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Jan
Wed
7

How to Jump Start Your Curriculum Innovation

Winter Workshop with Susan Bens & Carolyn Hoessler & Sheryl Mills
3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

MURRAY G3

Come to brainstorm curriculum innovation ideas for your unit and learn about supporting funds available.  Those ready to look at the fund application processes can get started with our hands-on help during the second half of the workshop.  

 

Note:  This workshop will be repeated February 4 and March 4.

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

MURRAY G3

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
Mon
19

Outstanding Graduate Student Teachers: Past Winners Discuss Their Portfolios

Graduate Students Discussion Group with Leah Ferguson & Jan Gelech & Serene Kerpan
1:15 PM to 2:15 PM

MURRAY 50.12

This brief workshop is intended for graduate students being nominated for the Provost's Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award or for graduate students who are contemplating preparing a teaching dossier in the future for this purpose. Past winners Serene Kerpan, Jan Gelech, and Leah Ferguson will speak about their experiences, share their submissions, and provide advice on how to shape your portfolio and what materials should be emphasized.
Jan
Wed
21

Colonial Impact on the Roles of Indigenous Women

wāskamisiwin Event
12:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Grad Student Association Commons, Emmanuel and St. Chad

Historically, Indigenous women had important and integral roles within their Nations. With European contact, those roles suffered a severe impact and were dramatically changed from their original form.  Most notable impacts came from the trading posts, the Indian Act, and Indian Residential schools, as well as Treaties and other policies. The colonial impact on the role of Indigenous women will be discussed and explored in a panel of outstanding and knowledgeable women from various backgrounds, brought together to high light the current situation.  Please join us to share in the dialogue.
 
Jan
Fri
23

Relevant & Efficient Assessment: Make your Assessments C.O.U.N.T!

Mini Course with Carolyn Hoessler & Barb Schindelka
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

MURRAY 50.12

(Dates of the 3 sessions in this mini course are January 23, January 30, and February 6 1:00 - 2:30pm each day)

This Get “REAL” - Relevant & Efficient Assessment and Learning short-course focuses on how to identify and develop relevant and efficient assessment tools, process and products that meet your goals for your students’ learning. Relevant refers to assessment that is meaningful for the context, content, you and your students now & for their future. Efficient means making the most of your own and your students’ time, skills and energy to achieve your assessment goals.

This course will feature hands-on practice in designing and evaluating assessments, a responsive reading list, and modeled skill development. Together we will draw on evidence-informed criteria, collective knowledge and experiences, and open resources, to inform practice.

Learning Outcomes:

  • By the end of course, you will be able to…
  1. Identify and describe evidence-based criteria for efficient and relevant assessment.
  2. Design the elements (tools, process, product) of an assessment that achieves these criteria.
  3. Evaluate, provide and receive constructive feedback to improve the relevance and efficiency of own and colleagues’ assessments through revision.
  4. Identify and model related skills in goal-setting, productive groups, and constructive feedback,
Jan
Wed
28

Community Organizations 101: An introduction to working together

Winter Workshop with Lisa Erickson
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

MURRAY G3

Engaging in meaningful and successful partnerships with community organizations requires understanding and appreciation for the context in which they operate. Join this introduction aimed at building that understanding and appreciation of community organizations and expect to become more familiar with the community-based sector landscape in Saskatoon and area, recognize common organizational structures, staffing, operations and governance of community based organizations, discuss tips for initiating relationships with community based organizations.

This session will co-facilitated by Lisa Erickson, Manager of Community Outreach and Engagement at Station 20 West U of S and Colleen Christopherson-Cote, Community Partnerships Facilitator with the Saskatoon Regional Intersectoral Committee.


Jan
Thu
29

White Settler Identity

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

MURRAY G3

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
4

How to Jump Start Your Curriculum Innovation

Winter Workshop with Susan Bens & Carolyn Hoessler & Sheryl Mills
9:30 AM to 11:00 AM

MURRAY 50

Come to brainstorm curriculum innovation ideas for your unit and learn about supporting funds available.  Those ready to look at the fund application processes can get started with our hands-on help during the second half of the workshop.  

