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Oct
Tue
28

Optimistic Interventions: Client-Centred Learning/Creating Faciliation--Or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Input

Fall Workshop event with Kelly Jo Burke
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

MURRAY 50

How does a creative and self-reflective instructor teach someone who is not open to being taught? A first step can be by reflecting on who your learners are and how they process--and what gets in the way of that processing--and then using that information to shape how you communicate your feedback--in effect, convincing learners that you have something to offer that will help. This builds optimism into the transaction, and creates openness to further instruction. 

Playwright/performer, teacher and creative process facilitator Kelley Jo Burke (B.A. B.Ed, MFA Theatre) shares lessons learned about the reflective practice of creating "client profiles" when planning an intervention with learners, and lessons learned during the creation of three of her recent works: "Ducks on the Moon" (Hagios), "Lookingglass," and her new play premiering at Dancing Sky Theatre this spring, "The Lucky Ones."
Oct
Wed
29

Part of series 'Developing a Reflective Portfolio' - Developing Your Teaching Philosophy & Approach

Mini Course with Kim West
1:30 PM to 4:00 PM

MURRAY G3

Note:  This workshop is part of the  Developing a Reflective Teaching Portfolio  short course for faculty, instructors, and graduate student teachers.  

In this introductory workshop, we discuss reflective teaching portfolios: what they are and why you should build one.  Using a variety of reflective activities, you will explore your teaching goals, beliefs, values, and strategies, which collectively are the foundation for your teaching philosophy statement.  We provide guidance and tips for organizing and writing your teaching philosophy statement. Prior to attending this workshop, you are asked to complete the Teaching Perspectives Inventory (TPI) and the Teaching Goals Inventory.  Please read about how to intrepret your teaching perspectives inventory score here, and bring your results from the inventories to the workshop.

Nov
Wed
5

Part of series 'Developing a Reflective Portfolio' - Supporting Your Teaching Philosophy & Approach with Evidence

Mini Course with Kim West
1:30 PM to 4:00 PM

MURRAY G3

Note: This workshop is part of the Developing a Reflective Teaching Portfolio short course for faculty, instructors, and graduate student teachers. 

 In this intermediate workshop, we focus on how to support your teaching approach and philosophy with evidence from your teaching practice.  This evidence may include course materials or evaluations or other materials from students and peers.  We discuss how to organize these materials within the context of a reflective teaching portfolio and why it is important to discuss the reasons why you have selected and included particular kinds of evidence. 


 
Nov
Thu
13

ASIST Suicide Prevention Training

Advising Series Workshops
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

MURRAY G3

ASIST Suicide Prevention Training

Hosted by the Advising Council of the University of Saskatchewan
Thursday, November 13 & Friday, November 14
Room G3 Murray
8:30 – 4:00 both days
this is a two-day session led by health professionals from the Saskatoon Health Region
Fee: $25 (we will request your CFOAPAL after you have registered)
more information is available here: https://www.livingworks.net/programs/asist/
Registration is limited to 30 participants; another session may be organized for the new year if there is enough interest
 

Nov
Wed
19

Aboriginal Education

Indigenous Voices event with Angelina Weenie
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Native Law Centre 160

Participants in this gathering will be engaged in activities that demonstrate the philosophical premises of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit approaches to education. It invites participants to reflect on the history of formal education in Canada and its influence on the experience of Aboriginal teachers, learners, and communities. The gathering will close with a discussion of success stories and ways forward.

NOTE: There is an online learning module that accompanies this gathering.  Participants will be given access to the module two weeks in advance of the gathering.

Nov
Wed
26

Part of series 'Developing a Reflective Portfolio' - Assessing Your Teaching & Reflecting on Practice

Mini Course with Kim West
1:30 PM to 4:00 PM

MURRAY G3

Note: This workshop is part of the Developing a Reflective Teaching Portfolio short course for faculty, instructors, and graduate student teachers. 

In this advanced workshop, we focus on how to measure or assess your teaching effectiveness, focusing on ideas and strategies to help you reach your teaching goals.  In particular, we will focus on developing and discussing strategies for responding to formative feedback as well as summative course evaluations, such as  SEEQ . The workshop concludes with ideas for how to regularly assess and improve upon teaching practice, using the reflective portfolio as the tool for doing so.

