Thursday, December 10 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Action Learning Sets: How to Cultivate a SoTL Research Community (2-hour workshop)

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In this interactive session, we will provide a detailed guide to Action Learning Sets  (McGill and Brockbank, 2004). Action Learning Sets (ALS) is a structured approach designed to support groups of 5 to 7 people who are working on individual or institutional problems. Participants support each other in finding solutions to what might otherwise seem intractable problems while at the same time building community using a sustainable approach. The same approach may be used with students in a classroom or with faculty in a professional development session or in senior management fora.

We will take participants through an ALS cycle so that they experience the process for themselves. We will facilitate discussion of the benefits, pitfalls and potential problems that ALS may involve before closing with an overview of examples of ALS in action, in particular with regard to cultivating a SoTL research community.

We will invite participants to take part in a research project in which anyone who chooses to implement ALS in their institution will be able to take part in an evaluative study of the efficacy of ALS in Canadian institutions.

For this hands-on session we will require a computer with PowerPoint, internet connection, and audio.


McGill, I. and A. Brockbank (2004) The Action Learning Handbook, London, Routledge  Falmer.


Mandy Frake-Mistak

York University, Ontario, Canada
Mandy Frake-Mistak (Session Organizer/Chair): Educational developer with the Teaching Commons at York University. With a research background in the political economy of HE, and as an ISW Trainer and Facilitator, she leads faculty courses/workshops on teaching and SoTL, and leads program... Read More →
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Celia Popovic

Associate Professor, York University
Popovic has a doctorate in Education from Birmingham University in the United Kingdom. She has a distinguished career as an educational developer, researcher, teacher and author. In collaboration with Birmingham University School of Education colleagues, she developed and taught a... Read More →

Thursday December 10, 2015 1:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Meeting Room 5

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