Thursday, February 13, 2020

Time to register for Ed Tech Week 2020

It's time to register for Educational Technologies Week! March 2-6, 2020 

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
  • PebblePad ePortfolios

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.

Register and find more information.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Registration now open for University of Waterloo Teaching & Learning Conference 2020

Digital conference poster: Learning Through Assessment

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.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

ePortfolios at the University of Waterloo: A Teaching and Learning Story

Black and white image of students lined up in a gym

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.

Read more

Monday, November 11, 2019

2018-2019 Annual Report

Front cover of CTE's 2018-2019 annual report: three University of Waterloo students smiling and looking at a laptop computer

Hot off the press! See what we've been up to, including an overview of our core activities. View an accessibile PDF.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

New Communities of Practice

We have two new Communities of Practice:

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. 

For more information and to register visit:

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.

For more information and to register visit:

Thursday, September 5, 2019

LITE Full Grants - Due October 1

LITE Full Grants can help you investigate teaching/learning research projects and attend instructional development activities

Applications for the 2019 LITE Full Grants round are due October 1, 2019. Funding for the LITE Full Grants is upwards of $15,000 per year (for a maximum of two years and $30,000).

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Organizational changes at the Centre for Teaching Excellence

The Centre for Teaching Excellence is pleased to share with our university community that as of July 1, 2019, we have been approved to make a few changes to our organizational structure:

Friday, May 31, 2019

2019 Teaching and Learning Conference: wrap-up

Suzanne Tyas (Applied Health) and other audience members at the keynote address

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.”

Friday, May 31, 2019

4 LITE Seed Grants awarded to innovative teaching and learning projects

The Office of the Associate Vice President, Academic and the Centre for Teaching Excellence are pleased to announce the recipients of this term’s Learning Innovation and Teaching Enhancement (LITE) Seed Grants.

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: