Teaching Development Day (TD Day)

"laptop icon with images and icons in cirles around it"Queen’s University Centre for Teaching and Learning announces that Teaching Development Day (TD Day) is now:

Remote Teaching Development (TD) Week

August 30 - September 3, 2021

Overview

Remote TD Week is an opportunity for graduate students, faculty, and teaching staff from across disciplines to come together to learn and share ideas on how we can be flexible and adaptable in our approach to teaching.

Monday, August 30 Tuesday, August 31 Wednesday, September 1 Thursday, September 2 Friday, September 3
CONNECT AND REFLECT | TD Week Community Board
Padlet Board
10:30 – 12:00pm
PLENARY AND WELCOME | There and Back Again

Grahame Renyk, Dan School of Drama and Music
11:00 – 12:00pm
What I know now: Demystifying Teaching Assistantships

Moderated by: Clarissa de Leon, Centre for Teaching and Learning
10:30 – 11:30am
Getting to Know onQ

Facilitated by Karla Coleman, Centre for Teaching and Learning
  11:00 – 12:00pm
Strategies for Effective Teaching in the Laboratory

Facilitated by Karalyn McRae and Lauren Anstey, Centre for Teaching and Learning
1:30 – 2:30pm
Something to Talk About: Fostering Engagement in Synchronous/Asynchronous Discussion

Facilitated by Jacob DesRochers, Arts and Science Online and Faculty of Education
2:30 – 3:30pm
Building Inclusive and Anti-Racist Classrooms
 
Facilitated by Yasmine Djerbal, Centre for Teaching and Learning
1:00 – 2:30pm
Developing Foundational Intercultural Teaching Competence

Facilitated by Yunyi Chen, Centre for Teaching and Learning

1:00 – 2:00pm
Learning Environments that Foster Student Wellbeing: A Conversation

Jodi Webber, Aging and Health, and Lauren Anstey , Centre for Teaching and Learning

2:30 – 3:30pm
Introduction to Indigenous Pedagogies

Facilitated by Lindsay Brant, Centre for Teaching and Learning

1:00 – 2:00pm
Understanding the TA/TF Collective Agreement and Union Resources

Facilitated by the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) 901
CONNECT AND REFLECT | TD Week Community Board
Padlet Board

Session Descriptions

Monday, August 30, 2021

10:30 – 12:00pm
PLENARY AND WELCOME | There and Back Again

Facilitated by Grahame Renyk, Dan School of Drama and Music

Grahame will share what he has learned adapting the blended model of Dram100 - Introduction to Theatre for remote delivery, and how it changed what the course will look like upon return to campus.  Tweaks in course delivery and design forced by the pandemic have yielded unexpected benefits, including an uptick in the quality of student work. He will also share his reflections on why this might have been the case.  His insights are twofold: what he learned about creating concise, accessible, navigable, and engaging online content, and (even more crucially) what he learned about the value of instructor-led synchronous sessions in supporting student wellness and engagement. Synchronous sessions initially intended to supplement lectures evolved into vital opportunities for building community and connection. As the semester progressed, Grahame discovered small, but effective strategies for fostering community and wellness that he will most certainly retain as we move back to campus.

1:30 – 2:30pm
Something to Talk About: Fostering Engagement in Synchronous/Asynchronous Discussion

Facilitated by Jacob DesRochers, Arts and Science Online and Faculty of Education

Often educators share the biggest struggle in their classroom (remote or not) is student engagement. How do we get students to engage in discussion and take ownership of their learning? In this workshop, we will examine effective strategies for improving student engagement, consider why students may disengage, and peer-share successful moments in our own teaching journeys. 

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

11:00 – 12:00pm
What I know now: Demystifying Teaching Assistantships

Moderated by: Clarissa de Leon, Centre for Teaching and Learning, Panelists: Monica Garvie, Centre for Teaching and Learning; and Biology, Samantha Twietmeyer, Centre for Teaching and Learning; and Political Studies, Basmah Rahman, English, Gianmarco D’Alessandro, Engineering and Applied Science

What kinds of responsibilities will I have as a TA? What can I do as a TA to be inclusive and equitable? What are some of the things I need to know as a TA? Join a panel of experienced TAs from a variety of disciplines to discuss the challenges and opportunities within TAing at Queen’s. Our panelists will speak on their past experiences, as well as strategies for the upcoming semester. This webinar is open to new and experienced teaching assistants.

2:30 – 3:30pm
Building Inclusive and Anti-Racist Classrooms
 
Facilitated by Yasmine Djerbal, Centre for Teaching and Learning

Whether it’s your first-time teaching or you’ve had experience in the classroom, this session will offer you practical skills for incorporating anti-racist and inclusive pedagogies into your teaching practice.    

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

10:30 – 11:30am
Getting to Know onQ

Facilitated by Karla Coleman, Centre for Teaching and Learning

This webinar is designed for new users to onQ. In this introduction, we will be giving you a brief tour of the essential tools to get you started in onQ. These include Announcements, Content, Assignments, Grade Book, Classlist and Classlist Email.

1:00 – 2:30pm
Developing Foundational Intercultural Teaching Competence

Facilitated by Yunyi Chen, Centre for Teaching and Learning

With the continuous internationalization of the student population on campus, there is an increasing need for educators to develop foundational intercultural teaching competence to work effectively with students from diverse cultural, linguistic, and educational backgrounds. In this session, participants will reflect on their own cultural positionality and work together to explore how their cultural positionality may shape their teaching beliefs and approaches, the way they interact with students, and the impact on students’ learning experience.

The video below was recorded in Summer 2021 and covers the same information discussed in the TD week session.

