Centre for Innovative Learning

Innovative Learning is dedicated to the development and enhancement of teaching innovation and learning across the institution. The department provides a place for conversation and inspiration, to energize and mobilize innovative and evidence-informed teaching practices. It serves as a hub to the Humber community, supporting Humber’s vision as a leader in polytechnic education. Innovative Learning is comprised of three key areas that each play a strategic role in developing, delivering, and assessing Humber’s learning innovation ecosystem. The areas are: Teaching Excellence; Digital Learning; and Flexible Learning.

Digital Learning leads and supports Humber's digital learning activities, projects, and initiatives. It focuses on an integrated approach to the effective use of digital tools and innovative educational technology. Digital Learning guides the development of sound instructional design and teaching approaches in the digital environment, as well as associated supports for faculty development. To create adaptable and innovative learning solutions, this division also oversees and administers Humber’s Learning Management System (LMS) and other instructional technologies.

Flexible Learning is Humber’s current and evolving response to rapid change in the world of work and learning. It includes means of both flexible delivery and flexible learning practices. Flexible learning practice refers to such things as the flexibility in pace, place and mode of learning, and the recognition of prior learning as a way of enhancing flexibility for students. Flexible delivery refers to the student supports and systems that function together to facilitate more flexible learning opportunities.

Teaching Excellence leads and supports Humber's faculty development activities, projects, and initiatives. To provide transformative learner experiences, Teaching Excellence focuses on integrated approaches to developing effective, inclusive, and engaging methods of delivery, authentic assessment of learning, and mastery of innovative educational technology. This division also offers Humber’s Teaching Excellence Program (TEP) to new full-time faculty, as well as other instruction-based certificates.

Program Planning, Development & Renewal (PPDR)’s mandate is to lead and facilitate processes, implement mechanisms, and moderate discussions that relate to academic quality assurance and enhancement.

PPDR works in partnership with all academic areas and institutional departments to create and sustain innovative, high-caliber programs that prepare students for their careers and further education. Following a comprehensive Quality Framework, PPDR ensures that all policies, procedures, and principles align to support quality in Humber’s postsecondary programming.

PPDR’s commitments closely identify with four key functions:

  • Developing innovative programs that meet the current and future needs of the global economy, based on relevant data and an appropriate credential mix
  • Reviewing and renewing existing programs on an annual and cyclical basis
  • Creating educational pathways that allow students to transfer from one credential to another, internally and externally
  • Administering program and course changes to provide responsive, current and relevant education through ongoing renewal to support student success and industry and community needs