The Maple League universities are uniquely positioned to become leaders in undergraduate teaching and experiential learning in Canada and internationally.

Connecting people from different disciplines and backgrounds — to create new communities and strengthen existing ones — is one of the foundational strengths of the Maple League.

The Maple League Teaching and Learning Committee

The Maple League Teaching and Learning Committee (MLTLC) is dedicated to building a network of teaching champions that will enhance learning and teaching for many members of our diverse communities. This network includes emerging leaders and novice practitioners as well as experienced teachers and leaders in each department and program to build networks of grassroots support and engagement.

MLTLC Institutional Champions:

Mount Allison: Dr. Andrew Nurse
St. Francis Xavier: Dr. Angie Kolen
Bishop’s: Dr. Estelle Chamoux
Acadia: Dr. Mary Sweatman

The Virtual Maple League Teaching and Learning Centre

The Virtual Maple League Teaching and Learning Centre (V_MLTLC) has been in development since 2018; however, the global pandemic has exposed the urgency of this centre and its long-term utility post-pandemic. The V_MLTLC is a virtual space to support faculty and staff prepare for the design and delivery of courses in Fall 2020 and beyond. One service the V_MLTLC provides is a virtual hub of curated and specially created resources tailored to needs of our faculty and the institutional model shared by the four Maple League universities. The V_MLTLC will provide pedagogical triage for faculty with varying needs/challenges/interests (and provide as much choice for faculty with open office hours for faculty, peer mentors, disciplinary and thematic working groups, etc.). The V_MLTLC will also curate and create professional development opportunities (e.g. workshops, modules, brown bags, templates, quick tips, videos, etc.). While the needs of faculty will vary depending on disciplinary contexts and programmatic requirements, the key differentiators of Maple League universities – e.g. face-to-face interactions, mentorship, and a holistic approach to a 21st century liberal education – will remain at the core of support for faculty as they plan design and delivery for Fall 2020 and beyond.


The Virtual Maple League Teaching and Learning Centre is pleased to share our September programming schedule, shaped by community feedback and requests:

1. Better Together: Thursday ‘Faculty Open Office Hours’; for faculty, facilitated by faculty
2. Better Together: Tuesday ‘Student Hours’; for students, facilitated by students
3. Maple League Hosts External Speaker Series
4. MLTLC Book Club: So you want to talk about race
5. Asynchronous content from our August programming & V_MLTLC Resource Guide

For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact Heather Carroll, Director of the V_MLTLC, at, or Dr. Jessica Riddell, Maple League Executive Director, at

Better Together: Thursday ‘Faculty Open Office Hours’

As we transition from pedagogical ‘design’ to ‘delivery’, we have decided to shift our summer Better Together programming to better suit the needs of facilitators and participants. For the month of September, we will hold ‘Faculty Open Office Hours’ where faculty and teaching staff from across the Maple League are invited to log-in and discuss the topic and how it relates to their work. All sessions are an hour in length and begin at 11:00 am Eastern / 12:00 noon Atlantic. They can be accessed by clicking:

● Thursday, September 3: Discussing Hybrid Delivery facilitated by Dr. Ornella Nzindukiyimana (StFX).
● Thursday, September 10: Discussion Board Success facilitated by Dr. Rosemary Polegato (Mount Allison).
● Thursday, September 17: Faculty Wellness facilitated by Dr. Johannah Black (StFX).
● Thursday, September 24: Community Check-In and Reflection facilitated by Dr. Erin Mazerolle, Dr. Erin Austen, and Dr. Angie Kolen (StFX).

Better Together: Tuesday ‘Student Hours’

On Tuesdays, all Maple League students are invited to ‘Student Hours!’ Please share this information with any students who may be interested. These sessions are an hour in length and begin at 11:00 am Eastern / 12:00 noon Atlantic. They can be accessed by clicking:

● Tuesday, September 1: Learning Strategies for Academic Success facilitated by Georges-Philippe Gadoury-Sansfaçon (Bishop’s) and Charlie Burke (Mount Allison).
● Tuesday, September 8: Student Wellness facilitated by Addy Strickland (StFX), Emma Kuzmyk (StFX) and Alisha Winter (Bishop’s).
● Tuesday, September 15: Learning Strategies for Academic Success facilitated by Siobhan Lacey (StFX) and Lydia Houck (Acadia).
● Tuesday, September 22: First-Generation Student Meet & Greet facilitated by Caitlin O’Connor (Mount Allison), Tanisha Campbell (Bishop’s) and Ty Kingston (StFX).
● Tuesday, September 29: Student-Athlete Meet & Greet facilitated by Josh Read (StFX), Claire MacDougall (StFX) and Nathaniel Benjamin (Mount Allison).

Maple League Hosts External Speaker Series

On Wednesday, September 16 beginning at 11:00 am Eastern / 12:00 noon Atlantic, join us for our September Maple League Hosts: Naming, Claiming and Aiming our Teaching Discomforts.

Join Dr. Shannon Murray (UPEI), Dr. Lisa Dickson (UNBC), and Dr. Jessica Riddell (Bishop’s), as they discuss how to name, claim and aim teaching discomforts. As we navigate the Fall 2020 semester in the midst of a global pandemic, many of us are climbing a very steep learning curve that challenges our sense of competency and our identity as teachers. In this webinar, we ask how we can “name, claim and aim” (Parker Palmer) our effective responses to this rapid and radical “retooling” of our teaching to learn about ourselves and our students in a time of crisis. How can we “step back” to reflect on our own responses and engage meta-cognitively with difficult learning in order to make our practice more intentional, compassionate, and empathetic?

