Climate for Learning

Instructors' ability to create and maintain positive and productive teaching and learning relationships and interactions in a course. The creation of a respectful, inclusive, and caring classroom community for students, the instructor, and any teaching assistants or support staff assigned to the course. An effective climate for learning provides the structure (in the form of expectations, processes, and feedback) to engage, take risks in learning, and grow intellectually and personally.

Listen (podcasts)

Teaching PLUS

Addressing Racism in the Classroom

March 27, 2020
Dr. Cathryn van Kessel from Secondary Education and Jennifer Ward and Ellen Watson from the CTL talk about how instructors might promote community by addressing potentially harmful comments made by students (especially those related to the COVID 19 pandemic).


Creating A Rapport With Your Students

June 18, 2019
Dr. David Chorney, Associate Professor in Secondary Education, joins the Centre of Teaching and Learning's Director, Janice Miller-Young, in a conversation about creating (and maintaining) a positive rapport with your students.


Gender Inclusive Classrooms

August 10, 2019
In this Teaching Plus podcast, Educational Developer Cosette speaks with Katie (who uses the pronouns she and her) and Rachel (who uses the pronouns she and they) about best strategies for creating teaching and learning environments that are welcoming and supportive of all genders and members of the LGBTQ+ communities. Cosette specifically asks them to discuss the use of pronouns in teaching and learning interactions.

Read (CTL blog posts)

Teach with Care

Teach with Care

May 16, 2019
Neil Haave explores how teachers of any subject can encourage students to develop their intellect while enabling their personal development and empathy.

View (Inspiring teaching videos)

Supportive learning climates


Teaching as a Complementary Science and Art

October 24, 2019
Jolanta Lapiak has taught American Sign Language (ASL) levels 100 and 200 at the University of Alberta for the past 8 years.

Chuck Lucy

Empathy and Experience for Long-term Learning

January 24, 2019
Chemistry Professor Chuck Lucy explores the relationship between empathy and experience, and the impact on long-term learning for his students.

Doug Gleddie

Teaching Joy

October 25, 2018
What does it mean to teach the whole person, to practice holistic education? In his discussion about teaching joy through physical movement, Dr. Gleddie invites us to consider the social-emotional as well as the physical in our teaching practices.

Inclusive learning environments

Kisha Supernant

Indigenous Approaches to an Archeological Field School

September 27, 2018
Using Indigenous and experiential approaches to teaching and learning, Dr. Supernant engages students in a local field school and discovers that her own ancestral connection to the land becomes a powerful pedagogical tool.