WAI Inspired Wednesdays: Integrating reflection into your course (CTE7010)

Wednesday, July 7, 2021 10:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Location: Online

Facilitator: Katherine Lithgow (Centre for Teaching Excellence) and Trevor Holmes (Centre for Teaching Excellence)


Pre-pandemic, CTE offered the annual Waterloo Assessment Institute (WAI) focusing on the assignment as a means of assessing student learning. Through peer feedback and guided work time over a two-day intensive retreat, WAI  helped individuals and program teams redesign key assignments in their courses. Whether you are an individual seeking to improve an assignment, or a team seeking to link an assignment or assignments "horizontally" (across courses in a term) or "vertically" (across courses in different terms or years), the WAI provides space, time, expertise, and peer feedback. We do plan to offer this again in the future when we can come together face-to-face.

For Spring 2021, we are offering instead three shorter, modified, online experiences retaining key elements of the WAI, each session focusing on one of three themes (you can choose one or more based on your own intentions for your assignment or assignments). By the end of each session, participants will leave with a draft redesigned assignment based on feedback from peers and teaching and learning consultants. 

After you register for a session, you’ll be asked to fill out a pre-session worksheet to help facilitators best support you, and help you make the best use of your time with us.  You’ll be asked to fill out a worksheet for each session for which you’ve registered. 

Each session will begin with a 30-minute introduction to the theme to help us begin our work. The duration of the session will be a combination of small group work and facilitated work time designed to help you begin your work, gather feedback, and continue your work after the session. 

We invite participants to attend the optional drop-in sessions (July 14th , July 21st from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. and July 28th from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) to continue working on your assessment activities with a facilitator on hand to answer questions. 

Please choose one (or more) from among the following sessions: 

Dates/Times Topic
Wednesday, July 7th - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Integrating reflection into your course 

Wednesday, July 14th - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Drop-in (for participants from July 7th and 14th):  Wednesday, July 14th - 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Authentic assessment 

Wednesday, July 21st - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Drop-in (for participants from July 7th, 14th and 21st):  Wednesday, July 21st - 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Academic integrity and alternatives to final exams 
Drop-in (for all past participants) Wednesday, July 28th - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  

WAI Inspired Wednesdays: Integrating reflection into your course

Interested in incorporating reflective activities into your course? In this session we’ll provide a variety of reflective frameworks from which to choose taking into consideration your course context and your course learning outcomes.  We’ll provide resources to help you design an assessment process that suits your needs, and we’ll consider ways to help students value the reflective process.    


Registration required (if this is your first time using GoSignMeUp, you will need to set up your account first). If you have changed roles at the University (e.g., graduate student to faculty) please updateyour "Participant Profile" in your GoSignMeUp account.


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 visiting, studying, or working at Waterloo. CTE’s online workshops are delivered through either WebEx, Microsoft Teams, or Bongo with the audio component available either as captioning or a transcript. CTE’s face-to-face workshops typically involve a mix of presentation and discussion-based activities, and we encourage a scent-free environment. We welcome accompanying assistants, interpreters, and note-takers. If you have questions concerning access, such as parking, building layouts, or obtaining workshop content in alternative formats, or wish to request accommodations for our programming, please let us know by emailing cte@uwaterloo.ca. Please note that some accommodations may require time to arrange.