CUT Understanding the Learner (CTE4068)

Monday, January 16, 2023 8:30 am - Sunday, January 29, 2023 11:59 pm EST

Location: Online (LEARN)

Facilitator: Kristin Brown (CTE)


As instructors, we often consider what constitutes effective teaching. But in this module, we’ll return to the perspective of learners. We’ll ask: What constitutes effective learning? How does learning occur? What impacts the learning process? In response to these questions, we’ll reflect on our current conceptions of learning and gain insights from current research on student learning and its practical implications for teaching. In this module we’ll develop the vocabulary for describing learning in different disciplines and reflect on research-based teaching strategies that promote effective learning.

Workshop delivery

Please check your course, GS901: Preparing for University Teaching, in LEARN to access this online module.

This online module consists of:

  • a set of asynchronous, self-paced tasks in LEARN, that can be started on January 16 and that must be completed by the due date of January 29 by 11:59 p.m.


  • Registration required (if this is your first time using GoSignMeUp, you will need to set up your acccount first)

  • Registration is limited to CUT participants enrolled in GS901.

  • A response paper is required following the workshop.


Many of our workshops have waiting lists, so if you've registered but can't attend, please cancel your registration well in advance through the registration system, so that someone else can fill your spot.


The University of Waterloo is committed to achieving barrier-free accessibility for persons with disabilities who are visiting, studying, or working at Waterloo. CTE’s online workshops are delivered through either Zoom, WebEx, Microsoft Teams, or Bongo with the audio component available either as captioning or a transcript. CTE’s face-to-face workshops typically involve a mix of presentation and discussion-based activities, and we encourage a scent-free environment. We welcome accompanying assistants, interpreters, and note-takers. If you have questions concerning access, such as parking, building layouts, or obtaining workshop content in alternative formats, or wish to request accommodations for our programming, please let us know by emailing Please note that some accommodations may require time to arrange.