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.

This year has taught us that we are inextricably connected to each other. Staying in, showing up, speaking out — we have seen, in every aspect of our lives, that our collective impact is greater than what we could ever achieve by ourselves. This daring experiment in higher education — an inter-institutional, virtual, teaching and learning centre – was no exception.

Beginning with our June programming and extending throughout the entire year, students, staff, faculty across the Maple League and beyond joined together to do better, and be better, together. We formed new communities, forged new relationships, and created collective impact on our institutions, the national higher education landscape, and most importantly, the students we serve.


Our world changed, and so did the teaching and learning experience. Please click here to read the V_MLTLC’s 2020 Annual Report.

I hope you’ll enjoy learning about all we’ve accomplished, together.


To view the V_MLTLC’s past programming, please visit this page:
V_MLTLC 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: