Forum to debate the future of university teaching

On May 1 and 2, the University of Windsor will host the seventh annual Windsor-Oakland Conference on Teaching and Learning.

A special feature this year is the day-long Provosts’ Forum on University Teaching, where 16 panelists from seven universities will offer positive and negative visions of the future of university teaching. The panelists – who range from graduate students to provosts – will focus on teaching and learning now and soon: what they envision, dread, and what they’re doing about it.

“People are really excited about the way this is developing,” says UWindsor provost Leo Groarke, who will co-host the forum with Susan Awbrey, provost of Oakland University.

“The discussion promises to be fast-paced, provocative, and lively: each panelist will have only five minutes to communicate his or her vision. Audience members will choose who moves to the next round.”

Both the forum and the second day of the conference (which features workshops, concurrent sessions, and a competitive poster session) will explore:

  • the future of how: modes, media, and meaning in an era of ubiquitous information;
  • the future of who: learners, communities; networks; markets, education systems, and the role of government;
  • the future of what: curricula, programs, pressures, purposes;
  • the future of where: creating space for learning – on campus and elsewhere;
  • the future of when: change, pace, and schedule; and
  • the future of why: factors determining new directions, and the interests that our institutions serve.

The forum concludes with a reception hosted by president Alan Wildeman. To register for this event, visit