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Winter 2021 Events

Round-Table Discussion: Inclusive Pedagogy - Equity Approaches

February 25th 1-2pm

  • Facilitated by Ann Gagné, Educational Developer, Robert Gillespie Skills Centre; Fran Odette, Professor, George Brown University; and Nythalah Baker Director, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion 

In this roundtable we will discuss comprehensive approaches to a more equitable pedagogy. We will explore how race, class, disability, and LGBTQ2S+ awareness can intersect and are part of an inclusive pedagogy and curriculum.


Statistics for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

Tuesday, February 9 from 1-2pm

Presented by Tingting Zhu, Lecturer (CLTA), Department of Geography, Geomatics, and Environment, Carly Prusky, Educational Developer, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre & Dianne Ashbourne, Educational Developer, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre.

This workshop will address some of the common uses for statistics in SOTL work, and is an opportunity for faculty to ask questions about the statistical framing of research.


Compassion Fatigue Workshop 

Thursday, February 4, from 1-4pm

Facilitated by Shawna Percy, Life Voice

Based on the work of registered Psychotherapist and renowned speaker Francoise Mathieu, the Compassion Fatigue Workshop addresses the impact of burnout and vicarious trauma, and discusses how to get back to a place where we function out of a healthy capacity as instructors relating to learners. 


How You Can Help Students Develop Their Foundational Academic Skills

Facilitated by the Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre

Thursday, January 28th 10-11:30am

If students are to be successful both in specific courses and in their academic careers, they need to master a number of academic skills - and instructors can help them do that. In this workshop, members of the Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre will provide attendees with resources and activities to help students develop the foundational academic skills they need, with the emphasis on activities that do not require a great deal of preparation, that can be done in 10 minutes or less, and that can be integrated with your teaching of content.

The session will provide activities and tips for helping students with the following five academic skills:

  • effective reading;
  • notetaking;
  • study planning & distributed practice;
  • academic integrity; and
  • problem solving

Voice Care for Instructors

Tuesday, January 19th 1-3pm

  • Facilitated by Jake Simons

As instructors, care and use of our voice is often not something that is commonly part of our course preparation. Join us as we explore techniques that will strengthen your voice and will help provide care for your vocal cords as you teach remotely.


Fall 2020 Events

Winter Camp for Instructors

Monday, December 14th 10am - 12pm 

  • Facilitated by Fiona Rawle, Associate Dean, Undergraduate & Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Biology; Ann Gagné, Educational Developer, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre; & Dianne Ashbourne, Educational Developer, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre.

During this two-hour workshop we will highlight what worked (and what didn’t) during the fall term, looking forward to designing courses for Winter 2021. The session will share strategies related to course policies and syllabi, assessments, synchronous and asynchronous lectures, and managing student workload. We will also discuss approaches for supporting students, building community, and managing instructor workload. The workshop will be followed by a 2-hour drop-in session the next day (Tuesday, December 15th from 10am - 12pm) that aims to help instructors apply the strategies discussed to their individual courses. 


Round-Table Discussion: Racially-Inclusive Pedagogy

November 18th 1-2pm

Join us for a roundtable where we discuss racially-inclusive pedagogical strategies that you can use both in-class and remotely. This is an opportunity to pose questions about how to make your courses, and assessments more inclusive.


Creating Accessible Documents and Inclusive Course Design

November 12th 11am-12pm

  • Facilitated by Ann Gagné, Educational Developer, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre

This session will review inclusive course design and assessment possibilities in a holistic manner. We will explore document requirements for accessibility and how to address barriers to inclusivity in your courses.


Organizational Strategies for Teaching

November 3rd 11am-12pm

  • Facilitated by Rafael Chiuzi, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Institute for Management and Innovation

In this session, participants will have the opportunity to learn different organizational strategies and management techniques to enhance their teaching and self-organization. From your strengths and weaknesses to elaborating planned approaches to innovation, this session is designed to offer several tools to help instructors think about their teaching.


TDI (Teaching Development & Innovation) Grant Winner Showcase

October 28th 12-1pm
(Online via Zoom)

  • Presented by Bogdan Simion, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Mathematical and Computational Sciences, and Vivienne Luk, Assistant Professor, Teaching Steam, Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences and Department of Forensic Science

This session provides an opportunity for our TDI-award-winning instructors to share their pedagogical research with colleagues in short, 10-minute presentations. The TDI Grant Winner Showcase is also a great opportunity for faculty to gather ideas and learn more about the innovative teaching and learning initiatives happening on the UTM campus.

