Conversations about Teaching Excellence

Inspiring discussions with Laurier's instructional community about teaching excellence.

Teaching Excellence: A Laurier Conversation Series features discussions between Mary Wilson, Laurier’s vice-provost: Teaching and Learning, and the recent winners of the Donald F. Morgenson Awards for Teaching Excellence and Teaching Fellow Richelle Monaghan.

The series delves into critical conversations on innovative and inclusive approaches to teaching; mentorship; student-centred learning; and the future of higher education. 

Part 1 of the series launched in October. The next four conversations will released before the holiday break. 


 

Professors in video series
Colin Labadie

Colin Labadie: Tuning Into Your Classroom

Early Career Excellence Award recipient Colin Labadie from Laurier’s Faculty of Music joins Mary Wilson, Laurier’s vice-provost of Teaching and Learning, in conversation to discuss creating supportive and inclusive classroom environments that allow instructors and students to inspire and improvise with one another, and the role that care and compassion play in teaching.

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Jennifer Holm

Jennifer Holm: Making Math Education Approachable

Early Career Excellence Award recipient Jennifer Holm from Laurier’s Faculty of Education joins Mary Wilson, vice-provost of Teaching and Learning, in conversation to discuss moving mathematics education forward, keeping the focus on students and their thinking, and leading by example in the classroom.  

Michelle Skop

Michelle Skop: Finding New Ways to Learn Together

Innovation in Teaching Award recipient Michelle Skop from Laurier’s Faculty of Social Work joins Mary Wilson, vice-provost of Teaching and Learning, in conversation to discuss bringing simulation-based education into the Social Work classroom, centring community in teaching, and creating classrooms that flourish by being open to possibility.   

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Kevin Spooner

Kevin Spooner: Helping Students Rise to the Occasion  

Sustained Excellence Award recipient Kevin Spooner, who teaches in Laurier’s North American Studies and History programs, joins Mary Wilson, vice-provost of Teaching and Learning, in conversation to discuss his student-centred approach to teaching and reflect on the arc of his career, including being an early pioneer the flipped classroom, while sharing his hopes for the future of teaching and learning.

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