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Fall Fortnight

Sharing, Celebrating, and Reflecting on Teaching Practices

GMCTE Events

Discussion about teaching at the 4th Annual SoTL Symposium

GMCTE Courses

GSR 989: Introduction to University Teaching

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Upcoming Events

Sep
Thu
1

Teaching with Top Hat

Fall Event with Ryan Banow & Tyson Brown
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Murray Bldg Collaborative Learning Lab

Student response systems, such as Top Hat, are great tools for increasing student engagement and quickly gathering feedback from a large number of students. Rather than focusing on the technical "how-to" aspects of using Top Hat, this session will focus on specific teaching strategies for using Top Hat effectively. One specific strategy that we will explore closely is "Peer Instruction" as developed by Dr. Eric Mazur. We will also briefly look at how you could implement these strategies without using technology. For the purposes on this session, please bring a web-enabled device (smartphone, tablet, laptop).

Format: Expansion Pack
Expansion Pack sessions offer further application and strategies of a specific concept or challenge with focused time for more in-depth work.  This is more of a traditional workshop format: activities combined with new information and time to apply the principles and receive feedback. Expansion Pack lengths vary, but are typically around 2 hours.


 

Sep
Thu
1

Conscious About Managing Change: The Prosci Management ADKAR Model

Fall Event with Sheryl Mills
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Murray Bldg Collaborative Learning Lab

This session will provide an introduction to the Prosci Management/ADKAR Change model: what it is, how and when to apply the principles and how it relates to the implementation of new courses, programs, strategic initiatives, and classroom practices. By the end of the session you will be able to :

1. List the five elements of ADKAR model;
2. Give examples of each of the five elements; 
3. Identify the five elements in a practice case study;
4. Apply the principles to a change initiative of your own.

Format: Expansion Pack
Expansion Pack sessions offer further application and strategies of a specific concept or challenge with focused time for more in-depth work.  This is more of a traditional workshop format: activities combined with new information and time to apply the principles and receive feedback. Expansion Pack lengths vary, but are typically around 2 hours.

Sep
Thu
1

Stories from Librarian and Faculty Partnerships

Fall Event with Kristin Bogdan
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Murray Bldg Collaborative Learning Lab

This event has been cancelled.

Partnerships between librarians and faculty will help with student-centered learning. Today’s information landscape is overwhelming and having a librarian’s expertise built into the curriculum will enable students to navigate this landscape, build confidence, develop life-long learners and help with student retention for graduate programs.

Format: Expansion Pack
Expansion Pack sessions offer further application and strategies of a specific concept or challenge with focused time for more in-depth work.  This is more of a traditional workshop format: activities combined with new information and time to apply the principles and receive feedback. Expansion Pack lengths vary, but are typically around 2 hours.

Sep
Thu
1

Assignments, Rubrics, and Grading in Blackboard - It's Easier Than You Think

Fall Event with Janis Shirriff
3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Murray Bldg Collaborative Learning Lab

This hands-on session will guide you through the creation of an online assignment, an associated rubric and the grade centre in Blackboard. Set up columns that calculate percent totals of labs, assignments, quizzes, participation and the final exam for an automatically calculated final grade. Be the student and the instructor and participate in both sides of the Blackboard experience.

Format: Expansion Pack
Expansion Pack sessions offer further application and strategies of a specific concept or challenge with focused time for more in-depth work.  This is more of a traditional workshop format: activities combined with new information and time to apply the principles and receive feedback. Expansion Pack lengths vary, but are typically around 2 hours.


Sep
Mon
19
Starts
9:00 AM
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Oct
Fri
21
Ends
4:00 PM

Introduction to Teaching Online

GMCTE Event with Karla Panchuk & Wenona Partridge

Online

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

We will be using an open text book for this class, which you may view free of charge by following this link:  bit.ly/ITOtext .

Sep
Tue
20
Starts
1:30 PM
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Dec
Tue
6
Ends
4:00 PM

Reflective Teaching Portfolio Short Course

GMCTE Course with Wenona Partridge & Debbie Pushor

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. 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.

All classes held once each month on a Tuesday, from 1:30 - 4pm, in Murray G3 (to the left of the circulation desk in the Murray Library).

