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Calendar of Events

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Aug
Wed
5

Third Space Work Time

Third Space
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM

MURRAY 50.12

Third Space work time for faculty and instructors
Aug
Thu
6

Transcultural Doctoral Supervision Pedagogies: A Workshop for Supervisors

Summer Workshop
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

MURRAY 102

Note:This seminar is being jointly offered by The College of Graduate Studies and Research, The Office of the Vice-President Research, and The Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness.

This seminar explores a range of transcultural doctoral supervision pedagogies that were outlined in Catherine Manathunga’s (2014) recent book, Intercultural postgraduate supervision: reimagining time, place and knowledge, in which she argues that empowering intercultural supervision can result from more nuanced, critical and theoretically-based understandings of time, place and knowledge. She will show how a range of ‘Southern’ theories (including postcolonial, Indigenous, feminist, social and cultural geography theories) about history, geography and knowledge can offer fresh insights into intercultural supervision. These theories also enable us to understand the consequences of adopting assimilationist approaches to supervision and to think about how moments of unhomeliness may be experienced by supervisors and students in intercultural supervision.  By using the conceptual tools offered by these Southern theories, the more complex but potentially rich aspects of intercultural supervision can be better understood and grappled with. This seminar has been designed to be interactive and will include plenty of opportunity for discussion and debate.

Aug
Thu
6

Drawing Upon Your Histories, Geographies, and Cultural Knowledges in Graduate Studies: A Workshop for Graduate Students

Summer Workshop
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

MURRAY 102

This seminar enables graduate students to think critically about how they might be able to draw upon their diverse histories, geographies and cultural knowledges in their graduate studies in order to produce their own unique contribution to disciplinary knowledge.  These concepts are based upon Catherine Manathunga’s (2014) recent book, Intercultural postgraduate supervision: reimagining time, place and knowledge, in which she argues that empowering intercultural supervision can result from more nuanced, critical and theoretically-based understandings of time, place and knowledge. She will show how a range of ‘Southern’ theories (including postcolonial, Indigenous, feminist, social and cultural geography theories) about history, geography and knowledge can enable graduate students to negotiate a more powerful role in their relationships with their supervisors.  This seminar has been designed to be interactive and will include plenty of opportunity for discussion and debate.
Aug
Fri
7

Third Space Work Time

Third Space
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

MURRAY 50.12

Third Space work time for faculty and instructors
Aug
Wed
12

Third Space Work Time

Third Space
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM

MURRAY 50.12

Third Space work time for faculty and instructors
Aug
Fri
14

Third Space Work Time

Third Space
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

MURRAY 50.12

Third Space work time for faculty and instructors
Aug
Mon
17

Incubator: Mahara

Sharing Academic Practices
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

MURRAY 50.12

Incubator sessions provide a dedicated time to focus on a particular topic with colleagues who share a similar interest. The time is used to work, connect, brainstorm, explore, develop, and share. Move your project forward in the company of others who share your enthusiasm and passion for the particular topic, while connecting with colleagues who may have ideas or insights to offer.
Aug
Mon
17

Preparing & Personalizing Your Course Syllabus

Sharing Academic Practices
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

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.  This session will look at creating a course syllabus with this policy in mind.

Aug
Mon
17

Indigenous Voices: Introduction & Activities

Sharing Academic Practices
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

MURRAY 50.12

Indigenous Voices: Introduction & Activities
Aug
Tue
18

Incubator: Open Text Books

Sharing Academic Practices
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Murray Bldg Collaborative Learning Lab

Incubator sessions provide a dedicated time to focus on a particular topic with colleagues who share a similar interest. The time is used to work, connect, brainstorm, explore, develop, and share. Move your project forward in the company of others who share your enthusiasm and passion for the particular topic, while connecting with colleagues who may have ideas or insights to offer.
Aug
Tue
18

Just for You: Post-Docs

Sharing Academic Practices
10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

MURRAY G3

Just for You sessions are targeted to particular groups around unique and distinct situations. Examples, leadership, and principles will be drawn from the literature and experts in your field.
Aug
Tue
18

Choice in Assessment

Sharing Academic Practices
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

MURRAY 50.12

During this session participants will identify the teaching and learning benefits of providing students with choices in assessment.  Participants will consider assessment options from students choosing which essay questions to answer on an exam to choosing the types of assessments they will complete for a given course.  Participants may bring along a syllabus for immediate assistance drafting descriptions of new choices to offer students.
Aug
Wed
19

incubator: Flipped Teaching - Best Practices

Sharing Academic Practices
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

MURRAY 50.12

Incubator sessions provide a dedicated time to focus on a particular topic with colleagues who share a similar interest. The time is used to work, connect, brainstorm, explore, develop, and share. Move your project forward in the company of others who share your enthusiasm and passion for the particular topic, while connecting with colleagues who may have ideas or insights to offer.
Aug
Wed
19

