Higher Education in Times of Disruption: Improving the Student Learning Experience

Whether we are talking about the repercussions of a pandemic, climate change, political crises, economic instability or the unprecedented advances of artificial intelligence, our societies are facing major challenges. These disruptions require us to rethink the way we do things and the way we live. How can our institutions reconsider their approaches to teaching and learning in this new period of disruption? To what extent will these challenges incentivize our universities to adopt innovative, engaging, inclusive and equitable teaching practices?

  • What disruptions are affecting academia the most?
  • What effects are these disruptions having on knowledge production, learning and teaching?
  • How will these disruptions challenge universities to transform themselves?
  • What might the university of the future look like?

This panel invites leaders in teaching and learning from the University of Ottawa and Carleton University to discuss these important issues.

Join us for this panel and contribute to the discussion.

Event in English with simultaneous translation in French.

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This event is presented by SILC (Supra-Institutional Learning Communities).

SILC network is a new initiative of the University of Ottawa’s TLSS (Teaching and Learning Support Service), Carleton University's TLS (Teaching and Learning Services) and their teaching chairs to explore innovative and participatory approaches, strengthen knowledge sharing in teaching and learning, and foster connection and well-being across institutions.

Leading the session (in alphabetical order)

Alain St-Amant PhD

Vice-Provost, Academic Affairs
Full Professor in Chemistry
University of Ottawa

Professor St-Amant has taught in the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences since 1993. He has also held a number of administrative leadership roles within the Faculty of Science, including Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences from 2003 to 2009, and Vice-Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Student Experience from 2009 to 2022. Between 2022 and 2023, he was co-director of uOsatisfACTION.

Andrew Sowinski PhD

Vice-Dean, Programs
Associate Professor in Engineering
Chair in University Teaching
University of Ottawa

Andrew Sowinski received his PhD from the University of Ottawa in 2012. Afterwards, he worked in industry at Plasco Energy while teaching part-time for the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at uOttawa. His passion for teaching and helping students brought him back to the university as the Faculty of Engineering’s Student Experience Officer. In 2018, he joined the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering before becoming a founding member in 2021 in the School of Engineering Design and Teaching Innovation. His research interests include experiential learning and learning analytics, the latter of which was awarded a Chair in University Teaching from the University of Ottawa. He teaches various courses, including a new first-year Data visualization and analytics course. He has recently accepted the role of Vice-Dean Programs, leading the Faculty’s continual improvement process for all of its programs.

James McGowan PhD

Associate Professor of Music
Chair in Teaching Innovation
Carleton University

James McGowan is an Associate Professor of Music at Carleton University, where he teaches music theory and composition. He is a passionate educator and has won several teaching awards. He served as Carleton University Chair in Teaching Innovation (2020–23) for his work in developing experiences in the arts on campus and in the community. He is Managing Director of the Carleton Jazz Camp, an instructor at CAMMAC in piano and improvisation, an instructor with Discovery University (Ottawa Mission), and serves as the Board of Directors President of Lotus Centre for Special Music Education in Ottawa. He is a published author of articles on jazz theory and music theory pedagogy.

Martha Mullally PhD

Instructor III in Biology
Chair in Teaching Innovation
Carleton University

Martha Mullally is an instructor at Carleton University, Department of Biology. She was named the 2021 Carleton University Chair in Teaching Innovation in recognition of her years of dedication to encouraging new teaching practices and rethinking pedagogy in innovative ways within the STEM disciplines. Between 2013-14 she was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Carl Weiman Science Education Initiative (CWSEI) at University of British Columbia, where she began her journey to explore evidence-based pedagogical practices and science education research. Since joining Carleton, she has implemented such practices to positively impact student performance and success rates across the sciences.  Martha continues to hone her skills and knowledge by developing a community at Carleton University that focuses on a teaching culture that is supportive and encourages efforts to try new approaches in their teaching, often associated with advancing the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).

Event details

Start date Thursday, February 29, 2024 - 14:00
End date Thursday, February 29, 2024 - 15:30
Duration 90 min
Cut off date Thursday, February 29, 2024 - 13:00
Registered 108
Seats 192
Organizer TLSS
Language Bilingual event
Delivery mode Online via Zoom
Location Zoom (a link will be sent the day before the event)