Student demographics are changing, and students’ educational objectives and learning needs are becoming more diverse. At the same time, technology is changing the way learning is delivered—and by whom. These trends are creating challenges for the university, but they also represent an opportunity for creative responses that will benefit students and instructors—and extend SFU’s tradition of innovation in teaching and learning.
The Task Force on Flexible Education (TFFE) was established by the Vice-President, Academic (VPA), in spring 2014 to consider what these creative responses might look like. The Task Force has a Senate-approved mandate “to review SFU’s teaching and learning environment in order to identify future needs, define short- and longer-term institutional priorities, and develop a strategic plan for implementing and supporting flexible education at SFU.” It will consult with the academic community and submit a final report to the Vice-President, Academic, in June 2015.