St. Clair College strives for excellence in program delivery. Our commitment to excellence in teaching and learning promotes the development of our faculty and in turn student success. Based on our mission and vision, a primary focus for all College activities is providing an accessible, dynamic and supportive learning environment. A consistent process of faculty evaluation and professional development provides a strong link that connects the learning needs of faculty to the promotion of professional growth in teaching and learning.  


The College is accountable for public funds used to reimburse travel, meal and hospitality expenses. All expenses support business objectives.

Written approval is required before any arrangements are made to registering for external professional development opportunities. If you are seeking reimbursement – advance approval from your Department Chair is required.  Please discuss your professional development interests with your Chair prior to registering for any of these conferences.

Please refer to Policy No: 4.13

Below we have included a variety of professional development opportunities. Clicking directly on each icon will open a link to the official web page. Do you know of a teaching & learning conference that should be promoted? Click on the button below to share, so that we may post on this page.

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2019 Great Lakes Regional Student Success Conference


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The University of Windsor (ON) and Oakland University (MI) Teaching and Learning Conference is a cross-border collaboration that alternates between the two campuses annually. Funded in part by the Provosts of the two universities, this conference is an excellent opportunity for academics and graduate students to present and to become exposed to discipline-based teaching and learning research in a local environment.


Connect 2019 Conference Niagara


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Register now for only $300 CDN +hst (full price is $350) to reserve your spot at the largest EdTech conference in Canada.

This offer is only available to employees of an educational institute (school board, college, university or private schools). Please enter your WORK email address and click Continue below to begin your new registration. (If your employment cannot be verified through your email address then your registration may be cancelled)


Crucial Conversations in Teaching and Learning


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The thirteenth annual University of Windsor Teaching and Learning Conference will take place in Windsor, Ontario, on May 1 and 2, 2019.  Crucial Conversations in Teaching and Learning will provide a forum for instructors, students, administrators, and others to engage in high-stakes conversations exploring the forces driving change in the post-secondary sector, and the resulting tensions around purposes, pedagogy, curriculum, and evaluation.


Advancing Learning 2019


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Advancing Learning has been the province’s leading educational technology conference since the 1990s. We are proud of fostering an environment where educators (faculty, instructional designers, multimedia and graphic specialists) share their experiences with their colleagues.

Our goal is to advance education in Ontario by learning from practicing educators about topics related to innovative educational technology and learning methods.


Leadership in Higher Education Conference


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The Leadership in Higher Education Conference was created to bring much-needed professional development resources to academic leaders. In a collaborative gathering of higher education professionals, we examine trends, strategies, and best practices through a combination of plenary presentations, concurrent sessions, poster sessions, and roundtable discussions.


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Technology and Education Symposium + Showcase (TESS) 2019:
Level Up Online Learning for Ontario: Experimentation and Impact
November 18 and 19, 2019 | Globe and Mail Centre, Toronto


TESS is an annual event that provides Ontario colleges and universities with an opportunity explore the intersection of technology and education.
Online learning in Ontario is growing faster than any other province in Canada. 79% of Ontario colleges and 88% of Ontario universities forecast an increase in online course registrations in the next year (CDLRA, 2018). This growth in registrations is coupled with a growth in new strategies for creation, delivery, recognition and collaboration for online learning across the province, necessitating innovative learning tools and an “experimenter” mindset.
TESS 2019 is our opportunity to celebrate that success, extend our horizons and mobilize our collective knowledge to build future online learning environments that are even more inclusive, engaging and digitally fluent for our students.

eCampusOntario welcomes proposals from member institutions that showcase this standard of excellence, freely share that learning with the community, and engage participants to level up their game in this space. The showcase will take place on Day 1 of TESS. Are you ready to play?

Presentation tracks include:
• Creation: exploring program and online course design frameworks including Universal Design for Learning (UDL), inclusive learning, user experience (UX), gamification, etc.
• Delivery: extending teaching strategies and learner engagement, active and experiential learning, co-developed curriculum, open pedagogy, etc.
• Recognition: rethinking assessment strategies and credentialing systems such as PBL, alternative assessments, micro-certifications, digital badging, etc.
• Collaboration: establishing unique partnerships with employers, industry, community, etc.
• Experimentation: leveling up with new tools and technology such as H5P, learning analytics, augmented/virtual reality, mobile-first learning, etc.

Presentation formats:
• 60-minute workshop or engaging panel discussion
• 20-minute presentation
• 5-minute lightening talk
Submission guidelines:
• 300-word presentation proposal (not including references)
• Alignment with track and format clearly identified

Proposals are due September 27, 2019, 11pm EDT. Maximum one submission per person. At least one presenter in a team must attend to present in person.
Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria:
1. Evidence-supported work
2. High audience engagement
3. Innovation and/or collaboration
4. Relevance to theme, track, and non-specialist audience
5. Representation from across institutions, disciplines, and geographic locations

References: Canada Digital Learning Research Association (2018). 2018 public report. Retrieved at


The  Indigenous Health Conference will be held May 21-23, 2020 at the Sheraton Niagara Falls.

This interdisciplinary conference will bring together Indigenous peoples, health care providers, researchers and experts in the field who are working to address the huge health disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

The focus for this year’s conference is the future and how we can cultivate the youth as tomorrow’s leaders and agents of change. Topics will include youth leadership, suicide prevention, impact of colonization, murdered and missing Indigenous women, determinants of health, and Indigenous ways of knowing.  Through this conference we hope to create better educated, more culturally safe health care providers for Indigenous peoples and to nurture the future leaders in healthcare for Indigenous communities.  


Additional details can be found at