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Dec
Mon
12

Getting Set Up to use Top Hat

GMCTE Fortnight Event with Ryan Banow & Tyson Brown
2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

MURRAY G3

This session will introduce you to Top Hat and walk you through the process of setting up your professor account, creating your classes, building questions, inviting your students to participate, delivering questions, and setting up a Top Hat grade book (if you want one). For the purposes of this session, please bring a laptop.

This session is meant to walk you through the process of:

  • signing up for Top Hat
  • creating a course
  • creating questions
  • using the attendance tool
  • asking questions using Top Hat
  • plus using a few more advanced features

In order for you to make the most of this session, you will need to bring a laptop computer. This session is intended to be a hands-on session for instructors interested in using Top Hat.

Please Note: This session will include a photographer taking pictures of attendees participating, for use on our website and in our future communications.  If you prefer not to have your picture taken or used, please let us know at gmcte@usask.ca and we will avoid photographing you accordingly.

 

Session 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.

Dec
Mon
12

Virtual Reality in Teaching: A Revolutionary Technology with Great Potential

GMCTE Fortnight Event with Tod Baudais, Sprockety Ventures, Inc. & Bruce Cory, Sprockety Ventures, Inc.
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

MURRAY 50.12

Virtual Reality is here, and its potential for post-secondary education is massive.  From experiential learning opportunities to gamification of study material,  the uses of this new, immersive form of media are only limited by our creativity.  Join Sprockety Co-Founders Bruce Cory and Tod Baudais for a discussion about virtual reality and its potential role in your teaching experience.  Register for this incubator discussion, and you will also be scheduled in for a 15-minute demo session with the HTC Vive, one of the newest and most advanced VR models currently available.  This will give you the VR experience first-hand, for a more fruitful discussion at the incubator session later in the day.

Please Note: These demos will include a photographer taking pictures of attendees participating, for use on our website and in our future communications.  If you prefer not to have your picture taken or used, please let us know at gmcte@usask.ca and we will avoid photographing you accordingly.

Dec
Tue
13

Preparing & Personalizing Your Course Syllabus

GMCTE Fortnight Event with Heather M. Ross & Kim West
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

MURRAY 50.12

Through this session, participants will learn about how to shape their course syllabi to not only include the elements required under the Academic Courses Policy, but also to provide students with a road map of their learning in the course, as well as who you, as the instructor, are as a person and educator.

 

Session 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.

Dec
Tue
13

What is Pecha Kucha and How Can I use it in my Classes?

GMCTE Fortnight Event with Mark Meyers
3:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Murray Bldg Collaborative Learning Lab

This session will introduce the Japanese presentation format called "pecha kucha" as a possible teaching tool in undergraduate courses. The format requires presenters to convey their ideas in 20 slides, limiting themselves to 20 seconds per slide, for an overall presentation time of 6:40. In the spirit of "showing, not telling," I will begin the session with a pecha kucha about how I have used pecha kucha presentations as a student assignment in my three-week experiential learning course, "Human Rights in History," which takes as its center a field trip to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg. I?ll go over how the pecha kucha assignment furthers some of the learning outcomes for the class, discuss my sense of its benefits and drawbacks as an assignment, and suggest ways you might include pecha kuchas in your classes.

Please Note: This session will include a photographer taking pictures of attendees participating, for use on our website and in our future communications. If you prefer not to have your picture taken or used, please let us know at gmcte@usask.ca and we will avoid photographing you accordingly.

 

Session Format: Short & Snappy
Short & Snappy sessions are a speedy way to get introductory information on a new-to-you topic. Think "info-mercial" - fast and to the point. There is not a lot of time for discussion or questions, BUT you can stop at Starbucks, grab a beverage, pop over to the GMCTE classroom, and leave 30 minutes later with a new idea and information about how to learn more when you want to!

Dec
Wed
14

Why "Experience?" Introduction to "The Hook" in Lesson Planning

GMCTE Fortnight Event with Sheryl Mills
10:00 AM to 11:30 PM

MURRAY 50.12

In this session, you will explore the purpose and importance of “experiencing” within the learning process, and apply this by designing an experiential learning activity for a lesson or topic of your choice.

 

Session 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.

Dec
Wed
14

Just for STEM Instructors: Active Teaching & Learning Strategies

GMCTE Fortnight Event with Ryan Banow
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

MURRAY G3

This session brings together faculty and instructors that teach in a variety of STEM disciplines. This is an opportunity to meet one another, to discuss shared challenges, and to explore the varied strategies that have been implemented.

