Applying Education in a Complex World

Founded in 1967, Sheridan has grown from a local college of 400 students to one of Ontario’s leading postsecondary institutions, educating approximately 22,500 full-time and 18,500 continuing and part-time studies students every year on three campuses in three Ontario cities — Oakville, Brampton and Mississauga.

An award-winning institution, Sheridan attracts students from across Canada and around the world. Sheridan’s 210,000+ alumni play a critical role in shaping the future of our society in the fields of arts, business, community service, health, technology, and the skilled trades.

Through this conference we seek to examine interdisciplinary approaches and a wide array of perspectives related to the theme of applying teaching in a complex world. We are interested in papers and project presentations exploring a full range of questions including, but not limited to:

Creativity and Exploration

Explorative Learning | Design studio | Peer-to-peer learning in art and design | Art practice & theory 

How are approaches to teaching and learning responding to shifts in professional and creative practice?

How is exploration within studio-based learning fostering adaptation to complexity?

What models of peer-to-peer learning support collaboration within education and practice?

Education and Communities

Lifelong learning | Knowledge exchange and innovation | Community partnerships | Learning in the ‘real world’ 

What emerging and current frameworks support knowledge exchange, interdisciplinary research, innovation and/or community partnerships?

What methodologies and approaches help to facilitate and support effective academic and community partnerships?

How do partnerships between academia, communities, and organizations foster “real world” and lifelong learning?

Other questions….

Emerging Trends

Emergent theories | Problem based projects | New pedagogical methods | Collaborative learning 

What emergent trends, pedagogical approaches, projects and methodologies help students develop skills and capacities needed to navigate the complexity of their worlds?

How can interdisciplinary educational approaches foster effective, collaborative and participatory learning?

How does applied research and problem-based learning prepare students for creative and/or professional practice?

Teaching and Technology

Remote teaching | The digital classroom | Distance education | Virtual learning environments 

What are emerging technologies and best practices for virtual learning and distance education?

How can virtual curriculum delivery support applied education and preparation for a complex and dynamic world?

How can virtual and distance education foster access and inclusion for potential and current learners?

Academia and the Workplace

Experiential learning | Competitive advantage in practice and pedagogy | Practitioners vs teachers 

How does experiential learning develop leadership capacities, and creative competencies?

How can experiential learning be effectively integrated into curriculum?

How do practitioners impact education through teaching and collaborative partnerships?



Angela Iarocci, BID, M.Arch. Professor & Coordinator, Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design


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