UWaterloo English Teaching Orientation

Wednesday, August 31, 2022 1:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

The UWaterloo English Teaching Orientation for incoming and continuing graduate students happens on Wednesday, Aug. 31. All orientation workshops will be held online.

Incoming Students

Incoming students (anyone entering the first year of their program at UWaterloo English, whether in an MA or PhD program, except for PhD students who did their MA at UWaterloo) have a series of required workshops:

  1. Introduction to LEARN: This workshop will introduce you to LEARN, the learning management system you'll use to teach your courses at UWaterloo. This workshop is scheduled from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
  2. Grading and Commenting on Papers: This workshop will introduce you to best practices for providing feedback and grades for English papers. This workshop is scheduled from 2:15 - 3:15 p.m.
  3. Effective Online Teaching: This workshop will introduce you to best practices for teaching in an online environment. This workshop is scheduled from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

These workshops will be held on Microsoft Teams and LEARN. See your email for specific instructions on how to join the workshop.

Continuing Students

Continuing students (anyone currently in an English graduate program or anyone who did the incoming workshops as an MA student and is now entering the PhD program) have a fall teaching orientation workshop from 1:00-2:30 p.m. led by UWaterloo English professor Frankie Condon titled Teaching Hope in Desperate Times: Facilitating Difficult Dialogues in the University Classroom.

Here is a synopsis of the workshop: "This session will help graduate students develop pedagogically sound and socially just strategies for addressing charged subject matter in the classroom while centring graduate student experience, concerns, and insights."

The workshop will be held on Zoom. See the previous email sent out to grad students for the Zoom link.