Nov
Fri
28

Preparing & Personalizing the Course Syllabus Using the New U of S Template

Fall Workshop event with Heather Ross & Kim West
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

MURRAY 50, MURRAY G3

Your course syllabi can be very important to the students in your classes, providing them with information on assignments, quizzes and exams, your office hours and other valuable information about the class. But, your syllabus can also show students about who you are as a person and an instructor through its format and tone.

The University of Saskatchewan Academic Courses Policy details the requirements of what should be included in every syllabus. Based on this policy and with consultations from a variety of stakeholders across the institution, the U of S Instructional Design Group created a syllabus template and accompanying guide.

This session will look at the new U of S syllabus template and guide, along with ways to personalize your class syllabi. It will also look at the portion of the Academic Courses Policy related to the syllabus and how it has changed in the past year.

Participants should be prepared to engage actively in this session and to bring at least one existing syllabus from a class they have taught or will be teaching.  By the end of the workshop, participants will hopefully have a clearer sense of what to include in their course syllabus, including ideas on how to present syllabi in both creative and authentic ways.
Dec
Wed
3

Indigenizing Education

Indigenous Voices event with Angelina Weenie
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Native Law Centre 160

In this gathering participants will be guided through a collective articulation and representation of their vision for decolonizing and Indigenizing formal education. They will also co-create pedagogical strategies reflecting Aboriginal worldviews, knowledges, and ways of knowing. Participants will depart this gathering with concrete ideas and tools that can be used to work toward their vision.
Dec
Mon
8

Instructional Skills Workshop

Customized Event with Tereigh Ewert-Bauer & Kim West
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

MURRAY G3

Would you appreciate the opportunity to enhance your teaching skills, strategies, based on theory and practice, before the next term?

Date: Three days, starting Monday, December 8th, to Wednesday, December 10th.
Time: 8:30am to 5pm
Location: Murray G3

The GMCTE is offering a short professional development program to support new instructors.  The three-day workshop is implemented internationally, and is known as the “Instructional Skills Workshop.”  Your participation in the interactive workshop will facilitate:

  • familiarization with essential teaching theory and practices
  • development of feedback skills
  • approaches to writing learning objectives and lesson plans
  • skills and confidence in implementing the aforementioned by teaching three mini-lessons, and receiving invaluable feedback  from peers and the facilitators
  • skills for critical self-reflection
  • establishing supportive relationships with peers

We encourage you to take advantage of this practical opportunity, and to register as soon as possible: spaces are limited. For more information, visit the Instructional Skills Workshop page. 

Jan
Tue
13

Introduction to Learning Technologies

Mini Course
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

This short course will provide an introduction to how learning technologies may support student collaboration, reflection, creation, sharing and other key elements of learning and provide opportunity for you to consider how they may do so in your course and for your own professional development and research. The course will provide hands on experience in using several tools and provide ample time for discussion and debate about the challenges, opportunities and potential impact technology may have on your teaching practice and your students’ learning. 
 
Introduction to Learning Technologies is offered as both a blended course for faculty, sessional lecturers, instructors, staff and graduate students at the U of S The resources used in the previous offering of the course can be accessed here. A PDF of the program evaluation report that was completed following the offering of the course in early 2014 can be accessed here.
 
By the completion of this course, participants should be able to:
1. Utilize learning technologies in their teaching and for professional development

2. Evaluate various learning technologies in relation to their potential contribution to student learning

3. Create and publish digital learning resources for use in teaching
 
4. Discuss issues around the use of learning technologies including digital citizenship, digital literacy and access
 
This is a blended course with most of the work to be completed online, but there will be four required in-class sessions (from 1 - 3:30 PM each date in Room the Collaborative Learning Lab, 2nd Floor, Murray Building):

  • January 13 
  • February 3
  • February 24
  • March 17

 

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.
 
Please note that participants will be required to bring a laptop to class to complete hands-on activities. Blogs and other media created for this course (podcasts, screencasts and / or videos) will be public.
 
Participants must complete all activities and attend all face-to-face sessions to receive a certificate of participation documenting their professional development in this area.

