Centre for Teaching and Learning

Centre for Teaching and Learning
Centre for Teaching and Learning

Past Plenaries

We, at the Centre, have been very lucky to showcase the work of some amazing educators. Here you can find videos of the Plenary speaker from past Teaching Development Days.

2016 TD Day Keynote: Navigating Academia to Foster Inclusion

With Branch Out Theatre
videotaped on Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Dunning Auditorium

Session Description

Join us for a highly engaging, thought provoking experience of participatory theatre with Branch Out Theatre. Navigating Academia to Foster Inclusion is an original forum theatre play, adapted to directly highlight this year’s TD Day themes, addressing issues of diversity and inclusion in the classroom. Join the actors on stage and interject alternative approaches to dealing with difference and practice transforming classroom conflicts, scene by scene. Our supported rehearsal of ways to create a more inclusive Queen’s promises to make this a TD Day plenary to remember!

2015 TD Day Keynote: Community before Content - The Four Step Plan

2015 TD Day Keynote: Community before Content - The Four Step Plan

With James Fraser and Kevin Alexander, Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy
videotaped on Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Dunning Auditorium

Session Description

What sort of students do you want to teach: disengaged "clients" preoccupied with their grade or inquiring apprentices invested in their learning process? Every one of the students in your tutorial/lab/class could end up in either camp and the result is (partly) up to you. So if you want to be a mentor and not a grader, we suggest the Kevin and James Four-Step Plan. First step: Question everything you think you know about good teaching. Second step: Find a learning community of fellow teachers. Third step: Develop novel feedback channels so that you can better understand your students, whether they be a group of 25 or 250. Final step: Help your students develop their own communities of learning. By the end of the hour-long presentation, we aim to have you complete steps 1-2 and have hands-on experience with approaches you can use to achieve steps 3-4.

2014 TD Day: Keynote: Are your Students Engaged? with Rick Nigol, eLearn Campus

Keynote: Are your Students Engaged?

With Rick Nigol, eLearn Campus

videotaped on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Dunning Hall, Auditorium

Session Description

There has been a great deal of focus in higher education recently on the issue of student engagement, the degree to which students are truly motivated by and engaged in their studies. In fact, Queen’s has been using a variant of an instrument called CLASSE (Classroom Survey of Student Engagement) to measure various facets of student engagement in recently redesigned large-enrolment courses.

But what exactly is “engagement?” Why is it important? How do we know if our students are engaged or not? And, most importantly, how can we actively design and conduct our courses – whether in-class, online, or blended – in such a way as to foster genuine learner engagement?

This interactive one-hour session will attempt to answer these questions, using specific examples from Queen’s courses.

Presenter

Rick Nigol has more than 25 years of experience in the fields of higher education and adult learning. He worked at the University of Guelph for 16 years, most recently as Manager of Distance Education. For the past 11 years, Rick has been the Co-founder & Senior Consultant for eLearn Campus, a full-service eLearning company serving the higher education, corporate, non-profit sectors. He has worked closely with Queen’s Continuing and Distance Studies (CDS) for the past few years, particularly on Course Redesign Project initiatives. Rick’s ties to Queen’s go back very far; he is also a graduate (MA in Political Studies, 1985).

2013 TD Day: Sites, Sources and Assessment in an Experiential Learning Environment with Scott McLean, Queen's Bader International Study Centre

Sites, Sources and Assessment in an Experiential Learning Environment

with Scott McLean, Queen's Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux Castle

videotaped on September 4, 2013

Session Description

The unique learning environment at the Bader International Study Centre at Herstmonceux Castle provides faculty with the opportunity to integrate a variety of experiential learning initiatives into their teaching. A well integrated field study programme has long been a core component of most courses offered, and recently this has been enhanced through emphasis being placed upon a greater the use of primary sources, be they documents, works of art, objects of interest or historic sites. Through a series of case studies, this workshop will demonstrate that it is possible to not only enhance the student’s learning experience through engagement with primary materials, but that with a little ‘outside the box’ thinking it is possible to get students excited about their assignments

2012 TD Day: Engaging Students with Social and Mobile Tools with Sidneyeve Matrix, Film and Media Studies

Engaging Students with Social and Mobile Tools

with Sidneyeve Matrix, Film and Media Studies

videotaped on September 5, 2012

*Accompanying PowerPoint slides not available at this time.

Session Description

This keynote address looks at emerging trends in teaching with technology at Queen's and elsewhere, using social and mobile digital tools to increase student engagement and improve outcomes. Dr. Matrix highlights ways to integrate social sites, gamification, and smartphone apps into courses to support peer-to-peer learning networks, and review assignment ideas that challenge students' digital creativity. Reviewing innovations in using online video, podcasts, web quizzes, collaborative e-platforms, and webinars for online and hybrid teaching, this presentation demonstrates how teachers are designing active learning pedagogies with digital tools, to prepare the next generation of technofluent graduates. Includes easy-to-implement ideas and inspirational takeaways to apply to your teaching. Whether you're a digital expert or technological newbie, you're almost guaranteed to leave with a few new instructional design ideas to explore.