Teaching and Learning Conference 2021

Join the Teaching and Learning Conference 2021, April 28-29!
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This year, Memorial University’s annual Teaching and Learning Conference will be virtual, and will focus on the importance of meaningful relationships in teaching and learning with the theme, Getting to the Heart of Learning.

People crave personal and meaningful interactions in their learning and their lives. The importance of connection has especially been highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the move to remote teaching and learning. By better understanding how we can develop enriching relationships with students, peers and members of our communities, we can create real, human connections that make a positive, lasting impact on learning experiences at Memorial. 

As an institution, we have also expressed a vision for teaching and learning in which Memorial connects learners and educators to each other, the community and the world (TLF 2023). It is time we focus on understanding how to develop meaningful connections, and the impact they make individually and collectively.

Educators, researchers, staff, students and alumni are invited to come together and explore how we can create and enable meaningful connections for engaged learning.


This year's conference will be hosted virtually using a Brightspace course site, with all event information and Webex session links in one place. To register for the conference, you will use your MUN ID.

Register for the Teaching and Learning Conference 2021.


Explore the full program for this year's conference, consisting of 25 sessions that include keynotes, plenaries and concurrent presentations, discussions, panels and interactive workshops. Or review the program at a glance for the two-day schedule.

Keynote Speakers

Join us for visiting keynote, Dr. Peter Felten, executive director of the Center for Engaged Learning, assistant provost for teaching and learning, and professor of history at Elon University. In his interactive keynote address, Relationships at the Heart of Learning and Teaching, Dr. Felten will draw on nearly 400 interviews with students, faculty, and staff, to explore how relationships are a flexible, scalable, and humane approach to ensuring that all students experience welcome and care, become inspired to learn, cultivate constellations of mentors, and explore the big questions that matter for their lives and our communities. Read Dr. Felten's bio.

Our Memorial University keynote this year is Dr. Janna Rosales, 2020 recipient of the President's Award for Outstanding Teaching and Assistant professor (teaching), Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. In her talk, Dr. Rosales will share her thoughts on the university’s changing role and what she has learned about how to get at the heart of learning. She will share some of her best practices for creating meaningful interactions and inclusive spaces, and offer some reflections on what to do when teaching is not “business as usual.” Read Dr. Rosales' bio.

Plenary Sessions

In addition to our keynote speakers, we are featuring three plenary sessions that include a talk about relationships and Indigenous education, a presentation of the 2021 Self-directed Learning Award and a panel discussion with teaching award recipients.

How to Participate

Registrants will attend and participate in the conference using Brightspace and Webex. Learn more about how to participate, including technical requirements you will need and supports and resources to help you.


For questions about this event, please contact:

Shari Costello

The Teaching and Learning Conference 2021 is sponsored by:

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Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000