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Public event:
Our students are changing: Are we prepared?

Changes to B.C.'s K-12 curriculum will have an impact on the students entering SFU in the next few years.
Changes to B.C.’s K-12 curriculum will have an impact on the students entering SFU in the next few years.

A presentation for SFU faculty members and staff with Jan Unwin

When: Friday, January 16, 2015 | 10:00 a.m.–Noon
Where: Halpern Centre 114 (Burnaby campus)
To register:

British Columbia’s K-12 curriculum is changing, and that means students will soon be arriving in our classes with different skill sets and expectations. The implications for university teaching and learning could be significant. This presentation will provide an overview of the curriculum changes, with an emphasis on how learners will be different when they come to university. A question-and-answer period will follow. The event is being organized by SFU’s Task Force on Flexible Education to provide a forum for discussion of educational change and the need for flexible systems that can maintain the relevance of the university experience.

Presenter: Jan Unwin, superintendent of graduate and student transitions in B.C.’s Ministries of Education and Advanced Education, is one of the people leading curriculum reform and working to expand initiatives such as dual-credit programs and opportunities to allow secondary students to earn credits towards post-secondary. She is well known and respected throughout the provincial education system for her work as an innovative elementary and secondary principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent in the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows school district. During her term as superintendent, the district was recognized nationally for such innovations as its environmental school, cyberschool, and the iPod Literacy Project.

Flexible education: World Cafe event

World Cafe

Greetings SFU Community Members!

The Task Force on Flexible Education (TFFE) is inviting you to an exceptional event, our very first World Café. Given your unique and valuable perspective, we believe that you can make a major contribution to this exchange and opportunity to shape the future at SFU.

This event will bring together passionate students, staff, faculty and instructors from across the university, who have an interest in the future of flexible education at SFU. Using a simple and flexible World Café format, the morning will consist of large and small group dialogue that will examine and explore some interesting key principles in flexible education, and what they might mean to the future of SFU, including:

  •  Learning-centred approaches to program design and delivery, impactful pedagogies, and effective support systems are hallmarks of the SFU student experience.
  • Innovative and effective teaching and learning methods are practiced and supported at SFU.
  • Recognition of context and culture within and across disciplines is a key component of an SFU education.

Event Details:

Date: Monday January 26th, 2015
Time: 10:30am -1:30pm
Location: Diamond Alumni Centre, Burnaby Campus
Refreshments will be served

This event is open to all members of the university community. Due to space restrictions, and for logistical and catering purposes, please confirm your presence by registering at the following link: Register Here

We sincerely hope that you will be among our participants.

* Future events at Surrey and Vancouver campuses will take place in February 2015, and will be announced in early 2015.

How physical setting affects learning

Peter Jamieson
For Peter Jamieson, an internationally renowned researcher from the University of Melbourne, flexible education is about creating learning spaces that encourage new forms of interaction.

On April 23, Peter Jamieson of the University of Melbourne (Australia) spoke at SFU about “Pedagogy in Place.” His presentation, the first public event organized by the university’s recently launched Task Force on Flexible Education, was provocative in the best sense of the word. Jamieson’s research focuses on how physical environments affect learning. In his remarks to a diverse group of SFU faculty and staff he advocated fundamental changes to the design of learning spaces inside and outside the classroom—all with the goal of facilitating more active and effective forms of teaching and learning.
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