More information on the TDI Grant and other Teaching and Learning Grants from UTM can be found here: https://www.utm.utoronto.ca/tlc/funding-award-opportunities/teaching-learning-grants#tdi 


Multimodality: Pedagogy and Technology

October 19th 3-4pm
(ONLINE via Zoom)

  • Facilitated by Rosa Junghwa Hong, Assistant, Professor, Teaching Stream, French Program Department of Language Studies; Elizabeth Parke, Senior Research Associate, Collaborative Digital Research Space; and Joanna Szurmak, Research Services & Liaison Librarian

In a series of lightning talks, faculty will present examples of how multimodality and universal design for learning (UDL) strategies have worked with their assessments. Faculty will speak to the pedagogy of the tools they have used and how the tools have supported active learning and engagement.


Indigenous Student Panel and Curriculum Workshop

Student Panel: Wednesday, October 14th 1-2pm
Curriculum Workshop: 2-4pm
(Both on Zoom)

This panel will discuss the importance of an Indigenous curriculum in all aspects of pedagogy at the University of Toronto. We will provide some resources and examples of Indigenous initiatives that are taking place in UTM classrooms and communities, led by both students and faculty. We will converse on the importance for all UTM students and faculty to understand the long-lasting consequences of the historical relationships between Universities and Indigenous peoples in Canada, and begin a discourse on possible ways for UTM to move forward toward reconciliation. This panel differs from previous years, in that the dialogue will center around the needs and perspectives of Indigenous students.

The panel will be immediately followed by a two-hour Indigenous Curriculum Workshop. As a response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, this workshop will focus on approaches to Indigenizing and decolonizing the curriculum. We will focus on an overview of incorporating inclusive pedagogy and Indigenous ways of knowing into courses. Participants will also have the opportunity to bring a current course syllabus with them to reflect on Indigenizing and decolonizing their specific courses.


Mid-Term Instructor Check-In

Tuesday, October 13th 10am-11am (ONLINE via Zoom)

  • Facilitated by Fiona Rawle, Associate Dean, Undergraduate & Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Biology & Ann Gagné, Educational Developer, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre

Reflecting on your teaching practice is critical to your learning and development. It can help you find solutions to challenges that arise within the learning environment. This session provides an opportunity for you to reflect on how the term has been going, to ask any questions that may have come up, and to check-in with your colleagues.


Academic Integrity Panel

Tuesday, September 29th 10-11:30 (ONLINE via Zoom)

  • Panelists:
    • Lucy Gaspini (Director, Academic Success & Integrity Panel)
    • Lisa Devereaux (Manager, Academic Integrity and Affairs)
    • Michael Kaler, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Writing Specialist for the Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre
    • Chet Scoville, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of English
    • Steve Szigeti, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream,Institute of Communications, Culture, Information and Technology
    • Christoph Richter, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Biology
    •  TJ Yusun, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Mathematical and Computational Sciences
    • Navdeep, Student panelist

This panel will explore academic integrity issues from the faculty, student, and administrative perspective. In this dialogue faculty will present research on academic integrity as well as explore what academic integrity means to students.


Creating an Equitable Classroom

Tuesday, September 22nd 1-2pm (ONLINE via Zoom)

  • Facilitated by Michael Kasprzak, Assistant Director, TATP/CTSI Teaching and Learning, and Jasjit Sangha, Learning Strategist, Academic Success Centre

In this interactive workshop, we focus on how to bring an equity lens to your work as an educator. Participants can expect to troubleshoot case studies in groups, write reflectively on one’s own and identify teaching practices to adopt this semester online (together and individually). To do this, we think through unconscious bias, the role of language and engage in deep listening to draw awareness to power relations in the classroom.


Facilitating Synchronous Tutorials for Teaching Assistants

Wednesday, September 9th 10-11:00am (ONLINE via Zoom)

  • Facilitated by Ann Gagné, Educational Developer, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre and Jessica Carlos, Graduate Student Support Strategist, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre

This session will address strategies for engagement and classroom management for synchronous tutorial and practical sessions. We will look at similarities and differences between in-person and online classroom management and provide strategies and tools to foster an engaging community online for different course enrollment sizes. Join us with your questions for a lively and informative session to help prepare for the coming term.


