Teaching Day 2 Schedule

Wednesday, August 28, 2019


Promoting student engagement and active learning in online discussion boards

Engaging students and managing online discussion boards can be challenging, even overwhelming, for both students and instructors as they struggle to keep up with and meaningfully contribute to hundreds or sometimes even thousands of posts online. In this interactive workshop you will learn practical strategies for developing discussion boards that promote student learning that is active, meaningful, relevant, interesting and fun. These strategies will be discussed in the context of best practices for online discussion boards.

Jessica Ayala, Patti Dyjur, Lin Yu

Studio E (TI 148)

9 a.m. - 10 a.m

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Working with teaching assistants panel: Strategies and best practices

Teaching assistants are ubiquitous in higher education, working in a wide variety of roles and contexts. Join us for a conversation about best practices for instructors working with teaching assistants. After an overview of current research and practice, there will be a panel presentation of instructors who are recognized as having strong working relationships with their teaching assistant(s). You will have the opportunity to share and brainstorm strategies for working with teaching assistants in diverse contexts to enhance undergraduate learning, develop the teaching assistants’ professional skills and support their teaching and learning aims. 

Kim Grant, Lisa Fedoruk

Studio F (TI 250)

9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m

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Formative feedback for teaching development

Formative feedback is an intentional, voluntary development strategy for instructors to receive feedback about their teaching, with the goal of better understanding and improving student learning. You will explore the formative feedback concept and process, be introduced to a formative feedback framework and explore some practical strategies and techniques to incorporate into your teaching.

Cheryl Jeffs

Studio B (TI 118)

9 a.m. - 10 a.m

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Sharing stories on managing mental health: Pathways for student success

As teachers, many of us have encountered mental health concerns with our students. How have we managed these concerns, and what could we have done differently? What kind of teaching strategies have we employed that others might learn from? Come and share, reflect and learn from each other.

Suzanne Chew

Studio E (TI 148)

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

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Course design essentials: Lining it up for success

You will be guided through the key elements of course design, including setting course outcomes, choosing effective course activities and deciding on appropriate assessments. Strategies for developing these elements will be tailored to the level of student learning in the class, and you will have the opportunity to apply strategies in bringing them into alignment. With these strategies, you will then work on designing a new course or modifying an existing one.

Rod Squance

Studio F (TI 250)

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

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Escape room for teaching and learning

Game-based learning has been widely used in higher education. Escape rooms have the ability to simulate real-life conditions for learners to solve problems in a relatively low-stake environment while encouraging team-building, communication and leadership skills. This interactive workshop will focus on sharing the educational benefits of using an escape room by engaging you in various hands-on experiences. 

Haboun B., Isadora M.-K., Laura P., Kevin S., Lin Y., Ashley W.

Studio B (TI 118)

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

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Teaching controversial issues

At the heart of any university is a mandate to create the appropriate conditions in which exploration, debate and research on a wide variety of topics, including those that may be controversial, can be realized. The teaching of controversial subjects presents an opportunity to expose students to a wide variety of perspectives, and to provide them with tools to analyze issues and communicate across differences. This interactive session will help instructors to maximize student learning on controversial issues.

Carol Berenson

Studio E (TI 148)

1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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Welcome to my classroom: Teaching and learning challenges think tank

Join us for the opportunity to discuss four teaching challenges spanning different disciplinary boundaries with a small group of educators, including a facilitator from the Teaching Academy. You will have approximately 10 minutes to brainstorm innovative solutions before moving to a new table where a different Teaching Academy member will introduce another teaching challenge and facilitate discussions. You will have the opportunity to share key findings from the brainstorming mini-sessions with the entire group during the final half-hour of the workshop. Through this process, we hope to discover innovative solutions that tap into the diverse expertise of participants and facilitators.

Mayi Arcellana-Panlilio, Isabelle Barrette-Ng, Tracey Clancy, Patti Dyjur, Rod Squance

Studio F (TI 250)

1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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