News archive - May 2018

Monday, May 28, 2018

2018 CTE PD Day

Kristin cooking

On May 17, 2018, CTE held its annual PD Day. The day was a combination of fun team-building activities (a quasi Iron Chef competition at the Kitchener Market) followed by some bona fide learning sessions at the Kitchener Public Library! No fingers were lost during the kitchen challenge!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Apply for a LITE Seed Grant by June 1

Two pharmacy students using an online module created with funding from a LITE grant.

Are you interested in taking a closer look at the effectiveness of a teaching strategy, assignment, or learning process? University of Waterloo Learning Innovation and Teaching Enhancement (LITE) Seed Grants provide funding of up to $5,000 to support one-year research or teaching development projects. Applications for the next round of LITE Seed Grant funding are due Friday, June 1.

Want to learn more? Contact Crystal Tse or Kristin Brown if you have any questions.

Friday, May 11, 2018

CUT Award recipient leverages reflection for instructional development

Caitlin Scott

Each year, the Centre for Teaching Excellence and Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs recognize and celebrate the teaching development efforts of a Waterloo graduate student with the Certificate in University Teaching (CUT) Award. We’re excited to announce that the 2018 CUT Award has been awarded to Caitlin Scott from the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability. The award honours Caitlin's commitment to implementing feedback for the continuous improvement and development of her teaching, her thoughtful approach to assessing student learning, and the practice of reflection that she regularly brings to her work as an instructor. 

We sat down with Caitlin to get an inside look at her experience in the CUT program and into what she believes motivates meaningful teaching and learning. Caitlin is a PhD candidate in Social and Ecological Sustainability. Her research examines the role of corporate actors in governance at the intersection of health and the environment. As Caitlin discusses below, engaging students in the difficult and often disheartening subject of environmental politics is an important pedagogical challenge she must grapple with in her teaching.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Eight LITE seed grants awarded to innovative teaching projects; Applications for next funding round due June 1

The Office of the Associate Vice President, Academic and the Centre for Teaching Excellence are pleased to announce the recipients of the latest round of Learning Innovation and Teaching Enhancement (LITE) seed grants:

Two rounds of seed grant funding are available each year, and the next annual deadline is fast approaching: June 1. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Featured workshop: Designing Teaching and Learning Research (May 9)

Are you exploring a new teaching and learning research project? Bring your questions to our May 9 workshop: Designing Teaching and Learning Research, from 12:00-1:30 in LIB 329 (FlexLab). Experts from CTE, the Library, and the Office of Research Ethics will be available for one-on-one consultations. Registration is required.