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.
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. Fall 2017 sessions are September 28, October 18, November 16, and December 13. The scheduled 2018 sessions are January 18, February 14, March 15, April 18, May 17, June 20, and July 19. For more information about fika, see this blog post.
Communities of Practice, Book Groups, Teaching Squares, and Unconferences
The Taylor Institute offers a range of options to support local communities and conversations focused on teaching and learning. The Seeding SoTL Initiative offers four opportunities for such community-building and -sharing: forming a book group, a teaching square, or a community of practice, or hosting an unconference. Small amounts of funding are available for each. Learn more.
Examples of current communities of practice (CoPs) -- or member-driven groups of people who wish to share, discuss, showcase, connect and learn about an area of interest -- are the CoPs focused on Inquiry-Based Learning and the Teaching Graduate Students in the Faculty of Arts, as well as the Teaching Academy and the Teaching Scholars program.
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.
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 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.
The Taylor Institute's Academic Director has two advisory boards: an on-campus Faculty Advisory Board and an International Advisory Board.