Jan. 16, 2018

Preparing students for the unknown


Teaching and learning at universities has moved beyond traditional transfer of knowledge from the learned to the learning. In today’s rapidly evolving world, educators are challenged with preparing students to succeed in jobs that don’t even exist yet, in a world in which creativity and innovation are valued as much as knowledge.

What does it take to do this? Join Leslie Reid, UCalgary’s interim Vice-Provost of Teaching and Learning and Jay Cross, Director of the new College of Discovery, Creativity and Innovation in UCalgary's Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, as they explore the latest trends in teaching and learning, the transformations taking place beyond campus boundaries, and strategies for broader adoption of effective teaching and learning practices across campus.


About the speakers

Dr. Leslie Reid, PhD, is UCalgary's interim vice-provost for teaching and learning, and a professor in the Department of Geoscience. She also served as associate dean (teaching and learning) in the Faculty of Science from 2012-2017, where she worked to support the creation of educational development programs that help enhance learning and teaching experiences for students and staff. Her scholarly work focuses on STEM teaching and learning and educational development for academic staff.

Dr. James (Jay) Cross, DVM, PhD, is the founding director of the College for Discovery, Creativity and Innovation in UCalgary's Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning. He is also a professor in the Departments of Comparative Biology and Experimental Medicine, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Medical Genetics, and Obstetrics and Gynecology. Jay is an accomplished interdisciplinary researcher, educator, entrepreneur and innovator working in diverse areas such as maternal and child health, and agriculture.