STLHE 2012 Home Page
Welcome to the official 2012 STLHE Annual Conference website!
The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) is a unique, national organization whose primary focus is to promote the quality of learning at all levels of post-secondary educational institutions. The energy in the air at the 2012 STLHE Conference held in Montreal in June was palpable. The event, which took place in the Centre Mont-Royal, just steps from McGill’s downtown campus, was co-hosted by McGill University, Concordia University, Université de Montréal and Champlain College Saint-Lambert. The theme of the conference, Learning without Boundaries? Apprentisage sans limites?, provided a framework for examining multitude of issues being faced in post-secondary education every day. There were 675 people in attendance: academic and professional staff (80%), students (17%), retired persons (3%). Participants came from 16 different countries: Quebec (32%), Rest of Canada (59%), Outside Canada (9%). About 90 student volunteers helped the Conference run smoothly.
Four senior administrators, from McGill University (Prof. Anthony Masi, Provost) , Concordia University (Dr. David Graham, Provost and Vice-President Academic) , Université de Montréal (Dr. Raymond Lalande, Vice-recteur aux études) and Champlain College St-Lambert (Mr. Christian Corno, Outgoing Director of Studies) , opened the conference with an animated discussion based on a Word Cloud that emerged from the titles of all the conference presentations.
There were over 300 sessions in two languages, and multiple formats. A new format this year was the Cracker Barrel discussions which seemed to be positively received. The Poster session was extremely animated and well attended. The Awards Ceremony, Celebrating Our Accomplishments, broke another boundary by being as a stand-alone event held in the auditorium, providing special recognition for donors and winners.
In the first plenary, Dr. Marcia Baxter Magolda shared the image of tandem bicycle, and emphasized the importance of putting the students in the driver’s seat, and placing ourselves in the back seat, in the supporting role. In the second plenary, Dr. Nicole Rege Colet extended this theme in terms of the leadership role played by change agents in post-secondary education. The first cohort of 3M National Student Fellows collaborated with student leaders from the host institutions to provide the closing plenary with a provocative sharing of ideals and visions of the future of post-secondary education.