Dear Member,

The SALTISE 7th Annual Conference is only 3 months away! The Conference Planning Committee has been working busily to bring you another enriching experience.  This group is made up of over 20  faculty and staff volunteers from 8 of our local institutions, a true reflection of our SALTISE community. We thank them all for their time, dedication and commitment to making sure that the 2018 Conference will be a success. Reminding you of the upcoming deadline for submitting your proposals to the Conference – Tuesday, March 20th.

We are delighted to reveal the names of this year’s keynote speakers – Dr. Richard Felder, from North Carolina State University (Emeritus); his wife Dr. Rebecca Brent, President of Education Designs, Inc.; and Dr. Paul Denny, from University of Auckland.  We owe a great debt to McGill’s  Faculty of Engineering (eLATE) and Faculty of Science for providing the funding; and to our colleague Dr. Maria Orjuela-Laverde, co-coordinator of the eLATE project, for her efforts in securing  these impressive speakers.

Announcing a call for nominations for SALTISE Teaching Awards. Do you know someone who should be recognized for the innovative teaching? Deadline for nominations, Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018.

Last but not least, stay tuned for the Conference registration announcement, coming later this month. Once again, SALTISE aims to maintain a FREE registration policy (within a given time frame) for its members. It continues to be one of our clear value statements that all our members have access to this annual event.

Enjoy the newsletter!





Call for Proposals – Deadline fast approaching!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 (6pm, EST)

Don’t miss the opportunity to share your work and experiences that add to our collective understanding of innovative pedagogies and technologies.  Together we are breaking new ground and showing how change is possible.

Remember that proposals can be in either language, French or English.

SALTISE Teaching Award
Call for Nominations – Deadline: Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018
Click here to nominate a colleague!


Dr. Richard M. Felder, North Carolina State University, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Hoechst Celanese Professor Emeritus,  and his wife Dr. Rebecca Brent, President of Education Designs, Inc., are two of the keynote speakers at this year’s SALTISE Conference!
Drs. Brent and Felder are coauthors of Teaching and Learning STEM: A Practical Guide (Jossey-Bass, 2016). Separately and together, they have presented over 450 workshops on effective teaching, course design, mentoring and supporting new faculty members, and faculty development, on campuses around the world. They co-directed the American Society for Engineering Education National Effective Teaching Institute from 1991 to 2015. READ MORE

Dr. Paul Denny, our second keynote speaker, is an associate professor in Computer Science at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.  His research interests include developing and evaluating technologies for supporting collaborative learning, particularly involving student-generated resources, and exploring ways to motivate students to engage within online learning environments.

He has been recognized for contributions to teaching both nationally and internationally, receiving numerous awards including the Computing Research and Education Association of Australasia Teaching Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching (2010). One of his developments, PeerWise, is an award-winning, freely available web-based tool that instructors can use to support collaborative student learning across a wide range of disciplines. READ MORE

Faculty Learning Communities

@ Dawson College
Check out the Writing in the Disciplines (WID) projects:  Critical Thinking and Writing for New and Interactive Media, Professors Cheryl Simon and Myriam Rafla from Cinema and Communications are developing a resource hub to create multimodal projects. 2017 Physics WID project,  Professors Nadim Boukhira and Jean-François Brière have revamped Physics labs, conceiving them as authentic experiences in experiment design, execution and reporting.


During the next four months, Dawson will be a partner of Vitrine technologie-éducation (VTÉ) for a feasibility study in the context of the 2017-18 Entente Canada Québec grant awarded by the MEES to the VTÉ for the Open textbook project.




Active Learning: Theoretical Perspectives, Empirical Studies and Design Profiles
Edited by our colleague Jim Slotta, from Boston College, check out the newest article in the Frontier’s Active Learning Topic

Sharon Coyle does it again! In her latest blog entry, Sharon throws out a playful challenge and proposes a topic for the Post-Conference Workshops – an Active Learning Olympics.

In addition to blogging for the SALTISE website, Louis Normand, College Rosemont, has been busy adding new material to his Classes d’apprentissage actif Facebook page.




Friday, April 20, 2018
11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M., SGW FB 6th Floor – (District 3 Classroom)


In this presentation, Dr. Chen will share his experience with implementing various active learning strategies in different types of courses. Additionally, he will discuss the various class activities and exercises  designed to promote active learning and foster student engagement. In some cases, a flipped classroom approach was adopted. Dr. Chen will also share some of his experience with overcoming resistance barriers (e.g., students’ initial reluctance to participate in collaborative activities) as well as review comments from the students on their learning experience. READ MORE.

Register for this workshop

Dr. LAWRENCE CHEN, McGill University

Since 2013, and after more than 12 years of conventional ‘stand-and-deliver’ lecturing, Professor Chen has been committed to changing his approach to teaching. He is continually investigating and implementing new approaches and activities aimed at increasing student engagement and improving overall student learning experience in technical as well as non-technical engineering courses. He is also examining methods to assess quantitatively the impact of these changes on student learning.Finally, he is working on establishing a community of practice in the Faculty of Engineering (associated with the eLATE initiative) for all those interested in exploring and using new pedagogies in their teaching.