Upcoming Events

Fall 2017

Demystifying the Dossier Series: Demonstrating and Capturing Teaching Success

Megan Burnett, Associate Director, Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation, University of Toronto

Workshop, October 25, 2017 @ 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

As part of the Demystifying the Dossier Series, this workshop serves as a pre-‘teaching dossier’ workshop, and is the companion to the Working with Your Course Evaluations session (registration open Fall 2017) and Preparing Your Teaching Dossier session (registration open early 2018). Faculty are welcome to attend one or multiple workshops in the series.

At the University of Toronto, a teaching dossier must be submitted as part of the formal review process for tenure and continuing status. Beyond the information included in an academic CV, a teaching dossier describes and documents an instructor’s teaching expertise and goals and priorities for teaching and learning. It also highlights personal contributions to course and curriculum design efforts in a department or program, evidence of student impact, and evidence of teaching leadership. Given the range of evidence that is possible, and the importance of the narrative that surrounds this evidence, the dossier can be challenging to produce if insufficient time or attention is allotted to the tracking of teaching achievements and the collection of supporting documentation. To build the best case around one’s teaching, a faculty member needs a strategy for identifying and collecting the best possible evidence. This workshop aims to help clarify such a strategy and shed light on the iterative and critically reflective processes needed to gather optimal material for the dossier.

This session offers practical tips on how to produce, document, collect and reflect on the materials necessary for the compilation of an effective teaching dossier, including course evaluation data, teaching support materials, and evidence of professional development and educational leadership. This workshop will not focus on how to draft  the actual dossier, rather, we will examine strategies for ensuring that you are ready to prepare a dossier when the time comes.

Megan Burnett began her time at the University of Toronto as a PhD Candidate in the Department of French. Over the span of 10 years, she taught as a TA, Course Instructor and sessional instructor. She then coordinated the TATP, overseeing a team of 15 graduate student peer trainers and a Curriculum Developer.  In her role as Assistant Director of the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation, Megan provided support to faculty members working with TAs as well as guidance to those faculty members preparing teaching dossiers for tenure or promotion, or seeking to design/re-design courses or assignments. Megan routinely lead sessions on lesson planning, documenting your teaching and active learning for both the CTSI and TATP Workshop Series and co-facilitated the annual CTSI Course Design Institute. Nationally, Megan collaborates with colleagues across Canada on issues related to faculty and graduate student professional development. She is founder and Past Chair of a special interest group within the Society for Teaching & Learning in Higher Education that focuses on TA and graduate student development.

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Learning to Learn: Building Academic Tenacity in Our Students

Karen Smith, Faculty of Science, Microbiology & Immunology, The University of British Columbia

Seminar, November 9, 2017 @ 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

There is growing interest and momentum from educators to explore how they can better support students throughout university. Student engagement, academic tenacity and wellbeing can be the foundation for success. This session will explore ways we can increase academic tenacity by encouraging self-regulated learning skills, promoting social belonging and supporting a growth mindset.  We will consider what issues and challenges we face in this role of supporting the whole student and how we can build capacity for all educators.

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Preparation and Participation: Strategies for Motivating Students

Dianne Ashbourne, Educational Developer, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre, UTM

Workshop, November 23, 2017 @ 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

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Students as examiners: crowd-sourced exam preparation

Paul Denny, Department of Computer Science, University of Auckland

Seminar, December 6, 2017 @ TBD

In many classrooms, students expend significant effort preparing to be examined.  Self-testing, by answering practice questions, is popular with many students and is known to be effective.  However, large repositories of practice questions are not always readily available and can be very time consuming for instructors to create.  So what happens when students generate their own practice questions, targeting the material they are learning, and contribute them to a shared repository where they can be answered, rated and discussed by their peers?  What do students think about this, how useful are the questions in practice and does the activity help students learn?  It turns out there are many interesting answers to these questions.  This talk will introduce the motivation for having students build and moderate their own practice question banks, and will report on some of the practical challenges and measurable benefits, drawing upon data from popular online tools that host millions of student-generated questions.

Paul Denny is a senior lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Auckland.  His interests include developing and evaluating technologies for supporting collaborative learning, particularly involving student-generated resources, and for exploring ways to motivate students to engage within online learning environments.  Paul is a recipient of the National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award (2009) and the Computing Research and Education Association of Australasia Teaching Award (2010).  His visit to the University of Toronto is supported by an Association of Commonwealth Universities Fellowship.

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Teaching Tools: Apps

Gallery Walk, December 12, 2017 @ 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.