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The elevator in Environment 1 (EV1) is shut down for maintenance from April 23 to May 25, 2018. During this time, the only way to access CTE’s offices on the third floor of EV1 is by the stairs. We are happy to arrange an alternative meeting place for CTE meetings if requested. For directions to our workshop spaces (EV1 241 and 242) via the elevator in EV3, please visit our Location page. We invite you to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. 


Thursday, April 19, 2018

CTE staff member and CUT graduate receive teaching award

Example of student work

CTE is very pleased to share the news that Tommy Mayberry (Instructional Developer for TA Training and Writing Support) and Sarah Ruffell (a Waterloo Alumna and graduate of the CTE Certificate in University Teaching program), have received the Innovation in Education Award from the University of Pittsburgh's Council on Instructional Excellence. Their winning submission is entitled "The Science Library Project," which their abstract describes as follows: 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Inaugural Waterloo Assessment Institute underway

With facilitators from CTE, Western, Laurier, and Niagara, CTE expert consultants, and 23 attendees, day two of the Waterloo Assessment Institute promises to be a productive final day for participants in this peer-feedback-driven assignment redesign process. Co-organizer Trevor Holmes, Senior Instructional Developer, explains the Institute's peer-feedback model and more in our Waterloo Assessment Institute backgrounder videos.

Monday, April 9, 2018

2018 Teaching and Learning Conference program now live

Teaching and Learning Conference poster

The 2018 Teaching and Learning Conference program is now live, with 9 workshops and panels, 42 presentations, and 16 poster presentations on the agenda, plus the keynote talk by Joe Kim from McMaster University and the plenary Igniting our Practice session led by Waterloo's own Brian Forrest and Sarah Tolmie. The Conference is happening on Thursday, April 26, 8:30-6:00 in the Science Teaching Complex (STC).

Monday, April 9, 2018

Learn how to transition from a TA to course instructor on Apr. 11

Are you a graduate student preparing to teach your first course? This Wednesday, April 11, three grad students who have successfully taught their first course at Waterloo will share common challenges and helpful strategies in a facilitated panel presentation: From TA to Course Instructor. Registration is required. 

Monday, April 2, 2018

2018's exceptional student teachers honoured

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2018 Amit and Meena Chakma Awards for Exceptional Teaching by a Student! This year, the Chakma Awards recognize the outstanding teaching of:

  • Amanda Garcia, Systems Design Engineering;
  • Quinlan Lee, Economics; and
  • Anton Mosunov, Pure Mathematics.

Continue reading to find out what makes each of the recipients stand out.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

2018's Distinguished Teachers announced

We are excited to share the announcement of the recipients of this year's Distinguished Teacher Awards. Each year, four Waterloo instructors are recognized. Congratulations to 2018's Distinguished Teachers: Wayne Chang, Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre; Shannon Dea, Philosophy; Jake Fisher, Chemistry; and Julie Kate Seirlis, International Development. Read on to learn about what stood for nominees about each of the recipients' approach to teaching. 

Wayne Chang 

Monday, March 26, 2018

Register for the 2018 Teaching and Learning Conference

The registration deadline for Motivating Our Students and Ourselves, the 2018 Waterloo Teaching and Learning Conference, is fast approaching. Register before April ​4 and join over 250 colleagues for a day dedicated to teaching and learning on April 26. This year, we welcome Dr. Joe Kim from McMaster University who will present the keynote talk, Motivating Durable Learning: Focused Attention and Instructional Design, and we look forward to an engaging Igniting Our Practice session led by Drs. Sarah Tolmie (English Language and Literature) and Brian Forrest (Pure Mathematics). 

Friday, March 16, 2018

Tait Wilman, CTE Workshop Facilitator, receives award

Tait Wilman

CTE is please to share the great news that Tait Wilman, one of our TA Workshop Facilitators, received the Sylvia Knight Award in Fine Arts at the UW Fine Arts Department’s annual Awards Ceremony on March 15. This award is given annually to a graduating MFA candidate in the Department "who has demonstrated excellence in studio work" – and this definitely is our Tait! 

Friday, March 16, 2018

The role of reframing in educational development

We congratulate CTE's Director, Donna Ellis, on the publication of her latest paper in a special issue of To Change the Academy exploring “the one thing” that characterizes, inspires, challenges, or guides the educational development work of each contributor. The paper, "Changing the Lens: The Role of Reframing in Educational Development," recognizes the important role reframing plays in inviting different thinking, honouring multiple perspectives, promoting transparency, and uncovering new insights. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Educational Technologies Week: Keynote

Donna and Adam

CTE's third annual Educational Technologies Week got underway on Monday, March 12 with a keynote presentation by McGill's