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CTE has temporarily relocated to East Campus 3 (EC3). We will continue to offer our regular programs and services from our temporary offices and workshop locations. 


Thursday, October 18, 2018

Supporting Mental Health: A New Workshop for Waterloo TAs


CTE has partnered with the Student Success Office to deliver Supporting Student Mental Health, a new workshop for teaching assistants that will discuss ways in which TAs can support student mental health and well-being. The workshop was jointly developed by CTE and SSO and  will be offered every term.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Focus on Teaching Week: Workshops and More!

This week CTE is offering a number of workshops as part of its “Focus on Teaching Week.” Workshops topics include course design, writing effective multiple-choice questions, creating effective written assignments, and more. Wednesday will also feature a day-long Experiential Learning Symposium. Additionally, the university’s new ePortfolio system – PebblePad – will be introduced. Details about Focus on Teaching Week are available on CTE’s events page.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

CTE staff member co-authors article on Turnitin

Chris Zaza (CTE's Faculty Liaison for AHS) and Amanda McKenzie (Director, Quality Assurance) have recently published an article in The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning entitled ​"Turnitin Use at a Canadian University." 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

CTE staff member co-authors article on "care" in faculty learning communities

Trevor Holmes (CTE's Senior Instructional Developer for Faculty Programs and Research) is co-author, along with several Waterloo faculty members, of "The flourishing of care in a multidisciplinary Faculty Learning Community," recently published in the International Journal for Academic Development. The lead author of the article is former CTE staff member Julie Timmermans (now at the University of Otago, New Zealand). 

Monday, September 17, 2018

2019 Teaching and Learning Conference: May 2, 2019

Save the Date! We’re pleased to announce that the next University of Waterloo Teaching and Learning Conference will be held on Thursday, May 2, 2019. Information about the Conference theme, the proposal submission deadline, and registration will be posted later this fall on the Conference website.

If you have any questions about the Conference, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

Friday, September 14, 2018

National Postdoc Appreciation Week

September 17 to 21 is National Postdoc Appreciation Week! In 2017, 115 institutions in the United States, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdon, and Asia & Oceania participated and organized 398 events to recognize postdoctoral researchers. The Centre for Teaching Excellence has a well-developed program for postdoctoral fellows at Waterloo. Additionally, these events will be taking place on campus throughout the week:

Thursday, August 23, 2018

5 LITE Seed Grants awarded to innovative teaching and learning projects; LITE Full Grant applications due October 1

The Office of the Associate Vice President, Academic and the Centre for Teaching Excellence are pleased to announce the recipients of this term’s Learning Innovation and Teaching Enhancement (LITE) Seed Grants.

Since 2012, 80 LITE Seed Grants of up to $5,000 have been awarded to instructors and staff investigating innovative approaches to enhancing teaching and fostering deep student learning at Waterloo. Recipients across campus have explored topics ranging from transcultural learning to ePortfolios, Communities of Practice to undergraduate teamwork development workshops, and more. We are excited to announce the funding of five new projects this year:

Monday, July 30, 2018

CTE now in its new temporary location

CTE's offices have moved from EV1 to East Campus 3 (EC3), where we will be sharing the second floor with the Centre for Extended Learning (CEL). We look forward to continuing to serve our campus community by offering our regular programs and services from our temporary space in EC3 and workshop rooms (locations to be announced) over the next year. Visitors can access CTE’s offices on the second floor of EC3 through the south entrance (stairs only) or through the front entrance, where the elevators are located. CTE’s Faculty Liaisons will remain in their current locations. The search for a permanent home for our Centre is underway, and we expect to move to a permanent location in August 2019. Read more about CTE's temporary location

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

James Skidmore wins teaching innovation award

James Skidmore

James Skidmore, Germanic and Slavic Studies, has won the Innovate German Award at the 2018 Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences. The national award recognizes innovative teaching.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

LITE full grant helps fund instructional videos in support of experiential learning

Rania Al-Hammoud, Wayne Brodland, Antonina Joukova, and Kristin Wilson surround a screen showing their instructional video

Recipients of a 2017 Learning Innovation and Teaching Enhancement (LITE) Full Grant have launched a YouTube channel featuring 18 instructional videos with the support of the grant's funds. The channel, Engineering Models, was created in 2015; the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering's Wayne Brodland, Rania Al-Hammoud, and Kayleanna Giesigner recently added 10 LITE-grant funded videos to the channel to augment key experiential learning activities that students undertake in CIVE 104.