Liberating Structures Workshop

There are 33 Liberating Structures designed to unleash and include everyone in your class, meeting, session, workshop, presentation, etc.

There are 33 Liberating Structures designed to unleash and include everyone in your class, meeting, session, workshop, presentation, etc.

Liberating Structures are a collection of powerful facilitation strategies that can be used in our classrooms, everyday meetings, strategic planning sessions, workshops, presentations and more. They are seriously fun methods to engage and work together.

Liberating Structures are small design shifts that move us gently away from more constraining “conventional structures” (e.g., lectures, open discussions, round robin updates, brainstorms) and toward sessions that quickly foster lively participation in groups of any size, making it possible to unleash and include everyone.

In the workshop, you will learn how to choose, facilitate, and sequence Liberating Structures for your individual facilitation challenges and contexts.



Who should attend?

Faculty, Instructors, Teachers, Learning Designers, Leaders – all of us who are called to facilitate learning, meetings, sessions, groups, presentations, workshops, processes, communication and change.

We intend to focus on higher education contexts, but colleagues from other sectors (e.g., government, health care, private) are welcome and will benefit!


Keith McCandless

Keith McCandless

Keith McCandless is the Co-Founder of Liberating Structures and will be leading the facilitation at this workshop. Born in Cincinnati Ohio, he holds a Masters in Management of Human Services from Brandeis University in Boston and a BA from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Keith lives in Seattle with his wife Annie and Deacon the whippet with talent to amuse.

You can find out more about Keith and his extensive experience leading learning and change in Health, Education, Business, Government and more in his bio and by reviewing his client list.

Liberating Structures Workshop

Due to popular demand the Liberating Structures Workshop has been moved to a larger venue, able to accommodate 100 people. We have extended the Early Bird Rate Deadline to December 1.

February 17-19, 2016 (Full-day Wednesday and Thursday with a half-day Friday morning)
Location: UBC Vancouver – Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, Jack Pool Hall

  • Early Bird Rate: $525 per person (until December 1)
  • After December 1: $600 per person
  • Includes 2.5 days of active learning, meals, refreshments, a copy of the Liberating Structures book and design cards to keep

Win free registration!

All UBC faculty members that register for Liberating Structures will be entered into a draw, where one lucky winner will win back their registration fee – a $600 value!


Please see the Registration Details page for more information including cancellation, receipts, and substitutions.
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Below is a list of on-campus accommodations that are close to the workshop location:

Note: we do not have a block of rooms or a particular code for accommodations this event – please book directly with the property of your choice.


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BCcampus and CTLT are thrilled to be partnering to offer this very special learning opportunity for our colleagues in BC Higher Education and beyond.