The blended course is only open to faculty, staff and graduate students at the University of Saskatchewan. If you fall outside of this group or do not wish to attend the face-to-face sessions, you may enrol in the open online version of the course through Canvas. Register for the OPEN COURSE THROUGH CANVAS HERE - REGISTER FOR THE BLENDED COURSE BELOW.
Jan
Tue
13

Shared Ground

Indigenous Voices event with TBA
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Native Law Centre 160

This gathering introduces participants to the diverse Aboriginal peoples of Saskatchewan and Canada. Participants will be engaged in learning activities addressing and unpacking the terminology  used to describe and identify Aboriginal peoples, historical and contemporary socio-economic contexts, and common myths and misconceptions about Aboriginal peoples.
Jan
Thu
29

White Settler Identity

Indigenous Voices event with Sheelah McLean
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

This session will analyze the historical and contemporary policies and practices that produce vast inequalities in Canada. Understanding how we are socialized into reproducing systems of dominance and oppression (racism, sexism, homophobia etc.) is essential for intervening in our own daily thoughts and actions, as well as the institutions we work in. Learning about the multiple ways we are positioned in this context is a significant step in creating social change.
Feb
Wed
11

Anti-oppression

Indigenous Voices event with Sheelah McLean
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

MURRAY 102

This session will draw from anti-racist anti-oppressive theories in order to build transformative educational praxis. Through presentation, examples, and discussion, participants will explore how to apply anti-racist anti-oppressive theory to their everyday lives as educators and community members.

Feb
Tue
24

We Are All Treaty People

Indigenous Voices event with Lyndon Linklater
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

MURRAY 102

In response to a commonly expressed interest learning about treaties, In this gathering, participants will learn about relationships between Indigenous peoples and the land, and the worldview that supports these relationships.  This gathering is preceded by an online learning module, which reveals the historical progression from first contact to current treaty issues.

NOTE: There is an online learning module that accompanies this gathering.  Participants will be given access to the module two weeks in advance of the gathering.

Mar
Thu
12

Honouring Agreements

Indigenous Voices event with TBA
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Native Law Centre 160

Treaty promises, land claims and rights have been in dispute between Aboriginal peoples and the government since soon after the newcomers arrived. In this gathering, participants will learn the degree to which agreements have been enforced and explore, specifically, how broken promises have affected Aboriginal students and communities.
Mar
Tue
31

Foundations of Transformative Pedagogies

Indigenous Voices event with Karla Williamson
9:00 AM to 4:02 PM

Grad Student Association Commons, Emmanuel and St. Chad

In this gathering, participants will be engaged in learning activities focused on the assumptions and qualities of transformative pedagogies for teaching, learning and living. In particular, this session will focus on decolonizing and Indigenous pedagogies that honor and engage multiple ways of knowing.  Participants will depart this gathering having identified potential sites for transformative practice and with an understanding of the skills and attributes to effectively engage in transformative pedagogies (e.g., curriculum integration, relationship-building, risk-taking, etc.)
Apr
Thu
9

Indigenous Classroom-based Pedagogies

Indigenous Voices event with TBA
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

TBA

This gathering will be focused on effective anti-oppressive and culturally responsive curriculum development, teaching, and assessment practices. This gathering is being hosted in collaboration with SIAST.
Apr
Wed
22

Community-Based Pedagogies

Indigenous Voices event with TBA
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Station 20 West Classroom

In this gathering participants will come to understand the strengths and limitations of community-based teaching and learning, through personal experience. This gathering is being hosted in collaboration with the University of Saskatchewan Outreach and Engagement Office, and will take place in the classroom space at Station 20 West, and in the community.
May
Fri
1

Aboriginal Community-Based Pedagogies

Indigenous Voices event with Valerie Arnault-Pelletier & Holly Graham-Marrs & Vivian Ramsden
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Native Law Centre 160

Rural, northern Aboriginal and First Nation communities in Saskatchewan have diverse social, geographic and economic characteristics where communities are tied to the land by historical and cultural traditions. Disparity exists between urban and rural areas in basic infrastructure (physical, human, organization and administrative structures), communication networks and available community capacity. Navigating and building respectful relationships within this context requires knowledge and understanding of the holistic and cultural diversity that exists within these communities. Urban oriented engagement strategies tend not to easily transfer to address specific community based needs in rural, northern Aboriginal and First Nation communities. In this gathering participants will come to understand effective practices to engage in local protocols, negotiating research agreements, and establishing mutually beneficial relationships.
May
Fri
15

Indigneous Land-Based Pedagogies

Indigenous Voices event with TBA
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

TBA

In this gathering participants will come to understand the strengths and limitations of land-based teaching and learning, through personal experience.