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Thursday, January 9, 2020 — 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST

Location: MC 2036A


Join us for a research talk and two inteactive 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.

Experiential Learning and Substantive Theory in Planning Education (30-minute research presentation: 15 min. talk followed by discussion)
Nick Revington, PhD Candidate, School of Planning

Experiential learning is widely adopted in planning education as a means of providing students with “real world” experience to prepare them for employment in professional practice. However, while this focus on professional practice has its merits, it also potentially restricts the scope of experiential learning to particular curriculum material. As a result, there is a dual risk: first, that practice is inadequately linked to theory; and second, that links to theory focus on procedural theories (how to plan) rather than substantive theories (what we plan). This presentation will explore strategies for integrating experiential learning and substantive theory, and the benefits of doing so, in planning education.

Ethics of University Teaching: Principles and Dilemmas (interactive workshop; 45 minutes)
Xing Su, PhD Candidate, School of Planning

In this workshop, we will discuss the ethical principles and common ethical dilemmas in university teaching. As teaching not only comprises the mastery of content knowledge and pedagogic technique, but also involves the intangibles such as values and attitudes, ethics of university teaching is a crucial yet often overlooked issue. This workshop will highlight the importance and core values of ethics in university teaching, identify strategies to promote ethics of university teaching, introduce common ethical dilemmas in university teaching, and identify strategies to tackle these dilemmas.

Interaction in Online Learning Environments (interactive workshop; 45 minutes)
Elaine Ho, PhD Candidate, School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability

Institutions in the US and Canada are increasingly seeking online education practices that increase peer-to-peer and instructor-student interaction. The most frequently-cited challenge is how to encourage interaction and active engagement, including experiential learning, in online learning environments. The root of this challenge is difficulty understanding how to make technology work for these purposes.  This workshop will describe two frameworks from the literature that address the technological and psychological aspects of the online interaction challenge.  We will also discuss how online interactive technologies can facilitate higher levels of learning through Bloom’s Taxonomy.



  • 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