A Day of Cultivating Curiosity in Teaching & Learning

Over 320 participants from the University of Waterloo and beyond joined us on April 27 to explore the role curiosity plays in teaching and learning. We've gathered some highlights from the day.


  1. In the days leading up to our ninth annual Teaching and Learning Conference, there was a lot of planning and anticipation...

  2. So we were excited to have President Feridun Hamdullahpur open the conference with remarks connecting last year's conference theme—learning from challenge and failure—with curiosity.

  3. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Peter Felten, engaged participants by asking, "Can We Teach Curiosity?"

  4. The short answer? Yes! The long answer...

  5. Some important questions were raised...

  6. And he left us with a lot to think about.

  7. After the keynote, concurrent sessions got underway. With 34 workshops, panels, and presentations led by instructors, graduate students, and staff members from across campus and across disciplines, the conference brought people together to think about curiosity from a diversity of perspectives and included sessions on digital methods of igniting curiosity in students...