Presentations Series

Online Pedagogy Series

Upcoming presentations facilitated by the Office of Teaching and Learning.

Pedagogy Series

Scholars from the Werklund School of Education and our school community share their Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) research and development through professional development opportunities facilitated by The Office of Teaching and Learning. Faculty, sessional instructors, undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, visiting scholars, and community members are all welcome to join us for the sessions. These series will be offered during the 2023-24 academic year organized as a sequence of sessions to help develop a community of practice. We also facilitate pop-up presentations that are one-time sessions based on requests throughout the year.

Our sessions will generally not be recorded, but presenters will be invited to contribute content to our vignette collection.

If you would like to propose a pop-up presentation or you would like to be suggest or lead a series of presentations, please contact us at

This series is facilitated by Dr. Nadia Delanoy of the Werklund School of Education and Jodie Walz from the Calgary Catholic School District. Throughout this series, digital tools will be introduced, demonstrated and innovative practices for their use in the classroom outlined.  The next presentation of this series will be scheduled for Fall 2024.

For details on how to earn the badge for your participation in the Assessment in a Digital Age series, click here.

The Office of Teaching and Learning has regularly supported presentations by scholars within Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary and beyond the university community as well.  We have a number of sessions planned for the year featuring Indigenous scholars from Werklund and from the broader community and we will feature them here as details are finalized.

Men who teach are always valued AND vulnerable. Dr. Garry Jones, Werklund sessional instructor, leads a 5-part series about, and for, men in teaching. Drawing on extensive research, invited guests and personal experience, he will lead participants through conversations about the complex lives of male teachers, with a focus on elementary and early childhood teachers. To register for all or any one of these sessions please visit here.

September 17, 2024, 7:00 - 8:00 MDT - Male Teachers: Endangered Species?
In the first session, Dr. Jones will provide an overview of his research about men who choose to teach.

October 15, 2024, 7:00 - 8:00 MDT - Choosing to Teach: Accidental or Intentional?
While little girls play school and imagine themselves teaching, little boys rarely play school. We seldom experience a male teacher until grade six, or secondary school. In the second session of this series, we address the questions: Why do some men choose to teach? Why don’t men choose to teach?

Guest Bryan G. Nelson has worked with young children, men, fathers and families since the 1980s. He is founding director of and serves as faculty at Metropolitan State University in Minnesota. He is also a co-facilitator of the World Forum’s Men in Early Childhood Education program.

November 19, 2024, 7:00 - 8:00 MST - Men in Early Childhood? Impossible!
In the third session of this series we discuss the challenges to engaging men in early childhood education with Ron Blatz, the Executive Director of Discovery Children’s Centre, a Not-for-Profit Child Centre in Winnipeg, Canada. Discovery Centre has over 300 children enrolled between the ages of 9 months – 12 years and is widely known for its interest in employing a gender-balanced staff.

January 21, 2025 - 7:00 - 8:00 MST - What Does "Male Role Model" Mean? What Kind of Maleness Do We Want Teachers to Model?
“Kids need a male role model,” is often the first thing people say to male teachers, but there are many different ideas about maleness, gender fluidity, male roles, “being a man.” What are the ideal roles we are expected to model?

February 11, 2025 - 7:00 - 8:00 MST - What Do WE Know About Boys?
In our final session in the series, Dr. Eric Perrault draws upon his background teaching and mentoring in a number of educational environments to discuss some of what he has learned about teaching boys.

Among the Open Education presentations that the Office of Teaching and Learning has been involved in is our Open Education Series each fall, which builds a foundational understanding of Open Education Resources (OER) and Open Education Practice (OEP). This series of seminars runs each fall and have been facilitated by Dr. Verena Roberts, an adjunct assistant professor with the Werklund School of Education. You can visit Dr. Roberts' blog for more of her insights on Open Educational Practices. The next presentation of this series will be in Fall 2024.

For details on how to earn the badge for your participation in the Open Education Series, even if you are a past participant, click here.

Other information on Open Education resources and initiatives, including our national collaboration to facilitate Open Education Talks each March, is available here.

This collection provides a sample of teaching and learning approaches from Werklund School of Education SoTL research and presentations. For more information about contributing to the Vignette Collection, contact The Office of Teaching and Learning in the Werklund School of Education