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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Featured presentation: Bridging the articulation-of-skills gap through WatCV

Join Katherine Lithgow (Centre for Teaching Excellence)  and Jill Tomasson Goodwin (Department of Drama and Speech Communication) on Nov. 29 as they present their research on the WatCV ePortfolio project in Bridging the Articulation of Skills Gap through WatCV: Career and Competency ePortfolios. As a practice, WatCV allows students to bridge the articulation-of-skills gap by making their learning and transferable skills explicit and visible to instructors, students, and employers. Registration for this event is required. 

Date: Wed., Nov. 29, 9:00-10:00

Location: TC 2218

Monday, November 20, 2017

2018 Educational Technologies Week

Monday, March 12 10:00 am to 11:30 am Keynote: The Intersection of Learning and Learning Spaces (90 minutes)
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Spark Technology: Collaboration and the Future of Learning & Teaching (60 minutes)
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm  Course Design for Blended Learning (120 minutes)
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Monday, November 20, 2017

CFP now open for the 2018 University of Waterloo Teaching and Learning Conference

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For our 10th annual Teaching and Learning Conference: Motivating Our Students and Ourselves, we invite you to submit proposals for presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and poster presentations that share your practices and research related to motivating deep learning in students and motivating ourselves as instructors. For more information about the Conference and to submit a proposal, please visit the Teaching and Learning Conference website.

Proposal deadline: Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Conference date: Thursday, April 26, 2018

Monday, November 13, 2017

CTE Graduate Instructional Developer receives Teaching Assistantship Excellence Award

Shahrukh Athar

Shahrukh Athar, one of CTE's Graduate Instructional Developers, has been named a recipient of the 2017 Teaching Assistantship Excellence Award from the Sanford Fleming Foundation. Offered annually to one recipient in each academic department in Engineering, the award acknowledges the excellent contributions made by Teaching Assistants to the undergraduate educational program. Shahrukh is a PhD student in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Congratulations, Shahrukh!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Explore comics as as pedagogical tool in a "pencils-on" workshop on Nov. 8 

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Sequential art (e.g., comics and graphic novels) has been shown to be beneficial to learner understanding in diverse fields such as medicine, management, and biology. A large portion of the workshop will be dedicated to the "pencils-on" experience of creating a comic, either in a team or individually. Individuals from all faculties and disciplines are welcome. No artistic skills or experience required! Registration is required.

Date: Nov. 8, 9:30-10:45; Location: EV1 241

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Featured workshop: How can TAs & instructors support student mental health?

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If you're a TA or instructor who wants to learn how to provide classroom support for student mental health, join CTE's Kristin Brown for this important workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2:00-3:30pm. Participants of the workshop will learn how to identify opportunities for enhancing student resilience and well-being in the classroom and apply effective strategies when working with undergraduate students. Register today. 

Kristin recently received her PhD from the School of Public Health and Health Systems at Waterloo, where her research focused on how evidence can enhance practice in education.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

CTE's 10th Anniversary Celebration!

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JOIN US! Tuesday, November 7

The Centre for Teaching Excellence is a decade old! Please join us to celebrate this milestone on Tuesday, November 7 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm in the courtyard of EV1. Mario Coniglio, AVP-A, will share a few words of congratulation at 3:30 pm, followed by some brief reflections on the past ten years by CTE’s Director, Donna Ellis. You are welcome to drop in to the event at any time. Beverages and snacks will be available.

Please RSVP using this quick online form:

Monday, November 6, 2017

Engineering instructors invited to learn about learning benefits of student hackathons

Join the Engineering Integrative Learning Group for a presentation from Andrew Milne, Rania Al-Hammoud, Derek Wright, and Chris Rennick on “Engineering Design Days,” a class-integrated curricular hackathon deployed in four undergraduate programs and five courses at Waterloo. Students and course instructors from each implementation provided feedback through surveys, focus groups, and interviews. The results so far have been overwhelmingly positive from both students and instructors, with the adoption of this concept expanding across the Faculty of Engineering. Registration is required.

Date: November 14th

Time: 12:00-1:00

Location:  E5 4106-4128

Lunch will be provided by the Dean’s office.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Open Access Day at Waterloo

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Join the Library to celebrate International Open Access Week on Wednesday, Oct. 25 and explore strategies to make "open" part of your teaching, learning, and research. The day includes:

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Two CTE workshops focus on TA development next week

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Looking to hone your skills as a discussion facilitator or tutorial leader? Consider taking one of our two workshops on Thursday, Oct. 19 focusing on TA development. Teaching STEM Tutorials (CTE111), 9:30-11:30, will equip participants with practical strategies for planning, running, and assessing their tutorials, with special attention given to interactive teaching strategies that can be used in any classroom. Facilitating Effective Discussions in the Social Sciences and Humanities (CTE228), 1:30-3:00, allows participants to explore issues like how to start and guide a discussion, how to deal with problem situations and prevent the discussion from deteriorating, and how to encourage student participation. Registration is required.