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The offices of CTE will be closed on Thursday, May 17 for our staff PD day. 

The elevator in Environment 1 (EV1) is shut down for maintenance from April 23 to May 25, 2018. During this time, the only way to access CTE’s offices on the third floor of EV1 is by the stairs. We are happy to arrange an alternative meeting place for CTE meetings if requested. For directions to our workshop spaces (EV1 241 and 242) via the elevator in EV3, please visit our Location page. We invite you to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. 


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. 

Monday, April 30, 2018

LITE Grant Lightning Research Talks to delve into blended learning on May 7

Join instructors from the Faculty of Engineering as they share the findings of their LITE-grant funded research in our next LITE Grant Lightning Research Talk on May 7, 12:00-1:00 in EV1 241. Rania Al-Hammoud and Carmen Che will present on on how online forums shape students' learning experiences in their discussion of Piazza, an online discussion forum that supports peer-to-peer learning in a monitored but anonymous environment, and Jason Grove will present a blended learning model developed for Chemistry for Engineers incorporating open-access modules.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

CTE staff member and CUT graduate receive teaching award

Example of student work

CTE is very pleased to share the news that Tommy Mayberry (Instructional Developer for TA Training and Writing Support) and Sarah Ruffell (a Waterloo Alumna and graduate of the CTE Certificate in University Teaching program), have received the Innovation in Education Award from the University of Pittsburgh's Council on Instructional Excellence. Their winning submission is entitled "The Science Library Project," which their abstract describes as follows: 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Inaugural Waterloo Assessment Institute underway

With facilitators from CTE, Western, Laurier, and Niagara, CTE expert consultants, and 23 attendees, day two of the Waterloo Assessment Institute promises to be a productive final day for participants in this peer-feedback-driven assignment redesign process. Co-organizer Trevor Holmes, Senior Instructional Developer, explains the Institute's peer-feedback model and more in our Waterloo Assessment Institute backgrounder videos.

Monday, April 9, 2018

2018 Teaching and Learning Conference program now live

Teaching and Learning Conference poster

The 2018 Teaching and Learning Conference program is now live, with 9 workshops and panels, 42 presentations, and 16 poster presentations on the agenda, plus the keynote talk by Joe Kim from McMaster University and the plenary Igniting our Practice session led by Waterloo's own Brian Forrest and Sarah Tolmie. The Conference is happening on Thursday, April 26, 8:30-6:00 in the Science Teaching Complex (STC).

Monday, April 9, 2018

Learn how to transition from a TA to course instructor on Apr. 11

Are you a graduate student preparing to teach your first course? This Wednesday, April 11, three grad students who have successfully taught their first course at Waterloo will share common challenges and helpful strategies in a facilitated panel presentation: From TA to Course Instructor. Registration is required. 

Monday, April 2, 2018

2018's exceptional student teachers honoured

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2018 Amit and Meena Chakma Awards for Exceptional Teaching by a Student! This year, the Chakma Awards recognize the outstanding teaching of:

  • Amanda Garcia, Systems Design Engineering;
  • Quinlan Lee, Economics; and
  • Anton Mosunov, Pure Mathematics.

Continue reading to find out what makes each of the recipients stand out.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

2018's Distinguished Teachers announced

We are excited to share the announcement of the recipients of this year's Distinguished Teacher Awards. Each year, four Waterloo instructors are recognized. Congratulations to 2018's Distinguished Teachers: Wayne Chang, Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre; Shannon Dea, Philosophy; Jake Fisher, Chemistry; and Julie Kate Seirlis, International Development. Read on to learn about what stood for nominees about each of the recipients' approach to teaching. 

Wayne Chang