Ready, Set, Teach Day (Online)

Tuesday, September 8th, 9:30am - 4pm (via Zoom)

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TLC Event

How do I start off on the right foot on the first day of class? How can I protect my students’ and my own wellbeing throughout the term? What are  pedagogical opportunities for remote teaching and learning? What support and resources does the UTM campus offer instructors? The fall term can bring both excitement and uncertainty, but Ready, Set Teach Day will help set you up for success as you jump into the new term. All sessions will provide opportunities to learn from and with other UTM instructors.

Summer 2020 Events

Prepare for Fall Term: Community Building for Remote Courses

Thursday, August 27, 2020 from 11am-12pm

Webinar

  • Fiona Rawle, Associate Dean, Undergraduate & Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Biology
  • Ann Gagné, Educational Developer, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre

Community building is an important component to remote course delivery. This webinar will address the similarities and differences between in-person and online community building and provide strategies and tools for instructors and teaching assistants to use to foster an engaging community and support classroom management.


Prepare for Fall Term: Inclusive Assessment Design 

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 from 11am-12pm

Webinar

  • Fiona Rawle, Associate Dean, Undergraduate & Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Biology
  • Ann Gagné, Educational Developer, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre 

This webinar will review inclusive assessment possibilities for online courses. By keeping learning outcome alignment in mind, we will explore how to design assessments with academic integrity and pedagogical rigour that will be appropriate for remote delivery. 


Summer Camp for Instructors: Prepare for Fall Term

July 6-July 9, 2020 10am-12pm

OR 

August 10- August 13, 2020 10am-12pm 

Webinars, Workshops, and Asynchronous modules

  • Fiona Rawle, Associate Dean, Undergraduate & Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Biology
  • Ann Gagné, Educational Developer, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre 

Join us for one of our summer camps!  This summer camp will consist of brief daily webinars and workshops to provide immediate and personalized strategies that will work for you and the courses you are teaching.  You can select the week that is most convenient for you. 


Mid-Term Instructor Check-In 

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 from 11am-12pm  

Ann Gagné, Educational Developer, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre 

Reflecting on your teaching practice is critical to learning and development. It can help you find solutions to challenges that arise within the learning environment. This session provides an opportunity for you to reflect on how the term has been going, to ask any questions that may have come up, and to check-in with your colleagues.


Dual Delivery Instructor Session

Friday, July 24, 2020 from 10am-11am  

Fiona Rawle, Associate Dean, Undergraduate & Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Biology

Ann Gagné, Educational Developer, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre 

Join us for a discussion on dual delivery possibilities for the fall semester. This is a space to bring in your pedagogical and technological questions in relation to dual delivery. Together we will address solutions to challenges that may arise within this learning delivery mode. 


Prepare for Fall Term: Dealing with Difficult Issues in the Classroom 

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 from 11am – 12pm 

Webinar 

  • Fiona Rawle, Associate Dean, Undergraduate & Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Biology

What do I do if my students aren’t attending lecture, either online or in person? If some students are being disruptive in class? If there is an emergency in the classroom? If my online class gets zoom-bombed? If a student has disclosed a private matter to me? If one of my students is in crisis?

This session will provide an overview of difficult issues you may face as an instructor, and will highlight strategies and resources to use in order to deal with them. 


Prepare for Fall Term: Inspiration and Suggestions for Using Quercus 

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 from 11am – 12:30pm 

Webinar 

  • Fiona Rawle, Associate Dean, Undergraduate & Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Biology
  • Simone Laughton, Head, Library & Instructional Technologies, UTM Library

This session is an opportunity to learn what has worked well (and what hasn’t) for other instructors using Quercus. We will profile strategies that instructors are using for Quercus, and will also have an opportunity to troubleshoot challenges you might be facing. 


Prepare for Fall Term: Syllabus Clinic 

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 from 11am – 12pm 

Webinar 

  • Fiona Rawle, Associate Dean, Undergraduate & Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Biology
  • Ann Gagné, Educational Developer, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre 

With about 8 weeks before the start of the new term, now is a perfect time to update your syllabus, or start a new one from scratch. This session will help you avoid common syllabus mistakes, saving you valuable time later in the term. We will discuss strategies for managing the administrative load of teaching, and will provide an overview of additional resources you can turn to for help when needed. 


