Symposium: Improving Learning Environments

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Schedule of Events:

If you are planning to attend any of these sessions - RSVP below by clicking on the sessions to register (registration is requested for planning purposes)

Wednesday, March 13, 2019


12:00 - 1:00 pm - Plenary 1: Improving Learning Environments: How should we think about them? Where do we begin?

    Learning environment refers to the social interactions, organizational culture and structures, and physical and virtual spaces that surround and shape the learners’ experiences, perceptions and learning. 

    Participants will be able to:

    • Identify the key components of the learning environment
    • Describe evidence-based strategies used to improve the learning environment
    • Articulate future directions for scholarship and practice to improve learning environments in the health professions

    Register to attend Plenary 1

    Location: ABDF 1002

1:00 - 2:00 pm - Plenary 2: Exemplary Learning Environments: A Vision

    Learning environments in the health professions can be viewed as complex adaptive systems. Using the principles of complex adaptive systems we can identify characteristics of exemplary learning environments.

    Participants will be able to:

    • List characteristics of complex adaptive systems
    • Describe learning environments through the lens of complex adaptive systems
    • Articulate a vision for an optimal learning environment

    Register for Plenary 2

    Location: ABDF 1002

2:00 - 2:30 pm - Break

2:30-4:30 pm - Workshop 1: Optimizing Learning Environments: Creating Vision and Actionable Plans (individual and institutional)

    • Articulate a vision for an optimal learning environment in your setting
    • Select a strategy to enhance the learning for everyone in your setting
    • Develop a plan to implement the strategy with timeline, resources and stakeholders

    Register for Workshop 1

    Location: ABDF 1002

4:30 - 8:00 pm - Reception and Social



Thursday, March 14, 2019

9:00 - 10:00 am - Plenary 3: Exemplary learning environments: Integration of diverse perspectives to achieve success.

    The organizational psychology literature proposes that the term diversity represents three distinct constructs:

        Variety: differences in information, knowledge or experience among members of an organization or group
        Separation: differences in position or opinion among members
        Disparity: differences in concentration of valued social assets or resources.

    Register for Plenary 3

    Location: ABDF 1002

10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Workshop 2: Did you really mean to say that? Debriefing after a professionalism lapse: Tips for teachers

  • Discuss the range of behaviors that constitute a lapse in professionalism
  • Identify the potential causes of a professionalism lapse
  • Demonstrate a six-step process to address professionalism lapses after the behavior occurred

  • Register for Workshop 2

    Location: ABDF 1002

12:00 - 1:00 pm - Lunch

1:00 - 3:00 pm - Workshop 3: Is it hot in Here? Creating a Positive Learning Climate in My Teaching.

    Participants will:

    • Define learning climate
    • Describe how teachers create a positive or negative learning climate
    • Practice key strategies for creating a positive learning climate

    Register for Workshop 3

    Location: ABDF 1002

3:00 - 3:30 pm - Break

3:30 - 4:30 pm -Reflections and concluding remarks


Abbreviated Schedule of Events:

All session will be located in ABDF 1002

12:00 - 1:00 pm - Plenary 1: Improving Learning Environments: How should we think about them? Where do we begin?

1:00 - 2:00 pm - Plenary 2: Exemplary Learning Environments: A Vision

2:00 - 2:30 pm - Break

2:30-4:30 pm - Workshop 1: Optimizing Learning Environments: Creating Vision and Actionable Plans (individual and institutional)

4:30 - TBA pm - Reception and Social

    Location: TBA


Thursday, March 14, 2019

9:00 - 10:00 am - Plenary 3: Exemplary learning environments: Integration of diverse perspectives to achieve success.

10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Workshop 2: Did you really mean to say that? Debriefing after a professionalism lapse: Tips for teachers

12:00 - 1:00 pm - Lunch

1:00 - 3:00 pm - Workshop 3: Is it Hot in Here? Creating a Positive Learning Climate in My Teaching.

3:00 - 3:30 pm - Break

3:30 - 4:30 pm -Reflections and concluding remarks


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