In this session, we will have a special presentation from Dr. Joel Lanovaz. With the group, he'll explore the peer instruction approach that he has used over the past two years in his 200-level Biomechanics course. After his presentation, there will be opportunity to discuss, ask questions, and share additional strategies that you have implemented in your classes.

Lunch will be provided.

 

Session Format: Just for You
Co-created with specific groups, Just for You sessions focus on topics, examples and approaches specific to a discipline or role, with the format determined by the goals of the group. These sessions are tailored to your needs. Interestingly, these sessions can use any of the format structures; their uniqueness is the group.  As you might imagine, length and format depend on the desired outcomes of the groups.

Dec
Wed
14

Just for You- Graduate Students, Using Improv in Teaching

GMCTE Fortnight Event with Marley Duckett
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

JMITCH 282

This workshop will examine some of the fundamental principles of improv and how these philosophies can increase communication and student participation in the classroom. Improv is a hands on discipline so please come prepared to try out some group games and discuss the material together as we go!

Please Note: This session will include a photographer taking pictures of attendees participating, for use on our website and in our future communications.  If you prefer not to have your picture taken or used, please let us know at gmcte@usask.ca and we will avoid photographing you accordingly.

 

Session Format: Just for You
Co-created with specific groups, Just for You sessions focus on topics, examples and approaches specific to a discipline or role, with the format determined by the goals of the group. These sessions are tailored to your needs. Interestingly, these sessions can use any of the format structures; their uniqueness is the group.  As you might imagine, length and format depend on the desired outcomes of the groups.

Dec
Wed
14

Just for You - Leadership

GMCTE Fortnight Event
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

University Club

Guest Facilitators:
Jim Germida, Vice-Provost Faculty Relations
Cheryl Carver, AVP Human Resources

Location: Club Room, University Club
                

This session brings together individuals who are interested in leadership and sharing their leadership story. This is an opportunity to meet one another and share stories about individuals or events that have created space for you to grow and thrive as a leader. The intent is to identify ways and means that create space for current and future leaders at the U of S to grow and thrive.

Eligible participants will be contacted directly with an invitation and instructions for how to register for this event. 

Session Format: Just for You
Co-created with specific groups, Just for You sessions focus on topics, examples and approaches specific to a discipline or role, with the format determined by the goals of the group. These sessions are tailored to your needs. Interestingly, these sessions can use any of the format structures; their uniqueness is the group.  As you might imagine, length and format depend on the desired outcomes of the groups.

Dec
Thu
15

Teaching with Top Hat

GMCTE Fortnight Event with Ryan Banow & Tyson Brown
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

MURRAY G3

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). 

 

Session 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.

This session will be an interactive demonstration of how to teach with Top Hat. Please bring an electronic device (phone, tablet, laptop) to participate in the demonstration of question types (you’ll first get to experience this all from the students’ perspective). After that you may want to have brought a bring along a laptop to trial some of the other features and procedures that we will explore.

The outline of the session is as follows. 

  • Demonstration of all question types and suggested strategies
  • Signing up and creating your course (very brief version) - for assistance with this, please attend "Getting Set Up to Use Top Hat"
  • Inviting students
  • Creating questions
  • Presenting questions
  • Copying and resetting questions
  • Creating quizzes and scheduling
  • Gradebook
  • Considerations and suggestions
Dec
Thu
15

Open Educational Resources (OER) in Arts & Science

GMCTE Fortnight Event with Heather M. Ross
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

MURRAY G3

Open educational resources (OER) including open textbooks are now being used in a number of courses at the U of S. These resources are free for students and provide instructors with the opportunity to modify the materials to meet their needs. This session will provide an introduction to OER including what they are, how to find them, and how to integrate them into courses, as well as how to customize them to meet specific course needs.

If you are within the College of Arts & Science and are interested in open educational resources, please email heather.ross@usask.ca to RSVP by Decebmer 8.

 

Session Format: Just for You
Co-created with specific groups, Just for You sessions focus on topics, examples and approaches specific to a discipline or role, with the format determined by the goals of the group. These sessions are tailored to your needs. Interestingly, these sessions can use any of the format structures; their uniqueness is the group.  As you might imagine, length and format depend on the desired outcomes of the groups.

