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!
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.
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.
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.