CTL January 2023 Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Three Writing Strategies to Kickstart the Semester

Wednesday, January 11, 2023 (2 pm - 2:15 pm)
Join CTL's Dr. Dalbir Sehmby (Educational Developer, Writing and Multimodal Communication Pedagogies) to get students going with three writing "hacks" that not only bust writer’s block but also help them exercise self-awareness.

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When Bells and Whistles Comes Before Teaching Purpose: Using Technology Wisely

Wednesday, January 18, 2023 (2 pm - 2:15 pm)
Technological advances and resources have changed the face of education, but have you found yourself asking: is this worth it? When technology is utilized in a classroom without proper forethought or purpose, it can indeed hinder student learning rather than benefit it. Join CTL’s Chris Borger (Instructional Designer, Educational Technology Instruction and Strategy) in this webinette to learn about some of the limitations and pitfalls of using technology in the classroom.

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Panel Conversation | Cripping Pedagogies: Meeting Access Needs and Building Community in the Classroom and Beyond

Monday, January 23, 2023 (12:30 pm - 2 pm)
As educators, we aim to create the classroom conditions through which students can learn and thrive as whole, embodied humans. However, the ongoing pandemic has highlighted the systemic barriers faced by disabled students - and educators - across post-secondary institutions. In order to resist the exclusion of disability in our spaces and communities, we must meaningfully reflect and take action on access through a justice-oriented lens. This means moving beyond simplistic and medical frameworks of accommodation and inclusion and towards understanding our communities as complex and unique in each instance. Now, more than ever, we need to reflect on how we can support and advocate for pedagogies of care and access. We invite educators across the University of Alberta (including instructors, graduate students, and parafaculty staff) to participate in a facilitated panel conversation on access and disability justice in teaching and learning.


  • Dr. Jeff Preston, Assistant Professor of Disability Studies, King’s University College
  • Billie Anderson, PhD Student in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies, Western University
  • Danielle Lorenz, PhD Candidate in the Department of Educational Policy Studies, University of Alberta

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Part 7: Human Rights —The University of Alberta’s Plan for Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI ) Strategic Plan & Your Teaching Practice Series

Wednesday, January 25, 2023 (2 pm - 2:15 pm)
Join CTL’s Everett Igobwa (Lead Educational Developer, Critical Pedagogies and Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity), and Evelyn Hamdon (Senior Advisor, Human Rights, Office of the Provost), as they explore the University of Alberta’s Strategic Plan for Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI). The plan has 8 principles, outlined in a series of EDI webinettes. This webinette will provide an overview of the 8 EDI Principles with a focus on human rights as they relate to teaching and learning.
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Expressions of Interest: Community Learning Circle

Theme: Anticolonial approaches for community building in a variety of teaching and learning environments

January 9 – April 21, 2023

As we navigate the ever-shifting teaching and learning landscape together, CTL's Andrea Menard, Mandy Penney, and Dr. Dalbir Sehmby invite University of Alberta educators to engage with Indigenization, decolonization, intersectionality, accessibility, and justice-focused approaches to teaching and learning at moments of change and possibility. This community is open to educators across campus, including all instructors, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, and parafaculty educators engaged in teaching and learning.

This pilot program represents the coming together of two CTL programs from the Fall 2022 semester: 
Communities of Practice and Care and ᐱᒥᓇᐊᐧᓱᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ piminawasowikamik/Kitchen Table Conversations. Together, Andrea, Mandy, and Dalbir hope to nurture opportunities for relationship-building, critical, creative, and affective self-reflection, and capacity building at the University of Alberta.

Learn more and fill out the expression of interest »

Save the Date!

This year's Festival of Teaching and Learning (FoTL) will take place May 2⁠–⁠4, 2023

The Festival of Teaching and Learning is an annual event where all members of the University of Alberta teaching and learning community can share, demonstrate, explore, and embody the plurality of approaches to university teaching with the goal of enhancing our pedagogies as well as our teaching and learning environments across our institution. Please continue to check the 2023 Festival of Teaching and Learning page for updates.
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