CTE has temporarily relocated to East Campus 3 (EC3). We will continue to offer our regular programs and services from our temporary offices and workshop locations.


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:

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

CUT Award recipient takes instruction in critical thinking to the next level

The Certificate in University Teaching (CUT) program provides a comprehensive teacher development experience that is open to PhD students at the University of Waterloo. Completion of the program is recognized by a certificate issued by Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs and listed on the participant’s transcript.

Each year, the Centre for Teaching Excellence and Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs award one CUT program participant in recognition and celebration of effort and reflection that go above and beyond the course requirements.

We are excited to announce that the 2019 CUT Award has been awarded to Sarah McCrackin, a PhD student in the Department of Psychology. Sarah’s research in cognitive neuroscience focuses on understanding the significance of eye gaze in social interactions with respect to understanding what people are thinking and feeling.

The award recognizes Sarah’s self-reflection throughout the program—with respect to personal teaching goals, pedagogical choices, and strengths as well as areas that need improvement.

We spoke to Sarah about her experience with the CUT program and her thoughts about teaching in a post-secondary environment.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

New Teaching Tip: Why Is Inclusive Design Important?

New teaching tip sheet available: Why is inclusive instruction important? "Inclusive instructional practices … aim to remove unnecessary barriers and improve access for as many learners as possible." 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

New Teaching Tip: What Is Universal Design?

"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.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

LITE Seed grants - due June 1, 2019!

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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.

Learn more about the LITE Seed Grant process and how to submit an application.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Teaching & Learning Conference 2019 program available; registration closes April 11!

Teaching and Learning for Diverse Learners

We're pleased to announce the 2019 Conference Program is now available! The registration deadline for the Teaching and Learning Conference (April 11, 2019) is quickly approaching!

Please join us for our 11thannual University of Waterloo Teaching and Learning Conference taking place on May 2, 2019 in Federation Hall and Science Teaching Complex. Our 2019 conference theme is Teaching and Designing for Diverse Learners.

To register and see faculties, departments, and units covering registration fees, please visit the Conference Registration webpage.

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.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2019 Teaching Awards!

Marcus Abramovitch, recipient of the Amit and Meena Chakma Award for Exceptional Teaching by a Student, 2019

Chemistry, Faculty of Science