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Friday, April 28, 2017 — 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EDT
Location: EV1-241
 
Description: Join us for two interactive presentations 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 hour-long session that will count towards your Fundamentals workshop credit.
 
Since these are discipline-specific presentations, to ensure these workshops are relevant to you, we highly recommend you review the abstracts below in their entirety prior to registering.
 

Implementing problem-based learning in engineering through the use of case studies (workshop)
Presenter: Trevor Sabiston, Department of Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering

Case studies are a form of problem-based learning (PBL) where real world engineering examples are used within the class setting. They can be used to give meaning to abstract theories and emphasize the importance of what the students are learning. Using case studies has been shown to increase student interest, retention and ability to perform higher-level thinking in a subject without negatively affecting the students learning compared to traditional lecture-style presentation of material. In this workshop, we will discuss the benefits and challenges associated with implementing case studies in engineering including time management, the need for instructional objectives, and challenges related to students' lack of experience with problem-based learning. 

Teaching students proof-writing skills (short presentation)
Presenter: J.C. Saunders, Department of Pure Math

In introducing post-secondary mathematics students to high-level math courses, a course is needed to teach these students how exactly to reason mathematically and write mathematical proofs. Many math students have trouble mastering these skills. There are numerous factors that contribute to this difficulty, which include difficulty with mathematical language and logic and the creation of proofs not being a straightforward process. Various strategies are proposed to overcome these difficulties, including developing students’ logic skills, especially on the use of quantifiers, and introducing various fun activities in the classroom.

Notes:
  • Participants will receive an attendance credit if they arrive on time and stay until the end of the event.
  • A maximum of one special topic workshops can be counted towards your Fundamentals certificate.

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Location 
EV1 - Environment 1
Room 241
200 University Ave West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada

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