Centre for Teaching and Learning

Centre for Teaching and Learning
Centre for Teaching and Learning

Toolbox with icons flowing out of itTransforming Teaching Toolkit

The Transforming Teaching Toolkit was developed as a response to the sudden shift to remote teaching caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the resources and the principles that guide them are designed to support any teaching situation. When the unexpected happens, the resources here will help you maintain your core values and adapt your strategies for whatever life throws your way.

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Self-Assessment Tool

The best plan for your course is the plan that sits comfortably with you—a plan that makes the most of past approaches and materials while leveraging the best strategies and technologies for your course context. This self-assessment tool will prompt reflection on your strengths and recommend some Start Here resources that meet your needs.

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Transforming Teaching 101: Staying Nimble, Agile and On Top of Rapid Changes to Course Contexts

Pressed for time? Get a quick overview of the whole Toolkit with Transforming Teaching 101 resource.

Guiding Principles:

  • maintain and strengthen your commitment to institutional priorities around inclusivity, equity, and diversity; decolonization and Indigenization; active learning; aligned assessment; and experiential learning
  • play to your teaching strengths while expanding your repertoire of teaching tools and strategies
  • continue to place learners at the heart of the educational experience
  • adopt and adapt pedagogical strategies that will serve you throughout your teaching career
  • choose asynchronous approaches wherever possible

Start Here Guides

Start Here Guides offer initial resources, strategies, and recommended technologies for transitioning your teaching in an agile and rapid manner. 

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Building an inclusive classroom community is vital no matter the course context. Explore resources related to inclusive pedagogies, decolonization, accessibility, Indigenous pedagogies, and social presence in face-to-face and remote teaching environments.

Start Inclusive Community Guide

https://www.queensu.ca/ctl/course-organization

Apply principles of course design and adopt methods for organizing your course and course website (onQ, D2L, and Elentra).

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Integrate active learning strategies for all teaching environments and course contexts.

Start Student Engagement Guide

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Explore tools for aligning assessments with learning outcomes and brainstorm creative assessment options that inspire deep and lasting learning.

Start Assessment Strategies Guide

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Select educational technologies that will suit your teaching and learning needs.

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Communicate effectively with your students whether face-to-face or virtually.

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Live Webinar Series

Date & Time

Description

Registration and Resources

Wednesday, May 20, 10:30 - 11:30am, Microsoft Teams

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

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.

Resource page with recorded webinar now available!
Thursday, May 28, 1:30 - 2:30pm, Microsoft Teams

Strategies for Inclusive and Equitable Teaching in Remote Environments
Facilitated by Klodiana Kolomitro, Faculty of Health Sciences, and Lindsay Brant, Centre for Teaching and Learning

This webinar will draw upon the foundational principles of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Indigenization (EDII) to bring you both a theoretical understanding of how to teach and lead with inclusive and equitable teaching practices in remote learning environments in mind. The facilitators will also share with you with some practical “on the ground” best practices that are tried and tested so that you can adapt and adopt them for implementation in a variety of remote learning environments.

Recorded Webinar Now Available
Thursday, June 4, 2:30 - 3:30pm, Microsoft Teams

Selecting Appropriate Technologies
Facilitated by Selina Idlas and Lauren Anstey, Centre for Teaching and Learning

In this webinar, we will discuss how to select appropriate technologies while meeting the learning outcomes of your course. Technologies covered will include lecture recording and collaboration tools, taking into consideration the factors such as ease of use and integration with onQ for both instructors and students.  We will also introduce the Ed-Tech Toolbox and a rubric for quick evaluation and selection of elearning tools.

Principles for Technology Selection Resource
Tuesday, June 9, 10:00 - 11:00am, Microsoft Teams

Innovative Assessments for Learning
Facilitated by Sue Fostaty Young, Centre for Teaching and Learning

Come join us as we discuss ways of structuring assessment plans that support students' meaningful engagement with course material and result in productive, lasting learning.  

Recorded Webinar Now Available
Tuesday, June 16, 10:00 - 11:00am, Microsoft Teams

Active Learning Strategies in the Traditional or Virtual Classroom
Facilitated by Karalyn McRae and Andy Leger, Centre for Teaching and Learning

Active learning is a great way to promote student engagement and build opportunities for students to take responsibility for their own learning. This webinar will focus on ways to integrate active learning strategies into traditional face-to-face lectures, as well as how to adapt these strategies for blended and asynchronous online learning environments. Join us to learn new strategies or ask questions about your own course development.

