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TLC photo contest wraps up

by: MUN

Memorial’s Teaching and Learning Community (TLC) recently launched its new Facebook page with a photo contest. Members of the Memorial community, whether they are students, educators, staff or alumni, were asked to submit a photo of themselves in their unique learning/studying environment.

The goal of the contest was to increase online engagement through comments, likes, and shares on the Facebook page. The number of likes before the contest was 64, and when the contest wrapped up the tally was 308.

All members of the TLC are encouraged to “Join the Conversation” about teaching and learning at Memorial; a conversation that was very vibrant during the creation of the university’s Teaching and Learning Framework and continues today.

The two winners were Stephanie Jarvis and Aisha Bakhtia-Hayashida. Ms. Jarvis, a distance education student studying pre-education, submitted a photo of herself studying next to her grandparents’ wood stove in Lawn. Her first-place photo earned a total of 681 ‘likes’, 134 shares, and 62 comments.

Ms. Bakhtia-Hayashida’s photo depicted her favourite study outfit and setting – in her PJs with her laptop on her bed. Her photo earned 581 ‘likes’, 20 shares, and 26 comments.

The winners were selected based on the number of ‘likes’ each photo earned.

Other submissions also featured unique and inspiring locations – from the QEII Library, to cuddling up with a puppy during a service-learning placement, to a root cellar as part of a co-op education field placement.

The two lucky winners walked away with a new iPad mini to enjoy over the holidays.

Check the TLC website (, Facebook page ( and YouTube channel ( for frequent updates and news on teaching and learning at Memorial.

Other online engagement activities for the TLC are planned for 2013, including a video that showcases the diversity of the TLC community at Memorial University and highlights various forms of teaching and learning that occur  at Memorial. The video will be launched in January 2013.

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