Democratic Teaching and Learning: A Webinar Series

Participedia proudly presents its first webinar series on Democratic Teaching and Learning, developed by Co-Chairs of our Teaching, Training and Mentoring Committee, Drs. Joanna Ashworth & Bettina von Lieres! Open to anyone interested in the field, this four-part webinar series will connect Participedia researchers and collaborators with shared interests in teaching methods, theories and cases that support democratic participation. Join us and our rotating panel of experts for a lively exchange of knowledge about challenges and successes in the evolving field of participatory democratic innovations.


Session One - 8 am Pacific Time June 6 2018 Teaching and Learning from Cases
Graham Smith (Westminster University) and Tina Nabatchi, (Syracuse University) Moderator: Bettina von Lieres (University of Toronto).
  • What and How Do We Teach Using Questions, Cases, and Opportunities?


Session Two - 8 am Pacific Time September 26 2018
Understanding the Practice of Democratic Pedagogy
Tim Shaffer  (Kansas State University), Bettina von Lieres (University of Toronto). Moderator: Joanna Ashworth (Simon Fraser University)
  • What is Democratic Pedagogy? Schools of Thought and Practice in Canada, US, UK and Beyond

Session Three - 8 am Pacific Time October 31 2018
TITLE TBC What Works: Coaching and Mentoring Professionals in the Uses and Research of Public Participation.
Matt Leighninger (Public Agenda) and Julien Landry (Coady International Institute). Moderator: Joanna Ashworth
  • Insights into working with seasoned and mid-career professionals from the public sector, NGOs and more.  

Session Four - 8 am Pacific Time November 28 2018
The Global Context of Participation
Lawrence Piper, (University of the Western Cape), John Gaventa (Institute of Development Studies) and Archon Fung (Harvard Kennedy School; Co-Founder Participedia). Moderator: Bettina Von Lieres (University of Toronto).
  • How context shapes the teaching of democratic pedagogies: Reflections on Politics, conflict and power in South Africa, the Philippines and Beyond

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