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Teaching Enhancement Conference 2017: Hands-On Theory

August 31 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

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Enhancing your teaching before class begins in September! The Teaching Enhancement Conference is organized and sponsored by Brandon University’s Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT). Registration is open to Assiniboine Community College, Brandon School Division and Brandon University academic staff and faculty, and there is no charge for those academic staff and faculty.

The conference takes place 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, morning beverage and lunch are provided.

Register by emailing Curt Shoultz at shoultzc@brandonu.ca before Friday, August 25, 2017. Please indicate in your email any dietary restrictions or accessibility supports you may require.

Interactive Keynote Address

The Interactive Classroom

Dr. Brian Wagner
Professor of Chemistry and 3M National Teaching Fellow, UPEI.

Using the modified lecture approach to increase in-class interaction and engagement and provide an enhanced learning experience.

The Hands-On Theory theme will continue as a series of brief, open “workstops” hosted by educator advocates of learner-centered approaches to lesson design.


  • 8:30–9 a.m. Network:
    Coffee, tea, juice, water and refreshments. The curious will acquaint themselves with topics by reading the postered summaries around the room.
  • 9–9:45 a.m. Interactive Keynote Address:
    Dr. Brian Wagner was the recipient of a UPEI Award for Excellence in Teaching and is a 3M National Teaching Fellow. Focused on active learning in the university science classroom, Dr. Wagner promotes the value of science through school visits, public presentations and social media. He also has an ongoing Chemistry research program in the area of fluorescence-based studies of supramolecular systems.
  • 9:45–10 a.m. Network:
    Review and choose first “Workstop”option, network.
  • 10–11:30 a.m. Workstops:
    Three 30-minute sessions (or stay with one through the 90 minutes).
  • 11:30 a.m. Lunch:
    TEC will reconvene in Harvest Hall (the BU cafeteria) for lunch, report-back and question formation.
  • 12:30 p.m. Farewell:
    We head off to continue preparing for the coming school year in our own ways.

Current ‘Workstop’ topics (more to come)

  • Cycling Through Complexity
  • It Goes Where It Goes
  • Design Thinking
  • Problem-Based Learning
  • Active Learning
  • Brain-Based Learning
  • Moodle: Need to Know Now
  • Self-Organizing Sessions

Too short to be workshops, “workstops” will be open, interest-driven sessions focused on your applications of learning research and techniques. Please come prepared with a problematic concept or skill lesson from your experience. Educator-hosts will briefly outline their approach, then begin to work with each group on adapting problematic lessons through this lens.

An assembly of dedicated educators will always have some new ideas to share. Rooms will be open for self- organizing sessions around shared topics of interest.

(“Moodle: Need to Know Now” will convene in a computer room on campus to work through tips and tricks of ACC and BU’s learning management system.)


August 31
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Brandon University
270-18th Street
Brandon, Manitoba R7A 6A9 Canada
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