Prepare for Fall Term: Why do you Need a Course Map (And How to Create One)

Monday, July 6, 2020 from 11am-12pm

Webinar 

  • Fiona Rawle, Associate Dean, Undergraduate & Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Biology
  • Ann Gagné, Educational Developer, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre 

In this session you will learn how to create a course map and the pedagogical reasons behind why it is important. The course map is the blueprint for your course, and will help you in making key instructional decisions, such as deciding mode of instruction (synchronous vs asynchronous vs hybrid). Your course syllabus will then become the student-facing version of this course map.  


Just-in-Time Syllabus Clinic

Thursday, June 25, 2020 12-1pm 

Fiona Rawle, Associate Dean, Undergraduate & Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Biology

Ann Gagné, Educational Developer, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre 

As the next term begins July 6, 2020, this session will help you avoid common syllabus mistakes, saving you valuable time later in the term. We will discuss strategies for managing the administrative load of teaching, and will provide an overview of additional resources you can turn to for help when needed.


End-of-Term Debrief

Monday, June 22, 2020 from 12-1pm  

Fiona Rawle, Associate Dean, Undergraduate & Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Biology

Ann Gagné, Educational Developer, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre 

Join your colleagues in an end-of-term debrief session where we will discuss pedagogical strategies that worked and any challenges that you encountered during the term.This session provides an opportunity for you to reflect on the term, and to identify any supports that would help. 


Just-in-Time Exam Clinic

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 12-1pm 

Fiona Rawle, Associate Dean, Undergraduate & Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Biology

Ann Gagné, Educational Developer, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre 

In this session, happening before the exam period, we will discuss exam strategies that are appropriate to particular departments and for small or large enrollment courses.  It will provide an overview of additional resources you can turn to for help when needed.


Mid-Term Instructor Check-In

Thursday, May 28, 2020 from 12-1pm  

Fiona Rawle, Associate Dean, Undergraduate & Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Biology

Ann Gagné, Educational Developer, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre 

Reflecting on your teaching practice is critical to learning and development. It can help you find solutions to challenges that arise within the learning environment. This session provides an opportunity for you to reflect on how the term has been going, to ask any questions that may have come up, and to check-in with your colleagues.


Inclusive Assessment and Academic Integrity

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 12-1pm 

Fiona Rawle, Associate Dean, Undergraduate & Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Biology

Ann Gagné, Educational Developer, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre 

This webinar will review inclusive assessment possibilities for online courses. By keeping learning outcome alignment in mind, we will explore how to design assessments with academic integrity and pedagogical rigour that will be appropriate for remote delivery. 


Classroom Management & Cultivating Community in an Online Environment 

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 12-1pm

Fiona Rawle, Associate Dean, Undergraduate & Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Biology

Ann Gagné, Educational Developer, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre

Classroom management is important in an online and remote environment. Some classroom management skills used in in-person delivery are applicable remotely; however, there are other factors specific to online delivery to keep in mind. This webinar will address the similarities and differences between in-person and online classroom management and provide strategies and tools for instructors and teaching assistants to use to foster an engaging community online. 


Spring Into Online Course Design Series

 

This series of four webinars are designed to support faculty, instructors, and teaching assistants as they prepare for Summer 2020 Online course design and delivery.

1. An Intro To Online Teaching and Learning: The ADDIE Model

April 9, 2020 11am-12pm

Ann Gagné, Educational Developer, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre 

This webinar will address the ADDIE Model to online course design. Focusing on Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation, this webinar will give instructors the foundation needed to think about building an online course that is accessible, rigorous, and inclusive.

2. Learning Outcomes for Online Courses

April 14, 2020 11am-12pm

Fiona Rawle, Associate Dean, Undergraduate & Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Biology

Ann Gagné, Educational Developer, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre 

This webinar will review creating assessable learning outcomes for online course delivery. We will look at the importance of aligning learning outcomes to course goals and assessments, as well as how to chunk content in a way that scaffolds well online.

3. Inclusive Assessment and Academic Integrity

April 23, 2020 12-1pm

Fiona Rawle, Associate Dean, Undergraduate & Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Biology

Ann Gagné, Educational Developer, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre 

This webinar will review inclusive assessment possibilities for online courses. By keeping learning outcome alignment in mind, we will explore how to design assessments with academic integrity and pedagogical rigour.

