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Friday, November 16, 2018 — 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM EST
Location: EC3-2019


Join us for three 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 hour and 15 minute long session that will count toward your Fundamentals workshop credit.

Game-based Learning for University-level Science Courses (30 min. research presentation)
Runjhun Saran, Department of Chemistry

Student enthusiasm and engagement is key to successful leaning. Lack of motivation to learn has been a longstanding issue in the field of science education. This issue is particularly challenging in the context of  the university-level science courses. In recent years, game-based learning (GBL) has emerged as one of the promising solutions for increasing student motivation in science courses. Various types of gaming approaches were developed to target students from different science domains as well as academic levels. In this presentation, I discuss the basic concepts, latest advancements, benefits and challenges of GBL, from the perspective of university-level science courses.

ENGL 294 – Gameful Studies (30 min. research presentation)
Nicholas Hobin, Department of English Language and Literature

This paper examines the possibilities of gameful design – the process of redesigning a learning environment to support intrinsic motivation for students. Particularly, it looks at the author’s development of the James Paul Gee’s concept of an affinity space, a location where people come together to pursue a common, shared interest, and explores the application of this concept in the Fall 2018 section of ENGL 294 – Game Studies to bolster the students’ autonomy and engagement in the classroom.


  • Registration is required. Difficulty registering? Read our registration help guide
  • 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 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.

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Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1