Centre for Teaching and Learning

Centre for Teaching and Learning
Centre for Teaching and Learning
Remote TD Week LogoQueen’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.

Overview

Our popular TD Week is scheduled for August 30 - September 3. Keep an eye on this as further details become available.

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.

Last Years Program

Winter 2021 Schedule of Events

Winter Teaching Development Week 2021

Monday, January 4th

Tuesday, January 5th

Wednesday. January 6th

Thursday, January 7th

Friday, January 8th

 

10:00-11:30am
TA Professional Learning Community Open House

10:30-11:30am
Introduction to Indigenous Pedagogies

10:30-11:30am
Making intentional choices in your course: An introduction to UDL Principles for Teaching Assistants

10:30-11:30am
Building an Inclusive Community in the Classroom

  1:00-2:00pm
Giving Constructive Feedback on Writing

1:30-2:30pm
Getting to Know OnQ

2:30-3:30pm
Something to Talk About: Fostering Engagement in Synchronous/Asynchronous Discussion
 

Remote TD Week will provide a professional development opportunity for educators to engage in a wide variety of topics, from creating an inclusive community in your classroom, engaging students in discussions, to technology tips for using onQ. This year, many of our topics will focus on transitioning into a remote learning environment – a teaching and learning environment that will be new to instructors, TAs, and students. What will the structure of Remote TD Week look like? Instead of a single day, Remote TD Week will be a hybrid of online resources and videos, as well as live webinars throughout the week.

Descriptions

TA Professional Learning Community Open House
Tuesday, January 5, 2021, 10:00 - 11:30am
Facilitators: Karalyn McRae, Katherine Mazurok, and Andres Ramos, Centre for Teaching and Learning

No matter your level of teaching experience, join us for an interactive community building zoom event to share your experiences as a TA, challenges, innovative ideas for the classroom, and excitement moving into the Winter 2021 term. Participants will be invited to share their thoughts or experiences with different aspects of remote teaching in small discussion groups.

 

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 Indigenous Pedagogies
Wednesday, January 6, 2021, 10:30 - 11:30am
Facilitators: Lindsay Brant and Clarissa de Leon, 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. 

 

Getting to Know onQ
Wednesday, January 6, 2021, 1:30 - 2:30pm
Facilitators: 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.

 

Making intentional choices in your course: An introduction to UDL Principles for Teaching Assistants
Thursday, January 7, 2021, 10:30 - 11:30am
Facilitators: Katherine Mazurok and Andres Ramos, Centre for Teaching and Learning

Given the diverse ways you can contribute to a course as a teaching assistant, using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles to guide your decision-making processes helps to foster an inclusive environment. This interactive session will introduce you to using the UDL framework so that you can build flexibility into your course no matter your role as a TA.

 

Something to Talk About: Fostering Engagement in Synchronous/Asynchronous Discussion 
Thursday, January 7, 2021, 2:30 - 3:30pm
Facilitator: Jacob DesRochers, Arts and Science Online

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.  

 

Building an Inclusive Community in the Classroom
Friday, January 8, 2021, 10:30 - 11:30am
Facilitators: Robin Attas and Clarissa de Leon, 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.

 

Asychronous Resources

Introduction to the Teaching Assistant Toolkit - Video

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 - Video

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.

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 - Video

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

Campus Supports Infographic HeaderCampus 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.

Experiential Learning Hub

Get Support for Experiential Learning at Queen’s

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Use the EL Faculty Toolkit: a set of practical tools to guide course development including logistics, curriculum, reflection, and assessment. Find it online:  Faculty Toolkit Webpage

Join the Host Outreach Network: an informal community of practice for those facilitating EL at Queen’s with host organizations

Save time, improve your courses, connect with your peers

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Recordings from Fall 2020 TD Week Webinars

Didn’t attend a session from the Fall 2020 Remote Teaching Development Week? Or just want a refresh on a particular topic before your next TAship? Most webinars from the CTL’s Remote Teaching Development Week in September were recorded and available in the drop box below and on your YouTube channel.

Recordings from Fall 2020 TD Week Webinars

 

Recordings of Synchronous Sessions

Connect & Reflect: Opening

Check out this digital community board full of short activities for getting to know one another and priming some of your thoughts on teaching and learning.
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Preparing for Teaching: Welcome to Remote TD Week!
Lead by John Pierce, Vice Provost (Teaching and Learning), Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal, and Sue Fostaty Young, Director, Centre for Teaching and Learning

Join John and Sue as they talks briefly about the mindset needed to prepare for teaching in the upcoming year.  Learn about the CTL’s programs and services; and meet our staff who are here to support you along your teaching journey.

TA Panel:  “What I know now about TAing/Teaching that I wish I know when I first started”
Moderator: Nevena Martinovic, Centre for Teaching and Learning

Panelists: Clarissa de Leon, Faculty of Education; Katherine Mazurock, Gender Studies; Andres Ramos, Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Hannah Skrynsky, Department of English.

Whether you’re TAing or the first time, or have years of experience under your belt, this webinar is for you! Join a panel of experienced Teaching Assistants 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. They will offer their words of wisdom for both face to face and online TAing, and answer questions from webinar participants.

Transforming Teaching 101: Staying nimble, agile and on top of rapid changes to course contexts
Facilitated by Lauren Anstey, Robin Attas, and Lindsay Brant, Centre for Teaching and Learning

Similar to previous offerings

An overview of the entire Transforming Teaching Toolkit program with a focus on developing an ‘improv’ mindset to make quick course adjustments that maintain core values and principles.

Getting to Know onQ
Facilitated by Selina Idlas and Karla Coleman, Centre for Teaching and Learning

This webinar is for 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.

Tips for Preparing Your First Science Lab in 2020
Facilitated by Lauren Anstey and Karalyn McRae, Centre for Teaching and Learning; and Michael Mombourquette, Department of Chemistry

This year’s laboratories will be more diverse than ever before. This session centres on essential strategies and practices that you can rely on as a first-time TA in a lab setting to guide you as you step into whatever the term may bring.

Navigating Difficult Discussions
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
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.

Understanding the TA/TF Collective Agreement and Union Resources
Facilitated by Doug Yearwood, VP Community Affairs, 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.

Effective Strategies for Facilitating Tutorials and Seminars
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.

Connect & Reflect: Closing
Stay in touch with new colleagues and reflect on teaching and learning as you wrap up your week through short activities organized on this digital community board.
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