4. Just-in-Time Syllabus Clinic

April 28, 2020 12-1pm

Fiona Rawle, Associate Dean, Undergraduate & Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Biology

Ann Gagné, Educational Developer, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre 

This session will help you avoid common syllabus mistakes, saving you valuable time later in the term. We will discuss strategies for managing the administrative load of teaching, and will provide an overview of additional resources you can turn to for help when needed.


UTM Webinar Series: Helping Teaching Assistants Prepare for Supporting Students in an Online Environment

Webinar 1: Classroom Management & Cultivating Community in an Online Environment

April 30, 2020 2-3pm

Fiona Rawle, Associate Dean, Undergraduate & Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Biology

Jessica Carlos, Graduate Student Support Strategist, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre

Classroom management is important in an online and remote environment. Some classroom management skills used in in-person delivery are applicable remotely; however, there are other factors specific to online delivery to keep in mind. This webinar will address the similarities and differences between in-person and online classroom management and provide strategies and tools to foster an engaging community online. Join us with your questions for a lively and informative session to help prepare for the coming term.

 

Webinar 2: Grading & Giving Effective Feedback in an Online Environment

May 1, 2020 2-3pm

Fiona Rawle, Associate Dean, Undergraduate & Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Biology

Jessica Carlos, Graduate Student Support Strategist, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre

Feedback on activities and assessments is an integral part of teaching and learning experiences. In this webinar we will address how feedback strategies typically used in in-person tutorial, practical, and lecture delivery translates to a remote teaching and learning environment. We will discuss effective and efficient workflows using evidence-based pedagogy and address the tools available to grade and give feedback remotely.


Curriculum Mapping  

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 from 1-2pm  WEBINAR

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 from 11-12pm WEBINAR

Fiona Rawle, Associate Dean, Undergraduate & Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Biology 

This workshop will outline how to engage in effective curriculum mapping, and will highlight the opportunities that can arise from the mapping process and dissemination of the maps themselves. We will discuss mapping at the assignment, course, and program level, and will explore different ways to both use and disseminate curricular maps.


Demystifying the Dossier Series: Preparing the Teaching Dossier 

Thursday, March 12, 2020 from 11am – 1:30pm in MN 5128

Workshop 

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

At the University of Toronto, teaching dossiers must be submitted as part of the process for tenure review or continuing status review. This session will provide an overview of the content and structure of an effective teaching dossier, focusing on dossiers prepared for a review process, and with an emphasis on how to align this document with divisional and institutional expectations. Session participants will review the distinctive qualities of a teaching dossier, and will develop a plan for assembling and strengthening their own dossiers. They will also be led through the first steps of composing a Statement of Teaching Philosophy. 

Special note: this workshop will focus on the preparation of a teaching dossier by appointed faculty members for the purposes of undergoing a review process (tenure or continuing status). Teaching dossiers prepared for job searches carry different expectations and will not be the main focus of this session. Instructors preparing job application dossiers are still welcome to participate in this workshop. 


Faculty Panel: Encouraging Attendance, Engagement, and Preparation 

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 from 11am – 12pm in MN 5128

Panel 

  • Jade Atallah, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Biology, UTM 
  • Rosa Junghwa Hong, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Language Studies, UTM 
  • Steve Szigeti, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Institute of Communications, Culture, Information and Technology, UTM 

Join us to engage in a critical discussion focused on encouraging student attendance, engagement and preparation. Panel members, representing a variety of disciplines, will comment on the challenges of encouraging student attendance, engagement and preparation and will share ideas and advice. The panelists will address the following questions: 

  • Are there any instructional strategies that have worked particularly well for encouraging student attendance, engagement, and preparation?  
  • Are there any instructional strategies that you implemented to try to encourage student attendance, engagement, and preparation that did not work as you expected?  
  • When it comes to student engagement, where do you draw the line between the responsibilities of the instructor and the responsibilities of the students?  
  • What are your thoughts on making attendance and/or participation part of the grading scheme for a course? 

Mid-Term Instructor Check-In 

Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 2 – 3pm (ONLINE)

Webinar 

  • Fiona Rawle, Associate Dean, Undergraduate & Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Biology
  • Ann Gagné, Educational Developer, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre 

Reflecting on your teaching practice is critical to your learning and development. It can help you find solutions to challenges that arise within the learning environment. This session provides an opportunity for you to reflect on how the term has been going, to ask any questions that may have come up, and to check-in with your colleagues.  


