Center in Action

The Teaching and Learning Center works with faculty to enhance the teaching and learning experience and explore best practices, new techniques and innovative technologies.

Technology in the Classroom and Digital Projects

Russell Williams Seminars on听Technology in the Classroom

Handouts and Resources

Digital Projects

Click here for information about digital advocate听David Wrisley's visit to BT天堂.


  • ',' The Center for Research on Learning and Teaching,听University of Michigan, 2011听
  • ',' Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics, May 2015
  • ',' SAGE Journals, April 23 2014
  • ',' Digital Commons@University of Nebraska, Lincoln, October 15 2013听听
  • '' The Atlantic, April 27 2016
  • ',' Stanford Review, January 25 2012
  • ',' The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 10 2015
  • ',' The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 11 2016
  • ',' The New Yorker, June 6 2014听
  • ','听Jacobin Magazine, February 26 2017
  • ',' New York Times, March 6 2017
  • '' The Conversation, 31 March 2015听
  • Teaching with Blogs: 听
  • ','听New York Times, Nov. 22 2017
  • The Conversation, March 21 2015
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education Sept. 11 2016
  • 听The Chronicle of Higher Education Feb. 10 2015
Team Teaching

Elena Berg on Team Teaching.

Handouts and Resources

Online Resources

Some helpful links and resources about the benefits and challenges of Team Teaching

  • ',' Brigham Young University, Center for Teaching and Learning
  • ',' Stanford University News, March 15 2006
  • , Vanderbilt University,听Center for Teaching
The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Christy Shields shares some extraordinary moments with us from research she does with her students on (or should we say while!) cheese tasting.听essay听from BT天堂 Professor Christy Shields for听a nice example of how to integrate students into your research.


The area of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) - and the international presence (ISSOTL) - is blossoming. Poole and Simmons (2013) provide a description: 鈥淭he Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) involves post-secondary practitioners conducting inquiry into teaching and learning processes in higher education contexts.鈥*听Publishers are looking for articles and books written by faculty members who recount stories of teaching and mentoring students.听听about the upcoming ISSOTL conference in October 2018.

* Poole, G., & Simmons, N. (2013). The contributions of the scholarship of teaching and learning to quality enhancement in Canada. In G. Gordon, & R. Land (Eds.),听Quality Enhancement in Higher Education: International Perspectives. London: Routledg

Team Teaching in 2019鈥20

The most effective and ambitious team-teaching method is the fully integrated 鈥渃ollaborative鈥 model in which two or more faculty members design a course together and are present in front of the class simultaneously throughout the semester. Thanks to support from the Mellon Foundation, BT天堂 faculty are offering new collaboratively team taught courses during the 2019鈥20 academic year and again in Fall 2021.

Peter H盲gel and Julian Culp (EC/PL/PO 2091): The Commons and the Market Fall 2019

Over the past decades the reliance on markets has expanded to a host of new spheres, including climate change, education and social security. Likewise, the idea of the commons has reappeared in debates about biodiversity, human knowledge and urban transportation. The course examines economic and political justifications and implications of using either markets or the commons for solving social problems.

Albert Wu and Elena Berg (HI/SC 2091): Why Do We Get Sick? A Medical History Fall 2019

Why do we get sick? What causes the ailments we suffer from today, and what treatments have we developed to solve these problems? In this course we will embark on a journey through medical history, from early human origins to the present. We'll consider the conditions in which our early human ancestors evolved and how our past has helped shape the health challenges we face today. In this fully team-taught course, you will become immersed in the history of science and medicine by tackling issues related to evolutionary biology, public health and disease, western medical practice, and alternative medicine.

Hannah Westley and Tanya Elder (AN/CM): Interviewing: a communicative practise from an interdisciplinary perspective Spring 2020

Why is it important to talk with and listen to other people? This course will address the diverse, hybrid and dialogic听activity of interviewing from the perspectives of anthropology and journalism. Interviewing is a听specialized form of communicative interaction oriented towards any variety of goals, identities and contexts. Through听this interdisciplinary dialogue, students will confront both theoretical and methodological dilemmas, and develop techniques for best听practise听across a range of interviewing styles.听

Michelle Kuo and Miranda Spieler (HI/LW): Becoming Free Spring 2020

鈥滲ecoming Free鈥 will explore the lives of former slaves and former convicts from a law and history perspective. We consider the problem of liberation in the听Americas, Africa, the Indian Ocean, and Asia from the eighteenth century to the present.听With respect to former slaves, we will learn the mechanisms by which ex-slaves attained freedom, including flight, self-purchase, manumission, military service, insurrection, and general emancipation. With respect to convicts, we will examine how prisoners obtained (and continue to obtain) freedom, including the expiry of criminal sentence lengths, amnesty, pardon, prisoner exchange, ransom, and victory in wartime. This is a听collaboration between Professor Spieler, a historian of slavery in the European and Atlantic context, and Professor Kuo, a legal thinker on punishment and race in the contemporary American context.

Team Teaching in 2020鈥21

Click here for the 2020-21 call for proposals

Application听deadlines for courses to be taught in Fall 2021 (two rounds):April 22, 2020 (first round); September 23, 2020 (second round).