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Friday, December 13, 2019 — 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EST
Note: This session is geared toward participants in the faculty of Science.
Location: MC 2036A


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.

Towards a Holistic Design: The Importance of Teaching Teachers about Cultural Diversity (research presentation; 15 min. presentation followed by 10 min. discussion)

Dania Abuleil, PhD candidate, School of Optometry

Our experiences change our perception of the world and can have a profound effect on how we approach learning. The recent increase of refugee and immigrant students in Canada calls for an urgent need to understand the diversity of learners in higher education and design courses that accommodate students from different backgrounds. In this presentation, we will discuss the diversity among learners in aspects such as culture, language and motivation, and highlight key steps instructors may take towards a culturally inclusive teaching design.

How Experiential Education Fosters Relatability Between Instructor and Learner Yielding Higher Knowledge Retention (research presentation; 15 min. presentation followed by 10 min. discussion)

Maxime Salman, PhD candidate, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Experiential learning methods are employed to actively engage learners in the dissemination of knowledge and the inherent building of their capacity. This intertwining of the theoretical and applicable components of the experiential learning shows great potential for higher knowledge retention based on our literature review on the matter. We developed several corollary pedagogical models to better understand the impact of experiential learning. Our work is based on Kolb’s Learning Cycle and Bloom’s Taxonomy of Knowledge. We will discuss how these two models can be integrated to derive a Trust and Independence Development Framework, demonstrating how our corollary model can be appropriated to understanding the fostering of “Pedagogical Trust” between an instructor and their learner(s).


  • 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