The Festival of Learning 2016 has ended, it took place June 6–9, 2016. This post-secondary education event hosted more than 400 delegates, offering a variety of session formats, learning experiences, unique spaces, as well as social and networking events. Don’t miss the next Festival of Learning 2018 happening May 28-30, 2018.

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Monday, June 6 • 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Teaching and Learning in a Biosphere: Curriculum Connections, Research and Student Engagement (1:00 - 2:15) LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available

Open Session Limited to 60 Participants (First-Come, First-In)

Established in 2014 at Vancouver Island University, the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute (MABRRI) is the engine behind the (Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Reserve) MABR’s research and educational programs. MABRRI’s mission is to advance a program of inquiry that involves regional stakeholders in meaningful explorations of issues of local relevance.

By harnessing the knowledge of the MABR community and the interdisciplinary strengths of students and faculty at Vancouver Island University, MABRRI is a centre for collaborative research, innovation, and knowledge sharing that elevates the relationship between people and nature in the biosphere region. The focus is on practical, applied research that benefits local communities and provides students with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in research and dissemination.

MABRRI's research coordinator, VIU students, and faculty associates work with community partners to create and conduct research projects that advance our understanding of people and nature--and the interaction between these--within the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region. 

This session will highlight our current research program and activities, including our first-ever BioBlitz, Digital Storytelling Project, Interpretive Signage and Sense of Place Directed Study, Community Build-outs, the installation of a weather station and snow pillow on Mount Arrowsmith, and our lake and eelgrass monitoring program.  The session will also invite participants to identify opportunities at their own institutions, encouraging sharing on best practices and lessons learned.  

Pam Shaw, Director, Master of Community Planning Program, Faculty of Social Sciences, Vancouver Island University and Research Director of the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute (MABRRI)

Sarah Lumley, BA Research Coordinator at the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute (MABRRI) and soon to be attending graduate school at Queens University. 

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Pamela Shaw

Director, Master of Community Planning Program and 3M Teaching Fellow, Vancouver Island University
Pamela Shaw PhD MCIP RPP FRCGS is a 2018 3M Teaching Fellow, Geography Professor, Director of the Master of Community Planning Program, Research Director of the UNESCO Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Research Institute, Senior Editor of the International Journal of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves... Read More →

Monday June 6, 2016 1:00pm - 2:15pm PDT
Grand Villa 1 Ballroom (Second Floor)

Attendees (5)