The Carving New Pathways conference held at Loyalist on May 31st and June 1st was developed to provide a forum to share information on creating learning-centred environments — environments that harmonize the needs and aspirations of learners, the learning processes, and learning environments. There were 160 registrants from across the province, including educators from several Ontario colleges, the University of Toronto, Michener Institute, Brock University, and other organizations. The objective was to share learning that will contribute to carving new pathways about teaching, learning, and meeting the needs of our learners and community. Participants were encouraged to challenge ideas and deepen their understanding of key learning-centred principles and practices.
Dr. Maryellen Weimer, associate professor of teaching and learning at Berks-Lehigh Valley College of the Pennsylvania State University and editor-in-chief of the Teaching Professor newspaper, spoke on Teaching that Promotes Learning, followed by a book signing in the College Bookstore. She has authored and co-authored numerous books including Teaching on Solid Ground and Learner Centered Teaching.
John Tagg, professor of English at Palomar College and co-author of Teaching to Learning: A New Paradigm for Higher Education and author of The Learning Paradigm College, gave a keynote address entitled Creating the Learning-Centred College.