STLHE Conference Recap

Emerson Csorba - Wed Jul 27, 2011

Every year, the Vice President (Academic) attends the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education conference. This year's edition was held in Saskatoon, where I had the chance to meet some university administrators, other student executives from across the country and the University of Saskatchewan Students' Union executives. The conference was a worthwhile event. Some of the big ideas I took note of during my time in Saskatchewan are academic advising initiatives occurring at the U of S, the concept of active learning classrooms being championed at McGill and various faculty reactions to graduate attributes. Attributes are an interest of mine, and the conference showed me the absolute necessity for universities to ensure that students graduate with not only strong content knowledge from their degree, but also with an ability to enter the workforce with interpersonal skills, empathy and compassion for others. If you are interested, the the full report is here. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!