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Thursday, June 23 • 11:30 - 12:20
CON06.12 - Learning from External Reviews: A Lever for Change in Teaching Centres

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While staff in centres for teaching and learning are teachers, we are also learners. One key way to learn about our work, its impact, and possibilities for the future is to engage in an external review of our unit. Such reviews require us to turn our lens inwards and focus on all parts of our operation, including our history, past practices, staffing, budget allocations, client feedback, strategic goals, and fit within our larger organization. But what do we know about how to engage in these reviews effectively and productively since the process and the products are often not made public? In this interactive workshop, we have a roster of facilitators – whose teaching centres have recently been reviewed externally or who have served as external reviewers – who will engage in discussions with session participants about reasons to engage in external reviews and the key stages involved. Small group discussions will focus on participants’ questions, which may be from the perspective of a centre being reviewed or from that of serving as an external reviewer. Topics may range from the preparation of materials and plans for an external review to ways for external reviewers to make the most of their site visit. During a large group debriefing session, we will share observations, strategies, and questions for further consideration. The session will conclude with brief comments from those facilitators who have responded to their reviewers’ report to provide insights on this final step in the review process. Our overall aim is to launch a broad conversation about external reviews, with participants more specifically being able to:
  • Prepare for all stages of an external review with more knowledge and confidence
  • Identify questions they would like addressed as part of engaging in an external review

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Stephanie Chu

Vice Provost Teaching & Learning, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Passionate about advancing teaching and learning and related University community and culture. Imagine what we can do together!
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Donna Ellis

Director, University of Waterloo
Donna Ellis is a Past President of the POD Network and President-Elect of the International Consortium for Educational Development. She directs the Centre for Teaching Excellence at the University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada), and has worked as an educational developer for more than... Read More →

Celia Popovic

Celia Popovic is Director of the Teaching Commons at York University. Before joining York 4 years ago, she was an educational developer in the UK for more than 20 years and was head of the Academic Development Unit at Birmingham City University.
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Carol Rolheiser

Director, University of Toronto Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation
Carol Rolheiser is the Director of the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation, University of Toronto, and Professor in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, and former Associate Dean, Teacher Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

Suzanne Le-May Sheffield

Dr. Suzanne Le-May Sheffield is the Director of the Centre for Learning and Teaching at Dalhousie University, Halifax. She has 14 years of experience as an educational developer. She began her career in educational development as a Graduate Teaching Associate at York University.

Peter Wolf

Peter Wolf has worked in educational development, continuing education, and distance education for over 20 years, in the college and university systems, and is currently at Queen’s University as the Associate Vice-Provost (Teaching & Learning). Peter is an advocate for enhanced... Read More →

Alan Wright

Alan Wright has worked in educational development‎, as a vice-provost and centre director, for over twenty-five years. He is an advocate of centre self-study and sees the benefits of external review. He has evaluated centres as external reviewer in several Canadian provinces.

Thursday June 23, 2016 11:30 - 12:20 EDT
UCC 146