Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Students will engage in inquiry-based and creative learning

TRU provides students with increasing opportunities for experiential, creative and collaborative learning in all disciplines through programs like the Undergraduate Research Experience Award Program (UREAP), which supports students to devise and conduct their own independent research projects with one-on-one faculty mentorship.

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  • Undergraduate research experiences in applied, creative and curiosity-driven projects (UREAP)
  • Increased offerings of service learning and directed studies courses
  • Active learning through participation in competitions, events, performances, shows and demonstrations
  • Faculty development in transformative teaching, group study and inquiry-based learning models
  • Increased Honours and Graduate-level research with disciplinary and interdisciplinary concentrations
  • Increased faculty engagement in the scholarship of teaching and learning
  • First-year seminars integrating introductory academic content and academic skills development
  • Reviews and/or revision of curriculum offerings to increase the frequency of project and problem-based learning and case studies
  • Team-taught courses that cross traditional disciplinary lines and create classrooms of learners with diverse backgrounds
  • A dynamic Centre for Teaching and Learning that is at the leading edge of developing and assessing the effectiveness of new educational techniques and approaches
  • Clearly defined and measurable learning outcomes for all TRU courses across all delivery modes
  • Ongoing and systematic faculty development to support teaching excellence, particularly in the context of inquiry-based and creative learning
  • The application of principles of universal instructional design not only in formal classroom settings but also in co-curricular programming
  • Coordinated and systematic development of academic engagement strategies across all programs

The Academic Plan in Action



Christina Cederlof, one of the Teaching and Learning Scholars, will be using SMART boards and iPads in her class to find out what impact they have on the attention level of adults with a cognitive disability or mental illness.

Technology Improves Attention Level

"The more I hang the information on imagery, the more students understand it."
- Terryl Atkins

Understanding is in the seeing

Atkins is a faculty member in the Visual and Performing Arts Department, is researching how imagery helps students understand complex concepts, knowledge that will benefit all disciplines.