Symposium: Improving Learning Environments

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Schedule of Events:

If you are planning to attend any of these sessions - RSVP below by clicking on the sessions to register (registration is requested for planning purposes)

Wednesday, March 13, 2019


12:00 - 1:00 pm - Plenary 1: Improving Learning Environments: How should we think about them? Where do we begin?

    Learning environment refers to the social interactions, organizational culture and structures, and physical and virtual spaces that surround and shape the learners’ experiences, perceptions and learning. 

    Participants will be able to:

    • Identify the key components of the learning environment
    • Describe evidence-based strategies used to improve the learning environment
    • Articulate future directions for scholarship and practice to improve learning environments in the health professions

    Register to attend Plenary 1

    Location: ABDF 1002 or view livestream

1:00 - 2:00 pm - Plenary 2: Exemplary Learning Environments: A Vision

    Learning environments in the health professions can be viewed as complex adaptive systems. Using the principles of complex adaptive systems we can identify characteristics of exemplary learning environments.

    Participants will be able to:

    • List characteristics of complex adaptive systems
    • Describe learning environments through the lens of complex adaptive systems
    • Articulate a vision for an optimal learning environment

    Register for Plenary 2

    Location: ABDF 1002 or view livestream

2:00 - 2:30 pm - Break

2:30-4:30 pm - Workshop 1: Optimizing Learning Environments: Creating Vision and Actionable Plans (individual and institutional)

4:30 - 8:00 pm - Reception and Social - CANCELLED



Thursday, March 14, 2019

9:00 - 10:00 am - Plenary 3: Exemplary learning environments: Integration of diverse perspectives to achieve success.

    The organizational psychology literature proposes that the term diversity represents three distinct constructs:

        Variety: differences in information, knowledge or experience among members of an organization or group
        Separation: differences in position or opinion among members
        Disparity: differences in concentration of valued social assets or resources.

    Register for Plenary 3

    Location: ABDF 1002 or view livestream

10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Workshop 2: Did you really mean to say that? Debriefing after a professionalism lapse: Tips for teachers

12:00 - 1:00 pm - Lunch

1:00 - 3:00 pm - Workshop 3: Is it hot in Here? Creating a Positive Learning Climate in My Teaching.

3:00 - 3:30 pm - Break

3:30 - 4:30 pm -Reflections and concluding remarks


Abbreviated Schedule of Events:

All session will be located in ABDF 1002

12:00 - 1:00 pm - Plenary 1: Improving Learning Environments: How should we think about them? Where do we begin?

1:00 - 2:00 pm - Plenary 2: Exemplary Learning Environments: A Vision

2:00 - 2:30 pm - Break

2:30-4:30 pm - Workshop 1: Optimizing Learning Environments: Creating Vision and Actionable Plans (individual and institutional)



Thursday, March 14, 2019

9:00 - 10:00 am - Plenary 3: Exemplary learning environments: Integration of diverse perspectives to achieve success.

10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Workshop 2: Did you really mean to say that? Debriefing after a professionalism lapse: Tips for teachers

12:00 - 1:00 pm - Lunch

1:00 - 3:00 pm - Workshop 3: Is it Hot in Here? Creating a Positive Learning Climate in My Teaching.

3:00 - 3:30 pm - Break

3:30 - 4:30 pm -Reflections and concluding remarks


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