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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

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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

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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.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Register now for CTE's Educational Technologies Week

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Join us at CTE's third annual Educational Technologies Week from Monday, Feb. 27 – Friday, Mar. 3. Register for up to 15 workshops on topics like gamification, the flipped classroom, blended learning, Twitter in the classroom, online course design, collaborative grading, and much more. Registration is now open. 
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Call for Proposals Closes Thursday, Jan. 26

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The Call for Proposals for CTE's ninth annual Teaching and Learning Conference closes Thursday, January 26.

This year's theme is "Cultivating Curiosity in Teaching and Learning." For more information about the Conference, please visit the Conference website. We look forward to seeing you on April 27, 2017.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Featured presentation: Learning Modules to Teach Teamwork Skills to Engineering Students

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Interested in helping students grow their teamwork skills? Instructors from the Faculty of Engineering will share their approach in a presentation about a series of teamwork training workshops created and tested in co-operation with the Student Success Office. Recipients of CTE's LITE Full Grant, the presenters will discuss their experiential teamwork modules targeted at undergraduate engineering students. By integrating the modules into courses with existing team projects, students are provided with opportunities to both learn the foundational knowledge required for effective teamwork, and to practice and develop the associated skills in an authentic team environment. The design of these modules is based on the teamwork literature and a process of pilot-testing and revision.

All are welcome and lunch will be provided. Join us on Friday, January 20, 12:00-1:00 in CPH 4333.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Featured presentation: Strategies for tackling gender bias in the classroom & motivating women to pursue STEM

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Doctoral students Amanda Garcia and Lauren Hayward Sierens will present their educational research on women in STEM and gender bias in the classroom in two interactive presentations on Wed., Jan. 18, 1:30-3:00. Participants will learn to describe the effects of gender bias on female students and will discuss a range of strategies intended to create inclusive classroom environments and to encourage women to embark upon and continue studies in STEM. The Centre for Teaching Excellence is hosting this event as part of the Certificate in University Teaching (CUT) program. All are welcome.