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Wednesday, May 29, 2019 — 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT
Location: MC 2036A


Join us for a research talk and two mini-workshops 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 2.0 hour-long session that will count toward your Fundamentals workshop credit.

The Effects of Integrating Lego Robotics into Engineering Curriculum (30 min. research presentation: 15 min. presentation and 10 min. discussion)
Nursefa Zengin, PhD Candidate, Systems Design Engineering 

Extensive educational research suggests that the most effective learning methods involve purposeful learning experiences such as hands-on, practical or field experiences. In this presentation, we will discuss what Lego Robotics is and how the learning process happens in an engineering class when instructors teaching with Lego robotics. We will also discuss research on the learning effects of the integration of Lego robotics into classes. 

Effectiveness of Problem-based Learning in Engineering Courses (mini-workshop; 45 min.)
Najmeh Jaberi, PhD candidate, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Engineering graduates are expected to communicate effectively and apply their knowledge in a dynamic, team-based working environment. Problem-based learning (PBL) is known as a popular active and student-centered learning approach that helps students develop their professional and technical skills. In PBL classes, students are given an ill-structured problem in a collaborative environment, and are asked to define the problem, identify what they already know and what they need to know. Through this workshop, I introduce the PBL method of instruction as well as some challenges encountered when trying to integrate PBL into an engineering course in order to help instructors implement this method in their classroom.

Mental Health and Well-being in the Learning Environment (mini-workshop; 45 min.)
Parvin Adeli, PhD candidate, Department of Chemical Engineering

When students struggle mentally, it negatively influences their academic performance. Stress, anxiety, and depression reduce students’ intellectual and emotional flexibility, wear out their creativity, and weaken their enthusiasm in the pursuit of new knowledge and experiences. In this workshop, we will briefly review important findings from research on mental health among Canadian university students and discuss what instructors and TAs can do to provide a healthy and positive learning environment.


  • 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