Join by clicking:



MLTLC Book Club

Based on the tremendous community interest in anti-racist teaching and learning across the Maple League universities, we are pleased to announce Fall 2020 Maple League Book as part of our ongoing book club series each term:

So you want to talk about race by Ijeoma Oluo.

We invite all Maple League community members (including, but not limited to faculty, teaching staff, staff, student affairs, students – in short, everyone!) to register. We plan to meet every two weeks over the fall term (with 2-3 chapters discussed per facilitated session).

We endeavour to make this as accessible as possible. Limited financial assistance is available for students, contract faculty, staff, and others who might have limited means.

Paperback copies are ~ $13.99 – $19.80 CDN
To indicate interest, please fill out this form:

Please indicate interest by no later than Friday, September 4.



Asynchronous Content

In case you were unable to attend some of our Better Together: Maple League Teaching Support series in August, we have compiled asynchronous content of some of the key takeaways from the following sessions:

● Tuesday, August 11: Teaching Tips for a Successful September hosted by the MLTLC:
● Thursday, August 13: Tech Tips hosted by Keagan Hawthorne (Mount Allison):
● August 12: “Maple League Hosts”: The Joy Quotient: How SoTL can help make teaching better than before, featuring Dr. Pat Maher, Dr. Mandy Frake-Mistak, and Melanie Hamilton:
● Tuesday, August 18: Community Care in the Digital Sphere hosted by Johannah Black and Emma Kuzmyk (St. FX):
● Wednesday, August 19: Special Interest Session: Social Sciences & Humanities Office Hours:

In addition, join the V_MLTLC in contributing to a grassroots, open-access Resource Guide about Teaching and Learning. Due to community readership and participation, this guide continues to grow and serve as a resource for teaching and learning across our four campuses. All are welcome to contribute resources that they have found helpful to their teaching and student learning using the forms embedded in the guide.

Topics include:
● Designing for Accessibility, Equity & Inclusion
● Anti-Racist Reading Resources
● Trauma-Informed Teaching and Learning
● Teaching with an Ethic of Care
● Supporting Students to Succeed
● Rethinking assessment & Moving beyond the exam

Review the resource here:


To view the V_MLTLC’s programming from June, July and August 2020, please visit this page:
V_MLTLC Summer 2020 Programming: Resources for Faculty and Staff


Who are we?

Heather Carroll, Director of the Virtual Maple League Teaching and Learning Centre

The new Director of the V_MLTLC  — funded through external fundraising efforts — is responsible for programming, pedagogical triage, and individualized support for faculty across the four universities.

About: Heather Carroll holds a Master’s of Learning and Teaching from Harvard University and a Master’s of International Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago. In addition to her role with the Maple League, she serves both Canadian and international teaching and learning communities as the Director of Communications for the Council of 3M National Teaching and Learning Fellows, and the Operations Manager of the ISSOTL (International Society of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) Fellowship.

As the Director of the Maple League Virtual Teaching and Learning Centre, Heather provides pedagogical support with a focus on online and distance course design and delivery. She is available to create and facilitate disciplinary and thematic communities of practice. Her goal is to curate and create teaching and learning resources tailored to the institutional model of the four Maple League universities, and to support faculty and staff during the Fall 2020 semester and beyond. Her focus will be to help faculty think about how to plan for courses that still provide relationship-rich experiences in the new COVID constraints. She can also provide individualized support for faculty on accessibility and accommodations, as well as enacting equitable, diverse, and inclusive practices in course design and delivery.


Announcing the 2020 Jarislowsky Visiting Scholar: Heather Smith

This year’s Jarislowsky Visiting Scholar (an annual visiting scholars program hosted at Bishop’s University) will be a crucial resource for supporting the Virtual Maple League Teaching and Learning Centre (V_MLTLC).

Jarislowsky Visiting Scholar Activities (2020 – 2021)

  • “Maple League Hosts: A Webinar Series”
  • Teaching Support and Pedagogical Triage, including open office hours
  • Professional Development: Course Planning Workshop(s)
  • Resource Curation and Creation (short videos and workshops, handbook, tips & tricks, course templates)
  • 3M National Teaching Process: Support, Design, Mentorship
  • Research of pandemic pedagogy

Timeline: May 15, 2020 – April 1, 2021


About: Dr. Heather A. Smith is Professor of Global and International Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia. Currently on sabbatical, she is a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Political Science at Dalhousie University. She is the recipient of the 3M National Teaching Fellowship (2006), the Canadian Political Science Excellence in Teaching Award (2012), a two time recipient of the UNBC Excellence in Teaching Award, and a 2018 BC campus Scholarly Teaching Fellow. In her most recent administrative position, she was the Director of the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology at the University of Northern British Columbia (2012-2018).  Other teaching and learning activities include: Facilitator for the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) International Collaborative Writing Group on personal narrative and autoethnography (2019), Regional Vice-President Canada of ISSOTL (2016-2019) and founding co-coordinator of the ISSOTL Fellows Program (2017-2019).  She currently resides in Halifax and will be teaching online in the fall.



For more information, please contact:

Dr. Jessica Riddell
Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair of Undergraduate Teaching Excellence
Executive Director, The Maple League of Universities
Full Professor, Department of English, Bishop’s University
3M National Teaching Fellow (2015)
Bishop’s University

Heather Carroll, MA, M.ED
Director, V_MLTLC
Communications Director, 3M Executive Council
3M National Student Fellow (2014)


Resources for faculty and staff

In line with this commitment, we are working to create online tools and resources for professional development to share with our colleagues at the four institutions on an ongoing basis.

Available videos: