The Maple League Teaching and Learning Committee is excited to invite you to join us for our second Maple League Hosts session of the 2023 Winter Season, featuring Dr. Fiona Rawle, where we'll be exploring how failure fits into post-secondary education.

Picture of Dr. Fiona Rawle

What: Learning from Failure: Moving from Rhetoric to Meaningful Impact

When: Tuesday, April 11th at 11am (EDT)/ Noon (ADT)

Where: Live on Zoom - register with this link:

About the Session: Learning from failure is a core component to education, however it is not often deliberately taught in university courses. In addition, while the rhetoric around taking risks, embracing failure, and bouncing back is pervasive in higher education, the corresponding structural and sustained supports are lacking. In this interactive session we will dive into the science of learning and explore what we know (and what we don’t know) about how to support students in learning through failure. We’ll look at strategies for teaching students to embrace, learn from, and bounce back from failure. We’ll also explore the growing rhetoric of resilience, and discuss the role power and privilege plays in having permission to fail.

About the Presenter: Dr. Fiona Rawle has a Ph.D in Pathology and Molecular Medicine and is the Associate Dean, Pedagogical Development and Scholarship, at the University of Toronto Mississauga, and a Professor, Teaching Stream, in the Dept. of Biology. Her research focuses on failure-driven learning, the science of learning, and public communication of science. She has received numerous awards focused on teaching, including the University of Toronto’s President’s Teaching Award. Dr. Rawle is also a member of the University of Toronto’s TIDE group (Toronto Initiative for Diversity & Excellence), through which she gives lectures and workshops on unconscious bias, equity, and diversity.

If you have any thoughts or questions, please contact the Maple League's Faculty Excellence Developer, Neil Silcox at @email.