Summer Institute 2022

Summer Institute for learning design and innovation

Come join us for the first ever Summer Institute for learning design and innovation!

The Summer Institute for Learning Design and Innovation is two and a half days of in-person learning, networking and nerding out with fellow learning experience design colleagues.

Your Experience

We may be known for highly engaging learning experiences, but we’re arguably equally passionate about creating a great experience for those we work with – and that includes you! We’ve curated a schedule packed with interactive and informative sessions, field trips, networking opportunities and tasty food!

What’s included:

  • morning beverages and snacks
  • interactive sessions and activities
  • tangible tools and strategies
  • opportunities to network
  • lunch on Wednesday and Thursday
  • digital goodie bag of resources
  • designer toolkit (applicable swag!)
  • recommendations for local attractions, and group rates on accommodations

Where is it?

This is an in-person event and will take place at Lethbridge College.

3000 College Dr S, Lethbridge, AB T1K 1L6

Who will be there?

Your AB centres for teaching & learning friends and future friends. If you are involved in the development of learning experiences (academic courses, non-credit courses, workshops, etc.), this is for you!


Registration is now open!

Event tickets are $299.00 (plus applicable fees).

Early registration is recommended so that we can plan accordingly.

Registration will be open until May 20.


June 15 (Day 1)

8:30 a.m. Hot drinks and light breakfast

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sessions & activities

6 p.m. Optional dinner out

Daily themes:

  • A leadership context for innovation
  • Leading a complex adaptive system
  • Human-centred design and design thinking
  • Teaming as a dynamic activity
  • Uncovering success in learning experience development (including a panel discussion with a design team)
  • Learning from place: the shared journey of reconciliation through curriculum design (includes an interactive coulee walk)

June 16 (Day 2)

8:30 a.m. Hot drinks and light breakfast

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sessions & activities

Daily themes:

  • Accessibility and inclusivity in learning experience design
  • Project planning, management and engagement
  • Learning from the field: Aquaculture Centre learning tour
  • Shaping future practices of teaching and learning (micro-credentials, HyFlex, etc.)
  • Exploring emerging ed tech (a hands-on experience)

June 17 (Day 3)

8:30 a.m. Hot drinks and light breakfast

9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Sessions & activities

Daily themes:

  • Engagement strategies and Liberating Structures
  • Faculty development and support
  • Specialist speed dating (a chance for consultations and questions with experts in a variety of roles)

Our Focus

While we don’t have a fully fleshed out schedule for you yet (you will find that soon), here are the overarching themes/topics and activities that you can expect. Some may be their own session, and others will be infused throughout the experience.
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Human-centred design

We’ll take a look at the mindset that underpins all our processes and practices and give you a chance to try it out!

Course development experience

We’ll talk processes and structures and examine the various roles involved and how they work together.

Culture of collaboration, community, & innovation

What does it look like to foster such a culture? Why is it important? What might this look like for Alberta CTLs?

Leading diverse teams

Let’s explore the opportunities and challenges of leading and working with diverse humans and teams.

Equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI)

We all know that EDI matters. How can we ensure that we consider and integrate EDI into learning experiences in a meaningful way?

Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Accessibility is about so much more than accommodations and special circumstances. Rather, it’s about creating learning experiences that are meaningful and engaging for all learners.

HyFlex learning

Discover how HyFlex learning creates innovative and collaborative teaching methods within today’s educational context.

The future of learning

Let’s look to the future and examine what’s on the horizon for learning tools, techniques and practice.

Learning tours

Join us in exploring some interactive learning experiences on our campus.

Networking opportunities

These opportunities will be packed into daily learning activities, along with an optional evening social experience.

Contact Us

Please reach out to the Summer Institute organizers at