December 18, 2019
We are thrilled to announce that the Khyentse Foundation has awarded support for Engaging Education in Buddhist Studies, a new initiative to be developed at the University of Toronto over the next two years.
This initiative will support the development and delivery of new course modules that enhance student and teacher experiences in Buddhist studies courses by incorporating pedagogical practices of experiential learning, especially those that foster student well-being. The known benefits of experiential education include increased student engagement, improved content retention, and enhanced self-confidence and compassion, and by enriching our courses with this pedagogical approach, we aim to support overall wellness and health in our University community.
Spearheaded by Profs. Frances Garrett and Sarah Richardson, and organized through the collaborative hub of the Ho Centre for Buddhist Studies at the University of Toronto, these enriched courses will impact undergraduate and graduate teaching in the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto St. George Campus, as well as in the Departments of Historical Studies and Visual Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga.
We are so grateful to the Khyentse Foundation for this opportunity to enrich our teaching and research, and we look forward to sharing our experiences and results with all of you.