Patrick T. Maher
Dr. Patrick T. Maher is the inaugural Dean of Teaching and a Full Professor of Physical and Health Education at Nipissing. He is an interdisciplinary scholar and has been named a 3M National Teaching Fellow (2014), and a Fellow of International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (2020). He held a Commonwealth Scholarship for his doctoral work in New Zealand and was both a University Teaching Chair in Community-Engaged Teaching and Scholarship and a SSHRC-funded University Research Chair in the Social Sciences and Humanities prior to his current position.
Pat is editor of the Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, but also sits on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Experiential Education, the Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and the Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning.
Using Nature to Encourage Creativity and Joy in Student Learning
My presentation will look at how we can engage with the natural world in a time of increased digital pedagogy. How can students in Canada, and perhaps in China, use the outdoors to find a sense of place that allows them to be more creative and more resilient? As instructors and educational developers, how can we encourage this structure and growth – within our indoor classrooms, our assessment, and more?
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