Over 400 people attended the University of Waterloo’s 11th Annual Teaching and Learning Conference, for a full day of presentations, workshops, posters and panel discussions focused on the theme of “teaching and designing for diverse learners.” Conference co-chairs, Kyle Scholz and Kristin Brown, explain: “We use the term ‘diverse learners’ to represent the very real context of any teaching environment at the University of Waterloo: Learners come to our courses with varying backgrounds, experiences, and abilities, so we need to acknowledge that in the design and implementation of our teaching practices, activities, and assessments.”
Since 2012, 84 LITE Seed Grants have been awarded to instructors and staff investigating innovative approaches to enhancing teaching and fostering deep student learning at Waterloo. We are excited to announce the funding of four new projects this year:
"A typical example of UD is the use of sliding doors that open automatically: not only does this feature benefit people who use wheelchairs, it facilitates entry for people pushing strollers, those carrying a load of heavy boxes, and those who might have difficulty opening a door or navigating a doorway.
The next round of LITE Seed Grants is fast approaching – applications are due June 1, 2019. Funding for the LITE Seed Grants has increased from $5000 to $7500 as of January 2019.
Along with the increase in funding comes a new requirement - in order for your application to be considered, applicants are required to meet with Kyle Scholz or Kristin Brown within the first three weeks of the term in which they are applying. For the June round, this meeting must occur by May 21, 2019. At this meeting, we will discuss your project proposal and research plan, and suggest ways to enhance the quality and clarity of the application.
Last year saw over 330 faculty members, staff, and students gather to learn from and with one another around the theme of motivation in teaching and learning. This year, we are excited to welcome Allison Lombardi, Associate Professor in Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut, as our keynote speaker, as well as Drs. Carol Hulls (Continuing Lecturer, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering) and Markus Moos (Associate Professor, School of Planning) from Waterloo, who will each recreate a successful instructional approach in our Igniting Our Practice plenary session, which showcases some of the excellent teaching being done on our campus.
The registration deadline is Thursday, April 11, 2019.
Interested in how you can combine technology with teaching to promote learning? CTE’s annual Educational Technologies Week is an opportunity for Waterloo’s instructors to focus more intensively on teaching development and technologies for promoting deep learning. It starts on March 18! Sign up for workshops today, at: https://buff.ly/2tKcbpU
A Learning Innovation and Teaching Enhancement (LITE) Seed Grant awarded to Wade Wilson (Kinesiology) and Nicole Westlund Stewart (Writing and Communication Centre) was featured in the Waterloo News. Researchers studied the integration of mindfulness techniques in a large classroom and made recommendations for enhancing practice.