August 29 - 31, 2023
The Teaching Development Conference (TDC) at Queen’s is a signature event hosted each Fall by the Centre for Teaching and Learning. It is an opportunity for all educators to start the academic year with networking and professional development on innovations in teaching. This event is for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, faculty, and teaching staff from across disciplines to come together to learn and share ideas. The conference will explore strategies for creating flexible, inclusive and student-centred learning environments, whether we are teaching undergraduate, graduate, online, or on-campus courses. Sessions throughout the conference will share ideas for educators across all levels of experience.
TDC 2023 at-a-Glance
|Monday, August 28||In-Person Orientations
|Tuesday, August 29||Signature In-Person Full Day Event
Concurrent Session A Descriptions
Concurrent Session B Descriptions
|Wednesday, August 30||Webinars: Day 1
|Thursday, August 31||Webinars: Day 2
|Icon||Session is Designed for|
|New Graduate Students and Teaching Assistants|
|Teaching Fellows and Post-Doctoral Fellows|
|Early Career Faculty|
Monday, August 28
These Drop-Ins do not require registration.
Monday, August 28, 2023; 9:00 – 10:00am; Humphrey Hall, Auditorium
We invite instructors teaching in a large lecture hall or auditorium classroom space to drop-in for an in-person orientation session if they want to become familiar with the classroom technology. This is an opportunity to test the technology and ask questions about how you might use it in your teaching. The session will be co-hosted by ITS and the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL). Please note that we will only be offering training in one of the auditorium classrooms, however we will be able to describe and demonstrate the standard classroom features that you will see in the other classrooms at Queen’s.
Monday, August 28, 2023; 10:30 – 11:30am; Jeffrey Hall, Room 156
We invite instructors teaching in a high-tech active learning classroom space to drop-in for an in-person orientation session if they want to become familiar with the classroom technology and to discuss ideas about integrating active learning into your course design. The session will be co-hosted by ITS and the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL). Please note that we will only be offering training in one of the high-tech active learning classrooms, however we will be able to describe and demonstrate the standard classroom features that you will see in the other active learning classrooms at Queen’s.
Tuesday, August 29 | Biosciences Complex
|8:15 - 8:45am||Sign In||Atrium|
|8:45 - 10:00am||Welcome and Plenary | Matthew Evans, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic); Gavan Watson, Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning); and Dale Lackeyram, Director, Centre for Teaching and Learning||Room 1102|
Teaching and learning at its best provides a profound experience of satisfaction and empowerment for both students and teachers. However, in the day-to-day challenges, we risk sometimes (frequently? almost always?) losing sight of this mission.
In this session, we will reflect on our personal educational experiences, looking at the highs and the lows. We will then explore perspectives and strategies to try recreate those highs and minimize those lows, thinking both of our pedagogical aspirations as teachers and also looking at our courses through the eyes of our students. Expect some light audience participation.
|10:00 - 10:20am||Coffee Break||Atrium|
|10:20 - 11:30am||Concurrent Sessions A|
|A.1 PANEL: Ask a TA! Navigating Teaching Assistantships at Queen’s
Moderator: Monica Garvie, Biology Department and Centre for Teaching and Learning
Panelists: Badriyya Yusuf, Political Studies, Kim Hill-Tout, Geography and Planning, Ben Carroll, School of Nursing
What kinds of responsibilities will I have as a TA and what things do I need to know? What can I do as a TA to be inclusive and equitable? How can get the most out of my TA experience? Join Monica and a panel of experienced TAs from a variety of disciplines to discuss the joys and challenges of TAing at Queen’s. Our panelists will speak on their past experiences, resources they’ve found useful, and discuss strategies for the upcoming semester. This session is open to new and experienced teaching assistants. Got questions about TAing? Come join the discussion and ask a TA!
|A.2 New Faculty Panel: Insights into a New Context
Moderator: Yasmine Djerbal, Centre for Teaching and Learning
Panelists: Dan Cohen, Geography and Planning; Joseph Kangemennaang, Kinesiology and Health Studies; Sara Nabil School of Computing
In this session, we will hear from faculty members who have joined Queen’s University in the past few years, and learn first-hand about their experiences, things they wish they had known when they first started, and advice they have for new colleagues. We also highly encourage participants to make use of this space to build community and network with peers from across campus and across disciplines.
|A.3 Creating a Teaching Dossier
Andy Leger, Centre for Teaching and Learning
|11:30am - 1:00pm||Wellness Break and Optional Networking||Atrium|
Here are some places close by to get lunch:
|Optional Networking (12:15 - 1:00pm)
Graduate Students and Teaching Assistants | Biosciences Complex, Atrium
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning | Biosciences Complex, Room 2109
Active Learning | Humphrey Hall, Room 131
|1:00 - 2:00pm
||Concurrent Sessions B|
|B.1 Nurturing Community for Meaningful Discussions
Clarissa de Leon, Centre for Teaching and Learning
|B.2 Providing Effective Feedback on Student Writing
Johanna Amos, Student Academic Success Services
|B.3 Tools for Teaching
Selina Idlas, Centre for Teaching and Learning
|2:00 - 2:30pm||Closing Remarks||Room 1102|
Please Note: You must register individually for all webinars.
|9:00 - 10:00am||
Conversations on Accountability and Inclusion in Teaching
|11:00am - 12:00pm||TAs and TFs: Understanding Your Collective Agreement and Union Resources
Nina Micanovic, Co-Chief Steward, Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) 901
This is a session 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.
|1:30 - 2:30pm||
Beyond the Classroom: Building Experiential Learning into your Curriculum
|9:00 - 10:00am||
Building your Teaching Skills: Integrating Teaching Development into your Graduate Experience
|10:30 - 11:30am||Tools for Teaching
Selina Idlas, Centre for Teaching and Learning
|2:00 - 3:00pm||Strategies for Effective Teaching in the Laboratory
Karalyn McRae, Centre for Teaching and Learning
Teaching happens in many different places and spaces, and for some of us, it means preparing to teach in our laboratory and clinical learning environments. Teaching in science, engineering and health science disciplines are all enhanced through the hands-on experimentation that happens in laboratory sessions. As a TA, how can you best prepare for in-lab teaching sessions? What are some of the common challenges of teaching in a lab space? This session will focus on introducing some essential strategies and practices that you can use as either a TA or new course instructor in a lab setting.