York U’s Teaching in Focus conference returns May 21 and 22

Teaching in Focus 2015
Teaching in Focus 2015

Teaching in Focus, (TIF) is a professional development opportunity for faculty and teaching assistants that is completely free. It features a carefully curated program with expert presenters, many of whom are York professors.

York University’s third annual Teaching in Focus (TIF) conference presents a fabulous professional development opportunity, says Celia Popovic, director of the Teaching Commons at York University. “It’s completely free and offers the latest information on innovations in teaching techniques and the classroom experience, and the presenters are leaders in their fields,” she says. “The Teaching in Focus conference is always the highlight of our year. This year we have an incredible variety of presentations and keynotes. This has to be the not to be missed event at York University!”

With just a few spaces still available, demand is high for this annual conference. Faculty and Teaching Assistants are encouraged to register today avoid disappointment. Click here to access the registration form. The conference is open to all full- and part-time faculty, adjunct and contract faculty, and teaching assistants.

The two-day program is broken into seven sections with five parallel rooms. The panels and workshops are organized around key themes: Enhancing Teaching and Learning; eLearning; Experiential Education; Student Transition and Engagement; and Approaches to Teaching.

Punctuating the day are two dynamic keynote presentations. The morning keynote on May 21 will be delivered by Osgoode Hall Law School Dean Lorne Sossin. Day one closes with a plenary on the first-year experience featuring highlights from the annual First Year Experience Conference held in Dallas, Texas on Feb 6. Day two opens with a panel featuring the recipients of the 2015 President’s University-wide Teaching Awards. The panel will be moderated by York Provost and Vice-President Academic Rhonda Lenton.

For the full program and abstracts, visit the Teaching in Focus Conference website.

More about the Teaching Commons at York University

The Teaching Commons brings together like-minded individuals who are interested in exploring and sharing teaching and learning innovation across York University. The Teaching Commons team is based in Room 1050 Technology Enhanced Learning Building (or “TEL”) on York University’s Keele campus. It maintains a virtual presence via the Teaching Commons website and Moodle courses. More than a presence, the Teaching Commons is built on the power of networking that is focused on a collegial, collaborative environment. Staff within the Teaching Commons works across and within all of York University’s Faculties and Support Services.