EdTech Week is an opportunity for Waterloo instructors to focus more intensively on teaching development and technologies that promote deep learning. Join us for the entire week or register for individual workshops that you find interesting! Learn about what others are doing and engage with the following topics and technologies:
Using Bongo, a video assessment tool that promotes experiential learning and the development of soft skills
VirBELA, a virtual workplace platform that facilitates casual and structured collaboration
Use of virtual and augmented reality in the classroom
How to “gamify” a course with LEARN
H5P, a powerful and flexible authoring tool that allows users to create interactive videos, presentations, games, and more
Lightboard, an illuminated glass “chalkboard” that can be used to create engaging videos
Mobius, a tool that facilitates the development of interactive online content for STEM courses
Derek Bruff, Director of Vanderbilt University’s Center for Teaching and a principal senior lecturer in the Vanderbilt Department of Mathematics, will deliver a keynote presentation: Principles to Guide the use of Educational Technology in University Teaching. He will also lead a workshop on the use of creative assignments for deep learning.
We are pleased to let you know that registration is open for our 12th annual University of Waterloo Teaching and Learning Conference taking place on April 29, 2020. Last year saw over 400 faculty members, staff, and students gather to learn from and with one another around the theme of inclusivity and diversity in our learners and approaches to teaching. Our 2020 conference theme is Learning through Assessment. We are excited to welcome Kay Sambell, Professor of Higher Education Pedagogy at Edinburgh Napier University, and Sally Brown, Emerita Professor at Leeds Beckett University, as our keynote speakers, as well as Tamara Maciel (Program Director, School of Anatomy) and Dr. Geoff Hayes (Associate Professor, Department of History) 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 Wednesday, April 8, 2020.
When I was an undergraduate student, there was no Internet. We lined up to register for courses in a hot gym. I went to class, researched and wrote papers, studied for exams, passed x courses with a minimum grade of y to receive z credits in return for a diploma. After it was over, I didn’t look back.
Perhaps that’s still the perspective new students have when they approach the University of Waterloo for the first time: What do I have to do to get my diploma? The answer, they’ll find out, is that they still have to navigate their way through a series of classes, coursework, exams, and maybe co-op placements and volunteer opportunities.
What has changed is the technology that’s available to help them make meaning of their experiences as a university student. But I’m getting ahead of myself, because it’s not really about the technology.
The Collaboration and Teamwork Community of Practice provides an opportunity to connect with peers to share examples, experiences, ideas, resources, and best practices around collaboration, teamwork, and group work in education. Organized by the Department of Knowledge Integration and the Centre for Teaching Excellence.
The first meeting will be held on Friday, November 1 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
The Educational Technologies Community of Practice aims to provide instructors with the opportunity to connect with peers to share examples, experiences, and best practices around all kinds of educational technologies. This community of practice will have a blended format combining both face-to-face and online opportunities to connect. Organized by the Centre for Teaching Excellence.
The first meeting will be held on Monday, November 25 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
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: