In October 2014, TLC hosted the LearningXChange—a forum designed to generate a vibrant dialogue and actionable ideas to enhance the student experience and help re-imagine innovative pathways to higher education.

The LearningXChange opened with a welcome from Arshad Ahmad, President of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (2011 to 2014), followed by three concise talks based on the following themes:

  1. Knowing our Students to Ensure their Success
  2. Lifelong Learning in an Accelerating Knowledge-based Economy
  3. Harnessing Technology to Personalize the Student Experience
  4. Changing Institutional Structures and Cultures for 21st Century Teaching and Learning
  5. Converting Good Educational Theory into Widespread Teaching Practices


Participants were invited to deliver a short commentary on any of the fives themes listed above, or on a related topic of their choice. Below you will find a collection of remarkable voices speaking on the future of Canadian high education.

Front Row—Janette Barrington (Concordia University), Anne Williams (Nelson Publishing), Brianna Smrke (3M National Student Fellow), Jennifer Lewington (Globe & Mail), Joy Mighty (Carleton University), Peter Gooch (Council of Ontario Universities), Steven Davis (Academics Without Borders), Heather Carroll (3M National Student Fellow), Pat Rogers (Wilfrid Laurier University)

Back Row—Peter Wolf (University of Guelph), Rebecca Jamieson (Six Nations Polytechnic), Geoff Scott (University of Western Sydney), Tom Angelo (Queen’s University), Maureen Mancuso (University of Guelph), John Baker (Desire2Learn), Arshad Ahmad (McMaster University), Robert Lapp (Mount Allison University), George Fallis (York University), David Wilkinson (McMaster University), Randy Bass (Georgetown University), Patrick Deane (McMaster University)

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston
Governor General of Canada

Professor Mick Healey
Emeritus Professor, University of Gloucestershire

Emeritus Professor Dr. Geoff Scott
Office of Sustainability, Western Sydney University

Glen R. Loppnow, PhD
Associate Dean (Learning & Innovation), University of Alberta

Dr. Joy Mighty
Assoc Vice-President, Teaching and Learning, Carleton University