Learn about and register for upcoming workshops and events for faculty, where you can learn from colleagues and share strategies and resources around community-engaged learning (CEL). We run regular workshops on CEL course development, roundtable events on CEL-related topics, and a regular, informal peer-led community of practice gathering.
For details on our virtual 2020-2021 programs, please see How the program works below. Register under Program registration.
Please note that our annual Faculty Institute will not be offered in 2020-2021.
Program EligibilityAll U of T instructors
How The Program Works
Our faculty events cover a variety of topics and bring together instructors who teach, or are interested in teaching, community-engaged learning courses.
In addition to the programs listed below, one-off events may arise throughout the year. To stay up to date on upcoming events, please register for our faculty newsletter.
Our 2020-2021 events include:
The CEL Community of Practice (CoP) Gathering
This pilot series of peer-led community of practice gatherings offers CEL instructors a recurring conversation space to meet each other, share best practices, troubleshoot, discuss relevant literature and collaborate on CEL/CER teaching-related issues. Each gathering will be co-hosted and facilitated by a different faculty member, who will present a challenge, case study, experience, article or other resource to spark discussion. These gatherings also offer an opportunity for instructors to ask questions of CCP staff.
Leaning into CEL in Pandemic Times: A Conversation about Where We’re At
Wednesday, September 30, 3 – 4 p.m.
Facilitated by Professor David Montemurro, OISE
Experiences from the First Months of Remote CEL
Thursday, October 29, 3 – 4 p.m.
Facilitated by Professor Aditi Mehta, Urban Studies
Please hold these dates for Spring semester gatherings:
- Wednesday, February 3, 3 – 4 p.m.
- Thursday, March 4, 3 – 4 p.m.
Workshop: Introduction to Community-Engaged Learning
This workshop introduces the key principles of CEL for course design. It is intended for instructors who are new to CEL, and who wish to brainstorm how to integrate CEL into their teaching.
- Tuesday, October 20 from 1 – 3 p.m.
- Thursday, March 11, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
CEL Faculty Roundtables
CEL Faculty Roundtables offer an opportunity for experienced CEL practitioners to discuss selected themes or issues in depth with experts from across the university. Our roundtables take place online. Each speaker has 10 minutes to share their experiences and questions on the topic at hand. Time is also reserved for attendees to interact and further share their experiences.
CEL & the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
Thursday, November 5, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
With Professors Ahmed Allahwala (Geography, UTSC), Sherry Fukuzawa (Anthropology, UTM) and Olivier St-Cyr (Faculty of Information – iSchool)
Hear experienced CEL SoTL practitioners describe their research, and share strategies and tools for conducting research on teaching and learning in CEL. The event offers an opportunity to engage in conversation about pragmatic and theoretical questions, such as:
- What does it take to research teaching and learning in CEL?
- What are the unique challenges and opportunities for SoTL in CEL?
- What is at stake?
- What questions should we be asking?
CCP Faculty Roundtable on Remote CEL
Wednesday, February 24, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
With Professors Michelle Arnot (Pharmacology, UTSG), Aditi Mehta (Urban Studies, UTSG), and Kamini Persaud (Biological Sciences, UTSC)
Community needs have increased as a consequence of the pandemic’s unequal impacts. At the same time, organizational capacity to host students has been significantly constrained. Through “field reports” from instructors who have embraced remote CEL this academic year, this roundtable is a space to deepen the conversation about the challenges and opportunities of delivering community-engaged learning in pandemic circumstances. We might ask,
- How have CEL teaching and learning been affected by these circumstances?
- What strategies have CEL instructors taken to meet community and student needs through remote CEL?
- What opportunities has the shift to remote collaboration opened up?
Invited speakers will share strategies, tools and resources they have developed this year to offer their courses successfully.
If you are interested in proposing a roundtable, please contact Heather Hermant, Lead Coordinator, Academic Initiatives.
Faculty Institute on Community-Engaged Learning
This keystone annual program will not be offered in 2020-2021 due to the pandemic.
The Faculty Institute on Community-Engaged Learning is an annual meeting where faculty from across the University come together to share best practices in community-engaged learning (CEL). Experienced CEL instructors and those new to CEL hear from invited guests, participate in workshops and panel discussions, and build a CEL community of practice at the University.
For more information about our events, please contact Heather Hermant, Lead Coordinator, Academic Initiatives.
Register for our workshops and other events by submitting the registration form.