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.
Every month we will offer programming to help faculty navigate teaching in the midst of a global pandemic. For more information, please refer to our calendar of events below.
- “Better Together: Maple League Teaching Support” series: join us for faculty-led conversations every Tuesday and Thursday around themes related to course design and delivery
- “Maple League Hosts” series: we are hosting a monthly panel featuring national and international teaching and learning scholars
- “Ask Me Anything” sessions: drop in every Wednesday for individualized support with the Director of the V_MLTLC. Heather Carroll will help faculty work through challenges or questions related to their own courses.
- Professional Development Course: learn more about Open Acadia’s course that they have shared with all Maple League partners to help faculty adapt their course for remote delivery. (This online asynchronous course has 6 modules and is coming to your institutional Moodle site soon.)
- A V_MLTLC Resource Guide: a community-based ‘living’ document with short and easy-to-use tips and templates to help transition into Fall 2020 and beyond: https://tinyurl.com/VMLTLC.
JUNE CALENDAR OF EVENTS
1. ‘Better Together: Maple League Teaching Support’ Series
Happening on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the month of June, our ‘Better Together: Maple League Teaching Support’ series brings together faculty and students from across the Maple League to offer teaching support, communities of practice, and a space to collaborate and work through challenges related to teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic.
All sessions are an hour in length and begin at 11:00 am Eastern / 12:00 noon Atlantic, and can be accessed by clicking: https://bluejeans.com/8198229605
- Tuesday, June 9: Student Feedback for your Course Design & Students as Partners hosted by Georges-Philippe Gadoury-Sansfaçon (Bishop’s) and Janine Annett (Acadia)
- Thursday, June 11: Discussion of common ‘Pain Points’ for Teaching Online hosted by Angie Kolen (St. FX) and Erin Austen (St. FX)
- Tuesday, June 16: Community: Exploring campus engagement in a virtual classroom hosted by Mary Sweatman (Acadia) and Janine Annett (Acadia)
- Thursday, June 18: Moodle Tips & Tricks hosted by Scott Stoddard (Bishop’s)
- Tuesday, June 23: Active Learning hosted by Angie Kolen (St. FX)
- Thursday, June 25: Managing Presence Online hosted by Robert Lapp (Mount Allison)
- Tuesday, June 30: Design Principles for Teaching Online hosted by Toni Roberts (Mount Allison)
To suggest a theme for July’s Better Together Series, or to propose hosting a session, contact Heather Carroll at email@example.com.
2. The Maple League Hosts Wednesday, June 17 at 11:00 Eastern / 12:00 noon Atlantic: Pandemic Pedagogy: A Conversation between Dr. Jessica Riddell (Bishop’s) and Dr. Heather Smith (UNBC)
Description: As part of the The Maple League Hosts Series, join us for a conversation about narratives of pandemic pedagogy with Dr. Jessica Riddell, the Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair of Undergraduate Education and Dr. Heather Smith, the 2020 Jarislowsky Visiting Scholar. This event is open to all.
3. Ask Me Anything!
Drop in every Wednesday at 11:00 Eastern / 12:00 noon Atlantic for individualized support with Heather Carroll, the Director of the V_MLTLC. She will help you tackle whatever challenges or questions have about your courses.
4. “Adapting Your Course for Remote Delivery”: An online course developed by Open Acadia
Open Acadia’s Learning Technologies and Instructional Design (LTID) Team have developed an online course to aid faculty with converting their course(s) from pure f2f delivery to a remote delivery format. Both formats have synchronous and asynchronous opportunities for learners. Obviously the tools used to engage learners are different. As are instructional approaches and assessment strategies. Also, building a community of learners must be done more overtly in a remote delivery format. We have designed the course so it can be used as a model for your own course(s) this fall. We will be releasing the asynchronous component of the course to the Maple League Institutions shortly and each institution will build in the synchronous components so as to best serve their instructors. You can view the Course Introduction video here: https://youtu.be/vKGnCS5g4YY.
5. The Virtual Maple League Teaching and Learning Centre Resource Guide
Join the V_MLTLC in contributing to a grassroots, open-access Resource Guide about Teaching and Learning. This guide will continue to grow over the coming weeks; all are welcome to contribute resources that they have found helpful to their teaching and student learning. Check it out here: https://tinyurl.com/VMLTLC
If you have any programming you’d like to see, please contact Heather Carroll at firstname.lastname@example.org, or reach out to us on Twitter @TheMapleLeague, Instagram @themapleleague, or on Facebook and LinkedIn as Maple League of Universities.
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)
Heather Carroll, MA, M.ED
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.