Dec
Thu
15

SEEQ Support

GMCTE Fortnight Event with Norman Sheehan
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

MURRAY 50.12

Master Teacher Dr. Norman Sheehan will co-facilitate this session about how to review and reflect on your end-of-term SEEQ data. We will discuss strategies to identify themes and trends in the data and comments, as well as next-steps such as writing narrative commentary about your SEEQ data and how to use SEEQ feedback to inform changes in your course structure and/or teaching strategies. You are encouraged to bring an older set of SEEQ data and comments with you if you have one available.

 

Session Format: Just for You
Co-created with specific groups, Just for You sessions focus on topics, examples and approaches specific to a discipline or role, with the format determined by the goals of the group. These sessions are tailored to your needs. Interestingly, these sessions can use any of the format structures; their uniqueness is the group.  As you might imagine, length and format depend on the desired outcomes of the groups.

Dec
Fri
16

U of S Teaching Awards Information Session

*GMCTE Event with Wenona Partridge
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

MURRAY 50.18

Information about criteria and nomination preparation for the following teaching awards:

  • Master Teacher Award - deadline February 15
  • Provost's Outstanding Teaching Awards (Themed awards - deadline February 15, and College awards - deadline February 1)
  • Sylvia Wallace Sessional Lecturer Award - deadline February 15

For more information about all campus-wide teaching awards, visit http://teachingawards.usask.ca/index.php

 

Session Format: Intro & Go
This session-type is an introduction to a teaching technique, tool or strategy - just enough information to get you started - and then GO! This is basically a "Short & Snappy" session WITH time for discussion questions, sharing ideas and reactions, and to explore a little bit more. Think of it as a mini-presentation like you might experience at a conference followed by a coffee chat.  These sessions are typically 80-90 minutes.

Dec
Fri
16

Sharing Strategies for Using Top Hat

GMCTE Fortnight Event with Ryan Banow
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

MURRAY G3

This session is for instructors that used Top Hat in the Fall 2016 Term. This is an opportunity to meet and discuss your experiences, strategies, successes, and challenges with others. You will likely leave with some new ideas of how to use Top Hat effectively!

 


Session Format: Incubator
The purpose of this type of session is to bring together colleagues with shared goals and interest in an emerging topic. The time is used to work, connect, brainstorm, explore, develop, and share to move projects forward, while connecting with colleagues. There won't be any presentations or workshop-type activities - this is colleagues working together. The length of incubators varies depending on the needs of the group.

Dec
Fri
16

Incubator - Open Educational Resources

GMCTE Fortnight Event with Heather M. Ross
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

MURRAY G3

This event has been cancelled.

The session is intended for those currently using, creating, or adapting open educational resources (OER) including open textbooks. This is an opportunity for those at different stages of the process to share ideas, lessons learned, and plans for moving forward.

If you are currently working with open educational resources, please email heather.ross@usask.ca to RSVP before December 8.

 


Session Format: Incubator
The purpose of this type of session is to bring together colleagues with shared goals and interest in an emerging topic. The time is used to work, connect, brainstorm, explore, develop, and share to move projects forward, while connecting with colleagues. There won't be any presentations or workshop-type activities - this is colleagues working together. The length of incubators varies depending on the needs of the group.

Jan
Tue
3

Help & Hot Chocolate Drop-In Afternoon

*GMCTE Event
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

MURRAY 50.12

Drop in for coffee or hot chocolate and a cookie, and ask your last minute questions before the new term begins!!!

Example questions:

  • Is there anything missing from my syllabus?
  • Is my syllabus clear and easy to read?
  • Are my assignment descriptions clear?
  • What should I do on the first day?
  • How do I create an inclusive classroom?
  • How can I learn my students' names?
  • What are some effective ice-breakers?
  • Why should I consider using an ice-breaker?
  • How can I set the classroom expectations with my students?
  • How do I use Top Hat in the classroom?
  • How do I get students into my Top Hat course?
  • How do I find open educational resources to use in my class?
  • How do I set up effective group activities and/or group assignments?
  • How can I get my online course off to a great start?
  • How can I get students to participate in online discussions?
  • What can I do to make my academic integrity expectations very clear?
  • What resources could I point my students to for help with referencing and scholarly writing?
Jan
Mon
9

Academic Misconduct - Policy Updates and Proactive Strategies

GMCTE Fortnight Event with Susan Bens & Sandra Calver
2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

MURRAY 50.12

Join this two part information session to learn about key revisions to the Academic Misconduct Policy that come into effect January 2017 (presented by the U of S Secretary's Office) and to learn about proactive strategies that can be used to prevent or deter academic misconduct (presented by the GMCTE). Note:  A version of this same presentation has been made through the University Secretary's Office this fall on three occasions to academic administrators and staff.

