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Teaching Expo 2015. Photo by David Caterini.

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Providing expertise and support in the creation and implementation of effective teaching and learning strategies in studio, classroom and technology-enabled learning environments.

Teaching Expo 2015. Photo by David Caterini.

Scholarship of teaching and learning

The scholarship of teaching and learning strives to advance research in the field of teaching and learning. Workshops, learning communities, conferences, research projects, and publications are examples of the scholarship of teaching and learning in practice.

The following is a curated list of opportunities for art and design faculty interested in engaging in SoTL.


AIGA Design Conference - "Connect" (Minneapolis, Oct 12-14, 2017): we’re all in search of meaningful connections to the work we do—and ultimately, to each other. Connection happens when we employ empathy in our work, when we include the stories and perspectives of others, and when we come together to move our professions and humanity forward.

Canadian Society on Educating Through Art (CSEA) - "Taking Action: Human Rights in Art Education"(Winnipeg, May 3-5, 2018): Taking ACTion, Human Rights in Art Education is about ways in which our art making practices, art theory, studios, schools and community practices can make a difference in peoples lives. Winnipeg is in a state of transformation. At this conference you will have the opportunity to witness these changes through visiting both new and established Winnipeg cultural institutions Deadline for submissionslinks to external site: Nov 15, 2017

College Art Association (CAA) 106th Annual Conference (Los Angeles, Feb 21-24, 2018): CAA is seeking papers and/or project proposals for a variety of pre-determined topics, including several on teaching art. Deadline for submissionslinks to external site: August 14, 2017 
Cumulus Conference - "Letters to the future" (Bengaluru, India, Nov 20-23, 2017): Anxiety, emergency and fear seem to be the driving forces of our time. Perhaps the changes around us are too rapid; the issues that envelope us are too vitiated to permit contemplation. To endow the passing moment with vividness and delight seems impossible. How do we as artists and designers address these issues? How do we absorb the present, foresee the future, force the navigation, order the sequence, replace the predictable and drive the imagination? Deadline for submissionslinks to external site: July 20, 2017

Design Educators Conference - "Learning From the World, For the World" (Ryerson University Toronto, Nov 6, 2017): Each year, in partnership with a different educational institution, RGD invites design educators to consider the future of creative education. Deadline for submissionslinks to external site: July 21, 2017

ELIA: NXT Conference Making a Living from the Arts (Amsterdam, Sept 14 – 15, 2017): The NXT Conference Making a Living from the Arts brings together academics from all over Europe, cultural professionals, cultural entrepreneurs and artists who will address the challenges that the contemporary arts sector is facing and explore the creative solutions that are being developed. The NXT Conference is a dynamic event, which aims to stimulate a critical debate on what is meant with cultural entrepreneurship in and outside academia.

Paradox Biennial Conference (London, Sept 13-15, 2017): The 2017 conference is a meeting that offers opportunity to exchange ideas, practices, provocations and research that relate to core themes around issues of diversity in the contemporary landscape of higher education fine art.

Universities Art Association of Canada (Banff, Oct 12-15, 2017): The Universities Art Association of Canada provides a national voice for its membership, composed of university and college faculty, independent scholars and other art professionals in the fields of art, art history and visual culture. 

For Administrators

National Association of Schools of Art and Design 73rd Annual Meeting (Atlanta, Oct 11-14): NASAD establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials for art and design and art/design-related disciplines, and provides assistance to institutions and individuals engaged in artistic, scholarly, educational, and other art/design-related endeavors.

If you are interested in developing a SoTL conference presentation, FCDC can provide you with guidance and/or partner with you on this endeavour.


Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CJSoTL): a peer reviewed, trans-disciplinary, open-access electronic journal created and supported by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE). CJSoTL accepts submissions in English or French, from any academic professional working to highlight teaching and learning in the Canadian context. You can contribute to CJSoTL as an author or reviewer.

The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (ISSOTL) strives to:

  • Recognize and encourage scholarly work on teaching and learning in each discipline, within other scholarly societies, and across educational levels
  • Promote cross-disciplinary conversation to create synergy and prompt new lines of inquiry
  • Facilitate the collaboration of scholars in different countries and the flow of new findings and applications across national boundaries
  • Encourage the integration of discovery, learning and public engagement
  • Advocate for support, review, recognition, and appropriate uses of the scholarship of teaching and learning”

If you are interested in SoTL and wish to learn more, please contact FCDC staff or peruse the OCAD U SoTL Library Guide, a curated list of Art and Design Education Journals maintained by FCDC and the Library.


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