2019 Symposium: Learning Transformation

October 25, 2019 all-day
Coast Mountain College
5331 McConnell Ave
BC V8G 4X2

Join us for the 2019 Symposium: Learning Transformation on October 25, 2019, at Coast Mountain College in Terrace, B.C.

Event Description

With an emphasis on experiential place-based learning, the 2019 Symposium: Learning Transformation is focused on the transformation of our approaches and practice to teaching and learning. Participants and presenters from K-12 and post-secondary are invited to attend.

There will be both pre and post-conference events offered!

Childcare will be available for the 2019 Symposium and the pre-conference event. However, childcare will not be provided for the post-conference event as it falls on a Saturday.

Visiting a small northern community is an experience you won’t want to miss.


Registration is now open for the following:

Call for Proposals

Rubric: 2019 Symposium – Rubric for Proposal Evaluation

Target Audience: K-12 educators, post-secondary educators, all educators. All proposals will be assessed by the program committee, according to a scoring rubric.

Deadline for proposals: June 21, 2019

Apply now!

Pre and Post-Conference Events

Pre-conference information: We are offering a one-day introduction to Liberating Structures! Liberating Structures are a collection of 33+ powerful activities that can be used wherever you facilitate: classrooms, meetings, planning sessions, team days, workshops, presentations, etc.

Who is this one-day workshop for? Everyone! This event is open externally to those outside of the post-secondary system.

Learn more

Post-conference adventure series:

We are offering two different post-conference adventures through the scenic Nass Valley for you to immerse yourselves in an outside the classroom way of experiential place-based learning. These adventures will be led by Coast Mountain College instructors and Centre of Learning Transformation staff to help connect participants to a number of themes including indigenization, interdisciplinary learning, and integrating place and experience into designing and delivering effective and transformative teaching and learning.

Nisga'a Museum
Copyright Nisga’a Lisims Government

Please bring proper footwear for the activity of your choice!

Option 1 – A cultural adventure:

Travel up the Nass Valley with a stop and tour of the amazing Nisga’a Museum as well as a tour of Laxgalts’ap (Nisga’a community).  You will have a chance to experience the culture and beauty of this unique place.  The day will end at a natural hot spring where you can soak your feet or bring your bathing suit!

Option 2 – A hiking adventure:

Hike through the lava beds of the Nass valley learning about the geology, history and natural features of the valley including the most recent volcanic eruption in Canada!  This is a 3-hour hike led by Coast Mountain College instructors who have extensive experience with this hike and of the area.  This day will also end with a stop at a natural hot spring to relax and recover.

Keynote Speaker

Jay Robert

Risky Teaching: How our students’ success depends on our willingness to fail

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jay Roberts, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Professor of Education at Earlham College

As educators, we are often socialized into a system that fears failure and seeks to avoid uncertainty. Yet, the world we live in and the one our students will inherit is full of complex, unscripted problems where the answers are not immediately known and the consequences matter. How might we best prepare students for such a future? What teaching and learning methodologies should be in our toolbox? What new knowledge, skills, and aptitudes must we acquire? In this address, we will explore the transformative power and potential of risky teaching— in its various forms and methodologies. Using examples from across the K-16 educational sector, we will consider how we can take more risks as teachers and, as a consequence, experience learning transformation.


The Comfort Inn is the suggested accommodation.

Currently, there are no group rates available, however more details regarding accommodation are on the way!

Things to do in Terrace

There are so many wonderful local Indigenous artists to learn from, gorgeous northern B.C. scenery to explore, and unique historical sites to visit in Terrace.

Things to do in Terrace

People at the lava beds Water Indigenous art

Local Artist

Learn more about Jamie Nole – the highly talented local artist who created the wonderful 2019 Symposium logo.

The artwork for the 2019 Symposium: Learning Transformation was done by a student who attends the Freda Diesing School of Art at Coast Mountain College.Symposium 2019

Jamie chose this design because frogs are known as transforming animals for the first nation’s people of the coast. Jamie designed the frog reading a book because since having her son she has been told to read to him daily by daycare workers, teachers, and other children specialists. For the choice of colours, Jamie chose greens and orange for the main logo and grey for the header logo based on colour marketing psychology; green symbolizes growth and stability, orange is fun and friendly, and grey for professionalism.


We would like to thank Coast Mountain College for partnering with BCcampus to support the 2019 Symposium: Learning Transformation.