Note:  This same workshop was presented on January 7.  Returnees are welcome.  And, we will present the workshop a third time on Wednesday, March 4.

Feb
Thu
5

Planning for CEL learning: An introduction to the practical considerations and requirements

Winter Workshop with Andrew Dunlop
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

MURRAY G3

Recognizing the need for planning and knowing how to proceed administratively are important steps in leading outstanding community engaged learning experiences. As a result of this session, participants should become better able to (1) identify the campus policies and authorities that relate to taking students into community and off-campus settings, (2) recognize possible preparatory needs on the part of students, (3) review available funding options that support CEL and students participating in CEL, (4) identify coordination questions to ask community partners, (5) construct a basic action plan for incorporating CEL.

 

This session will be faciliated by Andrew Dunlop is Director of Community Engagement and Outreach at the University of Saskatchewan. Andrew brings a wealth of practical experience to this session from his past employment as Program Director of the University Learning Centre and from his own community engaged teaching.

Feb
Mon
9

The Inclusive Classroom: Fostering Accessibility for Students with Disabilities

Winter Workshop with Jacqueline Andre & Brenda Beaudry & Eldeen Kabatoff
1:30 PM to 4:00 PM

MURRAY 102

How can instructors create inclusive classrooms for students with disabilities? What resources exist to help instructors in this regard? This workshop attempts to answer these questions. Featuring presenters from Disability Services, the Canadian Mental Health Association, and the Learning Disabilities Association of Saskatchewan, this workshop considers a number of factors, including the University of Saskatchewan's population of students with disabilities, the social model of disability, and diverse and inclusive teaching strategies. Faculty members, administrators, and graduate student teachers are welcome to attend.
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
Wed
4

How to Jump Start Your Curriculum Innovation

Winter Workshop with Susan Bens & Carolyn Hoessler & Sheryl Mills
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

MURRAY G3

Come to brainstorm curriculum innovation ideas for your unit and learn about supporting funds available.  Those ready to look at the fund application processes can get started with our hands-on help during the second half of the workshop.  

 

Note:  This same workshop was offered on January 7 and February 4.  Returning participants are welcome.

Mar
Thu
12
Starts
1:00 PM
to
Mar
Thu
26
Ends
4:30 PM

Winter Course Design Institute

Winter Workshop with Wenona Partridge & Barb Schindelka

The Course Design Institute (CDI) offers faculty the chance to work on their courses and discuss session topics with the assistance of GMCTE staff members. Participants will also share what they are working on with each other to gain valuable feedback. CDI is offered in a blended format consisting of three face-to-face sessions as well as online materials and activities. The face-to-face sessions are held Thursdays each week for three weeks. The GMCTE will send participants a small packet of resources prior to the start date. Please visit this page for information about deadlines, application, scheduling, class format, required work-load, and eligibility for a project grant. 

Winter CDI schedule:

  • March 12, 1 - 4:30pm, GMCTE Classroom, Murray 50.12
  • March 19, 1 - 4:30pm, Murray 102 (Library, upstairs)
  • March 26, 1 - 4:30pm, GMCTE Classroom, Murray 50.12

Enrollment is limited to 10 participantsApplications are due February 26.

Mar
Thu
12

Honouring Agreements

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

MURRAY G3

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
Mon
23

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

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

MURRAY 50

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.
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

MURRAY G3

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
Mon
4
Starts
9:00 AM
to
May
Fri
29
Ends
4:00 PM

Introduction to Teaching Online

Spring Workshop with Karla Panchuk & Wenona Partridge

This four-week course begins on May 4. Registration is limited to 15 participants and closes April 29.

This non-credit, online course will provide instructors with information and ideas for teaching in an online or hybrid environment. 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
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.