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Calendar of Events

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Sep
Fri
4

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

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

ARTS 241

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 Academic 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
Sep
Thu
24

Copyright in Teaching: What Can You Use?

Fall Workshop event with Ryan Banow & Kate Langrell
2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

MURRAY G3

This interactive session helps you gain a better understanding of what you can show in class, what you can post online, and what you can photocopy to hand out to your class. Your presenters are Kate Langrell, the U of S’s Copyright Coordinator, and two GMCTE Instructional Designers: Ryan Banow and Heather Ross. They will provide information on recent changes to copyright legislation and help you understand what you can post and/or distribute under the new legislation and under the university’s Fair Dealing Guidelines.
Sep
Mon
28

Copyright in Teaching: What Can You Use?

Fall Workshop event with Ryan Banow & Kate Langrell
2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

MURRAY 50.12

This interactive session helps you gain a better understanding of what you can show in class, what you can post online, and what you can photocopy to hand out to your class. Your presenters are Kate Langrell, the U of S?s Copyright Coordinator, and two GMCTE Instructional Designers: Ryan Banow and Heather Ross. They will provide information on recent changes to copyright legislation and help you understand what you can post and/or distribute under the new legislation and under the university?s Fair Dealing Guidelines.
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.