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Monday, April 29, 2019 — 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM EDT
Location: EC3 2019


Join us for two 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.

Gamified Learning and Motivation in Computer Education (Research presentation; 30 min.)
Sean Kauffman, PhD candidate, Electrical and Computer Engineering

This talk explores literature on the subject of game-based teaching and learning in Computer Education and investigates its effects on student engagement and motivation.  The talk classifies the works into Structuring and Action Frames based on a published taxonomy of game-based learning, and reviews their results individually. The talk then discusses consistent themes in the work and concludes that game elements in the Action Frame are more effective at motivating students than those in the Structuring Frame. The presentation concludes with observations about the research and its possible future directions.

Interactive Lecture Techniques in Math Courses and Their Impact on Student Motivation (Research presentation; 30 min)
Diana Castaneda, PhD candidate, Pure Mathematics

Interactive lectures are lectures which incorporate activities where students work directly with the material and apply what they just learned. Literature has shown the benefits of implementing activities throughout the lecture. Scaffolding activities, team-based learning, discovery-based learning, polling activities, and technology-enhanced activities are all examples of methods that can be incorporated in math courses. In this presentation, we will discuss how to implement these activities in class and examine evidence from the research about the impact of interactive lectures on student motivation.


  • 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.

East Campus 3 - EC3
Room 2019
200 University Ave West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1