Just for You: Kinesiology

Sharing Academic Practices
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

MURRAY 50.12

This is a specially tailored working session for those who teach in the College of Kinesiology on the development and use of rubrics.  Bring a rubric you’d like to revise or a course syllabus and an assignment or two for which you want to create a rubric.  Our facilitator will provide an introduction, practical resources, and hands-on assistance as you work with your rubric. The intended outcome for those in attendance is the development of a new or improved rubric for an assessment in a course they will be teaching.
Aug
Thu
20
Starts
9:00 AM
to
Aug
Tue
25
Ends
4:00 PM

Instructional Skills Workshop

Fall Workshop event with Susan Bens & Tereigh Ewert-Bauer & Carolyn Hoessler & Wenona Partridge & Barb Schindelka & Kim West

MURRAY 50.12

This course runs over four days- August 20, 21, 24, & 25 (from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day).  Attendance at all four days is required. 

Please note: on the registration site, you will select only "August 20" for registration, but the course runs for four consecutive days.

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

The GMCTE is offering a short professional development program to support faculty, sessional lecturers, and graduate student teachers.  This four-day (24 hours total) workshop is recognized internationally as the Instructional Skills Workshop (http://iswnetwork.ca). 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.

Please Note: On the registration site, you will select only "August 20" for registration, but the course runs for four consecutive days.

For more information, visit the Instructional Skills Workshop page.

Aug
Mon
24

Undergraduate Research Sessions

Sharing Academic Practices with Murray Drew & Carolyn Hoessler & John Kleefeld & Kara Loy & Sheryl Mills & Ulrich Teucher
9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

MURRAY G3

Aug
Mon
24

Intro & GO: Student Response Systems

Sharing Academic Practices
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Murray Bldg Collaborative Learning Lab

“I wish there was a way that I could learn enough about (x) to use it in my own course, and have someone on hand to help as I need it…I’m excited about the good ideas I get from workshops, but when I walk out the door I have so many other things competing for my attention that when I finally get time for planning, I’ve forgotten my great ideas and lost the enthusiasm!”

If you have ever had this thought, you’re not alone!

Intro & GO! sessions give you a 20-minute introduction to a teaching technique, tool or strategy—just enough information to get you started—and then GO! The remaining 100 minutes of the session are dedicated work time for you to integrate that particular technique, tool or strategy. The topic specialist(s) are on hand to answer questions, give suggestions, provide additional information, and help you with your planning. Ideas, resources AND time are all lined up so you can be inspired and productive.

Aug
Mon
24

Copyright in Teaching: What Can You Use?

Sharing Academic Practices
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Murray Bldg Collaborative Learning Lab

Aug
Tue
25

Intro & Go: Completing Your Copyright Forms

Sharing Academic Practices
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Murray Bldg Collaborative Learning Lab

“I wish there was a way that I could learn enough about (x) to use it in my own course, and have someone on hand to help as I need it…I’m excited about the good ideas I get from workshops, but when I walk out the door I have so many other things competing for my attention that when I finally get time for planning, I’ve forgotten my great ideas and lost the enthusiasm!”

If you have ever had this thought, you’re not alone!

Intro & GO! sessions give you a 20-minute introduction to a teaching technique, tool or strategy—just enough information to get you started—and then GO! The remaining 100 minutes of the session are dedicated work time for you to integrate that particular technique, tool or strategy. The topic specialist(s) are on hand to answer questions, give suggestions, provide additional information, and help you with your planning. Ideas, resources AND time are all lined up so you can be inspired and productive.

Aug
Wed
26

Instructional Basics

Fall Workshop event with Sheryl Mills & Barb Schindelka
9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

MURRAY 50.12

Instructional Basics: Same Same But Different
 
In this one day workshop, you will have the opportunity to work through the process of Constructive Alignment via the 4MAT lesson planning model while weaving in relevant and timely topics such as: setting the tone on the first day of class; choosing what to teach and when to teach it; sequencing and pacing of your course topics; using reflective practice to improve your teaching; developing an inclusive classroom; and efficient and effective grading and marking.
 
After completing this course, participants should be able to:
-       Use the 4MAT lesson planning model to design lessons that reach a wide variety of learners;
-       Integrate effective methods of formative assessment as well as summative assessment into their course design; and
-       Align course learning outcomes with appropriate assessment techniques and approaches to classroom instruction.
Aug
Wed
26

Intro & Go: Screencast Videos

Sharing Academic Practices
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Murray Bldg Collaborative Learning Lab

“I wish there was a way that I could learn enough about (x) to use it in my own course, and have someone on hand to help as I need it…I’m excited about the good ideas I get from workshops, but when I walk out the door I have so many other things competing for my attention that when I finally get time for planning, I’ve forgotten my great ideas and lost the enthusiasm!”

