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Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

West Coast Great Teachers Seminar - Learning Opportunities

Learn about and reflect on the teaching challenges faced by educators in post-secondary institutions in this four-day, intensive seminar.

Hosted by Camosun College, this event usually occurs in May, every second year, at the Honeymoon Bay Lodge & Retreat Centre which is located near Lake Cowichan, BC.

Needs-based format

For over 25 years, college educators representing a wide variety of subject matter areas and teaching experience have gathered in locations throughout North America for this four day long, intensive seminar. It is a unique opportunity to learn about and reflect on the teaching challenges faced by educators in post-secondary institutions. The format, which is minimally structured, evolves from an ongoing assessment of the participants’ needs as the seminar progresses.

Learn from other faculty

Seminar participants engage in a learning process of shared information and experiences, self-reflection, and action planning as they explore a variety of teaching strategies, innovations, instructional challenges and solutions brought to the seminar by the participants. The seminar is built on the philosophy that one of the most powerful forms of professional development for faculty is faculty learning from one another.

Striving to be great

The theme underlying all seminar activities is the quest to identify the nature of the ‘Great Teacher.’ As in any quest, the questers learn much about themselves. The seminar is not meant to be a ‘reward’ for accomplished teachers; it is not limited to the already ‘great’; rather, it is designed to appeal to those who are striving to be great.

Seminar goals

  • celebrate good teaching
  • inspire faculty to venture beyond the limits of their own specializations and environments in search of transferable ideas and the universals of teaching
  • discover realistic, creative approaches to teaching and learning
  • promote introspection and self-appraisal by providing a supportive environment in which participants may seriously reflect on their attitudes, methods and behavior as teachers
  • stimulate the exchange of information and ideas by building an expanding network of communication among teachers in higher education
  • renew the commitment to student learning 

Upcoming sessions

May 7-10, 2019 in Lake Cowichan, BC

Registration information will be available late 2018


Seminar participants, 2015

"The best thing about this retreat was building stronger relationships with colleagues, building trust, sharing information and inspiration, laughing and relaxing together, and playfully digging into topics of interest about teaching.

"At work we pass each other in the halls or exchange a few minutes at events but do not have the protected time to really meet and get to know one another and talk about teaching."

2015 seminar participant

"The best thing about this retreat was... Time for discussion & reflection, Really getting to know instructors from other subject areas and learning from them."

2017 seminar participant

"The diversity of participants was so rich!"

2017 seminar participant

"The best thing about this retreat was a chance to connect with others around pedagogy because it gave space and time for rich dialogue."

2015 seminar participant

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Contact Us
Camosun College Lansdowne
3100 Foul Bay Rd
Victoria BC V8P 5J2
Camosun College Interurban
4461 Interurban Rd
Victoria BC V9E 2C1
  • 250–370–3000
  • 1–877–554–7555 (toll-free)

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