On February 6, a wine and cheese gathering was held to get our teachers involved in creating a vision for the Beedie School’s new Teaching and Learning Group. There was a great turnout, with 22 people in attendance. Shauna Jones, Coordinator of the Teaching and Learning Group, gathered input on the following questions:
1. What would you envision for the Beedie School’s Teaching Group for the next three years?
2. What do you want from the teaching group?
3. What initiatives would best support your needs?
From the input gathered at the initial kickoff, a draft of the Teaching Groups Vision and Mission statement was formed:
The international business education community will recognize the Beedie School of Business Teaching and Learning Group as a leader in engaged and experiential learning.
We are committed to the collective and individual development of scholarly teaching within the BSB. We engage faculty and students to foster effective outcome-oriented learning environments. We model and share successful scholarly best practices that encourage great students.
For now, these are considered “draft” statements. Try them on and see how they fit. If you have comments or suggestions, please submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Representatives from the Teaching and Learning Group will also be soliciting feedback from students before the statements are finalized.
The input from the kickoff also demonstrated several key themes about what teachers want: opportunities to learn with and from others, opportunities for teaching development, and opportunities to share with others. There were some great ideas about how this might be accomplished. It was decided to start this year with interactive sessions and expand the offerings next year. Mark your calendars for the upcoming sessions in 2012:
Interactive Polling – May 24 from 2:30-4:30pm
Language and Writing – October 2 from 10am-12pm
If you are interested in the full results from the kickoff session, they can be found here.
To ensure our 2013 offerings are pertinent to our teachers, your input is needed. Please take five minutes to complete the following survey. Teaching Survey. Please use your regular SFU login ID and password to access the survey. It will remain open until May 31.
The Teaching and Learning Group is open to all Faculty members, Sessionals and others who are teaching. Your participation is a valuable asset in bringing to life the vision for the Beedie School’s Teaching and Learning Group.