Upcoming events

    • 24 May 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Online via Zoom (link to be sent out morning of event)

    Title: Relational and Equity-Minded Learning & Assessment


    Description: With a focus on how learning design and assessment can be guided by a foundational understanding of equity, inclusion, and relational ways of being, this session will foster connections among professionals who are either interested in, or actively developing integrated and equity-minded approaches to learning and assessment design. Considering ways that we can be intentional in our work, while centering equitable and relational practices, is especially important as we adapt existing and introduce new online, hybrid or in-person learning experiences for students. Further, we hope to explore how leveraging equity-minded learning design and assessment allows us to consider, interrogate and emphasize theory-informed practices that align with and and continue to respond to social and institutional commitments to justice and reconciliation.  



    Atifa F. Karim (she/her) supports U of T students as the Assistant Director, Career Education at the University of Toronto. Having worked across a variety of functional areas in student affairs, Atifa brings a systems-thinking and collaborative approach to curriculum design and assessment, including a nuanced understanding of the integration of student and academic affairs, and a keen focus on engaging students as partners in curriculum design and assessment. Atifa holds Honours Bachelor degrees in Environmental Studies, and Education from York University, and a Master of Education in Higher Education and Educational Policy from the University of Toronto. 

    Sara M. Wills (she/her) serves as the Program Specialist, Assessment & Evaluation for the Student Experience portfolio at Western University and is a part-time instructor with various Ontario colleges. Sara has worked as an educator in academic and student affairs program design and assessment for over 10 years. She holds a deep belief in the value of intentional co-curriculum design, strengths-based approaches, and assessment practice in creating impactful student learning experiences and building authentic relationships with students and colleagues. Sara earned her Master of Education from Memorial University of Newfoundland and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in History from Lakehead University. 

    Together, we have cultivated a truly special relationship, exploring in partnership what it means to be an educator on a post-secondary campus.  Through rich dialogue and collaborative theorizing, we have considered how language and structures can create oppressive barriers in our work; acknowledged how deeply we believe in intentional and effective learning experiences for students; and co-created a framework that centres relationships and equity through each step of the learning and assessment design process. It is a true joy to share our

    philosophy of learning and be a part of learning communities that are committed to engaging in more equitable, and relational approaches to designing and measuring the enormous impact of our transformative work in student affairs. 

