Course Code: CTE906
Description: What will you do when a student arrives late to your class? Disturbs others in the class with inappropriate laptop use? Tells you that your course is much harder than all their other courses? These are everyday issues that every faculty member will experience. At this workshop, you will become aware of common issues in classroom dynamics and will work to devise strategies to handle these issues. We will also consider the impacts of the potential strategies developed in terms of learner motivation and engagement
Learning Outcomes: After the session, participants will be able to:
Identify issues in classroom dynamics and engagement
Devise strategies to handle these issues and engage or re-engage learners
Consider the implications of these strategies
Know where to locate relevant Waterloo policies
- Classroom Dynamics and Engagement (a PDF of the Presentation materials used during the workshop).
- Centre for Teaching Excellence Teaching Tips: Creating a Positive Learning Environment. A collection of Tip Sheets developed by CTE for fostering a respectful and supportive classroom.
- Course Outline Example. A Microsoft Word document that you can download and use as a starting place for new course outlines, made available by the Office of the Associate Vice-President, Academic.
- Course Outline Template and Requirements. A list of links and statements that must be included in every course outline, , made available by the Office of the Associate Vice-President, Academic.
- Course Outline Exemplars. Six course outlines that are noteworthy because they each include one or more features that make them especially effective.
- Policy 12: Records Management. This policy provides the framework through which effective records management can be achieved and maintained; it applies to all university records created, received, or maintained by university employees in the course of carrying out the activities of the university.
- Policy 19: Access to and Release of Student Information
- Policy 33: Ethical Behaviour
- Policy 70: Student Petitions & Grievances. Procedures for dealing appropriately with exceptional requests from students and for reviewing decisions that are perceived to be unfair or unreasonable.
- Exam Regulations. Regulations dealing with matters such as final examinations, study breaks, posting student grades, and so on.
- Verification of Illness. Information for students who have been unable to complete course work for medical reasons.
- Guidelines on Use of UW Computing and Network Resources. Information pertaining to responsibilities assumed by students, staff, and instructors when using the university's computer or network systems.
- AccessAbility Services. This unit provides services and support for University of Waterloo students who have a permanent or temporary disability.
- Counselling Services. This unit supports the personal and interpersonal needs of students, staff, and instructors.
- Office of Academic Integrity. This unit works with faculties, extra-curricular associations, and academic support units to provide information and resources necessary for making integrity-aligned decisions.
- Carbone, E. (1999). Students behaving badly in large classes (PDF).New directions for teaching and learning, 77 (Spring), 35-43.
- Kuhlenschmidt, S.L. (1999). Promoting internal civility: understanding our beliefs about teaching and learning (PDF). New directions for teaching and learning, 77 (Spring), 13-22.
- Zhu, E. et al. (2011). Use of laptops in the classroom: research and best practices (PDF). CRLT Occasional Papers, no. 30.