Thursday, September 2, 2021

1:00 – 2:00pm
Learning Environments that Foster Student Wellbeing: A Conversation

Facilitated by Jodi Webber, Aging and Health, and Lauren Anstey, Centre for Teaching and Learning

This conversational session will dedicate time to think about, share, and reflect on your teaching practices that support students to be well. Participants are asked to watch this 2-minute video prior to the session and begin reflecting on the question: How do you foster a learning environment that promotes student well-being? In our session, we will consider together small practices that may be easy to implement but have big potential to positively foster students’ (and your own) wellness through learning.

2:30 – 3:30pm
Introduction to Indigenous Pedagogies

Facilitated by Lindsay Brant, Centre for Teaching and Learning

This workshop will provide an introduction to Indigenous pedagogies, and ways of knowing. It will provide an open forum for discussion on striking a balance between Western and Indigenous approaches to teaching and learning while offering participants a chance to gather practical ideas for implementation in the classroom environment within your role as a TA.

Friday, September 3, 2021

11:00 – 12:00pm
Strategies for Effective Teaching in the Laboratory

Facilitated by Karalyn McRae and Lauren Anstey, Centre for Teaching and Learning

As we transition back to on-campus teaching this Fall, it also means preparing to teach, and inviting students back to learn, in our laboratory, clinical, and experiential 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 rely on as either a TA or new course instructor in a lab setting.

1:00 – 2:00pm
Understanding the TA/TF Collective Agreement and Union Resources

Facilitated by the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) 901

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.

Giving Constructive Feedback on Writing

Tuesday, January 5, 2021, 1:00 - 2:00pm
Facilitators: Robin Attas and Karalyn McRae, Centre for Teaching and Learning

Join us in this interactive workshop to learn about the different types of feedback TAs and instructors can give students to promote learning. During this session we will introduce some practical strategies for developing constructive feedback on writing, as well as provide an opportunity for you to practice the feedback process.

Introduction to the Teaching Assistant Toolkit

This video provides an overview of the Teaching Assistant (TA) Toolkit, including the topics included in the toolkit, where to find the TA toolkit on our website, and how to reach out to an educational development associate (EDA) with questions and challenges about your role as a TA.

Check out the full TA Toolkit!

Introduction to Using Rubrics

recorded by Karalyn McRae, Centre for Teaching and Learning and Nerissa Mulligan, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Rubrics are a tool that can be used to communicate assignment expectations and help streamline the grading process. This video introduces the components of a typical analytic rubric and how, as a TA, you might use rubrics for grading assignments.

Watch on CTL YouTube Channel

Rubric Handout (PDF, 312KB)

Resources:

Assessment Strategies – Centre for Teaching and Learning, Queen’s University. On the CTL’s webpage for assessment strategies, there is a short section on rubrics within the drop-down menu. This section includes a few tips on how to get started when writing rubrics.

Creating a Rubric: An Online Tutorial for Faculty – The Center for Faculty Development, University of Colorado Denver. This tutorial presents a general overview of the steps in writing a rubric.

Tools for Grading: Sample Rubrics and Spreadsheets – Center for Teaching, Vanderbilt University

Rubrics – Teaching Commons, DePaul University

Preparing a Lesson Plan

Whether you are facilitating a science lab, seminar or tutorial, or giving a guest lecture, having a lesson plan can help with organizing discussion ideas and time management of the teaching session. This video introduces the benefits of a lesson plan and some sample models that you might try when drafting your first lesson plan.

Sample Lesson Plan Handout (Word, 19KB AND PDF, 122KB)

Resources:

Course Design: Planning a Class – Centre for Teaching Excellence, University of Waterloo

Strategies for Effective Lesson Planning – Center for Research on Learning & Teaching, University of Michigan

BOPPPS Infographic (JPG, 69KB) – Teaching Support Centre, Western University

Campus Supports Infographic

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Campus Supports Infographic (PDF, 555KB)

There are many resources for students on campus that can expand your learners’ abilities to succeed in your course. Instructor referrals are one of the best ways of getting students to connect with these important supports. The Campus Supports Infographic provides an overview of many campus supports, along with embedded website links.

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Navigating Difficult Discussions

Thursday, September 3, 2020
Facilitated by Lindsay Brant, Centre for Teaching and Learning; and Jacob DesRochers, Faculty of Education

This workshop will help TAs and instructors to develop confidence in facilitating and anticipating difficult conversations with students. Throughout the workshop participants will learn about the importance of identifying their own positionality, developing an awareness of implicit and explicit bias, understanding micro-aggressions, and how to create safe/brave spaces for respectful and meaningful discussions to emerge within the classroom context. Through the examination of case studies, participants will explore the implementation of shared best practices and approaches to navigating discussions effectively.

Building an Inclusive Community in the Classroom

Thursday, September 3, 2020
Facilitated by Robin Attas, Centre for Teaching and Learning

An introduction to effective inclusive and anti-racist pedagogies. The focus of this session is on situations commonly faced by teaching assistants, but teaching fellows and other instructors will find value in the discussion as well.

Effective Strategies for Facilitating Tutorials and Seminars

Friday, September 4, 2020
Facilitated by Jacob DesRochers, Faculty of Education, Kendall Garton, Faculty of Arts and Science, and Michael Niven, Faculty of Education

This workshop will provide TAs and GTFs with strategies for facilitating tutorials/seminars, and tools for developing their teaching skills. In this workshop, participants will learn tips and tricks for effective instruction and planning, develop techniques for synchronous and asynchronous delivery, and learn how to establish and maintain healthy boundaries with their students and instructor. The aim of this workshop is to establish confidence in the participants teaching skills while sharing strategies for fostering a successful online learning community.

We are hoping to add more asynchronous resources to this list as we approach TD Week. The list will be complete by August 30th, 2021.