How You Can Help Students Develop Their Foundational Academic Skills   

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 from 11am – 12pm in MN 5128

Lightning Talks 

  • Andie Burazin, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, CLTA, Department of Mathematical & Computational Sciences & Numeracy and Scientific Literacy Specialist, RGASC 
  • Michael deBraga, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream & WIL Faculty Liaison, RGASC 
  • Tyler Evans-Tokaryk, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream & Director, RGASC 
  • Michael Kaler, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream & Writing Specialist, RGASC 
  • Thomas Klubi, Learning Strategist and Program Manager, RGSAC 
  • Kerrie Martin, Program Strategist, RGASC 
  • Laura Taylor, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream & English Language Learner (ELL) Specialist, RGASC 

If students are to be successful both in specific courses and in their academic careers, they need to master a number of academic skills - and instructors can help them do that. In this workshop, members of the Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre will provide attendees with resources and activities to help students develop the foundational academic skills they need, with the emphasis on activities that do not require a great deal of preparation, that can be done in 10 minutes or less, and that can be integrated with your teaching of content.  

The session will provide activities and tips for helping students with the following five academic skills:  

  • effective reading; 
  • notetaking;
  • study planning & distributed practice;
  • academic integrity; and
  • problem solving.

Fall 2019 Events

Faculty Showcase: Innovative Assessment 

Monday, November 18, 2019 from 11am-12pm in MN 5128

Lightning Talks 

Learn about some of the innovative ways UTM instructors are assessing student learning. Join us for four lightning talks meant to spark ideas for new assessment strategies you could try in your own classroom. Showcased assessments include:  

  • Taking Student Research Public (Historical Studies) 

Daniel Guadagnolo, Sessional Lecturer, Department of Historical Studies 

  • Team-based capstone project (World Building – Earth Science) 

Lindsay Schoenbohm, Associate Professor & Chair, Earth Science, Department of Chemical & Physical Sciences 

  • Cross-Curricular Case Competition (Innovat-ED – Language Studies)

Liz Coulson, Lecturer, Department of Language Studies; Ilan Danjoux, Lecturer, Department of Language Studies; & Rosa Hong, Assistant Professor Teaching Stream, Department of Language Studies 

  • Problem-based learning (Virtual Mystery Project - Anthropology)

Sherry Fukazawa, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Anthropology & Andrew Petersen, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Mathematical & Computational Sciences 

Indigenous Lunch and Learn: Reconciliation

Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 11:00am-12:30pm in MN3230 

Maria Hupfield, Assistant Professor Department of Visual Studies and Department of English & Drama, Canada Research Chair in Transdisciplinary Indigenous Arts

Robin Gray, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology

Sherry Fukuzawa, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream & Associate Chair, Department of Anthropology

Nicole Laliberte, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Geography

This lunch and learn is an opportunity to meet, acknowledge place and space, discuss reconciliation, and think about strategies to put discourse into practice. 


UTM Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Showcase 

Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 11am – 12pm in MN 5128

Lightning Talks 

This session provides an opportunity for instructors to share their pedagogical research with colleagues in short, 10-minute presentations. It is a great opportunity to gather ideas and learn more about the innovative teaching and learning initiatives happening on the UTM campus. The following projects will be discussed:

  • “MAT133Y5 Renewal” (TDI Grant recipient, November 2018)

Tyler Holden, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Mathematical & Computational Sciences and Andie Burazin, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, CLTA, Mathematical & Computational Sciences & Numeracy and Scientific Literacy Specialist, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre 

  • “STiTCH via Quercus: A Cross-Course Student Collaboration Project in Forensic Science” (TDI Grant recipient, May 2018)

Vivienne Luk, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Anthropology, Forensic Science Program

  • “Evaluating the Impact of Geo-Gebra on Student Engagement in a First-Year University Linear Algebra Course” (TDI Grant recipient, May 2018)  

Xinli Wang, Sessional Lecturer, Department of Mathematical and Computational Sciences

  • "Students' participation and self-presentation in academic integrity related cases"

Michael Kaler, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream & Writing Specialist, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre; Chester Scoville, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of English and Drama; Steve Szigeti, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Institute of Communications, Culture, Information and Technology; & Christoph Richter, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Biology


Tips for Preparing a Teaching Development & Innovation Grant Proposal 

Thursday, October 24, 2019  from 1 – 2pm in MN 5128

Seminar 

Fiona Rawle, Associate Dean, Undergraduate & Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Biology, UTM 

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) investigates teaching and learning issues to find context-relevant and evidence-informed solutions. In this workshop we look at how to get a project started and different approaches to SoTL work. Bring your SoTL idea and explore possible forms of evidence and approaches to analysis as well as considerations for ethics and funding. We also look at where to find more resources and how to make SoTL work public. 


