Sixth Annual Symposium on Teaching and Learning

Fostering student engagement in the health sciences classroom through experiential learning is key to teaching and learning in the 21st century. Students are engaged in learning when they are able to make connections to real life, think critically, work collaboratively, and apply learning in diverse contexts. Experiential learning activities create opportunities for students to critically analyze, synthesize and reflect on their learning. Students who learn using this approach are seen to have the flexibility to adapt to a changing society where knowledge is ever evolving, with flexibility and critical-thinking skills being key to success after graduation.

Acknowledging this shift in our paradigm, we invite submissions of practice-based and research abstracts related to the theme - Engaging students through Experiential Learning. Abstracts are accepted under the following symposium streams:

  • Active Learning Strategies
  • Simulation
  • Interprofessional collaboration
  • Assessment
  • Curriculum
  • Educational Technology
  • SoTL
  • Students as partners

The conference program will include a pre-conference workshop, an opening reception, keynote speaker, plenary speakers and concurrent presentations. Proceedings from the conference will be published.


Keynote Speaker

Jennifer Locke

Jennifer Lock, PhD

Jennifer Lock, PhD, is a Professor and Vice Dean, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. Her area of specialization is in online learning, ICT integration, change and innovation, and educational development in higher education. She has expanded her work to study learning through making and makerspaces.

Plenary Session

The plenary session during lunch will include a cross section of undergraduate students from University of Calgary in Qatar, Weil Cornell Medicine Qatar, Qatar University and College of North Atlantic Qatar speaking on Teaching Millennials.


Abstract Submission

Abstract submission is now closed.

All abstracts will be peer-reviewed


Conference Co-Chairs

Dr. Frances Kalu, Teaching and Learning Specialist, University of Calgary in Qatar

Dr. Mohamud Vergee, Associate Professor, Weil Cornell Medicine Qatar



Please send any questions to the symposium co-chairs Dr. Frances Kalu (UCQ) & Dr. Mohamud Vergee (WCM-Q)