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Wednesday, May 13 • 10:45am - 11:15am
Disrupting Teaching & Learning with Liberating Structures: The CapU Practice Group (W3)

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Disrupting Teaching & Learning with Liberating Structures: The CapU Practice Group (W3)

As Educational Developer at CapU, I was excited to spread the practice of Liberating Structures (LS), a collection of 33+ powerful structures for facilitating group processes developed by Keith McCandless and Henri Lipmanowicz. I felt that the potential to “disrupt” more traditional teaching was obvious, and while many faculty members were interested in including and engaging students actively in learning, several were also looking for specific tools and facilitation strategies to do so. LS were easily accessible to anyone and could be scaled up and down, adjusted and strung to fit the learning context and the lesson outcomes.

In the fall of 2018, with the support from BCcampus, we held our first CapU Faculty Liberating Structures Practice Group meet-up. Today, the group functions as a community of practice, where faculty join the monthly meet-up and take turns facilitating two or three LS’s, followed by a debrief and share on applications in the classroom. We have a small active membership core, and a larger group of occasional and peripheral participants. The open drop-in model works well for faculty, and for some, a couple of meet-ups are all they need to start or sustain their own practice.

When I hear stories or comments about LS from faculty members such as “the students LOVED it” or “I no longer use PowerPoint”, I know that the small disruptions are happening in the classrooms – and that we are planting the seeds for larger impact on student learning.

In this session, I will share my experience with implementing and coordinating the Liberating Structures Practice Group for Faculty at CapU. Using the LS What? So What? Now What? as a framework to reflect on what we’ve learned so far, why this matters, and on implications and next steps, I invite participants to reflect on implications and actions in relation to their own teaching and learning, and, as relevant, to their liberating structures practice. Expect to be actively involved and to come away inspired to take action, whether you have experience with liberating structures or not.


Bettina Boyle

Capilano University

Wednesday May 13, 2020 10:45am - 11:15am PDT
Salon F

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