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Tuesday, April 10, 2018 — 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM EDT
Location: EV1 241


Join us for a research talk and an interactive mini-workshop 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.

Active Learning and Flipped Classrooms in Introductory Mathematics (research talk; 30 min.)
Zack Cramer, PhD Candidate, Department of Pure Mathematics

In today’s technology-driven society, educators have expressed concern that the teaching methods of the past may no longer engage the current generation of students. This has directed considerable attention to active learning methods and the flipped classroom model. Are these approaches to learning really more effective than the traditional lecture? We will attempt to answer this question by analyzing the benefits and drawbacks that these models present.

How to Implement Flipped Classroom Method in Engineering (interactive workshop; 45 min.)
Syed Taha Taqvi, PhD Candidate, Department of Chemical Engineering

This workshop aims to introduce the flipped classroom approach and its application in the field of engineering. Additionally, it focuses on identifying ways this method may be implemented effectively. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Examine the flipped classroom teaching method in engineering using research evidence
  2. Identify ‘flippable’ opportunities within different courses in engineering

Design a lesson plan for a flipped-course in engineering, outlining in-class and out-of-class tasks


  • Registration is required. Difficulty registering? Read our registration help guide
  • Participants will receive an attendance credit towards 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 notify us 24 hours in advance (at cte-grad@uwaterloo.ca ) so that we can give your spot to someone else.


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.

EV1 - Environment 1
Room 241
200 University Ave West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1