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Exploring Indigenous Perspectives in Teaching Practice and Learning Design ("II-Design Lab") is a series of professional development workshops hosted by Indigenous Initiatives at the Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology (CTLT) at the University of British Columbia. The goal of the workshops is to create space for instructors and members of the UBC teaching and learning community who come to Indigenous topics with different levels of knowledge and expertise to: share practices, redesign elements of their teaching and learning projects and resources, model and explore educational materials, and apply classroom climate principles to everyday learning design situations.

The series was envisioned to complement the Classroom Climate series at CTLT, which supports participants to gain skills in working with Indigenous content and socially contentious topics in the classroom. The II-Design Lab extends these themes and brings focus to matters of teaching and learning design, and is intended for participants with some familiarity with Classroom Climate and/or course design.

The workshop was developed in response to questions from colleagues and Classroom Climate participants who wanted to learn how to "indigenize" course design and seeking practical guidance on how to respond to Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action in course content. Through an iterative process, the workshop facilitation team has developed a series of exploratory workshops focused on introducing some existing learning resources, surfacing key questions around place and positionality, and opening space for mutual feedback and support.

The first of these workshops was offered in December 2016 and titled "Integrating Indigenous Content Into Your Course Design," with participants ranging from different disciplinary backgrounds such as Sociology, Science, Forestry, and Education. Since then we have welcomed educators from other fields such as Business, Language and Literacy Studies, and Psychology, encompassig other BC post-secondary institutions and higher education organizations including Simon Fraser University, the Justice Institute of BC, Quest University, and BC Campus.

Past Facilitators

December 2016

May 2017

Fall 2017

Facilitator Bios

Sue Hampton

Educational Consultant, Facilitation and Process Design 604–822–9397

Sue provides design and facilitation services to the UBC teaching and learning community. Sue is involved in program planning and facilitation across various TLPD programs and she leads the Course Design Intensive. She is engaged in supporting TLPD’s integration of diversity and anti-oppressive pedagogy across our programming and has a particular interest in supporting educators who are navigating relationships as allies in social and racial justice initiatives. Sue is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education, and describes her research as a critical exploration of alternative career pathways for PhD students and how they come to “be” in their careers.

Janey Lew

Educational Consultant, Indigenous Initiatives 604 827 4398

Janey joined CTLT’s Indigenous Initiatives team in August 2015. She is grateful to have learned, worked, and taught at UBC on the unceded, ancestral territories of the Musqueam people, since 1996. As Educational Developer: Indigenous Initiatives, Janey develops and implements resources and provides consultation and support for teaching and learning, specializing in intersectional differences, social justice, and critical Indigenous studies. Janey brings over 15 years experience as a facilitator in a variety of community and educational settings, and is completing her PhD in Comparative Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining CTLT, Janey taught courses in the English departments at Capilano University and Douglas College, and the First Nations Studies Programs at SFU and UBC.

Amy Perreault

Strategist, Indigenous Initiatives 604 827 4398

Amy is the Strategist, Indigenous Initiatives at the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) at the University of British Columbia on the traditional and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. She works with staff, faculty groups, training programs for teaching assistants, new faculty, and administrators, to support the development of a higher standard of professionalism in conducting discussions of Indigenous and other contentious social issues in curricular settings. Amy is a co-developer and researcher for the educational resource What I Learned in Class Today: Aboriginal Issues in the Classroom and manages the development of Indigenous Foundations. Work on these projects, as well as her own experience as an Indigenous student at UBC, clearly identify the complexities and challenges of classroom conversations involving contentious cross-cultural discussions, and in specific discourse around Indigenous curriculum.


For more information about this workshop, contact Janey Lew, Educational Consultant, Indigenous Initiatives.