Monday, August 9, 2021 — 1:30 PM to Tuesday, August 17, 2021 — 3:00 PM EDT

Location: Online 


The Centre for Teaching Excellence will be hosting our annual New Faculty Teaching Days starting on Monday, August 9 and concluding on Tuesday, August 17, 2021This event is intended for all new faculty who have arrived since September 1st of last year (2020) as well as any new faculty who were unable to attend our sessions last year or are new to their current teaching assignment. 

These days in August allow instructors to complete a series of workshops. This year’s sessions will start by focusing on our students in Who Are Our Learners? (Monday, August 9th from 1:30pm- 3:00pm), followed by New Faculty Blended Course Design short course (synchronous meetings will occur on Tuesday, August 10th from 1:30 pm- 3:00 pm and Tuesday, August 17th from 1:30 pm- 3:00 pmand a session on Copyright, Library Services and Academic Integrity on the second last day (Monday, August 16th from 1:30 pm- 3:00 pm)

For more information, please contact Monica Vesely

CTE9910 Who Are Our Learners? 

Rumours abound about "students today" and, more locally, about "Waterloo students." This session provides an overview of general learner characteristics and expectations as well as more specifically at Waterloo to help you to better plan your teaching. This session will combine the presentation of information with opportunities to ask questions specific to your needs.


  • Erin Jobidon, Academic Development Specialist, Student Success Office
  • Monica Vesely, Educational Developer, Faculty Programs and Consulting, Centre for Teaching Excellence

CTE6732 New Faculty Blended Course Design 

In this LEARN short course, participants will be guided through the development of a blended course using a learner-centered backwards design approach. Participants will complete a series of online modules designed to help instructors prepare a blended course. The course emphasizes integrating modalities, managing workload, and ensuring there is a clearly laid out pathway for students through the course. A workbook is provided to help capture work and provide direction as participants move through the design and development process.

There are two synchronous sessions scheduled to allow for full group discussions about blended course design challenges and opportunities. The two live meets will take place on Tuesday, August 10th, 1:30-3pm and Tuesday, August 17th, 1:30-3pm.

This workshop is intended for instructors who have a specific course(s) assigned to them.

Hosts and Facilitators:

  • Natalie Chow, Faculty Liaison: Faculty Liaison: Health, Psychology, Sociology & Legal Studies, and Support Units, Centre for Teaching Excellence
  • Monica Vesely, Educational Developer, Faculty Programs and Consulting, Centre for Teaching Excellence 

CTE9919 Copyright, Library Services and Academic Integrity 

In this session, Amanda McKenzie, Quality Assurance (Academic Programs) Director, will speak to academic integrity at Waterloo and Kari Weaver, Learning, Teaching, and Instructional Design Librarian, and her colleagues will discuss how librarians can help you integrate information literacy into your courses and address copyright responsibilities. Kari will be joined by a panel of her colleagues - Associate University Librarian, Learning, Research, and User Services, Victoria Chu, Copyright and Licensing Specialist, Lauren Byl and Liaison Librarian, Jackie Stapleton. The session will begin with presentations and will be followed by an informal Q & A period to address your needs. 


  • Amanda McKenzie: Director, Quality Assurance (Academic Programs)
  • Victoria P. Chu: Associate University Librarian, Learning, Research, and User Services
  • Kari D. Weaver: Learning, Teaching, and Instructional Design Librarian
  • Lauren Byl: Copyright and Licensing Librarian
  • Jackie Stapleton: Liaison Librarian School of Public Health Sciences; Kinesiology


Registration required (if this is your first time using GoSignMeUp, you will need to set up your account first). If you have changed roles at the University (e.g., graduate student to faculty) please update your "Participant Profile" in your GoSignMeUp account.


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 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.