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Queen's University

Please note: While you must register for TD Day, the concurrent sessions are being run Conference-Style in that there is no pre-registration for specific concurrent sessions.  Sessions will be available on a first-come first-serve basis.

Concurrent Sessions A : 10:45 - 12:00

Click on the circles below for theme descriptions.



Giving Effective Feedback: The Hallmark of a Great TA
Sue Fostaty Young, Centre for Teaching and Learning
(Room D216, Mackintosh Corry Hall)

Constructive feedback has been identified as one of the most powerful positive influences on students’ learning achievement (Hattie, 1987; Black & Wiliams, 1998). In this workshop you will have the opportunity to explore the nature and effects of effective feedback and consider ways to maximize its benefits in your own teaching context. This activity-centred session has been designed to help you; identify some of the critical issues in giving effective feedback; align feedback to learning expectations; and communicate those expectations to students.

Sue Fostaty Young Presentation (434kB)

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Positive Classroom Management Strategies: Practical Tips and Techniques
Bill Newstead, Chemistry
(Room B201, Mackintosh Corry Hall)

While many of us are experts in our field we are often not prepared for some of the behaviour that greets us as we step into the classroom. We are sometimes blindsided as we confront everything from inappropriate cell phone and lap top usage, to complete disregard for class start and end times, to improper language. This workshop will concentrate on techniques which, if used properly, will lead to a very positive classroom tone and significantly improve your performance as a classroom manager.


Topics to be discussed are:

  • Techniques used to establish a positive classroom tone
  • Outlining reasonable expectations for students behaviour and Instructor/student relationships  
  • How to make the best use of your classroom facilities
  • How to use changes in tone to alter classroom mood
  • Dealing with the unexpected
  • Determining if evaluation is fair and appropriate


This workshop will emphasize practical solutions for - the "nuts and bolts" of - how to make your teaching experience a positive one.


Bill Newstead Presentation (177kB)



How to Engage Students
Douglas Reid, School of Business
(Room D214, Mackintosh Corry Hall)

Effective education enlists the experiences, knowledge, and creativity of students to create and embed knowledge.  A precursor is engagement, but it is not automatically present within a classroom or tutorial.  But engagement follows a simple rule - it goes to the highest bidder, which is the activity of most relevance and interest.  This session will review and demonstrate several approaches to increase the engagement of students, enable you to decide which tutorial and classroom behaviours matter, and in general give you a toolkit of critical tips that will make your work as a TA more effective and rewarding.


Doug Reid Presentation (1319kB)
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Advanced Team-Based Learning: Constructing Graded Team Exercises
Lindsay Davidson, Department of Surgery
(Room D211, Mackintosh Corry Hall)

This active learning session will introduce participants to the overall philosophy and fundamental structure of Team Based Learning "application exercises". During the session, participants will work in mixed teams to explore and develop case-based activities allowing students to apply and further explore previously acquired content knowledge.

assessment.jpg A.5 Creating and Implementing Effective and Efficient Assessments in Higher Education
Rylan Egan, Centre for Teaching and Learning
(Room D207, Mackintosh Corry Hall)

Attendees to this session will explore how to conceptualize, develop, and implement effective assessment in Higher Education. Specifically, the group will consider how Learning Outcomes can be embedded in measurement instruments, and in turn, how assignments can be structured to maximize the usefulness of these instruments. The conversation will also touch on the importance of alignment between assessment, instruction, and outcomes.


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Building a Learning Community in the Classroom
Jenn Stephenson, Drama
(Room D209, Mackintosh Corry Hall)

Something magical happens when learning transcends the unidirectional model of the instructor dispensing knowledge like the mother bird handing out tasty worms into gaping beaks. When students take responsibility for their own learning, when ideas are generated fresh, the conversation becomes an extending and expanding web. Then, learning becomes both personal and exciting. One way to encourage this magic is through the building of learning communities. This session will look at the requirements of a successful learning community and the benefits to both teachers and learners of partaking in a collective exercise in building knowledge. Strategies will be discussed for fostering learning communities in both lecture and seminar/tutorial environments.


Please note: While you must register for TD Day, the concurrent sessions are being run Conference-Style in that there is no pre-registration for specific concurrent sessions.  Sessions will be available on a first-come first-serve basis.


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