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Friday, October 25 • 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Adventurous Path to Learning: Paddles and Pedagogy

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“A ship is safe in the harbour, but that is not what ships are for.” William G.T. Shedd, quoted in Roberts 2016.

Come hear about the professional development experiences of faculty from Coast Mountain College as they were led on an experiential learning transformation journey. They left safe harbours behind, with those what they knew about traditional teaching, and travelled on an adventurous path to learning in a course called ‘Paddles and Pedagogy’. Led by the inspirational Dean of Learning Transformation, Dr. Carrie Nolan, 10 instructors embarked on a six-day sea kayak trip through the Mexican Baja. Days focused around how to design, facilitate, integrate, and assess lessons in experiential place-based learning. Evenings were filled with new friendships, sharing of stories and best practices, and reflecting on the lessons in an unplugged environment.

Faculty members will discuss narratives around their journey, sharing how they approached learning before the adventure. They will acknowledge their trepidation with this proposed learning style heading into strange lands. The faculty will lead lessons they learned throughout the course and share the learning that happened outside of the course. A year and a half after returning, they will tell the stories of rolling out these exciting and experiential lessons in class and the reaction from the students and graduates. They will also speak about the community of educators that has been created and how the learning hasn’t ended after that life-changing week.

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Kimberly McIntyre

Faculty/Coordinator, Coast Mountain College


Evan van Dyk

Instructor, Coast Mountain College

Friday October 25, 2019 1:45pm - 2:30pm PDT
Waap Amgam, House of Cedar: Rm 1145