Monday, March 13, 2017

Engineering instructors invited to Engineering Integrative Learning Group

Join Eline Boghaert, Jason Grove, Marios Ioannidis, Felicia Pantazi, and Mary Power at the Engineering Integrative Learning Group as they share their experiences teaching a first-year Chemistry for Engineers course using blended learning.

Date: March 24, 12:00-1:00pm

Location: CPH 4333

Lunch will be provided by the Office of the Dean of Engineering

Registration is required by March 22.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Featured workshops: Teaching methods & effective lesson plans

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Teaching Methods: Wed., March 8, 1:00-3:00

Open to all graduate students, this interactive workshop will provide participants with a toolbox of activities suitable for any classroom and will introduce the concepts of active learning and teacher-centred versus student-centred classrooms. Attend and discuss some of the reasons for using different teaching methods and to begin to decide which ones are right for your classroom. Registration is required.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Nominations open for the 2017 Teaching Excellence Academy

Teaching Excellence Academy (TEA): April 19, 20, & 24

The Teaching Excellence Academy is aimed primarily at experienced faculty members who want the opportunity to rejuvenate their teaching. If you're interested in participating, contact your chair or director no later than Wednesday, March 22. At the TEA, attendees will thoroughly revise one of their courses with the assistance of their peers and experts from the Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE) and the Centre for Extended Learning (CEL). 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Take a workshop at Educational Technologies Week

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Educational Technologies Week: Monday, Feb. 27 – Friday, Mar. 3

We kick off a whole week of workshops on educational technologies next Monday with a keynote session, Recognizing Knowledge & Skills in a Digital Age, by Don Presant. Attend up to 15 workshops on topics like gamification, the flipped classroom, blended learning, Mobius, online course design, Twitter in the classroom, and more. Register today

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Christina Pace joins CTE team

Christina Pace

Christina is the new administrative assistant for CTE. Christina joins us from the University Relations team where she worked for three and a half years providing high-level senior administrative support. Prior to that, she worked in the Office of Advancement for four and a half years. Christina has her BA from Waterloo and is currently completing her final year in the Bachelor of Social Work program through Renison University College. Christina has a true passion for teaching, advising, and counseling. In her spare time she spends time with her family, volunteers at a long-term care facility, and loves to read.

As the Administrative Assistant, Christina will provide a variety of administrative support including support for the Director, financial management, human resource management, technical support, and safety planning. Her role also includes support for CTE’s Teaching and Learning Conference and LITE grants.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Waterloo instructor receives 3M National Teaching Fellowship

Gordon Stubley

Gordon Stubley has been honoured with a 3M National Teaching Fellowship, awarded by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and 3M Canada. Up to 10 people from across Canada are presented annually with the fellowship, one of Canada's most prestigious awards for excellence in post-secondary education.

“There are lots of people who do really good work at this university in teaching,” says Stubley. “I think it’s really important that we learn to talk about how we achieve excellence and how our students see excellence.”

For the full story, and to hear about why students call Stubley "the engineering Bill Nye," read this profile from the Faculty of Engineering: Professor honoured with national teaching fellowship.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Registration open for CTE's annual teaching and learning conference

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Cultivating Curiosity in Teaching and Learning: Thursday, April 27, 2017

We invite you to be curious with us at CTE's 2017 conference: Cultivating Curiosity in Teaching and Learning. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Peter Felten, will open the conference by asking how our teaching can help students to become increasingly curious about our disciplines and about their world. This keynote session will consider concrete strategies for cultivating student curiosity, and will ask how we can know whether we are helping students to cultivate their curiosity in ways that will enhance their learning and enrich their lives. Register today.  

Monday, February 13, 2017

Featured workshop: Teaching methods


Thursday, February 16, 2017 — 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM EST

Open to graduate students, this interactive workshop will provide participants with a toolbox of activities suitable for any classroom. We will introduce the concepts of active learning and teacher-centred versus student-centred classrooms. In this workshop we will also discuss some of the reasons for using different teaching methods and help you decide which are right for your classroom. Register now.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Featured workshop: Course design fundamentals


There's still time to register for our Course Design Fundamentals workshop, happening Tuesday, Feb. 7.

The workshop introduces the principles of sound course design to faculty and teaching staff with little or no prior teaching experience running courses of their own. By the end of this workshop, participants should be able to: Define intended learning outcomes, select assessments that demonstrate achievement of defined intended learning outcomes, identify  teaching activities  to support students in preparing for the selected assessments, and evaluate their course for alignment between intended learning outcomes, teaching / learning activities and formative / summative assessments.