 

Session Format: Intro & Go
This session-type is an introduction to a teaching technique, tool or strategy - just enough information to get you started - and then GO! This is basically a "Short & Snappy" session WITH time for discussion questions, sharing ideas and reactions, and to explore a little bit more. Think of it as a mini-presentation like you might experience at a conference followed by a coffee chat.  These sessions are typically 80-90 minutes.

Jan
Tue
10

U of S Teaching Awards Information Session

*GMCTE Event with Wenona Partridge
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

MURRAY 50.18

Information about criteria and nomination preparation for the following teaching awards:

  • Master Teacher Award - deadline February 15
  • Provost's Outstanding Teaching Awards (Themed awards - deadline February 15, and College awards - deadline February 1)
  • Sylvia Wallace Sessional Lecturer Award - deadline February 15

For more information about all campus-wide teaching awards, visit http://teachingawards.usask.ca/index.php

Jan
Mon
16
Starts
9:00 AM
to
Jan
Thu
19
Ends
4:30 PM

Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) for Postdocs

Instructional Skills Workshop with Tereigh Ewert-Bauer & Wenona Partridge & Barb Schindelka

MURRAY 50.12

This course runs over four days - January 16, 17, 18 and 19 (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 "January 16" 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 postdocs.  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.

For more information, visit the Instructional Skills Workshop page.


Jan
Tue
24
Starts
1:30 PM
to
Apr
Tue
4
Ends
4:00 PM

Reflective Teaching Portfolio Short Course

GMCTE Course with Wenona Partridge & Kenneth Van Rees

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 professional practice will help rejuvenate your practice and prepare you well when applying for academic, staff, or teaching positions.

This short course will be co-facilitated by Master Teacher Dr. Ken Van Rees, who is known for integrating art into his soil science field classes. 

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:

  • January 24: Reflecting on Your Teaching Practice
  • February 14: Developing a Teaching Philosophy Statement
  • March 14: Selecting Best Evidence from Your Teaching Practice 
  • April 4: Reflecting on Feedback from Your Teaching Practice

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

Jan
Fri
27
Starts
9:00 AM
to
Jan
Sat
28
Ends
5:00 PM

U of S SoTL Writing Retreat

*GMCTE Event

Queen's House (Off-Campus, Saskatoon)

Write! Make Progress! 

Join us for a two-day writing retreat with space, time, food, and collegial supports for faculty and instructors working toward publishing on a teaching and learning research project. With time to write, facilitative touchstones, and consultants on hand to help you make the most of two full days devoted to writing.

Jan
Fri
27

U of S Teaching Awards Information Session

*GMCTE Event with Wenona Partridge
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

MURRAY 50.18

Information about criteria and nomination preparation for the following teaching awards:

  • Master Teacher Award - deadline February 15
  • Provost's Outstanding Teaching Awards (Themed awards - deadline February 15, and College awards - deadline February 1)
  • Sylvia Wallace Sessional Lecturer Award - deadline February 15

For more information about all campus-wide teaching awards, visit http://teachingawards.usask.ca/index.php

Feb
Fri
3

U of S Teaching Awards Information Session

*GMCTE Event with Wenona Partridge
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

MURRAY 50.18

Information about criteria and nomination preparation for the following teaching awards:

  • Master Teacher Award - deadline February 15
  • Provost's Outstanding Teaching Awards (Themed awards - deadline February 15, and College awards - deadline February 1)
  • Sylvia Wallace Sessional Lecturer Award - deadline February 15

For more information about all campus-wide teaching awards, visit http://teachingawards.usask.ca/index.php

Feb
Tue
21
Starts
9:00 AM
to
Feb
Fri
24
Ends
4:30 PM

Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) for Graduate Students

Instructional Skills Workshop with Wenona Partridge & Barb Schindelka

MURRAY 50.12

This course runs over four days - February 21, 22, 23 and 24 (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 "February 21" 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 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 "February 21" for registration, but the course runs for four consecutive days.

For more information, visit the Instructional Skills Workshop page.

May
Mon
29
Starts
8:30 AM
to
Jun
Fri
30
Ends
4:30 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 .