[one_third last=”no” class=”” id=””][/one_third] [one_third last=”no” class=”” id=””][/one_third] [one_third last=”yes” class=”” id=””][/one_third]

About the Teaching and Learning Symposium

The Teaching and Learning Symposium is an annual, single-stream event that explores teaching and learning within an emerging theme. The purpose of this event is to provide faculty with an opportunity to share idea and experiences in a convivial and collegial atmosphere. It showcases excellence and innovation in teaching and scholarship at Red Deer College. It also provides an opportunity to bring in external expertise.

Participants in the CTL’s Annual Teaching and Learning Symposium will be able to:

  1. Explore a thematic teaching and learning topic relevant to the post-secondary context in Canada.
  2. Collaborate with colleagues on solving teaching and learning problems.
  3. Apply learning from the Symposium to specific teaching and learning contexts.


Past Symposiums

2019 Teaching and Learning Symposium – Artificial Intelligence: Robots, AI, and Future Proofing Graduates

The second annual CTL Teaching and Learning Symposium was centred on the theme of Artificial Intelligence and the impact on post-secondary.

  • What are the skills, attributes, and knowledge that students graduating from RDC will need to work with, for, and near artificial intelligence?
  • What components of society will not be impacted by AI?
  • How are we future-proofing our students by teaching them the skills, knowledge, and attributes that AI cannot master?

2018 Teaching and Learning Symposium – Maker Culture in the Post-Secondary Classroom

This symposium was presented by the Centre for Teaching and Learning on April 12, 2018. We would like to thank our partner for this event, the Library Information Common. The first annual Teaching and Learning Symposium was centred on the theme of Maker Culture in the post secondary classroom which “emphasizes learning-through-doing (active learning) in a social environment” through actions such as:

  • Tinkering and experimenting
  • Problem-solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Collaboration
  • Perseverance


Keynote Speaker Biography: Jeff Plackner

Jeff Plackner graduated from the Red Deer College/University of Alberta Collaborative Middle Years Program in 2011, and received his Masters in Educational Leadership from Concordia University in 2015. He has been teaching for Red Deer Public Schools for seven years, and was transferred to the position of vice-principal at Glendale Sciences and Technology School in 2017. During his time with RDPSD, he has lead the establishment of a Makerspace in three of their schools, and continues to support other schools with their creation process. He has presented on “Making a Makerspace” and “The Importance of Hands-on Learning” at the RDPSD Staff Learning Days, the ATA Middle Years Conference, RDC’s MakerFaire and CARC’s Library Conference.

Resources from the Symposium:


RDC Faculty Presenters

The following RDC Faculty members, in alphabetical order by last name, presented at the symposium: Jenna ButlerDr. Jenna Butler teaches Creative Writing in the English program at Red Deer College. She is the author of three award-winning books of poetry and a critically acclaimed book of ecological essays, with three new books forthcoming in 2018/19. Butler’s poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and environmental writing appears in journals and anthologies around the world, including, most recently, Robert Kroetsch: Essays on His Works (Guernica, 2017) and The Compass (UK, 2016). She has held teaching and administrative roles at Edmonton Public Schools… [click here to read Dr. Butler’s full biography]  

Megan BylsmaMegan Bylsma teaches Art History for the School of Creative Arts at Red Deer College. A RDC alumna, her undergraduate background is in Visual Art and Art History. While finishing her Art History/Museum Sciences BFA at the University of Lethbridge she discovered an interest in Canadian Art History. At Queen’s University she completed her Master’s degree, focusing on the history and development of Canadian art during the mid-twentieth century. With her Visual Arts education as a foundation, Megan approaches teaching with the same… [click here to read Megan’s full biography]   Resources from the Symposium:

Choon-LeeDr. Choon-Lee Chai learned about Photovoice when he was a doctoral student at the University of Saskatchewan. In 2013, he started to use the PhotoVoice research method in his research at RDC. Since then, he had supervised several Independent Study and Honours Thesis research students who worked with recent immigrants, homeless women, and Indigenous students using the PhotoVoice research approach. He is currently leading a PhotoVoice research project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and in… [click here to read Dr. Chai’s full biography]  

Mark DukeshireMark Dukeshire is the Programs Administration Coordinator for for the Donald School of Business. His role directly impacts the successful operation of the DSB and the student experience there. He is often required to resolve logistical issues that come with being at a downtown facility. As living in the problem solving realm is part of his day to day life, creativity comes naturally to Mark and he is occasionally approached to resolve atypical issues. One such issue was working with Dr. Stephanie Powers to make a 6 player game that lasts for… [click here to read Mark’s full biography]

Resources from the Symposium:

Darnel ForroDarnel Forro was a medical social worker with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and provided extensive psychosocial interventions for disenfranchised populations for over five years prior to teaching in RDC’s Social Work Program. He is passionate about issues on social justice, health and mental health, colonialism and racialization, Anti-Oppressive Perspectives, cultural understanding, and LGBT2SQ+ populations, specifically on experiences of racialized gay men. Darnel completed his M.S.W. at the University of Manitoba with an… [click here to read Darnel’s full biography]  

Gary HalvorsonGary Halvorson taught his first class (3 week Introduction to Carpentry and Tool use) through Continuing Education in 1997. Since then he has taught evening courses on power tool use, Pre-Employment, 1st, 2nd and 4th period Carpenter Apprenticeship, spent 7-8 years as Department Chair, 7 years as a Director with the Red Deer Construction Association, Associate Chair, 10 – 12 years as a member of the Skills Canada – Alberta Provincial Technical Committee (currently associate Chair).    

Alison JeppesenDr. Alison Jeppesen is a Learning Designer in the Centre for Teaching and Learning at Red Deer College; she also teaches Classics for the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. Her research in educational development focuses on teaching development programs for faculty and curriculum design; as a Classicist, her research focusses on Roman social history, the letters of Cicero, and Latin epigraphy with special focus on societal roles for women.    

Sona MacnaughtonSona Macnaughton is a Librarian/Learning Designer at Red Deer College. She has been at RDC since 2001. A large part of her work focuses on learning spaces, and she was involved in designing the RDC Makerspace. She is the School Librarian for the School of Education. Her interests include maker culture, learning space design, and data visualization. She enjoys a good cup of earl grey tea.       Resources from the Symposium:

Stacey MateikaStacey Mateika is a Learning Designer in the Centre for Teaching and Learning specializing in educational technologies. He has worked at the college for 16 years. Some of his work focuses on adopting and implementing technology to support and enhance online, collaborative, and active learning environments at RDC. He also focuses on working with Faculty and departments on new curriculum. Before working at RDC, Stacey was a High school teacher in MB for 10 years.

Resources from the Symposium:

Stephanie PowersDr. Stephanie Powers teaches Economics and Operations Management at Red Deer College. Dr. Powers develops numerous hands on learning opportunities for her students. For example, students in Microeconomics buy and sell goods to illustrate supply and demand. In Macroeconomics, students play a life-size game of monopoly to learn about the business cycle. In operations management, students live the role of the manager, making decisions about location, capacity, and evaluating the quality of their own production. Her class activities… [click here to read Dr. Power’s full biography]  
Resources from the Symposium:

Nandini SharmaNandini Sharma is a former RDC student and former Assistant Professor at a university in India. She is currently doing research in teaching and learning; applying her previous research in human physiology, psychology, and human activity to the impact of active learning on students.

Resources from the Symposium:


ctl@rdc.ab.ca | 403.356.4989 | Teaching Common – 913C | Find us on theLoop | Find us on Twitter and Facebook @ctlrdc
Updated May 14, 2019

Print This Page Print This Page