Appreciative Inquiry For Faculty: a Tool to Transform Post-Secondary Environments

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September 2, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am PDT - Virtual Event


Dates: Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Time: 8:00-9:30am Pacific Time / 11-12:30pm Eastern Time

Please note: This virtual session will be recorded and saved for participants who are unable to attend this scheduled event. A link to this recording will be provided so that participants can view/listen to the recording at a time that works best for them.


At the core of being an educator is a desire to help others learn and grow to become their best self. In the last ten years, there’s a growing body of literature providing evidence for the use of Appreciative Inquiry in post-secondary environments. Teaching and learning practices have changed over the years, and recent events demanding a shift to emergency remote delivery have amplified the need to adapt these practices. Appreciative Inquiry provides a framework to focus on strengths and previous successes in the learning environment to help students learn while they adapt to the new online environment.

Appreciative Inquiry is a perspective-changing process that has a personal and professional impact. It fits perfectly with our work in a complex human system and provides us with the tools to be change agents in our classrooms and institutions. At its core, Appreciative Inquiry is about building on strengths to enhance innovation and capacity in human systems.

This webinar will provide an overview of Appreciative Inquiry and its underlying philosophical constructs. It identifies evidence of its application in various educational contexts, and the research findings supporting the benefit of this approach. Participants will have the opportunity to explore how Appreciative Inquiry tools might be used in their respective teaching environments.


You will walk away prepared to:

  • Explain the core elements of an Appreciative Inquiry framework;
  • Understand how Appreciative Inquiry can be used in Education;
  • Recognize the benefits of Appreciative Inquiry application in the teaching and learning context;
  • Consider tools and strategies to implement in their context


This live event will be delivered and recorded using Zoom. You can participate in this event using any device: computer, tablet, or mobile. Please participate using the dial-in method you feel most comfortable with. You will receive the virtual meeting information upon registration.

If you have any questions about this event or have difficulty connecting in Zoom, please contact Leeann Waddington at

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Registration Includes

Registration includes:

  • One 90-minute live streaming event;
  • Access to recorded Zoom session (should you miss this session or wish to revisit content covered).

AI Practitioners

Lisa Gedak is an instructional strategist, specializing in the integration of technology in the educational setting. She is a Masters’s student in educational technology doing her thesis with appreciative Inquiry in K12 Education in small communities. Lisa is passionate about the opportunities for Appreciative Inquiry to impact the experience of learners.

Leeann Waddington is an Appreciative Inquiry facilitator and trainer and a doctoral student studying the impact of Appreciative Inquiry on faculty development initiatives. She currently works in the higher education sector supporting technology and teaching practice. She has professional experience in Nursing as well as a variety of leadership roles in healthcare and education in Canada and the US. Learn More>


Virtual Event


Melissa Robaina – Center for Appreciative Inquiry
Heather Spring