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Concurrent Sessions C: 2:45 - 3:35 p.m.

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


Teaching Across Cultures

Alison Cummings, Queen's University International Centre

Room E202, Mackintosh-Corry Hall


This session will examine the impact of 'culture' on the learning experience. Through presentation and discussion, the following questions will be explored: What are some of the issues to keep in mind when instructing in a multi-cultural classroom? How does the university environment extend or limit access to the full range of educational opportunity? How does culture shape students' expectations and participation in the program of study?


Overview of Services offered by the Centre for Teaching and Learning for Graduate Students and Post-Docs

Victoria Chen, Centre for Teaching and Learning; Kendall Garton, History; Launa Gauthier, Centre for Teaching and Learning

Room D214, Mackintosh-Corry Hall


Join us to learn about the numerous services the Centre for Teaching and Learning offers to graduate students and post-docs.  Both formal courses (SGS 901) to workshop style sessions are offered throughout the year to help students and post-docs develop and improve their teaching skills for possible academic careers.

Preparing for your First Tutorial (repeat of A.3)

Christina Salavantis and Debra Mackinnon, Sociology

Room E230, Mackintosh-Corry Hall


This session will run using some of the formats, tips and tricks that have been used successfully over the years in Introduction to Sociology. SOCY 122 has a team of 20 TAs that lead 40 tutorials per week. Opportunity will be provided for you to discuss with others your biggest fears as well as best practices for running small group sessions.  Real scenarios collected from past TAs will foster discussion; there will be a focus on first year student engagement. The activities and discussions in this session should be applicable across all disciplines and academic levels.


Teaching Controversial Subjects

Sue Fostaty Young, Centre for Teaching and Learning

Room D216, Mackintosh-Corry Hall


Open discussions on controversial issues can provide invaluable opportunities for the development of critical thinking and democratic engagement – two skills frequently cited as primary outcomes of a university education – but they can also present significant classroom management challenges.  In this session, using case scenarios, you’ll have the opportunity to experiment with three different frameworks to help manage discussions in ways that provide space for open, safe and inclusive exploration of controversial issues.


Understanding the TA/TF Collective Agreement and Union Resources

Craig Berggold, President, Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) 901

Room B201, 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/TAs 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 changed during the last round of bargaining.


Recognizing and Responding to Students in Distress in the Classroom

Beth Blackett and Ashley Vanstone, Student Wellness Services

Room D207, Mackintosh-Corry Hall


In the course of your experience as a graduate student (e.g. as a TA) you may encounter fellow-students who are experiencing distress and who may have a mental health problem. This session will provide you with information to assist you in dealing with situations like these so that you can provide support and guide them to the resources available on campus. At the end of this session, participants will: * Be familiar with indicators of a possible mental health problem * Understand the continuum model of mental health * Know how to support students in distress and guide them to the resources available on campus * Know how to deal with situations where there is an immediate concern for a student’s well-being or safety.


Build your own Open Textbook with help from the Queen's University Libraries

Mark Swartz, Copyright Specialist; and Rosarie Coughlan, Scholarly Publishing Librarian, Queen's University Library
Room D209, Mackintosh-Corry Hall


Using samples of existing Open texts, you will learn how to adopt or create your own Open Textbook for use in your course.  In Over the course of this workshop, you will create a template for your own Open text, while discovering different strategies, platforms, resources and services available through the QUL. Learn where you can find free Creative Commons material, public domain historical material, and open access books and journal, images for your PowerPoints and free textbooks for your classes.


Overall Agenda  |  Concurrent Sessions A Poster Session  |  Concurrent Sessions B  |  Concurrent Sessions C



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