SFU is popularly known as the radical campus. Its first 40 years are documented in a book of that name written by professor emeritus, Hugh Johnston:
Johnston, H. (2005). Radical campus: Making Simon Fraser University. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre Ltd.
The fly leaf of that book uses many words and phrases to describe SFU in the early days, including:
ferment, flux, exhilerating, confusing, political fireworks...
Obviously, radical as applied to SFU was used in the sense of revolutionary, however, a different definition was used in announcing the Radical Teaching Open Space. According to the definition in the Oxford English Dictionary, radical can also mean:
Going to the root or origin, touching or acting upon what is essential and fundamental.
What then is radical teaching?