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Tuesday, May 8, 2018 — 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EDT
Location: EV1 242


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.

Effect of Teacher Immediacy on Student Learning (research presentation; 30 min.)
Raed Alharbi, PhD candidate, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering

In research on instructional communication, teacher immediacy is defined as “communication behaviors that enhance closeness to and nonverbal interaction” among students and their instructors (Mehrabian, 1981). Good teacher immediacy behaviours are essential component of effective learning.  In this presentation, the effect of teacher immediacy on student learning and motivation will be discussed.  We will also discuss some interpersonal factors that affect student learning. At the end of the talk, suggestions for instructors on how to monitor, measure and improve their immediacy behaviors will be provided. 

Why Soft/Professional Skills are Important for STEM Disciplines (interactive workshop; 45 min.)
Mohammad Oyarhossein, PhD candidate, Civil and Environmental Engineering

This workshop aims to emphasize the importance of the so called “soft skills” (also known as “professional” or “employability” skills) for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) students. The workshop focuses on five important soft/professional skills, such as communication and time management skills, by providing related examples and activities to make a case for the value of these skills. By the end of this workshop, participants should be able to identify a number of soft skills and explain their importance in the STEM field.


  • 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

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