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Thursday, November 22, 2018

2019 Teaching and Learning Conference Call for Proposals Now Open!

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The Call for Proposals for the 2019 University of Waterloo Teaching and Learning Conference is now open! 

Our 2019 conference theme is “Teaching and Designing for Diverse Learners”. We invite you to submit proposals for presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and poster presentations that share your practices and research related to inclusive education.

The deadline for proposals is January 23, 2019.

Friday, November 16, 2018

CTE Director chosen as President Elect of the POD Network in Higher Education

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The Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education has just announced that Donna Ellis, Director of Waterloo’s Centre for Teaching Excellence, has been selected as POD’s next President Elect. Donna’s three-year term, which will begin in March 2019, is a capstone to her long history of involvement with POD: since 1996, she has participated in 21 POD Annual Conferences, twice served on its Board of Directors, co-chaired its Annual Conference, served as a facilitator for POD-sponsored workshops for new educational developers, chaired the Finance Committee, and led awards committees for many years. Regarding this new role, Donna comments that she is “extremely excited about having this opportunity to serve a professional association that has been so influential and important to me for more than two decades.” CTE staff members are extremely proud that their Director has achieved this important role.

The POD Network has been advancing the research and practice of educational development in higher education since 1976. It is the largest and oldest educational development organization in the world. Its nearly 1400 members come from the United States, Canada, and 23 other countries. Donna is the second Canadian to serve at this level with the POD Network.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

CTE releases new Accessibility in Teaching resource

According to the June 2018 Canadian University Survey Consortium survey of graduating students, 22% of graduating students in Canada self-identify as having a disability. It is interesting to note that, among those with a disability, 36% require accommodation.

The Centre for Teaching Excellence is pleased to share its new resource: Accessibility in Teaching. Aligning with the University of Waterloo’s commitment to barrier-free accessibility for persons with disabilities, this webpage provides practical resources for designing and implementing accessible instruction. Accessible instructional practices aim to address the diverse needs of learners.

Monday, October 22, 2018

CTE invites applications from grad students for part-time positions

The Centre for Teaching Excellence is seeking applicants for two exciting job opportunities: Graduate Instructional Developer and TA Workshop Facilitator. These positions are open to senior graduate students at the University of Waterloo. Each position offers different responsibilities and time commitments. The positions run from January 2019 through December 2019, and you must be a registered graduate student at Waterloo through December 2019 to be eligible. Please see the job advertisements linked above for position details and application instructions. Applications are due Friday, October 26.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Supporting Mental Health: A New Workshop for Waterloo TAs

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CTE has partnered with the Student Success Office to deliver Supporting Student Mental Health, a new workshop for teaching assistants that will discuss ways in which TAs can support student mental health and well-being. The workshop was jointly developed by CTE and SSO and  will be offered every term.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Focus on Teaching Week: Workshops and More!

This week CTE is offering a number of workshops as part of its “Focus on Teaching Week.” Workshops topics include course design, writing effective multiple-choice questions, creating effective written assignments, and more. Wednesday will also feature a day-long Experiential Learning Symposium. Additionally, the university’s new ePortfolio system – PebblePad – will be introduced. Details about Focus on Teaching Week are available on CTE’s events page.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

CTE staff member co-authors article on Turnitin

Chris Zaza (CTE's Faculty Liaison for AHS) and Amanda McKenzie (Director, Quality Assurance) have recently published an article in The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning entitled ​"Turnitin Use at a Canadian University." 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

CTE staff member co-authors article on "care" in faculty learning communities

Trevor Holmes (CTE's Senior Instructional Developer for Faculty Programs and Research) is co-author, along with several Waterloo faculty members, of "The flourishing of care in a multidisciplinary Faculty Learning Community," recently published in the International Journal for Academic Development. The lead author of the article is former CTE staff member Julie Timmermans (now at the University of Otago, New Zealand). 

Monday, November 19, 2018

How Do We Learn: Looking Beyond the Classroom

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The Fall 2018 issue of The University of Waterloo Magazine includes an article on how views of learning are changing, and how teaching is changing in response.

Monday, September 17, 2018

2019 Teaching and Learning Conference: May 2, 2019

Save the Date! We’re pleased to announce that the next University of Waterloo Teaching and Learning Conference will be held on Thursday, May 2, 2019. Information about the Conference theme, the proposal submission deadline, and registration will be posted later this fall on the Conference website.

If you have any questions about the Conference, please don’t hesitate to contact us at uwtl@uwaterloo.ca.