Spring Perspectives on Teaching Conference



Spring Perspectives on Teaching 2021:
Wednesday May 12th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm EDT

*Conference will be hosted online in an OWL site (including all Zoom Links).

Brief Overview:
This free virtual conference will focus on looking back, moving forward, and lessons learned from a year of change and disruption in higher education. Our keynote will challenge antiblack pedagogies and interactive sessions during the day will highlight perspectives from students and instructors at Western to identify promising practices for the future of face-to-face, blended, and online teaching and learning.

Welcoming Remarks - 11:00 am to 11:15 am

Sarah Prichard (Acting Provost & Vice-President (Academic))
Aisha Haque (Acting Director, Centre for Teaching and Learning)

Keynote - 11:15 am to 12:15 pm

Mike Atkinson

More Than a Diverse Reading List: Challenging an Antiblack Pedagogy

Dr. Philip Howard, Department of Integrated Studies in Education, McGill University

When we think about challenging antiblack pedagogies, it is easy to limit our thinking to a quest for toolkits of ready-to-implement strategies. Such an approach does not take seriously the ways in which antiblackness is endemic to our institutions, the default logics that frame our work, and how these foreclose on the pedagogies we seek. This session will explore some of the ways in which antiblackness structures the university context, and foster a conversation about the commitments it might take to create the conditions of possibility for Black life and Black thought to flourish with/in/out our classrooms and institutions.

Dr. Philip Howard's Biography

Dr. Philip Howard is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec. He works in the areas of Black Canadian Studies and anticolonial studies in education, and his interests are in the ways in which relations of race and antiblackness mediate the ways we come to know ourselves, create community, and exercise agency in the Canadian settler-colonial context. He has published in such journals as Ethnicities, Social Identities, and Race Ethnicity and Education and is co-editor of the collections African Canadian Leadership: Continuity, Transition, and Transformation and Crash Politics and Antiracism: Interrogations of Liberal Race Discourse.

Lunch Break - 12:15 pm to 1:00 pm

Students’ Perspectives on Teaching & Learning during the Pandemic - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Moderator: Victoria Barroso (University Students’ Council Vice-President, University Affairs)
Student Panelists:
Emily Good (Health & Rehabilitation Science)
Maral Mohagheghi (HBA & Mechatronics Systems Engineering)
Bella Pick (HBA & English & Cultural Studies)
Amal Qayum (International Relations)

In this session, a panel of undergraduate students will share examples of effective and engaging online teaching and learning practices they experienced during the pandemic as well as challenges they faced. They will also discuss how the Western community can build on these successes and address the challenges of both in-person and online delivery models as we move forward into a new academic year.

Leveraging Your Online Course Materials for Future Teaching in Any Modality - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Moderator: Stephanie Horsley (Acting Associate Director, eLearning, Centre for Teaching and Learning)
Angela Beye, Tom Stavraky, & Anita Woods (Physiology & Pharmacology)
Geoff Wild (Applied Mathematics)
Katrina Moser (Geography)

Throughout this past year, instructors have devoted considerable time and effort into preparing quality online materials and learning experiences. Join us for this session where Western instructors will share how they plan to leverage their hard work for future iterations of their courses – be it online, blended, or face to face — and join in a discussion of how you might carry some of your own work forward into any future course planning.

Conference Information

Registration Instructions

  1. Login to Western Connect using your Western username and password.
  2. Go to the Centre for Teaching and Learning section and select Event Calendar.
  3. Search for and select the event you wish to register in. Details and a description of the program will appear.
  4. Select the Register for this Event button and follow instructions to select your sessions of interest. Don't forget to select the "Checkout Order" to complete your registration.
  5. You will receive an automated confirmation email to your Western email account. Please note: All zoom links will be found in the OWL you will be added to prior to the conference.

If you have any questions or problems registering for an event, please contact ctl@uwo.ca.


This event is open to all; however, it is designed with instructors in mind.


  • Fall Perspectives - annually in August/September
  • Spring Perspectives - annually in May

What to Expect

Offered twice a year, Perspectives on Teaching is a virtual conference designed to showcase teaching innovations at Western, and introduce instructors to best practices in student-centered instruction which can enhance the student experience. Approximately 300 faculty, graduate student instructors and staff participate in each Perspectives on Teaching conference. 

Previous Conference Programs

Visit our Youtube Channel for video clips from past conferences.