Tuesday, August 9, 2022

LITE Seed Grant Recipients


Congratulations to the latest recipients of the LITE Seed grants! 28 University of Waterloo faculty and staff received funding for six grants, ranging from Placed-Based Learning to Pedagogies for the Anthropocene! 

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Monday, July 18, 2022

Article on Extended Reality in Higher Education published

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An article on Extended Reality (XR) technologies in higher education has just been published by staff from three different Waterloo units. Gillian Dabowski (Centre for Extended Learning), Amna Idrees (Systems Design Engineering), and Mark Morton (Centre for Teaching Excellence) published "Advancing Extended Reality Teaching and Learning Opportunities Across the Disciplines in Higher Education" in Xplore after presenting at the 2022 International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network (iLRN). 

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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

CUT Award recipient focuses on engaging people in ecological restoration


The Certificate in University Teaching (CUT) program provides a comprehensive teacher development experience that is open to PhD students at the University of Waterloo. Completion of the program is recognized by a certificate issued by Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs and listed on the participant’s transcript. Each year, the Centre for Teaching Excellence and Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs award one recent CUT program graduate in recognition and celebration of effort, reflection, and commitment to teaching development demonstrated during their participation in the program.

We are excited to announce that the 2022 CUT Award has been awarded to Tim Alamenciak, a PhD student in Social and Ecological Sustainability, in the Faculty of Environment. We spoke to Tim about his experience with the CUT program and his thoughts about teaching in a post-secondary environment.

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Thursday, June 9, 2022

Donna Ellis ICED interview

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Centre for Teaching Excellence Director Donna Ellis has been announced as the next President-Elect of the International Consortium for Educational Development. She recently sat down with a colleague in the CTE for an interview about this new position.

Donna, you’ve just been named as the President-Elect of the International Consortium for Educational Development. Congratulations and tell us about that organization.

The International Consortium for Educational Development  — ICED (pronounced i-ced), for short — is a kind of “meta” organization. Started in 1993, it supports collaboration among educational development networks around the world. For example, Canada’s STLHE is a member, and so is the POD Network in the US, SEDA in the UK, and INCATHE in Israel. In total, there are 27 member networks from all around the world. The members of these networks share resources and learn from one another. 

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Monday, June 6, 2022

Want to work at CTE? Have a look at these opportunities!


The Centre for Teaching Excellence is currently advertising two positions:

CTE Faculty Liaison - Faculty of Health (13 month term)
A CTE Faculty Liaison provides expert advice to instructors, primarily in their Faculty, regarding teaching strategies, learning activities, course design, assessment methods, instructional innovations and the integration of appropriate and effective learning technologies into face-to-face and blended learning course designs. This role works in conjunction with various colleagues in their associated departments, Faculties, and/or university support units as well as colleagues at CTE, primarily the other Liaisons and CTE Senior Educational Developers. More details about this opportunity are available on the Careers at Waterloo site. 

Educational Developer, Anti-racist Pedagogies (full-time, permanent)
The Centre for Teaching Excellence aims to foster teaching excellence, innovation, and inquiry by supporting instructor development, promoting a community around teaching, and nurturing a culture of teaching and learning at Waterloo. The primary purpose of the Educational Developer, Anti-Racist and Culturally Relevant Pedagogies, is to support faculty, graduate student, and postdoctoral fellows seeking to teach and supervise more inclusively. As part of Indigenous Knowledges/Anti Racism team the within CTE, the position will interact with our programming teams and curriculum team as well as with staff from the Indigenous Relations and Equity Offices. More details about this opportunity are available on the Careers at Waterloo site. 

Learn more about the mission, vision, and values of Centre for Teaching Excellence. We are a friendly, collegial, professional place to work!  

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Julia Burke hired as new Faculty Liaison

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CTE is pleased to announce that we've hired Julia Burke to replace Scott Anderson as Faculty Liaison for Environment as well as Accounting & Finance, Political Science, and Economics. 

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Wednesday, April 20, 2022

CTE Staff Member and CUT Graduate Co-Publish Article

CTE is proud of one of our current Teaching Assistant Workshop Facilitators, Lucy Hinton, and one of our graduates of the Certificate in University Teaching program, Phoebe Stephens, for co-authoring an article recently published in a pedagogy-focused special issue of Canadian Food Studies.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

2022 Teaching Awards


CTE joins the rest of our Waterloo community in congratulating the recipients of the 2022 Distinguished Teacher Award and the 2022 Amit & Meena Chakma Awards for Exceptional Teaching by a Student. They are: 

Distinguished Teacher Award: Upkar Arora and Paul McKone

Amit and Amit & Meena Chakma Awards for Exceptional Teaching by a Student: Justin Shmordok; Sanaz Saadatmand Hashemi; Urja Nandivada; and Urszula Pasterkiewicz. 

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Monday, April 4, 2022

Schedule now available for UWTL 2022


We’re pleased to announce that the schedule for the 2022 University of Waterloo Teaching and Learning Conference (April 27 to 28, 2022) is now available.

Thursday, February 17, 2022

2022 Teaching and Learning Conference: Interview with Kyle Scholz

CTE's Kyle Scholz is the coordinator of Waterloo's annual Teaching and Learning Conference. He recently fielded some questions about the conference posed by Mark Morton.

Kyle, the Teaching and Learning Conference is coming up before too long -- April 27 and 28. How many years has the conference been happening?

We’re in our thirteenth year now of running this conference....

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