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Wednesday, April 10, 2019 — 9:30 AM to 11:00 PM EDT
Location: MC 2036A


Join us for three research talks by doctoral students taking part in the advanced Certificate in University Teaching (CUT) program, and find out more about the educational research interests of your fellow graduate students across campus. This will be a 1.5 hour-long session that will count toward your Fundamentals workshop credit.

Effectiveness of Problem Based Learning (PBL) in Multi-Disciplinary Engineering Design Problems (research presentation; 30 min.)
Andrew Gryguć, PhD candidate, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering

Problem Based Learning (PBL) is frequently used as a vessel to foster the skills of engineering students in approaching practical design problems that often do not have a closed form solution and are typically multi-disciplinary in nature. The current study aims to assess a group of learners coming from varied backgrounds from the perspective of improving their conceptualization and engineering design skills through problem based learning. A case study exploring the effectiveness of the PBL implementation will be presented by focusing on a graduate level mechatronics course at the University of Waterloo where the PBL approach was recently implemented. 

Flipped Classroom in Engineering Courses (research presentation; 30 min.)
Amir Ameli, PhD candidate, Electrical and Computer Engineering

In the last decade, the flipped classroom emerged as a popular instructional approach in engineering, in which the schoolwork (i.e., content exposure through the lecture) is carried out at home through videos or other instructional materials created by the instructor, and the homework (i.e., assigned problems) is completed in the classroom. This talk explains and compares different types of a flipped classroom, and clarifies the advantages and disadvantages of using flipped classrooms over the traditional lecturing method. Additionally, a case study is presented on using the flipped classroom method in electrical engineering courses.

Exam Design and Weighting (research presentation; 30 min.)
Mohammad Mortada, PhD candidate, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering

In spite of the significant expansion of higher education scholarship and the accompanying new techniques in teaching and assessment, exams still retain their position as a major technique of assessment in many higher education disciplines. This talk summarizes research on recommended practices in exam design and discusses tools that can be used in exam construction, the weighting of exams and two common exam formats (written and oral). In addition, the talk will address different styles of multiple-choice tests as one of the most popular exam formats and ways to reduce guess work in multiple-choice tests.



  • CTE has a new registration system called GoSignMeUp. Before you can register for a workshop, you need to create an account (one time only). Once you’ve created an account, you can register for this workshop.
  • Participants will receive an attendance credit toward the Fundamentals program if they arrive on time and stay until the end of the event.
  • A maximum of one special topic workshops can be counted toward your Fundamentals certificate.


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 studying, working, or visiting at Waterloo. If you have questions concerning access, such as parking, building layouts, or obtaining information in alternative formats, or wish to request accommodations for a CTE workshop or event, please contact CTE via email (cte@uwaterloo.ca) or phone (ext. 33857) and include the session’s title and date. Our workshops typically involve a mix of presentation and discussion-based activities, and we encourage a scent-free environment. We also welcome accompanying assistants, interpreters, or note-takers; notify us if accommodations are needed in this regard. Please note that some accommodations may require time to arrange.

Mathematics & Computer - MC
Room 2036A
200 University Ave West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1