Inspiring Teaching and Learning in Canada/Inspirer L’enseignement et L’apprentissage au Canada:

3M Student and Teaching Fellows/Étudiants et Enseignants Récipiendaires du Prix 3M

We wish to acknowledge that what is now called Canada is the traditional territory of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples, many of whom continue to live and work here today. Expressing our gratitude and connection to the land reminds us that our privilege to live, play, teach, and learn here is directly connected to the resources, partnership, and friendship shared with us by Indigenous people.

Nous souhaitons reconnaître que ce que l’on appelle aujourd’hui le Canada est le territoire traditionnel des Premières nations, des Métis et des Inuits, dont beaucoup continuent de vivre et de travailler ici aujourd’hui. Exprimer notre gratitude et notre lien avec la terre nous rappelle que notre privilège de vivre, de jouer, d’enseigner et d’apprendre sur ce territoire est directement lié aux ressources, au partenariat et à l’amitié que partagent avec nous les peuples autochtones.

About the Project/À propos du Projet

3M National Teaching Fellows are educational leaders who lead by “creating campus or national initiatives or inspiring changes internationally” (STLHE, n.d.a) while 3M Student Fellows lead through “an exceptional leadership profile” (STLHE, n.d.b). Despite 3M Fellows’ significant contributions to educational leadership, little is known publicly about the character of their impact, making it challenging to grow individual exemplary teaching practices into inspiring institutional teaching and learning cultures (Poole & Simmons, 2013; Simmons & Taylor, 2019).

Our study highlights exemplary teaching, learning, and leadership practices from across Canada that contribute to creating inspiring postsecondary institutional teaching and learning cultures. We explore how 3M Fellows, as change agents, (Acai et al., 2018; Ginsberg & Bernstein, 2011) create an impact on their institutional teaching and learning cultures. 

Les enseignants récipiendaires du prix national 3M sont des leaders académiques qui se distinguent en “créant des initiatives sur le campus ou au niveau national ou en inspirant des changements au niveau international” (STLHE, n.d.a) tandis que les étudiants récipiendaires du prix national 3M se distinguent par “un profil de leadership exceptionnel” (STLHE, n.d.b). Malgré les contributions significatives des récipiendaires 3M au leadership académique, on connaît peu de choses sur le caractère de leur impact, ce qui rend difficile la transformation de pratiques d’enseignement exemplaires individuelles en cultures institutionnelles inspirantes d’enseignement et d’apprentissage (Poole & Simmons, 2013 ; Simmons & Taylor, 2019).

Notre étude met en évidence les pratiques exemplaires d’enseignement, d’apprentissage et de leadership à travers le Canada qui contribuent à créer des cultures institutionnelles d’enseignement et d’apprentissage postsecondaires inspirantes. Nous explorons la façon dont les récipiendaires 3M, en tant qu’agents de changement, (Acai et al., 2018 ; Ginsberg & Bernstein, 2011) ont une incidence sur les cultures d’enseignement et d’apprentissage de leur établissement.


Acai, A., Ahmad, A., Fenton, N., Graystone, L., Phillips, K., Smith, R., & Stockley, D. (2018). The 3M National Teaching Fellowship: A high impact community of practice in higher education. Teaching and Learning Inquiry, 6(2), 50-66. https://doi.org/10.20343/teachlearninqu.6.2.5

Ginsberg, S. M., & Bernstein, J. L. (2011). Growing the scholarship of teaching and learning through institutional culture change. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 11(1), 1-12.

Poole, G., & Simmons, N. (2013). The contributions of the scholarship of teaching and learning to quality enhancement in Canada. In G. Gordon, & R. Land (Eds.), Quality enhancement in higher education: International perspectives (pp. 118-128). London: Routledge.

Simmons, N., & Taylor, K. L. (2019). Leadership for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Understanding bridges and gaps in practice. Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 10(1), article 1.

STLHE (n.d.a). The criteria and beyond. Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Downloaded August 2, 2019 from https://www.stlhe.ca/awards/3m-national-teaching-fellowships/beyond-criteria-messages-and-harmony/

STLHE (n.d.b). 3M National Student Fellowships. Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Downloaded August 2, 2019 from https://www.stlhe.ca/awards/3m-national-student-fellowships/

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