Celebrating 30 Years of TLI and Another Successful Conference

On May 2 and 3, 2017, Open Learning and Educational Support (OpenEd), with joint-collaboration from the library and all seven colleges at the University of Guelph, hosted the 30th Annual Teaching & Learning Innovations (TLI) Conference. As in previous years, this year’s TLI Conference was a considerable success, with the largest number of participants in attendance to date.

“We couldn’t have pulled off such a notable event without the dedication and support of the staff at OpenEd,” says Dale Lackeyram, Manager, Educational Development. “OpenEd’s daily involvement with instructors on campus was noted positively in numerous presentations.”

Beginning in 1988, TLI has evolved to include the exchange of ideas around effective teaching practice, scholarly teaching, and the presentation of scholarship in the areas of teaching and learning. The conference brings together faculty, instructional staff, teaching assistants, graduate students and other University members to exchange ideas around teaching and learning. Faculty and instructors from other universities or colleges also attend the widely respected two-day event.

The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Enhancing Teaching and Learning: The Evolution of the Lecture’. Conference sessions included a wide range of topics examined over the past 30 years of educational practice—from the influx of technology into education and designing effective outcomes through to measuring student learning, research and practice.

Dr. Joe Kim, Associate Professor in Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour at McMaster University, complemented the conference theme as the keynote speaker. Actively involved in the scholarship of teaching and learning, Dr. Kim co-ordinates the innovative McMaster Introductory Psychology program, which combines traditional lectures with interactive online resources and small group tutorials. The program has been prominently featured in Maclean's, Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and numerous education media outlets.