Dr.s Michael Bradley and Gap Soo Chang from the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics and Dr. Ramaswami Sammynaiken of the Saskatchewan Structural Sciences Centre (SSSC) and Biochemistry were awarded the 2013 Provost’s Prize for Innovative Practice in Collaborative Teaching and Learning for their project called “Innovative Laboratory for Engineering Physicists and Physicists in the 21st Century.” The project put together two different upper year instructional approaches so that students would have an opportunity to apply their technical skills to a real-world consultative problem. The resulting course, Physics 404, is an innovative blend of the strengths of structured, rigorous approach used by upper year ‘cook book’ labs, and the more open ended approach used in an undergraduate thesis.
Debbie Pushor of the College of Education is the latest recipient of the university's Master Teacher award. The award has been recognizing faculty who excel in their profession and invest in outstanding teaching at the U of S since 1984. Pushor is the 60th recipient of the award. To read the full OCN story about Pushor's intentional approach to teaching and what it means to her to be named a Master Teacher, click here. To learn more about the Master Teacher award, click here.
This short course will provide an introduction to a variety of learning technologies for the purpose of teaching and learning. The use of learning technologies, including learning management systems such as Blackboard, blogs, podcasts, wikis and even Twitter is growing as educators see the potential for collaboration, reflection, creation, sharing and other key elements of learning through the use of such tools.
This is a blended course with most of the work to be completed online, but there will be five required in-class sessions, beginning Tuesday, January 21 and ending Tuesday, April 15. Two additional "live" online sessions will take place using Google Hangouts. These sessions will include guest speakers and will be recorded and made available on YouTube for those unable to attend.
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For Graduate Students at the U of S
I Got the Interview, Now What?
Wednesday Nov 20, 2013
Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
This workshop is offered from a partnership between and GMCTE.
Are you a graduate student nearing the end of your program? Are you looking for a job? This workshop is designed to teach graduate students how to make a great impression during a professional interview. Participants will learn tips for success during the entire interview process, including how to research and prepare for an interview, how to conduct themselves during an interview (including how to look, how to sound, and what to say), and how to follow up after an interview. During the workshop, participants will practice interviewing through partnered and mock interviews with seasoned interviewers. Interview questions have been collected from many Saskatchewan employers and will be tailored to fit each participant.
The Indigenous Voices staff and faculty development program in Aboriginal education, is moving beyond the pilot group to the entire campus.
Participant feedback from the Indigenous Voices pilot of 2012-2013 was positive, with participants indicating that they felt they had grown professionally and personally. The pilot was restricted to faculty and staff from the College of Education, and the GMC/ULC. So many people outside the pilot group expressed interest in participating in the program last year, and we felt awful about turning people away. But this fall, we are able to welcome you with open arms, and we strongly encourage you to take advantage of the many program offerings.
Applications for funds to support experiential learning opportunities or curriculum innovation projects are being accepted from academic units. If you are interested in applying and want more information, please click one of the links above or contact us at email@example.com.
Fall Workshop event with Carolyn Hoessler (GMCTE)
Tuesday Nov 12,2013
Time: 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Assessments focus student efforts towards particular learning outcomes and prioritize their approaches to readings and other course activities. Developing efficient measures of learning that also promote and catalyze further learning provide additional opportunities to achieve course learning outcomes. Through this session, further your skills in:
Date: Wednesday Oct 16, 2013
Time: 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
The focus of this short course is on developing a reflective teaching portfolio. This type of portfolio is intended to foster reflection on teaching experiences to improve learning. Reflective portfolios are useful formative tools to document, assess, and improve one's teaching practice on an ongoing basis. In contrast, professional portfolios are often required by academic hiring committees or when applying for teaching awards, promotion, or tenure. For tenure track faculty, the reflective portfolio is an excellent foundation for building a case file. For more information about this short course, please visit this page.
Fall Workshop event with Greg Malin, Family Medicine (Saskatoon)
1:30 PM to 4:00 PM
MCQ tests are the most commonly used method of assessment in the College of Medicine and in many colleges across campus. As easy as these are to mark, writing a high quality and reliable MCQ is not as easy as you might think. If you use MCQs for your assessments and want to learn some simple strategies for writing high quality MCQs, plan to attend this workshop.
The Deadline for both the Provost's Project Grant for Innovative Practice in Collaborative Teaching and Learning and the Provost's Prize for Innovative Practice in Collaborative Teaching and Learning has been extended to September 20, 2013. More information about the Provost's grant or prize can be found here.