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 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 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. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

CTE graduate-student staff begin new faculty positions

We are pleased to announce that two former Graduate Instructional Developers are beginning faculty positions this term. Charis Enns is now a Lecturer in International Development in the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield (UK). In addition to continuing with her research, she will be teaching courses in the department’s undergraduate and masters programs on geographies of international development and political geography. Alexander Howse is now a Mathematics Instructor at Red Deer College in Alberta where he will be teaching Elementary Calculus and Introduction to Applied Statistics. We send our congratulations to Charis and Alex.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

CTE welcomes back Samar Mohamed!

Samar Mohamed

CTE would like to welcome back Samar Mohamed to her role as Faculty Liaison for Engineering. For the past year, while her husband has been on sabbatical, Samar has been on leave with her family. She’s eager to start working again with her faculty members! During her absence, Tiuley Alguindigue ably filled in for Samar, and has returned to her position of Lab Instructor in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Crystal Tse: Contributor to New SOTL Ethics Guide

The University of Calgary's Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning has just published a new guide entitled "Ethics in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Key Principle and Strategies for Ethical Practice." CTE's Crystal Tse, Instructional Developer for Research and Consulting, is among the contributors to this guide. 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Register now for Waterloo's annual New Faculty Welcome Event

University of Waterloo sign

Happening September 6, this annual orientation event features a series of sessions designed to acclimatize new faculty to their roles at Waterloo and to help them become familiar with campus resources. Registration closes August 25. 

Visit the New Faculty Welcome event page to register. 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

CTE staff receive funds to learn from colleagues abroad

Staff International Experience Fund

CTE Instructional Developer Monica Vesely and Senior Instructional Developer Katherine Lithgow have received funds through the Staff International Experience Fund (SIEF) to learn from colleagues in educational development in the UK, the Netherlands, and Australia. Administered by Waterloo International, the SIEF program allows selected staff members to embark on an international experience that advances the University’s strategic objectives and supports their professional development.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Featured workshop: LEARN Kick Starter


Get a hands-on introduction to Waterloo's course management system, LEARN, in our half-day LEARN Kick Starter on August 16. 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Create a course outline with the Syllabus Builder Workshop

"ideas" written on pieces of paper in different fonts

What basics must be on your accessible syllabus in your Faculty, and what are the nice-to-haves? How do you achieve a syllabus "voice" while also making sure you've covered all your course outline basics? Join us at our Syllabus Builder Workshop on August 16 where CTE's Monica Vesely and the Writing and Communication Centre's Nadine Fladd will provide tools and expertise so that you leave with a completed product.