Mid-Term Instructor Check-In 

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from 11am – 12pm  (ONLINE)

Webinar 

  • Fiona Rawle, Associate Dean, Undergraduate & Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Biology
  • Ann Gagné, Educational Developer, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre 

Reflecting on your teaching practice is critical to learning and development. It can help you find solutions to challenges that arise within the learning environment. This session provides an opportunity for you to reflect on how the term has been going, to ask any questions that may have come up, and to check-in with your colleagues.


Setting Up Student Teams for Success: A Workshop on the Agile Method of Project Management as Applied to Team-Based Undergraduate Research Projects

Thursday, October 10, 2019 from 1 – 3pm in MN 5128

Workshop 

Paul Piunno, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Chemical & Physical Sciences and winner of the 2018-19 President’s Teaching Award. 

This workshop will begin with an overview of the Agile method of project management and why it may be the preferred project management technique for engaging students in team-based research projects. The online Agile project management system, Kerika, will be demonstrated, with attention focused on how it may be used to effectively engage students as members of high-performance teams. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop computer so that they may set up their own Agile storyboards.

Recent Past Events (2019-20 Academic Year)

UTM Ready, Set, Teach Day

September 3rd from 9:30am - 4pm, 3rd floor of IB

  • How do I start off on the right foot on the first day of class?
  • How can I protect my students’ and my own wellbeing throughout the term?
  • What are active learning classrooms and what pedagogical opportunities do they offer?
  • What support and resources does the UTM campus offer instructors?

The fall term can bring both excitement and uncertainty, but Ready, Set Teach Day will help set you up for success as you jump into the new term. All sessions will provide opportunities to learn from and with other UTM instructors. 

9:30-10:00

Registration & Coffee (IB 335)

10:00-10:30

Welcome (IB335)

  • How to Do a Land Acknowledgement
  • Who Are Our Students?
10:30-11:30

Faculty Lightning Talks: Setting The Tone: The First Lecture (IB 335)

  • Vivienne Luk: “Connections Before Content”
  • Judith Poe: “The Rest of the Story”
  • Katherine Rehner: “Building a Classroom Community”
  • Teresa Lobalsamo: "What Goes Around, Comes Around: Tips for a Top First Lecture"
  • Ken Derry: “Setting the tone: The First Lecture”
  • Elizabeth Coulson: TBD
  • Helene Wagner: “Don’t tell them – show them!”
  • Sarah Richardson: "Why Coffee or Tea is always my first Question: Sign up Sheets and Class Community Building"
  • Barbara Murck: ““It’s Not a Course, It’s a Way of Life”
11:30 – 12:15

What Do I Do If...? Dealing With Challenging Situations (IB 335)

Quercus Instructor Help (IB 340)

12:15 – 1:00

Lunch (IB345)

1:00 – 2:00

Interactive Workshop - An Actor's Guide to Vocal Care and Performance Strategy: Advice for the Classroom (IB 335)

Active Learning Classroom Showcase (MN 1270)

2:05 – 3:00

Faculty Lightning Talks: My Best Teaching Advice (IB 335)

  • Maria Hupfield: “Addressing Indigenous Content and Students in the Classroom”
  • Michael Kaler:  "Using the Syllabus as a Tool for Clarifying Student Expectations and Outcomes"
  • Paul Piunno: “The Use of Self-Reflection Reports for Effective Management of group work”
  • Tenzin Yindok: “Creating Personal Learning Experiences for Students”
  • Tyler Holden: “A Secret Weapon That You Already Bring To Class”
  • Andrijana Burazin: “Having a Beginner’s Mind”
  • Elizabeth Parke: "White Boards, Handouts, & PPT Key Tools for Low Stakes Group Work" 
  • Alex Rennet: "Why Charity is Important in Teaching"

3:00 onwards

Community Building: The Conversation Continues (DV 3130 - Council Chambers)