The technology-enhanced, experiential, and active learning (TEAL) committee is a joint subcommittee of the Lassonde Faculty Council Learning, Curriculum and Students (LCS) Committee and the Lassonde Faculty Council Planning, Academic Resources & Research (PARR) Committee. The TEAL committee is responsible for initiating, developing and promoting technology-enhanced learning, eLearning, experiential education, and active learning in the Lassonde School of Engineering.
Meeting Dates 2021-22
The TEAL Committee meets on typically on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 9:30am – 11:00am. The 2021/22 dates will be released soon.
Full Terms of Reference
2.2. TEAL encourages and supports faculty-led initiatives about eLearning, experiential education and active learning. This includes facilitating the process for internal teaching & learning grants (such as the Lassonde Educational Equipment Fund (LEEF)) and providing feedback on applications to programs external to Lassonde (such as the Academic Innovation Fund (AIF)).
2.3. TEAL catalyzes the successful deployment of prioritized initiatives by: building stakeholder engagement, supporting pilot implementation, and embedding performance measures that will contribute to making recommendations about broader deployment. During pilot implementation, TEAL will play a critical role in ensuring required implementation and training resources are available to maximize the likelihood of success.
2.4. TEAL encourages the adoption of innovative approaches (and best-practices in higher education) in line with Lassonde academic priorities, by encouraging engaged faculty to share their experiences (novel practices and/or the results of pilot projects) to encourage wide scale adoption and maximize their impact on teaching and learning at Lassonde.
• Definition of eLearning
“The development of knowledge and skills through the use of information and communication technologies to support interactions for learning with content, learning activities and with other people” (York University, Common Language for eLearning, 2014) https://avptl.info.yorku.ca/files/2017/03/2014-03-26-CommonLanguage-for-eLearning.pdf
• Definition of Experiential Education (EE)
“EE is an approach to learning that bridges theory and practice by providing students with concrete applied practical experiences and then helping them to reflect on their experiences using the theoretical knowledge they have learned” (York University, Common Language for Experiential Education, 2018) https://avptl.info.yorku.ca/files/2019/10/2018-02-01-Common-Language-for-EE-HB_edited.pdf
• Definition of Active Learning
“Active learning is generally defined as any instructional method that engages students in the learning process… While this definition could include traditional activities such as homework, in practice active learning refers to activities that are introduced into the classroom. The core elements of active learning are student activity and engagement in the learning process. Active learning is often contrasted to the traditional lecture where students passively receive information from the instructor.” (Prince 2004)
Prince, M. (2004). Does Active Learning Work? A Review of the Research. Journal of engineering education,
93(3), 223-231 (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/j.2168-9830.2004.tb00809.x)
The membership of TEAL shall be as follows:
|Title||# of Members||# of Votes|
|Faculty members (1 from each department + 2 at large) 6 6||6||6|
|Student representatives (1 undergraduate, 1 graduate) 2 2||2||2|
|PARR representative 1 1||1||1|
|LCS representative 1 1||1||1|
|Secretary to Committee (non-voting) 1 0||1||0|
4.2. Period of Appointments
• Ex-Officio members shall hold their position for the duration of their appointment in that role.
• Faculty members will be elected for a two-year rolling cycle. Each year, one-half of the membership
turns over and will be replaced on a rotational basis by other faculty members.
PARR and LCS representatives
• PARR and LCS representatives elected and/or appointed as members shall typically serve for two years, renewable.
• The undergraduate and graduate students elected and/or appointed as members will serve for one
• The Chair of the Committee is selected by the voting members of the Committee for a one-year term with the understanding that the Vice-Chair will succeed the Chair
• The Vice-Chair of the Committee is selected by the voting members of the Committee for a one-year term
• Faculty members at large shall be elected through the process managed by the
Executive Committee of Council and will include a call for nominees to committees.
• The faculty member designate for a department shall be chosen in accordance with each department’s procedures.
PARR and LCS representatives:
• PARR and LCS representatives are appointed by their respective committees
• Student vacancies are filled via a centralized process which will be managed by the Executive Committee. The election process is conducted by the respective student bodies of the Lassonde undergraduate student government and Lassonde graduate student associations.
4.4. Representation by Proxy
• Provisions have been made for elected and ex-officio members to designate a substitute.
• Designates will have the same voting rights as members in absentia
4.5. Resignation/Dismissal of Members
• Should an elected member resign from the committee, the Chair will endeavor to find a replacement. In the event a replacement cannot be found, a call will go out from the Executive Committee to solicit a replacement from Faculty Council.
• Any member may be dismissed for any of the following reasons: 1) missing three (3) consecutive meetings (except in cases of illness or other weighty grounds); and/or 2) for other cause for which the committee finds to be just.
• Meetings are open to members of the Lassonde community, subject to the availability of space
• When the committee considers matters relating to specific individuals or to other matters where confidentiality must be observed, the committee may, in the notice for a meeting, declare part of a meeting to be closed or in camera.
• When the committee meets in camera, only committee members may be present.
• The Lassonde Faculty Council has adopted “York University Rules of Senate” to guide and inform its governance structure and operations.
• This committee shall make its decisions based on a simple majority of those members present and voting at a duly constituted meeting
• Committee members will notify the Chair/Secretary if they will be absent from a meeting.
5.2. Chair and Vice-Chair
• The Chair of TEAL is responsible for providing leadership to the committee in pursuit of its mandate.
The Chair presides at all committee meetings, acts as the official spokesperson for the committee, and ensures that the committee operates in conformity with the rules enacted by Faculty Council and Senate.
• In the case of the absence or illness of the Chair and the Vice-Chair, the committee may appoint one of the members of the committee to act as Chair pro tempore and for such period the member so appointed shall act as, and have all the powers of, the Chair.
• Per Senate rules, the quorum shall consist of a majority of voting members.
5.4. Timing and Frequency of Meetings
• TEAL meetings take place monthly from September to June.
• The committee may conduct additional meetings as warranted by committee business.
5.5. Standing Orders
• The conduct of the business of the meeting shall be subject to the “York University Rules of Senate”
5.6. Agenda, Administration, and Minutes
• The administration of the committee shall be taken up by the Secretary to the Committee.
• All records of the meetings, including the minutes, shall be retained in accordance with the Common Records Schedule (CRS) for Faculty Councils (ADG15) and Faculty Council Committees (ADG17) under York University’s Information, Privacy and Copyright Office.
• The Committee Administrator shall be responsible for ensuring correspondence and decisions made by the Committee are available to relevant people or bodies, including the membership of sub-committees and secretaries of relevant Faculty Councils.
• All members of the committee are voting members unless specifically indicated otherwise. Ex-officio and elected/appointed members have the same voting rights.
• Voting may be in person or by e-vote.
• Pursuant to the discretion of the Chair, members may be permitted to vote by means of an electronic communication (e-vote) which enables the votes to be gathered in a manner that permits their subsequent verification
Approved By: Faculty Council
Date: May 2020
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