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Faculty perspectives on active learning (Panel)

February 7, 2019 from 2:30-4pm in NE 5128

Panel members:

  • Yuhong He, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, UTM
  • Sanja Hinić-Frlog, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of BIology
  • Paul Piunno, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences
  • Chester Scoville, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of English and Drama, UTM

students in Munk School courtyardJoin us to gather ideas and advice from experienced colleagues for integrating active learning opportunities in both small and large courses. Panel members, representing a variety of disciplines, will comment on the challenges of implementing active learning and will share ideas and advice. The panelists will address the following questions:

  1. What key components make active learning activities effective? Are there any strategies you have found particularly effective?
  2. How do you address student resistance to active learning?
  3. What strategies do you use to facilitate group work?
  4. How you make time for active learning while still ensuring you cover all of your course content?
  5. How do you use technology to facilitate active learning?

Faculty perspectives on teaching large classes (Panel)

November 13, 2018 from 1-2:30pm in NE 5128

Panel members:

  • Ken Derry, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Historical Studies;
  • Sherry Fukazawa, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Anthropology;
  • Judith Poë, Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Chemical & Physical Sciences;
  • Alex Rennet, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Mathematical and Computational Sciences

class in a large lecture hall

Join us to gather ideas and advice for teaching large classes from experienced colleagues. Panel members, representing a variety of disciplines, will comment on the challenges of teaching large classes and will share ideas and advice. The panelists will address the following questions:

  1. How do you manage the logistical/administrative issues that come with teaching a large class?
  2. How do you counteract anonymity in large classes?
  3. Are there any teaching strategies that you have found particularly effective for teaching large classes?
  4. How do you handle assessment in large classes?
  5. What advice do you have for working with TAs?

Where you fit in the big picture: Aligning your course with program expectations (Seminar)

November 8, 2018 from 1-2pm in NE 5128

puzzle piece being inserted into puzzle

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

In this session, we will explore how to align your course and assignments with broader program expectations and learning outcomes. We will discuss how to identify potential gaps and alignment opportunities.  Both challenges and strategies will be explored through this workshop.


Course design 101: Designing effective assessments (Workshop)

October 30, 2018 from 10am-12pm in NE 4107

paper, speech bubble, pencils, magnifying glass, clock, compass, atom

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

This workshop will provide an overview of the core principles and strategies of effective assessment design. A survey of assessment strategies and their alignment with different learning outcomes will also be shared. Participants will be asked to analyze sample assignments and reflect on the design of their own assignments. 


The dreaded group project: Tips for supporting meaningful student collaboration (Seminar)

October 17, 2018 from 1-2pm in NE 4107

Monika Havelka, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Geography

students working in a groupHaving students work in groups to produce any type of “deliverable” – a report, a presentation, etc. – has intrinsic pedagogical value, and models professional behaviour in many disciplines.  However, the experience can be  fraught with difficulties for students and instructors alike.  How do we make group work a positive, equitable learning experience?  This seminar will draw on experiences I have had teaching several courses with very heavy reliance on group work to produce a significant final product – we will talk about what works and what doesn’t in terms of fostering “buy-in” and enthusiasm among group members, maintaining personal accountability, and developing good project management skills that students can take forward into the workplace or into higher levels of academia.


Developing students' critical reading skills (Workshop)

September 27, 2018 from 11am-1pm in NE 5128

Tyler Evans-Tokaryk, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream & Director, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre

This workshop will present a brief overview of the scholarship on critical reading, focusing in particular on studies testing the efficacy of specific reading strategies and on research documenting the impact of different methods of instruction. It will then take participants through a set of interactive exercises practicing different reading methods using academic texts from across the curriculum.  One of the primary aims of this workshop is to provide instructors with strategies for integrating writing support into their classes without sacrificing or compromising coverage of course content.


Course design 101: Writing learning outcomes (Workshop)

September 19, 2018 from 2-4pm in NE 5128

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

Carefully written learning outcomes provide numerous benefits for both students and instructors. This session will begin with a brief review of relevant literature and an introduction to key resources for writing learning outcomes. The majority of the session will be spent practicing writing clear, measurable, and meaningful learning outcomes. Participants are encouraged to bring a copy of a syllabus for a course for which they would like to develop learning outcomes or revise existing ones.


Preparing to teach: A just-in-time syllabus clinic (Workshop)

August 30, 2018 from 1:20-2:20 pm

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

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

Classes are just around the corner, and you’ll need to submit your syllabus soon. 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.