 to 9:15 am


Potter Auditorium - Rowe Management Building

9:15 to 10:30 am - Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sara Harris

"Finding Our Ways to Active Learning"

Dr. Sara Harris is Professor of Teaching in the department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Associate Dean Academic for the Faculty of Science at the University of British Columbia (UBC), and a 3M National Teaching Fellow. 

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10:30 to 10:50 am

Networking and Nutrition Break

Rowe Atrium

10:50 to 11:40 am - Concurrent Session 1

Room Session
Room 1007 Infographics: Creativity and Academics Colliding in an Active Learning Space

M. Law
University of New Brunswick
Room 1009 TBC
Room 1011 The 8-Pointed Star of Mi'kmaw Pedagogy

S. Theunissen, Mount St. Vincent University, I. Endicott,
Pictou Landing First Nation School
Room 1014 Using learning focused course design to make small changes in the classroom

M. MacDonald, G. Fraser, M. Gordon, D. Pelkey-Field, 
J. Sears
Dalhousie University
Room 1016 From Passive to Active Learning: Tips & Tech for Asynchronous Online Classes

E. Ballantyne, E. Tsirigotis, 
C. O’Leary
Mount St. Vincent University

11:50 am to 1:00 pm

Formal Lunch

Formal lunch

Great Hall, University Club

1:10 to 2:00 pm - Concurrent Session 2

Room Session
Room 1007

Change One Thing Challenge Winner

Use Your Time(table) Wisely: Finding a Suitable Home for the “Organic Synthesis Workshop”, an Interactive Approach to Teaching Problem-Solving Skills. 

Gaia Ashlee Aish
Dalhousie University

Room 1009

Stimulating Engagement and Understanding Using Small Whiteboards 

M. Normandeau
University of New Brunswick

Room 1011 Supporting student autonomy without compromising learning: stories from a science context

A-M Ryan
Dalhousie University
Room 1014 Testing to Learn, A Glimpse into the Group Test Experience 

A. Crane
Dalhousie University
Room 1016 From the tea cafe to the haiku: Using compassion to transform digital learning spaces to include active learning pedagogies
L. Goldberg, S. Murphy, L. Johnson
Dalhousie University
Room 1020 Land-based learning for exploring Indigenous perspectives on resources and the environment

M. Zurba
Dalhousie University

2:10 to 3:00 pm - Concurrent Session 3

Room Session
Room 1007 A Mindfulness Approach to Active Learning: Students’ perspectives on Deep Learning of Research Skills

P.Y. Barbier
Université de Moncton
  Plunge, flounder, reflect: Graduate students’ professional development in 30 minutes

L. McNiff
Dalhousie University
Room 1009 Learning Spaces: Reviewing the Landscape of Active Learning Classrooms at Queen’s University

K. McRae, A. Phillipson, A. Leger
Queen’s University

Web-Based Peer Review of Scientific Communication using Aropa

S. Wells, J. Guk
Dalhousie University

Room 1011 Creating LGBTQ+ Inclusive Spaces for Equitable Active Learning

L. Getz
Dalhousie University

Reflection on Learning Actively through Experiential Learning: Summer School Experience

C. Paparu
St. Mary’s University

Room 1014

The Interaction for Learning Framework: A tool for learning in diverse classrooms

Jennifer MacDonald
Dalhousie University

Room 1016 Transmedia Storytelling and Immersive Learning

C. Baldwin, B. Estey-Burtt
St. Thomas University
  Engaging students in active learning in a fully online animal welfare course

M. Gordon
Dalhousie University
Room 1020 Simulation Reflections of First- and Upper-Year Business Students

M. Cheney
St. Francis Xavier University
  Experiential Education in aForeign Language and Literature Program: Enhancing Students’ Linguistic Skills and Empathic Relationships

V. Tavares, M. Joao Dodman, I. Cardoso
York University

3:10 to 4:00 pm - Concurrent Session 4

Room Session
Room 1007 TV show-based simulations: benefits, challenges, and lessons 

O. Shkurska
Dalhousie University
Room 1009

The Skeleton Map Project: Learning Through and About Active Learning

M. Yeo, S. Webb, S. Hewitt, 
J. Bouma

Mount Royal University

Room 1011 Experiencing Reconciliation: Decolonizing your classroom

M. Robinson
Dalhousie University
Room 1014 Mentoring with Intent: A Program to Enhance Teaching Assistants’ Learning Experience

L. Gibson, M. McCarville, R. Curtis
Dalhousie University
Room 1016 Talk less. Design more: Creating active learning opportunities in online science courses

L. MacFarlane, K. Darvesh, E. Ballantyne
Mount St. Vincent University
Room 1020  


Thursday, May 2, 2019

8:30 to 9:15 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Rowe Atrium

9:15 to 10:30 am - Keynote Speaker -- Potter Auditorium

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Teri Balser

"Active learning takes active teaching – reducing resistance by managing risk?"

