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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 B : 1:10 - 2:25

Click on the circles below for theme descriptions.



Memory, Cognitive Load and Learning
Ron Easteal, Biomedical and Molecular Sciences
(Room D216, Mackintosh Corry Hall)

Exploring the science of memory, cognition, and cognitive load, this workshop offers informative insights on teaching and learning. Based on what is known of the brain, and its capability to hold and interpret information, we will explore how content may be best organized and presented to aid consolidation, storage, and retrieval of information. This session focuses the discussion mainly upon disciplines in the sciences.

assessment.jpg B.2 Providing Effective Feedback on Student Writing
Susan Korba, Writing Centre
(Room B201, Mackintosh Corry Hall)

One of the most challenging aspects of teaching is the need to grade students' written work; in particular, evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of student writing and providing succinct and useful commentary can prove difficult. Teachers often feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of assignments/essays to be marked and/or unsure about how to address students' specific problems; students often feel frustrated by a lack of specific feedback and a clear explanation of what they've done "wrong." In this session, we will discuss expectations around marking written assignments (those of teachers and of students) and explore strategies for responding to student writing that will result in fair and consistent grading, and specific and useful feedback.

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Promotion of Inclusion through Human Rights, Equity, and Accessibility at Queen's
Moderator: Sue Fostaty Young, Centre for Teaching and Learning
Panelists: Michele Chittenden, Adaptive Technology Centre; Heidi Penning, Equity Office; and Stephanie Simpson, Human Rights Office
(Room D214, Mackintosh Corry Hall) 

Diversity has always existed in the classroom; however changing demographics and the readiness of many students to be more vocal about their social identities have made us more keenly aware of diversity in ability, age, gender, race and ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, social class, and learning style. This awareness, in turn, has presented educators with certain challenges regarding their teaching and curricular practices. In order to integrate the principles of equity and diversity we must consciously reflect upon what we teach, how we teach, and the perspective(s) we represent in our teaching.


This panel will introduce participants to relevant legislation and policies, explore human rights and equity considerations, and raise awareness of available resources at Queen’s towards making the classroom an effective and inclusive learning environment for all students.
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Facilitation in a Blended Learning Course
Rick Nigol, Continuing and Distance Education
(Room D211 Mackintosh Corry Hall)

The role of the educator or teaching assistant in a blended course is as a facilitator rather than subject expert.  Each small group learning activity is carefully planned in advance to achieve specific learning outcomes, with the facilitator providing support for student peer learning.  This session focuses on developing facilitation skills, and will be particularly helpful for teaching assistants and instructors involved in the Course Redesign Project in the Faculty of Arts and Science.

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Learning the Ropes: Graduate Supervision for New Supervisors
Kim McAuley, School of Graduate Studies; and Denise Stockley, Centre for Teaching and Learning
(Room D207, Mackintosh Corry Hall) 

This session is designed for new supervisors or those who feel they need a refresher. Topics to be covered in this session include: recruiting students, basics of supervision, the different roles of a supervisory committee, and how the CTL and SGS can support you in your graduate supervision. All are welcome to attend.
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Strategies for Building Intercultural Competence in the Classroom
Susan Anderson Steele, Queen's University International Centre
(Room D209, Mackintosh Corry Hall)

In this session, participants will gain an understanding of how intercultural competence can enhance learning  for themselves and their students in the classroom, and take away at least one strategy for achieving such competence. They will have the opportunity to:

  • Examine common experiences of intercultural challenges in the classroom;
  • Gain a greater understanding of these challenges by considering some basic intercultural concepts and theories;
  • Learn and practise one intercultural skill that will provide a basic strategy for dealing with future challenges.
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Understanding the TA/TF Collective Agreement and Union Resources

John Rose and Doulton Wiltshire, PSAC 901
(Room E202, Mackintosh Corry Hall)


This is a workshop for TAs and TFs on understanding how the collective agreement operates at Queen's, what it offers TA/TFs in terms of benefits, standardized hiring practices, grievance procedures and more. TAs and TFs are encouraged to attend to learn how the collective agreement benefits them and what may be changing during the current round of bargaining.


We encourage you to bring an electronic devise to access the Collective Agreement during the workshop. A limited number of copies will be available. The CA can be found at


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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