If you have ever had this thought, you’re not alone!

Intro & GO! sessions give you a 20-minute introduction to a teaching technique, tool or strategy—just enough information to get you started—and then GO! The remaining 100 minutes of the session are dedicated work time for you to integrate that particular technique, tool or strategy. The topic specialist(s) are on hand to answer questions, give suggestions, provide additional information, and help you with your planning. Ideas, resources AND time are all lined up so you can be inspired and productive.

Aug
Fri
28

Teaching and Learning Case Studies

Fall Orientation to Teaching and Learning event
9:00 AM to 12:30 PM

MURRAY 50.12, MURRAY G3, Murray Bldg Collaborative Learning Lab

Teaching and Learning Case Studies
Aug
Fri
28

Intro & Go: Short Snappers

Sharing Academic Practices
9:00 AM to 12:30 PM

MURRAY 102

A series of shorter Intro & Go sessions, including:

  • Using Games to Help Teach New & Complex Material
  • Open Textbooks
  • Undergraduate Research Introduction
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Aug
Fri
28

Fall Orientation to Teaching for Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows

Sharing Academic Practices
12:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Grad Student Association Commons, Emmanuel and St. Chad

For new and experienced teaching assistants as well as graduate students or post-doctoral fellows interested in developing or enhancing their teaching practice.  Graduate students and post-doctoral fellows are welcome to register for and attend one or both half-day Fall Orientation to Teaching events.  Please see this GMCTE Page for further details on the sessions.

Day One: Friday, August 28

  • 12:30 - 12:45: Welcome and overview
  • 12:45 - 1:30: Breaking the Ice and Warming the Classroom
  • 1:30 - 2:30: Taming the Sharks: Managing Challenging Teaching Situations
  • 2:45 - 3:30: A Two-way Street: Building an Effective TA-Supervisor Relationship
  • 3:30 - 4:15: Imaginative Teaching: Building Creativity in the Classroom Across the Disciplines
  • 4:15 - 4:30: Wrap-up and feedback

Day Two: Friday September 4 (Registered Separately)

  • 12:30 - 12:45: Welcome and overview
  • 12:45 - 1:30: Breaking the Ice and Warming the Classroom
  • 1:30 - 2:30: Taming the Sharks: Managing Challenging Teaching Situations
  • 2:45 - 3:30: A Two-way Street: Building an Effective TA-Supervisor Relationship
  • 3:30 - 4:15: Imaginative Teaching: Creativity in the Classroom
  • 4:15 - 4:30: Wrap-up and feedback
Aug
Mon
31

"Indigenous Voices" Full-day Retreat

Indigenous Voices event
9:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Shekinah Retreat Centre, Waldheim, SK

To start off the 2015-2016 Indigenous Voices program, you are invited to participate in a transformative cultural, experiential, and educational full-day event. Elders, Knowledge Keepers, and Indigenous Voices co-ordinators will guide you through a day of stories, teachings, time on the land, and preparing and cooking traditional meals as part of the learning journey.  

The chosen location is the perfect environment in which participants get away from the bustle and distractions of the city, and immerse themselves in a natural environment, allowing for mindful learning, personal reflection, a safe place for communal dialogue.

The gathering commences at 9:00 a.m. at the Shekinah Retreat Centre, near Walheim, Saskatchewan, in the river valley.  The day will close by 7:00 p.m. after a traditional meal prepared and shared with one another. 

Should you chose to use your own transportation, a map of the location is attached for your convenience.  The drive takes approximately 50 minutes. Additionally, transportation will also be provided for those who require it, but it is important to let the co-ordinators know early on, so that enough vehicles will be secured for the day.

Recognizing that unavoidable circumstances may suddenly occur, we kindly request that you give as much notice as possible if you are unable to attend, as this will affect our planning and expenses for transportation and food, as well as opening up a spot for someone on the waiting list.


If you have dietary concerns and/or require transportation, please contact marylou.mintram@usask.ca when you register so that proper accommodations can be made.

 

Sep
Fri
4

Fall Orientation to Teaching for Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows (Day 2)

Academic Integrity Awareness event
12:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Grad Student Association Commons, Emmanuel and St. Chad

For new and experienced teaching assistants as well as graduate students or post-doctoral fellows interested in developing or enhancing their teaching practice.  Graduate students and post-doctoral fellows are welcome to register for and attend one or both half-day Fall Orientation to Teaching events.  Please see this GMCTE page for further details on the sessions.

