Centre for Teaching and Learning

Centre for Teaching and Learning
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Remote TD Week LogoQueen’s University Centre for Teaching and Learning announces that, for Fall 2020, Teaching Development Day (TD Day) is now:

Remote Teaching Development (TD) Week


Remote TD Week 2020 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.

Remote TD Week will provide a professional development opportunity for educators to engage in a wide variety of topics, from teaching your first seminar or lab, 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. Most resources and recorded webinars will be available online for you to access throughout the Fall 2020 term when you need them the most.

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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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)


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)


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.

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