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Wednesday, June 22 • 16:45 - 18:00
POSTER.21 - Trent University's OPEN CHAIR project: Fostering a Culture of Mutual Learning

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The Open Chair Project is an innovative initiative that provides the Trent University teaching community the opportunity to learn, share and celebrate teaching at Trent. Trent has a long history of remarkable teaching expertise that is typically reserved only for the students in courses. The Open Chair project opens the learning environment to welcome others to take a chair, as a guest, in a lecture, seminar, or tutorial, to witness teaching practices first hand. Classic and innovative pedagogy paves the way for rich discussions, deep learning, and reflection. The Open Chair project is open to faculty, instructors, and graduate students who want to see teaching in action! There is a rich body of research that examines different approaches to faculty development and mentoring, including the use of faculty learning circles and faculty learning communities (McLeod & Steinert 2010; Silver & Leslie 2009; Waes et. al. 2015). Many of the previously developed educational opportunities focus on retroactive discussion of their experiences in the classroom. However our project is expanding upon the idea of mutual learning in action. We are bringing an asynchronous and synchronous learning environment for reflection and deep learning. We have developed a collaborative model whereby we can think about our pedagogy, see it in action, and reflect on how we can incorporate or decide not to incorporate it into our own teaching practice. This provides a unique experiential learning opportunity for all participants. This conference poster will provide an opportunity for conference participants to learn about this innovative project that has dismantled barriers within our teaching practices discussions and has allowed for deep reflection on our teaching culture at Trent University.


Adam Guzkowski

Adam Guzkowski is the Teaching Awards Coordinator at the Centre for Teaching and Learning at Trent University, where his work focuses on multiple approaches to fostering and celebrating excellence in teaching and learning. He has taught in various capacities at Seneca College, Trent... Read More →

Robyne Hanley-Dafoe

Robyne Hanley-Dafoe is an award winning Psychology Instructor who uses narrative pedagogy to engage and inspire her students to achieve their personal best. Robyne’s research interests focuses on health and wellness for learning including topics such as resiliency, optimal challenge... Read More →

Wednesday June 22, 2016 16:45 - 18:00 EDT
Atrium, Physics & Astronomy Building Western University