Dr. Teri Balser is Provost and Vice President Academic at Dalhousie University, and a Principal Fellow of the U.K.-based Higher Education Academy. In addition to recognition as an accomplished international research scholar, Dr. Balser has received numerous accolades for ther teaching accomplishments.

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10:30 to 10:50 am

Networking and Nutrition Break

Rowe Atrium

10:50 to 11:40 am - Concurrent Session 5

Room Session
Room 1007

Exploring active learning: Supporting student teachers as they implement an interactive pedagogical approach in their practicum experiences

A. Dean, State University of New York at New Paltz, & MJ. Harkins, Z. Barchuk, L. Knapton, J. Grant
Mount St. Vincent University


Exploring Learning through Doing: A Qualitative Case Study of a Graduate-Level Systematic Review Course

R. Parker
Dalhousie University

Room 1009 Exploring the effects of a program-specific camp on sense of community in undergraduate students

M. Buchanan, B. Hamilton-Hinch, K. Gallant
Dalhousie University
  Everyone is in! Chronicles of a Student-Instructor-Researcher Collaboration to bring Active Research into the Undergraduate Laboratory

G. Aleman, H. Andreas, F. Licht
Dalhousie University
Room 1011 Building first-year science writing skills with an embedded writing instruction program

D. Dansereau, L.E. Carmichael, B. Hotson
St. Mary’s University

Active Learning Approaches in The Writing Centre: An Example

M. Clow-Bohan, J. MacDonald-Eddington, A. Auch
Writing Centre, Dalhousie University

Room 1014

Question of the Week; Engaging students with the Nature of Science in a first-year biology class

T. Bishop
Dalhousie University


Less is More:  Business Student Feedback from Unstructured Simulations

R. Nason, S. Comber
Dalhousie University

Room 1016

Perfectly-Imperfect: Low-Budget, High Impact Active Learning Experiences to Explore Challenging Course Theories

J. MacDonald
Dalhousie University


11:50 am to 1:00 pm


Rowe Managment Building Atrium

1:10 to 2:00 pm - Concurrent Session 6

Room Session
Room 1007 Active Learning in an Instructorless Environment

M. Caswell, E. Ballantyne, E. Tsirigotis
Mount St. Vincent University
Room 1009 Enhancing Students' Motivation, Creativity, and Learning in Chemistry Courses using Case Study Extra Credit Projects

F. Fathi, S. Silver Slayter, G. Staples, A. Law, G. Jones, St. Francis Xavier University & S. Dalili, University of Toronto Scarborough
Room 1011 Collaboratively creating successful courses: A learner-focused design

S. J. Dooley, C. O’Brien
Dalhousie University
Room 1014 Nursing Student Engagement & Participatory Learning in Advanced Communication Labs

J. Searle, L. Carrier & J. Moreash
Dalhousie University 
Room 1016 Using Open Educational Resources as a Catalyst for Active Learning

L. Guimaraes-Santos
Brock University

2:10 to 3:00 pm - Concurrent Session 7

Room Session
Room 1007 Chaos and Stories: Creating Deep Learning in a Theory Class

G. Potter, E. Farrell
Red Deer College
Room 1009 Inescapable Skills: Using Games to Improve Participation in Research Skills Retention Testing

D. Michels, H. Steeves
Dalhousie University
Room 1011 Journaling as a learning tool in the sciences

A. Arnott
Dalhousie University
Room 1014 Active learning in History undergraduate classroom with the Historic Nova Scotia Project

R. Gillis, S. Murray, Dalhousie University & J. Arnold, L. MacKinnon, Cape Breton University & C. Slumkoski, Mount St. Vincent University
Room 1016

Lessons Learned from Implementing a Multi-Year Peer-to-Peer Learning Leisure Education Initiative 

S. Hutchinson, K. Woodford, C. Manuel, B. Hamilton-Hinch, 
C. Stilwell
Dalhousie University

3:10 to 4:00 pm - Concurrent Session 8

Room Session
Room 1007 Experiential and Community Based Learning in a Law School Environment: Prospects and Challenges

O. Akinkugbe, M. Williams, N. Archaya
Dalhousie University
Room 1009 But What I Really Want to Do is Direct: Developing Transferable Skills Through Active Learning

G. Doran
University of Prince Edward Island
Room 1011 I Can Explain: Strategies for Helping Students Develop their Explanation-Building Skills

G. Gass
Dalhousie University
Room 1014 Lights, Camera, Action:  Mental Illness, Video Production, and Active Learning Pedagogy

J.  Lymburner, G. Cobb
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Room 1016 Active Learning: Do we really know how to foster interest, passion and connect the learning that takes place to course outcomes

F. French
Mount St. Vincent University