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Monday, November 13, 2017

CTE Graduate Instructional Developer receives Teaching Assistantship Excellence Award

Shahrukh Athar

Shahrukh Athar, one of CTE's Graduate Instructional Developers, has been named a recipient of the 2017 Teaching Assistantship Excellence Award from the Sanford Fleming Foundation. Offered annually to one recipient in each academic department in Engineering, the award acknowledges the excellent contributions made by Teaching Assistants to the undergraduate educational program. Shahrukh is a PhD student in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Congratulations, Shahrukh!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Explore comics as as pedagogical tool in a "pencils-on" workshop on Nov. 8 

blue pencil crayons and shavings

Sequential art (e.g., comics and graphic novels) has been shown to be beneficial to learner understanding in diverse fields such as medicine, management, and biology. A large portion of the workshop will be dedicated to the "pencils-on" experience of creating a comic, either in a team or individually. Individuals from all faculties and disciplines are welcome. No artistic skills or experience required! Registration is required.

Date: Nov. 8, 9:30-10:45; Location: EV1 241

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Featured workshop: How can TAs & instructors support student mental health?

Student slumped behind a stack of books

If you're a TA or instructor who wants to learn how to provide classroom support for student mental health, join CTE's Kristin Brown for this important workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2:00-3:30pm. Participants of the workshop will learn how to identify opportunities for enhancing student resilience and well-being in the classroom and apply effective strategies when working with undergraduate students. Register today. 

Kristin recently received her PhD from the School of Public Health and Health Systems at Waterloo, where her research focused on how evidence can enhance practice in education.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

CTE's 10th Anniversary Celebration!

10 years

JOIN US! Tuesday, November 7

The Centre for Teaching Excellence is a decade old! Please join us to celebrate this milestone on Tuesday, November 7 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm in the courtyard of EV1. Mario Coniglio, AVP-A, will share a few words of congratulation at 3:30 pm, followed by some brief reflections on the past ten years by CTE’s Director, Donna Ellis. You are welcome to drop in to the event at any time. Beverages and snacks will be available.

Please RSVP using this quick online form:

Monday, November 6, 2017

Engineering instructors invited to learn about learning benefits of student hackathons

Join the Engineering Integrative Learning Group for a presentation from Andrew Milne, Rania Al-Hammoud, Derek Wright, and Chris Rennick on “Engineering Design Days,” a class-integrated curricular hackathon deployed in four undergraduate programs and five courses at Waterloo. Students and course instructors from each implementation provided feedback through surveys, focus groups, and interviews. The results so far have been overwhelmingly positive from both students and instructors, with the adoption of this concept expanding across the Faculty of Engineering. Registration is required.

Date: November 14th

Time: 12:00-1:00

Location:  E5 4106-4128

Lunch will be provided by the Dean’s office.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Open Access Day at Waterloo

Open Access International logo

Join the Library to celebrate International Open Access Week on Wednesday, Oct. 25 and explore strategies to make "open" part of your teaching, learning, and research. The day includes:

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Two CTE workshops focus on TA development next week

People working together at a table with post it notes

Looking to hone your skills as a discussion facilitator or tutorial leader? Consider taking one of our two workshops on Thursday, Oct. 19 focusing on TA development. Teaching STEM Tutorials (CTE111), 9:30-11:30, will equip participants with practical strategies for planning, running, and assessing their tutorials, with special attention given to interactive teaching strategies that can be used in any classroom. Facilitating Effective Discussions in the Social Sciences and Humanities (CTE228), 1:30-3:00, allows participants to explore issues like how to start and guide a discussion, how to deal with problem situations and prevent the discussion from deteriorating, and how to encourage student participation. Registration is required.

Monday, September 25, 2017

LITE Full Grant applications due Oct. 1

The Learning Innovation and Teaching Enhancement (LITE) Grants provide support for investigating innovative approaches to enhancing teaching with a focus on fostering deep student learning at the University of Waterloo. The deadline for the LITE Full Grants, which provide funding of up to $30,000, is October 1. 

Important note: There have been a few changes to the LITE grant application process. Please carefully review the revised application guidelines and contact Crystal Tse or Kristin Brown if you have any questions.

Monday, September 25, 2017

2017 Focus on Teaching Week

Students walking

CTE's 2017 Focus on Teaching Week runs from Monday, October 2 to Friday, October 6, and will offer nine different workshops on topics such as course design, problem-based learning, high-impact practices, and more. Feel free to register for any of the workshops! If you have questions, please contact Trevor Holmes

Monday, September 11, 2017

LITE Seed Grants recipients announced and call for Full Grant applications


Recipients of the 2017 Learning Innovation and Teaching Enhancement (LITE) Seed Grants have been announced. Seven projects were funded, involving 20 faculty and staff members. More information about the recipients and their projects is available on the CTE blog. 

LITE Full Grant applications are due October 1. For more information about the initiative, please visit the LITE grants program website, or contact Crystal Tse (ext. 31240) or Kristin Brown (ext. 32940) to discuss project ideas.