Past events

19 May 2022 LSAC Pacific Region May Conference 2022
21 Apr 2022 LSAC April eKeynote: Linda Graham, "Bouncing Forward, Bouncing Back"
24 Mar 2022 LSAC March 2022 eKeynote with Dr. Michael Yellow Bird: "Neurodecolonization, mindfulness, and the Medicine Wheel: An Indigenous Model of Traditional Wellness"
17 Feb 2022 LSAC February eKeynote: Keeta Gladue & "Indigenous Academic Integrity: Paradigms into Practice"
13 Jan 2022 LSAC January 2022 eKeynote: Dr. Michael Ungar, "Helping Learners Build Back Better: Resilience During and After the Pandemic"
15 Dec 2021 December LSAC eKeynote: Caiti Casey from UWindsor on Sexual Violence, Trauma & Learning
18 Nov 2021 LSAC November eKeynote: Dr. Laura Rendon on Sensing/Thinking Pedagogy
28 Oct 2021 LSAC October 2021 eKeynote: Barbara Oakley's Back! "Going Deeper into How Neuroscience Is Changing What We Know about Learning"
27 Sep 2021 LSAC September eKeynote: Dr. Rick Ezekiel, Mental Health and Academic Performance in Postsecondary Education: Sociodemographic Risk Factors and Links to Childhood Adversity
21 Jul 2021 Learning Leaders Circle
22 Jun 2021 LSAC June eKeynote 2-Hour Summer Special: Cia Verschelden & "The Bandwidth Tax of Uncertainty: How Do We Help Students Recover, Today and Post-COVID?"
17 May 2021 LSAC 2021 National Conference - Connect, Include, Engage, Empower: Reinventing Learning Communities
20 Apr 2021 LSAC April eKeynote: Barbara Oakley, "Inclusive Teaching for Diverse Student Groups"
25 Mar 2021 March LSAC eKeynote: Tim Pychyl, "Seven Common Misperceptions About Procrastination: What they teach us about more successful goal pursuit"
26 Feb 2021 LSAC February eKeynote: Dr. Victoria Surtees, "The hidden rules of school: Unpacking the cultural norms beneath the strategies we teach"
21 Jan 2021 January 2021 LSAC eKeynote: Dr. Janelle Joseph, "Embodied Learning as Equity Intervention and Cognitive Training"
16 Dec 2020 December LSAC eKeynote: Saundra McGuire & "Reach Metacognitive Equity by Teaching Students How to Learn"
16 Nov 2020 November LSAC eKeynote: Leonard Geddes, "Saving Superheroes--Helping Students Discover Their Academic Superpower"
27 Oct 2020 October LSAC eKeynote: Barbara Arrowsmith-Young, "Neuroscience, Neuroplasticity & Learning Difficulties Through a Cognitive Lens"
24 Sep 2020 September LSAC eKeynote: Professor Susan Hillock on "Queering Your Teaching & Advising"
16 Jun 2020 Webinar: Land as Helper: Supporting Student Connection
05 May 2020 Webinar: Skills for Anti-Oppressive Student Advising
31 Mar 2020 Webinar: Your Brain on Learning (aka "Brain Wide Shut")
03 Mar 2020 Webinar: When Cognitive Science Meets Education Research, Evidence-Based Practices in Teaching Emerge
06 Dec 2019 LSAC Eastern Regional Conference 2019
30 May 2019 Post-Conference Session: Mental Health First Aid
27 May 2019 LSAC 2019 National Conference
26 May 2019 Pre-Conference: Gaining Accreditation for Your Tutor Training Program
10 Dec 2018 LSAC Pacific Conference- Breaking Barriers: Serving Diverse Student Populations
07 Dec 2018 LSAC Eastern Regional Conference-New Pathways to Supporting Students: Transforming Academic Learning Support for Changing Times
25 Jun 2018 Webinar: Inspiring Students to Achieve Success: A Shifting Paradigm to Support Student Learning
25 May 2018 LSAC Eastern Regional Roundtable-May 25 2018
25 May 2018 LSAC West 2018: The Winds of Change, Transitions of Students, Staff and Institutions
09 May 2018 LSAC Eastern Regional Round Table
30 Apr 2018 Pacific Region LSAC Conference 2018
28 Mar 2018 Webinar: We Like You! Measuring Success by Social Media
21 Mar 2018 Webinar: Leveraging the Science of Neuroplasticity for Student Success
11 Dec 2017 LSAC 2017 Pacific Region Conference
06 Dec 2017 Webinar: Developing a Diverse Peer Coaching Team
01 Nov 2017 2017 AALL Conference: 21st Century Language and Learning
29 May 2017 LSAC 2017 National Conference
12 May 2017 LSAC 2016 Pacific Regional Conference
10 Apr 2017 2017 ALDinHE Conference: The Learning Development Conference
01 Mar 2017 Webinar: Effective Thinking and Learning: Research Strategies for Improving Student Performance
22 Feb 2017 LSAC Eastern Regional Round Table
08 Feb 2017 Webinar: Promises and Pitfalls of Harnessing Metacognition to Improve Student Learning
01 Feb 2017 ICALLD Online Symposium: Collaboration in a changing environment
18 Jan 2017 Webinar: On noteworthy notes: not all note taking is created equal
30 Nov 2016 2016 ATLAANZ Conference: Build and rebuild: Responding to new Realities
19 Jun 2016 LSAC 2016 Western Regional Conference
17 Jun 2016 LSAC 2016 Atlantic Canada Professional Development Day
13 May 2016 LSAC 2016 Pacific Regional Conference
04 Apr 2016 6th Annual Summit on Education Technology Strategies
23 Mar 2016 Webinar: A Holistic Perspective of Student Success and Links to Practice, Your Role, and Learning Outcomes
27 Jan 2016 ICALLD Inaugural Online Symposium
11 Dec 2015 LSAC Eastern Regional Conference (Toronto)
11 Dec 2015 LSAC Pacific Regional Conference
22 Jun 2015 LSAC Pacific Conference
11 May 2015 LSAC 2015 National Conference
07 Apr 2015 Conference Preview Webinar with Keynote Speaker Leonard Geddes
05 Dec 2014 LSAC Pacific Regional Conference
17 Jun 2014 33rd STLHE Conference
08 Jun 2014 CACUSS 2014
23 May 2014 8th International Conference on Supplemental Instruction
09 May 2014 2014 LSAC Pacific Region Conference
14 Apr 2014 ALDinHE Conference 2014
15 Feb 2014 33rd Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience
06 Dec 2013 LSAC Pacific Regional Conference
06 Dec 2013 LSAC Eastern Regional Conference
06 Nov 2013 46th Annual CRLA Conference
22 May 2013 2013 LSAC National Conference
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