Centre for Teaching and Learning

Centre for Teaching and Learning
Centre for Teaching and Learning

Instructional Strategies

Taking practice-based and literature-informed approaches, the CTL partners with Queen’s educators by providing expertise to enhance pedagogical practices, and provides educational leadership within the context of Canadian higher education.

Teaching for Active Learning

Teaching for Active Learning

Focus on Active Learning: Active Learning Strategies

Included here are strategies designed to support students’ active learning in a variety of contexts: lecture; tutorial/seminar; and team- or group-based learning. All strategies can be adapted to multiple contexts, face-to-face or virtual, and are presented simply as catalysts to your own creativity. The single most critical factor in selecting a strategy is ensuring that it directly supports the intended learning outcomes.

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Focus on Active Learning: Active Learning Strategies (PDF, 655KB)

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Showcase on Teaching and Learning Conference

This day-long event is an opportunity to meet with colleagues from across the University and to find out all about the strategic and emerging teaching and learning initiatives and innovations that are taking place across campus and across disciplines. Participants have 15 minutes to present a successful instructional or assessment innovation, then respond to questions from the audience. It’s a great way to hear about what’s going on across campus and to perhaps form networks of instructors with similar interests.  (Held annually in May)

Learn more about the Showcase on Teaching and Learning Conference.

Documenting Your Teaching

Teaching Dossiers

A teaching dossier provides a rich description of a person's teaching views, approaches, experiences, and evaluations. The sections, as described in the Preparing a Teaching Dossier Handbook, include a biographical overview, teaching philosophy statement, teaching strategies, experiences, effectiveness (evaluations and feedback), professional development, scholarship, leadership, awards, sample syllabi and more. A teaching dossier is ever-evolving like a curriculum vitae or resume, however it is distinct as it focuses on current goals and relevant experiences and examples in teaching and learning within its typical 6-12 pages length.

Learn more about Teaching Dossiers.

Teaching Awards

Queens’ tradition of teaching excellence is recognized through a variety of teaching awards at the departmental, institutional, provincial, and national levels. To date, over 1000 faculty and teaching assistants have won 71 institutional, faculty, and departmental awards, provincially, 12 Queen’s faculty were awarded the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations Award, and nationally, seven of our faculty members have been recipients of the 3M National Teaching Fellowship. Awards that are internal to the university vary in scope and include university wide, departmental, or student society awards.

Learn more about Teaching Awards.