GRADventure

​GRADventure is a central hub of professional development resources designed specifically for graduate students at the University of Waterloo. It is offered by Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs, in collaboration with campus partners. 

No matter which career path you choose to pursue, we've got you covered.

GRADventure is a "one-stop shop," where you'll find relevant resources, special events listings, and details about upcoming workshops that were designed for you. We know that graduate students have unique needs when it comes to professional development; that's why GRADventure events and resources are open exclusively to graduate students (and sometimes postdocs).  

Explore our offerings, which are organized into three series: inquire, connect, and strategize. Or, jump right to our events, below, and join us for an event coming up soon. 

  1. Sep. 27, 2017Assessing and improving your teaching (CTE160)

    Successful teachers make it a priority to critically reflect on their teaching by tapping into the many evaluation tools available to us. In this workshop, we'll explore how teaching assistants can get evaluations of their teaching from supervisors, peers, students, and others. We'll talk about whom to ask for feedback, when to ask, and how. You'll work in groups to analyze both formal and informal feedback tools, discuss how to incorporate them into your teaching, and consider how to interpret and make use of evaluations you receive.

  2. Sep. 28, 2017Preparing to teach at Waterloo (CTE210)

    This workshop is intended for international TAs who have just arrived at Waterloo. The workshop will introduce you to teaching environments at Waterloo, challenges that international TAs might face, and provide resources that can help improve your teaching will be identified.

    Additional information: Registration required

  3. Sep. 28, 2017Effective lesson plans (CTE202)

    Planning tutorials, labs, and guest lectures requires careful attention to goals, content, activities, and timing. In this workshop, you'll learn to streamline your lesson preparations and strengthen your teaching. Using a popular model of lesson planning called “BOPPPS,” you’ll learn to design lessons that align learning activities and assessments with learning outcomes. Together, we’ll analyse examples of successful lesson plans, and you'll begin to develop a lesson plan that is compatible with your teaching context and instructional style.

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  1. Sep. 14, 2017Learning how to teach: My experience with the Centre for Teaching ExcellenceEmpty classroom

    I was introduced to the Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE) during graduate student orientation. I completed both CTE programs - Fundamentals of University Teaching and the Certificate of University Teaching (CUT) – in anticipation of teaching an undergraduate course in calculus as part of my PhD.

  2. July 10, 2017Professional Development in a Second LanguageReza

    I’m an international doctoral student and English is not my first language. It was a challenging experience to learn oral and written communication skills in English at the doctoral level. As soon as I started my PhD, I found out that Renison University College offers two courses tailored to graduate students whose first language is other than English through their English for Multilingual Speakers program.

  3. May 9, 2017Jump-starting my thesis at dissertation boot camptwo people working together

    Last month I participated in the Writing and Communication Centre’s Dissertation Boot Camp. During the four days I wrote 3,000 words and learned how to design a writing routine for my dissertation that is sustainable and stress-free. 

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