Winter Workshop Series for Teaching Assistants, Teaching Fellows, and Post-Docs

2 people walking on campus in front of SummerhillIntroduction to Concepts in University Teaching and Learning

Tuesday, January 25, 2022; 11:00am-12:00pm, Zoom
Facilitated by Monica Garvie, Centre for Teaching and Learning

What is pedagogy? What are instructional strategies and learning outcomes? What is a teaching dossier and do I need one? This workshop covers key concepts and terminology used in teaching and learning at the university level. Aimed at Teaching Fellows, Teaching Assistants, and Post-Doctoral Fellows from all faculties and departments who are interested in effective and inclusive teaching, this workshop will provide exposure to various areas of the teaching and learning space and includes accompanying resources for attendees to expand their understanding through self-study. Join this workshop as the pre-amble to Assessment Practices for University Teaching and Learning and Beyond the Contract: Pedagogy and Developing the Course Syllabus or simply as the first step of your journey into the domain of evidence-based university teaching and learning.

Leveraging onQ and Educational Technologies in your Role as a TA

Monday, January 31, 2022; 1:30-2:30pm, Zoom
Facilitated by Selina Idlas and Karalyn McRae, Centre for Teaching and Learning

Wait, onQ can do what?! Using technology as part of our teaching can be overwhelming, however finding the right tools can lead to fun and engaging opportunities for you and your students. There are hundreds of different options when it comes to using different technology tools. This session will focus on some of the tools available in onQ that you might use in your role as a TA, as well as other technology options to integrate into your teaching.

Developing your Teaching Dossier (This session is part of SGS’s Expanding Horizon Series)

Thursday, February 17, 2022; 1:30-3:00pm, Zoom
Facilitated by Karalyn McRae, Centre for Teaching and Learning

Teaching dossiers are increasingly required as part of the application process for academic positions and are often required for consideration for promotion within the academy. This session will provide an introduction to the essential elements of a teaching dossier. It is designed to assist you in highlighting your teaching accomplishments, strengths and instructional initiatives.  Activities and discussions will focus on the process of writing a teaching philosophy statement as well as on a variety of ways to seek and interpret feedback on the effectiveness of your teaching.

Assessment Practices for University Teaching and Learning

Tuesday, March 1, 2022; 1:00pm-2:00pm, Zoom
Facilitated by Clarissa de Leon and Karalyn McRae, Centre for Teaching and Learning

How do we design assessments that can best capture student learning? How can we use feedback to help foster growth and understanding? This workshop is designed for current/aspiring Teaching Assistants, Teaching Fellows, and Post-Doctoral Fellows. In this workshop, participants will be asked to actively participate by reviewing assessment samples, evaluating assessment tools, and reflecting on their past experiences as students. Topics covered will include learning objectives, assessment alignment, and meaningful feedback. Attending Introduction to Concepts in University Teaching and Learning is recommended for this workshop but not required. This workshop is also recommended, but not required, for Beyond the Contract: Pedagogy and Developing the Course Syllabus.

Beyond the Contract: Pedagogy and Developing the Course Syllabus 

Thursday, March 24, 2022; 1:30 – 2:30pm, Zoom
Facilitated by Samantha Twietmeyer, Centre for Teaching and Learning

The syllabus is a requisite document in higher education. While often viewed as a form of contract, a syllabus reflects, implicitly or explicitly, an instructor’s pedagogical approach to teaching and learning. How do we understand the role of this powerful tool within a classroom? What are the basics of building a syllabus and how might we move beyond contractual approaches to conceptualizing and crafting a syllabus that reflects our own pedagogy and objectives in teaching and learning? This workshop is designed for current and aspiring Teaching Fellows, Assistants, and Post-Doctoral Fellows. Participants will collaboratively review example syllabi and are invited to bring their own. Topics covered will include core syllabus elements, various conceptual approaches, and the promises and pitfalls of innovating syllabi. Attending the Introduction to Concepts in University Teaching and Learning and/or Assessment Practices for University Teaching and Learning workshops is recommended but not required.