Canada – STLHE
Vision, Strategy & Goals
STLHE strives to be the pre-eminent national voice, and a world leader, for enhancing teaching and learning in higher education. The Society supports research, its dissemination, increased awareness, and application of research through scholarly teaching and learning.
There are a number of ongoing strategic initiatives including the development of a meaningful commitment to bilingualism; increasing student awareness, engagement and participation; expanding our award programs to recognize special interest groups and other talents of teachers and students; strengthening our relationship with senior administrators and in particular the AUCC; and creating a new charitable arm “Teaching Learning Canada” whose aim would be to leverage several of our activities and events described in our goals (see: http://www.stlhe.ca/about/vision-goals/).
STLHE is incorporated and is currently seeking to establish a new legal arm “Teaching Learning Canada” (TLC) which, if approved, will have charitable status.
The core activities includes two annual conferences, 5 national awards, The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (CjSoTL), Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching (CELT), Green Guides, three Newsletters and sponsorship of various regional events.
Response to Questions:
1. Highlight / Successes in the past year:
– New journal (CJSoTL)
– Two new national awards. One on innovation launced last week and another on student leadership to be launched in October
– Revamped website
– Participation in events led by the Association of University Colleges in Canada (Presidents)
– New partnerships with private and public organizations
B. Difficulty / Challenge:
– Coordinating the work of a very large Board of 16 members
C. Future Developments:
– Developing a certification process for educational development
– Research funding and advocacy to targeted groups
– Hiring an executive director
– Strengthening bilingualism