The Taylor Institute is committed to building on the experience and expertise that academic staff and instructors bring to teaching and learning at the University of Calgary. The TI supports individuals and groups to share knowledge and build teaching and learning capacity across campus.
The Teaching Academy is a working group of instructors who have received University of Calgary Teaching Awards recognizing their contributions to teaching and learning. The members of the Teaching Academy are committed to developing teaching and learning expertise at the University of Calgary, by communicating the importance of teaching, modelling the potential for teaching and research integration, and investing in a positive teaching and learning environment on campus. A major focus for the Teaching Academy is the establishment of a structure for peer mentorship and peer consultation on campus.
Teaching Scholars program
The Teaching Scholars program provides support for faculty to enhance their educational leadership by pursuing initiatives that enrich the quality of teaching and learning. Recipients will receive up to $40,000 over three years to implement a specific teaching and learning initiative.
SoTL Journal Club and SoTL Writing Groups
SoTL Journal Club and SoTL Writing Groups offer different ways of finding a scholarly community devoted to inquiry and research to understand and improve student learning, and the teaching approaches and practices that facilitate that learning. The SoTL Journal Club is made up of regular, informal gatherings where participants discuss a shared reading. Come to one, a few, or the whole series. Each SoTL Writing Group is a small group with a stable membership that meets semi-regularly for support, feedback, and encouragement on SoTL manuscript in progress.
Communities of Practice
The Taylor Institute supports groups of people who wish to form communities of practice around areas of common interest. Communities of practice are member-driven, and provide an opportunity for peers to share, discuss, showcase, connect and learn about an area of interest.
Taylor Institute Teaching Community
The Taylor Institute Teaching Community allows instructors to search for, find and share resources on topics in teaching and learning.
The Taylor Institute's Academic Director has two advisory boards: an on-campus Faculty Advisory Board and an International Advisory Board.
Fika at the Taylor Institute
Fika is Swedish word for a coffee break that’s more about slowing down and connecting with others than drinking coffee. Both a noun and a verb derived from the Swedish word for coffee (kaffe), fika is a chance to relax and socialize in the company of colleagues, coffee or tea, and sweet pastries. Inspired by Katarina Mårtensson’s keynote at its 2017 spring conference, the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning (TI) cordially invites all members of the University of Calgary teaching and learning community to join us for monthly fika in the TI Gallery. Each session is hosted by Rachel Braun and invited co-hosts from the campus teaching and learning community. Fall 2017 sessions are September 28, October 18, November 16, and December 13.