Day One: Friday, August 28

  • 12:30 - 12:45: Welcome and overview
  • 12:45 - 1:30: Breaking the Ice and Warming the Classroom
  • 1:30 - 2:30: Taming the Sharks: Managing Challenging Teaching Situations
  • 2:45 – 3:30: A Two-way Street: Building an Effective TA-Supervisor Relationship
  • 3:30 – 4:15: Imaginative Teaching: Building Creativity in the Classroom Across the Disciplines
  • 4:15 – 4:30: Wrap-up and feedback

Day Two: Friday September 4 (Registered Separately)

  • 12:30 – 12:45: Welcome and overview
  • 12:45 – 1:30: Breaking the Ice and Warming the Classroom
  • 1:30 – 2:30: Taming the Sharks: Managing Challenging Teaching Situations
  • 2:45 – 3:30: A Two-way Street: Building an Effective TA-Supervisor Relationship
  • 3:30 – 4:15: Imaginative Teaching: Creativity in the Classroom
  • 4:15 – 4:30: Wrap-up and feedback
Sep
Fri
11

Session Two: A Two-way Street: Effective Relationships with Your TA-Supervisor and Your Students

Fall Workshop event with Viorica Bondici & Wenona Partridge
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

MURRAY G3

You might have only one term to learn from a particular professor and group of students. Make the most of this experience by gathering formative feedback as you go. The evidence you collect can help you learn and form the basis of a teaching portfolio. 

Building on the strategies introduced during the first session, which took place during the Fall Orientation, this follow-up session will focus on how to collect formative feedback from your supervisor and your students. To do so, students will participate in a gallery walk through some of the questions and concerns raised during the first session. Students will have the opportunity to offer their own solutions to each gallery item based on what they have learned so far during their teaching assistantship.

Students will be presented with resources related to the gallery items, as well as a list of upcoming courses and workshops.
Sep
Tue
15

Two Birds with One Stone: Fair Evaluation and Saving Time with Rubrics

Fall Workshop event with Serene Kerpan
2:30 PM to 3:30 PM

MURRAY 50.12

Rubrics are explicit sets of criteria that are used to evaluate student assignments in a fair and objective way. Rubrics communicate your expectations to students early on and during the marking process they can save you a lot of time. During this short interactive workshop we will go over the basics of designing rubrics and examine examples of rubrics from different fields of study.
Sep
Mon
21
Starts
2:15 PM
to
Oct
Fri
16
Ends
3:05 PM

Introduction to Teaching Online

Fall Workshop event

This non-credit course will provide instructors with information and ideas for teaching online, whether the intention is to teach a course exclusively online, or simply to incorporate online components. Experience teaching online is not required. Introduction to Teaching Online is offered entirely online through  Blackboard. As a participant you will experience what it is like to learn online which will help you become familiar with the environment your students will encounter in their online learning.

Topics covered will include:

  • An overview of online learning including benefits and challenges for instructors and students.
  • The importance of community in online environments
  • Best practices in facilitating online discussions
  • Articulating course expectations through the use of the syllabus and rubrics
  • Handling communication with students in a virtual classroom
  • Basic information on the technical side of teaching using Blackboard

Participants will be required to:

  • Actively participate by posting to the discussion boards on the assigned topics on a weekly basis.
  • Complete readings and watch included videos to enable them to make thoughtful posts and provide constructive feedback on the discussion boards
  • Participate in one scheduled class meeting using the online communication tool Blackboard Collaborate

The textbook for this course is: TBA

The enrollment for this course is limited to 15 participants.  For more information, please email Wenona Partridge at wenona.partridge@usask.ca or Karla Panchuk at karla.panchuk@usask.ca 

Sep
Wed
23
Starts
1:30 PM
to
Nov
Wed
4
Ends
4:00 PM

The Teaching Portfolio: Reflecting On Your Teaching Practice

Fall Workshop event with Wenona Partridge & Kim West

MURRAY G3

The aim of this short course is to bring together a community of teachers (including graduate students, faculty, sessional lecturers, advisors, and staff) who are interested in developing and discussing a reflective teaching or advising practice. During the course, teachers will reflect on their approach and philosophy and the ways in which their beliefs, values, and goals affect their pedagogical decisions in the classroom. They will have opportunities to engage in reflection, discuss their teaching goals, methods, and philosophy with their peers, observe one another’s teaching, write a teaching philosophy statement and develop a reflective  teaching portfolio , intended to foster reflection on teaching experiences to improve learning. For tenure track faculty, reflecting on one’s teaching practice provides a solid foundation on which to build a case file, similarly for sessionals, graduate students, staff, and advisors, reflecting on your teaching or advising practice will help rejuvenate your practice and prepare you well when applying for academic, staff, or teaching positions.

This short course will be offered on Wednesday afternoons, 1:30 - 4 pm, on the following dates:

  • September 23
  • October 7
  • October 21
  • November 4
Nov
Fri
6

Preparing & Personalizing Your Course Syllabus

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

MURRAY 50.12

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.  This session will look at creating a course syllabus with this policy in mind.