Recorded Webinar Now Available
Tuesday, June 23, 1:30 – 2:30pm, Microsoft Teams

Copyright and Remote Instruction: How to use the course materials you want while respecting and complying with copyright
Facilitated by Mark Swartz, Copyright Manager, Queen’s Library

Don’t let Copyright concerns get in the way of a smooth transition to remote teaching!  In this webinar Mark will provide you with a number of tips and tricks for managing copyright in the digital classroom.  In this webinar, you will learn:

  • The basics of copyright law in Canada and how the Copyright Advisory Office can help you in maintaining copyright compliance;
  • How to apply the Copyright at Queen’s policy to a variety of areas related to teaching and learning (digital course readings and support materials like streaming video, audio etc.);
  • About copyright-related services being offered through the library, including Queen's eReserves.
Recorded Webinar Now Available
Thursday, June 25, 1:30 - 2:30pm, Microsoft Teams

Let’s Sit Together: Building Classroom Community
Facilitated by Lindsay Brant, Centre for Teaching and Learning

Please join Lindsay as she shares about a circle approach to teaching and learning. Participants will be encouraged to reflect upon their own leadership and teaching and learning styles as we explore ways in which to create and maintain a safe and inclusive classroom community. Participants will be asked to think about their current teaching practice, but will be encouraged to stretch, bend and flex, as they consider how to respectfully and intentionally incorporate new ways of knowing into their repertoire of teaching and learning approaches.

Recorded Webinar Now Available
Monday, June 29, 2:00 - 3:00pm, Microsoft Teams

Accessible Teaching in Every Context
Facilitated by Robin Attas, Centre for Teaching and Learning, Heidi Penning and Andrew Ashby, Human Rights and Equity Office

Whether online, face-to-face, or a mix of the two, ensuring that your teaching is accessible to every learner is critical. Deepen your abilities with applying Universal Design for Learning principles to course design and instruction, and ensure you know how to make your onQ site and course materials accessible and beyond-compliant with AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) requirements.

Recorded Webinar Now Available
Week of July 6 Course Design Express Learn more and Register
Early July Supports for Remote Learners Resource
Developed by Robin Attas, Centre for Teaching and Learning, with representatives from various campus units.
Available early July
Tuesday, July 7, 10:00 - 11:00am, Microsoft Teams

Active Learning Strategies for Non-Lecture Style Teaching
Facilitated by Karalyn McRae and Andy Leger, Centre for Teaching and Learning

Active learning can be built into all types of learning environments; discussion-based seminars, tutorials, studios, laboratory and experiential learning sessions are all great places to introduce active learning into your course. This webinar will focus on ways to develop active learning strategies for alternate (non-lecture) learning environments. Join us to learn new strategies or ask questions about your own course development.

Recorded Webinar Now Available
Week of July 13 Course Design Express (2nd offering) Learn more and Register
Wednesday, July 22, 10:30 - 11:30am, Microsoft Teams

Communicating with Students
Facilitated by Lauren Anstey, Centre for Teaching and Learning

This webinar will focus in on strategies for efficiently maintaining open lines of communication with students. Two main questions will guide the discussion – what technologies are available and how are these technologies best leveraged? What strategies can instructors put in place to manage their own ‘communication load’? 

Recorded Webinar Now Available
Week of July 27 Course Design Express (3rd offering) Learn more and Register
Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 10:30 - 11:30am, Microsoft Teams

Supporting and Leveraging Teaching Assistants
Facilitated by the Centre for Teaching and Learning Educational Development Associates

This webinar will outline some strategies for supporting Teaching Assistants in both off-line and on-line teaching environments. We will also introduce the new TA toolkit and discuss how to empower TAs to bring their own skills and experience into the classroom. We welcome general and more discipline-specific questions and comments during our Q & A period.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2:30 - 3:30pm, Microsoft Teams

Effective course organization in the LMS
Facilitated by Selina Idlas, Centre for Teaching and Learning

In this workshop we will explore effective course organisation in onQ. We will also cover some course tools that will improve the management of your course, and maximise instructor presence.

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Wednesday, August 26, 10:30 - 11:30am, Microsoft Teams

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.

Register Now
Tuesday, September 1, 1:30 - 2:30pm, Microsoft Teams

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.

Register Now

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