Topic schedule, each Tuesday:

  • September 20: Reflecting on Your Teaching Practice
  • October 18: Developing a Teaching Philosophy Statement
  • November 22: Selecting Best Evidence from Your Teaching Practice 
  • December 6: Reflecting on Feedback from Your Teaching Practice

For more information about this course, contact wenona.partridge@usask.ca


Oct
Tue
4

Digital Citizenship and Digital Literacy

Learning Technologies Event with Angie Gerrard & Heather Ross
2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Murray Bldg Collaborative Learning Lab

This session will explore issues around good online citizenship and identity as well as the skills necessary to evaluate and utilize materials found online, whether through a web site, email, or other online sources of information.
Oct
Thu
6

Digital Citizenship and Digital Literacy

Learning Technologies Event with Angie Gerrard & Heather Ross
2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Murray Bldg Collaborative Learning Lab

This session will explore issues around good online citizenship and identity as well as the skills necessary to evaluate and utilize materials found online, whether through a web site, email, or other online sources of information.
Oct
Tue
11

Student Response Systems and Surveys

Learning Technologies Event with Ryan Banow
2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Murray Bldg Collaborative Learning Lab

This session will explore options for easily gathering feedback from your students and for providing formative feedback to students. The two main tools that we will look at are Top Hat and FluidSurveys, which are both university-supported. We will look at how to use these tools to meet your goals.
Oct
Thu
13

ePortfolios

Learning Technologies Event with Wenona Partridge
2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Murray Bldg Collaborative Learning Lab

Using two GSR courses that require students to track reflective writing in their Mahara e-portfolios as a case study, we will discuss ways you can use this tool in your class. This session will include an interactive demonstration of the ePortfolio tool.
Oct
Tue
18

Blogs and Wikis

Learning Technologies Event with Ryan Banow & Heather Ross
2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Murray Bldg Collaborative Learning Lab

This session will look at the possible uses for blogs and wikis in courses to provide students with opportunities for sharing, reflecting, collaborating, and learning together.
Oct
Thu
20

Podcasting and Screencasting

Learning Technologies Event with Ryan Banow & Heather Ross
2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Murray Bldg Collaborative Learning Lab

Is there a topic that you find yourself explaining over and over again? That may be a great topic to create a podcast lesson or a screencast video for. Podcasts and screencast videos are effective tools for teaching tough topics, providing material for student review, or as a part of a flipped classroom! They can also be used in addition to or in place of written feedback on student assignments. In this session we will look at how and why to use podcasts and screencasts.
Oct
Tue
25

Synchronous Tools for Virtual Classes, Office Hours, and Collaborating

Learning Technologies Event with Ryan Banow & Wenona Partridge
2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Murray Bldg Collaborative Learning Lab

This session will explore tools for facilitating live virtual classes and meetings. We will primarily look at university-supported tools Webex and Collaborate, but we will also touch on other common solutions, such as Skype. You will learn how to use some advanced features, including screen sharing and a virtual whiteboard.
Oct
Thu
27

Asynchronous BBLearn Tools (Discussions, Quizzes, and Assignment Submissions)

Learning Technologies Event with Ryan Banow & Wenona Partridge
2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Murray Bldg Collaborative Learning Lab

There is always limited class time when teaching a course. Thankfully, there are ways to extend the opportunities for class discussions and assessment by using tools within Blackboard Learn. In addition, there are other built-in tools to help with the organization and administrative tasks of your teaching, such as the assignment submission tool. This session will explore how to use these tools within your classes.
Nov
Tue
1

Social Media Tools

Learning Technologies Event with Heather Ross
2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Murray Bldg Collaborative Learning Lab

While students and instructors see uses for social media in their personal lives, these tools can also provide benefits for teaching, learning and research. This session will explore the use of some of the more common social media tools (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc.) in the context of teaching and learning.
Nov
Thu
3

Open Pedagogies

Learning Technologies Event with Heather Ross & Nancy Turner
2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Murray Bldg Collaborative Learning Lab

Open pedagogy allows students, through the use of open educational resources, to revise, remix, develop, and share course learning materials as individuals or through collaboration. This session will provide an introduction to this concept as well as an opportunity for participants to develop their own ideas of how to implement open pedagogy into their courses.
Nov
Mon
7
Starts
9:00 AM
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Nov
Thu
10
Ends
4:30 PM

Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) for Faculty & Instructors

Instructional Skills Workshop with Susan Bens & Tereigh Ewert-Bauer & Carolyn Hoessler & Barb Schindelka

MURRAY 50.12

This course runs over four days - November 7, 8, 9, and 10 (from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM each day).  Attendance at all four days is required. 

Please note: On the registration site, you will select only "November 7" 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; and
  • a focus on creating inclusive learning environments.

We encourage you to take advantage of this practical opportunity, and to register as soon as possible, as space is limited.

Remember: On the registration site, you will select only "November 7" for registration, but the course runs for four consecutive days.

For more information, visit the Instructional Skills Workshop page.