Chopped Design: Learning Edition | Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning

Adapted from the popular Food Network game show, four teams will battle it out, generating innovative learning designs in real time before the audience and a panel of judges. Course by course, teams are “chopped” until one remains. The challenge? Teams have only minutes to plan amazing student learning experiences with a basket of mystery ingredients. Then at the sound of the buzzer, they head to the chopping block to face our panel of expert judges: Leslie Reid (Vice-Provost Teaching and Learning), Nancy Chick (TI Academic Director and University Chair of Teaching and Learning) and Richard Sigurdson (Dean, Faculty of Arts). On the chopping blockEach team is a dynamic combination of University leadership and TI staff. Come cheer them on!

Source: Chopped Design: Learning Edition | Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning

I’ll be doing my best Alton Brown impersonation, as host for the event. We had a blast doing this at the Werklund IDEAS conference this year, but this one will be at a whole new level…

How we teach and how we learn | Explore passing the torch

Knowledge shared is knowledge gained. Explore how we teach and how we learn and how we bring teachers and learners together in new and engaging ways.

Source: How we teach and how we learn | Explore passing the torch

This is a cool new website that was just launched by the University of Calgary. It points to several really interesting initiatives and articles by leaders across the university. Definitely worth spending some time reading the full website…

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It’s surprising, how many of the articles point to the Taylor Institute and the work being done here both as an inspiration and an enabler of innovation across campus…

2018 University of Calgary Teaching and Learning Grants call for proposals | UToday | University of Calgary

 

These grants facilitate projects through three structural streams:

  • Practice grants: This stream of grants supports our pursuit of professional learning about research-informed teaching and learning. Practice grants are one-year grants, individual or collaborative and can receive funding up to $7,500.
  • Lesson study: These grants support team-based studies of a single lesson, carefully developed and studied to promote a significant learning goal. Lesson study grants are one or two year grants for teams of three to six members. Teams can receive funding up to $7,500 per year, to a maximum of $15,000 per year, for the entire team.
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: These projects are formal, evidence-based studies to better understand or improve student learning. They can be individual or collaborative and one or two years in duration. Individual projects can receive up to $10,000 per year, to a maximum of $20,000 for two years. Collaborative projects can receive up to $20,000 per year, to a maximum of $40,000 for two years.

Source: 2018 University of Calgary Teaching and Learning Grants call for proposals | UToday | University of Calgary

The grants have been offered for a few years now, and the program is adapting to incorporate new initiatives. It’s become one of the most transformative things we do as a university to support innovation teaching and learning.