TIF 2016


York’s two day Teaching in Focus conference 2016:

May 19th and 20th in the Life Sciences Building

Thank you to all attendees for making TIF 2016 such a success.    Below you can browse some pictures and materials from the conference.





Day 1 – Putting Research into Teaching and Teaching into Research

Day 2 – Celebrating Teaching Innovation and Excellence

We had a  record number of proposals for TIF this year! The closing date for requesting an oral presentation has now passed but we are still accepting poster presentations.   Please don’t hesitate to submit your session idea as a poster.

You may submit your poster here.

Need help creating / formatting your poster,  check this guide.

There is plenty of time to register for what promises to be our best conference yet so get your poster in now!

Follow the link above for details of the conference or register here: http://teachingcommonsforms.apps01.yorku.ca/forms/view.php?id=319245


Day 1 Details

8.30 to 9.00 Registration

9.00 to 9.30 Introduction – York University’s Associate Vice President, Teaching and Learning (AVPTL) and Director of the Teaching Commons – will provide the context of the day

9.30 to 10.15 – Keynote 1 – Nicola Simmons: The Third Side of the Coin: SoTL as Connective Interface

Nicola Simmons’ keynote – Simmons York U SoTL

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is gaining ground across Canada – but there are still questions about  what SoTL is. Dr. Simmons outlines what counts as research about teaching and suggests there are multiple points of entry to inquiry into improving student learning.

Nicola photo with horse    Nicola Simmons, Brock University

10.15 to 11.00 Presentations from participants in the EduCATE program – York faculty share their research into teaching and learning.

EduCATE is a year-long program offered by York University to support faculty in engaging in SoTL projects. Details can be found here: http://teachingcommons.yorku.ca/for-cds/workshops-and-courses-for-cds/courses/educate/

11.00 to 11.30 Coffee

11.30 to 12.15 Presentations from participants in the EduCATE program – York faculty share their research into teaching and learning.

12.15 to 12.30 Identifying possibilities for research into classroom practices.

12.30 to 1.10 – Lunch and networking

1.10 to 1/15 Welcome to the afternoon – VPRI Robert Hache

1.15 to 2.00 Keynote 2–  Pedagogies of Partnership in Research-engaged Teaching http://staff.lincoln.ac.uk/kcrawford

Karin Crawford  Keynote – University_of_York Toronto 19th May 16

Karin Crawford    Karin Crawford, Lincoln University, UK

Drawing on her sector-leading work in engaging students with research and students as researchers, Dr Crawford will share theory such as that of Healey and Jenkins around student engagement, as well as sharing some practical examples.

2.00 to 2.20 Coffee

2.20 to 2.50 Undergraduate student researchers with their Course Directors – How to engage undergraduate students as researchers, both in using and creating knowledge. – Profs Rebecca Pillai Riddell and Tarmo K Remmel and their students Marissa Chase, Iris Yusupov and Eleni Kelly

2.50 to 3.20 Reflection on students as researchers

3.20 to 3.40 SoTL Research – support for your research project – by Celia Popovic, Genevieve Maheux Pelletier, Mandy Frake Mistak

3.40 to 4.00 Summary of the day –  Celia Popovic, Director Teaching Commons


Day 2 Details

8.30 to 9.00 Registration

9.00 to 9.15  Director Teaching Commons, Celia Popovic- Introduction and welcome to TIF

9.15 to 9.30 Associate Vice-President, Teaching and Learning  Will Gage – Welcome

9.40 to 11.00 Morning Parallel session 1

11.00 to 11.15 Break

11.15 to 12.15 Parallel session 2

12.15 to 1.00 Lunch

1.00 to 2.20 Parallel session 3

2.20 to 2.30 Break

2.30 to 3.30 Parallel session 4

3.30 to 4.00 Reception

PARALLEL SESSION PROGRAMME : see a listing of topics and talks in all parallel sessions on Day 2 here.