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FUSION Skills Development Symposium: Transforming teaching and learning experiences across Canadian universities

December 1, 2021 at 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM


Join Teaching and Learning Services and the Future Skills Innovation Network (FUSION) at the FUSION Skills Development Symposium to explore ways we can advance inclusive experiential learning approaches, skills development and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at Canadian universities.

This half-day virtual event, hosted on Zoom, will include a keynote presentation, panel discussions and a cross-collaborative community of practice session. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about the FUSION skills development curriculum, engage in discussions about skills development and inclusive experiential learning models, and explore ways in which universities can be leaders in educating the next generation of citizen scholars and professionals. Browse the full agenda below.

Instructors, students, scholars, policymakers and educational administrators interested in Canadian higher education are all welcome to attend.

Space is limited, so please register in advance by completing the form below.

Future Skills Centre logo
University of Calgary logo Carleton University Logo Concordia University logo
Memorial University logo University of Saskatchewan Simon Fraser University logo


Note: All panels will be recorded for use in future FUSION resources and communications. 

Time Event
9-9:40 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

  • Patrick Lyons, Director of Teaching and Learning, and Dr. David Hornsby, Associate Vice-President (Teaching and Learning), Carleton University

Keynote – Transforming University Experiences: From Skills Development to Scholarly Citizenship

  • Dr. James Arvanitakis, Executive Director, Australian American Fulbright and Professor, Western Sydney University
9:50-10:40 a.m. FUSION Network Panel – Fostering Collaborative Innovation and Inclusive Skills Development Across Canadian Universities

A panel discussion that includes FUSION stakeholders at different levels. The panelists will provide a cross-collaborative administrative perspective on goals, applications, challenges and the future of the FUSION program across the FUSION network.

Facilitator and Moderator:

  • Jaymie Koroluk, Assistant Director, Teaching Excellence and Innovation, Teaching and Learning Services, Carleton University


  • Pedro Barata, Executive Director, Future Skills Centre
  • Dr. Jared Robinson, National Director, FUSION Network
  • Dr. Nancy Turner, Director, Teaching and Learning Enhancement, University of Saskatchewan
10:40-11 a.m. Break
11-11:40 a.m. Carleton FUSION Panel – Skills Development at Carleton University: Advancing Students’ Engagement and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) 

A panel of Carleton instructors and students who have implemented the FUSION curriculum will showcase innovative ways to advance practices and SoTL in skills development and engage students with diverse backgrounds.


  • Dr. Lorraine Godden – Instructor, specialist in career development, and member of the FUSION research team, Carleton University
  • Michelle Dich – FUSION Scholarship and Innovation and former FUSION student


  • Dr. Kathleen Moss (Department of Sociology and Anthropology) and Jillian Fox (student) – Integrating the FUSION Curriculum Within Education Courses in Sociology
  • Dr. Lisa Menard (Department of Psychology) and Ryan Lyster (student) – Reflections on the Integration of the FUSION Curriculum into a First-Year Seminar Course
11:40 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. FUSION Cross-Collaborative and Inclusive Community of Practice

A cross-network community of practice where FUSION project leads, staff and students from member institutions will create space to share experiences with the implementation of FUSION and explore potentialities for the future. Discussion themes include:

  • Holistic and inclusive practices to advance innovative skills development in higher education
  • Independent learning to enhanced facilitation: FUSION and experiential learning in curricular and co-curricular offerings
  • Design labs: Experiential learning and skills development with students of equity seeking groups
  • Skills articulation and translation: The development of a model to support students in their transition from university to professional life
  • Using impact assessments as a tool to evaluate student’s learning in FUSION


  • Dr. Nina Doré, Educational Development Facilitator/Experiential Learning Specialist, Teaching and Learning Services, Carleton University
  • FUSION project leads/collaborators: Dr. Ranilce Guimaraes-Iosif, Dr. Andrea Gorra, Justyna Szluinska, and Souleyman Haggar (Carleton University), Dr. Keith Power (Memorial University), Megan Marcoux (Concordia University), Jessica O’Connell and Elita Laios (University of Calgary), Kimberly Matheson and Brock Egeto (University of Saskatchewan), Helena Fehr (Simon Fraser University)
12:20-12:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

  • Dr. David Hornsby, Associate Vice-President (Teaching and Learning), Carleton University


Sorry this session is full.

FUSION Contact at Carleton: Ranilce Guimaraes Iosif, Ph.D. (FUSION Project Officer) – or TLS/FUSION consultation request form: